Archive of SOM Magazine


Started in October 1927 by Ernest Holmes
founder of Religious Science

This is an archive of at least partial tables of contents, and occasional quotations, from Science of Mind magazine, beginning with the October 1995 issue.

July 1996

Articles

The mystery and meaning of life  by Ernest Holmes

Secrets of successful living  by Stuart Grayson

How do we know what we cannot see? by June Santon

Build your spiritual immunity  by by Susan Lee Brenner

All together Readers write about tithing to Science of Mind magazine


Interview

What really matters
An interview with Tony Schwartz
by Ronald S. Miller


Columns

The principle in practice "The Joy of Giving: Part II" by Margaret Stortz
Light from the language of Jesus "Soul--The Breath of Life: Part II"
by Rocco Errico

Questions and answers by Jesse Jennings
Insights "A Blockbuster" by John Niendorff
The mindful life "Our Human Soul's Journey" by Jacquelyn Small
Dear Louise by Louise Hay
Prayer works "Rebecca's Story" by Carol Sheffield


Daily Affirmations

Daily affirmations for each day of July
by Donald Curtis


June 1996

Articles

Thinking the world together by Noel McInnis

There is a power and you can use it  by Ernest Holmes

More perspectives from beyond the law Lettersto the editor

Toward a spiritualized society  by James Redfield and Carol Adrienne

Change begins within  by Jonathan Robinson

All together Readers write about receiving God's grace


Interview

Spiritual politics: changing the world from the inside out
An interview with Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson
by Ronald S. Miller


Columns

The principle in practice "The Joy of Giving: Part I" by Margaret Stortz
Light from the language of Jesus "Soul--The Breath of Life: Part I"
by Rocco Errico

Questions and answers by Jesse Jennings
Insights "It's Like This..." by John Niendorff
The mindful life "The Self You Were Born to Be" by Jacquelyn Small
Dear Louise by Louise Hay
Prayer works "Nana's Story" by Carol Sheffield


Daily Guides

Daily guides to richer living
A Healing meditation for the week
by William Curtiss

How to use the guides

A continuous realization of the divine Presence is the pivotal element in experiencing the kind of life you desire. When you consistently envelop yourself in a spiritual atmosphere, you align your inner being with right action.

Fulfillment, joy, peace, and abundance are available to you when you consciously embrace these ideas, constructively directing your thoughts. The Daily Guides help you to do this.

Devote at least 15 minutes, preferably when you are alone and in a quiet place, to each day's Guide. Read the message for content, simply being aware of the idea it expresses. Then study it more deeply, allowing your thinking to be challenged, stimulated, or enhanced. Finally, to incorporate that idea in your own life, study the affirmation at the bottom of the page. Close your eyes, meditate deeply on its meaning, and let it become a part of you.


May 3 - May 10, 1996

All things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.
--Mark 11:24

Are prayers and treatments identical? The answer to this question is both Yes and No.
--The Science of Mind, page 149

Introduction to Prayer

I was making a hospital call on a member of my congregation. Several of the patient's relatives were in the room visiting her. They were not members of my church. After the usual introductions and small talk, I asked the patient if she would like me to give her a treatment. All of her relatives immediately ran out of the room. I found out later they thought I was going to give her a massage!

The founder of Religious Science, Ernest Holmes, invented a new name for prayer. He called it "treatment." When I get to heaven, I'm going to ask him why he did this, but in the meantime I suspect he did it because he did not want people begging and pleading to a far-off, reluctant God who cares more for one person than another, or who is kindly disposed one day and cruel the next. So he gave prayer a new name because he had a new understanding of how it works. It works for us by working through us, which is to say it works according to our belief. Actually, this idea is not new. Jesus stated it clearly 2,000 years ago in the above quote from Mark. The teaching of Science of Mind about prayer closely parallels the teaching of Jesus. When you pray, believe that you already have the thing you are praying for, and that you will demonstrate it.

The only person we are "treating" is ourself, not God or other people. God has already made the gift; we already have it--in mind. We treat our own consciousness to accept the gift. When we have convinced ourselves, the gift will appear. This places the responsibility for answered prayer on our shoulders. God always answers our prayers! But always in accordance with our belief.


Today I accept that God always says "Yes!" Today I work on me, upon my belief.



About the author

Rev. William T. Curtiss is minister of the Camarillo, Calif., church of Religious Science. A Navy veteran with a degree in English literature and a background in consumer finance, he has been involved with Science of Mind for over 30 years.


May 1996

Contents in addition to monthly columns and other features:

Theme: "Love and Happiness"

Interview: "Your road map to lifelong happiness" with Ken Keyes, conducted by Ronald S. Miller

Daily guides to richer living by Kenneth T. Lind

Articles:

"Open your heart to more love" by Susan Smith Jones
"Keepers of the flame" by Laura Mayer
"Do unto others" by Joel S. Goldsmith
"Love in everyday living" by Ernest Holmes
"How I practiced spiritual principles and changed my life"by Leigh Faris

Book reviews, all reviews by Kathy Juline:

When Prayers Are Answered by John Holstrom
My Priceless Prayerbook by Steve Viglione
Nourishing Thoughts by Mary Murray Shelton
Master Meditations by Donald Curtis

April 1996

Contents in addition to monthly columns and other features:

Theme: "The Circle of Life"

Interview: "One earth, one life, one heart" with Michael Tobias, conducted by Kathy Juline

Daily guides to richer living by Norma Hawkins

Articles:

"The power is in every living thing" by Ernest Holmes
"Wonder and awe: what nature can reveal" by Matthew Fox
"Welcome to the circle" by Christina Baldwin
"Tokens of wholeness" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
"Our relationship to the universe" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Book reviews, all reviews by Kathy Juline:

Walking by Henry David Thoreau
The Laws of Spirit by Dan Millman
Our Spiritual Connection by James Tom Greene and Martha Barham

March 1996

Contents in addition to monthly columns and other features:

Theme: "Underneath It All: Everyday Life and Its Sacred Meaning"

Interview: "Awakening the spirit in everyday life" with Sam Keen, conducted by Ronald S. Miller

Daily guides to richer living by Norah Boyd

Articles:

"Face to face with your power within" by Ernest Holmes
"On earth as it is in heaven" by Joel Goldsmith
"Coming home to ourselves" by Arlene Bernstein
"Live your faith now" by Thich Nhat Hanh
"The only remedy for this crisis is God" by Enid Sefcovic

Book reviews, all reviews by Kathy Juline:

The Hunger of the Soul by Nancy Pope Mayorga
Secrets of Bringing Peace on Earth by J. Donald Walters
Collected Easays of Ervin Seale

February 1996

Contents in addition to monthly columns and other features:

Theme: "What does God want from us?"

Interview: "Embodying spirit: becoming a practical mystic" with Jacquelyn Small, conducted by Ronald S. Miller

Daily guides to richer living by Rainbow Johnson

Articles:

"How to fulfill God's intentions" by Jonathan Robinson
"At one with the spirit of the living God" by Eva Poole-Gilson
"You can create your own new world" by Stuart Grayson
"Uniting with life" by Ernest Holmes
"The light within: finding our inner guidance" by Martia Nelson

Book reviews, all reviews by Kathy Juline:

Living in the Presence by Tilden Edwards
Transformations by Tracy Cochran and Jeff Zaleski

January 1996

Contents in addition to monthly columns and other features:

Theme: "Roots and Wings: The Heritage and Future of a Practical Spirituality Whose Time Has Arrived: Science of Mind Turns 70"

Interview: "A perspective from beyond the law" with Arthur Chang, conducted by Noel McInnis

Daily guides to richer living by Jesse Jennings

Articles:

"What is New Thought?" by C. Alan Anderson and Deborah G. Whitehouse (most of Chapter One of New Thought: A Practical American Spirituality)
"Spiritual vision" by Ernest Holmes
"Roots: who taught Ernest Holmes?" by Donald Curtis
"What do I say after I say I am a Religious Scientist?" by Michael Parcher
"I remember what I am" by Barbara Lucas

Book reviews, all reviews by Kathy Juline:

This Thing Called You, This Thing Called Life, and Seminar Lectures by Ernest Holmes

December 1995

Contents in addition to monthly columns and other features:

Theme: "Peace Be Yours"

Interview: "The Mysticism of ordinary experience" with James Carse, conducted by Kathy Juline

Daily guides to richer living by Joan Steadman

Articles:

"Living in the light" by John Randolph Price
"International healing meditation" by John Randolph Price
"Words born of fire" by Larry Barber
"Life: the high gift of heaven" by Ernest Holmes
"Open your spiritual eyes and see" by Ernest Holmes

Book reviews, all reviews by Kathy Juline:

Becoming a Practical Mystic and Living Your Bigger Story by Jacquelyn Small
The Collected Essays of Stuart Grayson
Helping Heaven Happen by Donald Curtis
Soul Talk by Hubert Pryor

November 1995

Contents in addition to monthly columns and other features:

Theme: "Honoring the Feminine"

Interview: "The heroine's journey" with Maureen Murdock, conducted by Ronald S. Miller

Daily guides to richer living by Jean Anderson

Articles:

"Toward harmony"by Noel McInnis
"Of one mind" by Ernest Holmes
"Entering the sacred garden" by Sherry Ruth Anderson & Patricia Hopkins
"A life in the spirit" by bell hooks
"Oneness" by Carolyn Wenzel

Book reviews, all reviews by Kathy Juline:

The Tao of Motherhood by Vimala McClure
Letters to Jeannine by Charlotte M. Savignac
A Whistling Woman Is Up To No Good by Laurel King
A Woman's Book of Rituals and Celebrations by Barbara Ardinger

October 1995

Contents in addition to monthly columns and other features:

Theme: "Exploring your Shadow Side"

Interview: "The shadow: embracing our totality" with John A. Sanford, conducted by Ronald S. Miller

Daily guides to richer living by Ernest Holmes

Articles:

"Good is your true power" by Ernest Holmes
"I'm Mad" by Brian Seth Hurst
"Accepting ourselves from the inside out" by John Bradshaw
"Dancing in the Dark" by Douglas and Naomi Moseley

Book reviews, all reviews by Kathy Juline:

The Shadows of Your Mind by Tom Johnson
The Presence of the Light by Annabel Chaplin
Pain and Possibility: Writing Your Way Through Personal Crisis by Gabriele Rico

A beautifully representative example of the essential message of Holmes is found at the October 22 page:

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.--Romans 13:1

Effective Prayer

The secret of effective prayer lies in the realization that there is a power of good in the universe greater than we are and that we can use it. Scientists know they take power out of life, they do not put it in. And so it is in dealing with that more subtle energy and power which we call Mind or Spirit. It is the giver and we are the receiver. But how can it make the gift unless we accept it? One of the first things to do is to learn to accept, and to expect this power to flow through everything we do. The power is already there, we are the instrumentalities of its operation, but only as much of that power is ours to use as we permit to flow through our acceptance, our inward feeling and appreciation, our complete and unrestricted faith. To understand that there is a power greater than we are is the beginning of wisdom. To realize that we can use it should be the beginning of a conscious practice that will gradually conduct us to a greater and greater experience of life. Therefore we must combine the belief in this power with its conscious use for definite purposes. For just to believe in the power and not to use it will not produce a result. But using it because we do believe in it will demonstrate to us not only that such a power exists, but that it is now operating. This is the purpose of the practice of the Science of Mind through the consciousness of the indwelling Spirit.

Believing that there is an infinite power in the universe, a power of good greater than I am, I now accept its action in my life. I know that there is a strength and a vitality, a livingness flowing through me and out into everything I do or say or think. I am the very embodiment of this power, its energy and action. There is no sense of weakness or lack of strength; rather, the fullness and the completion of this power is always present, always activated. I completely accept and no longer reject the flow of this power through me.

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