My hypotheses so far....

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  1. wil

    wil UNeyeR1

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    ?? No native traditions? There are a few....or hundreds...but in general white man has not taken them in.

    But new thought isn't any lovey dovey happy go lucky belief.... Knowing that you create your life.... You have a personal responsibility for what happens to you...good or bad..you create your future...that ain't for everyone... Most want to blame god or the devil or their neighbor or govt...or...
     
  2. Thomas

    Thomas Super Moderator Staff Member

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    What always surprises me is New Thought is founded on so many axioms that you normally dismiss. Miraculous cures of unspecified illnesses seem de rigueur. But then you say you're a Christian, and then dismiss so much of Christianity, what's left looks to me like vapour, LOL! But hey-ho ... let's not walk this again, the trench we've created so far means we're almost subterranean!

    Sorry, Will, but that's so everyone it's universal. It's a given. It's not New Thought, it's common to any system of moral values.

    I think the distinction for me between Tradition and the new liberal denominations is that the latter are examples of the Tradition reworked to fit the contemporary cultural mileau – as I've said often, it's religion for a consumer culture, easily seen by its easy spirituality unburdened by any authentic spiritual – ascetic – practices, the most notable being detachment from the world, and in the case of the Western psychology of the autonomous self, whilst humility, a virtue praised across the centuries, is tossed on the scrap-heap to be replaced by an 'according to me' priority. So what you get in America, for example, is Christianity according to the principles of The American Dream.

    What I meant by 'old Europe' in regard to 'New Thought' (and that title surely, by now, is well passed its shelf-life?) was the formative influence of Mesmerism and German Idealism. On the other hand, the Power of Positive Thinking was, in that sense, a fore-runner of NLP, and NLP was developed from watching histrionic preachers (again of the American variety) whipping their audiences up into a frenzy! The Power of Positive Thinking is a very American dogma!

    Take the Jefferson's Bible:
    So what you get is a humanist/materialist moral tract.
     
  3. wil

    wil UNeyeR1

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    I also believe in the lower of negative thinking... But don't recommend it.

    Materialistic? That is our Evangelical TV hosts...
     

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