The history of New Thought; from mind cure
to positive thinking and the prosperity gospel.
Traditional world religions, he claims, have had sick-souled founders, while mind cure is an example of a religion with healthy-minded founders.
As alluded to above, he sees the great world religions as appealing mostly to sick souls and focuses on mind cure as a religion that appeals to the healthy-minded.
He also points out that mind cure is guilty of "innumerable failures and self-deceptions" and that some of the mind cure literature is "so moonstruck with optimism and so vaguely expressed that an academically trained intellect finds it almost impossible to read it at all" (1985, 84).
Mind cure proponents of healthy-mindedness have continued to flourish in such churches as Christian Science, Unity, and Religious Science.
Emma Curtis Hopkins (September 2,1849-April 8, 1925--just sorting out the correct dates is a service) was a central figure in the development of New Thought and mind cure
From the preposterous New Age mind cure
of Deepak Chopra to the hard-nosed confidence of Think and Grow Rich, few offer much beyond a variation on working hard, being specific in formulating your goals, and treating others well in order to get what you want (whether you call this manipulation or "karma").
Finally, Hilkey could have included a more thorough discussion of other ideas about success and power that were developing in the late nineteenth century, such as New Thought and mind cure
, which had roots in intellectual movements founded by women, such as Christian Science.
As the twentieth century draws to a close, historians have become increasingly fascinated with the strange, interconnected worlds of nineteenth-century mesmerism, spiritualism, mind cure and radical politics.
New Thought was the name adopted by a large, loose grouping of late nineteenth-century American men and women who practiced and proselytized spiritual healing or mind cure, a radical form of what is usually known as alternative medicine.
However, the strongest proponents of the "good life" were mind cure
groups, like New Thought, Unity, Christian Science, and the Theosophical Society, whose wish-oriented positive thinking associated consumption with personal happiness, as did many contemporary economists.