Creative Mind and Success

Creative Mind and Success

About The Author

Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) was born in Lincoln, Maine to a poor family. At the age of 15, he left school and his family for Boston where he worked in a store for two years to pay for his tuition before moving to California. Holmes spent most of his career in California writing and speaking. Mostly self-educated, he was a uniquely gifted scholar with a vast command of the world’s spiritual philosophies. He found in these systems a common denominator he called the Science Mind, a correlation of the laws of science, opinions of philosophy, and revelations of religion, applied to the needs and aspirations of humankind. This philosophy helped to shape the guiding principles of the modern human potential movement.

Beginning as a self-educated lecturer, Holmes developed a large following of students and went on to formalize his work by founding the Science of Mind magazine, an educational institute, and the worldwide Religious Science Movement. His writings have inspired the work of countless clergy, business leaders, physicians, and psychologists. Holmes magnum opus, The Science of Mind, has been in continuous print since 1926. Other inspirational works include Creative Mind, This Thing Called You, The Art of Life, Love and Law, and The Hidden Power of the Bible.


Are the things we see made out of the things we do not see? Writing in Creative Mind and Success, a guide to mental wellness and success, Holmes provides steps on how to use our thoughts to create what we want from the invisible and achieve success. He firmly believed that what we see in the physical reality comes from the invisible, that is, what we do not see; the metaphysical. Behind everything that is seen is the silent cause, our thought, which can attract what we desire. Holmes states that mind is considered to be everything and, because it is, we can draw from our Mind only that which we first think into.

We are what we think ourselves to be; we are big in capacity if we think big thoughts, in contrast, we are small if we think small thoughts. What we think about most we attract to ourselves. If we think of ourselves as wealthy and prosperous, then Mind has no choice but to return what we have thought into it; wealthy and prosperous. Holmes highlights that the image of this thinking becomes our reality and if we learn to control our thoughts we can govern our own destiny.

The transformative power of positive thinking and the innate ability of every person to affect his or her world and heal the body through proper use of the mind is a firm belief of Holmes. Thought linked fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force. Life, Holmes argued is from within outward, and never from without inward. He defined life as that which we see, feel, hear, touch or taste, and the reason for it. We are the center of power in our own life. We will always attract to us the conditions according to our thoughts.

Your thought creates the conditions your mind images. You must receive even before you see. Your mental concept is all that matters. You have within you a force against which the whole world is powerless. By using it, you can make what you will of life and of your surroundings. The choice is yours.