By KATE JEGEDE
It is safe to say that we have reached the limits of the New Thought discussion, with little to nothing left unsaid. There are more voices than ever in conversation, and numberless followings – based on the most salient themes – have emerged. But, there remains little in the way of new progress. Despite our advancements, the world tends to feel more violent, and chaotic than ever before, often overshadowing evidence of the global transformation that was promised long ago.
For that to change, humankind must take a fresh look at New Thought, rediscover its original intended purpose, and every individual must accept the challenge of fulfilling that purpose for themselves.
As tempting and as necessary as it may feel to need a leader in New Thought philosophy, I firmly believe spirituality to be deeply personal. One should never accept a theory without putting it most rigorously to the test. If that which is said does not inspire you to try it and see, or does not produce physical evidence that has meaning to you, the theory has no value.
In this clip I share my thoughts on how the New Thought community and seekers in general can course correct and once again derive the monumental benefits to be gained from this timelessly essential, divinely sanctioned, and transformative body of work.
Note: I use the word God because of its revealed meaning to me, that, having nothing to do with the religions of the world. If the word offends you, then by all means substitute it for another. I only ask that you keep an open mind.
[00:00] Hi I’m Kate I’m an author. My first book is being published by Mitch Horowitz next year. I’m super thankful to Harv for the opportunity to speak you about the ways in which I think new thought needs to change, if we’re going to take the conversation forward.
[00: 13] Now, I think three things need to happen with new thought, first of all there needs to be a revival. I read recently in something that Neville Goddard had written in which he described a revival as the unveiling of a true religious attitude, one in which everyone accepts for themselves the challenge to embody a higher value of themselves. Now, what that says to me is that new thought was originally intended to be a very individual and personal thing and what’s happened now with new thought is that there’s this idea that as long as enough of us embrace the ideas associated with new thought, then the world is going to become a better place.
[00:49] That’s not the case, all of the darkness and evil in the world are permanent, but just as all of the love and light are and that’s because the world is a schoolroom and we are here to rediscover who we are, we are here to rediscover our authentic identities and we do that through our interaction with both good and evil. So the world is going to stay as it is, necessarily so; and we change and in so doing we discover who we truly are. We’re not here to change the world we’re not here to change each other – so I think in the beginning we need to go back to the basics and re-establish what new thought actually is and what its intended purpose actually is.
[01:27] I think the second thing that needs to happen is that there needs to be greater dissemination of esoteric knowledge. I think that when more people are familiar with the laws that underpin all of new thought their relationship to new thought is going to change and it becomes a more valuable and practical resource in their life. I think because people are not familiar with things like metaphysical language and the ways in which English language changes when put into a metaphysical context they can’t have a really penetrative relationship with new thought and I think that needs to happen perhaps in literature and in discourse.
[02:01] I’ll give you a quick example of that. In metaphysics the word imagination means God so if I tell you to imagine something I’m telling you to “God” that thing, and because you are a spiritual being, it is entirely possible to God or to take on the vibration identity of the thing that you wish to see present in your physical world. Now, when you’re familiar with the concepts and the ideas upon which that theory is based it becomes much more easy for you to test that theory for yourself. I think that needs to happen, greater dissemination of esoteric knowledge.
[02:38] I think the third thing that needs to happen is that the concept of what happens to us when we reach the end of our human experience needs to feature much more prominently. It’s only when we understand what happens at the end that we’re able to give value and purpose to everything that precedes the end. At the moment we are living in reverse so we’re operating from the temporary human aspect of our existence in general and trying to gain access to the spirit.
[03.08] but if we understand that we exist in the spirit and we begin to operate from the spirit then bringing about changes in the temporary human aspect of our life suddenly becomes a lot easier to do. Furthermore, we understand why we do the things we do, why we want to achieve, why we want to avoid bad experiences and have good experiences and so on and so forth, we are able to put our human experience into context and when we do that we’re going to be able to fully engage with our human experience and get the most out of it. So I think those are the three things that need to happen if we are going to take the new thought conversation forward.
[03:47] Thank you so much for listening, if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me on Facebook or Twitter, that information is coming up, or drop a line to me via harvbishop.com.
Kate Jegede is a British television presenter and author with a background in science. She was first introduced to metaphysics as a teenager by her mother, a former yoga teacher and education specialist. She developed a penetrating and enduring fondness for the self-empowering teachings of Neville Goddard, and remains just as steadfastly devoted to spreading his message today. After completing her studies, Kate moved to Switzerland to work at the World Health Organization, developing educational resources for rural communities in Sub-Saharan African. In addition to her academic science career, Kate has worked with the BBC Science Unit and BBC Radio Oxford, and served as news editor of the international journal Africa Health, for whom she has conducted research trips, helping set up a learning resources and study center at one of Nigeria’s forefront teaching hospitals. She has been published in the internationally acclaimed science journal, Nature. Kate has also presented two science series aimed at young adults for Channel 4 in the UK, earning a BAFTA nomination. She lives in London.