New Thought Terms And Their Meanings
by Ernest Holmes - 1942

M - Macrocosm ~ mysticism

Macrocosm: The Universal Mind, Spirit and Law; that within which all things are contained.

"Make known your requests in secret": Accept the desired condition as already accomplished fact; do this inwardly, calmly, peacefully, joyfully, and completely.

making clean the outside of the platter: We cannot erase an effect with an effect. The outside is the result of the inside. If inwardly we are whole, then outwardly we shall be made whole.

malinger: To feign illness or inability in order to avoid one's duty. All forms of fraud relating to sickness and injury.

malpractice: See mental malpractice.

man as a center of God-Consciousness The mind of man is the Divine Mind operating in him. He is a center of God in God. (See also God is our.)

man as a reflection of God Refers to the belief that man reflects perfection as an image is reflected in a mirror. Refers to the generic or universal man, which the Bible calls Christ, as a complete and perfect manifestation of the parent Mind which we call God, reflecting, imaging, or manifesting Its entire perfection. Each individual is called a member of this Body; thus Jesus said, "I am the Vine, ye are the branches." (See also Perfection.)

man as mind instead of idea The Mind of God is also the mind of man. An absolute union of man with God. One Being and One Mind.

man as the realization of God Man is the Self-Knowingness of God; the Consciousness of God in execution; the Action of God moving into fulfillment; the Thought of God seeking self-expression.

man as the shadow of a rock Refers to our spiritual nature as a hiding place from harm.

mania: (psychological) Any mental desire accompanied by undue excitement.

manic-depressive psychosis: (psychological) Any mental desire accompanied by undue excitement.

man is God's identity The universal and cosmic Self is invisible. This invisible Presence is identified in each person as It is individualized through him. That which is manifest alone gives absolute proof of the invisible.

man is universal subjectivity Just as there is One common Mind spiritually, which is God, so there is One common Subjective Law of Mind. Man is omnipresent both spiritually and subjectively.

manna from heaven The outpouring of Spirit.

man, only one Since man is the consciousness of God, and since God's consciousness is one consciousness, there is but One Man. This Man is universal. This is what the Bible calls the Christ.

man reveals God: The consciousness of man is the only thing we know of that has any knowledge of God, merely because the consciousness of man is the only thing man knows of, or about, that has any consciousness of anything. Thus man alone reveals God.

"man's foes shall be they of his own household": Our foes are our thoughts.

man's real entity Consists of the sum total of his understanding.

manvantara: A world period, an age.

martyr: One who sacrifices life, position, etc, for a principle or to sustain a cause.

masochism: (psychological) the enjoyment of submission, pain, defeat. A reversed or inverted reaction to the pleasure-pain principle. Satisfaction achieved by punishment. Enjoying ill health, etc.

mastery: That state of being where one rules, or governs, one's own thoughts and actions.

materialization: Refers to the psychic forming of parts or the whole of a human body by supernormal means.

material plane: Objectivity; world of form; manifestation; result.

matrix: Mother. That which gives form, or original foundation to something enclosed in it, as a mold or a womb.

matter seen as Mind: Matter, or the physical world, is not one thing while Mind is another; they are identical. The physical universe is Mind in form. (See also Mind is.)

matter, unreality of: This does not deny the physical body or other physical objects; it merely affirms that all form is the manifestation of the energy of Mind. Mind is Substance and projects form.

maya: Refers to the possibility of the subconscious mind presenting us with illusion. Might refer to psychic confusion or to the world psyche.

meditation: Mentally dwelling upon an idea in order that one consciously may become aware of its meaning.
(See also our universe; Universe as God's meditation; )

meditation with words: Silent treatment consciously thought.

meditation without words: Consciously centering the thought on some idea without using any mental form of treatment. Spiritual listening. Definite spiritual acceptance without argument or mental controversy.

"members in one body . . . and members one of another": A symbolic description of the unity of all life.

memory, stream of: Individually: the imprint of experience, mental or objective, within the compass of one's immediate individualized mind. Collectively: the sum total of all human experiences; the Akashic records. The stream of memory may be both individual and racial, or worldwide. This corresponds to the individual unconscious and the collective unconscious of Jungian psychology.

mental adjustment: Adjusting one's emotional and intellectual thought patterns to circumstances, situations, or conditions as they must be met in the world of objective reality.

mental analysis for spiritual realization: Repudiating the thought that anything is wrong in the universe, or that there is some place where something is wrong; or that there is a sequence of time or cause and effect which either created, sustains, or brings about anything wrong; or that there is any material existence or any existence separated from Spirit in which anything wrong could be formed; or that there is any Law or medium for such wrong formation. Analysis follows with a realization that Spirit, being ever present, constitutes the only place there is. Spirit, being the only time, is the Eternal Now. The substance of everything is pure Spirit, the Law of everything is pure Good. The word which declares this is the Presence, the Power, and Activity of this Good asserting Itself.

mental arguments, arranging them to meet the need: Arranging thought in such a way as to repudiate certain beliefs or fundamental erroneous conclusions about the condition you wish to change.

mental atmosphere: The subjective atmosphere which surrounds all persons and all things.

mental attitude: The trend of one's thought, which may be positive or negative, constructive or destructive. This attitude is the determining factor of the experiences of life, as well as the kind of environment.

mental chemicalization: Subjective thought disturbance which sometimes takes place as old thought patterns rise to the surface to be replaced by new ones.

mental diagnosis: Uncovering mental causes. Judging the operation of invisible mental causes through observing their objective effects.

mental equivalent: The conscious subjective image of thought which is the cause of the external or corresponding condition. (See also Law of Mental Equivalents.)

mental equivalent for right action: The consciousness of success in everything one undertakes.

mental equivalent representing the bloodstream: The idea of Life flowing, purifying, vivifying, energizing.

mental healing is clear thinking followed by definite statement: The clear thinking affirms the Allness of God, Good, Light, Truth, etc. The definite statements affirm this Allness while denying any reality to Its opposite.

mental image: The ability of the imagination to form mental pictures, a phase of the creative process. Subjective likeness; mental equivalent; mental correspondent; etc.

mental influence: Any suggestion which we take on from the thought of others or from the race thought.

mental law follows one pattern as quickly as another: Just as the creative soil produces one plant as quickly as another, so the Law of Mind follows the pattern of thought given It.

mental law is a mathematical sequence of cause and effect: It starts with Absolute Intelligence; next, the movement of Intelligence, which is the Word; then the operation of the Law, which obeys the Word; next, the manifestation of the Word through Law. The only spontaneous element in this entire sequence is the speaking of the word; everything that follows is mechanical. (See also Cause and Effect, sequence; sequence of causation.)

mental law never initiates, it always reacts: Only conscious intelligence can initiate; subconscious intelligence has no choice other than to accept.

mental law, no big and no little in it: Since all created things are but forms in mind and never things in themselves, the reflection of what we call big is neither more nor less than the reflection of what we call small. The only thing within us which decides is our mental equivalent.

mental mal-practice: Refers to the mistaken idea that people can use the Principle of Good to produce evil.

mental medium: Has reference to the universal subjectivity, which is the medium for thought.

mental plane: Realm of thought; mind; consciousness.

mental spiritual treatment: Spiritualizing the thought in mental treatment.
(See also mental treatment; spiritual treatment; treat; treating; treatment.)

mental therapeutics: Mind healing.

mental treatment as an act, art, and science: It is an act, being the conscious activity of thought; it is an art in that there must be feeling, appreciation, and realization; it is a science, in that it deals with a mathematical law of cause and effect.

mental treatment as law: The ideas used in mental treatment as an intelligent but mathematical law. A statement of Truth acting as law; therefore spiritual mind treatment is the Law of Mind in action.

mental treatment cannot heal another unless it first heals yourself: Since in spiritual treatment one's word uses a power which is loosed through that word and at the level of that word's embodiment, it follows that in this practice one really clears up one's own thought of what appears to be wrong with others, for "if the blind lead the blind, shall they both not fall into the ditch?"

mental treatment, correcting mistakes in: Consciously recognizing the wrong belief or pattern of thought, and, by reversing it, consciously recognizing the opposite, which is Truth.

mental treatment, getting out of our own way in: Just as a gardener would get out of the way in letting the seed grow, so we must give our treatment, feeling that there is a Law which will execute it.

mental treatment—in treating one speaks not to his patient but about him: Spiritual treatment is neither mental suggestion nor coercion; it is something the practitioner realizes within himself about his patient or about the condition which he seeks to help.

mental treatment is actively conscious of good: Spiritual mind treatment consists of more than passively recognizing God as the only power; it is active in declaring that this Power is present wherever the need appears to be.

mental treatment, mathematics of: The consciousness or inner awareness must find a corresponding outlet which will be an exact and mathematical reproduction of the image of thought which projects it.

mental treatment not a game of chance: Mental treatment demonstrates a mathematical principle; there is no chance in it. The demonstration is certain to take place at the level of our own comprehension. Hence, all time in treatment is devoted to the purpose of creating such inward comprehension; its manifestation will be automatic.

mental treatment which is conscious consciousness automatically reflects new conditions: Consciousness means one's inner perception of life; one's interior awareness. When consciousness is reorganized in conformity with Truth, it automatically reflects a new impulse to the physical body and creates a new situation in objective affairs. Since consciousness is the real cause of form, and since form is merely a reflection of consciousness, it follows that wherever consciousness is changed, form automatically must change to comply with the new image of thought. (See also conditions; causes and conditions.)

mental work always definite: A mental treatment is neither day-dreaming, wistful wishing, nor hallucination; it consists either of denying that which ought not to be and affirming that which ought to be, or of silent recognition of perfection. It is always conscious, active, and dynamic.

mesmerized by pain: When the experience of pain becomes so severe that it is seemingly impossible mentally to turn to a state of peace, treat to annihilate fear; mentally work until the entire consciousness is lifted from fear into faith.

Messiah: A great spiritual teacher and leader. A perfect manifestation of life, as man. The Divine Son of God, having all power and all wisdom. One who comes to teach and liberate humanity. Spiritual thought force is the Messiah. Refers to the higher self in every man.

metaphysics: That which is beyond the known laws of physics. Refers to what are considered unknown but intelligent forces latent in the human mind. (See also objective metaphysics; subjective metaphysics.)

metaphysics applied: Viewing the universe as a mental spiritual system, governed by laws of thought. Man, being part of this system, discovers the same laws inherent within his own being and may apply them for definite purposes.

metaphysical healing versus faith cure: Metaphysical practice consists of definite and conscious use of the Law of Mind within the thought of the one using it. Faith cure refers to the act of one individual praying that God will do something to another individual. In the one instance the practitioner understands what he is doing, in the other he has faith that some power will respond to his prayer.

microcosm: An individualized center within the Macrocosm, containing within itself the essence of Reality.

mighty-armed: All-powerful, having those qualities of courage, strength, wisdom, divine tranquillity, etc., which give one a sense of mastery.

Mind: Mind in a conscious state has the same meaning as Spirit. Mind as law means the subjective reaction of thought, or the Law of Mind in action.
(See also Divine Mind, Law of Mind in action; Law of Mind neither good nor bad; man as mind; One Body; One Mind; nothing but; Self-Knowing Mind; Subjective Mind; subliminal mind; Universal Mind; unwavering mind.)

Mind, all-inclusive: Cause, medium, and effect; law, consciousness, power; action and reaction—all are included in Mind.

mind as a law of elimination: A spiritual consciousness of perfect circulation and perfect assimilation is a law of elimination to physical congestions, wrong conditions, etc.

mind as a mirror: Subjective Creative Mind has no choice other than to receive the images of our thought and reflect them back to us as conditions. (See also mirror.)

mind as a servant of the Spirit: Means that the creative Law of Cause and Effect obeys, and is the servant of, the directive word.

mind can only operate upon ideas: Since the Mind Principle is at the root of everything, and since the only activity of Mind is idea, then the only movement of Mind is upon idea. It also follows that wherever there is idea, the Creative Principle must operate upon it.

mind cannot accept what it rejects: We cannot have what we will not take, and since the taking is mental, we can only have what we accept.

mind, individual: Spirit, God, the Absolute, acting in and through man.

mind is not one thing and the physical universe another: Philosophic conception of Spinoza that mind and matter are identical. Since there is nothing but Mind, Reality, or Spirit, and what It does, and since what It does is the projection of Itself within Itself and upon Itself, then all manifestation is Mind in form. Since form is bound to the principle which projects it, by the law of reflection, form or reflection cannot be divorced from the consciousness which projects it.

mind over matter: Refers to the misconception that a spiritual treatment operates upon a material substance.

mind Power: Mind Power exists around us and within us like the ethers. Thought acts upon this Power as Law.

Mind receives our petition and answers our prayer: Since Mind is omnipresent and ever-receptive, It cannot refuse to listen, nor can It refuse to operate upon our thought.

mind's silent partner: Refers to the Law of Cause and Effect, which obeys the conscious use of it.

mind surgery: A conscious mental act of so completely recognizing the Principle of Perfection that the false condition is dissolved. A definite belief that this is taking place as a result of a treatment consciously given.

mind the, that was in Christ Jesus: The universal sense of goodness and unity upon which Jesus based his thinking.

mind the only actor: The inner movement of the Infinite Mind produces all creation; all action in creation is Mind taking form; all Law is Mind in action.

mind, transformed by the renewal of: As habitual thought patterns are changed, an outward transformation takes place which exactly corresponds with the inner spiritual awareness.
(See also transformed.)

miracle: In its narrowest meaning, supernaturalism; an interference, by the Divine, of the laws of the universe; special providence. In its broader sense, miracle means that which is not supernatural but supernormal and is above and beyond the average experience and viewpoint. In the sense in which we use it, the word miracle means a wonderful result of the creative power of thought.

mirror of mind: Subjective life acts like a mirror reflecting the forms of thought that are given to it. Mind acts like a mirror, reflecting the images of our thoughts back to us exactly as we think them.

monad of life: The symbol of Spirit differentiated in human souls.

monogenesis: The development of all life from One Originating Source by the action of Spirit upon Itself.

mortal and immortal mind: Since there is but One Mind, which is God, all Mind is immortal. By the mortal, carnal, or human mind is meant any misstatement about, or misunderstanding of, Reality. Mortal mind refers to the belief that there is a mind separate from God; that man is in some way disconnected from the Universal. A suppositional opposite to good.

Most High One: The One Divine Spirit unfolding at the center of man's consciousness. This One Spirit is the same in every person.

motivation: (psychological) Why people act as they do; the study of motivation is the study of human behavior. Unconscious emotional impulsions toward certain acts.

motivation toward self-destruction: (psychological) Unconscious emotional desire to get rid of one's self in order to avoid certain situations.

mountain or mount: Consciousness functioning on the plane of spiritual realization.

mountaintop: The highest form of consciousness.

movement of consciousness upon itself: Refers to the self-contemplation of Spirit, or the action of Life upon Itself, which is the initial movement of creation. (See also consciousness—movement.)

movement of Spirit is an interior movement: There is nothing that Spirit can move upon except Itself, and nowhere It can move other than within Itself; therefore all movement is inward, upon Itself.

movement of thought: Refers to any act of consciousness within the self.

multiple personality: (psychological) Subconscious disassociations producing more than two apparent personalities.

multiplicity in unity: All things come from one fundamental Unity. (See also One Unit; Oneness can.)

music of the spheres: The rhythmic harmony that flows through everything.

my consciousness is God: In such degree as our consciousness operates at all, it must operate in and upon the Creative Principle. In this sense it is God.

"My Father worketh hitherto, and I work": Refers to the evolutionary process which arbitrarily compels man to evolve to the point of self-determination, freedom, volition; from this point man's further evolution results from his conscious cooperation with the Creative Principle.

"My Lord and My God": The Presence within me which is complete, perfect, and whole.
(See also God in me.)

"My yoke is easy and my burden is light": The Spirit does not enter into conflict or labor. The process of creation is painless, peaceful, and without effort.

mystical marriage: Conscious union of the individual "I" with the universal "I Am." The conscious at-one-ment with the Source of Being, God. A consciousness of the unity of all life. The joining of the Great Self, the Godin-man, with the little self, or the limited human consciousness.

mysticism: The inward awareness of the divine Presence in all things. Not to be confused with mystery, nor with psychism. A mystic is one who intuitionally senses Reality.


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