A New Design for Living

A New Design for Living

by Ernest Holmes, Willis H. Kinnear


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In A New Design for Living: Ernest Holmes helps you learn how to create everything from health, love, and friendship, to the career and home of your dreams. He shows how wishes are not only possible but within your very reach! In this cherished bestselling work, he reveals exactly how to redesign your life and achieve your goals.

At last available again, this galvanizing book teaches you how to turn mind power into an infinitely positive force-the very force of creation itself. Harmonize with the beauty and intelligence of the universe, watch the magnificence of life transform, and awaken to the nature of reality itself. With this newfound power of transformative thinking, your every goal is attainable.

"Nothing lies beyond the scope of your ability. The new design for living you create need have no limitations. Literally all the good things that life and the world offer are yours to have and enjoy."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585428144
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/02/2010
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 350,744
Product dimensions: 8.52(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ernest Holmes (1887 – 1960) was the founder of the worldwide Religious Science Movement. A uniquely gifted scholar with a vast command of the world’s spiritual philosophies, his 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, Creative Mind and Success, Love and Law, The Hidden Power of the Bible, and many others.

Table of Contents

Foreword xix

Introduction xxv

1 New Thoughts for Old 1

Take a Look at Yourself

Discover NewWorlds

Orderly Atoms

Everyday Wonders

A New Outlook

First Things First

The Greatest of All Forces

Unrealized Potentialities

2 Adventures in Thinking 14

Your Mind and Brain

What is Mind?

Your Freedom to Think

Plus and Minus Thinking

Your Partnership with the Infinite

Mental Merry-go-rounds

Start a New Habit

Nothing is Static

Do You Know What You Are Doing?

Reliable Law

3 Don't Limit Yourself 30

Remove Superstitions

Things Can Change

The Way Law Works

The Cornerstone of Freedom

Avoiding the Undesirable

Don't Limit Yourself

Think as You Please

You Are Important

4 Your New Freedom 41

Positive Thinking

No Big or Little

You Are Not in Pieces

Mental Housecleaning

You Don't Forget

You Are Always Creative

Three Phases of Creativity

Discover a New Freedom

5 Changes are Necessary 54

Infinite Variety

The Great Explosion

Freedom from Domination


Learn to Live

Life Is What You Make It

The Endless Challenge

Make Some Changes

6 Great Possibilities 65

Proving a Theory

The Law of Correspondence

Using Ideas

You Have No Alibis

Are You Asking for Trouble?

Don't Say "Can't"

Start to Accept Life

7 Discovering Yourself 77

A New Unity

Powerful Emotions

Ancient Wisdom Confirmed

Discovering New Evidence

Freedom to Choose

You Are Unique

Two Great Realities

Each in His Own Way

The Law of Attraction

You Attract What You Think

8 Learn to Think Big 90

The Need of Faith

Experience-the Measure of Faith

Think Big

Remove Your Halo

Measuring Life

9 You are Creative 99

The Way Things Work

Continuous Creation

Your Place in Life

What Are You Creating?

The Source of Inspiration

Your Wonderful Experience

10 A New Outlook 109

Rampant Imagination

Think Sensibly

Life Is Not Against You

Accept What You Want

Your Only Battle

Beyond Appearances

Don't Defeat Yourself

Security Is Within You

The Source of Trouble

A New Approach to Life

11 You Live Today 122

Today Is Important

The Personal Universe

The Past Is Gone

How to Use Yesterday

Don't Get in a Rut

Mental Laziness

The Time Is "Now"

Claim Your Good

Tomorrow Never Comes


Confess to Yourself

12 A Look at The Future 134

The Ultimate Future

What Is Immortal?

You Are Immortal Now

A Basic Belief

The Great Goal

Things to Come

13 Successful Living 143

Planning Your Success

Be Consistent

Avoid Civil War

The Foundation of Success

14 The Abundant Universe 150

There Is More Than Enough

Grow Up Mentally

Let Life Expand

Practical Procedures

15 The Power of Love 156

Is Love Practical?

Find Something to Like

You Can't Live Alone

The Need to Love

The Lodestone of Life

16 The Human Equation 164

Your Personality

Eliminate Conflicts


Harmonious Relationships

Think Highly of Yourself

17 Health is Normal 171

Our Amazing Body

The Stability Factors

The Curative Power

Your Thinking and Health

Pills and Prayers

Be Kind to Yourself

The Source of Health

Food for Thought

Your Main Endeavor

The Start of Good Health

18 Mental Growth 183

Facts and Faith

Think Carefully

The Endless Search

Make All Things New

19 The Larger Life 192

Accept Life

The Urge Within

Important Things in Life

You Are Not Alone

The Task Ahead

20 Using What You Know 200

Three Basic Ideas

Four Steps in Creative Thinking

The Great Experiment

Spontaneous Creativity

There are Always Results

What to Do

Learn to Be Definite

What Are You Definite About?

Clear Thinking

Convince Yourself

21 Facing Facts 212

Things Must Get Better

Hidden Facts

How to Help Others

Uprooting the Undesirable

22 Designing a New Life 220

Spiritual Mind Treatment

The Basis of Spiritual Mind Treatment

Proper Attitudes

The Technique of Designing

The Declaration

No Formulas

Unlimited Applications


The Ability Is Everyone's

Basic Rules

23 Practical Suggestions 230

Conclusion 239

Appendix 241

Index 263

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ToddAlberts More than 1 year ago
Ernest Holmes is most well known for his seminal work, "A Science of Mind," in which he describes a synthesizing of science, philosophy, and spirituality, in explaining the world and Universe in which we live. In this book, however, Holmes provides strategies, systems, and other information that takes one from the general esoteric principles of his philosophy down to the specific day-to-day tasks that help us implement that which Holmes believes will deliver us into a new pattern or design for our lives. In short, this book truly lays out a "New Design For Living" our future day-to-day life. (As an aside: The book captured me before I even got to the Acknowledgments section. The first page of the book quotes Proverbs 4:7: "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." How can a reader put down a book that attempts to provide both wisdom and understanding?!?) Holmes' new design for living can be summarized in two steps. First, we must cut ourselves off from the negative parts of our past, including those thoughts, habits, and patterns that have been limiting us in any way. Conditions of our lives are just effects arising by Natural Law from its cause, so you must change the cause (i.e., new thoughts) in order to change the effect (condition or manifestation of the thought). Holmes states that is so because mind and matter are the same thing, just different parts of a continuum: mind is intangible matter, and matter is tangible as manifested form. Second, the reason we must cast aside those limiting thoughts and actions of our past is so that we can express ourselves--to quote author Mike Dooley--in the "infinite possibilities" of our future. We live in an abundant Universe; we must "Think Big," and understand that there are no limits to our thoughts, and our future can be anything that we desire it--and believe it--to be. However, we must embrace the present (the "Now"), bringing into it only positive aspects of our past, so that our future is defined not by what we have done/been/had, but rather by what we want to do/be/have. We begin this new process by creating certain patterns (new habits) in our lives, through the use of concepts including consistency; clarity; specificity; precision of thought; practice of "right thinking;" etc. We do so in order that we may "endeavor consciously, definitely, deliberately and consistently" to determine what we will experience by consciously choosing thoughts that are in alignment with our ideal life. We then move forward with absolute faith and complete conviction (both emotionally and intellectually) towards our end results, harnessing those desires through Holmes descriptive "spiritual mind treatment" (which many may find akin to visualization, affirmation, meditation, etc.). In order for the manifestation to take place in its most optimal form, Holmes notes that we need to constantly monitor our thoughts, emotions, and actions, to ensure that they are unified in purpose and intent; in other words, to ensure that they are all leading us to the same destination. In summary, if "it is done unto us as we believe," we need to make a habit of holding only those thoughts that we wish to experience and manifest in our lives, and in so doing, consciously create our own "new design" for living the life of our own unique d