DEFINITIONS OF FREQUENTLY USED TERMS

AFFIRMATIVE PRAYER

Affirmative prayer is a form of prayer or a metaphysical technique that is focused on a positive outcome rather than a negative situation. For example, a person who is experiencing some form of illness would focus the prayer on the desired state of perfect health and affirm this desired intention "as if already happened" rather than identifying the illness and then asking God for help to eliminate it.

NEW THOUGHT

New Thought Divinity

Beliefs

Activities


New Thought spirituality originated during the 1880s and has emphasized affirmative prayer as an essential part of its philosophy.[1] Practitioners among the various New Thought denominations Religious Science, Divine Science and Unity may also refer to this form of prayer by such names as "scientific prayer," "spiritual mind treatment" or, simply, "treatment."[2]


Within New Thought organizations, centers and churches, the foundational logic of this form of prayer is based on the belief that God is unlimited and plays no favorites, that God has created spiritual laws that are both as mysterious and as constant as scientific principles like gravity, and thus, if one's prayer is correctly and diligently focused, it will be answered consistently.

CENTERS FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING

The Centers for Spiritual Living, or CSL, is a religious denomination promoting Religious Science that was founded by Ernest Holmes in 1926. Before 2011, it was two organizations known as United Centers for Spiritual Living (formally, United Church of Religious Science) and International Centers for Spiritual Living (formally, Religious Science International).

Religious Science, Divine Science, and Unity

Affirmative prayer is called "Spiritual Mind Treatment" by practitioners of Religious Science.[3]

Affirmative prayer with a Christian theme is a central practice of the Unity School of Christianity.[4]