The Truth about Reverend Ike, Mental Science and the Law of Attraction
Rev. Frederick Eikerenkoetter (1935-2009), better known as Rev. Ike was Minister, Teacher, and Motivator to millions of people for over 40 years. Rev. Ike was teaching the “Law Of Attraction” long before it became popularized by the movie “The Secret”. The bible verse “As a Man Thinketh In His Heart, So is He” is at the core of his teachings. Rev. Ike was influenced by many “New Thought” and Religious Science teachers, such as Ernest Holmes, author of “The Science Of Mind”, Neville Goddard, Emmet Fox, Florence Shinn, Wallace Wattles (The Science of Getting Rich), Joseph Murphy (The Power of Your Subconscious Mind), Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich), James Allen (As a Man Thinketh), and Norman Vincent Peale (The Power of Positive Thinking). (From the youtube channel Rev Ike Legacy)
If you haven’t studied the history of the New Thought movement you probably think all this talk about the law of attraction is some recent discovery. The Secret would you think the science of quantum physics is a new field of study. This is entirely untrue.
Quantum Physics is just the latest term for the study of God. All these people who wish to explain this science are trying to do it without stating this very fact. When you speculate on the workings of the universe you are contemplating the workings of the originating intelligence that created everything in the universe. This originating creative intelligence is God. Plain and simple we are of the universal creative intelligence, not in part but in whole. To try and explain that which is of God without relating it to the creator leaves the science incomplete.
Knowing this is important when you want to understand mental science.
The universe is mind and All intelligence is eternal and has always been here with us.
The line of thinking called New Thought, the Law of Attraction, and Quantum physics are all as old as time. All of them are basically the science of mind or mental science.
The essential truth about mental science has been passed on through the generations in short phrases, epitaphs or Bible verses in sayings such as “Know thyself” which is written on the temples of Ancient Kemet. In the Bible, it is stated in the verse “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Ancient teachers such as Hermes Trismegistus taught what we would now call mental science thousands of years ago.
The New Thought Movement
The New Thought Movement, which is the predecessor to this current wave of law of attraction and manifesting talk, has its origins in the teachings of a little-known physician of the mid-1800s.
This “Doctor” by the name of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby went about healing thousands of people just by basically counseling them to change what they thought about themselves. With the use of what was commonly called mesmerism or magnetism back then, called hypnosis now, and the aid of an assistant that was clairvoyant under hypnosis, Dr. Quimby performed experiments that lead him to the conclusion that basically, we are what we think.
Several of his patients/students took his teachings, altered them, and began the New Thought or Divine Science movement. This movement spawned many of the great authors on mental/divine science mentioned above.
He taught that what matters most is what you think about yourself. He taught how you view and approach life is what creates your circumstances. His teachings stated you control your life-view and life approach through your mind. You are the only person who can control your view of yourself and life. Before you can live a better life you have to think a better way.
Reverend Ike taught, I believe correctly, that you must create a consciousness that works to create the life you desire.