Christian Daa Larson was an American New Thought leader and teacher, as well as a prolific author of metaphysical and New Thought books. His writings influenced notable New Thought authors and leaders, including Religious Science founder Ernest Holmes.
Christian D. Larson was born in Iowa, in 1874. He attended Iowa State College, and also attended a Unitarian Theological school in Meadville, Pa. In his early twenties, Larson became interested in the Mental Science teachings of Helen Wilmans, Henry Wood, Charles Brodie Patterson, and other prolific New Thought writers of the time. Christian had an analytical mind and his own new thought writings made had a big influence on the movement. Larson believed that all people have a tremendous latent power within them, which could be harnessed for success with the right mind and proper attitude. He attempted to find a place where science and theology could meet in order to provide a practical and systematic philosophy of life.
In 1901, Larson organized the New Thought Temple at his residence. In September of that same year, Christian Larson began to publish books for one of the leading New Thought periodicals of the time. This was around the time he bagan his writing career, going on to write over 40 books in the New Thought and metaphysical genre. Christian D. Larson also had aconsiderable influence on the work and philosophy of Ernest Holmes, the founder of Religious Science (also known as Science of Mind), early in his career. Holmes had been studying the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health, but was particularly impressed with the New Thought writings of Larson. According to Fenwicke Holmes, Ernest abandoned the Christian Science textbook in favor of Larson’s books. Ernest and Fenwicke Holmes later took a correspondence course with Christian D. Larson. In Ernest Holme’s biography, Fenwilk Holmes elaborates on the influence that Larson had on his brother Ernest. Larson influenced Holmes to a nw philsophy that inspired him to go forward with learning and practicing the art of mental treatment, also encouraging him to go beyond physical healing to the ‘control of external conditions’.
When Ernest Holmes’ 2-year old magazine changed its name to Science of Mind in 1920, Christian D. Larson became the associate editor and a frequent contributer. Christian D. Larson is also credited by Horatio Dresser as being one of the influential founders in the shaping of the early New Thought movement. As early as 1928, Christian D. Larson began appearing in the Science of Mind magazine as part of the major teaching courses. Christian Larson was also on the permenent staff of the Institute of Religious Science in Los Angeles, of which Ernest Holmes was the founder. Christian D. Larson was also a one time honorary President of the International New Thought Alliance.
In 1912 Larson developed the “The Optimist’s Creed” , which in 1922, was adopted by Optimist International, better known as the Optimist Clubs. Christian D. Larson was an important leader in the New Thought movement. His early influence on Ernest Holmes, Norman Vincent Peale, and numerous other self-help and inspirational writers influenced much of the New Thought movement as a whole. Nearly 100 years after they were first published, many of Larson’s books still remain popular and in print today.
In our first reading of Larson’s writing we go to his book Your Forces and How To Use Them. There are many wonderful chapters but in this we focus on imagination. Imagination has been a popular subject on the podcast primarily through Dr. Joseph Murphy and Neville Goddard. This talks about imagination and controlling your mind and it is a wonderful addition to contribute to our understanding of imagination.
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