MEET DR. EMMET FOX

 

(1886 - 1951)

His New York City Ministry Touched The World
(1931-1951)

Dr. Emmet Fox was a Minister, Author, Teacher, Healer and Mystic.  Emmet Fox, probably more than any other New Thought leader has influenced more people simply because, in his day he attracted wider audiences than anyone else for longer periods of time.  To this day, Emmet Fox is read more widely and is understood more clearly than any other New Thought writer.  Closet readers of Dr. Fox can be found in the Episcopal, Catholic, Baptist and Methodist churches, among others.  His objective, as a New Thought teacher has always been, not to establish yet another religion, not to establish yet another set of religious doctrines, but to encourage individuals, whether they attend church or not, to develop their own creative power and to personally understand what God is, and what God is all about, and then to be able to relate that to their own lives.  In His day, and to this day, Emmet Fox reached more people because he had a talent to speak and write with great clarity, and in a very dynamic way.  His message was simple and direct.  He said, "Sooner or later you will have to put God first in your life, God must become the only thing that really matters.  It need not be and better not be the only thing in your life, but it must be the first thing."   He said, "when that happens your life becomes simple, richer and infinitely more worthwhile."  He brought new meaning to millions of people around the globe with his golden keys of health, inner peace and success.

In 1931, he became the pastor of The Church of the Healing Christ in New York city, founded by Dr. W. John Murray in 1906, and was called The First Church of Divine Science, in New York City.  He was ordained a Divine Science Minister by Dr. Nona Brooks.  This was the beginning of one of the most remarkable ministries in America.  His Sunday morning lectures at the Hippodrome Theatre, the Manhattan Opera House and Carnegie Hall were attended by over 5000 people.  His meditations were powerful and his sermons never lasted more than twenty minutes.  He spoke to, and of God in the most personal and intimate terms.  Over six hundred thousand copies of his book "Sermon on the Mount" have been distributed and are still popular today.   It is in this remarkable book that he reveals a source of universal power that is rightly yours. "This power." states Dr. Fox. is the real source of all things that exist. It needs only to flow into your being and transform itself into health, into true prosperity, into inspiration, or into anything else you may be needing. The power is there. It is present everywhere. It belongs to nobody in particular because it belongs to all. It is waiting at all times for men and women to call it into use -not merely in crisis, but in every problem however small every day of your life. "The fact that most people do not suspect the existence of this Power does not change the fact that it is there," says Dr. Fox. "Remember that hardly anyone except a few philosophers suspected the existence of electricity, or the power of the steam, until a few generations ago, then these things were brought into the service of man and have transformed the world. The laws of Nature were just the same then as they are now; only people did not know that such a force existed, and so they had to go without. I believe many of the limitations and difficulties that people take for granted will be things of the past."  In this book, Emmet Fox gives the keys to success in life by tapping into the realm of Infinite power. He teaches that man is a child of a perfect God.

Over one half million copies of "Power Through Constructive Thinking" are in circulation.  It can be conservatively estimated, that the books and pamphlets he has written have come into the hands of tens of millions of people.  His booklet The Golden Key, has topped all sales of new thought books worldwide and continues to be the most sort after booklet in his collection of writings.  Dr. Fox was born in Ireland, raised in England, he ministered in America and made his transition in France. 

The theme of his teachings is Life is Consciousness and we are what we think. He emphasized that if we want to change our life, we must change our thoughts first. We set forth our own destiny by our thoughts, words, and actions. That there is only one presence and power in the universe, God, all else is an illusion. He gave us the Golden Key. "Love is by far the most important thing of all", he said, "It is the golden gate of paradise. Pray for the understanding of Love, and meditate upon it daily. It casts out fear. It is the fulfilling of the law. Love is absolute invincible."

"Emmet Fox left a mark.  Life has been richer for hundreds of thousands of people, because he lived. He built his church on consciousness, knowing that God is instantly available and everywhere present. Like Peter, he built his church upon a rock, the rock of understanding that God is the only power and the only presence.”  From: Emmet Fox His Life Story  

 

WHERE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE CAME TO HEAR DR. FOX SPEAK

 

  The old Astor Hotel in New York City. 1515 Broadway at Times Square (on the west side of 7th Ave between 44th and 45th streets).  This is where Dr. Fox lectured. The building was demolished in 1967 for an office tower.

[New York, NY: Manhattan Opera House]  Vintage picture of the Manhattan Opera House, on West 34th Street, New York City, where turn away crowds  would line up to hear Dr. Emmet Fox lecture.

"Somebody said the other day that when you see a crowd leaving a public building, you can guess what sort of meeting it has been - whether a gospel meeting or a prize fight, a circus or a classical concert - but that nobody could place the crowd that comes from the Manhattan Opera House every Wednesday night, because it contains every kind of person.  As a matter of fact, it is a cross-section of New York's population, at a prayer meeting, the regular Wednesday evening meeting of the Church of the Healing Christ, when the pastor, Dr. Emmet Fox, explains the life of man from the angle of psychology and metaphysics.  Every week, rain or shine, over 4,000 New Yorkers make their way, in skyscraper fashion, to the replenishing station of faith, in the Manhattan Opera House."  From:  The New York World Telegram Newspaper, Saturday, October 30, 1937

                                         

Looking back at the New York Hippodrome ( 6th Avenue between 43rd and 44th streets) and a view of the platform where Dr. Fox spoke and  an example of the crowds attending one of his services.

"The success of the meeting at the Hippodrome on March 14 exceeded all expectations.  Long before 10 o'clock, a crowd of people filled the sidewalk for the whole block and down 44th street, and by the time the service started over six thousand people were crammed into the large auditorium.  People sat on the steps and around the gangways, and the lobbies were also filled, these having been provided with loud speakers.  It was undoubtedly the greatest meeting that has ever been held in the Truth movement, and it is a wonderful proof of the eager desire that people have today for a demonstrable religion which is purely spiritual."  Sunday March 14, 1937

 

Early photo of Dr. Herman and Blanche Wolhorn, marked "at the beach in New York" taken by Dr. Fox.  The Wolhorn's were Emmet Fox's dearest and closest friends.  Dr. Wolhorn continued the ministry of Dr. Fox at the Church of the Healing Christ in New York City, until his passing.

           

 

 

 

LOVE

There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer, no disease that enough love will not heal; no door that enough love will not open; no gulf that enough love will not bridge; no wall that enough love will not throw down; no sin that enough love will not redeem...it makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble; how hopeless the outlook; how muddled the tangle; how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. If only you could love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world.  Emmet Fox

 

The Golden Key

Scientific prayer will enable you to get yourself or anyone else, out of any difficulty. It is the golden key to harmony and happiness.

To those who have no acquaintance with the mightiest power in existence, this may appear to be a rash claim, but it needs only a fair trial to prove that, without a shadow of doubt, it is a just one. You need take no one's word for it, and you should not. Simply try it for yourself.

God is omnipotent, and we are God's image and likeness and have dominion over all things. This is the inspired teaching, and it is intended to be taken literally, at its face value. The ability to draw on this power is not the special prerogative of the mystic or the saint, as is so often supposed, or even of the highly trained practitioner. Everyone has this ability Whoever you are, wherever you may be, the golden key to harmony is in your hand now. This is because in scientific prayer it is God who works, and not you, and so your particular limitations or weaknesses are of no account in the process. You are only the channel through which the divine action takes place, and your treatment will be just the getting of yourself out of the way.

Beginners often get startling results the first time, for all that is essential is to have an open mind and sufficient faith to try the experiment. Apart from that, you may hold any views on religion, or none.

As for the actual method of working, like all fundamental things, it is simplicity itself. All you have to do is this: Stop thinking about the difficulty, whatever it is, and think about God instead. This is the complete rule, and if only you will do this, the trouble, whatever it is, will disappear. It makes no difference what kind of trouble it is. It may be a big thing or a little thing: it may concern health, finance, a lawsuit, a quarrel, an accident, or anything else conceivable: but whatever it is, stop thinking about it and think of God instead -- that is all you have to do.

It could not be simpler, could it? God could scarcely have made it simpler, and yet it never fails to work when given a fair trial.

Do not try to form a picture of God, which is impossible. Work by rehearsing anything or everything that you know about God. God is wisdom, truth, inconceivable love. God is present everywhere, has infinite power, knows everything, and so on. It matters not how well you may think you understand these things: go over them repeatedly.

But you must stop thinking of the trouble, whatever it is. The rule is, to think about God. If you are thinking about your difficulty, you are not thinking about God. To be continually glancing over your shoulder in order to see how matters are progressing is fatal, because it is thinking of the trouble, and you must think of God and nothing else. Your object is to drive the thought of the difficulty out of your consciousness, for a few moments at least, substituting for it the thought of God. This is the crux of the whole thing. If you can become so absorbed in this consideration of the spiritual world that you forget for a while about the difficulty, you will find that you are safely and comfortably out of your difficulty -- that your demonstration is made.

In order to "golden key" a troublesome person or a difficult situation, think. "Now 1 am going to 'golden key' John, or Mary. or that threatened danger": then proceed to drive all thought of John, or Mary, or the danger out of your mind, replacing it with the thought of God.

By working in this way about a person, you are not seeking to influence his conduct in any way, except that you prevent him from injuring or annoying you, and you do him nothing but good. Thereafter, he is certain to be in some degree a better, wiser, and more spiritual person, just because you have "golden keyed" him. A pending lawsuit or other difficulty would probably fade out harmlessly without coming to a crisis, justice being done to all parties concerned.

If you find that you can do this very quickly, you may repeat the operation several times a day with intervals between. Be sure, however, each time you have done it, that you drop all thought of the matter until the next time. This is important.

We have said that the golden key is simple, and so it is, but of course it is not always easy to turn. If you are very frightened or worried, at first it may be difficult to get your thoughts away from material things. But by constantly repeating a statement of absolute Truth, such as: There is no power but God: I am the child of God, filled and surrounded by the perfect peace of God: God is love; God is guiding me now; or, perhaps best and simplest of all. God is with me -- however mechanical or trite it may seem -- you will soon find that the treatment has begun to "take." And that your mind is clearing. Do not struggle violently; be quiet, but insistent. Each time you find your attention wandering, switch it back to God.

Do not try to think in advance what the solution to your difficulty will be. This is called "outlining" and will only delay the demonstration. Leave the question of ways and means to God. You want to get out of your difficulty that is sufficient. You do your half, and God will never fail to do God's.

"Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21).  Emmet Fox


 
The Story of how the Golden Key came into being can be read in "Emmet Fox His Life Story" 

 

WHAT IS SCIENTIFIC PRAYER?

Scientific prayer or spiritual treatment is really the lifting of your consciousness above the level where you have met your problem.  If only you can rise high enough in thought, the problem will the solve itself.   This is really the only problem you have - to raise in consciousness.  The more "difficult," which means the more deeply rooted in your thoughts, is the problem concerned, the higher you will have to rise.  What is called a small trouble, will yield to a slight raise in consciousness.  What is called a serious difficulty, will require a relatively higher rise.  What is called a terrible danger or hopeless problem, will require a considerable rise in consciousness to overcome it - but that is the only difference.

Do not waste time trying to straighten out your own or other people's problems by manipulating thought - that gets you nowhere - but raise your consciousness, and the action of God will do the rest.

Jesus healed sick people and reformed many sinners by raising his consciousness above the picture they presented.  He controlled the wind and the waves in the same way.  He raised the dead because he was able to get as high in consciousness as is necessary to do this.

To raise your consciousness you must positively withdraw your attention from the picture for the time being (The Golden Key) and then concentrate gently upon spiritual truth.  You may do this by reading the Bible or any spiritual book that appeals to you, by going over any hymn or poem that helps you in this way, or by the use of one or more affirmations, just as you like.

I know many people who have secured the necessary elevation of consciousness by browsing at random through the Bible.  A man I know was saved in a terrible shipwreck by quickly reading the 91st psalm.  Another man healed himself  of a supposedly hopeless disease by working on the one affirmation, "God Is Love," until he was able to realize something of what that greatest of all statements must really mean.

If you work with affirmations, be careful not to get tense; but there is no reason why you should not employ all these methods in turn, and also any others that you can think of.  Sometimes a talk with a spiritual person gives you just the lift that you need. It matters not how you rise so long as you do rise. "I bore you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself."  Emmet Fox

 

Article From Science of Mind Magazine
June 2013

Emmet Fox's Magical Mystical Golden Key
By: Rev.  JoAnn Corsiatto

The rapid renewal of interest in the philosophy and teachings of Dr. Emmet Fox creates a desire to know more about the man who pointed out how the tremendous power of God could be released by the simple act of prayer. His “Golden Key” formula to release all problems to a higher power for victorious results continues to make its way around the globe and bring healing of mind, body, and circumstances to people who are in search of a healthier, joyous, and more prosperous way of living. Sixty-one years after his death, thousands upon thousands of men and women around the world still seek and apply his metaphysical writings.

To what do we attribute the popularity of Dr. Fox’s ministry and writings? Why did Emmet Fox emerge as a prominent and significant spiritual leader in the New Thought movement to the extent of being called a twentieth-century mystic? These are questions that invariably arise in the mind of anyone who studies, even briefly, the writings of this outstanding man. His books, like his sermons, reveal that he loved people and spoke to them in a simple and direct way. “If your ideas about religion are expressed in a vague and un-involved style,” he writes, “if you use unusual and ambiguous words, it is a sure sign that you do not understand what you are talking about and are trying to disguise that fact from yourself.” His writings, which were focused on God and man, are still in constant demand. Their continued appeal lies in the fact that there is nothing sectarian about them. The Sermon on the Mount, a most popular textbook in Scientific Christianity, continues to be something of a Christian classic as the basis of study and preaching in both liberal and conservative faiths. His booklet “The Lord’s Prayer” is a powerful interpretation and a formula for the development of the soul. Among all of the ideas Dr. Fox has given to the world, none is more famous than his essay “The Golden Keys.” It’s a simple recipe for getting out of trouble: “See God where the trouble seems to be; think about God instead of the difficulty.” Hundreds of thousands apply the Golden Key—trouble evaporates and the difficulty disappears.

Early Influences and Inspirations

Emmet Fox associated with brilliant philosophers, thinkers, orators, and writers such as Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, statesman Winston Churchill, humorist Will Rogers, and English author and Christian mystic Judge Thomas Troward. After reading some of Troward’s writings, Fox wrote to him, thus beginning a wonderful friendship. When Troward was in London, he and Fox met, and it was at that meeting that Troward prophesied that the young Emmet would be a great leader and make great strides in the New Thought movement. Fox was also inspired by Dr. James Porter Mills, a Chicago physician who had given up his practice to take up metaphysical healing. Taking Fox under his wing, Dr. Mills introduced him to certain techniques of meditation and entering the silence. From that time, scientific prayer became for him the Golden Key, or what Fox called “practical work on your own consciousness.”

Drawing on his extensive biblical wisdom as well as his understanding of Hebrew grammar and the Hebraic mindset of the Bible, his understanding and interpretations of the sacred writings transcended that of most previous spiritual leaders. Fox brought life to the narratives of the Old and New Testaments—from Adam and Eve of Genesis to the Four Horseman in the book of Revelation. The appeal of his approach would soon be confirmed as his prominence as a New Thought teacher continued to expand. Educated at a Jesuit Catholic college near London, he was raised in a family steeped in Catholic tradition. Emmet Fox’s introduction to metaphysics came when he was visiting Ireland on a break from his Jesuit studies and came across a book on healing by Dimsdale Stocker, an early teacher of New Thought. Stocker’s writings opened Fox to the realization of a life-giving force within. The words “The indwelling Christ is in every man” gave Fox the realization that healing did not come by asking for the intercession of the saints, but that every man has the ability to draw upon his own eternal power. This was his revelation, the answer to a question he had been inwardly searching for, mostly because he was still suffering poor health caused by a childhood illness. This book marked the beginning of his withdrawal from Catholicism. He once said, “I never formally left the Catholic religion; I just evolved beyond it.”

When he left his Jesuit studies, he turned his attention to the study of engineering, while continuing to be influenced by the writings of men like Emerson and Plato. He was also greatly influenced by LeRoy Moore, an early metaphysical writer, perhaps unknown to many. It was LeRoy Moore’s book Simplified Lessons of Life and Health that opened the path for higher spiritual understanding and the knowledge that life is consciousness and that God is not a magnified man, a projection of our own personalities. The two synonyms for God are Mind and Cause; the creator of all things, Mind is the metaphysical name, and Cause is the natural science name—all creation is the result of the One Cause. God is infinite and unlimited and indefinable, yet we can gain a workable knowledge of God through prayer. This great realization brought Fox to demonstrate his physical healing and was the inspiration for his wellknown booklet “The Seven Main Aspects of God.”

New Thought in the New World

Emmet Fox came to America in 1931. He lectured frequently at the Church of Truth in New York City, drawing large crowds. He also taught independently, with overflowing attendance, at a New York hotel. His mission was not to build a church, but to minister to people and help raise their consciousness; thus, he lectured only in hotels, theaters, and public halls. Fox, however, was a layman and felt that if he were to minister, he should be ordained. But Unity, according to Lowell Fillmore, stated that it would ordain only those who had taken its full training program. Because Fox was already a highly successful preacher and teacher, as proven by the extraordinarily large crowds attending his services, Nona Brooks of Divine Science was inspired to waive the formal requirements. Thus, he was ordained a Divine Science minister by the College of Divine Science in Denver. Although he affiliated his work in New York with the Divine Science organization, his ministry reflected his own marked individuality.

When Dr. A.C. Grier resigned as pastor of W. John Murray’s Church of the Healing Christ in New York City, Emmet Fox was called to succeed him. Thus began one of the most remarkable ministries of any church in America during that or any other period. In the Hippodrome Theatre, the Manhattan Opera House, and later Carnegie Hall, audiences in the thousands—often more than five thousand—came to hear a man of great magnetism speak words of truth and love. “God is here,” he would say. “God is in this room, and He desires only your good.” His powerfully spoken words, delivered as though he were speaking to each individual, made his service exceedingly impressive. He spoke to and of God in the most personal and intimate terms. He spoke simple and profound truths. His weekly message lasted no more than twenty minutes, and his healing meditations, spoken with great assurance, were said to be the most effective part of his service. He had genuine warmth that drew people to him like filings to a magnet.

With the Great Depression bearing down on everyone, one could only imagine what it was like to live in the 1930s. Emmet Fox, however, was hopeful, optimistic, and utterly sure that deep faith would turn the Golden Key, unlocking the door to personal healing and victory for those who could raise their consciousness enough to see beyond the outer circumstances to the Truth. His message was for “right now”: Change your consciousness and you will change your life. With deep conviction he stated, “You write your own history for tomorrow and for next year by the thoughts that you entertain today.” In order to have health, happiness, and harmony, “You must realize that God alone is the Source of Supply—the only Source.” He emphasized, “As long as you realize that the source of your supply is unchangeable spirit, all is well. The fading out of one channel will be the signal of the opening up of another. If, on the other hand, like most people, you regard the particular channel as being the source, then when the channel fails, as it is very likely to, you are left stranded, because you believe the source has dried up. We have to train ourselves to look to God, Cause, Mind, for all that we need.”

Doubtless, such a message, spoken with conviction, turned the man without a job and with little money into a man with faith in God whose ways of working are manifold. Fox touched people in a special way, always endeavoring to meet their specific problems with the Universal Law of God’s goodness and truth. He would often state, “Whoever you are, God made you for a definite purpose.” This powerful affirmation made each person feel a sense of oneness—that he or she was important to God, that he or she belonged.

Inner Knowing

Emmet Fox never married, although he had many friends and affectionate, warm associations throughout his life. He said often that so much of the tragedy of human life came to his ears that he had to spend a great deal of time treating himself for joy in order to rise above it and be able to help. Fox was said to be happy and radiant, always with a sense of good nature, often laughing at himself with a deep chuckle. Three times a day, he withdrew from his work for silence and meditation. His deeper recognition of oneness with Omnipresent God often transcended normal perception beyond the limited five senses, arriving at a truer, more powerful reality. Many were the occasions when others experienced his precognitive awareness. When his dear friend, Sunday-school teacher Blanche Wolhorn, awoke early on a Sunday morning feeling ill, she did not think she could participate in the service that morning. As she turned to look at her clock, the telephone rang.

It was Fox saying, “Blanche, I know you are feeling under the weather right now, but I’ve treated, and in a few minutes you will be fine.” And she was. When his voice coach Alessandro was taken to a Manhattan hospital, Fox received a vision of it so clearly that he went directly to the specific hospital to be with his teacher. Alessandro said, “Fox, who told you that I was here?” Emmet replied, “Alessandro, God told me!”

In August of 1951, Fox asked his good friends Herman and Blanche Wolhorn to arrange a trip to France and Egypt. He stated that he wanted to revisit a number of places in Paris “one more time.” On August 14, he stated to the Wolhorns, “I have given all that I have to the people; now it’s up to them to carry on.” In a soft tone, he added, “I will not be with you on our trip to Egypt. I won’t be here.” Dr. Fox was found the next morning with a Bible on his chest and a smile on his face. The earthly sojourn of Emmet Fox had come to a quiet end in his beloved Paris.

Sixty-one years after his death, we are still coming to appreciate the depth and breadth of Emmet Fox’s spiritual, psychological, and intellectual contributions to the world. Today, we are experiencing a rebirth of these ideas that help make the world a better place. The greatest monuments left to honor Emmet Fox are the mended minds and healed bodies of those who continue to find peace and a deep purpose of living through his teachings.

 

 

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