Create the Life You Want is a collection of writings by Raymond Charles Barker, one of the most popular exponents of New Thought in the mid-20th century. Many of the essays in the book have been out of print and unavailable for many years. Other material is available here for the first time edited into gender neutral language for the 21st century, making Barker’s ideas freshly accessible to a new audience.
Barker had a unique ability to explain in a clear and simple way metaphysical ideas like the law of attraction, affirmations, meditation, mental healing of the body, and what he termed “spiritual mind treatment”. He inspired many people to take charge of their lives and change in positive ways, emphasizing over and over how the power of thought can be used to heal the body, mind and spirit, and thus eliminate fear, anxiety, worry, nervousness, pessimism and unbelief. Barker was adamant that everyone could benefit from putting these principles into practice in their lives. By following Barker’s advice, we can treat the subconscious blocks that prevent us from attaining our goals. We can create new ideas, eliminate problems, create happiness for ourselves and others, remove the belief of lack and limitation, and learn how to decongest our consciousness and create a fresh mind.
Raymond Charles Barker (1911-1988) studied at the Unity School of Christianity in Lee’s Summit, Missouri and was ordained a Unity minister in 1940. After serving as minister at the Unity Center in Rochester, New York, he became affiliated with the Religious Science movement. At the request of Ernest Holmes, Barker opened the First Church of Religious Science in New York City in 1946. He was President of the International New Thought Alliance from 1943 to 1946, and was President of Religious Science International from 1954 to 1957 and 1959 to 1962. (Religious Science International became the organization that merged with a sister organization in 2011 to form Centers for Spiritual Living, more commonly known as Science of Mind.) Barker’s deep involvement in both Unity and Science of Mind gave him a unique perspective on the New Thought movement and allowed him to synthesize ideas from different streams into his own particular blend. His students included Louise Hay and Stuart Grayson.