Many people have never heard the term New Thought, yet most know what New Thought is. They just don't know that they know. Ever hear of the positive thinking of Norman Vincent Peale, the seven habits of Stephen R. Covey, or the Be-Happy Attitudes of Robert Schuller? Familiar with the concepts of self-fulfilling prophecy, psychosomatic illness, the placebo effect, and what goes around, comes around? Acquainted with the concept of God being within each of us and in all of nature? Aware that your thoughts play a crucial role in the kind of life you experience? If so, then you know about New Thought.
New Thought is actually is a broad term which covers numerous ideologies, all of which are subsumed under an even broader term - metaphysics. But all the ideologies have one thing, at least, in common - they are all in agreement as to the role that our thoughts play in our lives. In fact, our thoughts are our lives. Thought reigns supreme. From this basic idea, philosophies were built, churches were founded, people were healed of physical and psychological ailments, wealth was accumulated, careers were launched, and success was attained.
From The Roads to Truth, by Sherry Evans, Northern Lights Publications