“We believe that God is personal to all who feel this indwelling Presence...
We believe in the Eternal Goodness, the Eternal Loving-kindness and the Eternal Givingness of Life to all."
- Dr. Ernest Holmes
To provide a stable and welcoming community for all who choose to learn, practice, grow, and play in the unfolding of their understanding of spiritual principles and spiritual living.
We envision a world as a sacred environment where spiritual living flourishes through the continual growth and development of learning and application of spiritual principles.
Our community has been lovingly created as a place of fellowship, meditation, prayer, sacred and healing service, musical celebration, classes, workshops and spiritual films.
"What We Believe"
By Dr. Ernest Holmes, 1927
We believe in God, the Living Spirit Almighty; One, Indestructible, Absolute, and Self-Existent Cause. This One manifests itself in and through all creation, but it is not absorbed by its creation. The manifest Universe is the Body of God. It is the logical and necessary outcome of the Infinite Self-Knowingness of God.
We believe in the individualization of Spirit in us and that all people are individualizations of the One Spirit.
We believe in the eternality, the immortality, and the continuity of the individual soul, forever and ever expanding.
We believe that Heaven is within us and that we experience it to the degree that we become conscious of it.
We believe the ultimate goal of life to be a complete freedom from discord of every nature and that this goal is sure to be attained by all.
We believe in the Unity of All life and that the Highest God and the Innermost God is One God.
We believe that God is personal to all who feel this indwelling Presence.
We believe in the direct revelation of truth through our intuitive and spiritual nature and that anyone may become a revealer of truth who lives in close contact with this indwelling God.
We believe that the Universal Spirit which is God, operates through a Universal Mind which is the Law of God and that we are surrounded by this Creative Mind which receives the direct impress of our thought and acts upon it.
We believe in the healing of the sick through the Power of the Mind.
We believe in the Eternal Goodness, the Eternal Loving-kindness and the Eternal Givingness of Life to all.
We believe in our own soul, our own spirit and our own destiny for we understand that the Life of All is God.
What is Centers for Spiritual Living?Centers for Spiritual Living is an organization of nearly 400 spiritual communities around the globe that provide spiritual tools to transform personal lives and help make the world a better place. At Centers for Spiritual Living, our spiritual communities teach powerful principles for personal growth and global transformation, honoring all paths to God.
Who founded of Centers for Spiritual Living?Dr. Ernest Holmes founded the spiritual movement that started Centers for Spiritual Living. Born in 1887 on a small Maine farm, Dr. Holmes spent his teenage years outdoors, asking himself "What is God? Who am I? Why am I here?" This questioning led to his 1926 book, The Science of Mind, which outlined the foundational viewpoints of modern New Thought.
What is Science of Mind®?Science of Mind® (also referred to as Religious Science) is the core teaching of Centers for Spiritual Living. Science of Mind is a philosophy that integrates spiritual truths with science and physics. Simply put, Science of Mind teaches the unity of all life. Intentions and ideas flow through a field of consciousness, which actually affects and creates the world around us. This idea is common to most major religions and is supported by the teachings of psychology and quantum physics. In Science of Mind, we believe that the secret to living a successful life is to consciously choose positive and productive thoughts. Put another way, “As you think, so you become.”
Are Science of Mind and Religious Science the same?Religious Science is the name of the church that Dr. Ernest Holmes started, which was the precursor to Centers for Spiritual Living. Dr. Holmes' comprehensive book of teachings is entitled The Science of Mind. Members of Centers for Spiritual Living often use the phrases Science of Mind and Religious Science interchangeably.
Is Science of Mind a real science?In Science of Mind, we believe that the fields of religion and science are complementary, and that science will prove what the mystics have said for thousands of years about the nature of God, human beings, and the Universe. These beliefs are being proven even now by many quantum physicists who have found that the universe is made up of energy that cannot be destroyed and is infinitely intelligent. Science of Mind is also scientific in that is uses laws of nature to prove spiritual principles. Any person can experiment with the principles and measure the results.
Is Centers for Spiritual Living related to or connected with Scientology?No. Religious Science and Centers for Spiritual Living are in no way related to Scientology.
Is Centers for Spiritual Living associated with Christian Science?No. Centers for Spiritual Living is a unique and separate entity from Christian Science.
Do people who practice Science of Mind go to doctors?Absolutely. In Science of Mind, we believe that healing comes in many forms. God is expressed through doctors and medicine just as it is expressed through all of the physical universe. In short, we believe in both prayer and modern medicine.
Is Centers for Spiritual Living a "New Age" organization?"Science of Mind is a New Thought philosophy that incorporates spiritual tools of affirmative prayer, healing and creative visualization to transform lives and make the world more peaceful, harmonious, and prosperous. Centers for Spiritual Living does not consider its teachings to be New Age, but rather incorporates the ancient wisdom of all the spiritual traditions through the ages. People of all spiritual paths -- Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Islam, New Age and others -- are all welcome in our communities.
Are Centers for Spiritual Living communities a place for healing?Yes. Centers for Spiritual Living spiritual communities are places where amazing healings and life transformations take place.
What is the role of prayer within Centers for Spiritual Living?Centers for Spiritual Living honors all forms of prayer. In addition, we teach a unique and scientific form of prayer called Spiritual Mind Treatment. This powerful, affirmative method of prayer was developed by Dr. Ernest Holmes. Spiritual Mind Treatment involves a five-step process that harnesses the creative process of consciousness. This type of powerful, scientific prayer allows new levels of health, wealth, love, and wholeness to become a reality in our lives.
Is Centers for Spiritual Living a cult?No. At the Centers for Spiritual Living we teach that each individual has influence over, and responsibility for, his or her own life. We support personal responsibility and strongly discourage the "following of" any one person, including founder Ernest Holmes. The philosophy taught by Centers for Spiritual Living challenges people to think for themselves and only believe what feels true to them.