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FAQs About Centers for Spiritual Living


What is Centers for Spiritual Living?

CSL Yaletown is a proud member of Centers for Spiritual Living – 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. Centers for Spiritual Living communities teach powerful principles for personal growth and global transformation, honouring all paths to God.

Who founded Centers for Spiritual Living?

Dr. Ernest Holmes founded the spiritual movement that started Centers for Spiritual Living. Born in 1887 on a small farm in Maine, US, Dr. Holmes spent his teenage years outdoors, asking himself “What is God? Who am I? Why am I here?” Answering this question drove him to discover the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson (a 19th Century New England essayist and former Unitarian minister), and delved deeply into both Eastern and Western spiritual traditions. The result was his seminal work 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 what we scientifically know today about consciousness. 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.”

What is the link between Science of Mind and real science?

We believe that the fields of religion and science are complementary, and that science is steadily proving 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 uses laws of nature to prove spiritual principles. Any person can experiment with the principles and measure the results.

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.

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