CSL Science of Mind Courses


The Centers for Spiritual Living is a spiritual organization committed to supporting the mission of Science of Mind through prayer, community, teaching, and publishing.  The philosophy of education in the Centers for Spiritual Living is to present Science of Mind—a philosophy, a faith, a way of life—as an exciting, contemporary educational model through which learners fully experience the spiritual reality of their being.  This model recognizes that all aspects of life are spiritual, as the curriculum infuses the intellectual, emotional, and physical aspects of contemporary living.  The educational program of the United Centers for Spiritual Living offers people of all ages the opportunity to realize the Presence of God as all life, to discover their inherent creative power, and to experience the Presence and Power in their daily lives.

Science of Mind Courses

New Foundations of the Science of Mind

This is a revision and widely updated new version of the Foundational Course. It presents new spiritual principle each week and a spiritual practice to support that principle. The Creative Process is introduced at the beginning of the class and then flows through each week, so that the student has the opportunity to see and use the Creative Process at work in each spiritual principle. Each week also features the writing of one of our elders as well as one of our contemporaries on the subject at hand.

Beyond Limits

An entry level class in the study of the Science of Mind and Spirit. The student is introduced to the Core Concepts of the Science of Mind and Spirit and is taught how to apply these Universal Principles to his/her own life. Meditation and Affirmative Prayer are taught as daily practices. The class is experiential, with many guided meditations and exercises to assist students in embracing and incorporating Science of Mind and Spirit Principles.

Textbooks: How To Change Your Life – Ernest Holmes

Creative Ideas: A Spiritual Compass for Personal Expression – Ernest Holmes

Spiritual Practices for Daily Living

This class focuses on the student developing lifetime habits of meditation and Spiritual Mind Treatment. Spiritual Mind Treatment for oneself is reviewed and strengthened and then students advance to treating for other people.

Textbooks: Journey of Awakening – by Ram Dass

Can We Talk to God – Ernest Holmes

Science of Mind – Ernest Holmes

Power of Your Word

This is an amazing course on the power of Spiritual Mind Treatment. Each week is a thoughtful approach to the deeper understandings of prayer: How does the nature of God and man create prayer, the impact of creative law and beliefs, what to pray for, affirmative treatment, and the state of continuous prayer. Each week has experiential exercises to give these ideas a reality for the student.

The Essential Ernest Holmes

This class is a loving tribute to Dr. Ernest Holmes and all of the wisdom he brought to our world. The course is based upon What We Believe and each week the student has the opportunity to examine these ideas and uncover ways to make the power of this teaching come alive in his/her life. Each week has a meditation on light that takes the student progressively deeper and deeper into the light to find inner truth.

Textbooks: The Essential Ernest Holmes – Ernest Holmes (Rev Jessie Jennings, editor)

Exploring Roots

This class provides the student with an understanding of the historical roots in America of Ernest Holmes’ philosophy. Specific emphasis will be given to the works of Thomas Troward, Emma Curtis Hopkins and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Textbooks: The Science of Mind – Ernest Holmes

Emerson’s Essays – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science – Thomas Troward

Scientific Christian Mental Practice – Emma Curtis Hopkins

Thomas Troward: Edinburgh Lectures

This course is designed to give students understanding and knowledge of the principles presented in the Edinburgh Lectures by Thomas Troward. Each week is devoted to a different chapter with the Core Principles from the Foundational Courses outlined.

Textbook: Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science – Thomas Troward

Ignite Your Life with Bible Wisdom

Jesus used short stories called parables to convey profound spiritual truths. The parables charge our spiritual journey with energy and our soul with light. During this course, students are introduced to ways to interpret stories from the Hebrew Bible, as a foundation for understanding the teachings of Jesus. Students become familiar with the power of the parable stories as inspiration for transforming the soul. Students bring the ancient parables to life, and relate them to the challenges of today’s world as they engage in discussions, role-playing, and problem-solving exercises, as well as creative arts expressions.

Textbooks: Learn to Live – Ervin Seale

Holy Bible – George Lamsa

Practical Mysticism

This class is an exploration of mysticism, what it is and what it is not. It provides the framework for the student to live a more mystical life in present time. Each student sets a personal intention for his or her own life. Emphasis is given to the practice of meditation and the practice of witnessing consciousness. This class is ideal for anyone seeking to deepen his or her own awareness of the Divine reality in daily living.

Textbooks: The Essential Mystics: The Soul’s Journey into Truth – Andrew Harvey

7 Paths to God: The Ways of the Mystic – Joan Borysenko

The Foundations of Mysticism – Joel Goldsmith

Entering the Castle: Finding the Inner Path to God and Your Soul’s Purpose – Caroline Myss

Mind Body Connection

This course is designed to give the student a greater understanding of the mind/body connection, and the important role consciousness plays in the healing process. This course is a clear, step by step process that begins with Principle, deals with the emotional issues surrounding the body, gives emphasis to effective prayer, unlearning old concepts of duality and disease, and even practical considerations such as locating health professionals who support your belief system. This course is ideal for the beginner or the advanced student who desires a deeper understanding of physical healing.

Meditation is More Than You Think

This is an introductory meditation course that begins with the beginner and moves step by step through the powerful tool of meditation in many different modalities. Topics include meditation with light, mantras, sound, movement, breathing, and more. Each week is very experiential with various forms of meditation that the student can then take with them for a richer practice at home.

Financial Freedom

This popular course contains in-depth material that allows the student to examine his or her belief systems, and to gain a new perspective of how this system of beliefs is at work in their lives. Interplay of thought, emotions, desire, action, spirit, and all facets of being work together to create a new level of well-being and abundance in the individual’s life. A comprehensive workbook and creative exercises are included.

Principles of Successful Living

This course is designed to give the student a greater understanding of his or her place in the Spiritual System, and the part that consciousness plays in demonstrating greater good. On a very practical basis, this course offers the opportunity to set an intention for concrete demonstration of good, and to study the tools for achieving this demonstration. Emphasis is given to use of the Law of Mental Equivalents, Affirmative Prayer, and the qualities of living a spiritual life.


This class is a walk through the powerful tool of Visioning. It includes the history of how visioning began in our movement with the inspiration of Dr. Michael Beckwith, offers weekly opportunities for visioning at different levels from the individual to the community to the global and explains the role of visioning in our Global Heart Model.

Self Mastery: The Emergence of the True Self

The Self-Mastery class focuses on healing the perceived separation between personality and Spirit. Through an active exploration of the creative nature of thoughts and feelings, beliefs and emotions, the students have an opportunity to gain mastery in the art of living as a conscious, intentional being.

Textbook: Living the Science of Mind – Ernest Holmes


Professional Courses

Practitioner Studies Year I "Living the Principles"

The first year of the Professional Practitioner Studies is devoted to advancing spiritual awareness and expanding the student’s understanding of his/her relation to the universe. It is designed to be whole and complete within itself, preparing the student to live life more fully whether or not s/he chooses to continue with Practitioner II Studies, and to license as a Practitioner.

The year is divided into three terms of 10 weeks each:

  • Term 1, "How Life Gets to Be the Way It Is" based on the Law of Cause and Effect.
  • Term 2, "Living the Life of Choice" based on the creative process in the individual.
  • Term 3, "Living Life Fully" devoted entirely to expansion of consciousness.

Textbooks: The Science of Mind, Living the Science of Mind, Creative Mind and Success, This Thing Called You & Effective Prayer – Ernest Holmes

Practicing the Presence – Joel Goldsmith

Principles of Healing – H. B. Jeffries

Care of the Soul – Thomas Moore

Elegant Choices, Healing Choices – Marsha Sinetar

Practitioner Studies II "The Life of the Professional Practitioner"

The second year of Professional Studies focuses on the consciousness, the skills, and responsibilities of the Professional Practitioner, as well as the relationship of the Professional Practitioner to the principles we teach, to the client, to the process in healing, to the church, the community and the world.

The year is divided into three terms:

  • Term 1, “Professional Skills and Responsibilities" deals almost entirely with the Practitioner /Client session.
  • Term 2, "Spiritual Healing" is devoted to the process in healing, working specifically with challenges related to money, creative self-expression, emotional health, physical health, death/dying, grief/loss, and relationships.
  • Term 3, "Dedication, Commitment and Service", empowers the intention of each student to develop her/his Practitioner practice within the church and in the world.

Textbooks: The Science of Mind, How to Use the Science of Mind, Creative Mind and Success – Ernest Holmes

CSL Practitioner Code

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Creating Health – Deepak Chopra

Spiritual Economics – Eric Butterworth

Real Moments - Barbara DeAngelis

Who Dies – Stephen Levin