Hi All, this is Rev. Karen writing to you.
This past weekend I journeyed to Placerville, California to Mountainside Center for Spiritual Living to speak and do a workshop. Since Centers all over the world are, for the month of January, focused on the Introduction in the Science of Mind textbook, I decided to do both my talk and the workshop on this topic. If you are new to this teaching, Science of Mind (SoM) is what is taught in Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL). Science of Mind was created by Ernest Holmes in the 1920s, and is under the umbrella of what is called New Thought. You may be familiar with another well known New Thought organization, Unity. I love SoM because it has taught me how to claim my power and commune with a God that works in my life. Ernest Holmes studied the world’s religions, science, philosophy and psychology and created this teaching from aspects of all of those. The Introduction in our textbook contains four sections: The Thing Itself, The Way It Works, What It Does and How To Use It.
Basically, in a nutshell, here is what that means: The Thing Itself is God and you are free to call It whatever you wish. God is everywhere present, there is no place where God is not. This Thing works through us, in us and as us, and It manifests. Because It works in, as and through us, It manifests our thoughts and beliefs. Thus it behooves us to look carefully at our thoughts and beliefs, because our outer conditions begin there, within each of us. And last but not least, we can use this Power called God by remembering that God is within us and a part of us, and by training our minds through the spiritual practices of meditation and prayer. In SoM, we call prayer affirmative prayer, or Scientific Mind Treatment. How to do that is the topic for another post.
Why mention all this? Because this is our foundation. It is MY foundation for successful living, and it can be yours too.
I am offering an online once weekly discussion/class based on the Science of Mind textbook. If you are curious or seeking, this is a great place to explore how SoM can work in your life. If you have been around this teaching for a while, this is a great place to contribute your thoughts and words. We meet every week, at 5 PM Pacific, via Zoom. You can join from the comfort of your own home computer, or from your cell phone or tablet. Simply click on this link and follow the directions. For January, we are still in the Introduction. You will benefit greatly by reading that section before you join us. Take note of the things you wish to discuss. In February we will be discussing chapters 1 and 2 in the text.
Here is the link to join us: https://zoom.us/j/175104291