Ongoing spiritual education is provided through our Spiritual Enrichment Courses suitable for those students who love learning and yet do not currently include in their plans becoming a Licensed Prayer Practitioner. Our Spiritual Enrichment Courses are designed to be short (three to five weeks long) and practical. There are no prerequisites.
Spiritual Enrichment Courses are offered on a rotating basis and are repeated every two to three years. We offer at least two courses per trimester. Consult the Class Schedule to see what courses are currently being offered. Pre-registration is encouraged so we may prepare materials and seating for you.
This is a three week course developed by Rabbi George Gittleman of Shomrei Torah and Rev. Edward Viljoen of the Center for Spiritual Living. These two teachers collaborated on creating a class that explores such questions as “Does God have an anger management problem?” and “What spiritual practices can I engage in that will improve my relationship to anger?” By looking at stories from the Hebrew spiritual tradition, Science of Mind, and contemporary experts on stress, the class offers a spiritual perspective on a very human experience.
This is a three-week introduction to the world of Hindu spirituality taught by Dr. Edward Viljoen. The class includes an introduction to basic Hindu spiritual terminology, an in-class read-through of a paraphrased version of the Gita, and an introduction to some of the better known deities of the Hindu faith.
Is the Bible the literal word of God? Can we trust that everything in it to be literally true or historically factual? The answers are not simple and the Center does not attempt to prove whether or not the Bible is factually true. Instead, the Center presents the Bible as a the holy book of Christianity (and the Old Testament of Judaism) and approaches it with respect, looking to learn spiritual life lessons from ancient times that are as vibrant and applicable to our lives today as they were when the stories emerged.
What does it mean to be awake? How does one wake up? What is there to wake up from? Turning to thoughts from Buddhism the students in this four week class explore what awakenening means and how the teaching from the Center offers specific consciousness raising methods that anyone can practice.
The spiritual practice of circulation requires you to balance the outward movement of giving with the inward movement of receiving, the outer activity of asking with the inner activity of forgiving, all held in the grateful attitude of giving thanks. It is important to understand, examine, and develop all of these areas, in order to create balance among them. For example, to some people giving is as natural as breathing. They may have difficulties with receiving or asking for what they want, but they have no problem with giving. Other people find it quite easy to receive but difficult to give. A truly well-balanced relationship to the world around you requires that all of the spokes in the wheel – giving, receiving, asking, forgiving, and gratitude – share the responsibility for carrying the vehicle. Just reading these words may already give you a hint about an area where you need to put your attention in order to create more balance.
The Dao De Jing, along with the Zhuangzi is one of the core texts of the Chinese teaching known as "Daoism." The work is known as The Dao from the opening phrase of the text which is translated in many different ways, for example, the "way" or the "path" or "name." Chinese artists, poets, painters, calligraphers, and gardeners have turned to the Dao as a source of inspiration. We turn to it in this class to broaden our idea of what Divinity is. Aided by the opening lines we delve into the idea that whatever name we give to the Divinity, It cannot be contained or limited by that name. The class is an investigation into the ideas and practices of our own spiritual culture to discover where we may have stopped evaluating what we practice, and the effectiveness of our practice.
Many people feel a deep longing for something more than a well-balanced life. It is as if some significant component of their being is not finding expression – that of living a spiritual life.
Living a spiritual life in today's contemporary world can be a challenge. Not everybody can retire to a mountaintop or spend many hours every day in devotional practices. For the average person, a straightforward guide to incorporating spiritual practices in everyday life must take into consideration the fast pace of modern living within the ordinary demands of career, family, and recreation.
This practical guide for spiritual living acknowledges that you may already have a very busy life. It offers manageable options for you to be able to begin incorporating powerful spiritual practices into your routine, with the hope that in their simplicity they will find a permanent place in your schedule. Through the regular on-going application of these practices, you may also become convinced that living a spiritual life is not only something that you're doing already, but it is something that is natural to you. In fact, the purpose of establishing daily spiritual practice is merely to help you remain alert to your natural spiritual tendencies.
Did you know the coherent heart creates an electromagnetic field 5000 times more powerful than the brain’s? This class reviews research from the HeartMath Institute, which reveals the heart is more than a pump and more than sentimentality. When we feel positive emotion, the heart becomes coherent and produces many benefits for our health, perception and well being. We will discuss these benefits, learn a technique to create heart coherence and experience a group heart coherence meditation in each class. Practiced consistently, heart coherence can facilitate opening the heart, responding more frequently with compassion, and greater awareness of intuition, inspiration and creativity. Also, if you have trouble quieting your mind in traditional meditation, heart coherence may be your answer to peace and relaxation.
Hindus see the origin of their faith as being in the cosmic mind itself. And as such it allows for inclusion, evolution, and evoluntion. It emphasizes the authority of scriptures… but also of living teachers. As a result, Hinduism is one of the most diverse religions in the world allowing for individual realization of the higher self over any particular form of practice. And although it looks as if Hindu’s worship a number of gods, in reality, Hindu’s recognize one surpreme truth, an Eternal reality of Being in all, and at the same time, many paths to realize it.
Most of what we believe has been given to us and not chosen by us. We are products of our culture, families, education, and much more. We experience our world and everyone in it in the light of beliefs that were unconsciously accepted without examination or evaluation. Some beliefs serve us very well, and many do not. This course uses science, psychology and metaphysics to teach us how to identify, modify and release hidden beliefs that no longer serve us. We will explore some specific, practical methods for “What To Do When You Find Them.”
Recommended reading: Make Your Brain Smarter by Sandra Chapman
This course invites you to an exploration of Jesus—in history, in religion, and in consciousness. We examine what we know about the first century rabbi, his transmogrification from Jew to an emerging Christian philosopher, and the relevance of his consciousness and teachings today. Most important to the class is your willingness to explore your feelings, thoughts, and experience around Jesus. There will be readings, writings, conversation, and more, focused on learning about Jesus and his role, if any, in our own spiritual journeys. You will leave this class with more information on who Jesus was, how you relate to his teachings, and a deeper understanding of what we believe about the “Christ Consciousness” in New Thought.
There has been much debate in Science of Mind (Religious Science) about whether we are a Christian denomination. Whether or not the term “denomination” is accurate, the founder of Religious Science, Ernest Holmes, was inspired by the teachings of Jesus as a mainstay of his philosophy. Arguably, many “non-Christians” (as well as devotees) continue to study and embrace Jesus in daily spiritual practice. Many Religious Scientists learned about Jesus by reading Ernest Holmes. This course welcomes you, wherever you are on the spectrum.
No required textbooks; however, participants will receive an annotated bibliography as well as selected readings distributed during class.
"Lord make me an instrument of your peace," the opening lines of St. Francis's prayer, illustrate the beautiful imperative voice used in affirmative prayer and establishes the one praying in a commitment to being a channel for peace, light, forgiveness, joy, and so much more. Guided by Kent Nerburn's beautifully written book, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace, this course goes to the heart of what it means to set an intention to live a life of loving-kindness and to support and keep that intention with affirmative prayer. The prayer of St. Francis boldly challenges the one who prays it to resist the tendency towards negativity through regularly focusing on and embracing goodwill and generosity of spirit. This course intends to show a way to true peace and contentment by following our inclination towards goodness and truth.
This class explores the role of meditation as one of the five core practices of a well balanced spiritual life. In addition to reviewing the many benefits of meditation and its power to change our lives, students will practice a user-friendly approach to meditation that expands our receptivity to inner direction and which grows our connection with the Divine. This class authored by Rev. Ruth Barnhart is appropriate for beginners and practiced meditators alike.
A More Ardent Fire is a class about nurturing devotion for God every day. Using Eknath Easwaran’s book by the same title, students will explore humankind's affinity with expressing and receiving love, and how in doing so we experience of Divinity. Material covers topics such as the nature of unconditional love, the importance of nurturing a stillness in mind, Christian equivalents of devotional love, and the qualities present in one who practices devotional love as a way of life.
The poetry of Hafiz, Rumi, and others greatly inspire and liberate the reader. There are great spiritual teachings in these works and there is also great love to be known and felt through hearing them. In this four-part course we will meet the poets personally and receive the mystical teachings they have prepared for each one of us.
Love Poems from God, translated by Daniel Ladinsky
The Essential Rumi, translations by Coleman Barks
Our teaching, The Science of Mind, was put together in a time of great cultural creativity, an era of chaos and change as new ways of knowing and living life were happening. From the Transcendentalists in Concord to the Spiritualists holding seances in the White House, it was a time of experimentation and openness to ways of knowing the Divine. This course is about that time of cultural and personal ferment, similar to the times we are living in now, and the people who found in it new and practical ways to live the spiritual truths which transformed their lives.
Relationship is why we are here, together, on the planet. It can be the most fulfilling, or the most frustrating thing that we as human beings experience. Yet for all of its possibility, most people go about relationship unconsciously. From Significant Other and family relationships to neighbor and co-worker, you will learn to create more fulfilling connections with the people in your life.
This class will provide you with the tools to experience relationship in an intentional and proactive way. Learn to take relationship to a whole new level by becoming more mindful, present, and available to relate to others, and to yourself. Open to a fuller experience of the goodness and love of Spirit, through relationship, on purpose.
Recommended Reading: How To Be An Adult In Relationships – The Five Keys to Mindful Loving, by David Richo.
Ernest Holmes’ classic work The Science of Mind is the reference book for most classes taught at Centers for Spiritual Living, and frankly, it’s not that easy to read. When people find the Center, often they ask about a good book to read to learn more about the teaching studied at the Center and I find myself hesitating to recommend this text. In part, it’s because the book was written so long ago in a style that, compared to contemporary texts, is difficult to take in. Also, the text, I am told, consists of compilations of talk Ernest Holmes gave and as a result the chapters don’t fully stick to the subjects suggested by the titles.
So I set about writing a beginner’s guide, reducing complex sentences into manageable ideas. I built a class around the text The Science of Mind and Spirit for Beginners: Four Chapters in Simplified Prose. Although you can purchase the eBook from the link above, the text is contained in the student handbook for the class with fill in the blank exercises completed in class. The eBook costs 99c, which is the lowest price allowed for Kindle books on Amazon.
The five week class, which begins on May 15 and continues through June 12, (6:30 – 9 pm) is a great introduction to this classic work for beginners and I believe it will also be an entertaining refresher for those familiar with Ernest Holmes’ writings.
There are no required texts for the class, although students will be invited to read each of the four chapters in the original text at the same time as the paraphrased version. We’ll take time to explore the sources Ernest Holmes refers to (often he doesn’t attribute his material, making it fun treasure hunt) and talk about the major themes present in these first four chapters.
This four-week class looks at the scientific evidence for a single underlying energy field from which everything in the material world arises. Using the work of Ervin Laszlo, a respected systems theorist, and current scientific evidence from quantum theory, relativity, biology, and cosmology, we will explore the possibility that Oneness is a scientific reality that affects us in our daily lives. The class will look at how the insights of science deepen our understanidng and practice of Science of Mind, a spiritual practice based on the fundamental teaching that knowledge of Oneness opens up a new way of knowing and being in the world.
Seva is the spiritual practice of selfless, loving service performed without attachment to an outcome and with the attitude that the one serving is not the doer. Offering Seva to the community is both a way to make a significant contribution to the spiritual community and a spiritual discipline that awakens us to the greater truth of our being. Most of all, it is an opportunity to delve deeply into the questions, Who am I? What is making me move? What is my calling? and how do I answer?
Centers for Spiritual Living are part of the contemporary metaphysical movement and of all the practices that we share in common with other faith traditions (service, meditation, study, devotion, etc.) Spiritual Mind Treatment may be the cornerstone of our unique approach to Divinity. In this course, students will look at the logic behind the steps of Spiritual Mind Treatment, compare them to the practice of our founder, Ernest Holmes, and explore how language can either solidify a sense of separation from God or lead us deeper into the awareness of our unity with All That Is.
Each one of us has a unique learning style; ways of study that work for some do not work for others. In this class, we will help you identify what works for you specifically as you learn more about who youa re, what you are, and how you are. You will experience the power of study to open new ways of experiencing your self and your world. And you will learn how study can lead to a deeper knowing of how Spirit is actively working everywhere in your life.
This is a three week class introducing you to one of the world's most ancient holy texts. The Upanishads are a collection of philosophical verses which form the theoretical basis for the Hindu religion. You will learn about what people consider are the origins and traditions of the Upanishads and their relationship to the Vedas. In class, you will receive a student workbook with fragments of some of the more famous Upanishads for reading and discussion. This course is a brief yet powerful look into an ancient world of spiritual ideas that are at home in our modern world.
A three-week course briefly reviewing three works from the beginning, middle, and later part of Ernest Holmes's writing career. This class provides a look into some of the ideas presented in Ernest Holmes's writing, asking the student to make up his or her own mind regarding them. Students may elect to read the assignments (provided each week) from each book; however, it is not required that you purchase and read the books referenced.
Creative Mind and Success (1919). Starting with the premise that the right kind of thinking must, of necessity, produce success, Holmes offers exercises to develop right thinking. The book surveys the basic laws and principles of Mental Science, and deducts from them the necessary steps to take in the acquirement of success.
This Thing Called Life (1943). A timeless classic, This Thing Called Life is now titled The Art of Life. It explains the specific form of meditation to master outward conditions. Through this clear and simple system of thought and faith, readers learn how to empower themselves to experience life fully.
Basic Ideas of Science of Mind (1957). A brief, straightforward, and user-friendly account of the Science of Mind philosophy and teaching, written in the last years of Ernest Holmes's life.
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Hatha Yoga postures at a level and pace that is ideal for those who are new to yoga and for those with physical limitations. Sessions also include chanting, deep relaxation, meditatioin, and short lessons on Raja Yoga (yoga of the mindd). Drop-in. $12 per session.
Though classic postures, breathing practices, and meditations, we open doors of bliss where life itself becomes deep and slow. Ongoing six-week sessions. Call Natalie at 579-4602 for more information and to enroll.
Six-week series of classes bringing one into an optimum state of balance and harmony, both internally and externally. Peter Stickney, RScP, is a student of Master Mington Gu, and a certified instructor. Call Peter at 478-6752 for more information and to enroll.
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(certified by United Centers for Spiritual Living)
Our classes give you what you need to expand your knowledge of spiritual principles and to gain practical spiritual tools for everyday use. In addition to learning about our philosophy and how to apply it, being in a class is one of the best ways to enter more deeply into our spiritual community. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know people from many different backgrounds.
Our teachers are experienced and love to share the power that these teachings have to change lives. Classes combine experiential exercises with explanation how to establish a spiritual practice. Many lifelong friendships have begun in our classrooms. Come and join us as we explore and experience the transformation spiritual practice can bring to every life!
Classes are typically 8 or 10 weeks in length and begin in January, May, and September. Registration begins 6 weeks prior to the first class.
Certificated Classes - All completed course work contributes to the required pre-requisites for entry to the Advanced Consciousness Studies Program and Professional Prayer Practitioner Studies.
In these classes we study core spiritual concepts and practice applying them to the conditions in our lives. We learn how to gain more clarity and less confusion about what to do and how to do it. The classes are experiential, with guided meditations and exercises to assist you in incorporating spiritual practice and understanding into your daily life. Either one of these two basic courses is required prior to any further course enrollment.
Building on the knowledge gained in Beyond Limits or Foundations, this class focuses on how to have an active daily connection with Spirit and how to find your own unique way of doing that through spiritual practices. You will explore receptive (meditation) and directive (prayer) ways of communing with Spirit to be able to choose the perfect spiritual practice for you in every moment and situation. Various forms of meditation are presented, and you will develop greater skill in verbal and written prayer, especially for others.
Have you ever wrestled with the impulse to react when you want to respond compassionately and calmly? Do you wonder what causes you to react in ways that leave you feeling dissatisfied? Do you have questions about integrity and compassionate communication? Do you sometimes wonder how to be a spiritual person in a practical world? This class is an inward journey exploring feelings, ego, relationships, and the process of personal change. With direct, practical advice from Don Miguel Ruiz’s Four Agreements, the work of Byron Katie and others, you will discover new ways to deepen human love, trust, and forgiveness.
As you deepen in your spiritual practice, you will begin to realize how important prayer in living a spiritual life. In this class you learn specifically what contributes to clear, powerful, focused prayer. Not only will you learn how to write affirmations and prayers to address personal circumstances for yourself and for others, you will also be coached in identifying and describing personal limiting beliefs that interrupt your progress. You will be invited to experience what it means to “pray continuously” and to live a life based on prayer.
Learn how our teachings became a system that freely draws from many religions, philosophies, literature, and sciences. Directly experience the power of those teachers and the teachings that inspired Ernest Holmes, our Founder. This class guides us through the writings of three of the most important influences in Holmes’s development: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Troward, and Emma Curtis Hopkins.
This class provides an opportunity to get in touch with your own inner “mystic.” Inspired by the world’s great mystical traditions and teachers, you will gain a deeper experience and understanding of your own personal way of living a mystical life. By reframing what a mystic is and how to practice mysticism in every day situations, you will be invited to step into a new identity as a person who is committed to discovering Spirit in every action, person, and situation.
Visioning is the practice of catching Spirit’s ideas as they unfold in your life. As you become more aware of Spirit working in your life, you readily turn to Spirit first before taking any action. Knowing how to ‘listen’ to Spirit’s ideas and how to differentiate between all the other messages that pass through our awareness becomes an important skill in living a spiritual life. Visioning is about the personal transformation that occurs when you let Spirit inform everything you do! In this class, you learn how to vision and experience the power of visioning with others.
This class promises to change your consciousness, leading to the experience of a more abundant life. If you have struggled with ideas about lack and/or limitation in the world beyond your control, this class will help build a bridge from where you are to an experience of spiritual living in which you feel the infinite support of an abundant universe. The 5 gifts that lead to clarity and inspiration are: Gratitude, Intentions (both setting and manifesting), Forgiveness (of self and others), Tithing (practice of structured giving), and Surrender. You will savor the spiritual community that you build with your fellow travelers through specific spiritual practices that are designed to guide you in the process of mastering some spiritual principles.
What is the relationship between our thoughts and our experience of well-being? What information from recent scientific studies exists about the mind-body connection? This class includes fairly new material on heart coherence and the ability of the heart field to reduce stress and facilitate the body’s healing response. Ernest Holmes wrote that healing is a revealing of Truth. This class includes exercises to increase our sensory awareness of our wholeness so that we can experience it as the Truth. Resting in this sensation, we have the opportunity to experience ourselves as divine, which in turn changes our biochemistry to support healing. We also explore the benefits of self-love, self-acceptance, self-forgiveness as well as the role surrender plays in our experience of “healing”.
Ernest Holmes studied many teachings in developing our spiritual teaching. Along the way he adapted what he learned to suite his audience and his time. He left us with the charge to continue to adapt his teaching to the world we live in now. In order to adapt and grow, it is vital to understand the foundation. In this class, you will experience the real Ernest Holmes and discover the gifts he has left for you through his teaching. The text book for the class is The Essential Ernest Holmes, a brilliant compilation of Holmes’s key ideas on a broad range of topics including social awareness, non-dualism, mysticism, healing and prayer.
This course is suitable for beginners or those wishing to deepen and expand their spiritual practice. The experiential nature of the class will move you through several modalities, including meditation with light, mantras, sound, movement, breathing and more. With an innovative and inspiring structure, informative reading materials and gentle guidance, this class promises to take you deeper into your practice every day, for good!
This class will assist you in the development of greater awareness of Spirit as the source of financial as well as personal freedom. You will explore your own current beliefs and attitudes about money to create a spiritual practice that will duplicate the nature of Spirit in your financial affairs. Learning these tools for personal freedom will give you the opportunity to apply them in all aspects of your life.
This 30-week course takes the student on a deep journey of self discovery, focusing on a keen understanding of our teaching and applying spiritual principles. Students continue their mastery of life through personal responsibility, the power of choice, and structured spiritual practices. Through reading, reflective writing, affirmative prayer and classroom exercises, students develop a moment by moment awareness of what it means to live a spiritual life. (A minimum of five completed classes and an interview are required prior to enrolling. Offered once per year beginning in September and ending in May)
In this course, you will learn the necessary skills for working with clients and the application of spiritual principles in human conditions through expanded use of affirmative prayer. Students deepen their role of selfless service to our spiritual community and hone the consciousness of a healing presence. Successful completion of this 30 week course with written and oral exams culminates in licensing as a Professional Prayer Practitioner (RScP) with United Centers for Spiritual Living.
Education Ministry at the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa
2075 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Director: Rev. Kim Kaiser, 707-546-4543, ext. 119, firstname.lastname@example.org
Coordinator: Martha McCabe, RScP, 707-546-4543, ext. 118, email@example.com
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You may register in person at the Center in the five week period before each term begins. Meet and greet the teachers and inquire about our classes in the Social Hall on Sundays. You may also register in the office, by appointment, during the week. For 24/7 ease, you may register online by clicking [ here ]. Online registration typically begins seven weeks before classes begin.
The complete schedule of classes and class descriptions are available on the website, at our registration table in the Social Hall on Sundays, and in the office lobby during the week. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 546-4543 x 118.
All core classes require a non-refundable $45 registration deposit. Full tuition begins at $160 for eight-week classes and $200 for 10-week classes. We have "early bird," senior, and youth discount prices and installment plans. Look below to see our refund policy.
Scholarship or tuition assistance is available for our classes. Information and applications are available in the Social Hall and office lobby. Completed applications must accompany registration forms.
Spiritual enrichment courses (three to five weeks in length) must be paid in full at the time of registration. Registration ranges from $$50 to $95. There is a $20 processing fee if you decide to drop the course and want a refund. No refunds are given after the first course date.
Classes may cancel if enrollment is too low.
Education Ministry Refund Policy
Spiritual Enrichment Courses
Each three to five week course, with a $50 to $95 total tuition fee, includes a $20 non-refundable cancellation fee. If a course is dropped no later than the day of the first meeting, the remaining tuition will be refunded within three weeks of notification. After the first class meeting, no refunds will be issued. To notify us that you are withdrawing from a spiritual enrichment course, and to request a refund, please e-mail or call the teacher or Martha McCabe at 707-546-4543, ext. 118 or email@example.com.
Online Spiritual Enrichment Courses
NO REFUNDS will be issued for online courses. If you need to drop the class, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. You are free to transfer your registration to a friend, and include that person’s contact information with your notification at least one week in advance of class start date. All technology requirements need to be met by them (see course description), and all materials and hyperlinks will be provided to the new student. Any request for transfer within the week prior to class start date cannot be accommodated.
Students are entitled to a full refund (less the $45 non-refundable deposit) if they formally give notice of their intent to withdraw before the second class meeting and use the refund form (in the binder) to request a refund. If you need to drop a class before the first meeting, contact email@example.com.
Students must notify the teacher or an assistant that they are dropping a core class. The student workbook, binder, and request for refund form are to be turned in to the Education Ministry or the teacher. A refund will be issued within three weeks of notification. If a student wishes to keep the workbook and binder, $10 will be deducted from the refund.
The $45 deposit is not refundable or transferable. All refunds are prorated based on the number of class meetings that have taken place (except when the class is dropped before the second meeting). No refunds will be made after 50% of the class has taken place. No refunds will be made if the student fails to notify the teacher or the Education Ministry within two weeks of dropping the class. Thus, a student who simply stops coming to class is not entitled to a refund.
If additional installment payments (or prorated portions) are due the Center at the time a student drops a class, those payments must be made within two weeks of dropping the class. If any amount due remains unpaid, the student may not enroll in any additional classes until all tuition is paid.
$200 for 10 week class = $20 per class.
Student dropped after third class and before fourth and turned in a re-usable workbook and binder:
-60 for 3 classes @ $20 each
$95 REFUND ($85 if student wishes to keep the workbook and binder)
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