What We Believe

What We Believe – Our Guiding Principles

Center for Spiritual Living San Jose is a covenanted member of Centers for Spiritual Living, a global organization with hundreds of “centers” for spiritual living.

We believe that the Universe is fundamentally spiritual, and that it has intelligence, purpose, beauty and order. Our beliefs are in harmony with the basic tenets of all the world’s great religions and for that reason we honor all paths to God. Whether we call it God, spirit, energy, or Universal Intelligence, every person, place and thing emanates from this spiritual universe. We believe this Universal Intelligence is within us, as well as around us, and that we are conscious of it.

We believe that God is a loving intelligence, operating in and through all life, never separate from anyone or anything. Through classes, study, and spiritual practice we come to understand our oneness with this indwelling Divine Presence. We teach and practice a way of life where we can all learn how to live in accordance with spiritual principles. These principles, which we call the Science of Mind ®, are as reliable as the laws of physical science. We believe there is a body of knowledge about spiritual laws that operates in the Universe as Cause and Effect. We teach that "It is done unto you as you believe" and “As you think, so you become.” In essence, our thinking and our expectations create our reality. It is in studying and applying spiritual laws that we can change our unconscious beliefs and create improved conditions in our lives.

Each spiritual community within Centers for Spiritual Living teaches Affirmative Prayer and other spiritual tools designed to help us lead a spiritual life, think positively, and love deeply. Simply put, at Center for Spiritual Living, we provide spiritual tools to transform our personal lives and make the world a better place.

We Are a New Thought Spiritual Community

Center for Spiritual Living is a “New Thought” spiritual community and is an affiliated member of the Centers for Spiritual Living.

The New Thought tradition dates to the 1880s and has its roots in the Transcendentalist Movement of the 1830s. New Thought has a long and respected history, and includes luminaries such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Phineas Quimby, and Emma Curtis Hopkins. Some of the better known authors today whose writings parallel ours are Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle (author of A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose) as well as many others.

Our teachings incorporate 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.

Our Founder

Dr. Ernest Holmes (January 21, 1887 - April 7, 1960) was the Founder of Centers for Spiritual Living. Dr. Holmes’ book, The Science of Mind, is recognized today as one of the leading viewpoints in modern metaphysics and New Thought.

Dr. Holmes developed a universal philosophy and tools for spiritual living that profoundly resonate to this day. His work provides us with a personal spiritual path, an understanding of our relationship with the Universe, and a connected and joyful approach to daily living.


transforming LIVES building DREAMS revealing LOVE

Guiding Principles: We honor, notice and value all people. We are committed to

respectful and effective communication. We are honorable in word and deed.


…that Life is good, that God is all there is, and that Love is the only Power.


…of inspired individuals caring for and about each other and the entire planetary family, bringing the gifts of active compassion and kindness to the world.


… is to transform lives, build dreams, and reveal God through education, music, prayer, service, generosity, and play.

Shared Values: Accountability, Integrity, Continuous Improvement, Community Collaboration, Humor and Fun, Spiritual Living, Community Service, Love, Education, Coaching and Mentoring

Global Heart Vision

We envision the emergence of the Global Heart to balance and
guide our evolution
as stewards of our planet and all its
We see a world free of homelessness, violence, war, hunger
separation and disenfranchisement.
We see a world in which there is generous and continuous sharing
of heart and resources... a world in which forgiveness,
whether for errors, injustices, or debts, is the norm... a world
in which borders are irrelevant... a world which has renewed
its emphasis on beauty, nature and love through a resur-
gence of creativity, art, and aesthetics ... a world in which
fellowship prospers and connects through the guidance of
spiritual wisdom and experience ... a world in which we live
and grow as One Global Family that respects and honors the
interconnectedness of all life.
We envision Center for Spiritual Living as a bridge across the
illness and illusion of separation thereby dynamically
empowering the vision of Global Heart.
The spiritual community of Center for Spiritual Living is united
and actuated by this compelling vision of a healthy
world — a world experiencing Global Heart — and is
ardently committed to bringing this vision forth through its
ministries and its transformative teaching.
Center for Spiritual Living is a community of inspired individu-
als caring for and about each other and the entire planetary
family, thereby bringing the gift of active compassion and
kindness to the world and causing us to become a point of
inspiration and influence to benefit all expressions of Life.

What Does it Mean?
CSL: Center for Spiritual Living; Demonstration/Manifestation:
Answered prayer; High Watch : Practitioners sitting at each end of front
pews maintaining the awareness of the Consciousness of God in all aspects
of the day; Love Offering: Another word for “donation”; MOP: Ministry
of Prayer; Race Consciousness or Race Thought: collective belief(s)
of the human race, i.e. “If you go outside with your hair wet you’re going to
catch cold” or “No pain, no gain.” RS: Religious Science - one name for our
denomination; RScP: Religious Science Practitioner; SOM: Science of Mind
- our philosophy; (Spiritual Mind) Treatment: Affirmative prayer

What is This?
You may have seen this symbol in the stained glass
window or on a banner in the Sanctuary. This is our
Science of Mindteaching symbol and it attempts to portray how the
physical world is created. Imagine the top third is a
seed (“thought” or “cause”) that you plant into soil (the
middle section or “law”) that brings about a plant (lower
section or “effect”). Simply: What you think about you become - or -
“It is done unto you as you believe.”

Who Are We?
Ernest Holmes: founder of Science of Mind. Science of Mind: The
name of our philosophy. Centers for Spiritual Living : name of our
organization. Home Office: our organizational headquarters in Golden,
CO. CORE Council; the (mostly!) elected leadership of the Center.

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