Advanced Spiritual Living

This is a 30-week course devoted to personal discovery, integrated spiritual practice, community building and embodied awareness of living the Principles of Science of Mind and Spirit.

Course Overview

Three terms of 10 weeks each. Monday nights, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Dates: September – April. Breaks at Christmas and New Year’s, and one week in February during the CSL convention. A Friday afternoon and Saturday retreat in January.

Term One: How Life Gets to Be the Way It Is: The Law of Cause and Effect

This is a deep exploration into individual and cultural influences on our belief systems and personal cosmology. We delve into mental cause, the Law of Mind, Mind and its influences, through the lens of personal and subjective experience. No stone is left unturned! Topics include social & childhood influences, sexuality, addiction, and more.

Term Two: Living a Life of Choice: Consciously Using the Creative Process

This term focuses on a personal and community examination of Creative Mind and consciously choosing and using spiritual principle. We devote individual weeks of study to Values, Faith, Success, Power of Prayer, and the Healing Power of Love.

Term Three: Living Life Fully: Embracing the Sacred in Life

Study culminates in a rich exploration and embodiment of inner and outer experience of Spiritual Beings in Human Form. Topics include Living in Unity with Religious and Cultural Diversity, Living in Freedom through Wisdom, Consciously Choosing through Change, and Spiritual Leadership as a Beneficial Presence.

Required Books

(several more will be suggested):  The Science of Mind, Living the Science of Mind, Concordance to the Science of Mind, A New Earth, Practicing the Presence, The Principles of Healing, Effective Prayer, This Thing Called You.


Six Completed Core Classes in the 5 previous years. See the categories of classes at the end of this document. Make (and keep a copy) of the list of classes with month/year completed. The date on your certificate is the date of completion.  If you do not yet have a list, contact Linda Almeida, Education Ministry Coordinator, at or (707) 546-4543 x 103 for a list of completed classes at CSLSR, which confirm the prerequisites are completed. If any of your classes were completed at another Center for Spiritual Living, contact Misha Brigham at Home Office for your official transcript:

Completion of this course is the Prerequisite for Professional Practitioner Training.

Requested for Interview, conducted in June and July:

  • Completion of the Self-Assessment form

  • List of classes completed and the month/year completed. This is a part of the Commitment Form, initialed and signed.Additional Information and dates: In addition to weekly written homework and reading, you are engaged in the following activities throughout the 30 weeks.
    • Active Spiritual Practice/Journaling/Prayer Partner

    • Active CSLSR Member (If not yet a member, you agree to complete the next available Membership Class (1 week, free)
    • SEVA (Sacred Service) commitment, minimum of 10 hours per Term
    • Paid Practitioner Session required, 1 per term
    • 100% Attendance is expected plus Retreat
    • Identifiable, Conscious, Consistent Giving
    • Invitation to The T.E.A. (Things Everyone Asks) in the Spring from 1:15 to 2:30 pm
    • Attending Community Gathering Orientation date TBD
    • Class Retreat in January at an additional cost (approximately $100)
    • Tuition: $845 if paid in full or $885 paid in 4 installments. ($100 deposit by August 1, then payments at 2nd class of each term. Total is $295 per term for Installment plan.


    II. ERNEST HOLMES PHILOSOPHY: The Essential Ernest Holmes
    III. HISTORY/PHILOSOPHY COURSEWORK – Choose 1:  Exploring Roots of Science of Mind or From Whence We Came
    IV. CONSCIOUS SELF INQUIRY: Self-Mastery: The Emergence of the True Self

    • Treatment and Meditation: Spiritual Practices for Daily Living
    • Power of Your Word

    VI. PRACTICAL APPLICATION- ELECTIVES -Choose 1 among the following courses:

    • The Edinburgh Lectures
    • Creative Process in the Individual
    • Building a Healing Consciousness
    • Meditation is More Than You Think
    • Practical Mysticism
    • Visioning
    • Heart-Mind-Body Connection
    • Can include 1 course from the selection of all other Certificated Courses, INCLUDING the 2nd class in section III or V above.