Core Curriculum

As we study our own being, we begin to deduce the nature of God.

— Ernest Holmes

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 5 to 10 weeks in length and include reading and writtten assignments to be done outside of class hours. Registration begins approximately 5 weeks prior to the first class.

Core Classes – Completed course work contributes to the required pre-requisites for entry to the Advanced Spiritual Living Program and Professional Prayer Practitioner Studies.

Beyond Limits: How to use the power of spiritual practice to change your life

In this class 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. The 120+ page workbook will become a resource for you to return to for inspiration again and again, so you may experience your life soaring beyond limits!

Living the Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes

Building A Healing Consciousness

“Building A Healing Consciousness” is an eight-week journey to amplify and align your Creative Power with the Divine.

This class is for those who are seeking healing and greater health, who want to improve their finances and life situation, and who desire to make our world a place of greater peace and harmony.

You will learn how to develop a permanent consciousness of Oneness, Wholeness, and Healing within yourself.

Ernest Holmes, Emma Curtis Hopkins, and Joel Goldsmith provide the foundation material. We will also look at ancient spiritual practices that enhance the consciousness of Oneness and Wholeness: the Labyrinth, the Medicine wheel and a visionary practice from Emma Curtis Hopkins.

The Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes
The Joy Of Meditation by Jack & Cornelia Addington

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

You are the spiritual scientist for the laboratory of your life. What do you want to create for yourself? You will learn how to tap into the spiritual laws to activate that dynamic center of creativity within you. This is a 5 week experiential class with small and large group discussion and exercises, some weekly reading in our textbook and recommended steps to explore and design what’s important to you for your life.

Textbook How to Change Your Life by Ernest Holmes

The Creative Process in the Individual

This class is based on the book The Creative Process in the Individual by Thomas Troward which explains the nature of creative action, beginning with the formation of the universe and ending with a vista of infinite possibilities attainable by the individual. Troward argues from basic principles we all understand, and shows how these principles may be carried into the future. He relies on the maxim that “Principle is not bound by precedent,” and by the premise that we are not only able, but also required, by the law of our own being, to take a more active part in our personal evolution than has ever occurred in the past.

The Creative Process in the Individual  by Thomas Troward

The Edinburgh Lectures

The Edinburgh Lectures delivered by Thomas Troward had a profound effect on the development of spiritual metaphysics. In particular, he was a major influence on Ernest Holmes as he was developing the Science of Mind philosophy. Troward formally inaugurated his contribution with a series of lectures given in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1904. The study of these carefully crafted and beautifully delivered lectures is designed to give students a deeper wisdom and understanding of universal spiritual principles and What We Believe at the Centers for Spiritual Living.

From a former student: “To study Troward is like being pulled into a vortex of ancient wisdom wrapped in the language of the turn of the last century. The study took me beyond a place of intellectual understanding and back again. Troward understands “the mystery” and speaks not only about it, but speaks into it. I recommend this class to anyone who wants to dance a familiar dance in a different rhythm.”

The Essential Ernest Holmes: Feeling the heart behind the teaching

Essential Ernest covers a wide range of writings and talks by Holmes, from using the law, to worldly issues of racism, war and injustice, to the mystical experience of the Divine that lives through us. We will use his teachings to address our personal challenges and learn how to meet the global situations we find ourselves in today. Following Holmes’ invitation, we will not just study his words but practice applying and embodying them. In the words of Holmes, ‘What the world needs is spiritual conviction followed by spiritual experience’. This is what opens us to a greater awareness of who we are, which then allows us to be a greater expression of peace and healing on our planet. 

The Essential Ernest Holmes edited by Jesse Jennings

5 Gifts of an Abundant Life

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 five 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.

5 Gifts of an Abundant Life by Diane Harmony

Journey of the Soul

Journey of the Soul invites students to experience and affirm their inner divinity and, at the same time, to honor their humanness and appreciate the beauty of who they are. Encouraging daily meditation to listen to the magic within, this class combines spiritual psychology with the power of Science of Mind to assist in that soul journey. Adding training tools for healing emotions and honoring our humanness allows for a balanced and guided approach to healing and transformation as we explore our soul’s journey and life purpose.

In this class, the student will:

  • Define the Soul and Identify as It
  • Discover the Sacredness in Life Experience
  • Increase Self Love
  • Experience Oneness through Deep Meditation
  • Demonstrate the Thought Shifting Practice
  • Honor, Heal, and Redirect Emotional Patterns
  • Explore the Sacredness and Magnificence of the Body, Sensations, and Sexuality
  • Identify and Direct Soul/Life Purpose

The Magic of the Soul:  Applying Spiritual Power to Daily Living by Patrick J Harboula

Meditation: It’s More Than You Think

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!

An Easy Guide to Meditation by Roy Eugene Davis
How to Meditate by Lawrence LeShan

Mental Equivalents

Leap into a state of true potential by activating the powerful Law of Mental Equivalents. For every formed thing in the Universe there is a corresponding mental image. Discover how to measure and expand thinking to create a larger mental image so that one’s greatest desires may demonstrate.

The Mental Equivalent by Emmet Fox

The Power of Your Word: The Artistry of Prayer

As you deepen in your spiritual practice, you will begin to realize how important prayer is 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.

How to Use the Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes
Can We Talk to God? by Ernest Holmes

Practical Mysticism: Living in Your Mystical Intuitive Nature

This class de-mystifies what many of us believe about mystics and mysticism. We have everything available to us here and now to live in the awareness of the presence of God. Each student has the opportunity to focus on a particular area of life and witness the changes and shifts that happen during our time together. Weekly focuses include Letting Go, Faith, Grace, Spiritual Discipline, Freedom, Self-Acceptance, and more. By reframing what a mystic is and learning ways to practice mysticism in everyday situations, you are invited to become a person who is committed to discovering Spirit in every action, person, and situation in your life. There is an abundance of sharing ideas, feelings, perspectives, and opportunities for transformation. This has often been referred to as “my favorite class.”

The Foundations of Mysticism by Joel Goldsmith
Entering the Castle: Finding the Inner Path to God and Your Soul’s Purpose by Caroline Myss

Revealing Wholeness 

This course expands on your current knowledge of Science of Mind Principles and Practices through study of the interrelationship between Spirit, Mind, and Body. This discovery is based on the principles of Science of Mind as well as current research in the scientific fields of medicine and quantum physics. You will also employ spiritual practices to apply these ideas in your own daily life.

Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin
The Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes

Roots of Science of Mind

Spiritual Giants: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Troward, and Emma Curtis Hopkins. What did they teach? How did they influence our movement? What does their teaching offer us today? Through discussion and practice we will revisit these elevating teachings and discover what it means to live a spiritual life.

The Edinburgh and Dore Lectures on Mental Science by Thomas Troward
Emerson’s Essays (First and Second series) by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Scientific Christian Mental Practice by Emma Curtis Hopkins

Self-Mastery: The Emergence of the True Self

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.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Living the Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes

Spiritual Practices for Daily Living: Discovering and Designing Your Spiritual Practice

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.

Journey of Awakening by Ram Dass
Can We Talk to God by Ernest Holmes

Spiritual Principles and Practices

Living a satisfying, spiritually grounded life takes practice, practice, practice. What methods can a person use to bring their life’s intention into focus? Through this course, you will explore the teaching of Science of Mind and how you can use its spiritual practices to bring more aliveness in your life.  Practice, practice, practice, with us in an engaging online class experience and bring your life’s intention into clear focus.
*Beyond Limits equivalent*

This Thing Called You by Ernest Holmes


Are you wondering what is yours to do with so many possibilities? Do you feel stuck and overwhelmed? One of the spiritual practices of Science of Mind is Visioning, opening to the wisdom within you. Michael Beckwith, the originator of the Visioning practice, says, “Visioning is a process by which we train ourselves to be able to hear, feel, see, and catch God’s plan for our life and for any particular project we’re working on.” Visioning encourages mystical awareness and connection. We will practice consciously shifting our perceptions and opening to the still small voice within. Let the inner ear listen to the voice of truth that is always speaking. —Ernest Holmes

Life Visioning by Michael Bernard Beckwith