What is Open Door Center for Spiritual Living? Open Door Center for Spiritual Living is a community of people utilizing spiritual  tools to transform lives and create a world that works for everyone. We teach  powerful principles for personal and global transformation, honoring all paths to  God. We help people experience a personal relationship with the Divine; we  promote a community of tolerance, understanding and respect; we provide  classes, programs, prayer and meditation; and we advocate a safe spiritual  community of like-minded people interested in living a spiritual life.  Who is the Founder of Centers for Spiritual Living? Dr. Ernest Holmes founded the spiritual movement that started Centers for  Spiritual Living. Born in 1887 in the wilds of Maine, Dr. Holmes spent his teenage  years out-of-doors, asking himself “What is God? Who am I? Why am I here?  This questioning led to his 1926 book, The Science of Mind.  What is Science of Mind? Science of Mind is the core teaching of Open Door Center for Spiritual Living.  Science of Mind is a philosophy that integrates spiritual truths with science and  physics. Simply put, Science of Mind teaches the unity of all life. Intentions and  ideas flow through a field of consciousness, which actually affects and creates the  world around us. This idea is common to most major religions and is supported by  the teachings of psychology and quantum physics. In Science of Mind, we believe  that the secret to living a successful life is to consciously choose positive and  productive thoughts. Put another way, “As you think, so you become.” It is our  intention to use Science of Mind principles as a force for good in our world by  transforming personal lives.  Are Science of Mind and Religious Science the Same? Religious Science is the name of the church that Dr. Ernest Holmes started, the  precursor to Centers for Spiritual Living. Dr. Holmes’ comprehensive book of  teachings is entitled The Science of Mind. The phrases Science of Mind and  Religious Science are used interchangeably.  Is Science of Mind a Real Science? In Science of Mind, we believe that the fields of religion and science are  complementary, and that quantum science is now proving what the mystics have  taught for thousands of years … that the universe is comprised of energy that  cannot be destroyed and is infinitely intelligent. Science of Mind is scientific in that  it uses laws of nature to prove spiritual principles.  Is Science of Mind or Open Door Center for Spiritual Living Related to or Connected with Scientology? No. Religious Science or Science of Mind and Centers for Spiritual Living are in  no way related to Scientology.  Is Open Door Center for Spiritual Living a Christian Organization? Ernest Holmes grew up in a Christian household. During his lifetime he studied  the world’s major religions, with particular emphasis on the teachings of Jesus the  Christ and on Eastern religions. Thus, Science of Mind is an expression of those  truths found pervasively through all these teachings, free from any particular  dogma.  We believe we are Christian, and HIndu, and Native American; we  believe we are the place where all great spiritual truths intersect!  Does Open Door Center for Spiritual Living Believe in Jesus the  Christ?  In Science of Mind, we believe that Jesus was a loving, powerful man who walked  the earth two thousand years ago as a Master Teacher. We believe Jesus was the  great example, rather than an exception, of how to live as an individual  expression of God. According to our founder Dr. Ernest Holmes, “Science of Mind  does not deny the divinity of Jesus; but it does affirm the divinity of all people. It  does not deny that Jesus was the son of God; but affirms that all beings are  children of God. It does not deny that the Kingdom of God was revealed through  Jesus; but affirms that the Kingdom of God is also revealed through you and me.  Is Open Door CSL a “New Age” Organization? No.  Science of Mind is a New Thought philosophy that incorporates the spiritual  tools of affirmations, prayer, meditation, and visioning to transform lives and  support the world in being a more peaceful, harmonious, and prosperous place.  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. Centers for Spiritual Living  does not consider its teachings to be New Age, but rather incorporates the ancient  wisdom of all the spiritual traditions throughout the ages. People of all spiritual  paths — Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Islam, New Age and others — are all  welcome in our communities.  Is Open Door Center a Place for Healing? By all means!  Open Door CSL is a place where people grow spiritually, mentally  and emotionally.  This growth results in amazing healing and life transformation.  The Science of Mind philosophy promotes the idea that God is all-powerful,  omnipresent, and benevolent, true human selfhood is divine, all sickness  originates in the mind, and “right thinking” has a powerful healing effect.  What Kinds of Prayer and Meditation are Taught at Open Door?  Open Door Center for Spiritual Living honors all prayer. We teach a unique and  scientific form of prayer called Spiritual Mind Treatment. This powerful, affirmative  method of prayer was developed by Dr. Ernest Holmes — it involves a five-step  process that harnesses the creative process of consciousness. This type of  powerful, scientific prayer allows new levels of health, wealth, love, and  wholeness to become a reality in our lives.  Open Door Center for Spiritual Living encourages meditation as a spiritual  practice because it strengthens our understanding of the power of our inner being  and allows us to experience the unity of all life. By being still and quiet, we are  able to hear the inner voice and follow its guidance.  Does Science of Mind Believe in Miracles?  We do! Science of Mind teaches that everything is possible in God. Everything  that occurs in our lives is simply the manifestation of our consciousness. Events  that seem to be miraculous are actually the spiritual laws acting at a level beyond  our awareness. As our consciousness evolves, what previously seemed  miraculous becomes a natural, normal and understandable way of life.  Is Open Door Center for Spiritual Living a Cult? No. At the Open Door Center for Spiritual Living we teach that each individual has  influence over and responsibility for his or her own life. We support personal  responsibility and strongly discourage the “following of” any one person, including  founder Ernest Holmes. The philosophy taught by Centers for Spiritual Living  challenges people to think for themselves and only believe what feels true to  them. This is the essence of what the leaders and members of Centers for  Spiritual Living believe and practice throughout the world.  Does Science of Mind Believe in Heaven and Hell? In Science of Mind, we teach that the terms “heaven” and “hell” are symbolic of  what each individual creates in his or her own life. We find heaven when we live  from our hearts, know our oneness with God, and are true to ourselves. This deep  inner peace, which has been written about through the ages, is heaven. Hell, on  the other hand, is the inner pain we feel when our lives and experiences seem to  be against us; when we feel the pain of separation from God, or Good. In reality,  nothing is against us when we understand the basic unity of all life. We always  have the power to change our thinking, and this alone lifts us from any hell-like  experiences into heaven on earth.  Does Science of Mind Believe in the Devil? Science of Mind philosophy states that there is only one power and that is God.  As there is only one power, the devil cannot exist. To blame unpleasant conditions  and circumstances on the devil, or anyone else, is a way of avoiding responsibility  for our own life decisions.  Does Science of Mind Believe in Sin? The original meaning of sin was simply to “miss the mark” of spiritual perfection.  In Science of Mind, we believe that there is no “sin” in the traditional sense of that  word. We can choose behaviors that produce undesirable effects in our lives, thus  creating hardship or suffering. In other words, we are punished by our sins, not for  them.  What Does Science of Mind Believe About Death? Science of Mind teaches that life is eternal. As Teilhard de Chardin relates, “We  are spiritual beings having a human experience.” We accept that our physical  bodies operate within a natural cycle of birth and death. We are more than this  physical body. We are the very Life that animates this body, and that Life is infinite  and immortal. As we become increasingly identified with our divine and eternal  nature, our underlying fear of death dissolves and our experience of life becomes  more joyous.  Does Science of Mind Believe in Reincarnation?  In Science of Mind, we neither endorse nor reject any particular theory or concept  of reincarnation. Because life is eternal, there are an unlimited number of  possibilities for its evolvement after physical death.  FAQ © Open Door CSL 2015