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  • I Create My Highest Good

    Phil Pomare, RScP

  • Phil Pomare, RScP

    Phil Pomare became a Licensed Practitioner of Religious Science in 2007 at the Founder's Center in Los Angeles.

  • Divine Right Housing for All

    Amen Phil Pomare RScP

  • Musicians

    Ken Francis, our Center's Music Director, has written some of the songs that have become an integral part of each Sunday service. His ability to bring spirit and energy to any song with just the right arrangement is part of what keeps people coming back each week. Ken began his musical career at the age of 14 by being the first drummer to receive the Los Angeles Unified School District Musicians Scholarship, which gave him pre-admittance into the Los Angeles Children’s Philharmonic. He began touring the United States and Internationally at the age of 17 by joining the Touring Cast of Beatlemania and with the Legends in Concert Tour working as the guitar/keyboardist. In 1994 Ken released one of the first Enhanced Multimedia CD’s  entitled “Blue Road” which met with outstanding reviews and was featured in the CNN News Channel, NBC’s Extra, Entertainment Tonight, Billboard Magazine, Mix Magazine, The Hard Report, FMQB, The Album Network, R&R and many others. The Blue Road CD was featured as a mural on the side of the world famous Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. In 2003 Ken Co-Wrote and Co-Produced The Invisibles CD which was featured nationally on public radio KPFK with band interviews and given as the radio station gift to subscribers that year.  His song “Is This the Best That We Can Do” was featured in the documentary “Garden of Hope” and premiered at the world famous Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California. Kenneth performed as bass/percussionist in the Ricky Ricardo Orchestra for the award winning stage production I Love Lucy Live in 2011-12 as well as performing on the Jimmy Kimmel Stage as a member of the Chadwick Johnson Band in 2013. Jason Goldstein has played in ensembles his entire life, but from 2012-2016, he studied jazz piano and composition in New Orleans. Since returning to Los Angeles, he has been performing live with various artists and recording in studios as a session musician for major labels. He is also a songwriter as well as a vocalist and can often be found writing and producing music. When it comes to his instrumental work, he specializes in jazz, pop, folk, and R&B piano/organ, but also has multi-instrumental abilities!

  • CSL Spiritual Education

    Take a Science of Mind Class at CSL Granada Hills! The Centers For Spiritual Living is proud to present a broad program in Science of Mind™ teaching. This program offers people of all ages the opportunity to realize the Presence of God, to discover their inherent creative power, and to experience the Presence and Power in their daily lives. Those who take Science of Mind classes: form an incredible bond with others in the classes awaken to new insights upon your consciousness move through obstacles and manifest desired results For questions about our classes or to reserve your space in a class, please call our Center at 1-818-363-8136, use our contact form to send us an email or visit our Center and sign up for classes in Sparks Fellowship Hall. For general class information, read the Frequently Asked Questions at the end of this page. There are six (6) courses required to become a Licensed Practitioner I. Foundation Level Classes Choose 1 among the following 3 courses as the prerequisite: New Foundations of the Science of Mind Beyond Limits The Spiritual Path (SOM 101) PLUS Spiritual Mind Treatment (SOM 102) II. Ernest Holmes Philosophy Choose One: The Essential Ernest Holmes SOM103 and 104 III. History/Philosophy Coursework Choose 1 of the following 2 courses: Exploring Roots From Whence We Came IV. Consciousness Including additional work with Troward and other foundational teachers. (To give the teacher more flexibility in choose course work appropriate for their particular students) Choose 3 among the following courses: The Edinburgh Lectures (SOM 207) Creative Process in the Individual (SOM 213) Treatment and Meditation: Spiritual Practices for Daily Living Power of Your Word Building a Healing Consciousness (SOM 103) Meditation is More Than You Think Practical Mysticism Self-Mastery: The Emergence of the True Self Can include 1 course from the vast selection of all other Certificated Courses Frequently Asked Questions about Science of Mind Classes Why take classes? The basic principles we study are profound, but not necessarily easy to embody and practice in our daily lives. Sunday morning is where we hear about our potential, but the classroom is where we experience the practical application of principle. The process of regular Science of Mind™ class attendance is how we begin to embody a true change in our consciousness. No matter who you are or what the current issues on your path, in classes you will find a new perspective – in a timeless message that is totally relevant for today. Each class is taught in a fun and fast-paced format. The support of shared insights and the opportunity to ask questions in a classroom setting offer a learning environment not easily duplicated with solitary study. The discipline of regular attendance and the weekly readings create a framework for asking the big questions about life and our place in it. What happens in class? Through lectures, discussions, and workshops led by a qualified instructor, the student learns how to personalize the same metaphysical principles which the great masters throughout history have used to experience greater wholeness! Each class takes on an energy of its own which stimulates each individual mind. What will you learn? You will learn about your connectedness to an infinite power for good which you can use. You will learn how to apply Universal Principles in your daily life and get results. You will learn the art of positive prayer called Spiritual Mind Treatment. You will learn the value of meditation and daily spiritual disciplines and commitment. You will learn that you have found new friends and relationships in your classmates who think as you do. You will learn you really can create a new life by changing your thinking and beliefs. Is there tuition for classes? Yes. Taking a Science of Mind™ class requires a commitment of both time and money. The truth is, little can be achieved without commitment. It creates an expectancy of change which is very valuable. Tuition is set by International Centers for Spiritual Living and is standard for all churches. What is the value of taking “accredited” classes? A certificate of completion is issued at the conclusion of all classes when the attendance and other requirements have been met. After completing a specific number of classes, a student may be eligible to be licensed as a Religious Science Practitioner, and with further class work, as a Minister of Religious Science. Class Structure The Department of Education and Professionalism is dedicated to open communication and working with our field to expand and strengthen our education. Each Science of Mind 100 class is eight weeks and is based on books and writings of Dr. Ernest Holmes. Each Science of Mind 200 class is eight weeks and is based on the 200 curriculum. It is the policy of the Department of Education to encourage our ministers to use accredited ICSL classes if they so desire. This listing contains UCSL classes which have been approved. For questions about our classes or to reserve your space in a class, please call our Center at 1-818-363-8136, use our contact form to send us an email or visit our Center and sign up for classes in Sparks Fellowship Hall. For general class information, read the Frequently Asked Questions on this page. Check our online calendar for class dates. If a class has just started, please contact us to see if it is possible for you to register for and join the class.

  • New Thought History

    New Thought History Ernest Holmes, Founder of Science of Mind The Science of Mind is the study of Life and the nature of the laws of thought; the conception that we live in a spiritual Universe; that God is in, through, around and for us. — Ernest Holmes Author, Science of Mind How Transcendentalism Influenced the Science of Mind Philosophy * The Greek Philosopher Plato developed the philosophical concept of transcendence. * The verb “transcend” means “to go beyond” something. In Transcendentalism, it meant that there are truths that go beyond, or transcend, proof. These were truths that were simply “known” but could not be proved with logic. These truths were a private experience of faith and conviction. * The German philosopher, Immanual Kant, gave Transcendentalism its name. * Kant, with other German thinkers, influenced the views of some important English writers; the poet-critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, and the Scottish philosopher-historian Thomas Carlyle. These three, especially Carlyle, exchanged ideas with Ralph Waldo Emerson of Concord, MA. * It was Emerson who brought the Transcendentalist movement to New England and nurtured its growth in this country. * American Transcendentalism thus began in the 1840’s as Emerson interacted with Longfellow, Whittier, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Thoreau and Lowell. This influential group of people were all born within a few years and a few miles of each other in New England. * Transcendentalism was the beginning of American interest in Oriental thought. Emerson and his friends read works from Hinduism, Confucius, Buddha and the Mohammedan Sufis. The Bhagavad-Gita was very influential to Emerson. * Transcendentalism became an eclectic composite of Oriental, Greek, English, French, German, and native thought. * Transcendentalism is a belief that there is a higher reality and greater knowledge than that manifested in human mind. It divides reality into a realm of spirit and a realm of matter. This division is made by many of the great religions of the world. Major Influencers of Science of Mind Philosophy There are three creative thinkers who greatly influenced Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) as he moved along his spiritual path and developed Science of Mind. They were; * Ralph Waldo Emerson, the distinguished New England philosopher and essayist (1803-1852) * Thomas Troward, an eminent British jurist and metaphysician (1847-1916) * Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, a mental healer (1802-1866) * Emma Curtis Hopkins, a greatly respected American teacher and mystic, often called the “teacher of teachers” (1853-1925) Ralph Waldo Emerson Emerson’s entire life was one of spiritual exploration. He has been called “the Father of New Thought” because he was instrumental in gathering together a group of intellectuals, writers and philosophers to explore the transcendental philosophy. Emerson entered Harvard College on a scholarship at age 14. He became a Unitarian minister. He wrote eloquent essays on many subjects. Emerson thought every man is an individualization of the one and only God. He believed that at the center of our being we are all operated on by spiritual laws which execute themselves. Emerson is not thought of as a New Thought writer, but rather as one of the sources from which New Thought drew a great deal. Emerson’s eloquent essays that particularly reflect Science of Mind thinking are Self-Reliance, Spiritual Laws, Compensation and The Over-soul. How Ralph Waldo Emerson Influenced Ernest Holmes Ernest Holmes was a spiritual seeker. Born in 1887, he was primarily “home schooled” by his mother, who was an ardent reader. In his teens, Ernest began a search for the similarities in all the world's religions. He read extensively about all of them and was deeply moved by the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson Holmes said, “Reading Emerson is like drinking water to me”. Thomas Troward Thomas Troward was born in the Punjab, India in 1847, educated in England and returned to India to become a Divisional Judge in the Punjab, which is now Pakistan. His chief interest lay in the field of religion. He explored the Indian religions and studied comparative religions. He studied Indian lore and sacred writings as well as Hebrew and other ancient scriptures. He was an ardent student of the Bible and was drawn to Emerson’s writings. The concept of reincarnation was a strong influence in his thinking He associated himself with the Higher Thought Centre in England and became a noted leader of British New Thought. Troward was interested in formulating a theory of mental healing. When he was asked to label it, he called it “Mental Science “. Troward began by examining the universe. He saw things that seemed to have a quality of livingness and some which did not. Since the difference was not always sharp he concluded that there are degrees of livingness. Further searching led him to conclude that what makes the difference is intelligence. Trowards The Dore Lectures contains a logical, intellectual explanation of this rich philosophy. How Thomas Troward Influenced Ernest Holmes Holmes discovered Troward’s work in 1914, two years before Troward died. He said “This is as near to my own thoughts as I shall ever come.” He began speaking on Troward’s writing to growing groups when he was 25 without realizing his lifetime ministry had begun. He totally absorbed Troward’s ideas and deeply linked them with his own thinking. He was one of the main channels through which Troward’s ideas reached American circles. Phineas Parkhust Quimby (1802-66) Phineas Quimby was an American mental healer whose ideas greatly influenced the New Thought movement, a religious-metaphysical healing group. He originally studied mesmerism and became a practitioner of hypnosis. He claimed that he could heal by mere suggestion. Quimby believed that illness originated in the mind and was created by erroneous beliefs. He taught that when a person opened his mind to God’s wisdom, they could conquer any sickness. One of his patients and disciples was Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science. When Eddy moved into her own work, she denied Quimby had made any contribution to the theory of Christian Science. Emma Curtis Hopkins Emma Curtis Hopkins, more than any other single teacher, influenced New Thought. She was born in Connecticut in 1853. She was educated at Woodstock Academy there and remained for a time as an instructor. In 1882, she went to Mary Baker Eddy (founder of Christian Science) because she was ill. She was healed. She then devoted herself to the study and growth of the Christian Science approach. She became a practitioner and served as editor (1884-85) of the Christian Science Journal. Within another year, her independent quest for spiritual truth created an impossible situation between the two religious thinkers, and she began to explore other metaphysical writings. In 1886, she left Mrs. Eddy and moved to Chicago where in 1887, she established the Christian Science Theological Seminary, an institution founded to promote teachings similar to those of her mentor. She quickly won a following. She branched out and taught classes in New York, San Francisco, Kansas City, Boston and elsewhere. Among those influenced by these lectures were; * Melinda Cramer and Nona Books, co-founders of Divine Science; * Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, who established the Unity School of Christianity. * Harriet Emilie Cady, author of Lessons in Truth; * Annie Rix Militz, founder of The Home of Truth; and * Ernest Holmes, founder of Religious Science. Because her influence was so pervasive in these New Thought organizations, Emma Curtis Hopkins came to be called the “Teacher of Teachers.” Unity, Divine Science and Religious Science are the three largest organizations within the present-day International New Thought Alliance (INTA). Emma Curtis Hopkins was a genuine mystic. She emphasized this element in all her teachings and writing. She drew upon the Bible, the non-Christian scriptures, and the works of the world’s great philosophers and saints in her teaching. Her mysticism was a very potent influence upon Ernest Holmes. She spent time in London, where she had contact with Thomas Troward and other British leaders of the New Thought movement. She eventually ceased using the name Christian Science and began teaching privately. How Emma Curtis Hopkins Influenced Ernest Holmes Ernest Holmes studied with Emma Curtis Hopkins in her later years when she was teaching only individuals. He felt she was among the greatest of the mystics. Hopkins’ Scientific Christian Mental Practice is a powerful treatise on mental healing. Who is Ernest Holmes? Ernest Holmes is the founder of the International Religious Science movement which is recognized as one of the leading viewpoints in modern metaphysics. Science of Mind is a spiritual philosophy that easily applies to everyday living while also expanding the student’s sense of his or her relationship to God and his or her place in the Universe. Known to his family as the “question mark”, Ernest Holmes was a passionate seeker of knowledge. He embarked on a path of independent thinking at age 18. He was deeply moved by the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson. He then found Judge Thomas Troward in England who further defined elements of the philosophy that was formulating in his mind. He began teaching Troward everywhere he could. He was also touched by the work of Emma Curtis Hopkins who had begun to influence other great “New Thought” leaders. He wrote the book Science of Mind which is used as a textbook in Centers for Spiritual Living (formerly Religious Science) churches. * Began lecturing on Troward – 1916 * Published his first book, Creative Mind * Published The Science of Mind – 1926 * Established the Institute of Religious Science – 1927 * Founded Science of Mind Magazine – 1927 * Revised The Science of Mind – 1938 * Reorganized the Institute to become the Church of Religious Science – 1953 * Dedicated Founder’s Church – 1960 * Made his transition – 1960 * Church became known as United Church of Religious Science – 1967 Books by Ernest Holmes: The Science of Mind, Living Science of Mind, This Thing Called You, This Thing Called Life, What Religious Science Teaches and many more. Excerpted with permission from Getting Your Feet Wet in Science of Mind by Cara Lumen, RScP. Available in print and downloadable versions at cara @ Image courtesy of

  • FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

    FAQS about CSLGH FAQs about Centers for Spiritual Living What is Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills? Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills is an community of over 500 people that provides spiritual tools to transform our personal lives and help make the world a better place. At CSLGH we teach powerful principles for personal and global transformation, honoring all paths to God. We help people experience a personal relationship with the creator, promote a community of tolerance, understanding and respect, provide classes, programs, prayer and meditation, and 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 on a small Maine farm, 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, which outlined the foundational viewpoints of modern New Thought. What is Science of Mind? Science of Mind (also referred to as Religious Science) is the core teaching of the Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills. 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 the intention of the Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills 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 before he died. The Religious Science name was the precursor to Centers for Spiritual Living. Dr. Holmes’ comprehensive book of teachings is titled The Science of Mind. Members of Centers for Spiritual Living use the phrases Science of Mind and Religious Science 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 science will prove what the mystics have said for thousands of years about the nature of God, human beings, and the Universe. These beliefs are being proven even now by many quantum physicists who have found that the Universe is made up of energy that cannot be destroyed and is infinitely intelligent. Science of Mind is also scientific in that is uses laws of nature to prove spiritual principles. Any person can experiment with the principles and measure the results. Is Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills related to or connected with Scientology? No. Religious Science and Centers for Spiritual Living are in no way related to Scientology. Is Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills associated with Christian Science? No. Centers for Spiritual Living are a unique and separate entity from Christian Science. Ernest Holmes, the founder of Centers for Spiritual Living, studied with many of the spiritual leaders of his time, including Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, but he was not a member of that group. Do people who practice Science of Mind go to doctors? Yes. In Science of Mind, we believe that healing comes in many forms. God is expressed through doctors and medicine just as it is expressed through all of the physical universe. In short, we believe in both prayer and modern medicine. Our ministers and practitioners often work in conjunction with doctors and other physical and mental health practitioners to facilitate healing. Is Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills a Christian organization? Yes and no. The Science of Mind philosophy derives from the Christian tradition with a belief that the teachings of Jesus are accessible to all people. Dr. Ernest Holmes, the founder of Centers for Spiritual Living, grew up in the Christian tradition. Additionally, he was a prolific reader who studied all of the world’s religions and synthesized the Truths running through them all, free of any particular dogma. Honoring all paths to God, he developed his philosophy with the intention that all churches, especially Christian ones, would embrace the philosophy and incorporate those teachings into their own. Does Science of Mind believe in Jesus Christ? In Science of Mind, we believe that Jesus of Nazareth was a loving, powerful man who walked the earth two thousand years ago. Jesus was a Master Teacher and a great example of how to live the individual expression of God. In Science of Mind, the phrase “Christ Consciousness” is used to refer to a Universal Principle of God expressing through humanity. Jesus was the great example, given to us all, of fully living our divine potential, our “Christ Consciousness.” 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 Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills a “New Age” organization? Science of Mind is a New Thought philosophy that incorporates spiritual tools of affirmative prayer, healing and creative visualization to transform lives and make the world more peaceful, harmonious, and prosperous. 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 through the ages. People of all spiritual paths — Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Islam, New Age and others — are all welcome in our communities. Are Centers for Spiritual Living communities a place for healing? Yes, Centers for Spiritual Living spiritual communities are places where amazing healings and life transformations take place. The Science of Mind philosophy promotes the idea that God is all-powerful, omnipresent, and benevolent, true human self-hood is divine, all sickness originates in the mind, and “right thinking” has a healing effect. What is the role of prayer at the Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills? Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills honors all forms of prayer. In addition, we teach a unique and scientific form of prayer called Affirmative Prayer. 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. What is the role of meditation at the Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills? Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills 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. What is the role of affirmation at the Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills? Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills encourages affirmation as a powerful spiritual tool. By consciously choosing to speak about our good as a present reality, we set a powerful intention. When we speak it, feel it, and act it, affirmative thought becomes the creative force for good in our lives. Does Science of Mind believe in miracles? Yes. The 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 metaphysical 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 Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills a cult? No. At the CSLGH 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? Because Science of Mind views all life as God, there can be no hell. 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. 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? The Science of Mind philosophy states that there is only one power and that is God. Because there is only one power, the devil cannot exist. There is only the manifestation of falsely held beliefs, which produce the appearance of some sinister invisible force acting in our lives. To blame unpleasant conditions and circumstances on the devil, or anyone else, is a way of avoiding responsibility for our own life decisions. (Ernest Holmes once jokingly said the only devil was in “deviled eggs.”) 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 behavior that produces an undesirable effect 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 wrote, we do not believe that we are human beings having a spiritual experience, but rather that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. We accept that our physical bodies operate within a natural cycle of birth and death. However, even though we have a body, we are more than our body. We are the Life that animates our 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.

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