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Philosophy

Center for Spiritual Living Minneapolis supports the positive transformation of both our personal lives and the world itself!  Our guiding principle is that the universe has intelligence, purpose, beauty, and order. Our beliefs are in harmony with all the world’s great spiritual teachings, and we honor all spiritual paths. And whether we call it God, Allah, Buddha, Spirit, Energy, or Universal Intelligence, we are ever conscious that all people, places, and things emanate from this Universal Intelligence that is within us and all around us.

 

At CSL Minneapolis, we aid people in realizing and experiencing the Oneness of life.   When we are deeply connected with the Allness of life, all areas of our own lives fall into place — we can do more for others, be better stewards of the Earth, and bring more peace and harmony to the world.

 

You and the Divine are inseparable.  This Loving Intelligence is operating in and through all life, never separate from anyone or anything. Through 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 are as reliable as the laws of physical science. We believe in Cause and Effect and teach that “It is done unto you as you believe.” In essence, your thinking and your expectations create your reality. By studying and applying spiritual laws, you can change your unconscious beliefs and create improved conditions in your life.

 

We use and teach practical spiritual tools including Spiritual Mind Treatment (affirmative prayer), meditation, healing, visioning, affirmations, service, and journaling.  Regular use of these practical tools helps us lead a spiritual life, think positively, and love deeply. As a member of our community, you’ll find the spiritual tools to transform your personal life and make the world 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 an enduring and respected legacy that includes luminaries such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emma Curtis Hopkins, Phineas Quimby, Walt Whitman, and Ernest Holmes. Some of the better known authors of today whose writings represent our teachings are Michael Bernard Beckwith, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Byron Katie, Caroline Reynolds, and Eckhart Tolle, as well as many others.

 

Our teachings incorporate the ancient wisdom of all the spiritual traditions through the ages including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.

 

Our spiritual philosophy is a correlation of laws of science, opinion of philosophy, and revelations of religion applied to the needs of humanity and the aspirations of humankind. 

 

It is built on the theory that there is One Infinite Mind and that each of us has direct access to it to use as we will.   There is one God - whether we call it God, Spirit, Energy, or Universal Intelligence - in and through all things.  God expresses its qualities of Love, Joy, Power, Abundance, Wisdom, Beauty, Unity, Wholeness, Freedom, Order, Balance, and Peace through us, Its creation.  This philosophy provides us with a personal spiritual path, an understanding of our relationship with the Universe, and a connected and joyful approach to daily living.

 

This philosophy brings universal spiritual principles to a practical, usable and repeatable format. It uses a scientific method for the Creative Process and is organized in a way that supports living a conscious, spiritually based life.

 

This core teaching of CSL Minneapolis is a philosophy that integrates spiritual truths with science and physics. Simply put, it 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.

 

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.

 

Practically speaking, the way to experiencing a happy, successful life is to consciously choose positive and productive thoughts.  Put another way, “As you think, so you become.”  It is the intention Centers for Spiritual Living Mpls. to use these principles as a force for good in our world by transforming personal lives.

 

Our philosophy 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.

 

Do people who practice this philosophy go to doctors?

Yes.  Healing comes in many forms. God is expressed through doctors and medicine just as it is expressed through the entire 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 CSL Minneapolis a Christian organization?

Yes and no. Our philosophy derives from the Christian tradition with a belief that the teachings of Jesus are accessible to all people.

 

This philosophy is synthesized from all the great world's religions and the truths running through them all, free of any particular dogma. Honoring all paths, it is a philosophy that all churches can embrace and thereby enhance their current understanding of scripture.

 

 Do we believe in Jesus Christ?

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 an individual expression of God.  Further, 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."

 

We do not deny the divinity of Jesus; but affirm the divinity of all people. We do not deny that Jesus was the son of God; but affirm that all beings are children of God. We do not deny that the Kingdom of God was revealed through Jesus; but affirm that the Kingdom of God is also revealed through you and me.

 

 Is CSL Minneapolis a "New Age" organization?

We are a religious science organization utilizing a 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 back 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.

 

CSL Minneapolis does not consider its teachings to be New Age, but rather incorporates the ancient wisdom of all the spiritual traditions including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islamic.

 

Is CSL Minneapolis Center a place for healing?

Yes. It is a place where amazing healings and life transformations take place.  Our 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 healing effect.

 

What is the role of prayer at  CSL Minneapolis?

We honor all forms of prayer. In addition, 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.  Spiritual Mind Treatment 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 CSL Minneapolis?

We encourage 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 CSL Minneapolis?

The use of affirmations, as a powerful spiritual tool, is encouraged. 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.

 

Do we  believe in miracles?

Yes.  Anything 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.

 

 Do we  believe in heaven and hell?

We view all life as God; therefore 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.

 

Do we believe in the devil?

Our 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.

 

Does our philosophy  believe in sin?

The original meaning of sin was simply to "miss the mark" of spiritual perfection.  Therefore, 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 do we believe about  death?

Our philosophy teaches that life is eternal. As Teilhard de Chardin says, 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 CSL Minneapolis believe in reincarnation?

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.

 

 

Spiritual Mind Treatment

(Affirmative Prayer)

Many people do not pray because they don’t know how. The Science of Mind offers these five steps to cover all the elements needed for effective prayer when prayed with sincerity and openness to receive. 

 

Step 1: RECOGNITION: There is One Power in the universe. It is a Power for Good.

Step 2: UNIFICATION: I Am One with this Power and with everyone and everything through It. Therefore, I can use It to claim Good for myself and all of life.

Step 3: REALIZATION: My part in this divine partnership is choosing. Any desire I have that does not harm anyone or anything is in harmony with God/Good, for its manifestation helps the universe expand.

Step 4: THANKSGIVING: I gratefully open my mind, my heart, and my life to receive that which I have chosen.

Step 5: RELEASE:  I turn this prayer over to the universe to fulfill, knowing it is already at work for me. I have done my choosing, and I am open to receive. And so it is!

All prayers are prayers for healing, whether physical or relational, for the removal of blockage and contradiction reveals our good. As St. Augustine said, “Miracles are not contrary to the laws of nature; they are only contrary to what we know about the laws of nature.”