FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below you will find a list of questions that are frequently asked about the Center for Positive Living
Sedona and the philosophy of Religious Science.

What is the Center for Positive Living Sedona?

Center for Positive Living Sedona is a brand new spiritual communtiy which started on November 1, 2009 that provides spiritual tools to transform our personal lives and help make the world a better place. At Center for Positive Living Sedona, 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.


Didn't You Used to be named Center for Spiritual Living Sedona?

Yes, when Rev. Janet Kingsley founded the Center in November 2009, her plan was to affiliate with the larger Spiritual community known as International Centers for Spiritual Living.

However, at a membership meeting held in January 2010, the congregation voted to become an independent Religious Science church which necessitated a change in our name. 

Another congregation vote came up with our new name, Center for Positive Liivng Sedona, in July 2010.

We teach the same courses as the Centers for Spiritual Living and promote the same philosophy as well.  The only thing that changed was our name.


Where is the Center for Positive Living Located?

We meet at 45 Castle Rock Road, Unit #1A in the Village of Oak Creek.  Conveniently located 10 miles off the I-17 Highway, we are a few doors down from Desert Flour Bakey. 


What is the benefit of becoming a member?

There are many reasons why people become a member of Center for Positive Living Sedona.  First and foremost, by declaring membership, you are stating your intention to the Universe that you are interested in your spiritual unfoldment and that you embrace the idea of actually living the life of your dreams.

Here are some other reasons:
  1. A sense of belonging and acceptance for who you are.  The enjoyment of getting to know people of like-mind who are celebrating unity in diversity and honoring all paths to God.
  2. Joining with others who are striving to live in joy, harmony, peace, abundance, and love.   A desire to learn to express Spirit in the realization of my highest potential.
  3. Alignment with the basic philosophies of the Scienc of Mind
  4. A desire to develop friendships and receive encouragement from a spiritual community.

What will I find at Center for Positive Living Sedona?


 

AWARENESS - At Center for Positive Living Sedona, you develop your awareness of your own unique spiritual identity. Classes, workshops and seminars supplement our Sunday gatherings and explain spiritual ideas and techniques for creating a more fulfilling life.

HEALING - Our teaching and philosophy, The Science of Mind, is the practical application of spiritual principles to heal your life. Here, people find a rich treasure of knowledge and techniques to facilitate healing at the highest level. 

INSPIRATION – Inspiration means “inner breath” – the Divine urge to express who you truly are in your own life. Many people find that inspiration through our Sunday Gatherings, with the upbeat music and inspiring lessons; or through attending classes and opening their minds and hearts in that wonderful environment. Our teaching inspires because it touches your mind and heart with possibility.

COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP AND FUN! – This is a spiritual community of like-minded individuals – people who bring their own unique perspective to the table. Love, nurturing and support are the hallmark of Center for Positive Living Sedona.  Support groups and special interest “circles” offer the perfect opportunity to pursue interests and issues close to your heart. Community is a feeling – and our spiritual community feels great!

 

What is Science of Mind?

Science of Mind (also referred to as Religious Science) is the core teaching of the Center for Spiritual Living Sedona. 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 Sedona to use Science of Mind principles as a force for good in our world by transforming personal lives.


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.


What do you teach?

Science of Mind teaches that we each can control the course of our life—our success or failure, our health or sickness—by making conscious use of Universal Spiritual Laws.

Science of Mind teaches that we are all creating our own day-to-day experiences (each according to our understanding) according to our individual thoughts and beliefs.
Science of Mind teaches that everything in the Universe operates by means of law and order, cause and effect. It shows us how we can use these laws for our own good.
Science of Mind teaches that the Originating, Supreme, Creative Power of the Universe, the Source of all Substance, the Life in all living things, is a Principle which is present throughout the Universe and is in every one of us.
Science of Mind teaches that we are spiritual beings producing a physical experience and that each one of us is a unique individualization of the One Universal and Supreme Being.

How does Center for Positive Living differ from other religions or philosophies?

Science of Mind teaches that there is one infinite Spirit, or God; that God is Infinite, containing within It all that exists. God is All There Is. You are a part of the expression of God as a part of an unfolding Universe. Therefore, all that exists is Divine in nature – including you. You direct your experience by means of your thoughts and beliefs.

Your thoughts and beliefs produce happiness to the degree that they are in harmony with Divine Truth, which says that there is an Infinite Loving Presence which infuses all that exists and desires only the best for It’s creation. You have absolute free will as to how to direct your thought by means of the unconditional love of God. Like every individual, you must find your own personal path to the full realization of this Divine connection.

The role of religion is to help you to awaken to your own spiritual magnificence. This is best accomplished by directing you inward toward your own loving heart.


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 Positive Living Sedona 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 Religious Science, 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 the Center for Positive Living Sedona a place for healing?

Yes, here at the Center for Positive Living Sedona, we are a place 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 selfhood 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 Positive Living Sedona?

Center for Positive Living Sedona 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 Positive Living Sedona?

Center for Positive Living Sedona 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.


Is the Center for Positive Living Sedona a cult?

No. At the Center for Positive Living Sedona 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 our founder Ernest Holmes. The philosophy taught at our Center challenges people to think for themselves and only believe what feels true to them.


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.


What does the Science of Mind believe about death?

Science of Mind teaches that life is eternal. 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.


 

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