What we believe

At the Austin Center for Spiritual Living we include everyone in our vision of a peaceful, loving world.  We are open, receptive, and welcoming of all people, all faiths, and all paths to God.

We believe that there is One Force, everywhere expressing Its infinite nature, and that this Force is called many things: Energy, the Universe, the Creator, the Great Spirit, or simply God.

We believe that God operates through a Universal Mind.  All people are surrounded by this Universal Mind and all of us share unlimited access to it.

We believe that through this connection to the Universal Mind, each of us is called to a higher state of conscious expression. Every day we can become more aware that we are expressions of God.

We envision humanity awakening to the Creative Power of thought;  a world where each and every person discovers his or her potential, a world that works for everyone.

The truths within the Universal Mind include health, abundance, security, love, peace, and happiness and because our individual minds are part of the Universal Mind, these truths are part of our natural state and pervade every aspect of our lives.  By claiming these truths and acting confidently on them, we bring them into our personal reality.

The present expression of our beliefs are rooted in the 19th century New Thought movement, shaped by Ralph Waldo Emerson and others.  These thinkers emphasized an indwelling Presence, instrumental in all physical and spiritual healing.

Such ideas stirred the thought of Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) and led to his formulation of a philosophy he called The Science of Mind.  While refining this philosophy, Holmes gave lectures, held study groups, and eventually helped establish the Institute of Religious Science and School of Philosophy in 1927, in Los Angeles, California.

Although Ernest Holmes never intended to establish a church, many people who attended his lectures sought the continuity and fellowship of weekly Science of Mind gatherings.  The Institute of Religious Science, now known as Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL), currently has a total of over 400 churches and study groups, located throughout the United States and in 16 countries.  The Austin Center for Spiritual Living has been an affiliated member of CSL since 1981.

For more information, go to http://www.csl.org