By Sonia Prince
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been interested in two things: singing and helping people.
I always had a spiritual message, a message of love that I wanted to share with people. As a young child, I spent my after-school periods and weekends wandering the neighborhood talking to anyone who listened to my wisdom. Surprisingly, a lot of people did. I grew up very involved in my church community. I was very active and eventually was put in charge of the fifth Sunday Youth Service. This pattern continued as I became an adult.
People always gravitated towards me and followed my example. Despite all the love I received, I longed for a new message, a message of truth. I was looking for a new type of spiritual community; the one that best suits my family and my convictions and that of inclusion.
When I found centers of spiritual life, my search was over. I found what I was looking for. I dedicated myself to the teachings and learned to live a meaningful life. Once I found my new spiritual community, I knew I wanted to share with those outside of my spiritual community. I started taking courses to become a spiritual practitioner and minister.
The Centers for Spiritual Living, or CSL, is a spiritual philosophy promoting religious science that was founded by Ernest Holmes in 1926. Centers for Spiritual Living is a global community based in Golden, Colorado, with more than 400 centers in 30 countries. We study and practice the science of mind and spirit, which holds that all life is sacred. Every human being is an expression of God.
At CSL, we teach a New Thinking philosophy. New Thought brings together religion and science and offers practical spiritual tools to transform our personal lives and help make the world a better place.
The Center for Spiritual Living Redlands, of which I have been the spiritual director since April 2022, was founded in 1954. Our charter was signed by Holmes. We are a loving and caring spiritual center made up of people of all faith traditions, races, sexual orientations, gender expressions and spiritual paths and we are truly enriched by our diverse congregation. Since 1954, it has been a joyful and loving community of New Thought students who love the Science of Mind and Spirit teachings. Where we learn that our thoughts and beliefs create our experiences. Our motto is “Change your mind, change your life”.
Unity is one of the principles we teach. We believe there is one God who is known by many names. This one infinite reality continually creates of itself all things visible and invisible with all the qualities of God inherent within: love, abundance, balance, beauty, freedom, joy, order, peace, power, unity, integrity. and wisdom.
The overarching vision of the Centers for Spiritual Living is “A world that works for everyone”. We envision all people, all beings, and all life as expressions of God.
We see a world in which each person lives in alignment with their highest spiritual principle, emphasizing unity with God and connection with one another. We envision a world in which individually and collectively we are called to a higher state of consciousness and action.
We envision humanity awakening to its spiritual magnificence and discovering the creative power of thought. A world where each person discovers their personal power and ability to create an individual life that works in a world that works for everyone.
We envision a world in which we live and grow as one global family that respects and honors the interconnectedness of all life. A world where this kinship with all life thrives and connects through the guidance of spiritual wisdom and experience.
We envision a world where personal responsibility joins social consciousness in all areas of the political, corporate, academic and social sectors, providing enduring structures to advance emerging global consciousness.
We envision a world where everyone has enough food, a place to call home, and a sense of belonging; a world of peace and harmony, emancipation and justice.
We envision a world in which resources are valued, nurtured and cultivated, and where there is a generous and continuous sharing of these resources.
We envision a global culture in which forgiveness (whether for mistakes, injustices or debts) is the norm.
We envision a world that has renewed its focus on beauty, nature and love through the resurgence of creativity, art and aesthetics.
We envision a world that works for everyone and for all of creation.
These are the values that I hold true to my heart; that’s what I do and that’s who we are at CSL Redlands. We provide spiritual tools for personal and global transformation. To awaken humanity to its spiritual magnificence. When I say, “Your soul is welcome here,” that’s what we mean!
On Sunday mornings we offer meditation from 9:45 a.m. to 10:06 a.m., extending into our Sunday celebration service, for adults and children.
Coming soon: We will be offering a Zoom service on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and an Open Mic evening open to the community. Come and share your talents with members of the Redlands community.
For more information, visit www.cslredlands.org or call 909-793-3004.
Sonia Prince is Spiritual Director at the Center for Spiritual Living Redlands, a member of the Redlands Area Interfaith Council.