I was looking for a nice place to hold a workshop with a ‘life coach’ friend of mine, when she suggested the Center of Spiritual Living in Burbank. I wasn’t quite sure what kind of facility it was, but since we are an inspirational group of people, teaching how to 'Transform your Thoughts', the name sounded inviting. After researching what this space had to offer I was quite intrigued and decided to share what I found.
In a world of pain and despair, who wouldn’t be looking for a better way of living? The bookshelves are filled with inspirational writings and self-help paperbacks. Being an author of several inspirational, mostly metaphysical books, I can attest to this trend in our society.
The center was founded in 1949, by Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) who was heavily inspired by the teachings of the late 1800’s and late 1900’s metaphysicians, especially by 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), and Emma Curtis Hopkins, a greatly respected American teacher and mystic, often called the "teacher of teachers" (1853-1925).
Ernest Holmes established the Institute of Religious Science in 1927, but reorganized the Institute to become the Church of Religious Science 1953. He developed the study and wrote the extensive textbook ‘Science of Mind’ which is used in all Religious Science churches, a highly regarded work in the spiritual communities.
Born in 1887, Ernest Holmes was an intense spiritual seeker. He was primarily ‘home schooled’ by his mother, who was an ardent reader. As chronicled, in his teens, Ernest began a search for the similarities in all the worlds' 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".
Ernest Holmes was a passionate seeker of knowledge. The ‘Science of Mind’ text is a spiritual philosophy that easily applies to everyday living. It is practical in its approach, while also expanding the student's sense of their relationship to God and their place in the Universe. It is the study of Life and describes the laws of thought. It teaches the concept that we live in a spiritual Universe.
Ernest Holmes made his transition in 1960, but not until 1967 did the church become known as the United Church of Religious Science.
SpiritWorks, the Center of Spiritual Living in Burbank, has made the commitment to providing spiritual guidance and help make the world a better place. The Center’s purpose statement denotes: ‘It takes a village... we believe in unity. It is our intention to not only serve our own spiritual community, but to be a light in our local community, as well as a light in the global community.’
Today’s searchers have a large pool of spiritual communities available to them, which honor all paths to God and can help you experience a personal relationship with this power. SpiritWorks, the Center for Spiritual Living is such a spiritual community and invites you to explore new possibilities for your life.
Whatever your lifestyle or spiritual path, you will feel welcomed! The Center is also available for workshops and offers several room for rent at a reasonable price.