What is a Practitioner?
A Centers for Spiritual Living Licensed Spiritual Practitioner is a person of high spiritual consciousness and deep understanding of the spiritual nature of Life; a deep and personal relationship with the Divine is prominent. The Licensed Spiritual Practitioner is trained in the study of the Science of Mind, and in the art, science and skill of Spiritual Mind Treatment, also known as Affirmative Prayer. Licensed Spiritual Practitioners are dedicated to the cause of helping others and sacred service, licensed to practice professionally, and bound by a high code of ethics
while providing a safe and confidential space for clients.
To become a CSL Licensed Spiritual Practitioner a person must complete a rigorous multi-year required course of study, pass a comprehensive background check and written exam, and be approved by an oral panel consisting of ministers and practitioners. Their licenses are renewed every other year after approval of required continuing education credits and service hours within a CSL-Affiliated Community.
Practitioner Studies I “Living the Principles”
The first year of the Professional Practitioner Studies is devoted to advancing spiritual awareness and expanding the student’s understanding of his/her relation to the universe. It is designed to be whole and complete within itself, preparing the student to live life more fully whether or not s/he chooses to continue with Practitioner II Studies, and to license as a Practitioner. The year is divided into three terms of 10 weeks each:
Term 1 “How Life Gets to Be the Way It Is” based on the Law of Cause and Effect.
Term 2 “Living the Life of Choice” based on the creative process in the individual.
Term 3 “Living Life Fully” devoted entirely to expansion of consciousness.
– The Science of Mind, Living the Science of Mind, Creative Mind and Success – Ernest Holmes
– This Thing Called You & Effective Prayer – Ernest Holmes
– Practicing the Presence – Joel Goldsmith
– Principles of Healing – H. B. Jeffries
– Care of the Soul – Thomas Moore
– Elegant Choices, Healing Choices – Marsha Sinetar, Practitioner
Practitioner Studies II “The Life of the Professional Practitioner”
The second year of Professional Studies focuses on the consciousness, the skills, and responsibilities of the Professional Practitioner, as well as the relationship of the Professional Practitioner to the principles we teach, to the client, to the process in healing, to the church, the community and the world.The year is divided into three terms:
Term 1 “Professional Skills and Responsibilities” deals almost entirely with the Practitioner/Client session.
Term 2 “Spiritual Healing” is devoted to the process in healing, working specifically with challenges related to money, creative self-expression, emotional health, physical health, death and dying, grief and loss, and relationships.
Term 3 “Dedication, Commitment and Service” empowers the intention of each student to develop her/his Practitioner practice within the church and in the world.
– The Science of Mind, How to Use the Science of Mind, Creative Mind and Success – Ernest Holmes
– CSL Practitioner Code
– The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Creating Health – Deepak Chopra
– Spiritual Economics – Eric Butterworth
– Real Moments – Barbara DeAngelis
– Who Dies – Stephen Levine
Required Classes to Follow the Way of the Practitioner
Courses listed below comprise the certificated education courses offered by the Centers for Spiritual Living. The Foundations course must be completed before taking other courses. The student who completes the Foundations Course and other Spiritual Development Courses will have a comprehensive understanding of the Core Concepts of Science of Mind. She or he will be able to do Spiritual Mind Treatment for self and others, will know where the principles come from, and will have explored healing and consciousness.
Certificated Courses are divided into five branches of learning:
– Treatment & Meditation: Spiritual Practices for Daily Living OR Power of Your Word
– The Essential Ernest Holmes
History/Philosophy Courses (one course required)
– Roots 2003
– Thomas Troward: Edinburgh Lectures
– Ignite Your Life with Bible Wisdom
Consciousness Courses (one course required)
– Practical Mysticism
– The Mind/Body Connection
– Meditation is More Thank You Think
Practical Application (one course required)
– Self Mastery
– Financial Freedom
– Principles of Successful Living
– Five Gifts for an Abundant Life