We cannot demonstrate one iota beyond our mental ability to conceive and steadfastly to embody. Infinite as Creative Power is, receptive and quick as it is, it can only become to us what we first think into it. God can do for us only what He can do through us.
~Ernest Holmes

Our Community

62

years


providing spiritual nourishment for our San Francisco congregation
San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living invites you to visit our spiritual community to explore new possibilities for your life. Our center is dedicated to helping individuals discover the spiritual tools and an inner Power that has the ability to transform lives and make the world a better place. We are an affiliated member of Centers of Spiritual Living.

We offer a practical spiritual teaching that draws on the wisdom of the ages and New Thought principles, in order to promote awakening and personal growth. With a variety of services available, San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living meets the needs of families, singles, children, adults, and seniors. Whatever your lifestyle or spiritual path, you will feel welcomed. Our spiritual community is ready to embrace, love, and accept you as you are. Everyone is included on the path to God!

If you are looking for a warm, dynamic, loving community of like-minded people, we encourage you to visit San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living and claim the life your soul is seeking.
Situated in the heart of San Francisco's West Portal neighborhood, the San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living is just around the corner from the MUNI hub and a plethora of restaurants and shops that reflects the ethnic flair of a great city.

We are blessed to have a community representative of the Bay Area's cosmopolitan profile. At our center you will find people of every age, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Some members of our community were raised in a Religious Science environment, while others had different spiritual foundations or none at all. As we believe each of us is "one with God," we see every other human being as a brother or sister sharing this life experience.

Within our community there are Bay Area natives. Yet for many members, San Francisco is far from the city of their birth and their blood relations may be far, far away. The center is another dimension of family, a family of choice, where you will always be greeted and feel welcome. Connectedness and a sense of belonging are yours to claim at our center.

Meet Our Minister

“Your consciousness makes a difference.”
~Rev. Muata Rasuli


Rev. Muata Rasuli is an ordained minister who served as the President of the Northern California United Clergy of Religious Science for over five years. He began serving as our Senior Minister and Community Spiritual Leader in 1996 and has also served as the United Centers for Spiritual Living Ecclesiastical Representative for the Northern California region. He is a frequent workshop facilitator at the United Centers for Spiritual Living Annual Asilomar Conference in Pacific Grove, California, and has also served United Centers for Spiritual Living as a Regional Youth Minister.

Rev. Muata is a surrendered soul and a true visionary who allows himself to be guided and directed by the Spirit of God in his day-to-day affairs. He believes God is a continuous expression of Love and that each of us are incarnations of Divine Love. Rev. Muata is a dynamic and internationally acclaimed speaker and teacher of New Thought/Ancient Wisdom philosophy. He is known for his humor and powerful presentation of principle.

Rev. Muata is also a radio and television personality and supports an online ministry called GIATI, an acronym for God Is All There Is where ministers, practitioners and lay people come together online and offer support for one another while applying principle to any challenges being faced. Rev. Muata’s daily practice includes meditation, prayer and service to God through service to all of life-kind.

Click here to contact Rev. Muata.

Music at San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living

John Steiner is Music Director at San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living and, along with our talented guest musicians, provides musical inspiration during our Sunday services.

Originally from New York City, John began his professional career as a keyboardist for the pop singing group New Edition. In 1985, the band – and John – went west to Los Angeles; it was there that he met longtime friend and collaborator J S Kingfisher, who later produced John's three piano recordings, Out of the Blue, Into the Green and Impressions. He holds a B.A. in Music from San Francisco State University. He is also Music Director First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael. He’s been house pianist at Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland, California for over 25 years. John’s highlights as a touring keyboardist include performing with New Edition (the 1980s boy band), with the Venusians in Cancun, Mexico and Kona, Hawaii, and with Shabaz at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Celebrate Brooklyn in NewYork City, and Grand Performances in Los Angeles. Find out more about John at JohnSteinerMusic.com

Contact John to inquire about SFCSL's music program.

CORE Council

Betty Burr


By being part of the Core Council of SFCSL, I feel that I am giving back to the community by helping to shape the direction of our spiritual center. Members often say that this is their spiritual home, and the Core Council works to make this home even warmer and more welcoming.

Martha Merchant


Martha Merchant began her journey with the Science of Mind more than 25 years ago. She has been a member and in service at five Centers for Spiritual Living over the course of those years, and once she made her home at SFCSL, she knew that she wanted to be of service here, also. Martha works with trauma-impacted systems and appreciates the loving practices that the Board at SFCSL uses in the course of mundane tasks. She is a regular runner, meditator and agitator, and expects great things of herself and the world.

Gabriella Schultz


In the words of Rachel Naomi Remen, "When you serve, you see life as a whole." It is my joy to support the beauty and wholeness of our spiritual community by serving on the CORE Council. Synthesizing my experience as a visionary educator, yoga instructor, and lead practitioner, I am honored to be a part of the spiritual base of the SFCSL.

Linda Zimmerman


SFCSL has been a spiritual base for me since my very first visit in February 2014. Here I found a philosophy that speaks to the Truth within me, and a loving and supportive community that embraces and encourages me. Serving on the CORE Counsel is a gift for myself, allowing me to move more deeply into the community that I cherish, and to share in the shaping and directing of our being and becoming.

Science of Mind®

The Spiritual and Material Universe are One

The Science of Mind is the core teaching of Centers for Spiritual Living; it is a philosophy that integrates spiritual truths with science and physics. Simply put, the Science of Mind teaches the unity of all life. Intentions and ideas flow through a field of consciousness, which actually affect and create the world around us. This idea is common to most major religions and is supported by the teachings of psychology and quantum physics.

In the 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.”

In the 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 (SOM) is a registered U.S. trademark of SOMARK, INC., and all rights are reserved.

Our Founder

Dr. Ernest Holmes

Ernest HolmesFrom time to time, we are blessed to know people of apparent genius, people whose insight, understanding, and love are influential in changing the thinking of whole generations, and whose impact will be felt for years to come. Dr. Ernest Holmes was such a person.

Dr. Ernest Holmes founded the spiritual movement that became United and International Centers for Spiritual Living. Born in 1887 on a small farm in Maine, Dr. Holmes spent his teenage years outdoors exploring such mysteries as "What is God? Who am I? Why am I here?" His inquiries led to his 1926 book, The Science of Mind, which outlines the foundational viewpoints of modern New Thought. Dr. Holmes is also the author of numerous other books on metaphysics and originated the Science of Mind magazine, which has been in continuous publication since 1927.

Our Philosophy

San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living supports the positive transformation of both our personal lives and the world itself.

At San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living we teach people how to have a personal relationship with God. When we are deeply connected with Spirit, other areas of our lives fall into place - we can do more for others, be better stewards of the Earth, and bring more peace and harmony to the world.

What We Believe - Our Guiding Principles

We believe that the universe is spiritual and has intelligence, purpose, beauty, and order. Our beliefs are in harmony with all the world's great spiritual teachings, and we honor all paths to God. Whether we call it God, Spirit, Energy, or Universal Intelligence, we are ever conscious that all people, places, and things emanate from this Universal Intelligence that is within us and all around us.

You and God are Inseparable

We believe that God is a Loving Intelligence, operating in and through all life, never separate from anyone or anything. Through study and spiritual practice we come to understand our oneness with this indwelling Divine Presence. We teach and practice a way of life where we can all learn how to live in accordance with spiritual principles. These principles, which we call the Science of Mind, are as reliable as the laws of physical science. We believe in Cause and Effect and teach that "It is done unto you as you believe." In essence, your thinking and your expectations create your reality. By studying and applying spiritual laws, you can change your unconscious beliefs and create improved conditions in your life.

An Inclusive New Thought Community

San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living teaches a New Thought philosophy that incorporates affirmative prayer, meditation, healing, visioning, and other spiritual tools to help you lead a spiritual life, think positively, and love deeply. As a member of our community, you'll find the spiritual tools to transform your personal life and make the world a more peaceful, harmonious, and prosperous place.

The New Thought tradition dates to the 1880s and has its roots in the Transcendentalist Movement of the 1830s. New Thought has an enduring and respected legacy that includes luminaries such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emma Curtis Hopkins, Phineas Quimby, and Walt Whitman. Some of the better known authors today whose writings represent our teachings are Michael Bernard Beckwith, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Byron Katie, Caroline Reynolds, and Eckhart Tolle, as well as many others.

Our teachings incorporate the ancient wisdom of all the spiritual traditions through the ages. People of all spiritual paths - Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and others - are welcome in our community.

FAQs

1What is San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living?
San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living is a community that provides spiritual tools to transform our personal lives and help make the world a better place. At San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living, 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.
2Who is the founder of Centers for Spiritual Living?
Dr. Ernest Holmes founded the spiritual movement that started Centers for Spiritual Living. Born in 1887 on a small Maine farm, Dr. Holmes spent his teenage years out-of-doors, asking himself "What is God? Who am I? Why am I here?" This questioning led to his 1926 book, The Science of Mind, which outlined the foundational viewpoints of modern New Thought.
3What is Science of Mind?
Science of Mind (also referred to as Religious Science) is the core teaching of the San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living. 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 San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living to use Science of Mind principles as a force for good in our world by transforming personal lives.
4Are Science of Mind and Religious Science the same?
Religious Science is the name of the church that Dr. Ernest Holmes started before he died, which was the precursor to Centers for Spiritual Living. Dr. Holmes' comprehensive book of teachings is entitled The Science of Mind. Members of Centers for Spiritual Living use the phrases Science of Mind and Religious Science interchangeably.
5Is 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.
6Is San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living related to or connected with Scientology?
No. Religious Science and Centers for Spiritual Living are in no way related to Scientology.
7Is San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living associated with Christian Science?
No. Centers for Spiritual Living are a unique and separate entity from Christian Science. Ernest Holmes, the founder of Centers for Spiritual Living, studied with many of the spiritual leaders of his time, including Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, but he was not a member of that group.
8Do 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.
9Is San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living 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 Centers for Spiritual Living, 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.
10Does 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."
11Is San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living a "New Age" organization?
Science of Mind is a New Thought philosophy that incorporates spiritual tools of affirmative prayer, healing and creative visualization to transform lives and make the world more peaceful, harmonious, and prosperous. The New Thought tradition dates to the 1880s and has its roots in the Transcendentalist Movement of the 1830s. New Thought has a long and respected history, and includes luminaries such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Phineas Quimby, and Emma Curtis Hopkins. Centers for Spiritual Living does not consider its teachings to be New Age, but rather incorporates the ancient wisdom of all the spiritual traditions through the ages. People of all spiritual paths -- Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Islam, New Age and others -- are all welcome in our communities.
12Are Centers for Spiritual Living communities a place for healing?
Yes, Centers for Spiritual Living spiritual communities are places 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.
13What is the role of prayer at the San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living?
San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living 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.
14What is the role of meditation at the San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living?
San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living 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.
15What is the role of affirmation at the San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living?
San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living encourages affirmation as a powerful spiritual tool. By consciously choosing to speak about our good as a present reality, we set a powerful intention. When we speak it, feel it, and act it, affirmative thought becomes the creative force for good in our lives.
16Does Science of Mind believe in miracles?
Yes. The Science of Mind teaches that everything is possible in God. Everything that occurs in our lives is simply the manifestation of our consciousness. Events that seem to be miraculous are actually the metaphysical laws acting at a level beyond our awareness. As our consciousness evolves, what previously seemed miraculous becomes a natural, normal and understandable way of life.
17Is San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living a cult?
No. At the San Francisco Center for Spiritual Living 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 founder Ernest Holmes. The philosophy taught by Centers for Spiritual Living challenges people to think for themselves and only believe what feels true to them. This is the essence of what the leaders and members of Centers for Spiritual Living believe and practice throughout the world.
18Does 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.
19Does 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.
20Does Science of Mind believe in sin?
The original meaning of sin was simply to "miss the mark" of spiritual perfection. In Science of Mind, we believe that there is no "sin" in the traditional sense of that word. We can choose behavior that produces an undesirable effect in our lives, thus creating hardship or suffering. In other words, we are punished by our sins, not for them.
21What does Science of Mind believe about death?
Science of Mind teaches that life is eternal. As Teilhard de Chardin, 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.
22Does Science of Mind believe in reincarnation?
In Science of Mind, we neither endorse nor reject any particular theory or concept of reincarnation. Because life is eternal, there are an unlimited number of possibilities for its evolvement after physical death.
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