Welcome to CSL

Santa Cruz


Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here. ​


The Science of Mind is the core teaching of our Center; it is a philosophy that integrates spiritual truths with science and physics. In the Science of Mind, we believe that spiritual thought 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.


We believe that the universe is spiritual and has intelligence, purpose, beauty and order. We believe that God is a loving intelligence, operating in and through all life, never separate from anyone or anything. Our beliefs are in harmony with all the world’s great spiritual teachings, and we honor all paths to God.


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. In essence, our thinking and our expectations create our reality.

By studying and applying spiritual laws, we can change our unconscious beliefs and create improved conditions in our life.

The universal Mind contains all knowledge. It is the potential ultimate of all things. To it, all things are possible.

Ernest Holmes


Center for Spiritual Living Santa Cruz

Change Your Thinking Change Your Life!

Our PURPOSE is to awaken humanity to its spiritual magnificence.

Our VISION is a world that works for everyone.

Our MISSION is to provide spiritual tools for personal and

global transformation.



The Center for Spiritual Living Santa Cruz is located just a few blocks from the beautiful Pacific Ocean in the Live Oak area of Santa Cruz, California.


If you are looking for a loving, non-judgmental, creative, intelligent, open and friendly spiritual community where you are encouraged to develop your own spiritual understanding, we invite you to come join us.



Dr. Ernest Holmes is the founder of the teachings of Science of Mind. His work is recognized today as one of the leading viewpoints in modern metaphysics and new thought. He developed a universal philosophy and tools for spiritual living that to this day profoundly resonate. His work provides us with a personal spiritual path, an understanding of our relationship with the universe, and a connected and joyful approach to daily living.

Religious Science Practitioners (RScP) 

are individuals who have studied the Science of Mind teachings, taken classes and deepened their ability to effectively use the principles and practices of Science of Mind, and passed an extensive examination.          They are licensed by the Centers for Spiritual Living. Practitioners assist us in developing the consciousness   that brings forth that which we consciously choose rather than simply defaulting to our hidden beliefs.

Click on the 'About Us' menu option to meet our CSL Santa Cruz Practitioners and learn more about spiritual counseling and Spiritual Mind Treatment.


2020 Annual Theme: 

20/20 Spiritual Vision

Rev. Alice Reid is Spiritual Director of Center for Spiritual Living Santa Cruz. 

                  Upcoming Events

Sunday Celebration Service

Rev. Tamara Merrill

"Sacred Sexuality"

Sunday, February 16th at 10:30am

Voter Registration

Register to vote at CSL following

Sunday service on Feb. 16th

The California primary is March 3rd!

For more information, click here.



Spirit Circle with Elisha & Friends
Friday, February 28th at 7:00 p.m.
(Last Friday of every month)

Women of Wisdom (W.O.W.)

Monthly Discussion Group

for Women 60 and Older

Monday, March 2nd
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

(First Monday of every month)

*Click Classes below for full descriptions.

Elisha Christopher, RScP

Spiritual Mind Treatment:

Your generous car donation will enable us to continue the great work of awakening humanity to its spiritual magnificence and creating a world that works for everyone.  Your car donation will directly impact the Santa Cruz local community by helping us with infrastructure and staffing so we may serve others. Here's the website:


     Upcoming Speakers:

        February 16 - Rev. Tamara Merrill

       February 23 - Rev. Alice Reid

                  March 1 - Susan Springfield, RScP

                 March 8 - Rev. Alice Reid

February Video Theme:   

All the Colors of Love

February 2, 2020 - For the Love of God

February 9, 2020 - The Body is Not an Apology

February 16, 2020 - Sacred Sexuality

February 23, 2020 - It’s Like You’re My Mirror

Click below to go to CSL Santa Cruz'

Facebook page.

Watching My Mind Move From Fear to Love

I recently read an article about Global Warming that claimed the planet would experience total devastation by the year 2100.

I watched my mind move from Fear to Love.

Fear did a quick calculation and said, "Oh, I'll be ok; I won't be around by then."

Then Love spoke and said "But what about those you leave behind?"

Fear keeps us small under the guise of protecting us, but it has no real power.  It is only Love that has true power to create change in our lives.

From A Course in Love:

Love is the name you give to much you fear,  You think that it is possible to choose it as a means to buy your safety and security.  You thus have defined love was a reaction to fear.  This is why you can understand love as fear's opposite. This is true enough. But because you have not properly recognized fear as nothing, you have not properly recognized love as everything.

Dr. Ernest Holmes' The Science of Mind 

begins with a dedication and  a poem:

"These lessons

are dedicated to that Truth

which frees man from himself

and sets him on a pathway of a new experience,

which enables him to see through the mist

to the Eternal and Changeless Reality."

It is an awe-inspiring idea that the Truth we discover is that we are one with that Changeless and Eternal Reality.

Watch our film about the first 50 years history of CSL Santa Cruz, below. Click the icon on right bottom of youtube screen to enlarge.

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