This week’s column is near and dear to my heart as Seaside is my spiritual home. I have found a place where spirit expresses through me, and as me, in the most wonderful ways. I had gone to Seaside over 20 years ago, and like many people, slipped away into other things that didn’t include a quest for enlightenment.
As it turned out, when I was seeking again, as the soul often does, a book flew off my shelf and it was a 1938 edition of “Science of Mind.” I pulled up Seaside online and saw a foundation class starting. The rest is history and an astounding quest for my own enlightenment has taken me to the second year of Spiritual Prayer Practitioner training with an eye toward the ministry, serving on their board of directors, and of course, this column.
One of the area’s iconic spiritual centers, Seaside Center for Spiritual Living has been quietly raising the consciousness of the neighborhood since 1988. In 1991, Reverend Christian Sorenson, D.D., took the helm as a spiritual leader in the New Thought Movement, the fastest growing social order in the United States.
According to Reverend Sorensen, the New Thought Movement is America’s unique contribution to the world’s theology. Seaside has been an important spiritual vortex in Encinitas and is part of 500 million people worldwide who are changing the world, one thought at a time. The work is guiding people to learn how to take charge of their life, to eliminate victimhood, to create the healing in their body and their world of affairs so they can achieve all that their hearts desire.
Ernest Holmes is the author of “Science of Mind,” the philosophy that Seaside embodies, which is based on the study of truths from all of the worlds religious traditions and spiritual paths. It is the study of life and the nature of the laws of thought; the conception that we live in a spiritual universe; that God is in, through, around and for us.
The basic tenet of Seaside is “change your thinking, change your life.” That it’s done unto you as you believe. It’s not a new concept by any means, but one that the seeker can implement into their daily life and affairs with conscious contact through prayer and meditation.
This vibrant, all-inclusive, all-denominational spiritual center and the educational campus that is onsite, has a rich history of changing lives in our community. The belief that allows one to experience that healing is what is called prayer. The practitioners have dedicated their lives to the practice of affirmative scientific mind treatment in the form of prayer and are available to the public for counseling, and healing prayer when needed — for good times as well as challenging times.
Every last Sunday of the month there is a prayer wall made up of these certified practitioners at the end of service, and congregants are encouraged to bring their petitions to one of the dozens on hand, as well as the prayer request boxes that can be utilized daily onsite. Seen by thousands who watch Seaside services remotely worldwide every Sunday, wherever you are on the planet, Seaside Center for Spiritual Living and the Prayer Ministry is available.
Holding a special place in Seaside’s heart is the children’s ministry program where it is believed that we can empower our kids to recognize their self-worth to be able to take charge of their life and not buy into the peer pressures that are in the world. Being able to control one’s thinking also helps children bring forth the innate gifts that they came into this world with.
This is a spiritual campus and home to the Holmes Institute, a unique program dedicated to educating spiritual leaders in Consciousness Studies in the areas of education, leadership, philosophy, science and spirituality, psychology and religion. The education department offers certification classes as well as enrichment classes on a variety of self-improvement and spiritual studies.
In addition to being important to the Encinitas community for over two decades, the center has tithed over $1 million to various outreach programs in surrounding communities and to various concerns that support Encinitas and other New Thought Organizations. The campus also opens its doors to a host of recovery groups, educational and enrichment classes and is available for rent for special events, speaking engagements, workshops, and small conventions.
Some of the planets most influential speakers, musicians and leaders use the Seaside campus as the starting point to their world tours, so keep an eye on the calendar of events coming through the center all year and inquire if you have an event coming up that needs a unique space to rent.
Seaside has two lively services with some of the best jazz musicians performing in San Diego County on Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and has a great gift and book store. The powerful, inspiring weekly spiritual messages are available through live streaming and virtual outreach programs online to keep your soul on fire.
We are headed to Swami’s and the Self Realization Center next issue.
Top: One of the area’s iconic spiritual centers, Seaside Center for Spiritual Living in Encinitas has been quietly raising the consciousness of the neighborhood since 1988. Courtesy photo