We believe that this is a spiritual universe. We believe that the power of our thought, backed by natural spiritual laws, can heal, fulfill, and transform us. We know that it is done unto us as we believe. With inspiring and informative classes and workshops, diverse spiritual support groups, and Sunday Services, our spiritual community has many ways to support you on your path to a deeper and more profound experience of your own spiritual nature.
We invite you to come be a part of our loving community and make CSLN your spiritual home!
If you've seen the Oprah Winfrey show, listened to Deepak Chopra or Marianne Williamson, or have noticed that your attitude affects your health and happiness, you've experienced the ideas of New Thought at work.
More than just positive thinking or manipulation of your thoughts, the Science of Mind teaches that this Universe is governed by natural spiritual laws. As we learn to use those laws intelligently and creatively, we can literally change our thinking and change our lives.
At Nashville Center for Spiritual Living we believe in making a direct connection with your inner divine source. We teach people how to use the power of prayer to heal, to unite, to restore balance, to bring peace of mind, to uncover prosperity, and to awaken us to our own spiritual magnificence. People from all walks of life have discovered how to unleash their inner potential by awakening their hearts to the divine presence within them.
The principles we teach and practice aren't something brand new. They've been taught and practiced in all religious traditions over the millennia.
WHAT WE TEACH OUR CHILDREN
- We teach our children that God is Life-the Life within each of them and in all Creation; that all are children of the one God- regardless of race, color or creed- and therefore all are brothers and sisters.
- We teach that God is Good-all Good-and we are all created in the image of God-Good.
- We teach that God is Love-that we love God because God loves us; we obey God's laws through Love - NOT fear.
- We teach that sin is a mistake and when we make mistakes, we are punished by them-not by God.
- We teach that God is spirit and present everywhere-that this Spirit is within us and speaks to us through our minds when we are willing to listen.
- We teach that there are Spiritual Laws that must be obeyed-just as we obey man-made laws.
- We teach that religion is something to be used every day-not just on Sundays.
- We teach that Religious Science is a religion that can be used at home, at school and at play; that since God is within us, Heaven is also within us; that if we learn to live our lives in harmony with God's Laws, we live in Heaven-NOW.
- We teach that God's Love heals our sickness and hurt-if we believe.
- We teach that God is Truth and Beauty-Peace and harmony; that as we grow to be more like God, our lives will be filled with Health, Happiness and Success.
We teach that...
"NOTHING IS TOO WONDERFUL TO HAPPEN,
NOTHING IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE,
EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE TO GOD THROUGH ME AND YOU."
Affirmative prayer, or "spiritual mind treatment", is a simple process, really. It requires of us the persistence to think in ways that will naturally, lawfully, create what we desire. It's praying the way Jesus of Nazareth prayed; it's praying as the Buddha prayed. It's using the spiritual laws of this Universe to unfold in our lives the experience we desire. Once you know more about these Universal laws, it's simple to practice using them. And they can be summed up like this: It is done unto you as you believe.
Affirmative prayer, then, is about shifting our belief. The steps below have long been recognized as parts of the recipe for a change in consciousness. Each step is an ingredient for change, but keep in mind that the master chef always feels free to experiment! The best way to pray is the way that helps you feel connected with Spirit.
Questions about affirmative prayer? Confused about how to do spiritual mind treatment? Contact one of our Practitioners, who can teach you how! Or consider joining one of our regular classes.
AFFIRMATIVE PRAYER 101:
THE FIRST QUESTION TO ASK YOURSELF: WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT?
This is the first thing to decide. In order for the Universal Intelligence to know how to flow through you, it has to know what you want. It cannot know until you do!
NEXT, RESOLVE THINGS INTO THOUGHT.
Think about your desire. What are the qualities of what you desire? In other words, if you had it, how would you feel? How would you be? Yes, you may want the thing, but for the Law to work for you most effectively, you need to know what's behind the thing. For example, if you wanted a new car, why? Reliable transportation may translate into a feeling of being safe, secure, and supported. Greater luxury might resolve into an experience of Life's true nature [because the real nature of life is abundance!]. Just because you need your own transportation may translate into freedom of movement, and so on.
With the answers to these questions in mind, it's time to move on to the 5-step process of changing your thinking and changing your life!
Step One: Recognition
Remind yourself of the nature of life/god/spirit.
This is the main ingredient in affirmative prayer: recognition. You must know what the nature of God is before going further. If, for example, you used to believe that God was an angry, vengeful God, now is the time to remind yourself of the greater truth. Remind yourself of the lawful and loving nature of God.
Step Two: Unification
Remind yourself that you come from life/spirit/god.
If God exists and is everything good and wonderful, but you're on the outside looking in, why even bother to pray? Remind yourself that God is the source and the creator of everything. Including you. including your desire. This is another crucial ingredient in affirmative prayer.
Step Three: Realization
Know that life already is the thing or experience you want.
If you can desire it, imagine it, picture it, it must exist in Mind. Otherwise, where did you get the idea? Remember, the first premise of Religious Science is that there exists a fundamental Unity. There's no place other than Mind to get your idea. For a truly effective prayer treatment, you want to keep contemplating spirit's nature as your own; when you have an inner feeling of "YES!", that's when the realization arrives. When you open your eyes, your desire may not be sitting on the floor in front of you, but don't be fooled...Mind is already at work unfolding it.
If doubts arise...
Don't just turn away. Face them! Speak the truth about what you are fearing will or will not happen...for example, if you feel that you could never afford a new car, you might say, "Infinite Mind has given me this desire and along with it everything I need to let the power of law flow through me, manifesting my desire in perfection and joy. God IS supply; God IS wealth, so there is nothing to fear...because God is right where I am".
Step Four: Thanksgiving
Know that what you desire is yours.
It is important to give thanks, because it acknowledges already having received the thing you desire. This is the "already having received" attitude that adds fuel to the fire of your affirmative prayer treatment. This is why you have to know how you would feel if you had what you want right now.
Step Five: Release
And so it is.
Letting go is a crucial step. When you're done, your mind should be at peace, clear, unafraid, and watchful for signs of your desire showing up without becoming obsessive about it! LET the Law work through you and make your desire a physical reality!
Of special note...
While there are steps to follow, or ingredients to include in any affirmative prayer, also known as spiritual mind treatment, they don't have to come in any particular order; there's no need for them to follow a rigid pattern. The point is to build a consciousness that is whole, that automatically and lawfully creates the experience you're desiring. This is all about engaging your mind, heart, and being with the creative power of the universe. How you get there is not all that important. This method does work, but it's only the means to the end. Religious Science isn't merely about the method; it's about a more profound connection with Spirit.