Upcoming East Bay Church Classes

With the ministers, practitioners and guests of East Bay Church

The church offers a variety of classes for the congregation’s spiritual development throughout the year.  Below is a  list of classes that have been taught at East Bay. Check back often or join our mailing list to make sure you don’t miss an opportunity to enhance your spiritual knowledge, personal experience and ongoing practice. For class inquiries, please email classes@ebcrs.org or call (510) 420-1003.

New Foundations: How to use the power of spiritual practice to change your life

In these classes we study core spiritual concepts and practice applying them to the conditions in our lives. We learn how to gain more clarity and less confusion about what to do and how to do it. New Foundations is the entry level class in the study of the Science of Mind. The classes are experiential, with guided meditations and exercises to assist you in incorporating spiritual practice into your daily life. This course is the pre-requisite to any further course enrollment.

Exploring Roots: Experiencing the inspiration that led to our teachings

This course provides the student with an understanding of the historical roots in America of Ernest Holmes’ philosophy. Directly experience the power of those teachers and the teachings that inspired Ernest Holmes, our Founder. Specific emphasis is given to three of Holmes’ most important influences: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Troward, and Emma Curtis Hopkins.

The Essential Ernest Holmes: Feeling the heart behind the teaching

Ernest Holmes studied many teachings in developing our spiritual teaching. Along the way he adapted what he learned to suite his audience and his time. He left us with the charge to continue to adapt his teaching to the world we live in now. In order to adapt and grow, it is vital to understand the foundation. In this class, you will experience the real Ernest Holmes and discover the gifts he has left for you through his teaching. The text book for the class is The Essential Ernest Holmes, a brilliant compilation of Holmes’s key ideas on a broad range of topics including social awareness, non-dualism, mysticism, healing and prayer.

Spiritual Economics

Focusing on prosperity issues, the student of this class will gain a greater understanding of the basic metaphysical principles which govern our financial well-being.

The Mind-Body Connection

Ernest Holmes wrote that healing is a revealing of Truth. Explore the connection between your thoughts and how they show up in the body. Take time to listen to the messages the body is giving you and transformation of any unwanted ides using treatment (prayer), meditatin and movement.

This class includes exercises to increase our sensory awareness of our wholeness so that we can experience it as the Truth. Resting in this sensation, we have the opportunity to experience ourselves as divine, which in turn changes our biochemistry to support healing. We also explore the benefits of self-love, self-acceptance, self-forgiveness as well as the role surrender plays in our experience of “healing”. This is a transformative class on many levels.

Visioning: Tuning in to your Intuition

Visioning is the practice of attuning your life and your thought to spiritual guidance and direction. As you become more aware of spiritual guidance at work in your life, you begin to turn to it first before taking action or making decisions. Knowing how to ‘listen’ to spiritual guidance—and how to differentiate between other messages that pass through our awareness—becomes a valuable skill in living a fulfilling life. Visioning is about the personal transformation that occurs when you let spiritual guidance inform everything you do! In this class you learn how to vision and experience the power of visioning with others.

5 Gifts of an Abundant Life

This class promises to change your consciousness, leading to the experience of a more abundant life. If you have struggled with ideas about lack and/or limitation in the world beyond your control, this class will help build a bridge from where you are to an experience of spiritual living in which you feel the infinite support of an abundant universe. The 5 gifts that lead to clarity and inspiration are: Gratitude, Intentions (both setting and manifesting), Forgiveness (of self and others), Tithing (practice of structured giving), and Surrender. You will savor the spiritual community that you build with your fellow travelers through specific spiritual practices that are designed to guide you in the process of mastering some spiritual principles.

Joseph Campbell, Myth and Spirit

Joseph Campbell was perhaps the greatest thinker of the 20th Century. His writings cover a vast range of spirituality, culture, and human mythology. His presence, which most people only experience through the wonderful Power of Myth video series, was transcendent. This course takes an overview of Campbell’s work, helping the novice and scholar alike make sense of their own personal myth.

Spiritual Practices for Daily Living: Discovering and designing your spiritual practice

Building on the knowledge gained in Beyond Limits or Foundations, this class focuses on how to have an active daily connection with Spirit and how to find your own unique way of doing that through spiritual practices. You will explore receptive (meditation) and directive (prayer) ways of communing with Spirit to be able to choose the perfect spiritual practice for you in every moment and situation. Various forms of meditation are presented, and you will develop greater skill in verbal and written prayer, especially for others.

Self-Mastery: The emergence of the true self

Have you ever wrestled with the impulse to react when you want to respond compassionately and calmly? Do you wonder what causes you to react in ways that leave you feeling dissatisfied? Do you have questions about integrity and compassionate communication? Do you sometimes wonder how to be a spiritual person in a practical world? This class is an inward journey exploring feelings, ego, relationships, and the process of personal change. With direct, practical advice from Don Miguel Ruiz’s Four Agreements, the work of Byron Katie and others, you will discover new ways to deepen human love, trust, and forgiveness.

The Power of Your Word: The artistry of prayer

As you deepen in your spiritual practice, you will begin to realize how important prayer in living a spiritual life. In this class you learn specifically what contributes to clear, powerful, focused prayer. Not only will you learn how to write affirmations and prayers to address personal circumstances for yourself and for others, you will also be coached in identifying and describing personal limiting beliefs that interrupt your progress. You will be invited to experience what it means to “pray continuously” and to live a life based on prayer.

Practical Mysticism: Living in the presence of the divine

This class provides an opportunity to get in touch with your own inner “mystic.” Inspired by the world’s great mystical traditions and teachers, you will gain a deeper experience and understanding of your own personal way of living a mystical life. By reframing what a mystic is and how to practice mysticism in every day situations, you will be invited to step into a new identity as a person who is committed to discovering Spirit in every action, person, and situation.

The Edinburgh Lectures

The Edinburgh Lectures delivered by Thomas Troward had a profound effect on the development of spiritual metaphysics. In particular, he was a major influence on Ernest Holmes as he was developing the Science of Mind philosophy. Troward formally inaugurated his contribution with a series of lectures given in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1904. The study of these carefully crafted and beautifully delivered lectures is designed to give students a deeper wisdom and understanding of universal spiritual principles and What We Believe at the Centers for Spiritual Living.

From a former student: “To study Troward is like being pulled into a vortex of ancient wisdom wrapped in the language of the turn of the last century. The study took me beyond a place of intellectual understanding and back again. Troward understands “the mystery” and speaks not only about it, but speaks into it. I recommend this class to anyone who wants to dance a familiar dance in a different rhythm.”

Meditation: It’s More Than You Think

This course is suitable for beginners or those wishing to deepen and expand their spiritual practice. The experiential nature of the class will move you through several modalities, including meditation with light, mantras, sound, movement, breathing and more. With an innovative and inspiring structure, informative reading materials and gentle guidance, this class promises to take you deeper into your practice every day, for good!

Professional Practitioner Studies I

This 30-week course takes the student on a deep journey of self discovery, focusing on a keen understanding of our teaching and applying spiritual principles. Students continue their mastery of life through personal responsibility, the power of choice, and structured spiritual practices. Through reading, reflective writing, affirmative prayer and classroom exercises, students develop a moment by moment awareness of what it means to live a spiritual life. (A minimum of six completed classes and an interview are required prior to enrolling. Offered once per year beginning in September and ending in May.)

Professional Practitioner Studies II

In this course, you will learn the necessary skills for working with clients and the application of spiritual principles in human conditions through expanded use of affirmative prayer. Students deepen their role of selfless service to our spiritual community and hone the consciousness of a healing presence. Successful completion of this 30 week course with written and oral exams culminates in licensing as a Professional Prayer Practitioner (RScP) with United Centers for Spiritual Living.

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