Our Founder - Dr. Ernest Holmes
January 21, 1887 - April 7, 1960
 
Dr. Ernest Holmes’s work is recognized today as one of the leading viewpoints in modern metaphysics and New Thought.

Dr. Holmes and his brother Fenwicke developed a universal philosophy and tools for spiritual living that profoundly resonate to this day.  Both were ordained as Divine Science ministers, and they added to that tradition aspects of Mental Science, to form a modern metaphysics which was down-to-earth and practical.   Their work provided each individual a personal spiritual path, an understanding of our inseparable relationship with the Universe, and a connected and joyful approach to daily living.  

Fenwicke Holmes wrote the first Textbook of The Science of Mind in 1921.  Ernest Holmes wrote his seminal book The Science of Mind in 1926, revising and enlarging the text in 1938 to create an edition that has since been published in several languages. Ernest Holmes is also the author of numerous other books on metaphysics and originated Science of Mind magazine, in continuous publication since 1927.  

Born in Maine, he was largely self-taught, and gravitated to the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Christian D. Larson, Thomas Troward, Emma Curtis Hopkins and Phineas Quimby.  Ernest moved to Southern California with his brother in 1914, and together they operated a metaphyscial sanitarium and taught the Religious Science message.  He founded the Institute of Religious Science in 1927, which became the Church of Religious Science in 1953, now known as the Centers for Spiritual Living.  He inspired the "positive thinking" of Norman Vincent Peale, as well as Peggy Lee, Cary Grant, Cecil B. DeMille and countless others without ever intending to create a religion or a following of masses of people. 
 
Ernest Holmes made his transition to another reality in 1960.

 Ernest Holmes' Quotes
 "Religious Science is a correlation of the laws of science, opinions of
philosophy, and revelations of religion applied to human needs and
the aspiring of each person."

"In so far as our prayer is affirmative, it is creative of the desired results."
 
"A state of expectancy is a great asset; a state of uncertainty--one moment thinking "perhaps" and the next moment thinking "I don't know"--will never get desired results."
                                                         --from Change Your Life