This month’s global vision theme is all about service and one group who generously serves our community is the Practitioners. We have 19 Practitioners and five Ministers who lovingly hold our Center and it’s congregants in prayer throughout the year. It’s a title that doesn’t come without commitment, dedication and faith and I’m on a quest to find out what’s behind the title. Who are the people that serve as Practitioners?
Practitioners must take two years of required Science of Mind courses followed by another two years of Practitioner training. In that time, participants take a deep personal look at their thoughts and beliefs and learn how to “see rightly” as Ernest Holmes would say. To become a licensed Practitioner, one must take a written and oral exam.
Throughout the month, I will have a conversation with our Practitioners through a series of questions that delve deeper into what’s behind being a Practitioner. Already, just with the first question, I’m inspired; I hope they inspire you too.
Why did you become a Practitioner and how has your Life changed?
“My decision to be a Practitioner came from a prayer demonstration for my perfect health in 1993. In my first Science of Mind class, SOM 101, my prayer partners (five people) prayed for the healing of my physical heart; a valve wasn’t working correctly and the doctors said I needed surgery. After 6 months of prayer, I was tested again and all damage in my heart was gone. I knew then that I wanted to share this great teaching and affirmative prayer with others to assist them in making their life better!
My life is filled with joy and gratitude as I pray with others and see dynamic results of prayer. Its such a wonderful feeling of Love. ~~ Reverend Judee Chapman
~~ Dave Friedman, RScP
I have been involved with Science of Mind in sporadic spurts, from 1996 through the present. I was very much involved with Agape International for a couple of years in the late 90’s, however, due to distance and work, the desire waned. After changing my lifestyle as a career person and moving into a more unstructured one, I discovered that I had no clue how to move on. Changes were happening to and around me and I wasn’t sure I could cope. I ran into a dear friend in 2011 who was a CSL practitioner and I began having monthly sessions with her. I initially did this because my beloved dog, Margo, was dying and I wanted to be there for her, but did not know how. I admired my friend greatly and I spiritually flourished under her guidance. As a CSL Practitioner, she not only guides me, she demonstrates and lives her life as one with ease and grace. In many ways, she supported me to help myself. She introduced me to CSL’s Online classes and in 2013 I signed up with the Foundations class. Since being involved with CSL’s Online schooling, it has been one of the most rewarding times in my life. It became more and more evident, as I gained clarity and awareness as to who I am, that there was something larger than myself moving me forward to a greater good. As I continue on in my studies, my desire to serve has been strengthened and grown. There is an affirmation stated in a book by Paul Selig (The Book of Knowing and Worth) that struck a cord in me and which made me realize how important it has always been for me to know myself. I have used it in contemplation on many occasions;