Constance Chapman, RScP
(510) 547-1979, ext. 1

Overview of Accredited Classes

Oakland Center for Spiritual Living is dedicated to creating and offering educational materials to support the evolution of spiritual consciousness. Education is the very core of Science of Mind. Join us as we explore and experience the transformation that Science of Mind can bring to every life! Classes are offered in a trimester calendar beginning in January, May, and September. Registration begins in April, August, and November of each year. As we study our own being, we begin to deduce the nature of God.The Science of Mind, p. 79

Science of Mind Classes 

  • Expand your knowledge of spiritual principles;
  • Gain practical spiritual tools for everyday use;
  • Combine experiential exercises with explanation of the principles of SOM practice;
  • Enter more deeply into our spiritual community by meeting and getting to know people from many different backgrounds;
  • Taught by experienced practitioners of Science of Mind.

Core Curriculum

Core classes are 8 or 10 weeks in duration—one three-hour class per week. All completed course work contributes to the required prerequisites for entry to the Advanced Consciousness Studies Program and Professional Prayer Practitioner Studies.
  • The Beyond Limits class is the study of our foundational principles with practical applications for everyday spirituality. Beyond Limits (or Foundations) is a prerequisite for all Core classes.
  • Other Core classes (click here to see the catalog of classes) focus on areas of study such as History and Philosophy, Consciousness, and Practical Application. If you’re interested in a class which isn’t being offered, let us know.
  • Spiritual Enrichment Courses (click here for current offerings) are short (3 to 5 weeks), practical, and offer a variety of ongoing educational opportunities. There are no prerequisites.
The complete schedule of classes, class descriptions, tuition assistance, and scholarship applications are online at available at our Registration Table in the Social Hall.

Beyond Limits

Beyond Limits: How to use the power of spiritual practice to change your life This is the pre-requisite to all other core classes. In this class 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. The classes are experiential, with guided meditations and exercises to assist you in incorporating spiritual practice and understanding into your daily life. The 120+ page workbook will become a resource for you to return to for inspiration again and again, so you may experience your life soaring beyond limits! Textbook  Living the Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes

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Advanced Consciousness Studies

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. Advanced Consciousness Studies is open to students who have completed the course requirements (see figure below). The Advanced Consciousness Studies application process includes a self-reflection questionnaire, your certificated class completion history and an interview. Students who complete Advanced Consciousness Studies may be eligible to enter Professional Practitioner Studies.


Licensed ministers make up the core of our teaching staff. Licensed practitioners act as Co-teachers and Teaching Assistants as well as teachers for Spiritual Enrichment Classes and Workshops.