Advanced Classes

SOM 201: The Mind-Body Connection

The Mind-Body Connection explores the connection between the mind and the body, using the Science of Mind textbook and other more current materials. Special attention is paid to the recent interest in alternative medicine and holistic healing.


The Science of Mind – Ernest Holmes

SOM 202: The Power of Decision

The Power of Decision is designed to empower students to reach independent decisions which enhance the quality of their lives. Based on the powerful metaphysical classic, this course is valuable for both the new and experienced student.


Power of Decision – Raymond Charles Barker

SOM 203: This Thing Called You

This class was created to deepen the student’s understanding that he or she is an individualized expression of god. Topics of exploration include: cocreation, the power of your belief, your inner authority, and how to increase your faith. This is excellent for new students and as a refresher course for more experienced learners.


This Thing Called You – Ernest Holmes

SOM 204: Spiritual Laws

This is a practical class which empowers the student to develop positive thinking skills. The classic text provides lucid explanations of exactly how the spiritual laws operate in our lives. These laws are utterly reliable; this class shows the student how to use this knowledge to benefit every area of living.


Working with the Law – Raymond Holliwell

SOM 205: Spiritual Economics

Focusing on prosperity issues, the student of Spiritual Economics will gain a greater understanding of the basic metaphysical principles which govern our financial well-being. Participants will learn how to use these principles effectively in everyday life. This is a sensible, solution-oriented class, and is appropriate for the new or advanced student.


Spiritual Economics – Eric Butterworth

SOM 206: What the Mystics Knew

The primary focus of this class is on deepening the student’s actual experience of the timeless and eternal nature of Spirit.


The Science of Mind – Ernest Holmes

SOM 207: Edinburgh Lectures

Based on the classic lecture series, the Edinburgh Lectures have inspired nearly every other early New Thought writer. Judge Thomas Troward delivered them in Scotland in 1908 and they have served as the touchstone for metaphysical thinking to this day. Troward’s mind is logical, brilliant, and extremely precise. This class is excellent for the serious student of New Thought.

This class is required for first Practitioner licensing.


The Edinburgh Lectures – Thomas Troward

SOM 208: Emerson’s Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson was the most quoted, most inspirational writer in America for over a hundred years. His concept of American Voice, of Self-Reliance, and of The Oversoul have influenced the New Thought movement profoundly. He is quoted by all the great metaphysical writers and he was the first to break through traditional Christianity in such a way as to inspire multitudes to higher thought. Background information on Emerson’s times and his fellow members of the Transcendentalist circle is covered. They include Bronson Alcott, Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman.

This class is required for first Practitioner licensing.


Emerson’s Essays – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Note: As there are many published versions of Emerson’s Essays, consult your local instructor for information on which edition your class will be using.

SOM 209: Bible History and Scholarship

This class examines the history and the many misconceptions of the most published book of all time, with special attention to the fallacies of fundamentalist interpretation. The course looks at the most recent advances in bible scholarship, including the discovery of the Nag Hammadi texts [gnostic in origin] and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The class is an excellent background course for the New Thought student who wants to know more about the Bible.


Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism – John Shelby Spong

SOM 210: Metaphorical Approach to the Bible

This is a look at the Bible as story, Bible as myth. Drawing from sources as diverse as Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Aesop, Joseph Campbell, and Jelaluddin Rumi, this course looks at the many Life Stories in the bible, where we play every character. Students will learn powerful and effective tools for translation and interpretation.


Revised English Bible
Note: As there are many published versions of the bible, consult your local instructor for information on which edition your class will be using.

Supplemental Material

The Science of Mind – Ernest Holmes
Other texts determined by the instructor

SOM 211: Metaphysical Bible

Many students of New Thought are familiar with Rocco Errico and his translations of the Bible. This course looks at the metaphysical meanings of the parables and familiar stories you remember from childhood.


  • The Bible (King James version)
  • Metaphysical Bible Dictionary – Charles Fillmore
  • Ten Words that Will Change Your Life – Ervin Seale
  • Learn to Live – Ervin Seale
  • The Science of Mind – Ernest Holmes

SOM 212: 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.


Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion – Diane K. Osborn

Supplemental Material

  • The Science of Mind – Ernest Holmes
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell
  • Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth – with Bill Moyers
  • An Open Life: Joseph Campbell in Conversation with Michael Toms – edited by John Mather and Dennie Briggs
  • The Portable Jung – edited by Joseph Campbell
  • The Voice Celestial – Ernest and Fenwicke Holmes
  • A Fire in the Mind – Stephen and Robin Larsen

SOM 213: The Creative Process In the Individual

This class is based on the book of the same name which explains the nature of creative action, beginning with the formation of the universe and ending with a vista of infinite possibilities attainable by the individual.

Troward agues from basic principles we all understand, and showing how these principles may be carried into the future. He relies on the maxim that “Principle is not bound by precedent,” and by the premise that we are not only able, but also required, by the law of our own being, to take a more active part in our personal evolution than has ever occurred in the past.


The Creative Process in the Individual – Thomas Troward

SOM 214: Treat Yourself to Life

This is a powerful eight-week class based on the book by the same title by Raymond Charles Barker. Students experience the joy of harnessing the Power for Good in the Universe by learning to use affirmative prayer effectively and with purpose. Positive, practical tools are given to change unwanted patterns and bring greater good into the basic areas of living: Health, Prosperity, Relationships, and Creative Expression.


Treat Yourself to Life – Raymond Charles Barker

SOM 215: Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

This course is designed to present the key concepts of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success written by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and to provide tools to assist in understanding our true nature in relationship to these laws. Each class in the course curriculum begins with viewing a section of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success video showing Dr. Chopra presenting these laws to a live audience.


The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success – Deepak Chopra

SOM 217: Spiritual Fitness

Spiritual Fitness is a lifestyle and an attitude that can help you rediscover the real meaning and sacredness of your life. Like physical fitness, it’s not a one off deal – it needs your ongoing commitment. To stay spiritually fit means living in truth and trust i.e. being yourself at the deepest level in everything you do, bringing all of you to your life experiences. It also means trusting that there is a greater power constantly guiding you and inviting you, through your life experiences, to live more openly and lovingly. When we trust, we start to make our choices and decisions from a place of love and courage instead of from fear. This in turn gives us clarity and strength.


Spiritual Fitness – Caroline Reynold

SOM 218: It’s All God

In his book, It’s All God, Walter Starcke has managed to take one of metaphysics’ greatest truths and put them into a form and flow of words which are easy to grasp. Starcke has done a masterful job of clarifying the necessity of finding a realistic balance between living in the Absolute and the Relative world: It’s not a matter of “one or the other”, but rather, discovering the key to doing both at the same time. His concept of the Double Thread is the key element.

This class is designed to be presented over an eight week period. One class should be presented per week, with each class lasting for a minimum of two hours. Please bring a personal journal to the first class.


It’s All God – Walter Starke

Supplemental Material

Recommended: Study Guide for It’s All God – Walter Starcke

Texts are available from Guadalupe Press, P.O. Box 865, Boerne, TX 78006 Phone: (830) 537-4655.

SOM 219: The Magic of the Soul

Combining the integrative principles and techniques from spiritual psychology with the power of Science of Mind, Magic of the Soul offers a dynamic training opportunity for students. It answers questions like, “Why haven’t I completely healed, even though I have been using spiritual mind treatment for years? How do we deal with fear that comes up before and after treatments? How can we embrace our shadow while affirming our divinity?”

The Magic of the Soul asks students to affirm and experience their inner divinity and, at the same, time honor their humanness and appreciate the beauty of who they are in the here and now, on their path to higher and higher expressions of divine nature. The most common theme throughout the text is to look for the magic, the opportunity for growth, and the sacredness in every situation in life; especially the challenging ones.


Magic of the Soul – Patrick J. Harbula

SOM 220: Financial Freedom

This popular class contains in-depth material that allows the student to examine his or her belief systems, and to gain a new perspective of how this system of beliefs is at work in their lives. Interplay of thought, emotions, desire, action, spirit, and all facets of being work together to create a new level of well-being and abundance in the individual’s life. A comprehensive workbook and creative exercises are included.


Student Workbook
Instructor’s Guide

SOM 221: Principles of Successful Living

This class is designed to give the student a greater understanding of his or her place in the Spiritual System, and the part that consciousness plays in demonstrating greater good. On a very practical basis, this class offers the opportunity to set an intention for concrete demonstration of good, and to study the tools for achieving this demonstration. Emphasis is given to use of the Law of Mental Equivalents, Spiritual Mind Treatment, and the qualities of living a spiritual life. Worksheets and a fun “Oneness Game” make the class interactive and personally relevant.


The Science of Mind (1938) – Ernest Holmes

SOM 222: Self Mastery: The Emergence of the True Self

The Self Mastery Class focuses on healing the perceived separation between personality and Spirit. Through an active exploration of the creative nature of thoughts and feelings, beliefs and emotions, the students have an opportunity to gain mastery in the art of living as a conscious, intentional being.


Living The Science of Mind – Ernest Holmes

SOM 231: Essential Emma Curtis Hopkins

Emma Curtis Hopkins’ course is designed to move the committed student from “zero to healer” in twelve lessons. Unveiling Your Hidden Power includes a “translated” text of her 12 lessons into modern language, along with daily practices and guidelines for setting up and facilitating a series of classes.


Unveiling Your Hidden Power: Emma Curtis Hopkins’ Metaphysics for the 21st Century – Ruth L. Miller