What is New Thought?

New Thought Northern Colorado Center for Spiritual Living is a spiritual center honoring all paths and faith traditions.

Wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome here. We are dedicated to teaching practical spirituality through principles that are positive, uplifting, and support self-empowerment and positive life change.

We trust that God, The Universe, Spirit, your Higher Power, or what you choose to call it, supports the highest and greatest good for all. We believe that our thought creates our personal experience and that by changing the way we think, we can change our lives.

If you like the teachings of: Abraham Hicks, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, or Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday, you’ll be comfortable here. In our Sunday service, you might also hear readings from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jesus, Marianne Williamson, The Dali Lama, Emma Curtis Hopkins, Mary Morrissey, Michael Beckwith, Brene Brown or Elizabeth Gilbert. We continue to learn from many teachers both contemporary and historical and we are guided by a New Thought philosophy developed by Ernest Holmes.

In addition to study, we value meditation, service without the expectation of reward, understanding the balance of giving, receiving, asking and gratitude, and affirmative prayer. Rather than a prayer of supplication, an affirmative prayer seeks to amplify your desires and the highest good in your life.

Come join us this Sunday and experience a community that values resources, participates in conscious social action, and believes in a renewed emphasis on beauty, nature, creativity, art and aesthetics. You’ve found the place that supports you spiritually.


I’m intrigued: what next?

  • Join us on a Sunday morning for an uplifting message, great music, and a chance to connect with people on a similar journey of transformation.
  • Subscribe to our Newsletter so you know the upcoming events and classes.
  • Come to one of our community events to get to know people.
  • Sign up and take an introductory Science of Mind class.
  • Take advantage of our Prayer and Care Center. Someone will be here to support you in prayer, and knowing the Truth of who you are!
  • One of the best ways to meet people is by volunteering! Sign up for one of our volunteer positions.
  • Listen to a recent talk by Reverend Barb (located on the home page.)
  • Join one of the groups specific to your interests.


Our Philosophy

New Thought philosophy is a compilation of ancient spiritual truths, philosophical wisdom and modern scientific discoveries.   The spiritual principles we teach and live by are very familiar to most people without them even realizing it.  You may have heard our long-standing motto: “Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life”.  New Thought is a philosophy that emphasizes positive thinking that leads to positive results.  It is a way of life that focuses on living joyfully in the present, free from fear, and knowing that God/the Universe/a power greater than ourselves is for us and not against us. 

We believe that God, known to many by many names and through many traditions, is an immediate Presence not only around but also within every person.  We believe that this Presence is an invisible law, force, and intelligence that governs everything in the universe. We, as individuals, endeavor to discover our immediate relationship to that Power and to become partners in Its activities so that we may create lives that we love to live.



What is Centers for Spiritual Living?

Centers for Spiritual Living is an organization of nearly 400 spiritual communities around the globe that provide spiritual tools to transform personal lives and help make the world a better place. At Centers for Spiritual Living, our spiritual communities teach powerful principles for personal growth and global transformation, honoring all paths to God.

Who founded of Centers for Spiritual Living?

Dr. Ernest Holmes founded the spiritual movement that started Centers for Spiritual Living. Born in 1887 on a small Maine farm, Dr. Holmes spent his teenage years outdoors, asking himself "What is God? Who am I? Why am I here?" This questioning led to his 1926 book, The Science of Mind, which outlined the foundational viewpoints of modern New Thought.

What is Science of Mind®?

Science of Mind® (also referred to as Religious Science) is the core teaching of Centers for Spiritual Living. Science of Mind is a philosophy that integrates spiritual truths with science and physics. Simply put, Science of Mind teaches the unity of all life. Intentions and ideas flow through a field of consciousness, which actually affects and creates the world around us. This idea is common to most major religions and is supported by the teachings of psychology and quantum physics. In Science of Mind, we believe that the secret to living a successful life is to consciously choose positive and productive thoughts. Put another way, “As you think, so you become.”

Are Science of Mind and Religious Science the same?

Religious Science is the name of the church that Dr. Ernest Holmes started, which was the precursor to Centers for Spiritual Living. Dr. Holmes' comprehensive book of teachings is entitled The Science of Mind. Members of Centers for Spiritual Living often use the phrases Science of Mind and Religious Science interchangeably.

Is Science of Mind a real science?

In Science of Mind, we believe that the fields of religion and science are complementary, and that science will prove what the mystics have said for thousands of years about the nature of God, human beings, and the Universe. These beliefs are being proven even now by many quantum physicists who have found that the universe is made up of energy that cannot be destroyed and is infinitely intelligent. Science of Mind is also scientific in that is uses laws of nature to prove spiritual principles. Any person can experiment with the principles and measure the results.

Is Centers for Spiritual Living related to or connected with Scientology?

No. Religious Science and Centers for Spiritual Living are in no way related to Scientology.

Is Centers for Spiritual Living associated with Christian Science?

No. Centers for Spiritual Living is a unique and separate entity from Christian Science.

Do people who practice Science of Mind go to doctors?

Absolutely. In Science of Mind, we believe that healing comes in many forms. God is expressed through doctors and medicine just as it is expressed through all of the physical universe. In short, we believe in both prayer and modern medicine.

Is Centers for Spiritual Living a "New Age" organization?

Science of Mind is a New Thought philosophy that incorporates spiritual tools of affirmative prayer, healing and creative visualization to transform lives and make the world more peaceful, harmonious, and prosperous. Centers for Spiritual Living does not consider its teachings to be New Age, but rather incorporates the ancient wisdom of all the spiritual traditions through the ages. People of all spiritual paths -- Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Islam, New Age and others -- are all welcome in our communities.

Are Centers for Spiritual Living communities a place for healing?

Yes. Centers for Spiritual Living spiritual communities are places where amazing healings and life transformations take place.

What is the role of prayer within Centers for Spiritual Living?

Centers for Spiritual Living honors all forms of prayer. In addition, we teach a unique and scientific form of prayer called Spiritual Mind Treatment. This powerful, affirmative method of prayer was developed by Dr. Ernest Holmes. Spiritual Mind Treatment involves a five-step process that harnesses the creative process of consciousness. This type of powerful, scientific prayer allows new levels of health, wealth, love, and wholeness to become a reality in our lives.

Is Centers for Spiritual Living a cult?

No. At the Centers for Spiritual Living we teach that each individual has influence over, and responsibility for, his or her own life. We support personal responsibility and strongly discourage the "following of" any one person, including founder Ernest Holmes. The philosophy taught by Centers for Spiritual Living challenges people to think for themselves and only believe what feels true to them.