LifeWorks Center for Spirited Living
The mission of LifeWorks Center for Spirited Living is to nurture and celebrate each individual's unique and full potential through the practice and teaching of the Science of Mind with a commitment to love, laughter, joy and the infinite possibilities of Spirit. We are an non-denominational/interdenominational spiritual community embracing and celebrating people from all walks of life.
Profile and Credentials
Rev. Patty Rumpza
(281) 970-6144 Office
(832) 577-4761 Cell
Philosophy and Comments
WHAT IS THE SCIENCE OF MIND? "Living the Science of Mind" by Dr. Ernest Holmes The Science of Mind is an outgrowth of the spiritual faith which people have had throughout the ages. Before science was conceived, the Presence of God was felt. Before ever mental actions or reactions were analyzed, history was filled with instances of mean and women who had experienced God.
The Science of Mind is comparatively new, but the mental experience of the Invisible Universe is as old as the history of man. It is new in that for the first time in history we have put together all findings which contribute to the establishment of man's relationship with the Universe, to the end that he may be able to apply his spiritual understanding to the everyday problems of human life.
This science necessarily starts with the proposition that we are living in a Spiritual Universe whose sole government is one of Harmony, and that the use of right ideas is the enforcement of its Law.
The Science of Mind is built on the theory that there is One Infinite Mind which of necessity includes all that is, whether it be the intelligence in man, the life in the animal, or the invisible Presence which is God. In it we learn to have a spiritual sense of things. This spiritual sense of things is what is meant by the Consciousness of Christ. To be able to discern the spiritual idea back of its physical symbol is to use the mind that Jesus used.
The Science of Mind is intensely practical because it teaches us how to use the Mind Principle for definite purposes, such as helping those who are sick, impoverished, or unhappy. Each one of us should learn to become a practitioner of this science, a demonstrator of its Principle, a conscious user of its Power. Power already exists, but the existence of Power is of no particular value to us until we use it. We must not only be conscious of Power, but we must be actively conscious of it. This is one of the first lessons we learn in the Science of Mind.
This science is more than mental; it is also spiritual, since we live in a Spiritual Universe. The Science of Mind declares the Truth about this Spiritual Universe and it also declares the Truth about false belief, considering everything which is opposed to Good as an accumulation of human thought, the collective negative suggestion of the race.
Wrong conditions are resolved into false beliefs, and through the use of right ideas a transformation of thought takes place. We learn to build our ideas upon an affirmative rather that a negative factor. To state the Truth and deny or disregard that which in belief is opposed to it, is to prove that the Principle of the Science of Mind is actual.
The ever-increasing thousands of persons who are daily proving this Principle add to our conviction that we are dealing with the most intense reality the human mind has ever conceived. The practice of this science is the applicaiton of a definite technique, the law of right thought, of true spiritual understanding.
It is necessary that you have a complete conviction that there is such a Principle and that you understand the scientific use and application of it. Conscious knowledge alone give you the conscious control of the laws of nature. The advance in any science always corresponds to the conscious use made of the laws of nature. There could be no advance in science without such conscious use of nature's laws.
It would be unwise to approach the Science of Mind with superstition. You must approach it with understanding. Above all, you must approach it with the definite intention in mind of making conscious use of its Principle. You must come to realize that Mind exists as a Principle in the Universe, just as electricity exists as a principle.
Once you understand this it will not be difficult to see that thought is the tool of Mind, that right ideas enforce the Law of Mind; nor will it be difficult to see that physical objects are fundamentally spiritual in their nature, that an objective fact is but a symbol of a subjective or an invisible cause. It certainly follows that if you are to make practical use of the Science of Mind you must be able to convert things into thoughts, and by changing the stream of consciousness produce a corresponding change in an objective situation, whether this be used for helping those who are sick, or to meet any other need.
The question naturally arises whether man has a right to use his thought for whatever purpose he wills. The more sincere one is, the more likely he is to ask this question. Strangely enough, he would not ask this relative to any other science but would feel all laws exist to be used, and any sane person would naturally desire to benefit himself and others through the use of nature's laws -- the Law of Mind in Action -- and the enforcement of this Law through right ideas?
One of our fundamental propositions is that God is all there is. When you say God is all there is, that includes everything, all possibility and all action, for Spirit is the invisible essence and substnace of all form. It is impossible to separate the highest use of this science from the most exalted conception of an impermanent Spirit, a transcendent Spirit, an available Spirit.
Perhaps one might at first have an aversion to the idea of using spiritual power for material purposes, but in the Science of Mind we discover that there are not final material purposes; that whether life exists in an objective or a subjective state, whether it is visible or invisible, all is Spirit; that Spirit or Intelligence, plus what It does, constitutes the entire Universe, including man.
The Science of Mind reveals that every man is a potential Christ. Every man has inherent God-Power within him. And how could this God-Power be used other than through his thought? Since it would be impossible for aman to act as an intelligent being unless he could first think, the very idea of man supposes Science of Mind reveals that this center of God-activity within each one is a complete and unique manifestation of the Parent Mind; that the Power of God does actually exist in man.
It is a basic proposition in our philosophy that we live in a Mental or Spiritual Universe and that things can be resolved into thoughts. This is the foundation upon which all scientific practice must be established, and when you are able to establish this premise in your own thought, you at once find yourself equipped with an instrument through which you can change your environment.
The Science of Mind does not deny the physical universe. The objective universe is the Body of God. That Body includes our physical being. In reality every idea of our physical being is a Divine idea.
The misconception of the Spiritual Universe causes our universe to appear separated from good, and in fact we experience this separation. But that which is a fact in experience is not necessarily true in principle. Bondage cannot be conceived by the Divine, and yet we all know that bondage is a part of man's experience.
In trying to seek a solution for this enigma we must either conclude that there is an ultimate good and an ultimate evil in the universe, or we must conclude that there is but one Ultimate, which is Good, and that this Ultimate by Its very nature and by our very nature is compelled to appear to each one of us in the form of our belief. If you can accept this proposition it will be easy enough for you to see how it is that false belief binds humanity.
If that which binds is false belief and not the Truth, then you will see why Jesus told us that a knowledge of the Truth would produce freedom. He did not mean that knowledge of the Truth creates freedom, but that knowledge of the Truth makes us free by aligning us with that which was never bound.
If we accept the foregoing conclusions as true it follows that the Divine Creative Principle is already perfect, having neither confusion nor chaos within It. It was, is, and will remain exactly perfect. Our individual universe shall be redeemed from its bondage in such degree as we become actively conscious of the Truth of our being. We must use the Law as a Law of Liberty, else we shall be using It as a law of bondage.
The Science of Mind provides us with a definite technique for the use of this Law and teaches how each one can use It in freeing himself and demonstrating to his complete satisfaction that right ideas, correctly used, can and must produce right conditions.
So far, science, revelation, and philosophy have arrived at no conclusion which could disturb this proposition, and every day the physical sciences are more completely proving that the physical universe in which we live is more like a gigantic thought than anything else. Now if the physical universe, or the cosmos as a whole, is more like a gigantic thought than anything else, it follows that our immediate world is a part of this thought.
How amazed we all should be if we awoke some fine morning, not only with the absolute conviction that this is so, but also with the inner insight which would enable us to see exactly what it means. Then we too should be able to say to the paralyzed man, "Stretch forth thine hand!" But before we can do this we must see the principle of freedom instead of the belief in a paralysis of this principle.
The Science of Mind is a reinterpretation of the Universe by a process of thought which Jesus used. We learn that there is one body, the body of right ideas. Jesus sensed this Body of God, which includes man's body, as a perfect, harmonious unit, and he realized that the evil which binds man is not a principle within itself nor a thing of itself, and most certainly not a person, but merely a false system of thought. He understood that his knowledge of good annihilated that which denied good. This fundamental fact he clearly brought out in his teaching, the Truth known is followed by the Truth demonstrated.
The Science of Mind does not necessarily create a new religion or sect, for it may be added to any spiritual system of thought since it is a complement to all. The person who already has the greatest spiritual faith will make the most active demonstrator of Truth. The person who naturally has a spiritual insight or who has already trained himself to have spiritual insight will mor quickly sense the truths which the Science of Mind portrays. He will more quickly lay hold of its technique and more perfectly demonstrate for himself and others that the Invisible is the cause of the visible.
For every science there must be a technique or a way of proving its truth. Science of itself is a knowledge of laws and principles and systematic arrangement. And the technique of any science is the way in which we use this knowledge of laws and principles.
Aplying this rule (which is common to all sciences) to the Science of Mind, it naturally follows that if there is such a principle as Universal Mind, and if it does work according to the Law of Cause and Effect, and if thought, self-contemplation, or self-knowingness is that which stimulates Its action, then correct thinking can and must produce objective or visible results.
We must lay even more stress on the use of the Science of Mind than we do on seeking to establish its Principle. As a matter of fact its Principle as self-evident; its use is exactly what we make it. And the first thing that any student of this science should do is determine to make daily use of it. In this, as in all other things, we should be practical. Too much study of any principle without making conscious use of it will lead to mere theorizing, and I am sure we all wich practical results.
You are ready to use the Principle governing the Science of Mind the very moment you accept the fact that there is such a principle and that it does operate through your thought. But this seems to be the place where many fall down. They talk so much about the Principle and use It so little. They permit themselves to become confused by the introduction of contradictory ideas. They spend too much time in merely philosophizing, theorizing, speculating, until finally they live in a world of wistful wishing, of daydreams.
You must come to see that the Science of Mind is an acutal Principle to be definitely used; that no matter how much Good may exist in the Universe, only as much Good can come to you as you can conceive. Above all things, determine now to use this science. Do not say, "I expect to have understanding enough within a year to use it." Seize upon whatever facts present themselves to your mind today, begin to use such truch as you grasp, and you will become an effective practitioner.
Work Hours and Fee Schedule
Meditation every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. Celebration of Life Service by Rev. Patty Rumpza every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Please Come Join Us! THEME FOR 2004: "Living our Infinite Possibilties!"
WHAT WE BELIEVE
By Dr. Ernest Holmes
We believe in God, the living Spirit Almighty; one, indestructible, absolute, and self-existent Cause. This One manifests Itself in and through all creation, but is not absorbed by Its creation. The manifest universe is the body of God; it is the logical and necessary outcome of the infinite self-knowingness of God.
We believe in the incarnation of the Spirit in US, and that all PEOPLE are incarnations of the One Spirit.
We believe in the eternality, the immortality, and the continuity of the individual soul, forever and ever expanding.
We believe that HEAVEN is within US, and that we experience IT to the degree that we become conscious of It.
We believe the ultimate goal of life to be a complete emancipation from all discord of every nature, and that this goal is sure to be attained by all.
We believe in the unity of all life, and that the highest God and the innermost God is one God. We believe that God is personal to all who feel this indwelling Presence.
We believe in the direct revelation of Truth through our intuitive and spiritual nature, and that ANYONE may become a revealer of Truth who lives in close contact with the indwelling God.
We believe that the Universal Spirit, which is God, operates through a Universal Mind, which is the Law of God; and that we are surrounded by this Creative Mind which receives the direct impress of our thought and acts upon it.
We believe in the healing of the sick through the power of this Mind.
We believe in the control of conditions through the power of this Mind.
We believe in the eternal Goodness, the eternal Loving-kindness, and the eternal Givingness of Life to all.
We believe in our own soul, our own spirit, and our own destiny; for we understand that OUR LIFE is God.
THE GLOBAL HEART VISION
...we envision the emergence of the Global Heart to balance and guide the further evolution of humanity.
We see a world free of homelessness, violence, war, hunger, separation and disenfranchisement.
We see a world in which there is generous and continuous sharing of heart and resources...a world in which forgiveness, whether for errors, injustices, or debts, is the norm..a world in which borders are irrelevant...a world which has renewed its emphasis on beauty, nature and love through a resurgence of creativity, art, and aesthetics...a world in which fellowship prospers and connects through the guidance of spiritual wisdom and experience...a world in which we live and grow as One Human Family.
The spiritual community of "United Church of Religious Science" is united and actuated by this compelling vision of a healthy world -- a world experiencing Global Heart -- and is ardently committed to bringing this vision forth through its ministries and its transformative teaching.
We envision "UCRS" as a bridge across the illness and illusion of separation thereby dynamically empowering the vision of Global Heart.
"UCRS" is a global community of people pervasively caring for and about each other and the entire human family, thereby bringing the gift of active compassion to the world. Our local churches and communities become "points of inspiration and influence" effectively advancing the vision of Global Heart.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES TO EMPOWER OUR SHARED VALUES
Spiritual Mind Treatment, Visioning and Co-creation
Leaders as Vision Facilitators
OUR SHARED VALUES
A professional practitioner is a qualified licensed individual who is committed to:
1) holding in high regard the honor and privilege of doing spiritual work for those who request it, both in the church and in the world, and expressing the high standards of the professional practitioner at all times, in all places, and in all circumstances.
2) being a role model for living and demonstrating the principles of Science of Mind at all times.
3) being loving, giving, nurturing, patient, compassionate, understanding, intuitive, non-judgemental, and non-resistant to life.
4) being a healing presence, one who knows the presence of God in all things and the Oneness of all life.
5) holding in high esteem the art and skill of all healing professions, regardless of method, religion or philosophy, while at the same time being dedicated to the profession of the Religious Science Professional Practitioner.
6) supporting their church and community as an active spiritual presence.
Licensed practitioners have completed three years of class work in a required course of study, passed a written exam and have been approved by an oral panel of ministers and experienced practitioners. A practitioner's license is renewed every two years with their minister's recommendation after having met service and continuing education requirements.
Practitioners have individual spiritual counseling practices. There is a fee for their professional services. Financial arrangements are flexible and should not be a deterrent to receiving their services.
PRACTITIONER, DEB SMITH, RScP (281) 444-4962 or email@example.com
How can a Practitioner serve YOU?
As your Practitioner, Deb is here to pray for and with you about any life situation you wish to change or expand. You may access her services in any of the following ways:
1) Fill out a prayer request anytime you are at the Center and Deb will do prayers for you for a week. You may request a phone call from her by filling out the bottom of the form and providing your phone # and/or email address.
2) Deb is also available to do a treatment for you after the Sunday morning Celebration. Simply let her know that you would like to have a private moment with her for prayer.
3) You can also schedule a private hour-long Practitioner session where you can discuss, at length, any life situation you would like to create, change or expand. This time is spent exploring your choices and opportunities. The session ends with a treatment for your specific requests.
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