Peggy Shinn is a bilingual Religious Science practitioner and passionate about the spiritual path she’s chosen.
Splitting her time between lakeside and Las Cruces, New Mexico, she is one of the organizers of the upcoming Center for Spiritual Living (CSL) annual convention, and she is excitedly gearing up for the July 17-21 event – the fifth year that Hotel Montecarlo in Chapala has hosted this renowned international, bilingual event.
The spiritual movement known as Religious Science was founded by Ernest Holmes (1887-1960), an American New Thought writer, teacher,and leader. Religious Science is part of the greater New Thought movement and Science of Mind is its spiritual philosophy and also the name of Holmes’ book, written in 1926. The church’s name, Religious Science, was changed eight years ago to Center for Spiritual Living (CSL).
Says Shinn, “Holmes came up with the motto, ‘Change your thinking, change your life.’ He believed there’s a power in the universe greater than we are, a power we can all tap into. This is done through service to others; being instruments of Spirit. It’s through this level of compassion and service that we’re building up our law of attraction frequency.”
Shinn felt inspired to embrace this particular spiritual path during the 1980s, after having just read the book, “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay.
“My brother-in-law was living in Atlanta, Georgia and dying of AIDS,” says Shinn. “He sent me Hay’s book, which he had been studying. The book really spoke to me, inspiring me to delve deeper into the teachings of Ernest Holmes and his New Thought philosophy. When I learned that these New Thought concepts were actually taught and practiced by organized groups of people, and that Louise Hay was a Religious Science practitioner and minister, I was all in.”
For many Spanish speakers, Hay’s books, which have all been translated into Spanish, were their first exposure to Science of Mind teachings and principles. Other well-known influences have included Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson – even Oprah Winfrey.