OHOM Leadership Team
My first experience with Science of Mind was in 1991. Like many people who walk through the doors I took a deep breath as I realized I’d come home. A home I always knew existed, but until that moment had never found. This was a turning point in my life.
The more I learned, practiced and lived these spiritual principles the more enjoyable and fulfilling life became. Relationships were healed, financial strife began to ease and my physical health thrived. Soon, I started taking classes and became a licensed Practitioner in 2000. In 2005 I decided to listen to Spirit’s call to ministry and attended Holmes Institute at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living campus in Encinitas, CA to gain my ministerial license.
After graduating in 2009 I accepted a Letter of Call as Senior Minister in Grants Pass until March of 2016 when Spirit’s call led me to San Diego and One Heart One Mind Center for Spiritual Living. The many years I spent as an elementary school teacher helped my ministry more than I ever thought possible. Ministry requires kindness, compassion, active listening, organization, valuing all individuals and the understanding that everyone experiences life in their own way. To me, it is important to make everyone feel safe, nurtured and cared for so that they can shine their light. Today, my ministry is renewed, refreshed and inspired. I know in the depth of my heart that I was called to One Heart One Mind and we are all in a period of renewal. I honor the leadership and contributions of all the ministers who have come before me at One Heart One Mind. Now, we come together in a collective intention to grow and become a point of light and inspiration for everyone who walks through our doors.
In love, Rev. Michelle
I am a retired lawyer, Vietnam veteran and father of two adult children. I was introduced to the Science of Mind teaching in late 2014 and very quickly found my spiritual home. In 2019, I completed Practitioner studies and became a Religious Science Practitioner. The attractions of this metaphysical teaching for me are the concept of the indwelling Spirit, the inclusivity of the philosophy, the lack of dogma, the loving fellowship and the knowing that by changing my thinking I can change my life. As a direct result of incorporating Science of Mind principles and practices into my daily life, I now live a more joyful and fulfilled life. I have adopted as my personal motto the following statement of Judge Thomas Troward: “Principle is not bound by precedent”. Since 2017, I have divided my time between Oceanside, California and Ajijic, Mexico.
My journey studying Science of Mind began in the 1980s when I joined the Center for Spiritual Living in Seal Beach, CA. My continued devotion to the principles and practices of the philosophy has enabled me to enjoy a joyous and successful life following many interests and passions. I have served as an accomplished violinist and played with orchestras and chamber groups, a CPA working for a major company, and after earning a master’s degree in education teaching 5th and 6th graders in Del Mar, CA. I now enjoy retirement with my dear dog Suri, reading and studying, and quilting. I truly believe that only good comes to me and goes out from me...it’s what I expect and what I accept as my experience.
I was born into a family of atheists, and spent the first half of my life believing that reality could be explained by the physical and biological sciences. The more I learned about my own consciousness, however, the less adequately my university education served to explain what I was experiencing. To deal with this, I began creating my own religion, which I jokingly called Robism. Robism was always a non-proselytizing philosophy because it was rooted in a belief that one’s subconscious played a role in determining future events in one’s life, an idea that, I worried, could get me branded as a whackadoo. This went on until the day I stumbled into Rev. Terry Cole Whitaker on XETV channel 6. Turns out, my ideas had been around for over 100 years, and apparently did not get people committed to insane asylums. Rev. Terry introduced me to the Science of Mind, and a spiritual family that I had never known I had. This introduction was the first of two life altering events that would rock my world. The second event was my graduation as a Religious Science Minister from the Emerson Theological Institute. This training gave me access to my intuitive powers, and taught me how to experience the love of God wherever and whenever I wanted. It also showed me that people seem to enjoy the unique slant I have when discussing the principles of life.
I grew up in NE Philadelphia in a largely Jewish community. At 7 years of age, our family moved to the SF bay area, where I immediately experienced antisemitism. These painful early experiences helped me to learn how not to be. I learned to hold values of acceptance, equality, justice and kindness. In middle school I was unable to participate in PE (my favorite class) due to a medical issue. I was told I could volunteer in the office or be a teacher’s assistant with students with disabilities. I chose helping students with disabilities. As with experiencing antisemitism at such a young age, volunteering as a teacher’s assistant with students with disabilities changed the course of my life. I continued working with disabled students in high school and while working through college. I learned further values of not only equality, but compassion, empathy and humility. I volunteered at a local hospital and humane society for high school credit, work experience. I received a master’s degree in counseling psychology and worked throughout my career as a counselor and teacher. After graduating from college, I became a member of CSL and eventually helping others as a practitioner. Always in my life, I feel people and animals have led the way for me to fully embrace, kindness, gratitude and compassion as a way of being.
Like many, I came from a Catholic background. I continue to find a number of the traditions quite lovely to observe. For a number of years, I attended the Living Enrichment Center, lead by Mary Manin Morrissey. It was an amazing Spiritual Center that had many great speakers such as Michael Beckwith, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, and Deepak Chopra. When I wasn't in Portland, I attended Unity Service. Eventually, I found my home at Center for Spiritual Living. It was akin to finding my way home. I'm in Pracitioner Training and hope to complete the official course track in July of 2022.