Ukiah Daily Journal: 28 Dec 1983: Minister teaches powers of the mind
of the miiid ByLOISO'ROURKE JcuTMlCorrmpendtnf Stmanne Theilig' doesn't make New Year's Resolutions. She sets goals instead. THeUig is the minister of the Ukiah Church of Religious Science, a church that teaches the science of mind, what she says appeals to the less '•traditional" people. "A resolution means tryipg to change a habit. Goals are something to achieve," Tlieilig said; Theilig said the Qiurch of Religious Science integrates teachings of science, psychology and religion instead of just religion: ^new sitolnedglaif sfiiepfirw^ Religious Science oh South Oak-Street. Thj» steeple Is a. memorial to Minister Suzdnne Thelllg's l^e husband EdwIh, who died last April. Theilig gives sermons to al)out SO to 60 members each Sunday at her small church on South Oak Street. "Traditional religion puts emphasis on what a person does; we put emphasis on what a person thinks and believes," she said. According to Theilig, the Church of Religious Science began with the New Thought movement which originated with the discovery of the healing powers of the mind in the latter part of the 19th century. From that, other powers of the mind were discovered. The Church of Religious Science bases its teaching on Dr. Ernest Holmes'—who was the founder of the Church of Religious Science— book. The Science of Mind, written in 1938. "People don't realize how simple the teaching is." TheUig said. "But, it demands a great deal of dedication.'' Theilig said the teaching emphasizes changing one's negative emotions and thoughts that create problems to positive emotions and thoughts to chaf^gepne'slife. "For example, if one thinks th^ are poor &nd cannot afford to buy the things they want or need, then they are poor. If, however, they believe their finances are unlimited then they will have enough,'' Theilig said. Theilig said an unhappy marriage can be changed into a happy one, an unhealthy body into a healthy one, and one can change their financial situation, when one dedicates themselves to the teaching of the science of mind. "I have seen members of my congregation change their lives when they incorporate this teaching," Thfelig said. "I have had numerous parislioners who have been in financial trouble and turned themselves around. I had one man who was diagnosed by doctors as having cancer, and after we did prayer heal ings for him, the doctors operated and could not find anything," she said. Theilig added that she believes in doctors, but she also believes that healing begins in one's niiiid, and that is what she teaches in the Religious Science Ministry. Theilig also believes things such as stress can be helped by learning the powers of the mind. If a person is experiencing stress for example, simply repeating an affirmation (a positive statement) such as "I have all the energy I need," and truly believing it will relieve stress. Despite the simplicity of it all, Theilig says it takes total dedication to incorporate the teaching. "It's difficult to learn to change belief patterns and that's where the dedication comes in. A person also has to be willing to believe it and accept the teaching. "We believe that God and man are one, not separate and tliat it is the source of all good," she added.