Karyn Dunphy, RScP
I found Religious Science/Centers for Spiritual Living in 2002 when a friend of mine said she was going to a workshop at church one night after work. I was curious. She said the topic was financial freedom. First I asked what kind of church has classes on financial freedom and abundance and then I asked her if I could go with her. She said sure. That night changed my life for the better. The workshop was at this little old church called the North Hollywood Church of Religious Science. The minister leading the workshop was Rev. Dr. Mark Vierra. When I set foot into the sanctuary, I knew I had found my new spiritual home. She and I both went on and took the membership classes and looked further into what the Church of Religious Science had to offer us. Like a fish takes to water, I took to the teachings of Ernest Holmes The Science of Mind.
When I discovered The Science of Mind, the thing that captivated me was there was no dogma that’s in most other religions. I grew up Irish Catholic in Long Island, NY where everything was very segregated and bigoted and packed full of hatred, blame, and anger. I really get how Ernest Holmes saw the world as a world that can work for everyone. Inclusivity and diversity are the hallmarks of the Universe and they are the hallmark of The Science of Mind. A philosophy, a faith, a way of life.
It didn’t take long for me to become a raving fan of The North Hollywood Church of Religious Science. Like many, I took every class I could and soon wound up considering going into Practitioner Studies. One of the things that fascinated me the most was the structure of the praying in Centers for Spiritual Living versus other mainstream religions. I love the affirmative prayer we use in CSL. It makes so much sense, like we’re having a conversation with God knowing everything’s gonna be OK. Being a Licensed Practitioner is a strong commitment of Spiritual fortitude and courage, one that will keep me on top of my Spiritual game. It means the world to me to have become a Practitioner. It is a sign of my love for God and the awesome universe that we are a blessed to live in. A person can’t become a Licensed Spiritual Practitioner without recognizing spiritual Truth. I love knowing that God is all, in all and through all there is.
I have lived an incredible life. Along the way, I became quite skillful at golf and today I am a member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). I have won three LPGA national championships, and I am the author of Make ‘em Beg to Play Golf With You! A Businesswomen’s Guide to Level the Playing Field and Say Yes to More Opportunities. With patience and trust a fabulous job was offered to me as the LPGA Golf Professional at The Legacy Golf Club * Las Vegas. Besides golf, I really enjoy being a ‘foodie’, an adventurer, an avid reader and Netflix fan. My children, my family, and my Golden Retriever named Pancakes are the loves of my life. I really love nature, open spaces and getting out on the road in an RV with no destination.
The last book I finished this year is The Perfect Power Within You by Jack Addington. I’m currently reading and leading the Spirit Group based on Mendhi Audlin’s What if it All Goes Right? One of my favorites not too many people know about is Into the Magic Shop, James R. Doty. I highly, highly recommend it.
I’ve lived such an incredible life. One thing many people don’t know about me is that I have lived my life in both genders, male and female. I made the transition from male to female in 1995 when it wasn’t as common as today. That was the beginning of my own course in miracles, when my life really began to fully blossom. I became a passionate student of A Course in Miracles. It might be a good thing for you to get a copy. I found a great book by Alan Cohen called A Course in Miracles Made Easy, Mastering the Journey from Fear to Love. It’s a very nice and practical way to study the course.
I love the opening line from the text book,
“Nothing real can be threatened,
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.”