I recently quit my corporate job at IBM to become a Licensed Spiritual Practitioner (Licensed by the Centers for Spiritual Living which is a Religious Science/Science of Mind organization).

Several years ago, I felt a divine inner calling to become a Practitioner.   It is my desire to bring the miraculous power of Affirmative Prayer known to everyone who wishes to make changes in their lives by using Divine Law.  Prayer is my new career!

A Practitioner is person who takes the courses and does the required inner and outer spiritual work to become licensed.   The Centers for Spiritual Living defines a Practitioner as, “one who endeavors to heal themselves and others through the creative power of Mind and the ever availability of Good.  Practitioners are individuals who have been trained in the art, skill and science of Affirmative Prayer.  A practitioner seeks to demonstrate the power of spiritual realization in everyday affairs and believes in Divine guidance.   A Practitioner sees through whatever condition someone is facing to the spiritual truth of your being, bringing about a change in the circumstance.  Practitioners are licensed to practice professionally, and are bound by a high code of ethics to respect your privacy.”

The Science of Mind (Religious Science) principles changed and enhanced my entire life.   Nine years ago, I left my family and friends behind and moved from New York to North Carolina to provide a better life for my 3 year old daughter, Brooke.   I was divorced and Brooke’s father had moved to Florida shortly after she was born.  I worked as an Administrative Assistant at IBM, bought a house and settled into living in beautiful Cary, North Carolina.    Cary was one of the best places to live in America.   Outwardly, it appeared my life was great– a beautiful child, a beautiful little house, a “great job”, a reliable car, plenty of money to not struggle – however, I was not fulfilled internally or spiritually.   My “job” as an Assistant to one of the of highest level executives at IBM was completely unfulfilling, but it was a blessing as it did provide financially for me and my daughter.    Life in North Carolina was great, but not without its pitfalls.   Almost immediately upon moving to North Carolina, my daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy.  Also, after living a quiet peaceful life there for about year, my peace was totally destroyed when I witnessed a freak shooting that occurred on my cul-de-sac.   Shortly thereafter, due to the traumatic memories, I sold my house and moved to another neighborhood.

I was enjoying living in my new neighborhood, Brooke’s epilepsy went away and I was doing great at my corporate job.   I was single and dating – but dating men that did not enhance my life and even brought negativity to it.   Growing up, my father was a strong, wealthy, Italian-American, Roman Catholic man.  I was the only girl of five children, so I had my own idea about what a man should “be” like and I was not meeting anyone that lived up to that idea.   I wanted to meet a very specific type of man that I could relate to in deep emotional, physical and spiritual ways.  I wanted to have a fairytale love story, but that alluded me.  I was staying strong and giving Brooke the best possible life – good public schools, dance classes and guitar lessons.  In the meantime, I fell upon the teachings of Ernest Holmes, the author of  “The Science of Mind,” which is the book that Religious Science is based upon.   I began to regularly attend Wednesday and Sunday Services at the Triangle Center for Spiritual Living in Raleigh.  Four years ago, I started taking classes at the Center.  The first class I took was “Foundations”, which takes students through the 10 core concepts of Religious Science.   Everything I learned in class, I already knew – intuitively.  For example, Religious Science teaches that “thoughts are things” and there exists a “collective consciousness” and God is everywhere present – that means God is right where you are – in and through you.   I went on to take more classes and I became entirely immersed in New Thought teachings.

My inner life and outer life changed completely in the two years since I declared that I would become a Practitioner.  Using the principles and prayer method I learned about, I met and married my Soul Mate (a fairytale love story!)   I moved from a modest house into a large house on a private golf club.  I now drive a brand new sports car.  I quit my job at IBM and am enjoying being a wife and stepmother.   I am now a Licensed Practitioner and have just started my own business called “The Answer Within”.  I provide spiritual counseling and perform rituals such as blessings of events or homes, etc.  Now, one of my greatest joys is providing prayer to my Community after Services.   My daughter is now 12 years old and has grown up in the Religious Science community.  She is pursuing her own dreams of singing, acting and dancing.   My husband has been a great blessing and has taught me more about the meaning of love, generosity and selflessness.     In all ways, my life reflects the love and abundance of Spirit.  I stand as an example of what The Science of Mind principles can do to you by working through you.     It is my intention to become a Leader, public speaker, advocate and ambassador of The Science of Mind and New Thought principles.

This work is my life’s calling.  And so it is!

Maryann Patalano

Licensed RScP (Religious Science Practitioner)