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Store now part of Hilltop Center for Spiritual Living


Last updated 12/6/2007 at Noon

The Hilltop Center for Spiritual Living (HCSL) is a place where people can explore what it is like to be part of an international spiritual community.

“It is based on the teachings of science of the mind; we are transdenominational,” explained Reverend Guy Williams.

HCSL is a teaching community, focusing on the school of wisdom. “We are more philosophically based than theologically based,” Williams said.

Being transdenominational means that all are welcome at the HCSL, because it believes that all spiritual paths will lead to God.

“Our founder, Dr. Holmes, used to say that as far as our philosophy goes, what makes us unique is that we don’t claim to be unique,” said Williams.

HCSL claims to be different than New Age in that their focus embraces a New Thought Movement. “We are using the ancient new wisdom spiritual paths.”

Mostly, HCSL wants people to walk away with a sense that they are absolutely loved. “Our greatest desire is to prosper people at every level,” added Williams.

Williams encourages people to think and question different areas of spirituality, and in doing so, never fear God.

On September 30, a wonderful addition of a bookstore/gift store became part of HCSL’s community. The shelves, cases and walls are adorned with delightful, unique gifts. Many are crafted by local artisans, said store manager C.J. Monroe.

A local artist, for example, gathered charred wood after the recent fire and transformed it into a lovely cross. From a scene of heartache and devastation, the artist produced Gratitude Crosses, symbolizing something unique for each and every person.

The handcrafted jewelry is exquisite, with peerless, striking glass pendants, bracelets and earrings, sterling silver pieces and eye-catching pewter bracelets.

“They are so beautiful,” said Monroe.

Unparalleled carved wood boxes, handcrafted journals, candles, wood statues, scarves and shawls and unique glass pieces can be found throughout the quaint shop. The glasswork at this boutique consists of angels, whimsical fairies, hummingbirds and much more.

Unique incense bottles that vary in color from cobalt blue to green to amber have an Asian gold inscription, each one of them reading: World Peace, Hope and Strength.

“These are really popular,” confirmed Monroe.

Engaging jeweled bookmarks are the perfect addition to one of the many books that can be found at this store.

“We have wisdom teachings of all spiritual paths; these books are great wisdom teachings from Jesus, Buddha and Mohammad,” said Williams. “We also have a selection of metaphysical books.”

The children’s book section is not to be missed, offering everything from Disney classics to personalized books from Create-A-Book.

The illustrated Create-A-Book makes a child feel quite special when they are the lead character within the book. This company offers a library of topics from sports, parades, special holidays, religion, birthdays, ballerinas, Mother Goose and school.

Musical CDs are also offered in a wide range of choices.

It can easily be said that the HCSL bookstore and gift shop has something for everyone.

Hilltop Center of Spiritual Living is located at 331 East Elder Street in Fallbrook. To learn more about their services, lectures or other upcoming events, call (760) 723-8291 or log on to

For the bookstore/gift shop hours of operation, call (760) 415-2954.


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