Active Love Ministries (A.L.M.) is a 501(c)3 non-profit tax exempt organization engaging in private, postsecondary, distance learning spiritual education. Our licenses, certificates, and ordinations are awarded in regard to professional ministerial work done in relation to teachings, directly or indirectly associated with modules appearing within the coursework of our curriculum and falls under the jurisdiction of private postsecondary education.
Graduates have the legal right to use titles awarded in conjunction with the ministerial status conferred with the option to be either an active or non-active member of the A.L.M. community. The curriculum includes an integration of non-dualistic, metaphysical, esoteric, transpersonal, psychical, psychological, yogic, Buddhist, and mystical teachings carefully woven together. These lessons can be applied in practical ways to improve individual lives, communities, and humanity.
The information below is meant to help applicants and students better understand accreditation. Accreditation is not yet available for institutions that are purely spiritual or religious, that is, with no secular subjects like Biology, Chemistry, Math, etc. And, by focusing entirely on one subject—the study of Metaphysical/Modern Mystical spirituality students can complete our licensing programs, including ordained ministry certification in less time than it would take to complete a secular degree.
Accrediting Detail for Prospective Students
Metaphysic licenses granted by A.L.M. are spiritual in nature and are earned solely by the study of Metaphysical teachings with an emphasis on mysticism and spirituality. Because Metaphysical degrees are technically "religious" in nature, the U.S. Department of Education, under U.S. Federal Law, can neither praise, credit, discredit, nor accredit Metaphysical institutions.
In order to guarantee a republic based on religious freedom, the founding fathers of our country created a distinct division between the government and religion. This basic precept is commonly known to most U.S. citizens as The Separation of Church and State, but may not be as well known outside the U.S. Simply stated, this foremost principle of religious freedom maintains that the government will not become involved in matters dealing with religious beliefs, or things of a spiritual nature, and no religion will seek to involve itself in governmental affairs.
Since the A.L.M. is legally recognized by the United States Federal Government as a non-secular, spiritual/metaphysical 501(c)3 non-profit tax exempt organization, the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. must adhere to the founding precepts of religious freedom and those of the Separation of Church and State. Therefore, it must refrain from all comment, opinion, or intrusion.
A.L.M. is chartered in the state of California as a religious organization offering courses that are spiritual in nature. Falling under the jurisdiction of private postsecondary education, A.L.M. obtained the filing requirements for religious exclusion with exempt status.
A.L.M. has the full legal right to award the certificate, licenses, and ordinations it offers to its graduates. Our degrees are awarded in regard to professional ministerial work done in relation to teachings, directly or indirectly associated with lessons appearing within the ministry lessons of our programming. Graduates have the full legal right to use titles awarded in conjunction with the ministerial status conferred.
Legalities for Teaching, Counseling and Healing in Metaphysics
The field of Metaphysics as it exists today does not fall under the label of Psychology, which is the closest to it of all established professional fields. The explanation for this is that most Metaphysical teachings incorporate, or have as their main theme, the spiritual nature of the human being. Hence, many years back, Metaphysics was established as Spiritual Philosophy and, thus, under existing state laws nationwide, was placed in the legal classification of Religion.
Anyone that you see teaching, counseling or healing in Metaphysics today, if doing so with legal protection, is operating in the field of Religion and has a legal ministerial status. They may choose not to advertise this fact or call attention to it unless challenged to do so, unless, of course, they have chosen to open up a clearly apparent spiritual center or church.
Your own legal right to teach, counsel, or heal in the contemporary field of Metaphysics today is determined by having an ordained ministerial status. Therefore, you must have a ministerial status to practice legally. As explained later in this catalog, you may obtain such ministerial status through our degree program. The subjects covered in the curriculum of this course are listed further on in this catalog.