Hello everyone! This is Rev. Karen writing to wish you a WONDERFUL NEW YEAR! The period between Christmas and New Year’s is a wonderful time to review, reassess and vision for what could be new for you in your life for the coming year.
I love this teaching, because it provides tools for us to do just that: review, reassess, release and vision. We don’t say it often around here, but I believe this teaching to be extremely mystical. Not religious. Not even spiritual. I think what we teach goes much deeper than that. Dictionary.com defines mysticism: “a doctrine of an immediate spiritual intuition of truths believed to transcend ordinary understanding, or of a direct, intimate union of the soul with God through contemplation.” Religion, also as defined in Dictionary.com, is: a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects. Why do I say we aren’t religious? Because we do not define your beliefs or practices. Instead we suggest some ways to discover what your beliefs are, but we don’t prescribe those beliefs. Why do I say we aren’t spiritual? Again, I go to Dictionary.com: “of or relating to the spirit as the seat of the moral or religious nature, or: of or relating to sacred things or matters; religious; devotional; sacred.” Many of our attendees consider themselves spiritual but not religious. It has become a catch phrase. Most of the spiritual but not religious people I know believe in and practice devotion to outside things as much as traditional religious people believe in and practice devotion to an outside god. Spiritual but not religious folks don’t call it god, they call it the universe. There is nothing wrong with any of that. But I believe we can go deeper, and I think the time to do that is now.
I think 2017 can be the time when we transcend ordinary understanding and begin to achieve a direct, intimate union of our souls with god. Have fun with the outside stuff, because it can be a lot of fun, but go deep this year. Go for mysticism, not religion, not even spirituality.
Here at CSL Carson City, we are once again joining many other Centers around the world in participating in #TheGlobalVision. Our over-all theme for the year is called Values Based Spiritual Living. Do you know what your values are? If you don’t, come join us and explore! If you do, do you base your life on your values? Do your decisions and choices match your values? If so, come join other like minded people! If not, come and find out how to live in integrity with yourself. It is a wonderful way to live.
In January we will begin with How to Live a Value Based Life, and I do hope you will join us every Sunday at 10 am for meditation, and 10:30 for the service. Also in January, we are offering a FREE (love offerings gratefully accepted) workshop, on Monday, January 2, at 2 PM. This workshop is designed to set you up to begin to live a values based life in 2017. Also in January, we are offering, in conjunction with several other Centers and ministers, an online class, Self Mastery. It’s a ten week class that you can take from the comfort of your home. And….we are also offering a face-to-face class beginning Tuesday, January 24, called The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Both are ten week classes. Contact me for more information and to register. And, last but not least, save the date! April 11-14 we are going on retreat to Death Valley!
Again, Happy New Year, and I hope to see you embody the mystical you in 2017!
PS: Last chance to experience the joy of giving with a tax deductible contribution to help us continue our work!