Welcome to November! November brings with it exciting times. Fall is just about done displaying its awesome colors for us, days are shorter. I don’t know about you, but excitement for the coming holiday season always begins for me at the beginning of November. I am especially excited about our Global Vision theme this November. As a reminder, we follow the Global Vision that many other Centers for Spiritual Living are following. This means that no matter where you go and what Center you attend, your chances of hearing about the same topic are very good, because we are all talking about the same thing.
For this entire year, we’ve been celebrating 100 years of Science of Mind. This month our topic is one of my personal favorites: Freedom from Fear and Error Thinking.
For me, error thinking is mistaken thinking. Just as sin is viewed in our tradition as simply a mistake, we sometimes make mistakes in our thinking as well. Luckily for us, we have many spiritual tools that help us to transform our thinking. And fear; well fear can be viewed as Face Everything and Recover, or False Evidence Appearing Real, or Forgetting Everything about Reality. And one last acronym: Forget everything and Run. I don’t know about you but I’d like to remember the truth about who and what I am, and replace that fear with love and correct thinking.
I hope you will join us on Monday nights, which is when we meet. We call it Monday Night Musings and we meet on Mondays at 5 pm at A-to-Zen in Carson City, 1803 North Carson Street.
Here is a list of topics we will be discussing each week. Please note, there will be no meeting on November 12.
November: Freedom From Fear and Error Thinking
The Fruit of Good and Evil (Pg.354) 11/5
Fear and Punishment (Pg.359) 11/12 (no meeting)
If the Blind Lead the Blind (Pg.388) 11/19
Transference (Pg.390) 11/26
As usual, the page numbers refer to our book for the year: Living the Science of Mind
And if you would like to do a bit of extra reading on this topic, here are some recommendations:
The Places that Scare You – A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers, Ph.D
Living without Fear by Ernest Holmes
Fearless Living by Rhonda Britten
Happy October and Happy Fall! I always love the change of seasons. It gives me a chance to review my life and see if anything wants to be changed. Plus I am especially enjoying mother nature’s show this year. The fall colors are amazing! I hope you are creating opportunities to get out and see some of that spectacular color.
October brings with it one of my favorite topics: Abundance, Prosperity and Wealth. What does abundance mean to you? More money? More things? For me abundance begins with how I feel about my place in the world. Abundance is more about how much love and compassion I embody for myself and others than about how much money I have. If we want to experience more abundance in our lives, the place to begin is within. And to recognize that we can’t hate, scorn, ridicule or judge in one area of our life and not have it spill over into all the other areas. We must be loving, accepting and compassionate in all areas. This is where abundance begins. If you want more money in your life, begin here. Willis Kinnear is an editor of much of Ernest Holmes’ writings and talks and he said this, “You must become a more complete channel for the expression of things that really count in life.” Tomorrow is October 1, and in many Centers for Spiritual Living around the world, it is Abundance month. We will be discussing abundance at Monday Night Musings. Come join us at 5 pm at A-to-Zen, or listen in to the Facebook live stream.
SEPTEMBER EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS
Here we are in September already! Wow! It has been a wonderful summer, but I am happy to feel the slight crispness in the air and to get the benefit of this year’s harvest. We’ve been enjoying an abundance of freshly harvested vegetables and eggs. And yet, there still seems to be a pall. It has been said that the only cure for darkness is light. Almost as if by magic, shine a light and the darkness disappears. I also know that we are all connected on very deep levels. Quantum physics has proven this. There is a darkness in the human race right now. Perhaps it has always been there, but now it seems to be a bit more visible. I know this is because the darkness is being revealed so the light of healing can shine that darkness into oblivion, but in the meantime people come to me consistently expressing anguish, concern and worry. I feel it too. But in my work it is important to move beyond the stress and worry I feel in the consciousness of the human race, because if I don’t I can’t do my work effectively. I have to work a bit harder these days at getting to the Truth, to that place where I can shine a light into the darkness of the current consciousness, and into the darkness of people’s souls. I do this by meditation, reading and study, and affirmative prayer. This morning was typical, I woke up wondering how on earth I was going to get back to peace when I had a message from someone feeling the stress, and when just last night a wonderful woman who has been there for me in all things expressed her deep concern about the state we are in. I can’t help if I don’t do my own work first. So I settled in this morning, and am now in that place of peace. I am shining a light into the darkness and am affirming peace for anyone who reads this. Go ahead, sit a spell and feel that peace for yourself. The peace has never been disturbed, and now it is revealed.
ANNUAL INTERFAITH PICNIC
There will be no discussion group held on Monday, September 3, which is Labor Day. Instead, join us at the annual Interfaith picnic, held every Labor Day. It’s a wonderful time of luscious potluck and glorious fellowship! I can tell you that in addition to the food and frolic, there will be a brief time when you will have to opportunity to continue the consciousness of diversity and inclusion. It’s a surprise, so I won’t say more. Just join us on the lawn at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City. The picnic will be from 4-6 pm, address is 314 North Division Street.
Remember, no meeting on Monday, but starting on September 10 we will continue with our Global Vision theme of Celebrating 100 years of Science of Mind. Our topic for September is Spiritual Mind Treatment, the feeling. I don’t know about you but I will be happy to take a deep dive into the powerful feelings that both create and result from our treatments. We’ve had a good exploration of the basics in August, now let’s take it deeper! Here are the readings for the month:
September: Spiritual Mind Treatment, The Feeling
Treatment and Feeling (Pg.312) (no meeting on the 3rd))
Divine Ideas (Pg.315) 9/10….we will combine the first two readings for our discussion.
Make Each Treatment Complete (Pg.316) 9/17 ….we will combine pages 316 and 318 for our discussion
Treatment is Not Well-Wishing (Pg.318)
Loose the Consciousness (Pg.339) 9/24
Recommended Extra Reading
The Energy of Prayer by Thich Nhat Hanh
BEGINNING THE FIRST WEEK IN AUGUST, THAT IS AUGUST 6, OUR MEETING TIME WILL BE AT 5 PM! July 30 remains at the 6 pm meeting time. We hope to see you all soon!
For the months of August and September, we get to the heart, and the meat, and the power of this teaching that we call Science of Mind. I have experienced and witnessed so many demonstrations and manifestations as a result of this powerful form of affirmative prayer that is unique to us! Affirmative prayer is also a foundation upon which we build everything else, so I hope you will make plans to attend in August and September! If you are new to our teachings, this will give you a good foundation upon which to build a renewed and transformed life. If you are familiar with treatment, this will be a wonderful refresher course!
Remember that our theme for the year is 100 Years of Science of Mind, and for this year our anchor book is Living the Science of Mind. The page number of the reading is listed with each week’s topic in parenthesis.
August: Spiritual Mind Treatment, The Form
How to Give a Spiritual Mind Treatment (Pg.284) 8/5
Treatment Deals with Thought (Pg.287) 8/12
Affirmations and Denials in Treatment (Pg.301) 8/19
Simple Acceptance (Pg.309) 8/26
How to Use the Science of Mind – Principle in Practice by Ernest Holmes
September: Spiritual Mind Treatment, The Feeling
Treatment and Feeling (Pg.312) 9/2
Divine Ideas (Pg.315) 9/9
Make Each Treatment Complete (Pg.316) 9/16
Treatment is Not Well-Wishing (Pg.318) 9/23
Loose the Consciousness (Pg.339) 9/30
We’ve got a lot of new people attending Monday Night Musings, so I thought I would provide a bit of a primer on what it is we do. I know….inquiring minds want to know……
Basically, we discuss New Thought principles and how to apply them in our lives. New Thought is a new way of thinking about ancient wisdom. Sometimes that wisdom could be religious (think of the deep mystical and beautiful teachings that all religions offer, not the dogma). But it can also be philosophical (think Socrates or Plato), psychological (think Carl Jung or Joseph Campbell), literary (think Emerson or Thoreau), or scientific (think quantum physics). We also embrace Buddhism (which does not consider itself a religion) and welcome folks from all religions. By extension, our teachings can also be applied personally: we think in new ways about our lives, so as to transform our lives into something that serves us better. And this right here is the meat of this teaching. This is not learning for learning’s sake, or is it attending so you can say you go to church. This is transformation of the deepest and most powerful kind, the kind that makes a huge difference for us in our lives, both individually and collectively.
Anyway, we have an annual theme and this year it is Celebrating 100 years of Science of Mind. Yes, this teaching is 100 years old, but it comes from earlier stuff. The annual theme this year is based on a book called Living the Science of Mind, by Ernest Holmes. He is the founder of what is now known as Center for Spiritual Living. There are Centers all over the world; locally, two in Reno, one in Tahoe, and of course, mine in Carson. You can get more info here: www.csl.org, and my center: www.cslcc.org
For July, we will be studying a topic called Revealing Wholeness. While we don’t consider ourselves necessarily a religious order, we do very much consider ourselves a healing and teaching order. This month’s topic speaks to the healing part. And the weekly discussions are teaching and learning opportunities.
Here are the readings for the month (with accompanying memes). You don’t have to have the book or do the readings to attend, but I’ve discovered that people get more benefit when they do.
July: Revealing Wholeness
Healing is a Revelation (Pg.245) 7/1
And, if you are so inclined to do some extra reading:
Healing Words – The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine by Larry Dossey, MD
I just thought I’d provide some more info, since I get asked a lot about what we are doing over here. I hope I get to see you on Mondays! A-to-Zen, 6 PM.
We are a 501c3 tax deductible organization, and not only are your contributions much appreciated, but they also are a way for you to contribute to the flow of your life!
You will not want to miss this historic workshop! It is put on by the Centers for Spiritual Living Diversity Commission, and sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Carson City.
This workshop is being held on a love offering basis and will be held on Thursday, May 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Family Church, 1201 North Saliman Road in Carson City.
Your organizer for this event is Rev. Karen Linsley, and your host is Rev. Chad Adamik of St. Paul’s Lutheran Family Church, who has graciously offered his church as our location for this event. Other members of the Interfaith Council who are supporting this event are Fr. Jeff Paul, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Fr. Chuck Durante, St. Theresa of Avila, Rabbi Evon J. Yakar, Temple Bat Yam and North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation, Pastor JJ Tuttle, Connected Nazarene Church, and Rev. Maggie McNaught, Carson City First United Methodist.
Your Centers for Spiritual Living Diversity trainers for this workshop are Rev. D. Jacquelyn Edwards and Rev. Sharon Mitchell.
Research demonstrates that we all harbor unconscious biases. The good news is that enhanced awareness and training can create an inclusive culture that identifies and helps eliminate these hidden biases. Unconscious bias is the result of messages (from a wide array of sources) introduced into our subconscious from an early age. Many of these prejudices that are deeply held in our unconscious can unconsciously influence how we act toward one another in communities.
At the end of this workshop, participants will:
AND…..there will be food provided at this event, so please sign up by contacting Rev. Karen so we know how much food to prepare
April brings with it the traditional Easter holiday, falling on April Fool’s Day this year! No foolin’….this is the perfect time to renew, refresh and resurrect yourself! As Ernest Holmes says, “for every death there is a resurrection.” He adds that “This is the way of life. This is the way of evolution.” I love the metaphor and power of this time of year. It is the perfect time for us to release with love anything that is unlike us as God. This is how we achieve the death that leads to resurrection. For the new to be born, the old must be relinquished.
Once we release the old and embrace the new, the opportunity for us to become enlightened is even greater, by realizing we are a part of that vast Oneness that is the power and strength and unconditional love of God.
In this week we get to examine just how much faith, doubt, confidence, fear, hope and despair we have in our life. Faith, confidence and hope allow us to feel younger, to view the world with that childlike wonder that opens us up to joy. Doubt, fear and despair will keep us mired in old non-productive ways of thinking that simply lead to more of the same.
I hope you will join us for deep and insightful discussions, called Monday Night Musings, every Monday night at 6 PM at A-to-Zen in Carson City.
Sending love, light and laughter your way, Rev. Karen
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March message from your minister!
March brings with it a lot of promises: spring, warm weather to come, new life! To usher in March we will be talking about the Divine all month. More specifically, we will be talking about the Divine within you. What would your life be like if you knew, in your heart space, that God was within you?
Does the idea of God’s will and your will being in alignment frighten you? Or does it empower you?
Do you live a life of being rooted in the Divine, or somewhere else?
These are some of the questions we will be exploring this month at The Center in Carson City for our Monday Night Musings.
Our anchor theme for the year is 100 Years of Science of Mind. YES! We are celebrating 100 years of this wonderful teaching that brings joy and peace to the lives of so many. Our book for the year is Living the Science of Mind, by Ernest Holmes. You can read along as each discussion corresponds with a section in the book.
Here are the pages for each week:
March: You are Rooted in the Divine
Your Personal Self (Pg.116) 3/4 Your Highest and Best is your Personal Self….or…where are you rooted?
Your Impersonal Self (Pg.130) 3/11 You are rooted in the divine
God’s Will (Pg.136) 3/18 Thy Will? (think: “My life is the life of God. Therefore, Divine wisdom, clarity and power guides and directs me and I am free.”
Self-Evident Truth within You (Pg.141) 3/25
If you are looking for additional inspiration for March, read Living With Joy – Keys to Personal Power & Spiritual Transformation by Sanaya Roman
I hope to see you on Monday nights at 6 PM at A-To-Zen, 1803 North Carson Street, for our Monday Night Musings open discussion group!
Can you believe it is February already? And even though we haven’t had much of a winter I’ve got spring fever, and I’m ready to go camping! How about you? You can join us for our annual Death Valley Camping Retreat! This year it is scheduled for March 6-8. All the details are in the flyer, I hope to see you there!
And….I’m so excited about this month’s theme of Self Awareness Is Not Enough. Our Monday night gatherings are going to be rich and full, beginning with TONIGHT’s discussion of What is Religion. Basically, religion, according to Ernest Holmes, is about your attitude towards God. And if we are self aware, I’m sure we can all find ways to deepen and enrich our attitude towards God. Join us tonight for a discussion of one such way: inner communion. For the rest of the month we will be talking about self awareness in terms of spirituality, faith, belief, desire, revelation, desire, opinion and prayer. WHEW! Lots there to contemplate for sure. The beautiful thing about showing up on Monday nights is shared wisdom, and community with like minded people. It’s a safe place to discuss ways to enrich our attitudes towards God, or what spirituality means to each of us, and how that shows up in our life. It is time to examine: just how powerful and large is your faith? Could it be more? Are there any beliefs limiting your life? What do you desire, and what does prayer and revelation have to do with that? And how does self awareness fit into this rather large picture? I hope you will join us on Monday nights at 6 PM, at A-to-Zen, at 1803 North Carson Street in Carson City.
Did you know the 3 spiritual practices that will enrich your life right now? They are forgiveness, gratitude and tithing. You can tell when forgiveness is needed in your life, because the flow of good will be blocked. Focus on things for which you are grateful and you will get more. Tithing is a powerful spiritual tool that is also fun to do, and quite rewarding! I hope you will consider participating in your own spiritual enrichment by donating now.
Today is the solstice. The time when, physically, we experience the shortest time of daylight, and tomorrow the light begins to grow. This is such a powerful metaphor. So powerful that entire teachings have been based upon it. Christmas, the second biggest celebration for Christians (the first being Easter) is based upon this metaphor. I love this time of year, not just because of the lights and the parties and the fellowship and the gift giving. I love it because I’m in love with metaphor, and this is one of the greatest ones around. What is this metaphor? It is about moving from darkness to light. It is about when we experience the deepest darkest times in our lives. We are experiencing dark times indeed. Globally, nationally, and perhaps personally. Perhaps you are experiencing a dark time in your life. Maybe you’ve been diagnosed with a serious illness. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one. Maybe you’ve experienced other losses. This season, this movement from dark to light, tells us that these losses and dark times are not about ends, but beginnings. And, to deepen the metaphor even further, it is about moving from hope to trust, from faith to belief. When loss occurs, we can blame, we can shame, we can point fingers, we can move into self pity, we can indulge ourselves in a morass of sadness, we can get angry. We might even need to do that. For a little bit. Just a while. If we simply stop there, we deny the gift. For in that darkness, in that traumatic event, there is always always always a gift. Our job, should we choose to accept it, is to accept the gift. How do we do that? If we follow the metaphor, during this time of darkness we have put up lights. There are Christmas lights everywhere! I love to just drive around and view the lights at this time of year. What if we drove around in our own minds and hearts and viewed the lights trying to shine through the darkness? That darkness is a call, an urging, a prodding. It is a major tug to examine the beliefs we have about ourselves. Jesus said it: As you Believe, so it is. The Law of Attraction says it: what you are is what you attract. This is about looking at our beliefs and changing them. Not to shame ourselves for having the belief in the first place, but viewing them with open non-judgmental eyes and realizing they simply don’t work for us anymore, even though at one time they may have. This is also the time to allow the metaphor of the light to prod us to think about letting a new light into our own lives, this is about moving into trust. Hope is nice. Hope provides a ledge upon which we can stand in the dark times, a ledge from which we can see the direction in which to proceed, and from that ledge we can move in that direction. This season, spend some quiet time contemplating the lights, and the light which will only grow from this point forward. Ask yourself: where do I need to shine the light in my own life? And what does that light reveal? Martin Luther King said that darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Use the light! Revel in this powerful metaphor to illuminate the darkness in your own life, and watch that darkness disappear.
Join us in the New Year on Monday night at 6 PM to begin a year long exploration of this teaching called The Science of Mind.