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.
We do things a bit differently at the Center in Carson City. We aren’t very “churchy” and are more interested in improving our lives through the study and use of Science of Mind principles than in attending church….SO!
NO MORE SUNDAY SERVICES!
Yep, you read it right. You asked and we listened….you aren’t interested in getting up early on a Sunday morning, and if you are, it’s to hike, or go on a picnic, or go recreate somewhere. And you are loving the discussion format we instituted a while back, so we are continuing with that, just not on Sundays anymore, but on Monday nights.
If you’ve always wanted to come but do other things on Sundays, now is your chance to join us. Monday nights, 6 pm, at the Center, for about an hour.
We’ve got some wonderful developments happening at The Center:
First: Our very own Paula Hamilton has offered to do a sound meditation on a few Sundays for us! You may be asking, “what is a sound meditation?” Like in an orchestra, our individual parts all have different tones that must be in tune in order to play harmoniously together. The Sound Therapist works like a Music Conductor to bring the body into Harmony. Paula will do a 10 minute sound meditation during the service THIS SUNDAY, July 16th! After that, she will next do one beginning at 9:50 (before the service) on July 30th, followed by another on August 13! Be sure to join us for this very special offering!
Second: Our community has been growing slowly but surely! The new “non-churchy” discussion format is very popular and people are reporting AHA moments and growth. Our board decided that now that we have a cohesive community going, we can certainly accommodate bringing new folks into the fold! SO….we have decided to hold a visioning/discussion group on 3 Sundays, before the service, at 10 am. Visioning will be July 23, August 6 and August 20th. Discussion with presentation and consolidation of ideas gathered during the visioning process, and formulation of an action plan will be on August 27th. Again, it’s all happening at 10 am!
Last but not least, I know I mentioned that we will have a complimentary QiGong class on July 30, after the service. This will be presented by Qi Gong teacher Gina Cowell, and I can personally tell you that Qi Gong is a powerful powerful practice, and very easy to do. Come join us that Sunday for the sound meditation at 9:50, the service with open discussion, potluck, and Qi Gong! This will allow you to bring in August with a BIG BANG!
Basically, what this means for you is if you want to participate in all the fun stuff, show up by 10 am every Sunday instead of 10:30, and on the last Sunday, bring a potluck dish and plan to stay a while after the service!
All of this is offered on a Love offering basis, with all donations tax deductible.
Ernest Holmes: “In the independence of your own mentality, believe and feel that you are wonderful.” Science of Mind, kindle version, page 306
Napoleon Hill: “It will not be difficult to detect, in the story of the Declaration of Independence, at least six of these principles; DESIRE, DECISION, FAITH, PERSISTENCE, THE MASTER MIND, and ORGANIZED PLANNING.” Think and Grow Rich, Kindle Version, page 222
Today is the day in the United States when the country has a holiday in honor of its independence. Napoleon Hill, in his classic work, says that the principles used to gain independence for the country can be used to gain independence for ourselves. I’m speaking to personal independence here: a life not dependent on the whims of our untrained thoughts nor on the actions of other people. A life of independence stems from orderly right direction which is based in trained thinking. How do we train our thinking? With daily practice. We daily turn from limited ways of thinking to limitless ways of thinking. This awareness of our own thinking allows us also to truly know ourselves. Introspection is a wonderful thing. With regular introspection, we can use Hill’s formula and become aware of our desires in life, make decisions based on those desires, have faith and persistence in taking action to accomplish those desires, connect with and nurture the connection with the Master Mind, and make organized plans. A life lived in this way is guaranteed success!
Affirmation: Today I declare my independence from my own limited ways of thinking and move into a glorious new way of living!
The Center for Spiritual Living Carson City experienced a transformation about 4 or 5 years ago. As with most transformations, the time leading up to that was a bit chaotic and unpleasant. And like most transformations, when the transforming was done, there remained the job of rebuilding. That task fell to a very small remaining group of people who were devoted to keeping CSLCC alive and thriving so that those who wanted to live happier lives could find them and learn the tools that so many have benefited from.
Rev. Karen came on board officially in August of 2014 after graduating the previous June, and joined that small group of people. From the start, Karen’s vision has been about doing things differently. She felt that what was done before ceased to work (although it worked very well for a long time), and wanted to provide a place for people who wanted spirituality but not church.
Rev. Karen says, “The most common comment I’ve received over the last few years has been this: ‘I love the message, but you are too churchy for me.'”
Well, no longer! That small group of people has doubled in size, and during talks the last couple of months, it has become clear that in order for more growth and thrival to occur, something else must change. We’ve listened to the comments, and the “churchy” part is GONE!
We have done away with the traditional Sunday church format! Instead of canned music before and after a 20 minute talk by Rev. Karen, we are now open to what wants to come out and play. Rev. Karen will now be speaking only about 10-15 minutes, and afterwards it will be open discussion about the topic. Music? Well, some days it might happen, some days it might not. It depends on who shows up ready to play! Collection plate? No longer passed around during the service, but in a place at that back where you can joyfully give as it serves you to help your community not only survive, but thrive. Opening reading? Up for grabs. Did you read something that inspired you during the week? Bring it and share it! Of course we will always have a Science of Mind magazine available for anyone who wants to read the daily message to us.
In other words….this is YOUR Sunday time to be a part of something inspiring and playful and uplifting! And what better time to do this, than in the spring when all the new things are blooming and being birthed, and all the traditional folks are talking about resurrection. We aren’t talking about it, we are DOING it! And we hope you will come join us and play with us.
It is the beginning of a new month! Here at the Center for Spiritual Living we are centered around renewal and transformation this month. Sunday talks will be all about continuous improvement, and we have a great lineup of classes and workshops coming up, plus a wonderful retreat in Death Valley! See the section at the right for all the news. Meanwhile, here is an affirmation for you: “I am always being transformed and renewed and I continue to experience peace and joy in my life.”
I am LOVING The Global Vision Centers for Spiritual Living Theme for 2017! So far this year we’ve gone back to basics, and then begun a journey into introspection and increased and deepened inner awareness that makes for enriched living. For the rest of February we will be discussing how to become aware of how our own perception is limiting our lives, and how active listening is also a gift we give ourselves and those around us.
In March we have a rich lineup of topics, all designed to allow you to step into your next greatest expression of being. The menu at the right has more specifics for you. I hope you will join us for this wonderful journey into the land of joyous living.
As Ernest Holmes said, “You are an eternal being now on the pathway of endless unfoldment, never less but always more of yourself.”
Come join us and unfold into more of yourself!
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: spirit
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!
Can you believe it? 2017 is almost here! We have one more Sunday service on December 18, complete with Christmas potluck and white elephant gift exchange. We won’t be having service on Christmas Day, but I hope you will join us for a very special candlelit service on Christmas Eve at 6 pm.
Onward to 2017! Once again, we are joining many other Centers worldwide in speaking to a values based spiritual living theme all year long. I am so excited that once again our Center is a participant in this world wide effort! Here is a list of monthly topics and Sunday titles:
2017 Values Based Spiritual Living
“We stand together in a shared commitment and devotion to our spiritual principles, practices, and values.”
January – Spiritual Living
January 1 – Creating a Value-Based Life
January 8 – The Thing Itself
January 15- The Way It Works
January 22 – What It Does
January 29 – How To Use It
February – Spiritual Living as Diversity and Inclusivity
February 5 – To Be Human is to Embody Paradox
February 12 – God Comes Through the Wound
February 19 – Thin Slicing
February 26 – Active Listening
March – Spiritual Living through Education and Continuous Improvement
March 5 – Reachable & Teachable
March 12 – Webs and Boxes
March 19 – Being Vulnerable – Strength or Weakness?
March 26 – Aging as a Spiritual Practice
April – Spiritual Living through Transformation and Evolution
April 2 – 99 Years of Private Lessons
April 9 – The Science of the Absolute
April 16 – Easter – The Science of Christ
April 23 – Dealing with Conditions
April 30 – The Joy of Living
May – Spiritual Living through Creativity
May 7 – FLIP – Creative Confidence
May 14 – Mother’s Day – DARE – Fear to Courage
May 21 – SPARK – From Nothing To Insight
May 28 – LEAP – From Planning to Action
June – Accountability
June 4 – The Courage to Do the Right Thing
June 11 – Creating a Culture of Accountability
June 18 – Father’s Day – Fix It
June 25 – Aligning Your Values with Your Actions
July – Open Communication
July 2 – The Multi-cultural America
July 9 – From Racism to Gracism
July 16 – Prejudices and Sins
July 23 – Honoring our Differences
July 30 – The Art of Inclusion
August – Love, Compassion and Caring
August 6 – Compassion in Action
August 13 – Accepting What Is
August 20 – Kindness Toward Ourselves
August 27 – Being Kind in a Cruel World
September – Community Service
September 3 – Self-Absorbed – It’s All About ME!
September 10 – Your Life Isn’t For You.
September 17 – Choosing Where to Give
September 24 – You Can Change The World
October – Love as Safety
October 1 – We Belong to Each Other
October 8 – Undefended Love
October 15 – Fear of Intimacy
October 22 – The Perfect Relationship
October 29 – The Love that Lives Within
November – Financial Health and Prosperity
November 5 – Your Fortune Begins in Consciousness
November 12 – How To Reverse Financial Adversity
November 19 – The Grateful Heart
November 26 – Money is God in Action
December – Integrity
December 3 – Wandering Off Your Path
December 10 – A Life of Character
December 17 – A Life of Courage
December 24 – A Life of Truth
December 31 – New Beginnings
I hope you will make a commitment to your spiritual growth this coming year and join us!
Whew! It’s been a busy summer hasn’t it? Life is so full and rich! But school will be starting soon and so are our classes! We are blessed now to have two ministers at The Center and both of us will be teaching a class this fall! All the details are at the right, but I’m so excited that Rev. Maggie will be teaching New Foundations….and I’m excited to be able to offer a reduced tuition to you if you have already had this class! Come join all our new folks and renew your spiritual stuff!
I’m excited to be teaching Self Mastery. This class has been around for a while, but I’ve discovered an updated curriculum that features two of my favorite books: This Thing Called You by Ernest Holmes, and The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I’m so jazzed about what this class offers I can barely sit still!
Of course you are welcome to join us every Sunday as we continue our participation in the Global Vision theme along with about 150 other Centers around the globe. It is truly an honor to be a part of this.
Our Circles discussion group on Monday nights is also growing! If you are new to our teaching, this discussion group will be a great way for you to explore.
And of course I hope you will join us for my formal installation as Senior Minister! All the details are in the photo, please remember to RSVP Rev. Maggie if you plan to attend.
Whatever you decide to participate in for your growth and transformation, this is Rev. Karen holding the high watch for you and sending you love, light and laughter!