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!
Can you imagine a life totally free from discord? It is possible. Freedom from Discord is our Global Vision Theme for June and we will be discussing it every Sunday during the month of June.
Our primary aim at Center for Spiritual Living Carson City is to provide tools for people to live happy and successful lives. Services on Sundays are only part of what we do. We also do workshops, classes (both accredited and non accredited) and ongoing study groups. Although what we are currently offering is listed in the side bar to the right, I thought you might like to have a look see at everything. Something might interest you, if so, come and join us!
These are the ongoing events
Mondays from 6-7, beginning March 28: Join us for Spiritual Circles led by Rev. Karen. This ongoing discussion group is based on articles in the Science of Mind magazine.
Wednesdays from 4–6, join the Unity group as they explore their current book, My Grandfather’s Blessing by Rachel Naomi Remen. Love offering
Wednesdays from 6-7 through April 6: Join Ministerial Student and Practitioner Maggie Wattle as she leads a guided meditation and discussion group based on the Season for
Peace and Non Violence. Love offering
Second Saturday of Every Month from noon to 2 pm: Reiki Practitioners provide healing energy. Love Offering
And here are the workshops:
March 26 from 9 am to noon: join Maggie Wattle, RScP for “Resurrection as a Spiritual Practice.” This 3 hour experiential workshop will focus on meditation, compassionate communication and 36 spiritual practices to use in your daily life, making the promise of Easter and the power of Resurrection more than just a day but a way of life. $25
March 31: from 6 to 9 pm, Join Rev. Karen as she brings her “on the road” and very popular workshop home: from “Limitation to Infinity.” Working through fear to forgiveness as a bridge to an unlimited way of living. $25
April 2 from 10 am to 4 pm: join Rev. Karen as she co-leads a workshop called “From ICK to joy!” This workshop will be held at Equinimity in Washoe Valley and is co-facilitated Barbara Richmond Chastain, PATH registered Instructor. Featuring wonderful and gentle Halflinger horses Meg and Buttercup, this workshop will allow you to move from fear to love to eliminate the ICK from your life. You need not be a horse person to particpate. Cost is $140, or bring a friend and the cost is $195 for two! That is a significant savings so grab a partner and come join us! Contact Rev. Karen to register and for more information.
For the month of March we will be taking a deep dive into the power of Mind, and the power of our minds.
I’m so excited to be talking on this deep and wonderful topic on Sundays in March. The first Sunday will be about that indwelling presence, a God that is personal to all of us. The second Sunday is all about the creative power of our thoughts. The third Sunday examines one of our core beliefs: “We Believe in Control of Conditions through the Power of this Mind.” Indeed. This might be the most controversial topic of them all. And yet, Ernest Holmes said it, and as an organization, we’ve adopted it. So let’s explore and see how this could be true for us. The last Sunday of March features one of my favorite topics: empowerment, and taking that personal empowerment even further to be able to do our part to create a world that works for everyone.
Won’t you join us?
We’ve been discussing all month about awakening to our spiritual magnificence. What comes to mind for you when you think about this? How, exactly, does one awaken to their spiritual magnificence?
We certainly have a lot of material to work with on this topic! Oneness…”no difference between your own being and God.” Unity….with God and with ourselves and with other people. Love….of ourselves first, then others.
These are just some of the ideas we have been talking about and thinking about this month. I hope you will join us as we continue on this journey of #TheGlobalVision to do our part to create #AWorldThatWorksForEveryone.