Lately I’ve been having a lot of discussions with a lot of people about God. I suppose that’s pretty normal, since I’m a minister and all. I’ve learned a few things. One is that we live in a predominately Christian society, where even if people don’t claim to be Christians, they still talk like Christians, in that God is still something outside and separate. Some people call it the Universe, as in, “The Universe provided for me.” Some people call it the Divine, as in, “The Divine One always loves me.” These are all nice, but something within me always cringes a bit when I hear it, because God for me has always been a part of me. It’s always been inside of me. It has never been separate. To think of the Universe doing something for me makes me feel like a victim, and to think of something loving me is nice, but that implies that there is a choice to not love me. And both statements imply, to me, a sense of separation that simply isn’t what I believe.
For me, God is so much more. I really like the way it is worded in the “We Believe” statements on the main Centers for Spiritual Living web site: “We believe in the individualization of the Spirit in Us, and that all people are individualizations of the One Spirit.” To me, that means God lives in me, and that I am an individual expressing as God. God is within me. I am a part of it, and it is a part of me. I guess that’s why I’m such a cheerleader for Centers for Spiritual Living huh?
I find it very comforting, and a source of power and joy, to know that I am a part of God and it is a part of me. It means that whatever I choose to call It (my current favorite is The Force, as in, “FEEL the Force Luke!” from Master Yoda in Star Wars), It isn’t something I pray to, It is something I pray from. I am responsible to enlarge and strengthen my Godness, my attributes of Spirit. I do this through spiritual practices like meditation, introspection and study, and through my own personal embodiment of God. God doesn’t do things to me or for me, God doesn’t have an opinion on how I choose to speak or dress, and God really doesn’t care. It simply is, and It experiences life through me, and through you, and through everyone else.
I realize a lot of people are very uncomfortable with this concept. I guess I can understand that, after a lifetime of training and conditioning that God is something outside of ourselves. I personally find this concept freeing, and it is the message I will repeat over and over again in my role as minister of the Center for Spiritual Living Carson City, while I also provide suggestions to find out what God is to you, and how it can better work in your life to make it happier, more rewarding and richer than you ever dreamed.
If you are having trouble with the God you grew up with, if somehow it just doesn’t feel right, you might want to come visit us and check it out. No one will tell you how to believe at a Center for Spiritual Living, but we will show you how to find out what you believe. We will give you tools to know and embody your own truth, and to be happy with that.
I look forward to seeing you!
Written with love from your minister, Rev. Karen
2015 promises to be a wonderful year, it will be our first year in our new location and our first year with our new minister (Rev. Karen)! The excitement is almost palpable, and we hope you will join us for Sunday services at 10:30, or for any or all of our self-improvement workshops now scheduled.
Rev. Karen will be teaching meditation classes on Thursday nights at OneStudio in Gardnerville. Why there, instead of at our own Center? Outreach! We are reaching out to involve more community members in CSLCC, and the folks who attend the classes at OneStudio love what we teach! I hope you will join us at 6 pm, beginning January 8. Rev. Karen will be teaching a different type of meditation each week. Classes are $10. Bring a meditation cushion, wear comfortable clothing, and come prepared to relax into the joy of meditation.
January 23 brings the first workshop of 2015: Status Quo or Status Go! This workshop will be held from 6-8 pm, cost is $35. Prepare to GO! when you emerge from this workshop.
The next workshop is on February 27, titled “Do what you love for a living.” And the one after that is all about staying in balance, on March 20.
All workshops held at CSLCC, all are $35, or pay for all three at once for $90 and save $15.
Call Karen for more information at 530-906-9336
Rituals are a wonderful way to cement and affirm an important moment in life. Wedding ceremonies are a ritual that simply confirms, at sometimes a very public level, what is already in the minds and hearts of the couple. Celebrations of life are a way to provide an avenue for closure and a grieving process. Blessings are a way to affirm the good, whether it be a blessing of a baby or of a new home or business.
We are taking advantage this Sunday of the Solstice to do a ritual designed to elevate your appreciation of this holiday season and also to celebrate the coming of the light on this shortest day of the year. From December 22 onward, until the summer solstice, each day will bring a few more minutes of daylight.
To complete our ritual, we will be following it up with a potluck and white elephant gift exchange. So come join us on Sunday, December 21, at 10:30. Bring a potluck offering and a wrapped gift worth no more than $20 and be prepared to sink into a sacred time of ritual and then have some fun!
Once again, here is our new address: Center for Spiritual Living Carson City, 3579 Highway 50 East, Unit 301. We are across the street from the Goodwill building in Carson City. Go past Connected after you enter the business park, and veer left. We are the third door on the left. I hope to see you there!
Welcome to December: a time of light, celebration, visiting, gift giving and gift receiving. I always love this time of year, although I recognize that some people have a difficult time with it. If you just want to hide under the covers until it is all over, there is hope! We’ve come up with some wonderful ways to help you enjoy this time of year, or to deepen your appreciation of it.
On December 14, I will speak to some alternative meanings of Christmas that you may not be aware of. Think myth busting, light, and new awakenings.
On December 21, join us for a special Solstice celebration. In lieu of a talk, we will be doing a special ritual which flows from the previous week’s talk. And, afterwards we will join in a potluck and white elephant gift exchange! Bring a gift to get a gift! Make sure the value of your gift is less than $20.
And, on December 28, Deborah Haass, RScP, is back, with a talk and a workshop designed to allow you to THRIVE into 2015! While the talk is of course offered on a love offering basis, the workshop requires registration, which can be done online here.
I hope to see you at any of these wonderful events!
What does abundance mean to you?
Ernest Holmes says, in the Science of Mind textbook, “We see abundance in the Universe. We cannot count the grains of sand on a single beach. The earth contains untold riches, and the very air is vibrant with power. Why, then, is man weak, poor and afraid? The Science of Mind deals with these questions.”
Why indeed? Do you believe that you deserve abundance in your life? Whether abundance means an abundance of money, good health, good relationships or something else. If you don’t believe this, then your life will continue as it has been. It will be status quo.
But if you are ready to experience something different in your life, I urge you to commit to something different. Center for Spiritual Living Carson City is offering a class called Prosperity Plus. It begins Monday night. Yep, that’s right, this Monday, November 10, at 6 pm. I’ve just watched the first video in the class (I’m the teacher, I get to do that!) and I have to tell you that even after all my training, all my years in this movement, and all the things I have done to change my life, and my daily spiritual practices, I believe this class will take me to the next level.
Won’t you join me? Contact me, Karen Linsley, if you want to take the class.
Hi all, this is Rev. Karen writing.
Ok, so I know it is fall, and the title is what you usually see for the New Year, and you usually see daffodils in the spring. But stay with me! I’ve got a very good reason for mixing seasons!
We just moved! We are excited, and looking forward to living and being and learning in our new space. Preceding the move was a period of decluttering. If you didn’t know it, getting rid of old stuff is the only way to allow for the new to enter your life. We decluttered in a major way! We gave stuff away, we sold stuff, we threw away stuff!
There is another way to allow for the new to come into your life, and that is to change your consciousness. Ernest Holmes puts it this way: as within, so without. He says our beliefs, or the invisible, impress on the Law to make visible what we have believed. In more modern language: what you think is what you get. So we’ve been busy changing our consciousness too. To put it succinctly:
THIS AIN’T YOUR MOMMA’S CHURCH!
We decided that since most of us considered ourselves spiritual but not religious, we were going to eliminate most of the “churchy” stuff from our Sunday services. No, we haven’t eliminated the collection plate. We still need to pay rent, utilities and salary! But what we have done is eliminated much of what people said was making them uncomfortable, specifically the chanting and holding hands and praying together.
So here is what you can expect in our new place:
New energy, an excitement for growth and change that had already begun at the old place and continues in the new.
Services will now begin with an Invocation (opening affirmative prayer), feature a talk from Rev. Karen (with occasional featured guest speakers), a short question and answer period, passing the plate, announcements and a Benediction (closing affirmative prayer).
Every Sunday will feature a discussion of the principles written about by founder Ernest Holmes, and how to apply those principles in your life.
We still begin at the same time: 10:30. And don’t forget to set your clocks back tonight before you go to bed!
What if giving out of obligation was a pathway to transformation in your own life? What if redemption meant to exchange for something better, rather than to be “saved?”
These are the concepts I’ll be exploring in my talk this Sunday. I have to say that until I did the research for this talk, obligation and redemption were not my favorite words! I now have a new way of viewing them, and I hope you will come to hear all about it.
Sunday services are in Carson City, at the Center for Spiritual Living Carson City, 1927 North Carson Street, in the Frontier Plaza on the corner of Winnie Lane.
For the month of October we are studying the book called “Giving, the Sacred Art,” by Lauren Tyler Wright. I really love the tag line of this book: Creating a Lifestyle of Generosity. See giving isn’t just about the giving, nor is it about activating the law of attraction, nor is it about giving because it makes you feel good. It goes much deeper than that. I believe giving to be a lifestyle choice. I think having a lifestyle of generosity is a wonderful way to live.
I’d like to insert a word of caution here. Giving with the wrong motives creates all sorts of havoc. If you give, and place expectations on what the receiver does with your gift, it creates a sort of toxic codependency that harms and limits both giver and receiver. Or, if you give to control another’s behavior, it sets up the same toxicity.
Even giving to activate the law of attraction has a tendency to block the flow. For example, many people say, “I give so I can receive.” Well, what if the receiving doesn’t come in the form you had planned, or if it doesn’t come in the time frame you had set? Do you then complain to God, or your minister or practitioner, saying, “I give and give and give and get nothing in return! This doesn’t work!” You are right, it doesn’t work like that.
Instead, consider that giving, as Wright says, can create a transformation in your life that will relieve stress, help you connect to other people and open up encounters with the Sacred. Or, as Ernest Holmes says in the Science of Mind textbook, “Man must become more if he wishes to draw a greater good into his life.”
Creating a lifestyle of generosity means becoming a generous person. It means being generous not only with your financial assets, but also with your time and attention. It means being open. Consider this rather simple example: an open person meets someone new, and is ready with a smile and a willingness to engage in conversation. The open person makes eye contact, might give a hug (with permission) and be genuinely interested in this new person they just met. What happens? A new friendship is born. Then imagine if another person, who wasn’t quite so open, met someone new. They might simply say, “nice to meet you,” and then stand in silence, or walk away. No new friendship, and the not so open person just set up some very firm limits in her life! I know, because I used to be like that second person: not so open. It took a lot of work to get to openness and generosity. I’m happy to say I’ve made a lot of progress in that area.
So, if you have some limitation in your life, whether it is financial, or in the area of relationships or health, you may want to consider the invitation to explore creating a lifestyle of generosity with us.
I came across this clip from a documentary called “What is New Thought?” You may be having questions such as: What do you believe? Why or how is this different from any other religion I’ve encountered? How do I fit here? This may help!
Hi Everyone! This is Rev. Karen posting.
For the month of September we embark on a journey through a book called Real Moments, by Barbara DeAngelis, Ph.D. Our spiritual attribute for this month is mindfulness, and DeAngelis’s book is the perfect vehicle for allowing mindfulness into our lives.
Why is mindfulness important? It keeps us in the present for one thing. If we are living in the past we are filled usually with regret and shame. If we are living in the future we are likely to be filled with worry. But living in the present means we can simply embrace the current moment, from moment to moment. This allows for joy and peace, one moment at a time.
Join us on Sundays as we hear some in depth talks based on this book, and join us on Monday nights at 5:30 for meditation, and then discussion using a quote from the book as a spring board.