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.