Friday, August 10, 2018

Finishing With a Flair

Tuesday, August 8th was the last day of our 16-week course, On the Spiritual Path and The Nature of Effective Prayer. We actually took 19 weeks to complete due to the choir show and my personal schedule. We also grew the number of students attending the class during the weeks!  We completed  the course with a potluck celebration and presentations by the students of their insights during the course.

Three students had presented their projects in advance for various reasons but what we experienced as completion was magnificent, meaningful and fun. One student led us in a visualization practice. Another student brought a Reverie Harp as part of her project and strummed a bit for us. One explained the Science of Mind in terms of Enlightenment and another student created a huge mind map with inspiring pictures and words.  Someone shared her personal inspiration from the Science of Mind textbook. And one student, who had just returned from a 6-week trip to England, Kenya and Egypt, showed amazing photos of her trip, including some close-ups of lions. She shared that the weather in Egypt was so hot that they could barely hear their guide. She started her presentation by stating that these were the places she had seen God.  She also brought each of us a gift -- necklaces for the women and head-wear for the men. I want to acknowledge Marge Hobbs for her generosity and each student for their creativity and confidence. I also would like to acknowledge the men in the class for being good sports.

Seated: Paula Manos, Bonnie Charney, Marge Hobbs, Rev. Karyn Allen.
Standing: Aidan, Norm, Lee, Bob, Maureen Welch, Dr. Heather, Alejandro

Aidan Greaney, Norm Charney, Lee Van Slyke, Bob Welch, Alejandro Beas

Seated: Paula, Bonnie, Marge, Dena Van Slyke
Missing: Patrick Freeman, Anita Baroldi, Claudia Riley, Janie Holland

I love classes for so many reasons. I love to see the light of awareness go on as the students become awakened to their own magnificence. I love the connections we make with each other. I love the sharing and the personal insights.

My next class is coming up soon, beginning Tuesday, August 28th.  I am going to share my own prosperity practices and the agony and ecstasy of learning them.  These are now principles that I live by. It is not for credit but it will be valuable to everyone. I am presenting it on a love offering basis. There will be lots of discussion and opportunity for questions. You may sign up online or a sign up sheet on the kiosk.

Monday, July 30, 2018

The Awakening Is Happening Wednesdays Wisdom

Case Parks Everyday Masters

Are you Awake? Wednesdays Wisdom with "Everyday Master" Case Parks

Where he will talk on the frequencies that are raising the vibration of everyone who attunes to them.  They are in essence, speeding up the awakening of everyone that is drawn to them.  They function outside of our concepts of space and time and defy our understanding of physics.   He believes they are our wake up call. 7-8pm child care is available,

Everyday People Waking Up To Their Own Mastery

Come early, 5:45pm  & join us prior to his talk for our monthly pot luck party!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

What Affirmative Prayer Is and Is Not

Every Sunday Dr. Heather states, "The most powerful spiritual practice we know is Spiritual Mind Treatment or Affirmative Prayer." And, she invites the congregation to see a practitioner, either one in service on Sunday, or by contacting any of our enlightened practitioners. But what really is affirmative prayer? What can we expect from our time with a practitioner in communion with this mental science?

Here is a brief overview of what treatment is not and what it is taken from the Science of Mind 102 class 1 study guide.

And, if after reading this you are ready for your own prayer, visit our website prayer pages to read a prayer or request one personalized for you.

What Affirmative Payer Is and Is Not

Treatment is not...Manipulating or coercing people or events to bring about some personally desired change.

Treatment is...Consciously clearing away the grime of false beliefs from a condition to reveal the Truth that was always there.

Treatment is not...Attempting to "reach" God. God is already here, always, within and around me.

Treatment is...Being still and knowing that God is here, letting the Presence be so clearly felt that I can realize and declare the Spiritual Truth of any situation.

Treatment is not...Putting my own will power into changing a condition; trying to overcome God's "reluctance" to correct the apparent "wrong."

Treatment is...Allowing God's Power to flow through me into manifestation of the Truth, without hindrance from my false beliefs.

Treatment is not...Disallowing other forms of healing, such as medicine, surgery, psychiatry, diet, etc.

Treatment is...Accepting that every new discovery in medical fields is as much a revelation of Universal Wisdom as a new interpretation of life.

Treatment is not...Attempting to exert spiritual control of the material universe, as though they were separate entities.

Treatment is...Understanding that mind in essence and mind in form are one and the same; hence, there is no difference in essence between my thought and what it becomes.

Treatment is not...Thinking that the one treating is doing the healing, can be called a "healer."

Treatment is...Realizing that the words I speak in treatment are only channels for the flow of Spirit that is tapped by the consciousness back of my words.

Treatment is not...Denying that a person is sick. Illness and suffering do exist in human experience.

Treatment is...Realizing that since a human being is the Substance of Life, there is a perfect Spiritual idea within every individual, no matter what they are experiencing, and this Truth can be realized and declared.

Treatment is not...Persuading God to "change His mind" or suspend the Universal Laws on my behalf.

Treatment is...Allowing myself to realize and declare the Spiritual Truth about myself and the condition being treated.

Excerpt from SOM-102 Class Study Guide Class 1 page 3

Friday, July 20, 2018

What To Do When There is a Change Of Plans

Today I received the long-awaited letter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services inviting me to appear for a Naturalization Oath Ceremony on July 25th at the Los Angeles Convention Center at 7:45 a.m.! I was very excited to receive this letter. It arrived approximately three weeks earlier than what the Immigration Officer who tested me on American civics had indicated last week at my test.

This is cause for great celebration!

Just to give you a quick review. When I applied for my resident alien card, the Immigration lawyer told me to make certain I was not out of the country when I was required to attend an interview. For over twenty years, I assumed that the same would go for citizenship. It was an incorrect assumption. I finally checked and I was free to come and go as I please (as long as I had my necessary documents with me.)

It has been a great lesson for me.

The one wrinkle in July 25 is that I had plans to leave for Canada to attend my nephew's 25th anniversary celebration that very same day. My flight was scheduled for late in the day, so it would almost work except I have to surrender my green card when I am at the swearing-in ceremony. What that means to all my American friends who have not had to deal with resident alien cards, I would be able to leave the United States, but I would not be able to legally return. So I immediately contacted the passport office to see how long it would take to get a passport.

Jason, a young man in the State Department travel office was very helpful. One cannot apply for a passport until you have PROOF of citizenship. I will get a certificate stating my citizenship at the ceremony but until I have that proof, I cannot get a passport. And without a passport, I cannot travel.

So with Jason's help, I got an appointment, in Los Angeles at a regional passport office to get an expedited passport in the afternoon of the ceremony at 2:30 p.m. It is too late to catch a flight to Saskatoon.

It feels like a very full day.

One of my students calls Spirit, the Divine Scheduler! I love that notion. I am responsible to do my part, be clear about what I want, and then the Universe does the rest. God decides when the "what" will happen. How interesting it is to note that I have been here in the United States for 25 years and there have been very few scheduling conflicts that couldn't be handled with grace and ease.

Another idea that occurs to me is to write a sacred oath for our spiritual well-being. The sacred oath is a long version of the pledge of allegiance. It is quite beautiful! But it did make me wonder if we ever think about our commitment to our spiritual growth and unfoldment. My colleague Rev. Dr. David Ault published one a few weeks ago. I am sharing it with you below.