Thursday, September 27, 2012

Key #6 in the "9 Keys to Creating a Phenomenon in Your Life"

Today, we are bringing you Key #6 in our 9 week video series for creating a phenomenon in your life.  In this video, we talk about a key component to creating a life you love...meditation:

Adventure in Faith starts in two weeks.  Join us for this celebration of community, commitment and growth!  There are many activities planned for the month of October at the Center for Spiritual Living, so CLICK HERE and grab your calendar so you don't miss a thing!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Adventure in Faith Events

The month of October is host to our celebration of commitment called Adventure in Faith.

Our AIF steering committee has been working for the past few months to bring you an exciting, meaningful and profitable celebration.

For me, being a mom with a business, getting events into my calendar early is the key to keeping organized and not missing a thing that I want to do to fill my soul.  So, get your calendar ready and be sure to mark down the wonderful things we have planned that you want to take part in!

To make it easy, I'll give you dates and descriptions so you know exactly what "floats your boat!"

Sunday, September 30 - Find a Sacred Circle in your area and come together with members of your community to watch and discuss the movie, "Phenomenon."  CLICK HERE to learn more about Sacred Circles. 

Sunday, October 7 - Help us celebrate our first service in our new Center located at 1201 Puerta Del Sol, Ste. 100, San Clemente, CA 92673.  There will only be ONE service held at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 14 - Join us at the Center for a wonderful prosperity workshop at 1:00 p.m. hosted by Rev. Karen Russo, author of "The Money Keys."  Learn more about Karen Russo and her signature workshop HERE

Sunday, October 21 - Raffle tickets are on sale for wonderful Adventure in Faith gifts and prizes.  Come to our Sunday Service at 10:30 and be sure to visit the table outside to learn more about the give-aways!

Sunday, November 4 - Join us for a Harvest Festival after our services!  Sign up for a silent auction to win your spot at a special dinner of your choice hosted by members of our Center.  Gourmets for God is a fun fundraising opportunity to bid on the dinner you want to attend and all proceeds go to our beautiful new Center.

Also, there will be a LIVE auction of beautiful artwork given to our Center by members and outside artists who wanted to help our fundraiser. I have gotten a sneak peak of some of the art, and I will tell you, you won't want to miss out on the auction.  There are some fabulous pieces, so if you've got a blank wall in the house, get yourself a beautiful piece of art at our live auction!

Lastly, bring your family to enjoy the wonders of fall and great family activities that will be going on during the Harvest Festival.

As we move through the month of October, we will be announcing upcoming events during the service, however, this is to give you a heads up of the events coming up!

photo courtesy of Kelly's Kindergarden

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What's Up with Sacred Circles?

Our Adventure in Faith celebration is quickly approaching in October. 

Adventure in Faith is a celebration of commitment.  Commitment to one's continued growth.  Commitment to our center, both financially and spiritually...and a commitment to our community.

Napolean Hill taught in his book, "Think and Grow Rich" about the importance of surrounding yourself with like-minded people to continue your own growth.

There are many activities planned for our month-long Adventure in Faith celebration, but one that is most fulfilling are the Sacred Circles.

Sacred Circles meet once a week at a host's home and this year, we will watch parts of the movie, "Phenomenon" starring John Travolta.  Just as in a book club, we will discuss our biggest take-aways from each part, how we can implement what we learn in the movie to our lives, and we can surround ourselves with people who are of like-minds.

For me personally, being new to our Center last year, the Sacred Circles allowed me to get to know a smaller group of members and really create a bond with them.  I formed a great bond with the group that taught me some great tools and principles that have come to create great change in my life.

Join a Sacred Circle.  Get to know our community and create a group of friends who truly have your highest good at heart and want to help you create an amazing life!

You can join one of about 10 Sacred Circles located in all areas of South Orange County.  Visit us for our last service at the Center for Spiritual Living - Capistrano this Sunday, September 30 to sign up for a Sacred Circle near you!

The Light / Alan Watts

You Yourself are the eternal energy 
which appears as this universe. 
You didn't come into this world, you came out of it, 
like a wave from the ocean. 
~ Alan Watts

And So It Is!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

From Fear to Fearlessness Pema Chödrön

Smile At Your Fear. 

Pema Chödrön describes a liberating way to relate to our fears: not as something to try to get rid of or cast out, but as something we became very intimate with. In so doing, she explains, we come to find that the journey of knowing fear is in fact the journey of courage. From this wisdom, we learn to embrace the fullness of our experience in life.
Fear Be Gone
Print this out, write out your fears, crumble it up, throw them away, and so it is. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Week 5 in the "9 Keys to Creating a Phenomenon in Your Life"

I caught up with Kathy Story this week and asked her to share key #5 in the 9 Keys to Creating a Phenomenon in Your Life."

Here is what she had to share on Serving....

Be sure to grab your Serving Exercise HERE to find out how to implement this key into your life!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Victor Vroom's Expectancy Theory and the Science of Mind

Expectancy ... it's not just for pregnant ladies.
On the first Sunday of this month Dr. Heather introduced our theme "Expectancy." She mentioned the Law of Expectancy was introduced as a business principle in the 1960s. This got me curious so I just had to go look it up on the internet.

What I discovered is that in 1964 a man named Victor H. Vroom of the Yale School of Management developed this theory of expectancy in regards to how people make decisions and how this can be harnessed by management to motivate employees.

His theory breaks down into these variables: expectancy, instrumentality and valance.

The perceived likelihood that effort will lead to performance.

Perceived likelihood that performance will lead to desired rewards.

The value of expected rewards to the individual.

And so I couldn't help but think about my attitude towards the Laws which we discuss at the center.

After all isn't science about discovering the true cause and effect of the things which make up our world. As we experiment with causes and effects we begin to learn what works and what doesn't.

As we quiet our minds through meditation and introspection we discover what creates happiness and peace for ourselves.

Using our tools of transformation we craft our own experiments and recipes and our faith grows into wisdom.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Celebrating the Life of Billie Jean Hart 1926-2012

Billie Jean Hart 1926-2012
Lives that express love, famous or not, lighten and brighten the world.

Bill & Billie 68 Years Of Love

Gourmets for God Center Fundraiser


 This year, Adventure in Faith is even more delicious.

Last year, we auctioned off five meals during our Adventure in Faith auction and they were so much fun that we want to invite everyone to get involved!  If you love to cook, host or entertain, host a party and we'll auction tickets to members of our church community.  

To host a meal:  

During September, we will collect your proposals for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, picnics, and barbeques.  Fill out the HOST SHEET HERE or pick one up at the church.  Your parties can happen any time from late November through March 2013.  Let us know when, where, how many people you can feed, and set a starting bid for your meal.  The auction will run for the month of October.  All that's left for you to do is shop, cook and host a fabulous party!

To bid on a meal:  

Let's say a host has offered a chicken barbeque for ten people with a starting bid of $25.  You bid by signing up on the bidding sheet.  After ten people have bid $25, the eleventh person must place a higher bid.  This bumps the last low bidder off the guest list.  Keep checking the bidding sheet.  If you were outbid and you want to ensure your seat at the barbeque, you must counter with an even higher bid.  In the end. the highest ten bids buy tickets to the meal then show up at the appointed time and place for a great time and great food!  CLICK HERE for the rules.

Remember:  It's a fundraiser!  Eat well, meet new people and support our Center all at the same time!

Photo courtesy of Hansford Auction

Friday, September 7, 2012

Key #4 in the 9 Keys to Creating a Phenomenon in Your Life

So far, we have covered three keys to creating a phenomenon in your life:

1.  Visioning
2.  Imagination
3.  Gratitude

This week, I caught up with Rev. Pattie Mercado to have her share number 4:  Spiritual Healing

Be sure to grab your Spiritual Healing Exercise HERE and learn about the very areas of your life that you could use some healing to create a phenomenon in your life!

Keep following our blog to find all the spiritual guidance that will allow you to truly build the life you dream of!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Stories: It's a Beautiful Way to Live

Jack Kornfield reflects on the role of wisdom in our technology centric culture and how practices from Eastern contemplative traditions can play a role in the West, for a wiser, happier culture. The video is part of the 'Stories from the Path' collection, a series that profile changemakers, culture-shapers, and great teachers who are courageously changing the world through the way they live, the ideas they connect, and the projects they build.

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Therefore, live in a continual state of expectancy. No matter how much good you are experiencing today, expect greater good tomorrow. Expect to meet new friends. Expect to meet new and wonderful experiences. Try this magic of expectancy and you will soon discover a dramatic side to your work which gives full vent to constructive feeling.