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Are You a Taker?

The secret to accessing the abundance of every good thing in life is in the relationship between two specific actions, giving and receiving.  Receiving is sometimes confused with taking.  In this message we explore the relationship between giving and receiving, doing and taking.

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On page 340 of Living the Science of Mind, the anchor book we are using this year to guide our topics, Dr. Ernest Holmes writes,

“Naturally we all want what we want when we want it. One of the many criticisms made of our movement has been that it is materialistic, since those interested are striving to better themselves materially. This criticism is just the opposite of the simple but direct statement of Jesus when he said, Whatsoever things ye desire. The idea that it is wrong for us to pray for what we call material good is based on the belief that spirituality and life are separated by a gulf which can be bridged only through individual suffering, impoverishment, and misery; that we may be redeemed from all this misery in some uncertain future, but not here and now, Yet Jesus stood in the midst of the here and now and proclaimed that the Kingdom of Heaven is within and at hand.” (adapted)

I invite you to join me by including the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa, and its community, in your affirmative prayers by seeing our beautiful center well supported financially, so much so that we are thriving and changing lives in Sonoma County for the good.

Many blessings,

Edward Viljoen




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In God I Trust Sunday October 7 2018



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Last year our community experienced a ferocious fire in which lives were lost, and thousands of family homes and structures burned.  Ever since those middle-of-the-night emergency notifications, we have been busy helping each other and doing our best to find our way back to the center of peace within.

The fires broke out on the second week of our annual Giving Intention Program. Clearly, we couldn’t go on with business-as-usual when lives were in danger. So, we refocused to meet the needs of our community. The response of our Center and its people reawakened my confidence that ordinary people everywhere are capable of extraordinary acts of kindness and generosity.

This year our goal is to regroup and recover by inviting everyone in our community to participate. When you turn in your givingintention form during the month of October, you will receive two wonderful gratitude gifts. Giving Intention Team members are in the Social Hall to answer your questions and help you complete your form.

Your giving intention form helps the staff and leadership of the Center plan the 2019 budget so that we can continue to have the excellent and inspiring programs, classes, and services that we have come to associate with our Center.

I also want you to know that we’ve been making a difference in the lives of our community, and in the world, by providing financial support to those impacted by the fires, supporting international Science of Mind works, helping teens across the nation attend summer camp, and more. This month we will also let you know which 12 nonprofit partners have been selected from your nominations for 2019.

Thank you for the love you share with us.   

Edward Viljoen





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Set Your Consciousness Free To Roam

In August and September, we have been studying the form and feeling in a Spiritual Mind Treatment (our form of Affirmative Prayer). To conclude the series, we are turning to the creative aspect of a Spiritual Mind Treatment. Our founder, Dr. Ernest Holmes, suggests that we don’t receive as much benefit from our Spiritual Mind Treatments if we do not permit ourselves to consider the field of greater possibilities.

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I believe he means that we are to allow ourselves to imagine a greater-yet-to-be, and to trust the creative power of Mind to flow through us in the direction of our imagination.

The way to do this, he reminds us, is to take time daily to increase our receptivity by imagining a life that is even more blessed, more connected, and filled with more love than it may be today. “No matter how much good we experience today,” he writes, “we should expect more tomorrow.”

Holmes offers the following statement as a point of focus for this practice, suggesting that we repeat it frequently, as much as a hundred times a day, to nurture a feeling of anticipation of more good for ourselves and for our loved ones:


Good and more Good is mine. An ever-increasing Good is mine. There is no limit to the Good which is mine. Everywhere I go I see this Good, I feel It, I experience It. It crowds itself against me, flows through me, expresses Itself in me, and multiplies Itself around me.

If you would like to explore the ideas of Science of Mind further, join me each Wednesday in October at 7 pm for a free one-hour class based on Dr. Ernest Holmes’s first book, Creative Mind.

Blessings,
Edward Viljoen



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Treatment is Not Well-Wishing

A recurring theme these past weeks in our Sunday topic has been the difference between conventional prayer and Spiritual Mind Treatment.

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One of the differences is that Treatment is characterized by knowing the spiritual truth as best we can. In other words, Spiritual Mind Treatment does not typically include requests or wishes. Rather, the one giving the Spiritual Mind Treatment attempts to remember the spiritual truth of their being and about the matter, they are treating. 

For example, I may be experiencing an upset at work with my team, and simultaneously the spiritual truth about me and my team is that we are united through our shared spiritual heritage. I may be experiencing anxiety about an upcoming exam, and simultaneously the spiritual truth about me is that there is a perfect peace at the center of my being. 

I may wish you the best on your journey of learning about Spiritual Mind Treatment and—more powerful—would be for me to know that everything you need to know is available to you through the mind of God within you. 

Blessings,

Edward Viljoen

Author of Ordinary Goodness and The Power of Meditation








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