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Video: Creating a Values-Based Life with Edward Viljoen

In the Science of Mind, we teach not only that there is a body-mind relationship but also that there is a direct relationship between thought and environment. Consciously or unconsciously, we are not only governing our physical bodies; we are also weaving the destiny of our fate, at least temporarily, on the loom of consciousness. It is merely a question of where we get the pattern. Shall it come from fear, strife, and disunity, or shall it be drawn into our consciousness from a higher source?

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These thought-provoking words from our founder, Ernest Holmes, help launch our study of spiritual laws, and how they work in our lives, by working through us. There is a Power for good in the universe, and we can use it, by learning to understand and comply with Its Law. A valuable first step in understanding how to use this Power for good, is to begin understanding what the most influential factors in our lives are, and mapping the relationship between them and our hopes, dreams, and expectations.

What are the most influential factors in your life?

Warm regards,

Edward Viljoen

Author of Ordinary Goodness, and The Power of Meditation,
Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa

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Creating a Values Based Life with Edward Viljoen

For many years across our movement, the month of January has been a return to the basics of our teaching. Using The Science of Mind by Dr. Ernest Holmes, our various communities study the first four chapters as a way of getting back to basics: The Thing Itself, The Way it Works, What it Does, How to Use It.

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Of all the words for Divinity I have encountered, The Thing Itself may be my favorite. It has helped me to step back from ideas I learned in childhood and to think more deeply about what “It” is to me now. I particularly appreciate how Dr. Holmes approached the study of spirituality as something practical and natural, encouraging his readers to explore and experiment with their own thinking.

In the weeks that follow, as part of our year-long focus on Values Based Spiritual Living, we will be considering the question, how do I define spiritual living.    Here is what Dr. Ernest Holmes wrote about spirituality:

Spirituality may be defined as an atmosphere of good, the realization of God. It cannot—and does not—borrow its light from another, no matter how great or noble that other may be. It springs from within, coming from that never-failing fountain of life, which quenches every thirst, whose Source is in eternity; the well-spring of self-existence. It is a revelation of the self to the self, putting one back on the track of his own self-dependence on Spirit, his own at-one-ment with Reality.

How do you define your spirituality?

Warm regards,
Edward Viljoen

Join us on Sunday mornings at www.ksro.com at 8:30 am for our radio program, Spiritual Living, with Edward Viljoen

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Three Things to Know about Ordinary Goodness

Three things I thought you might want to know about Edward Viljoen’s new book, “Ordinary Goodness: The Surprisingly Effortless Path to Creating a Life of Meaning and Beauty,” which is being published by TarcherPerigee (an imprint of Penguin Random House):

1) It’s excellent!!  — Ordinary Goodness received a coveted “Starred Review” from Publishers Weekly, the largest publishing trade magazine (an excerpt from the review is below).  The book also has received many pre-publication endorsements, which you can read at the first of the links below.

2) It’s pure Edward — reading through the book, you’ll be able to “hear” Edward’s voice throughout.  It’s filled with stories and amazing teaching, like being in a Masterclass with Edward.  It’s for readers of books like “Kitchen Table Wisdom” by Rachel Naomi Remen, and books by Anne Lamott.  The book is deep but accessible.  I believe it will bring many people into our Centers, and will appeal to a broad audience of spiritual readers. 

3) It’s on-sale January 3rd.  You can pre-order it for yourself and/or your Center’s bookstore from Amazon, New Leaf, DeVorss, Ingrams, or (if you already have an account) from Penguin Random House.  It is a paperback at $16, and is also available as an ebook.  I’ll include the links below from Penguin Random House and Amazon.  

Bravo Edward!!

Joel Fotinis
Penguin Random House

from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts

from Publishers Weekly Starred Review:

“Viljoen brings an appealing, thoughtful calm to his exploration of the idea that Meister Eckhart expresses as ‘the light in the soul.’ Viljoen advocates for ‘ordinary goodness,’ something basic and natural that exists in all of us and is always accessible to us.  He invites the reader to slow down, observe, and exercise practices of kindness, mindfulness, compassion, integrity, patience, and faith until they become a ‘welcome guest in us.’ “

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Video: Channukah and Speaking Up in the Presence of Oppression

Dear Friends,

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The topic today, “We Look Too Far Away for Reality,” comes from a well-known portion of Ernest Holmes’s The Science of Mind in which he writes:

It is a beautiful and true thought to realize that every person stands in the shadow of a mighty Mind, a pure Intelligence, and a divine givingness! The farmer has seen the Heavenly Host in the fields. The child has frolicked with It at play. The mother has clasped It to her breast and the fond lover has seen It in the eyes of their beloved. We look too far away for Reality.

The passage is a beautiful reminder to look for, notice, and appreciate the presence of Divinity in everything we do.

Next Sunday, on Christmas morning, we will be practicing doing that. The
topic is “Recognizing the Light Within,” and I will be the speaker at our one service at 10 am. Because of the holy day, there will be no Youth and Family program. Young ones are welcome to attend service with the adults. Evening service will be at 7 pm.

Warm regards,
Edward Viljoen

Dr. Edward Viljoen, author of Ordinary Goodness and The Power of Meditation, speaks at The Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa

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