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Monday, August 12, 2019

Energy Flows Where Consciousness Goes


To bless something means to confer holiness on it. In Science of Mind, holiness is synonymous with wholeness. Wholeness is the foundation of reality. As such, wholeness cannot be granted to anything or anyone. When we use the word bless, we mean to recognize that which is already true. “I bless you,” then, says, “I see you in your spiritual nature.” 

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This month, when we focus on gratitude and respect for the diverse nations of the earth, we can practice looking through the lens of wholeness, saying to ourselves, “I bless…” whatever is before us. The practice of silent blessing is particularly helpful when reading the news, social media streams, and when having challenging conversations. I use it to call me back to my conviction that back of all creation is divine completeness.

Warm regards,

                   Edward Viljoen






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Monday, August 5, 2019

Is tolerance enough?

Dear Friends,
In May of 1992, the Science of Mind Magazine published an article by Dr. Ernest Holmes, which stated that “Our religious outlook is a universal one. There is tolerance in its concept and inclusion.  The Infinite is all-embracing. We work in harmony with all religious beliefs since each in his or her own way seeks the ultimate Cause, God the ‘Father which art in heaven.’ The one who understands the Science of Mind will be tolerant, kind, and sympathetic.”
If Dr. Holmes were alive today, I wonder if he might consider expanding on the idea of tolerance? I am guessing that he would and that he would invite us, students of Science of Mind, to celebrate the differences that exist between people, religions, and cultures. I suspect that he would encourage us to be grateful for the diversity of creation, to celebrate it, and to be curious about our world. 
Warm regards,  
Edward Viljoen

United in Kindness
Let's be a Center that radiates kindness. The Interfaith Council of Sonoma County has launched a program to encourage all of us to be more kind—in our homes, our neighborhoods, our organizations. You can sign a declaration of support that will be delivered to the County Board of Supervisors later this year. You can begin a weekly kindness practice, by following UnitedInKindness.blogspot.com. Feel free to reach out to Rev. Tara at tara@everydaycommunity.org with any comments or questions.
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Monday, July 22, 2019

What Kind of Emotional Wake Do Yuo Leave Behind You?

Spirituality in Action

July 2019 • Creativity: I Advocate for Freedom of Thought

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“The Divine Plan is one of Freedom; bondage is not God ordained. Freedom is the birthright of every living soul. All instinctively feel this. The Truth points to freedom, under Law. Thus, the inherent nature of man is forever seeking to express itself in terms of freedom.” (from Science of Mind, p. 25.)

In today’s world there are many things that we are called to stand up for: freedom, equality for every living being, clean

water and food for all people, treating our environment in a mindful way, and treating others in a kind and respectful manner. In the words of Jane Goodall, “It can be very simple: we can make a sad or lonely person smile; we can make a…dog wag its tail or a cat purr; we can give water to a little wilting plant. …[W]e can’t [solve all the problems in the world, but we can do something about the problems under our noses.]”

Blessings,

                             Edward Viljoen



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Monday, July 15, 2019

Moving Beyond Our Stories

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It’s easy to get stuck in a story, and when we do, that story can become the filter through which we assess everything in life. Brad Korpalski writes, “We all have challenges within our lives. I believe each one of us is born into a particular set of circumstances that becomes the foundation for ‘our story.’ This is the story of what we say to ourselves about who we are and what the world is. Through time, this story twists and turns, and becomes so thick with the moments of our lives, that we forget that it is only one story—and that another option exists: to write a completely different story.”

Science of Mind teaches that we can rewrite our life story by mindfully expanding our awareness of the endless possibilities that life has for us. It may not be easy (because so many of us prefer comfort and familiarity); however, it is possible. Ask yourself, what can I do, say, or think, today that will help me expand beyond what I currently know. You and I don’t have to know exactly what new path we ought to take; we just need to consider that there may be something larger available to us than what we currently see.

Blessings,
                             Edward Viljoen



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You've Got To Be Free If You Want To Be Free

I learned in Science of Mind that whatever the current condition in my life is, there is in me the ability to shift and create something different. I have been intrigued by this idea, testing it in this situation and trying it in another. Can I, by using my creativity and imagination, change the flow of my life? I have to admit that I am sometimes baffled by how quickly life changes when I change my point of view, and also, I’m equally baffled when life seems impervious to my creative ideas for it.

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I realize now that there is such a thing is Perfect Right Timing, and although I prefer to have the changes I dream of take place immediately, sometimes there are adjustments that must take place in the world around me and in the world of my thoughts and attitudes before what I wish to see can come to pass.

Dr. Ernest Holmes wrote in The Science of Mind that “What we now experience we may cease experiencing if we have the will and imagination to set our vision in an opposite direction and hold it there.” To me, that means I ought not to give up if Perfect Right Timing does not match my idea of the right time, but to keep turning steadfastly to the vision of a greater yet to be for me, my family, my neighbors, and for all sentient beings.

Warm regards,

Edward Viljoen







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Monday, July 8, 2019

Creating Meaningful Conversations for a Troubled World


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The average person’s mind dashes from one opinion to the other, often lingering on the past and the future. If you took a moment to sit in a public place such as a shopping mall, watching the activities around you, you might notice that it is a bit like eavesdropping on your very own mind. In the mall you’d probably hear bits of conversations that fit into the whole range of human states of mind. 
Wanting, preferring, hating, loving, worrying, controlling, etc. If you were actually sitting in the mall, you wouldn’t do anything about the bits of conversation you pick up. You would just notice them, and probably assign them to a category such as those listed above.

If you could do the same thing with your mind, you would be practicing a type of meditation in which you observe your inner life, letting it be. You’d notice what passes through, assigning each thought to a category, but not doing much about what you witness other than experiencing it.

Blessings,


Edward Viljoen




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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

You May Be the Essential Supporting Actor

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Tom Brokaw wrote a book The Greatest Generation Which includes the recollections of people who fought in the second world war. These people had horrific experiences of loss and violence. Yet instead of complaints, what comes through in the book is pride at having played a part in helping change the world for the better.

And the most fascinating part is that only a few of the people interviewed were lead actors, Generals, Captains, Medal winners.  Most were just plain old ordinary people. Women, men, soldiers, nurses, pilots doing their part.  I read about Tom Brokaw's book in Rabbi Kushner's book Living a Life that Matters.

You may not know why you are in the situation you are in Or what good may come of it Or how the part that you're playing factors into it.  I suggest that the movie is not complete without your part.

You may not have the lead role.  You may be the essential best supporting actor right now it may be incomprehensible to you that your actions or your living makes a significant difference and I believe it does – there is an “other side” to your tapestry.





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Monday, June 3, 2019

Who Are the Vulnerable and Why Should We Protect Them?

Rabbi George Gittleman answers the question who are the vulnerable, and what does the Torah teach about our obligations when it comes to protecting those who cannot protect themselves?

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