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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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Friday, May 31, 2019

Are You Swimming with Dolphins or with Sharks?

Once when I got into a lot of trouble, I asked a mentor what I should do.  She told me to surround myself with dolphins and not with sharks because if you're bleeding, sharks will attack you, whereas dolphins will surround you and stay with you until you're safe.  Next, she listened to me attentively and with kindness, with her whole being.

I saw a cartoon strip in which a little girl looks up at her father, who is reading the newspaper, and says, “Dad, you have to listen to me with your eyes as well as your ears.” Listening for me is something that requires a conscious choice to go beyond the surface experience of hearing words. It means to listen to the message of what is being said between and beyond the words.

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I think that people who have trained themselves to truly hear what others are saying are in possession of tremendous personal strength and become amazingly helpful, even influential among friends and colleagues.

I think that people who have trained themselves to listen to what Life is saying are in possession of tremendous personal power and become more trusting of their intuition because they have learned to go beyond the surface and catch the vision of what is the highest good for all concerned.

Edward Viljoen

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Law of Cause and Effect and Kindness

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Dr. Mary Tumkin, a pioneer in New Thought (the teaching of the Center for Spiritual Living and other metaphysical organizations) described the Law of Cause and Effect as “the horse pill of metaphysics,” a large idea that is hard to swallow.

The Law of Cause and Effect states that everything is connected, that choices have consequences, and that what we hold in our consciousness has a way of becoming our reality.

When things are going well, this Law is easy to celebrate. When things are not going well, it is more difficult to digest. And, it has been the case that people suffering setbacks have been made to feel poorly because the implication is that they are solely responsible for their circumstances because of what is in their consciousness. This is an oversimplification of the Law of Cause and Effect and does not take into account the consciousness of the group mind which creates the society we live in with all its challenges and inequalities, as well as it’s compassion and kindness.

Metaphysics is not to be used to blame people for the circumstances they are working through. If anything, metaphysics ought to inspire us to love, care for, and help those who are facing challenges.

                        Edward Viljoen

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Beyond Otherness. What We Can Learn from Bombing in Sri Lanka, Shooting in California and New Zealand.

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Dr. Ernest Holmes wrote that if our human relations are to mean the most to us, we must sense that there is hidden within, around, and through each of us, a Divine Presence manifesting itself in infinite variations—the same impulse, the same Love and Life, but never quite alike in any two persons. (365 Science of Mind, page 73)

In our recommended book for April, True Inclusion, we read on page 15, “This is the only hope for humanity. Unless we are willing to do the hard, painful work of sanctifying and reforming ourselves through extending grace, welcome, and unconditional love to our friends, our neighbors, and even our enemies, we can never truly be conformed and transformed into the people and the communities that we are called to be. And as long as the church continues to function in a way that excludes, demonizes, and marginalizes any community, we are pushing ourselves further from God, and perpetuating the ‘dark forces’ that are at the heart of all of our world's problems.”


Edward Viljoen

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Are You the Person You'd Like to Spend Eternity With?

Every Easter I take a moment to pause and think about what I am taking with me to the next life. If what goes with me is my consciousness, then have I stripped away as much pettiness from my mentality? Have forgiven and loved as much as this current form can?

Because, if I am accompanying myself to the next world, then this would be a good time to become the kind of person I would like to spend eternity with.

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In his Easter Message, our Founder, Dr. Holmes said:

“I often wonder just what would happen to us if this were a firm conviction in our minds. Would we not be more tolerant of each other's mistakes? Would we not be more forgiving? And would we not all come to realize that this life, after all, is but a temporary thing in a vast and eternal expansion of the soul? What would be your reaction and mine if we knew the only thing we could take with us when we leave this world would be that which we really are? Would not our reactions be more kind and gentle? Would not our very possessions seem of less value? And should we not come finally to realize that the only things that are really worthwhile are those things which cannot change?” 

Happy Easter,

Edward Viljoen, the Author of The Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God Retold in Simplified English

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Oneness is Not Sameness

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Dr. Marlene Oaks, one of the key contributors to our spiritual curriculum wrote:

If we were not free, we would be puppets upon some divine strings, or perhaps some not-so-divine strings. We would be like robots, having to act as we were directed to do. Life would be cold and sterile, perhaps like that of the wives in The Stepford Wives. There would be no surprises since all would be determined by some outside power. Accomplishment would not mean anything to us because we would not be doing it ourselves. There would be no triumph as we surmount challenges because we would not be doing it with our own uniqueness. We would be glorified robots.

Dr. Oaks was writing about the spiritual freedom we must think, feel, and believe. Each one of us different, producing unique results, and living a life unlike anyone else. Yet these differences in our self-expression never rob us of our shared spiritual heritage. Indeed, it is what we have in common that allows us to love each other in the presence of how different we can be.

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Women's History Month, Oneness, and Purim, all in one Sunday!

A story of betrayal, values, courage, and facing the unknown.  See the video on YouTube by clicking here.

Our founder, Dr. Ernest Holmes, wrote a Spiritual Mind Treatment (affirmative prayer) using these words: “No one yet knows what might happen if a group of a thousand persons, gathered together for mutual benefit, should unitedly agree and without dissent or argument, fully accept simply and directly, that there is a Healing presence in the midst of them. Let us form a united front, create a great pool of faith, and from the power generated through this collective thinking, broadcast the message to the whole world.”

A group of meditators gathers at our Center on the last day of each month to do exactly what Dr. Holmes is talking about—contemplate peace for the benefit of all beings. Every last day of the month, I invite you to attend the special world peace meditation at 7 pm.

Edward Viljoen

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