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Aging as a Spiritual Practice, with Edward Viljoen


Consider aging as a spiritual practice? Why not? Our founder, Ernest Holmes, recommended that we maintain flexibility and willingness to keep growing, no matter what our age. Not only is flexibility good for the body, but it benefits our thinking too, keeping us forever expanding in awareness and experience. 

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Say to yourself, morning and evening, My life is one with the eternal life. My body is an expression of Divine Creation. My mind is a point of awareness within The Thing Itself. I am forever expanding in awareness and experience. I am willing to follow Life’s prompts, and when they come, I follow gladly. 

This practice of feeding affirmative concepts to our own mind is stimulating and well worth practicing. You can use our online Affirmative Prayer Library for examples of words to say to yourself in your morning and evening practices. Visit the library at www.cslsr.org. Click on the Support tab at the top of the page to locate it.

If you have thoughts or questions about today’s topic, I’d love to hear from you. You can contact me by e-mail at edward@cslsr.org, or you can post a topic for conversation on our Facebook Group:

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You are invited to join me on Tuesday at 12:30 pm for our final Lunch & Learn experience using Brené Brown’s book, Daring Greatly.

Warm Regards,
Edward Viljoen


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Video: The Infinite Nature of Mind with Edward Viljoen

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Our book of the month, Love and Law, by Ernest Holmes, is a rare collection of previously unpublished lectures and private lessons by Ernest Holmes. I selected the book because we are celebrating 99 years of the teachings of the Science of Mind, which brings us an ancient idea of the unity of all life.

This idea is not new, and can be found also in the ancient spiritual teachings of India. They called this unity the Absolute, or Brahma; and we call it The Thing Itself. They believed in one Presence and one Power, and only One in the Universe. And we do too




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The idea of oneness, as relevant today as it was in ancient times, forms the basis of our Science of Mind teaching. I look forward to exploring oneness with you, and how it relates to our prayer, meditation, and success in life.

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Video: Vulnerability, strength or weakness, with Edward Viljoen

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This month’s value is “Spiritual Living through Education and Continuous Improvement.”

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How do people bring themselves to a greater vision for their lives? Ernest Holmes writes that the current range of our possibilities does not extend beyond our present concepts. So we have to keep growing and opening our awareness to a greater experience of life. We can do this by developing an  interest in topics we don’t typically pay attention to. What is a subject you don’t know very much about? In our modern times, no information is withheld from us. Look it up and research it and begin a life-long love affair with learning. You can expand your concepts of life through spiritual education offered at the Center too.

How do you bring yourself to a greater vision for your life?

This month’s recommended book, Daring Greatly, by Brené Brown, is an excellent starting place to learn about how to lean into life with more authenticity and passion. You’re invited to join me on Tuesday at 12:30 to “Lunch and Learn.” We’ll use Brené Brown’s book to guide our discussion.

Today's video explores the question, is being vulnerable a strength, or is it a weakness?

Warm Regards,

Edward Viljoen


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Video: Reachable and Teachable with Edward Viljoen

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This month’s Value is “Spiritual Living through Education and Continuous Improvement.”
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Centers for Spiritual Living is an education-centric spiritual movement. We walk a path of awakening, growth, and spiritual deepening through classes, workshops, seminars, and spiritual practices that allow us to embrace education as a lifelong endeavor. We welcome more and more of the Divine Nature to be realized within us and revealed through our relationships, decisions, and contributions to the world.
The purpose of spiritual education is to expand our mental horizons and broaden our understanding of this Life and how to live it more powerfully. Reading, studying, meditating, and discussing spiritual ideas helps us avoid becoming dogmatic or stuck in a rut of our own thinking.
Ernest Holmes wrote, “You will read every [person's] philosophy, reserving for yourself the prerogative of choice, knowing that any philosophy based on a Unitary Wholeness has the elements of truth. No philosophy is perfect, your own is not. Everything is evolving, growing, expanding.”
In what ways are you evolving, growing, and expanding?

                       Warm regards,
      Edward Viljoen

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