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Monday, December 10, 2018

Forgive Myself, Forgive Each Other, Be Patient with the Process

Dear Friends,

In Living the Science of Mind, on page 400, Dr. Ernest Holmes writes: “No one can feel one with God who hates anyone or anything."

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"You will remember," Dr. Holmes writes, " that in the Lord's Prayer Jesus said, forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. For he knew that it is only as we forgive that we can be forgiven. At first thought this looks as though we were bargaining with God, but such is not the case. God is Life and Love, and how can Life and Love flow through us if we stop them at any point? It is not because we bargain with the Almighty that Jesus said forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. The real reason is that it is impossible for us to have a sense of being forgiven while we condemn others. And now we are putting the proposition in the only place where it can be handled—within.”

This month our focus is on Happiness and Fulfilment, and the role that forgiveness and inner spiritual work play. We recommend The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu for supplemental reading to support your exploration of the ideas presented in Living the Science of Mind.

May you be filled with loving kindness,

Edward Viljoen

Author of Ordinary Goodness, and The Power of Meditation

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

How Many Times Should I Pray?

How many times should I say a Spiritual Mind Treatment (affirmative Prayer?)

And should I repeat the same words I used before? 

These are questions that often come up in classes about how to do a Spiritual Mind Treatment. If you are just joining us and want to know what a Spiritual Mind Treatment is, I invite you to visit our video and audio library of past Sunday Messages on www.cslsr.org where you can review what we have covered so far. In short, a Spiritual Mind Treatment is a type of affirmative meditation that has a lot in common with prayer, with some significant differences. 

We are studying Spiritual Mind Treatment this month and last month. Now to answer the questions from above. We are to say a Spiritual Mind Treatment for as many times as necessary to achieve the shift in consciousness we desire. However, each spiritual mind treatment is new. 

In other words, we start again from the beginning, even though we may be treating the same issue. 


Edward Viljoen

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Why Gratitude and Thanksgiving are so Important

Why is it important to practice gratitude and thanksgiving?  And why is it sometimes so difficult to connect with our gratitude?  These and other wonderful questions are answered in the video below.  

The final point in the video reminds us that gratitude contributes to our having a forgiving disposition, which in turn leads us to happiness.  That's what we'll be reviewing next week.  But for now, let's focus on how to connect with our uncaused center of joy. 

Blessings to you,
Edward Viljoen

A Prayer by Dr. Ernest Holmes

Bless my father and my mother, my brothers and my sisters; everyone whom I have ever depended on. I love and appreciate them. I recognize the good I received from them at the time when it was necessary that I receive that good. But now, without thinking any less of them, I know l am whole within myself. There is finally only One Father and One Mother, which is God, and in this One we are all brothers and  sisters. I love everyone but depend upon no one. Nothing can rob me of this love I have for others. It cannot be rejected, because I am Love and that which never rejects Its own creation, people, things, institutions, methods, sciences, philosophies, all are good. From each I shall learn everything that I can, and with deep gratitude acknowledge the good I am receiving from whatever source, but l am still whole within myself, dependent upon nothing, and yet always interdependent with all things.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Follow Your Doctor's Orders: Love One Another

Is it possible for us to pick up the energy of fear from others in the same way that we catch a cold? If we are connected through our shared heritage in God, then yes, we can. The whole world is filled with the thought energy of the people who live in it, and we are all more or less subject to the emotions of the group. We must learn to step out of the influence of the group mind and not surrender to the fears that run through society.

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The Bible tells us that perfect Love casts out fear, and that where Love is, fear cannot remain. We can apply this to our lives, to our families, and to the people around us by taking time daily to establish our minds in perfect Love. In that way, we can become a broadcasting station of peace. Even though the world may be in the grip of fear of what has happened and what may happen, we do not have to succumb to it. The work of metaphysicians is to examine their own thinking and mindfully return to the acceptance of God’s presence and broadcast that. We do not have to become liberators of humanity, just liberators of our own mind, and the peace that results will be contagious to those around us.
     Edward Viljoen

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Spiritual Retreat and Pilgrimage to Assisi Italy

Assisi, Italy - Photo by Lachlan Gowen on Unsplash

Imagine walking silently along a scenic route early in the morning through the quiet town of Assisi. The first day of your retreat begins with this pilgrimage, leading you through the town rich in history, and into a cathedral adorned with the amazing art of Giotto, to our destination, the tomb of St. Francis. Here, in the cathedral we will sit in the majestic silence of the resting place of St. Francis to commune with the spirit of his legacy. We’ll be given candles to hold during our silence, to light and leave at the altar, marking the starting point of our journey within to the realm of contemplative peace.

Spiritual Retreat
& Pilgrimage

to Assisi, Italy
June 23 – 30, 2019

Edward Viljoen & Mirka Kraftsow

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Mirka Kraftsow, Mirka was born and raised in Italy and has been a health practitioner and educator for over three decades. Her own experience and intuition strongly influence her teachings, as do tradition, creativity, innovation, and evolution. She co-founded the American Viniyoga Institute and has led retreats to Assisi for 25 years.

Edward Viljoen is the senior minister at the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa, and the author of Ordinary Goodness, The Surprisingly Effortless Path to Creating a Life of Meaning and Beauty, and The Power of Meditation, an Ancient Technique to Access your Inner Power. Edward teaches classes about spiritual growth in Santa Rosa and abroad.

Assisi, in the ancient Umbrian hills of central Italy, is one of those special places where the spiritual presence is tangibly felt. Assisi offers us a glimpse into medieval Italy that cannot be found in Rome, Milan, or even Florence. This is the place where Saints Francis and Clare, and many other mystics of the past and present, communed with God. Mirka returns year after year to Assisi to be recharged by its rich spiritual atmosphere and to absorb the blessings of the Saints. Edward joins her in June 2019 to co-facilitate a retreat focused on St. Francis’s Canticle of the Creatures.
If God can work through me, God can work through anyone.
Francis of Assisi

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Free From Fear and Error Thinking

Sickness, poverty, homelessness, and unhappiness are very real experiences of human life. What causes these experiences? We may never be able to fully and satisfactorily answer this question.

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Metaphysics invites us to consider that everything that exists is a result of individual and combined use of the creative power within. Dr. Ernest Holmes writes in Living the Science of Mind, page 354, that “we do not deny that people experience what we call evil, for such a denial would be absurd and would place us in a position of saying that everything we do not like” does not exist. People actually do suffer physical and mental pains.

The goal of metaphysics is to raise the consciousness of the planet, one person at a time so that these experiences are addressed so that we help each other and learn to use the creative power within us to design a way of life that is characterized by shared resources, forgiveness, and compassion.

Dr. Holmes charges us with a bold assignment: to no longer feed our imagination with ideas that result in the pain and suffering of our fellow beings. “The origin of evil is in the human mind, and the belief in the devil, hell, purgatory, and limbo has its origin in the human mind and nowhere else. This belief must be erased from the mind. We must come to know that there can be no ultimate evil. We must have the assurance that evil will disappear from our experience in such degree as we no longer feed it with our imagination or through our acts which create situations that encourage it.”

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Give What You Wish To Receive More Of

The sun may be shining, even while we stand in a dark basement. Manna may be falling from heaven around us, but unless we notice it and gather it, it doesn’t help us. The gift without a receiver is not complete.   Not only that, but we must also learn to give what we want to have circulated in our world.

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We must receive to complete the flow of circulation. To receive we must come out of the darkness in whatever way we can. Emerson tells us to get our bloated nothingness out of the way, which to me means clear my thinking of blocks to receiving. 

This getting out of our own way is what Spiritual Mind Treatment (affirmative prayer) does for us, since it declares that there is nothing in us which can keep our good away. Treatment always declares the Presence of Good and tunes our awareness to the bounty of every good thing that is flowing around us. It is a conscious, active recognition of the Presence of a Power for Good in our lives that is greater than we are.

Many blessings,

Edward Viljoen

If you have not yet completed your Giving Intention Form for 2019, you can do so online here: https://tinyurl.com/GivingIntention2019

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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

Photo by Thomas Griesbeck on Unsplash

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