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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Keep Your MInd Young and Support our Planet

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Our Founder, Dr. Ernest Holmes, was a lover of Spirit and Its creation, particularly nature. He wrote in Creative Mind that we are to learn to appreciate Nature. He used an upper-case N when referring to nature, to indicate the holiness of what Spirit created. Dr. Holmes advised us to “spend much time in the outdoors; look up at the stars; let them be your companions; tread the pathless ways of the trees and the giant forests and see God in everything that you look upon, the God of everywhere.”

This advice matches the sentiment expressed in the essay by Sandra Ingerman in our recommended book for this month, Spiritual Ecology, that “we must shift the focus of our energy from our heads to our hearts, where we can listen to [the wisdom that surrounds us.”] May our studies together draw you deeper into a love relationship with the wisdom of Spirit as it appears in Nature.

Warm regards,

Edward Viljoen


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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Is Love All You Need?


Love is all you need is both an inspiring and challenging sentiment.  When it relates to being good stewards of our planet, is love really all we need?  That depends on how love is defined.

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Author Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee writes that it is only through awakening our awareness of the sacred within creation that we can begin to right the imbalance that lies at the root of our present predicament. “Any awareness of the world as a living whole needs to include its sacred dimension. Otherwise any attempt we make at healing what has gone so wrong will be just treating the symptoms, ignoring their underlying cause.”

This month, our focus is on being stewards of our planet and seeing the thread of sacredness throughout all of creation. Our statement of belief says, “we believe in the Living Spirit Almighty, in and through all creation,” so it is appropriate for us to approach this world of ours with awe, respect, and gratitude. Vaughan-Lee advises us that the first step is always to see what is happening and to look beyond surface values of materialistic culture so that we can sense inwardly the sacredness that connects us to all life.

Warm regards,





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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Honoring All Life

This week I changed the topic for our Sunday message at the last moment. I had read the headline "The Lungs of the World are Burning," and I wanted to address the sadness I was feeling in me and the people around me. Since then, it has been pointed out to me several times that the headline is inaccurate in its comparison to lungs and the potential loss of breathable air.

I understand that now, and I also continue to feel drawn to loving our planet in the style our founder, Dr. Ernest Holmes, described when he wrote that we are to learn to appreciate Nature. He used an upper case N when referring to nature, to indicate the holiness of what Spirit created. Dr. Holmes advised us to “spend much time in the outdoors; look up at the stars; let them be your companions; tread the pathless ways of the trees and the giant forests and see God in everything that you look upon, the God of everywhere.”

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How do I honor all people? How do I honor people I don’t agree with? How do I honor people who challenge my center of peace? Dr. Ernest Holmes, in The Science of Mind, page 232, reminds us that “Every thought of cruelty is disturbing to the entire body. Solomon tells us that “[The one] who is cruel, troubleth [their] own flesh,” and every adverse thought is cruel.” It seems, then, that our task on the spiritual journey is to find something to be grateful for in our encounters with others, something to bless and appreciate.

This is not necessarily an easy practice but a rewarding one. I remember visiting an ashram in India, where the guru taught his followers that nothing is worth abandoning your center of peace. I’ve never forgotten that wisdom, and I try to apply when I detect that I’m becoming disturbed by what is going on around me. I practice it by silently remembering the love in my life, the things I’m grateful for, and the miracle of life.

Warm regards,

Edward Viljoen
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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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