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Sunday, April 5, 2020

April 5 2020 Sunday Celebration Virtual Center for Spiritual Living

To view this week's service video on YouTube, click here.

Music by: 
Christopher Fritzsche,
Gary Lynn Floyd,
Karen Drucker, and
the One Heart Choir

Prayer by Rev. Siota Belle
Message by Dr. Kim Kaiser

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Annual General Membership Meeting Center for Spiritual Living Virtual

Dute to the shelter in place order, our Annual General Membership Meeting could not take place in person.

We held an informational meeting via Zoom for your watching. An in-person meeting will be scheduled for later this year when the order is lifted.

Rev. Edward Viljoen, DD (Hon.)
Senior Minister, Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa

To see the Annual General Member Meeting video recording on YouTube, click here.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Opportunities for Kindness with Self and Others

  • Sunday, March 29, 2020 Sunday Service, featuring the music, with permission, of
Bobby Jo Valentine,
Valerie Marshall, and
Kevin MacLeod.
Prayer by Brenda Kobrin and message by Edward Viljoen

To see this week's Sunday service on YouTube, click here.

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Compassionate Connection

Dear friends,

During this shelter-in-place order, our staff has created a virtual Sunday Celebration to help us stay connected.  Enjoy the video, which you can see on YouTube by clicking here.  Be sure to stay through the end to see messages from the Santa Rosa community to you.

My love to you

Edward Viljoen

Photo by Jude Beck on Unsplash

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Compassionate Connection During a Pandemic

A teaching from Rabbi Yosef Kanefsyky:

"Every hand that we don't shake must become a phone call that we place.  Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern.  Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise."

To view this week's video on YouTube, click here.

Photo by Michael Dziedzic on Unsplash
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Saturday, February 29, 2020

See Through What Is To The Truth of What Really Is

No matter how bad things are, they can get better. No matter how good things are, they can get better. And it is a relief to understand that improvement doesn’t depend on something special that I need to have that no other person has. There is only one Life, it is the Living Spirit Almighty, and it lives through me, and you, and everyone.

I did not create my life and cannot take credit for the spiritual energy that flows through me. The Power that created my talents and skills is the same power that created all that is. So, I don’t need to be prideful about what flows through my life, because I created none of it. I can, however, embrace the spiritual power that flows through me and use it for the good of all.

To see this week's video on YouTube, click here.

The way to use my spiritual power is to create a vision for what I want to see happen in life, for me, and for all sentient beings, for surely what is good for me must be good for all. Visions deal with what is not yet real and may even seem to be impossible. We must not defeat our visions by giving too much attention to how impossible or difficult it may be to attain them. Rather, we must enter into the practice of imagining a greater-yet-to-be with the affirmative attitude that says it is not me personally that makes it so, but the Power of the Living Spirit that does all the work.

Many blessings to you,

Edward Viljoen

Photo above  by  Luca Iaconelli  on Unsplash
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Monday, February 10, 2020

The Absence of the Desire to Kill

Ahimsa is the spiritual concept of nonviolence based on the idea that all living beings have the spark of Divinity in them and should therefore be treated with respect. Being nonviolent in action may be the most accessible way to practice, however, nonviolence in thoughts and words is equally rewarding.

To see this week's video on YouTube, click here.

Dr. Raymond Charles Barker wrote this Affirmative Prayer, which I find effective in keeping my thoughts, words, and deeds on the path of most kindness and least harm:

There is only one mind, God, and my world is saturated with divine ideas that lead me every step of my way. No more indecision, mistakes or wrong judgments. My consciousness is a center of perfect intelligence in that mind which is God. The action of God's ideas in my thinking is now complete. I know what I need to know at the instant I need to know it. My consciousness is ever expanding in its scope and interest. I let divine ideas govern my thinking and divine love govern my feelings. I am the unlimited outlet open unlimited mind.


Edward Viljoen

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Altruism and Compassion, similar and different.

This week we are focusing on the value of altruism, which is the practice of being concerned with the well-being of others. 

What blocks us from caring about and taking care of other people? For some it is anger, others it is pride, and for others it is something else. Whatever blocks you from accessing your natural-born kindness, there is a way to undo those blocks. 


Edward Viljoen 

Photo by Sandrachile . on Unsplash
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