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Guest Speakers and Sabbatical

I have had the privilege of going on Sabbatical for the past three months.  I have my community, colleagues, and Board of Trustees to thank for it. 

During my time away, guest speakers provided the Sunday messages at the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa.  

Here are easy and convenient links to their presentations for your viewing pleasure.

I look forward to being back at the Center on Sunday, July 16, 2017 to talk about prejudice and sin.   There is one remaining guest speaker scheduled for tomorrow, July 9, Rev. Abigail Shairer - her video will be uploaded to www.cslsr.org next week.


Edward Viljoen

Dr. Kenn Gordon, Into the Mist

Dr. David Ault, The Joy of Living

Rev. Joyce Duffala, Creative Confidence

Kathy Zavada, The Mother of All That Is

Rev. Kevin Ross, Design Your Life

Rev. Cynthia James, I Choose Me, A Spiritual Practice

Dr. Kim Kaiser, The Courage to Do the Right Thing

Jeffon Seely, A Life Centered in Gratitude

Rev. Joyce Duffala, The Divine Father Within

Rev. Deborah Johnson, Getting to Spiritual Oneness

Rev. Tara Steele, The Multicultural America

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April Theme: Transformation and Evolution - The Easter Metaphors for Metaphysicians

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Ernest Holmes wrote that we should not overlook the significant fact that our mind is Spirit within us, discovering and expressing, and always revealing new lands.

As a thought experiment, think about a discovery you have made about the way Spirit’s mind works in you. Take your time and think in detail about the ways Divinity works in and through your own mind.

Holmes described evolution as an eternal unfoldment of the greater yet to be. The idea of something within me that is limitless reminds me to not settle for being stuck, bored, or hopeless, but instead to view every moment as a new opportunity to think new thoughts, to experience new connections, and to create new wonders.

What an excellent thought to consider for Easter! There is within me that which never dies; that which lives eternally; that which is forever and ever expanding, and I have the blessed privilege of giving it new birth in my words, deeds, and thoughts.

Warm Regards,

Edward Viljoen
Author of Ordinary Goodness

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The Absolute, with Edward Viljoen, author of Ordinary Goodness

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April Theme: Transformation and Evolution

Ernest Holmes, writing about the inner wisdom in all people, expressed that all sacred literature refers to it. “It is that spark which impregnates everything and is buried in everything. It is the spark, which Browning said we can desecrate but never quite lose. It is there, and it contains within itself the upward push of all evolution.” 

How do you increase your awareness of the inner spark Browning is referring to? A practice that works well for me is to remind myself daily with affirmative statements that there is an inner spark of intelligence and wisdom. For example, say to yourself, first thing in the morning, or last thing in the day before you go to bed, 

“There is within me a spark of divine intelligence. I did not create it. I am aware of its guidance and creativity within me. I am willing and able to follow its guidance and benefit from its wisdom. This inner spark is nothing other than my personal connection to the One.” 

Warm Regards, Edward Viljoen

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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. 

Photo by Anna Vander Stel
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:


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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