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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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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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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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