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Greetings friends,

I'm testing a new delivery system for my social media.  Sad news from twitterfeed today is that after years of awesome service the company is closing its doors.  I for one am very grateful to the people at twitterfeed for their tireless efforts to keep my posts landing where I wanted them.  Now, I'm scrambling to find an alternate for my blogs and for the blogs I've helped set up for other people.

I'll let ya know!

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Navigating the Election. No Choice is Still a Choice.

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This week’s topic comes from a comedian who said that if humanity could not evolve, people like Jesus might have said: “Don’t do anything until I get back!” At the Center, we strive to assist individuals in their evolutionary awakening process. To evolve, an individual has to get involved with life. It doesn’t help to sit back, wait and watch as others make decisions for you. To use the creative power of our minds to direct our lives, we have to make choices and take actions.

This week we examine Unity's conscious guide to the election season.  Key Idea:  Whether you make choices or not, you are still influencing the way your life unfolds.

Not making a choice is still a choice. So why not make choices that result in unity, love, compassion, empathy, and kindness?

As an aware and choosing being, you have the possibility to bringing these values into your world, and by doing so, you are contributing to a world that works better for everyone.

I like what my colleague Rev. Sunday Cote has to say about choosing to live in alignment with our higher power:

As we truly live in alignment with [that Power], we model for others the fruits of the spiritual evolutionary path. Gently and powerfully, we light the way for an illumined world to emerge, one precious soul after another. Allowing Spirit to inform others by our example, we invite genuine love and authentic living to inspire the awakening of all humanity to their spiritual evolution.

Join me in affirming this month I let my Light shine brightly, as I encourage others through wisdom and compassion.

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Video: The Nonpartisan Nature of the Divine - with Edward Viljoen

Dear Friends,

As Robert Browning wrote so eloquently, “Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise from outward things, whate’er you may believe.” Discovering, trusting, and living from this awareness is one of the many powerful lessons I learned at the Center for Spiritual Living. I also learned that I could actively and methodically invite newness into my life through the Inner Knower that transcends all former models and belief systems, while respecting everyone’s ability to access this Wisdom as well. For this, and for so much more, I am grateful to have the Center in my life.

This month, I invite you to consider the role the Center and its teaching have played in your life. I am asking you to do this now because October is the month we ask you to let us know what your estimated giving to the Center will be for January through December 2017. And while thinking about what the Center does for you, I invite you to consider also the lives beyond the Center that are being changed as a direct result of your generosity. Take, for example, the heartfelt thank you card from Teen Parent Connections we received recently, thanking us for contributing to families in our community. Or look around you and notice the faces of the people who have found their way to their spiritual home, and join me in giving thanks that we have the ability to sustain this teaching for each other and for those who will come after us.


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Please consider increasing your giving to the Center in 2017 to help us sustain the vibrant and healthy program you have come to expect here. For every person who completes their giving intention form in the month of October, we have prepared several gratitude gifts. You can visit the Giving Intention table in the Social Hall today to complete your form, and if you need helping to look up your previous pledge amount, staff will be there to help you.

Thank you for loving and supporting the Center and in doing so, contributing to a world in which people are assisted in realizing their true nature. Join me this month in affirmation: I listen with an open heart and mind, as I follow Spirit’s guidance with growing confidence.

Edward Viljoen

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What Seeks Expression Through You, with Edward Viljoen

As the month of September comes to a close with its focus on Service, I am turning my attention to what I cherish about our Center, what is has done for my life, and how I can give back so that others can benefit in the same way. I have been asking members of our community to consider the same line of questions. 

Here is how Reed Dickinson responded:

A spiritual value that l have embraced at the Center is that of feeling more at ease in the present moment. I am learning to engage each moment just as it is. I accept that everything I am experiencing is happening exactly as it should. The Center helped guide me to this insight. This (in addition to other revelations) has indeed changed my life, just as was suggested at the first service I attended. I remind myself of the wisdom of spirit multiple times a day. I may not actually like what is happening and I might want to work to change it, but I can take real comfort in knowing this truth of my being. We are blessed to be this Center. Our financial contributions and volunteer work are critical in sustaining its incredibly deep and varied ongoing activities. Each of us is an integral part of and an expression of what this place is. That we practice together and support the effort gives us a power we could not realize on our own.

I sometimes say that I have the best job in the world. Letters such as this one are the reason why I feel that way. I am profoundly grateful to be part of a community of people who are interested in exploring what is alive in them and how they can grow in understanding of their spiritual nature.
What does the Center for Spiritual Living mean to you? In what ways has it contributed to your life? How have you grown, or changed as a result of the Center? I would love to hear from you. I enjoy learning about your spiritual journey. You can contact me at edward@cslsr.org.

Warm regards,
Edward Viljoen
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Coming on January 3, 2017 - My new book:  Ordinary Goodness, a call to live a life full of goodness and purpose.

People often struggle to find a life filled with passion, happiness—and just plain goodness. This struggle drives many to depression and addictive tendencies. Author and New Thought minister Edward Viljoen argues that the struggle need not be an arduous or painful one—that through everyday acts of kindness, faith, and compassion we can create peaceful and contented lives. Using personal stories, practical tips, and exercises, this book shows us that regardless of our circumstances, we can create meaning and beauty in our lives and in the world. Viljoen offers deep insights, showing:

- How caring about ordinary things leads to meaningful and extraordinary life experiences
- How society's messages about perfection distract us from our ordinary goodness
- How faith is a muscle that must be exercised

People are always striving to live happy and fulfilled lives. This book reassures us that this is attainable—nothing extraordinary is required.

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