From Darkness to Light – part II

A Practitioner's Path

angels-shepherdsIn this country the Christmas story remains the main event and the primary celebration of lights for people of deep Christian faith as well as for many of those without that commitment.

In my blogpost, From Darkness to Light – part I and at the Christmas Candlelight service last week I spoke about the LIGHT that is celebrated across many cultures this time of year. In my talk I explored the importance of the light that came with the birth of the Christ child by examining the specific terminology used by the Angel who appeared to the shepherds in the fields.

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed…3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth…

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Out & About: Finding Joy

taoby Christy Semple, RScP

Joy. It’s a quality that is often sought and sometimes seems elusive. Yet it is actually always part of us.

I was pleased to see the cover of a recent catalog for the Athleta clothing company that honors the essential truth of joy. It pictures a woman of advanced “calendar age” doing a challenging Lifted Lotus yoga pose. Her face exudes a sense of sublime joy. Underneath her picture is a quote, The joy of living is inside you. Live it. Believe in it. – Tao, 98

It turns out, this is Tao Porchon-Lynch. At 98 years old, she is the world’s oldest yoga teacher and an inspiration for people all over the word. She travels the globe together with Dr. Terri Kennedy, a yoga and meditation teacher, and they teach and show how mindful living can help anyone achieve the Power of Positivity. To Tao, the recognition of Oneness is the real power that governs the inner self.

The idea so beautifully expressed through the words and photo on this catalog speak to the true nature of joy. In the Science of Mind, we teach the principle of the Allness, Wholeness and Ever-Presence of God, Spirit, Infinite Intelligence, meaning that the whole of God is present at every point in space and every moment in time. The Allness of God is present at every moment within each of us. Hence, the Allness of the qualities of God, including Joy, are present within each of us at every moment. It is up to us to recognize this and allow its expression.

So, the words of Tao at 98 are wise indeed. They acknowledge this Truth that the Allness of the joy of living lives inside of us right here and right now. These words inspire us to know this, to believe this, and to live it by opening up and allowing the expression of it to flow richly and freely through us.

As a new year begins, rich and full with the potential of new ideas and experiences, we can practice centering ourselves in the Truth that the Allness of Joy is Ever-Present within us, ready to be felt and expressed. It’s up to us. We have the potential to live this Truth and feel joy like never before and enjoy a year that is rich and full, with gladness and well-being shining forth from our face, whether we are doing our favorite yoga pose or walking down our favorite path in the park, and whether we are 8 or 98!

From Darkness to Light – part I — A Practitioner’s Path

People in cultures much, much older than ours here in the U.S. have turned to this time of year with hope and awe. Tucked in beside the commercial giant of Christmas we also find Diwali (Hindu festival of Lights), Yule (Celtic/Pagan and others’ celebration of the Winter Solstice), Hanukkah (Jewish celebration of Lights in the […]

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Open Your Heart

by Christy Semple, RScP

apple-frankies-holiday-01I recently saw the holiday ad from Apple and was both intrigued and inspired. The ad starts out with a feeble and melancholy Frankenstein sitting alone in his home high in the hills. He wistfully hums the carol, “There’s no place like home for the holidays” as he looks around at the pictures of family members who are no longer with him. Next, we see Frankenstein recording the music to accompany his carol from an old music box onto his iPhone.

After a bit he ventures out into the cold, embarking on a journey arriving in the middle of a present day European-style village, bustling with people. He stops in the middle of the square, looks around and then bravely, but falteringly begins to sing, “There’s no place like home for the holidays,” accompanied by the recorded music box song on his iPhone.

He is met initially with looks of shock, disbelief and judgment from the crowd that has gathered to stare and he almost stops singing, until something beautiful happens.

A young girl in the crowd looks kindly on him, approaches him and begins to sing the song too. Slowly, others in the crowd join with her and ultimately the whole crowd is singing a beautiful, heartfelt rendition of “There’s no place like home for the holidays.”

Frankenstein’s demeanor has changed. His face reflects profound appreciation and his eyes well-up with tears. As the video ends, the words of a powerful message are displayed: Open Your Heart to Everyone.

This is a beautiful ad, exquisitely produced and superbly cast. I was genuinely moved and profoundly impressed that Apple chose to express this message. It goes deeper than the traditional wishes for Peace on Earth, getting to the heart of achieving such peace, which begins with each of us expressing the kindness, acceptance and compassion which are the essence of Peace. In the days following when I first saw the ad, I have mindfully been remembering the message of “Open Your Heart to Everyone” as I go about my daily activities and interactions out in the world. I have shared a smile with someone on the elevator who appeared gruff and mad and have engaged in conversation with someone in the checkout line at the grocery store who seemed lonely and upset, even when I felt preoccupied with pondering over a to-do list in my head. These are the actions of peace, real and powerful in their seeming simplicity.

Ernest Holmes, with his understanding of the power and beauty of this idea shared the affirmation:

“Gratefully I accept the Divine Love and Givingness (that are my true nature) and gladly extend them to everyone I meet.”

At this holiday season, when we celebrate the meaning of Christmas from a metaphysical standpoint, celebrating the birth of the Christ consciousness in us by honoring and practicing the qualities of Infinite Love and Peace that are our true nature, the practice of Opening Your Heart to Everyone is something we can begin doing right here and right now and continue as we move forward into the New Year.

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The History of World Healing Day

world-heartIf you’re relatively new to Centers for Spiritual Living and wonder what the impetus was for the World Healing Meditation held in Centers across the United States and the world on December 31 of each year, here it is:

(from the QUARTUS Foundation’s website)

“At noon Greenwich time, December 31, 1986, men, women, and children around the world gathered to participate in the most comprehensive prayer activity in the history– a planetary affirmation of peace, and love, forgiveness and understanding involving millions of people in a simultaneous global mind link. the purpose: to reverse the polarity of the negative force field in the race of mind, achieve a critical mass of spiritual consciousness, and usher in a new era of Peace on Earth.

It was called World Healing Day, the World Instant of Cooperation, World Peace Day– a moment of Oneness to dissolve the sense of separation and return human kind to Godkind. Whatever the term or label, it was the New Beginning in restoring this world to sanity.

The majority of individuals and organizations participating were operating under the umbrella of the Planetary Commission, a world wide non-denominational, non-political movement functioning as an extension of The Quartus Foundation. It was a grass roots cooperative effort to unite people in a common bond of love and bringing our planet back into balance.

The first formal announcement of the Commission was made on January 1, 1984, designating December 31, 1986 as World healing Day. Noon Greenwich time was selected as the time for the healing meditation as it would encompass all time zones during that 24-hour period.

Word quickly spread, and when that moment in time arrived on December 31, 1986, the mind-link totaled more than 500-million people representing all religious faiths on seven continents, in more than seventy countries, and in every state in the U.S. Over 500 spiritual and peace-related organizations around the world participated.

“remarkable progress toward a potentially more peaceful world… There was a clean break in the pattern of a constant increase in the number of major conflicts with which the world had grown accustomed.”– Walter Stuetzle

We saw the results in the years that followed. In a report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Walter Stuetzle, the Institute’s director and a former West German Undersecretary of Defense, said that there was “remarkable progress toward a potentially more peaceful world… There was a clean break in the pattern of a constant increase in the number of major conflicts with which the world had grown accustomed.” Now the Commission is expanding and gathering strength each year as greater awareness of the Event spreads around the world.

You are asked to participate, not only in Global Mind-Link each December 31st, but actively communicating the concept, date and hour at every opportunity. “

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And now you know.

We hope you’ll join us in this important healing moment. The world needs us now more than ever.

Listening to Nature — A Practitioner’s Path

My house sits in a location that has the dubious distinction of attracting a majority of the leaves from the trees that line my street. The lay of the land, placement of the houses and trees, along with the way that the wind blows through the neighborhood translates into my yard ending up with a […]

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