Subtle Messages (reblog)

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by Rebecca Harmon

Have you ever followed a dream, taken a job or chased an idea that felt right in the moment, only to later watch it descend into complicated arrangements, unfavorable circumstances or evolve into a burden instead of a blessing?

Before you deride yourself for making a bad move or write off everyone around you as being a pain in your backside; take a step back and allow your judgment of the situation to be held in suspended animation.

During this process of suspended judgment it is important to be open and honest with yourself and what you’re bringing into the situation. Are you creating negativity and drama? Do you need to lower some defenses and open yourself to more input by others? Do you need to work harder with some of the people around you to appreciate their contributions?

If you have done the hard work of an honest self-assessment around what you’re bringing into the situation and have found ways to love and appreciate those around you, it’s time to listen to the messages you are receiving, and pay attention to the energy that surrounds your day-to-day activities.

If you return to a sense of being in-the-flow after your self-assessment, you’ve done the heavy lifting in the situation. You’re where you need to be and have the tools to course correct if you find yourself feeling “less than” again.

However, if after your self-assessment you feel as though you’re swimming upstream against the current, or you keep hitting your head on a low ceiling, or you feel that someone has locked their arms around one of your legs so that every step forward you try to take is weighed down because you’re now dragging them along with you; it’s time to listen up as it may be time to plan your succession and next moves.

The Universe is always sending messages. These are rarely large, neon billboards. They more often come as gentle and fleeting insights that return with more frequency when you ignore or don’t act upon them. Here’s some guidance on how to proceed when you’ve stumbled upon yet another cryptic message on your journey.

Avoid making anyone the “bad guy”. 

Whether this is a job, a volunteer gig, participation in a social group – whatever it is – allow your decision to move on to be based on you wanting something new or different, period. Resist the temptation to make everyone else wrong so that you can justify your move. Allow yourself to want something different while acknowledging that they’re OK to keep wanting what you don’t. It’s all good!

Leave success in the wake of your departure

If you’re leaving a job, volunteer role or staff position in an organization, leave it in the best position possible to continue on successfully. Good leaders in business begin to succession plan on Day 1. If you’re well past Day 1 you can start today. What do you need to share with others so that the programs and services continue after you leave? How can you coach, train and mentor others to take on things you grew or developed that have contributed positively to the organization? This is also a good way to recheck your self-assessment. If you feel any need to “stick it” to the organization you are leaving, there’s healing work in you that must be done before you make any decisions or take any steps.

Remain accessible

Once you leave it is important to give enough space to those who take over your job and tasks to stand on their own, but this doesn’t mean you need to disappear. There will be questions, and remember: you once believed in the job/organization/mission/group dynamic enough to embrace it as a part of who you were, so make sure you are willing to answer questions, provide guidance and help point the direction to solutions when asked. There is a delicate balance between helping and creating codependence, so be sure you are coaching from a distance and not taking on tasks that they now need to manage.

Leave the past in the past

Once you move on, move on! When the Universe has nudged you to do more, grow further and expand your horizons don’t encumber yourself by living in the past. Avoid conversations about how limited you felt in that job, or about the short-sighted people in the organization or how your creativity was stymied in that position. Let. It. Go. You were given the gift of encouragement to do more, be more and grow. Accept that gift and let go of the past, as it serves no purpose in the here and now.

Understand that much of leaving the past in the past will take place in your head. Learn to discipline your thoughts. When you find your mind wandering down the path of the past, make an intentional turn onto a different path. Bless and release the past, with an extra emphasis on RELEASE!

There’s a uniquely-American fixation on the gold watch after 50-years of loyal employment that seems to stick to everything in the culture. This results in pervasive thinking that if you made a decision to take a job/join an organization/participate in a group,…you’re a member for life or there’s something wrong with you,…  Thankfully, the Millennials have helped to debunk this thinking and continue to teach the country that this paradigm is outdated and irrelevant.

While you’re in that job, volunteer role or social group, enjoy it! Live large, be one with the group and let it be a blessing to your life. Once it no longer blesses you, do your due diligence on the why (cleanse your own energetic and attitude “house”) and if the signs still point to it being “time to move on” – move on in peace and with the happy anticipation of the new adventure that lies ahead.

Take time to listen to your higher wisdom; the subtle messages of the Universe that are always showing up along your path. Pick up the bottle, unroll the scroll, read the message and move forward to the highest and best expression of you in your life!

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Out & About: I Rise

 

by Christy Semple, RScP

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I was walking past a bookstore recently and a poster in the window caught my eye.

It read:

I rise

I rise

I rise.

~ Maya Angelou

I had heard these words before, but this time the power of their message stayed with me throughout the afternoon and beyond. At home, I re-visited the entire poem these words came from, known as Still I Rise, in a book of Angelou’s poetry and was more impressed than ever with how profoundly, as one reviewer put it, “Angelou embodies the power, courage, and tenacity of the African American experience.” It inspired me to see how Angelou, as she is known so well for, expresses the wisdom of rising above challenging conditions, experiences, and beliefs, and doing so with tenacity and determination. I got to thinking more about these words and the uplifting approach to challenge that they inspire…

I thought of how I rise, I rise, I rise can be used like a mantra, repeated with conviction, to inspire oneself to begin or continue the practice of rising above an experience or conditions of the past or present to a higher point of view that is aligned with the true nature of the goodness of Life and ourselves. I rise, I rise, I rise helps to remind us to rise in consciousness and keep knowing, I am Good; Life is Good; the Goodness of God is in me; the Wisdom of Infinite Intelligence is in me; the Wisdom of Infinite Intelligence is in all people and all situations.

This positive, productive idea is the approach to healing and change that we learn in the Science of Mind teaching, to rise above the appearances and thinking of a challenging situation of the past or present. In The Science of Mind textbook, Ernest Holmes points out, “If we allow the world’s opinion to control our thinking, then that will be our demonstration! If, on the other hand, we rise superior to the world, we shall create a new pattern,” reminding us of the power of rising in consciousness above thinking that is based in fear and judgement.

Maya Angelou’s words elevate the wisdom of Holmes and guide us to a new way of thinking, with a rhythm that speaks to our heart. As we feel the desire to change the outpicturing of some old, limited ideas in our personal experience close-to-home, or desire to see peace, clarity and understanding expressed in the activities of the country and the world, these words can uplift and guide us to new, expansive ideas of Truth as we engage in our spiritual practices and go about the experiences (and thinking) of daily living.

In the days since seeing these words in the bookstore window, I have spoken them many times in my mind as I align my thinking with Truth ideas in doing my spiritual practices of meditation and Spiritual Mind Treatment (affirmative prayer) and planting the seeds of positive change in my life and the world.

And so, it has become part of my day to affirm: I rise, I rise, I rise!

Out and About: Good Vibes, Good Deeds

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Recently, I was walking past a retail store and something in the display window caught my eye. It was a brilliant blue shirt that had the words Send Good Vibes printed on it. I realized that the store didn’t have my size when I stopped in to check further, so I decided to investigate further online.

It turns out the shirt was a product of the Life Is Good company, a company known for its social awareness and their mission to “spread the power of optimism.” And it turns out the company puts a great deal of energy into this spreading optimism by walking the talk and encouraging others to do the same. But it’s not just by wearing their clothes! Behind the slogan on the Send Good Vibes tee shirt is a belief in the power of this practice and the support of others who practice it as well.

On the Life Is Good website, the company shares the idea that, “We see it when we believe it. Each one of us has a choice: to focus our energy on obstacles or opportunities. To fixate on our problems, or focus on solutions. We can harp on what’s wrong with the world (see most news media), or we can cultivate what’s right with the world. What we focus on grows.” It’s a reflection of some of the same principles we talk about in the Science of Mind teaching.

Elsewhere on the Life Is Good website, the company shares ideas and real-life stories for sending good vibes” and spreading the power of optimism by focusing on good and doing good. On one page, viewers are invited to “Tell us something good that happened today using #GROWtheGood on Twitter and Instagram and you (your story) may be featured here.” Another page is titled “Positive State – Let’s Change the Conversation,” where “positive personal stories from all fifty states reinforce that optimism is alive and well across the USA. Everyday, we can choose to help each other focus on the good. What we focus on grows.”

The tee shirt that I saw in the store window was more than a display of a cool-sounding motto. It is a call to action to participate in the metaphysical idea of raising the vibration of our collective consciousness and actively participating in “growing the good.” It is a wonderful reminder to rise above appearances, s Holmes encourages us to do in his writings, and know that the truth of Divine Goodness is alive and well in our world and we can each do something to help it grow!

Press Release from CSL Home Office

January 30, 2017

Centers for Spiritual Living Standing with Religious Leaders of Faith Toward ‘A World That Works For Everyone.’ (Golden, Colo.)

 

Centers for Spiritual Living stands in solidarity with leaders and faith organizations who have spoken out about the Executive Order from the President of the United States of America that bans immigrants from seven majority Muslim nations, including Syria, whose residents have been subject to ongoing deadly civil war.

Centers for Spiritual Living embraces the United States of America’s values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which to us means the inclusion of all people. Therefore, we affirm what is written at the base of the Statue of Liberty: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door! 

We stand in solidarity with religious faith leaders who believe that it is possible to create a world that works for everyone without loss of human rights or national security.  In following the example set by Jesus, who in Matthew 12:13 said, “Stretch forth thine hand,” our organization extends our hand out to others to promote good will, love, and compassion in the form of this affirmation of our solidarity.

In the spirit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, who stated that our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter, we choose not to be silent and instead, we appeal to our leaders to work toward human dignity and compassion for those who turn to our nation for help.

Centers for Spiritual Living values and celebrates the individual uniqueness and contribution of all people as they express through differences of gender, ethnicity, culture, history, experience, talents, and sexual orientation.  Therefore we commit to speak for, and stand with, those who are working diligently to uphold our constitution and our bill of rights by protecting human rights and the dignity of al people. We commit to standing with those who refuse to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation.

 

Centers for Spiritual Living

Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon – Spiritual Leader

Rev. Dr. John Waterhouse – Field Leader

Rev Dr. David Alexander – Leadership Council Chair

Steve Burton – Executive Director

Finding Prosperity in Unexpected Places

This time of year many metaphysical churches and centers offer prosperity as part of their class lineup. It’s a great time of year to look at things in a new way, and prosperity classes and workshops are always popular. Prosperity is a tricky subject, though. We all want more of it, but the truth about […]

via The Prosperity of Networks — A Practitioner’s Path

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

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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!