A Letter from Dr. Kenn Gordon
Let Us Raise Our Consciousness and End This Senseless Violence
Our hearts are broken open once again by senseless violence and unjustifiable use of force against African Americans in the United States. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are the latest names added to a list that is far too long. Like many, I am tempted to decry a growing epidemic, but in truth this violence is not new. What is new is social media and cell phone cameras that have raised the level of general public awareness of a persistent issue. And let us be clear about what the issue is; this is not a policing issue, nor is it not a gun issue. This is a consciousness issue. Our modern technology is giving us a gift. The gift to see what is really going on. Our social media reveals that which has always been true – that we are all connected. To quote Mother Teresa “we belong to each other.” Through this connection we see the devastating pain and discomfort that comes when we engage in behavior that breaks the bond of that inherent spiritual connection. We must be willing to be uncomfortable and stay uncomfortable. What do we do as we sit in this discomfort once again?
Of course we pray. We pray not to take the pain away, but to enter into it and ask it to speak to us. It is time to come together to feel our collective pain so that we may reestablish our sacred covenant of belonging to one another. Once established in this bond we must act in accordance with it. This not just a call to prayer, this is a call to act. To act in affirmation of our sacred connection with the One Life of all. This is a time to affirm that all life is sacred. That #BlackLivesMatter and to do what is ours to do in helping create a world that works for everyone.
I encourage you to take time to pray and I encourage you to take time to discern what you can do to add to the awakening of humanity to its spiritual magnificence. There are many resources online to better educate ourselves of racism, white privilege and social action. We all can do something, read a book, take a class, join a movement….and we must. There are no quick and easy answers, there is only the measure of our willingness to create change.
If you or anyone in your community needs prayer, please seek out a CSL Center, a Practitioner or contact the CSL World Ministry of Prayer: worldministryofprayer.org
Advice for White Folks in the Wake of the Police Murder of a Black Person
And for immediate possible action.
Peace and Blessings,
Dr. Kenn Gordon, Spiritual Leader
Centers for Spiritual Living 573 Park Point Drive Golden, Colorado, 80401
CSL Greater Pittsburgh invites you to join our Sunday Celebration service each week to hear great music, uplifting meditations and a message that is always sure to inspire! Sunday mornings beginning at 10:30am at our location, 101 W. Main Street Ste 103, Carnegie, PA 15106.
This week we’ll be exploring within the theme for the month of May as published by the Centers for Spiritual Living home office: Spiritual Guidance and Personal Responsibility.
The topic for this week is “We see a world in which we are called to conscious action“.
Often when we begin to learn of the great power that is available to us as Spirit works in, as and through us, we take the passive path; we sit back and wait for “it” to appear (whatever “it” is that we’re seeking in prayer). More in-depth spiritual study of holy texts as well as teaching texts across many disciplines and belief systems reveals that to be a zero-sum game. We’re very important in the equation of answered prayer.
If it feels that your prayer or treatment work is falling short of your expectations, stop by this Sunday (May 22) and learn about the call to conscious action, and how a simple change can net significant results!
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by Christy Semple, RScP
Nurturing an understanding of the Truth principle of Plenty in children is a practice that is helpful to both the parents and the children. Reinforcing the idea that there is Plenty can be done when communicating with your children and with others when they are around your children, like your spouse and friends, throughout the day. You can make a conscious effort to use words and phrases related to “enough” and “plenty” rather than language related to lack and “not enough” when you’re talking about things in all aspects of life.
One specific example that is discussed by many families is a summer vacation, like going to the beach or a resort. Even if at the moment you aren’t feeling prosperous enough for planning such a vacation, you can know that in Truth you are provided in all ways to support a desire like a vacation, not just in money substance but in opportunities that can help in the demonstration of the vacation, like winning a vacation, receiving a gift of a vacation, having offers to use vacation tickets or rentals someone else can’t use, and “happening” to learn about special promotions and discounts. Knowing this, you can speak to your children with confidence, trust, and prosperity-oriented language about planning a vacation, regardless of what the current conditions may show. You can still save money in a vacation “jar” or vacation account and know that this is an expression of the bountiful substance coming to you to support your perfect vacation. You can remind yourself and your children that everything is coming together for the perfect vacation and along with them you can imagine all of you enjoying a wonderful time. You can see it, feel it, expect it, and affirm it with “and so it is”!
(( blog post originally appeared on the previous website ))
by Christy Semple, RScP
As a practitioner, I have been asked the question, “Can we (as Religious Scientists) do anything to help bring peace to a world where there are wars and other conflicts?” The answer is, “Yes, absolutely!” Even one person knowing the Truth of Infinite Love plants the seed in the collective consciousness that can continue to grow and positively impact others. Regularly practicing the Truth idea of Infinite Love in daily activities is a certain way to help Infinite Love expand and deepen in our communities and our world. And, as all is connected in the One Mind, the practice of Infinite Love and the related expansion of it has an impact on peace in our world. Yes, peace in the world can (and does!) start with each of us and our thoughts and actions related to Infinite Love.
We talked with the children in Youth Church about these ideas on Sunday and we did an activity to help them put it into practice. Here are the steps we followed:
- Each child cut out five heart shapes about 4 inches wide.
- On four of those hearts, the children wrote the name of someone in their life who was easy to express loving thoughts and actions toward.
- On the fifth heart, the children wrote the name of someone in their life who was not easy to express loving thoughts and actions toward, perhaps someone difficult or different in a way they didn’t understand.
- The children attached these hearts to a strip of ribbon using tape to make a loving heart garland to display. They were encouraged to practice giving loving thoughts and actions to the people written in each heart, including the person who seems difficult, remembering that God is in everyone.
This activity is helpful for adults to do as well to help in cultivating a consciousness of Infinite Love and Peace. While you might not do the craft portion of it (though it is fun!), you can do the activity in mind. Consciously choosing someone you find difficult to think loving, respectful thoughts about and expressing loving, respectful actions toward is a wonderful way to cultivate a peace-oriented consciousness and develop positive thinking habits to nurture and expand it.
The words of Ernest Holmes offer wisdom and inspiration to practice these Truth principles. He affirms, “Kindness and understanding are shown to me. I bless anyone who seems to disturb me,” and he reminds us that, “…We meet Life in everyone. The God in us meets the God in others.” And so it is!
Infographics are a recent rage in the social media and data analytics scenes. Business pitches and poster presentations will never be the same. They seem kinda fun – what do you think?
If you’re relatively new to Religious Science or other New Thought movements, you may not have heard of Florence Scovel Shinn’s classic, “The Game of Life and How to Play It”.
In strikingly simple terms, Scovel Shinn lays out the foundational principles of New Thought, and in particular Religious Science. It’s a quick read, and well-worth the purchase whether you choose it in paperback or Kindle format.
BUT,… if you like audio books (I love them!), check out the FREE audio book version of this classic available at LibriVox Free Online Audio Library Archive. You can download each chapter, open the files using iTunes (or other software) and save to your iPhone, or other mp3 device and listen on the go, or burn it to a CD (fits on 1 audio CD disc) and take in the car.
Give yourself the gift of this great book – I suspect that you’ll read it more than once, and share it with a friend (or 2).