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Thriving in Generosity

The Consciousness of Being Blessed

By Rev. James Kress

Nov 14, 2022

“Being blessed is not something you have to earn; you already are abundantly blessed. The challenge is that those blessings will never be actualized as long as you are obsessing over what appears to be wrong or missing in your life.” – Dennis Merritt Jones, The Art of Abundance, p. 166.

Thriving in generosity is the consciousness of being blessed. When we are aware and grateful for all we have, generosity just happens. Generosity flows. And the good news is, the reverse is true. When we are generous with what we have, we grow in consciousness of our abundance.

This is why giving is a spiritual practice. It is easy to think that we give in order to meet a need – a need of a person, or a need of an organization. On one level, this is true, and it feels good to help meet the needs of others.

But there is a deeper, spiritual benefit to giving. When we generously give, willingly and joyfully, our consciousness of blessing is magnified. That is to say there is a shift in awareness, a shift from lack and limitation toward abundance and expansion.

Regarding gifts he received from supporters, St. Paul wrote, “Not that I am seeking a gift, but I am looking for the fruit that may be credited to your account.” In other words, Paul is saying that when people give, the givers are the benefactors, not the recipients. The fruit of giving is the abundance consciousness of the giver!

Jesus captures thriving in generosity when he says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be poured into your lap.” To practice generosity is to live in the flow of abundance.

Remember, we don’t give to get. We give because we already have, and in so doing, we thrive in generosity.

 

Affirmation: “I am richly and abundantly blessed. I have more than enough. And in abundance, I give generously, living into the fullness of all I have, and even more!”

 

Take Action: Exercise giving as a spiritual practice. Give or make a pledge of support to Center for Spiritual Living and/or another organization that feeds you spiritually. Do this regularly to stretch and strengthen your experience of abundance and expansion.

Thriving through Faith

Faith: the choice is yours

By Rev. Patric A. Creelman

Oct 13, 2022

Ernest Holmes says that “Faith is a mental attitude that is so convinced of its own idea – which it so completely accepts, that any contradiction is unthinkable and impossible.”

Faith in other traditions is described in a way that requires us to believe in something outside of ourselves. It’s a thing “out there” that makes us or allows us to feel better “in here”; within ourselves.

But what if we don’t believe in the “traditional” beliefs about faith? Can we have faith in a personalized paradigm, one that is unique to each of us?  What does faith mean if we are “one with God”?

Science of Mind is a philosophy, a faith, and a way of life. This teaching is a combination of thoughts and ideas which allow space enough for everyone to have a personalized relationship with spirit, so that each may experience themselves as a fully divinely expressed human.

Perhaps faith is as simple as allowing ourselves to love more. As simple as holding more firmly to the belief that there truly is “a good out there and we ought to have it.” If we make more space in our Be-ing to love God more, to love others more, to love the earth, nature, and animals more; the “more” we are seeking will be added unto us. Faith begins with us. It begins and ends within us. We choose it or we don’t, but the choice is ours alone.

Let our thriving be born out of and extend from a deep knowing of ourselves as one with Love, one with God, and one with the Universal Supply, that makes room for and provides for everyone’s needs.

 

Affirmation: I live in the faith that there is a power and a presence that nurtures and supports me in ways beyond my own imagination. God/Love has a dream for me bigger than I could imagine for myself.

 

Take Action: Consider writing out a dream that is bigger than you can imagine, and notice your experience as you write it, noticing with curiosity, non-judgment, and faith.

Join an Abundance Circle discussion group Sundays in October from 12:30-2pm PT in the Fellowship Hall or 5:30-7pm PT on Zoom.

Thriving through Learning

A Path for Greater Wisdom and Joy in Your Life

By Rev. Debora Gay

Sep 12, 2022

It was my first time at CSL, but people seemed friendly. I wandered around the lobby and stopped at the Education table.

“You do classes here?”

I jumped into the first class.

Taking classes became my “way in” to community and my spiritual journey. I enjoyed exploring the perspectives the class called Beyond Limits raised. I found myself in a small group led by a lovely man called a practitioner. It was fun! I was meeting great people who were interested in what I was interested in.

So began my journey through the core classes, a series of seven classes that teach the basics of Science of Mind. Each class presented new, and sometimes challenging, ways to look at my life and make changes where I wasn’t thriving. I made good friends, and we ended up taking many classes together.

With each class we got to know each other better and eventually some of us decided to become practitioners and support the classes by becoming teaching assistants. Our lives were changing for the better! Now when challenges came up, I had people who supported me through them and a tool kit of practices for support. Thriving through education – a path for greater wisdom and joy in my life!

“Self-Knowledge…someone who does not have all of the answers but who is attempting to learn what they can, about themselves and those with whom they share the journey…until it meets something other than the self it wanted to know.”David Whyte “Consolations”

Affirmation: My mind and life are expanded through learning, prayer, and community. This brings great joy and wisdom to my daily life.

 

Take Action: Part 1 of Beyond Limits, our core transformational class, begins September 27, 2022. Beyond Limits will provide you the spiritual tools and practices to transform your life into one of authenticity, power, and presence. In this two-part class you will use dialog, spiritual practice, introspection, readings, group activities, and support from others on the path to develop a new concept of yourself so that you can take ownership of and reclaim your innate power. Learn more and register for this Pay What You Will class today!

Thriving through Connection

A Thriving Retreat Addict

By Rev. Abigail Schairer

Aug 15, 2022

I call myself a retreat addict. It started with Girl Scout Camp. Then, as a young adult, I found CSL. I wanted to go to every Camp CSL had. Maybe I’m really a God addict. I’m addicted to the feeling I get when I’m fully and freely connected to my Source. I find that connection through nature, artwork, community, spiritual study and practice, and self-care. As it turns out, all of those things happen when I’m at Seabeck All-Community Camp or at SisterSpirit retreat. It’s a one stop shop for deep and abiding connection:

 

  • I sit in awe as the deer gracefully walk by illustrating the Peace of the Divine.
  • The messiness of painting a rock shows me that although life is messy sometimes, it still turns out beautiful.
  • Praying, laughing, or sharing stories in a group of high consciousness individuals always has an uplifting effect on me.
  • Opening my mind to new thoughts and new ways of being through study delights and inspires me.
  • Allowing my nap in the middle of the day is my self-care ministry.

 

What do you do to nurture your Connection to the Infinite? Do you set out time in your life to connect? How do you feel when you are connected? Don’t you deserve to feel that way more often? Isn’t that connection what thriving feels like?

I invite you to create more space in your life to connect with God.

 

Affirmation: Connecting with my Spiritual Source is a priority for me. I continue to attract opportunities to connect with the Divine and I say “Yes” to them!

 

Take Action: Seek out a retreat, or set aside a day at or near home where you can plan your own activities to feel connected to Spirit. Here are a few ideas: visit a quiet space in nature and be present to what is; listen to a recorded meditation; draw, color, paint, or knit – engage in a creative activity while listening to a recorded mantra to relax your mind.

Pre-register yourself for Seabeck 2023 by emailing Heidi Dillehunt at registrar@spiritualliving.org.

Keep your eye on our Retreats and Travel page for new opportunities.

Participate in Creativity as a Spiritual Practice or Painting with the Invisibles where you can enjoy a mini 90 minute retreat once a month exploring your creativity with like-minded people.

The Nature of Thriving

Born This Way!

By Rev. Jeri Hudson
July 11, 2022

Several years ago, I read this quote attributed to our founder, Ernest Holmes. This simple statement on how Life is meant to be was so powerful to me I printed it and taped it to my wall.

“But we are born to be happy, to be abundantly supplied with every good thing, to have fun in living, to consciously unite with the Divine Power that is around us and within us, and to grow and expand forever.”

Take note!! He didn’t say that if we work hard enough, or long enough, or for the right people doing just the right thing that we will be happy and abundantly supplied. He says we are BORN to be this way.

It is the nature of Life to express and thrive. God creates the outlets or channels whereby Life flows into a greater expression of Itself. You and I are the channels! God in all Its Infinite Wisdom, Creativity, and Joy created us to express what It is. As we accept that thriving in every area of our lives is our birthright, we enable the Spirit within to expand our experience of all that It is.

Let’s make these words personal. I encourage you to say them out loud every day. Convince yourself of the Truth. You were born to THRIVE!

 

Affirmation: I am born to be happy, to be abundantly supplied with every good thing, to have fun in living, to consciously unite with the Divine Power that is around me and within me, and to grow and expand forever!!

 

At CSL Seattle, a great way to experience Divine Joy and to remember that you really are ‘born this way,’ is to attend our annual Seabeck All-Community Camp. Every August we gather on the shores of Washington’s Hood Canal for a week in a slice of heaven on earth.

Taking this week away from your daily routines (and the news if you choose), with opportunities for daily spiritual practice, relaxation, and FUN, offers a yearly chance for you to hit the reset button on your life and your thinking, returning with feelings of greater inspiration, community, and JOY!

Playful Thriving

Play is Part of Your Spiritual Work

By Rev. Andrea Weatherhead
June, 15, 2022

Life is busy. We don’t always slow down enough to look at the life we are living in response to our own busy mundane tasks. We can often begin to feel drained, overwhelmed, and disconnected from anything but lists of things to do and check off. In other words, we aren’t exactly thriving.

Remember when you were a child how you lived in the moment, in a light-hearted way? You didn’t worry about whether you were playing too much or if you should be working instead. You lived fully in the present moment, allowing Spirit to inspire you and create through you. Play and creativity are important God qualities and equally important to your wholeness and thriving as work and productivity.

Being overly busy can dampen our imagination and creativity. We have to be intentional about finding space to play; to cultivate courting our own imagination, which is in turn courting that presence that resides within.

When we are more closely connected to Spirit, we feel inspired and energized. What appears to be engaging with play, is in fact engaging with our Highest inner self, which in turn, inspires us; helps us to flourish beyond the day to day.

Taking a playful pause from your responsibilities every day is necessary for your mental, physical, and spiritual health. Creativity and play can increase how much you thrive by reducing stress, increasing focus, concentration, and improving problem solving,

Ask yourself, “what did I used to do that I loved? What hobby have I stopped engaging in because it wasn’t ‘a good use of time?’” Where have you obstructed Spirit from flowing through you purely as play or creativity? I suggest you reengage with one of those. Play and get lost in it and find yourself in the process of play as spiritual work.

 

Affirmation:

I pause and take time today to allow Spirit to play and create through me.

 

Check out CSL’s Creativity as a Spiritual Practice group every third Thursday where you can be in community with people who make a monthly appointment to play.

Thrive Through Change

By Rev. Don Beaty
May 16, 2022

What does it mean to thrive through change? Reflecting on the last two years, it meant thriving despite change. In the bigger picture, I believe we thrive because of change. In either case, thriving through change is hard. What follows are some ideas that have helped me keep my hope up and restore my courage when facing the challenges of change.

When we talk about thriving, I believe we should take the time to get clear about what thriving means. Each of us has our unique definition of thriving. Rev. Kathianne shared a definition on May 1st: thriving is living a life of satisfaction and fulfillment. My definition of thriving is “Doing Good and Doing Well.” I encourage you to discover your definition of thriving.

I recommend making your definition a verb. Why a verb? Consider nature and the universe. They are constantly changing and adapting. We’re wired for change. We can use change energy to support our journey of thriving.

How do we use this change energy? I suggest creating a community of support. Have a few trusted colleagues to bounce ideas off and get feedback. Use your spiritual practices to support your thriving. Find a prayer partner. Take advantage of the practitioners for prayer support. I draw on our community for support and encourage you to do the same.

The good news is change happens. The better news is we can use the energy of change to support our thriving.

Affirmation:I understand that change is a part of life and I can use that powerful energy to support my thriving. I navigate change in the most positive and self-loving way.

Our new once monthly article series is designed to share helpful and inspiring content that informs, uplifts, and educates people about how Spiritual Principles can create Thriving in every area of their lives.

Get more practical wisdom from Rev. Don Beaty every month at the Better Business Break. Here you can connect in a community of people committed to sharing their challenges, successes, and intentions with others. Learn more about the Better Business Break, every 1st Tuesday from 12-1pm PT on Zoom.

Our community of prayer practitioners is there to support you through change. You can submit a prayer request 24/7 to our Prayer Line by calling 206-524-7729 (PRAY) or emailing PrayerRequest@SpiritualLiving.org.

Thriving in the Now

Is Your Happiness on Hold?

By Rev. Karen Cleveland
April 22, 2022

A study released last month found that fewer Americans felt they were thriving compared to 13 months ago. I’m guessing this has something to do with the pandemic – people just want it to end so they can “get on with their lives.”

But will this help?

Eckhart Tolle says that people tend to regard the present moment as an obstacle, as something to get over with, and to rush to the future where we believe happiness and success lie. But that is a sure-fire way to never feel satisfied, let alone thrive or be truly happy. Life happens in the present. We will never find success in the future, so we need to look for it in the now. If we ignore the present moment, we will miss our lives.

Instead of putting conditions on our happiness, such as “I’ll be so happy when this is over,” “after I lose weight…,” “when I have some money saved…” and so on, how about we find something right here and now we can appreciate or be joyful about?

I used to think the magical air fryer was going to make me so happy (and a better, more creative cook)! Guess what? It didn’t. I was so disappointed, and I lost a lot of kitchen counter real estate. This simple example was a good reminder for me that happiness isn’t external.

Stopping for a few moments several times throughout the day to really be present and grateful will lead us to happiness, and to a life in which we can fully thrive. Try it and see what happens.

Affirmation: Just for today I find time to stop and see Life thrive: the plants, the trees, the birds—and in knowing I am One with this Life, I find gratitude and joy.

 

Our new once monthly article series is designed to share helpful and inspiring content that informs, uplifts, and educates people about how Spiritual Principles can create Thriving in every area of their lives.

To fortify and sustain your focus on thriving, join the 40 Days to Prosperity Program, a wholistic, fully supported 40-day prosperity program utilizing the daily journal “40 Days to Prosperity” by Kathianne Lewis, beginning May 15, 2022. Learn more and register >>