Monthly Archives: September 2015

Don’t Pray for Rain, Pray Rain, the Thing Itself.

Rain 6565065011_7d3988bef0_oIt is said that Ernest Holmes summarized the science of consciousness in three short sentences:

1. “Life is one perfect Wholeness.”

2. “The Universe is a Unit.”

3. “God is one.”

There is nothing outside of God. There is not God and something. In other words, there is never anything separate from God. Any experience of separation is the result of distorted perception. Science of Mind teaches that all distortion of perception can be healed. “Change your thinking, Change your life.”

Because our perceptions determine the nature and quality of our experience, we cannot experience what we do not perceive.  So we do our Spiritual Mind Treatment from the consciousness that we already have what we want – we just need to realize it.

It’s kind of like that phenomena when a person goes to the bank for a loan saying they lack money, the bank will turn them down but turn around and throw all sorts of credit cards at another person who doesn’t ask because that person has all the money they need.

Why You Must Pray From The Thing Itself

That contrast of praying for something and praying from the thing itself is Ernest Holmes’ distinction between having faith in God and having the faith of God. We can begin to pray from prosperity, pray from health, pray from right relationships, and pray from perfect creativity.

This is the great mystery of life. When I started reading Ernest Holmes’ book Science of Mind I felt all tangled up in my perceived paradox. I was praying for enlightenment, which I couldn’t be, until I prayed from already being enlightenment!

I know we’re all clear on the ultimate truth that we are living the life of God, as God.

How to Pray Rain for the California Drought

I invite all of us to take on a condition to be healed, for example, the drought in California.

We can’t dismiss the drought as if it did not exist in our experience.

Holmes acknowledged such conditions to be real – “as real as they are supposed to be.” Rather than proclaim that the drought or any condition is unreal, Holmes says that we must “turn from the condition” and instead know that wholeness is always right here, even where the condition is. The faith of God blesses the drought for the gift of truth that it obscures, and which the blessing reveals.

The native Americans do not pray for rain; they pray rain; they pray from rain.

Let’s do this! Close your eyes and know rain,

smell rain,

hear rain,

breathe rain,

taste rain,

feel the water filling up our reservoirs, know the truth of having enough water to share and spare.

Be water,

drink water,

let water shower over you,

float luxuriously supported in water.

Be water.

We are all expressing God-consciousness into form.

Keep breathing in and out and allow J.D Martin’s musical inspiration in the video below to wash over you.

The above post is from a Five Minute Talk presented on a Sunday morning or Wednesday night at the Granada Hills Center for Spiritual Living. Talks are given by Licensed CSL Practitioners who invest at least four years in learning and applying these concepts and ideas in their daily life. For more talk topics like this one, please join us at our Center for one of our Sunday services or for our Wednesday evening service at 7 PM.


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Science of Mind 101 Class is Starting – Please Join Us!

The Thing ItselfAre you interested in the Science of Mind philosophy taught by Centers for Spiritual Living? Do you want to increase your spiritual practice with like-minded people?

The next Science of Mind 101 class – The Thing Itself – is getting started at the Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills (CSLGH). All are welcome, and there are a few spaces left! Learn more about the class here.

The first class session already took place on Thursday, September 17; it was an overview. You can still join us now by calling 1-818-363-8136 to register.

September 17 – November 5, 2015
7:00 – 9:30 PM
17622 Chatsworth Street
Granada Hills, California 91344

In this 8-week class you will learn about spiritual law and how it can work in your life. You will begin to practice the creative process and learn how, by changing your thoughts, you can change your life.

Science of Mind 101 The Thing Itself Class Details:

Register by calling 1-818-363-8136.

See class pricing here.

The 8-week class begins Thursday, September 17, 2015, and goes through Thursday, November 5.

The class meets from 7:00 – 9:30 PM. CSLGH classes meet in Sparks Fellowship hall, which is down the hall to the right from the front door or straight ahead from the back door accessed from our parking lot. Parking is on the street (please pay attention to parking time restrictions) and in the lot directly behind the Center.

We hope you will join this class! Many class attendees say that the classes and workshops have helped them grow personally and spiritually, and allowed them to meet great people!

For more information about The Science of Mind 101 class and other educational and personal growth opportunities at The Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills, email us or call us at 1-818-363-8136.


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New Power of Decision Class Starts Today at CSL Granada Hills!

16711535571_1c86446b38_zDo you want to make better, more conscious decisions to live your best and most purposeful life? To live a happier and more prosperous life?

Join us at the Center for Spiritual Living, Granada Hills as we explore the Power of Decision in our new eight-week class, facilitated by Rev. Betsy Haas.

Monday, September 21 – November 9, 2015

Call our Center at 1-818-363-8136 to register for the class or for more information.

The purpose of the class is to empower you to reach independent decisions that enhance the quality of your life. The class is based on the metaphysical classic, The Power of Decision by Raymond Charles Barker.

The Power of Decision

Who should attend the Power of Decision class?

The class is open to anyone who wishes to learn:

  • How to tap into the universal Intelligence of life.
  • An awareness of the destructive aspects of indecision.
  • How to consolidate and confirm our grasp of the power of conscious decision.
  • That we are consciousness and therefore, the sole cause to our experience.
  • How to develop consciousness of happiness, health and prosperity.
  • A deeper understanding of spiritual mind treatment.

Power of Decision Class Details:

Register by calling 1-818-363-8136 or sign up in Sparks Hall.

The 8-week class begins Monday, September 21, 2015, and goes through Monday, November 9.

The class time is 7:00 – 9:30 PM. CSLGH classes meet in Sparks Fellowship hall, which is down the hall to the right from the front door or straight ahead from the back door access from our parking lot. Parking is on the street (please pay attention to parking time restrictions) and in the lot directly behind the Center.

We hope you will join us in class! Many of our Center’s members and non-members say that the classes and workshops we provide have helped them grow personally and spiritually, and allowed them to meet others of like mind!

For more information about The Power of Decision class and other educational and personal growth opportunities at The Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills, email us or call us at 1-818-363-8136!


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How to Guide Your Animal’s End of Life with Spiritual Mind Treatment

Animal End of LifeThis blog post is by Reverend Kathy Lyons. It includes stories about how spiritual mind treatment has helped animal lovers and their animal(s) at end of their life. It includes a free spiritual mind treatment guideline (at the end of this post) that you can use immediately for your animal.

Rev Kathy founded and facilitates the Animal Kinship Ministry group meeting at 1 PM on the first Saturday of each month at Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills.

“Infinite Intelligence illumines and directs this animal. It is a perfect idea in Divine Mind and is always in its right place”

— Florence Scovel Shinn, The Game of Life and How to Play It

As a Spiritual Practitioner, I know that the power of Spiritual Mind Treatment (affirmative prayer) works for everything and everyone, including our beloved animal companions. There is One Mind and we are all interconnected, so we can connect with our beloved animal on a heart-to-heart and soul-to-soul level.

For instance, my cats seem to intuitively know what’s on my mind! I have their carrier at the bottom of my stairs by the front door. I go down stairs a few times a day. However, when it’s time for their dreaded Vet appointment and I walk downstairs, they immediately hide. How could they know? Perhaps it’s because animals are not as intellectually developed as humans. They are much more sensitive to body language, feelings, and good or bad “vibes.”

My cats often know answers to decisions before I do. Several years ago, I wanted to have new flooring put in my kitchen. I had a few contractors come to my home to give an estimate. One man came to my home and sat at my dining room table. Precious, my very gregarious Siamese didn’t like this man. His short hair stood up all over his body, including his tail! I knew Precious was telling me not to hire this man, as Precious is usually everyone’s friend.

There is a deep emotional connection with my beloved companions as well. They know when I’m upset. When I was a teenager and had an upsetting day, my cute tabby cat Botchie, would snuggle up to me. And I remember the family dog, John, a Springer Spaniel, was particularly sensitive. A friend of my mother’s came over, very upset about something and crying. John sat beside her, and put his paw on her lap. He knew when to comfort people in distress.

Due to this deep bond with our animals, it’s possible to intuit our animal‘s needs as well. During meditation, I ask for guidance and if there’s anything I need to know for my animal.

One of the times when it’s important to get in touch with Divine Guidance is at the end of our beloved’s life. This is a painful time, as we must make a decision: Do we attempt to extend their life on earth with veterinary treatment? Is it time to euthanize our sweet companion? Or, the other option, give “hospice” care and simply provide comfort until their end of life? There is no one “right” answer; every situation is unique. Discuss the matter with your Vet, and ask your inner voice of wisdom on what is in the highest good for your companion. Here are examples of the three options: Medical Intervention, Euthanasia, or Hospice.

Medical Intervention for Your Animal’s End of Life

My good friend, Barbara, had a beautiful Main Coon cat named Gus. She adopted him in 2002. When Gus was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on his back leg, Barbara chose surgery. When the tumor came back, Gus required an amputation. She was able to get financial support via Go Fund Me as well as from family. After the surgery, Gus did have some challenges. He wasn’t eating, and he lost some blood. Barbara was faced with a decision, so she asked me to provide prayer support (Spiritual Mind Treatment) on what was needed to achieve Gus’s highest good.

Gus received Spiritual Prayer Treatment for healing after surgery

Gus received Spiritual Prayer Treatment for his highest good after surgery

After the spiritual treatment, Gus began to recover, adjusting to his missing leg. He became more content. In this case, Barbara tuned in to what was best for Gus, and surgery was the answer.

When Euthanasia Is the Right Option for Your Animal

Sometimes, euthanasia is the best option for your loved one. It is painful, but I believe your animal will let you know when it’s time. In 1998, my darling Daisy, a gorgeous tortoiseshell cat, quit eating. She was only thirteen and a half, and her symptoms came on so suddenly, so I was completely unprepared (like is anyone ever prepared) to lose her. The vet said she had liver problems. She did have some medical treatment; however, she wasn’t getting any better. She was getting thinner and was constantly trying to crawl under furniture.

I had a prayer partner at the time and we did Spiritual Mind Treatment for guidance. I knew that Daisy was telling me it was time to go. I’ve observed that animals do not fear death; it’s like they accept it as a natural part of their evolution. I mourned her loss, and seventeen years later, I still miss that cat! We went through so much together. She was a comfort to me when my Dad died, as well as during my divorce.

Most vets will allow you to spend some time with your “child” before they give the final shot. Also, you may stay in the room so he or she leaves this planet with their trusted guardian. There is in-home euthanasia available (see link at the end of this blog).

When Euthanasia is NOT an Option for Your Animal

Euthanasia is not an option for a healthy animal because the guardian decided the animal isn’t working out in their home. If there is a reason that you cannot be a guardian (i.e. moving to a place that does not allow animals), please look to finding a new home or surrender the animal to a no-kill shelter or pet adoption.

If your animal has a behavior problem, there are experts who can help with changing their behavior. If your animal is peeing or pooping in an inappropriate place, take him or her to the vet because there could be a medical problem. Sometimes, they are giving you a message. Get in touch with what they are trying to tell you. I had a cat named George who would poop outside his litter box. He walked out of the cat box room with this head ducked, so he knew it wasn’t right. When I took out the carpet in that room and replaced it with flooring, he resumed using the litter box. I speculate that George smelled the previous cats that previously lived here (his “cousins” Molly and Suki, my brother’s female cats).

Is Hospice The Right Choice for Your Animal?

Hospice is another option. In 2003, my cat, Sweetie, was diagnosed with mammary cancer. The Vet said she could have surgery and chemotherapy. I knew this was an option, but I treated (affirmatively prayed) for guidance for the highest and best for her. I declined on the medical treatment, but I didn’t feel it was yet time for euthanasia. She was still eating and wasn’t in pain. I brought her home and let her live as long as she was comfortable. When I could tell it was her time (she quit eating and became quit thin), I made the decision to put her down (and send her to the Rainbow Bridge).

Many people opt to let their baby make their transition naturally at home as well. Also, there are some vets who will come to your home to administer the shot in the comfort and familiar surroundings of their home.

Remember, tune in to guidance about the right decision that is in the highest and best for your animal, and not your own personal attachment. I would love my cats to live forty years, but currently that is not possible.

Spiritual Mind Treatment – Guidance and Intuition Regarding Your Animal

Affirmative Prayer Treatment is a form of prayer used by Dr. Ernest Holmes, founder of Religious Science and author of The Science of Mind as well as many other metaphysical works. A treatment is focused on a positive outcome rather than a negative situation. If you want to manifest a certain condition (perfect health, wealth, or relationships for example), say the treatment out loud as the truth, knowing that it is so!

Here is a Free Spiritual Mind Treatment for Guidance for Your Animal(s). Feel free to use this to seek answers for your animal(s). Simply fill in your animal’s name in the blank spaces provided, and say the Spiritual Mind Treatment aloud for best results

I recognize there is One Power and that is the Power of God. God is love, compassion, kindness, guidance, wisdom, and intuition. I am One with God; therefore, I embody God’s love, compassion, kindness, guidance, and intuition. Everything in the Universe is a perfect expression and manifestation of God, including all animals.

My companion(s), __________________ (name) and I were brought together my Divine Appointment. I am loving, , compassionate, and kind to them, as well as all living creatures. I am in tune with in inner wisdom and guidance. All decisions I make are in the best interest of the health and well-being of my beloved___________________. I see them as perfect expressions of God, so I treat _____________________ with reference and love. I tune in to what is in my beloved highest and best. We have heart-to-heart and soul-to-soul connection, so I intuitively make the right decisions about my baby’s health, comfort, and well-being. I embody wisdom to know whatever is needed for my beloved companion,_______________. If it is in his/her highest good to stay on this Earth Plane, then I am guided to the right and perfect health care for ________________’s physical body. If it is time for my beloved to cross the Rainbow Bridge, I make that decision out of love for _________________. I honor my fur/feathered/scaled baby in whatever way is appropriate. I am guided to right veterinarian, health care, and any support that I need. Every choice I make is out of pure love for my companion. I feel complete peace, and trust.

I know for any animal that needs a home, that the love they are seeking is seeking them. Therefore, they are drawn to the right and perfect guardian.

I give thanks for the health and well-being of my beloved__________________, and for ALL living creatures. With gratitude and appreciation, I release these words into the Loving Mind of God, knowing it is so. And so it is.

I give thanks for the heart-to-heart and soul-to-soul connection with my beloved companion. I have gratitude for the guidance, wisdom, and intuition that I have for making all the right decisions. I release these words into the Infinite Mind, knowing it is so. And so it is. Amen.

Helpful Links to animal resources in the Los Angeles area and beyond: – cremation and burial for pets – Hospice – Adoption – Hospice and in home euthanasia – Warren Eckstein, Animal Behaviorist

Join our Animal Kinship Ministry on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 1 PM. If you have any questions, visit the Animal Kinship Ministry page on our website or call our Center at 1-818-363-8136. You can also email Rev. Kathy for a Spiritual Mind Treatment for you and/or your animal.

Cat photo by Serena on Flickr. Some Rights Reserved. We recommend you visit this photo page and read the description. It is a sweet remembrance!