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CSL Granada Hills Holiday Services and Events – All Are Welcome!

8315006336_c293da6b42_zThe Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills is open to all people in search of a spiritual community where they are embraced, affirmed and accepted for who they are, as well as inspired and supported to grow into their highest potential. Our programs and philosophies are designed to provide spiritual tools to transform lives and help make the world a better place.

Happy Holidays from the Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills. Every holiday, we have holiday services and events that the whole family – no matter what religious affiliation or background – can participate in. Please join us – all are welcome.

Please check the holiday schedule of events with our office by emailing or calling 1-818-363-8136. If Christmas falls on a Sunday, we may have hold our holiday services on Saturday night, with no services on Sunday morning.

CSL Granada Hills Holiday Service

We are so excited to present our annual Holiday Service on the Sunday before Christmas. We usually offer our two services  – one at 9 AM and the second at 10:30 AM. There is a silent meditation in the sanctuary from 10:00 to 10:20 for those who wish to participate.

Please note – the second service is typically live-streamed on YouTube! Please use this YouTube link and tune in at 10:20 AM to watch the service remotely. Tell your friends who are far away or unable to come to the Center!

The Annual Holiday Service features our Choir, House Band, Inspirational Messages, Youth Church and fellowship after the service in our Sparks Fellowship Hall. Call the Center at 818-363-8136 to confirm details.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at CSL Granada Hills December 24th at 7 PM

Candlelight ServiceWe offer a beautiful Christmas Eve candlelight service with time for meditation. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the joy and peace of the season with a like-minded community. Many years we offer Christmas carols with Wayne Moore or one or some of our musicians prior to the candlelight service.

The service will be facilitated by Reverend Mike McMorrow, Assistant Minister Reverend Nancy Woods or one of our Staff Ministers.

Annual World Peace Meditation at CSL Granada Hills December 31st at 4 AM

New Year meditationUnite in consciousness with millions of people in a simultaneous global mind link-up and pray for world peace. Let’s help to heal our planet of any belief in separation, while promoting love, unity, and acceptance.

First observed in 1986, men, women, and children from every country and nation, every belief system, religion, and philosophy gather together to participate in the most comprehensive prayer activity in history – a planetary co-creative process designed to promote peace, healing, love, forgiveness, and understanding.

New Year’s Eve Service at CSL Granada Hills

New YearsMany years we offer a New Years Eve service. Join us  at 7:00 pm for our beautiful New Year’s Eve service.

For more information about holiday events 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.

Top photo from Flickr by Jim Lukach. Some Rights Reserved.

Another Spiritual Bypass on Taking Right Action

Bypass 4552890_fb78745e6b_bIn my last blog post, I shared my story about not doing a spiritual bypass around the car accident I was in. I stayed in the present moment, not trying to fix my pain with spiritual treatment.

I explained that spiritual bypass is when I will do just about anything to keep from feeling difficult emotions. In the case of the car accident, I thought I could treat and know that I was perfect, whole, and complete and then just drive on to work after i had been rear-ended at a high velocity, just because I was able to walk and breathe.

But today I want to talk about another spiritual bypass. I’m telling you, this car accident is such a blessing for being a place of great spiritual growth.

So now I’m in physical therapy and going to a chiropractor and a CranioSacral therapist for the injuries I experienced during the car accident. With each treatment, I feel healthy, all relaxed, and all floaty-in-a cloud great.

But, each therapist gives me homework- like physical exercises to strengthen my neck and shoulders, instructions on icing and heating, lose weight, and cutting out sugar.

Last week, when I looked at the three pages of exercises the physical therapist gave me to do, I thought to myself, “Can’t someone else do the exercises for me and let me have the healing? Can’t some one else lose the weight for me?” It was like I wanted some version of a Dorian Grey portrait in my back room to be doing all the work and I’d just return to normal, feeling perfect, whole, and complete. Poof! Like that.

That is the other spiritual bypass I tried to do last week- where I perverted Science of Mind principle to think that all I needed to do is treat for myself. Thinking that if I knew the truth strongly enough, I could just continue along as if the accident hadn’t happened, and I wasn’t injured. It was like I was treating to be able to defy the law of gravity and fly on my own volition, bypassing the action that God can only do through me.

In Science of Mind, we have a saying: “Treat and move your feet.”

Yes, we pray and know wholeness, but then we must move heaven and earth in the way of action to bring wholeness about.  Ernest Holmes said that Science of Mind does not promise something for nothing. He did say, however, that if we comply with the Law, the Law complies with us. The mind must conceive before the Creative Energy can produce; yes! But I must be the avenue through which God can work. God is ready and willing; it is Its nature to spring into being through my thought and action.

Will I get my healing if I do spiritual mind treatment but don’t do the exercises on my own? Maybe, probably, but it will take a lot longer. By doing the exercises,  I am taking responsibility for my own healing, allowing Spirit to work through me.

Thank you!

This 5 Minute Talk was presented at the Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills during one of our services by Rev. Jessica FIsh. Talks are always given by a Science of Mind Licensed Practitioner. For more talks like this and to learn about the Science of Mind, please visit our Center’s website and plan to attend one of our Sunday or Wednesday night services.

 

Photo by Br3nda on Flickr. Some Rights Reserved.

Rear-ended without Judgment

Rear Ended without JudgmentAfter years of careful driving on the 14 Freeway, I was rear-ended Thursday morning where traffic goes from 80 mph to 0-5 mph for no apparent reason. I was able to slow down and stop with the cars in front of me. But, when I heard the dreaded screech of tires held hard by brakes. I looked up in my rear view mirror and saw the grey car behind me was not going to stop.

I had too much time! I had time to fully recognized that I had no path to get out of the way. My whole body tensed up. The grey car hit the right back side of my car, ripping my back bumper from its bolt into the trunk. The bumper stayed on because the trunk lid stayed locked down. Traffic allowed us to move from the fast lane to right shoulder.

I made a conscious decision to not be in reaction because I sure was full of unexpressed energy – adrenaline. I was not going to have any opinion about anything – just stay in the moment, acknowledging that I was shaky while we did the usual after-crash things.

I was so shaken and pumped with adrenaline that I sat in the safety of the wide shoulder for over 40 minutes, calling his insurance company, calling work to say I wasn’t coming in.

That right there was huge for me because the “old me” would have done a spiritual bypass. The old me would have done my own Science of Mind wholeness treatment and then off to work I’d go.

But, I know now that denying my feelings and telling myself that I’m OK when I’m not is a perversion of the Science Of Mind principle. Now I know that it’s OK to be in uncomfortable feelings, pain, even anger. And to know those feelings are included in wholeness.

Instead of confusing my body and mind by telling myself everything was OK when it wasn’t, I instead told myself,

Something happened (my car got hit from behind with me in it),

That event is over,

I made it.

I am not alone.

I am amazed by how healing it is to stay in the present moment. By allowing my feeling and pain and “uncomfortable-ness,” and not blocking them with a spiritual treatment, they moved through me much faster. Without judgment about my feelings and pain, the other driver, his insurance company, I just made an assumption that my highest good was unfolding.

And I have been able to see my highest good unfold quickly before me. The other driver’s insurance has told me that they are taking total responsibility for the accident and gave me instructions for getting my car fixed and taking care of my injuries.

I am not carrying any blame, shame or anger with me through the process. I am delighted that I won’t have anything to forgive or let go in the future because I’m not carrying it around with me right now.

In a correct use of Science of Mind, I know that God holds nothing against anyone. By just saying,

“Something happened,

That event is over,

I made it.

I am not alone,”

I get to enter into a new experience of Principle, of God. It’s a new way of being for me – not over-thinking or judging, just absolutely trusting that my highest good is unfolding. Trusting God. Trusting myself!

Thank you!

This post is 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 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.