Category Archives: Practitioner Talks

We’re here to WAKE UP

I was talking with one of my practitioner classmates yesterday. We talked about how far we’ve come in our spiritual practice. Specifically we talked about books, like our Science Of Mind textbook, that we read 15 years ago, highlighting the passages that spoke to us back then and how different the teaching feels now.

Fact is that spiritual principle does not change. IT is what I believe about spiritual principle that changes, deepens with my years of spiritual practice.

Our life purpose is to wake up- realize our true nature. That is why I love Centers for Spiritual Living- because the basis of our community is to AWAKEN TO OUR SPIRITUAL MAGNIFICENCE.

We use the Science of Mind teaching to put structure around what already is our life- God, love, life. We’re in it for the higher consciousness.

Science of Mind is not about manifestation or condition changing. I know that but several months ago, I tested positive for a condition (myasthenia gravis) that I don’t like, I don’t want. I admit I did many spiritual mind treatments wanting to change the diagnosis. I even made them retest me.

But here’s the deal- My life is not about condition. There are glorious parts of my life that I like and some pretty messy juicy parts that I don’t like. Today I know my life is loving God. I love God- That is my life. That is our life- God’s life.

I have a diagnosis, I am not that diagnosis. I have teeth, I am not my teeth. I have lived 60+ years on the planet, I am not old. Etc., etc., etc. You get the picture.

Our life is the life of God, Buddha nature, Christ Consciousness, Divine Solar Presence, Atman. Whatever we call it. Ernest Holmes says we should just call it you. When I first came to Science of Mind, that idea was kind of scary- we live the life of God – in and through us. I was used to having a middleman!

But that’s not it- our life is about waking up to the reality that we’re surrounded by magnificent love, by God every moment of our lives.  We’re here to be love, to be whole.

We’re on this spiritual path to grow up fully, to absolutely realize our Oneness with God. We wake up to connect with the Divine Intelligence that we already are. It’s not like some intelligence that’s going to be transplanted into us.

When we wake up to our wholeness—which can be described as being completely at home in our world no matter how difficult the situation—it’s because we allow something that’s already in us to be nurtured.

We wake up to our conscious awareness that GOD IS ALL THERE IS, we allow it to radiate, instead of all the time shielding it and protecting it and keeping it buried.

Trungpa Rinpoche says, “It’s not about cultivating one part of yourself and rejecting another, but about simply looking openly at ourselves just as we are.” Knowing that “JUST AS WE ARE” is the flow of God, never separate from God.”

When Jesus asked, “Will you be made whole?”, we answer- YES!!

When we awaken to our spiritual magnificence, when we realize we are a Divine Idea, always have been a divine idea and always will be a divine idea, we are restored to a condition of wholeness that we already are.

Thank you!

INSIDE OUT- Changing Core Memories

I saw the PIXAR movie, Inside Out, the day it came out. The brain, science tell us, is one of the most complex things in all of creation, and the movie’s depiction of it is a thing of genius, a mix of fantastic animation and sublimely delivered wisdom, all of it connected to the emotions and thoughts being experienced by the main character- an 11 year old girl.

When I got out of the theater, I remarked to my daughter that the movie felt like a Science of Mind because it showed how core memories affect the present.

I remember grappling with a negative core memory of mine several years ago as I pulled into the Palmdale Medical Center parking lot to meet with my Retinologist for the first time, for vision issues I was having.

I realized I still had a deep core belief/memory about my eyesight. Here it is: I have bad vision, I will always have bad vision, AND there’s nothing that can be done about it.

YES! I was attached and still carrying around what had been told to me since I was six years old, which was way back in the last century. And even tho’ it had been proven to me with my cataracts surgery that my vision could be improved a thousand percent, I was at the effect of something that was told to me several decades ago.

Let’s review… What do we teach in Science of Mind?  It is very simple:  God is all there is. I am ONE with God to the extent that I believe. But REGARDLESS of my thinking, GOD is all there is.

Emma Curtis Hopkins in her book Spiritual Law in the Natural World tells it like it is:  “When we know that it is true that we are one with God, and that God is everywhere, there is no disease anywhere in anybody. Our realization of being one with all health is so strong that it heals.”

I kept that in mind n the Retinologist’s office where they took all sorts of imaging of my eyes. Finally I’m sitting in the room and Dr. See comes in. (YES- my Retinologist’s name was Dr. SEE!) He puts up the images of my eye with cross sections and dissections and the interior views and exterior views.

Dr. See points to the cross section of my macula in my right eye and says, “so we saw the smooth complete surface here in your left eye, here is your right eye, there’s a hole…,” and he goes on to explain how the hole formed, and I feel a crescendo building-  I have bad vision, I will always have bad vision, AND there’s nothing that can be done about it.

He’s still talking but in that moment just when he’s explaining the good news that it is not a disease, but a mechanical function that caused this hole- In that split second when I’m ready to hear “AND there’s nothing that can be done about it,”

I CHANGE MY THINKING and allow myself to hear, “AND there’s this surgery we can do to close the hole and restore your vision.”   AWESOME, RIGHT?!?!?!

It was Jeff Foster’s poem manifested:  Remembering who you really are Involves a subtle shift of attention From a tense present To the present tense.

Yes, it is the present moment that we feel the Oneness- not what we remember of the past or what we imagine in the future.

Now, a year after having the retinal surgery, I went from having no central vision to having 80% central vision in my right eye. Just by allowing a core memory/belief to change, I changed my life!

Thank you!

Develop a mind so filled with love that it resembles space

Remember that week back in spring of this year that was filled natural celestial events?

First, Tuesday morning both auroras in the northern and southern hemispheres were sparked by a particularly strong solar storm that sent charged particles toward the Earth. Auroras don’t come this far south, but with technology we all could see those lights live on YouTube.

Then last Friday was the vernal equinox, which marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, autumn in the southern hemisphere.

Friday morning was the total Solar Eclipse with the new moon occurring at perigee- when the moon is the closest to the earth so it appeared bigger and made this solar eclipse unique. To the naked eye you could see the eclipse only in areas near Norway, but once again we could all experience it real time on the Internet.

Did you watch it? I did. I wasn’t really interested in watching the moon cover the sun, but I was fortunate to find someone who posted what was happening on the ground during the solar eclipse.

Annie Dillard describes it perfectly in her essay TOTAL ECLIPSE:  “The second before the sun went out we saw a wall of dark shadow come speeding at us. We no sooner saw it than it was upon us, like thunder. It roared up the valley. It slammed our hill and knocked us out. It was the monstrous swift shadow cone of the moon. I have since read that this wave of shadow moves 1,800 miles an hour. Language can give no sense of this sort of speed – 1,800 miles an hour. It was 195 miles wide. No end was in sight – you saw only the edge. It rolled at you across the land at 1,800 miles an hour, hauling darkness like plague behind it… We saw the wall of shadow coming, and screamed before it hit.”

Up in Acton, I enjoy clear skies and little light pollution. I take my patio lounge chair out in the backyard and lie down on my back and look into the night sky with my naked eye and just swim in the infiniteness of the Milky Way. I have those apps on my phone that know where I am and when I point my phone up at the sky it shows me the stars all nicely labeled exactly as I’m seeing them. I adore technology. It doesn’t change nature but it helps my mind wrap itself around the beauty of space that I see.

The Buddha says to “Develop a mind so filled with love that it resembles space.”

Sharon Salzberg has a whole meditation technique around this. Imagine throwing paint around in vast, endless space. There is nowhere for the paint to land. It doesn’t matter whether it was a beautiful choice of color or not. It doesn’t matter, because there is nowhere that the space is going to be painted or enhanced or ruined by it.

When we relax the barriers that we usually make, the mind becomes like space. Recognizing the power of our minds means that even as unfortunate or terrible things happen to us, we can receive them in a more spacious and ultimately, more enlightened way

This is not something that a fortunate few have the capacity to experience; it is the nature of the mind, which every one of us has the ability to know, using the tools of Science of Mind teaching.

May we all develop a mind so filled with love – that it resembles space.

Thank you!

How I Found God in Solar

I love this teaching – I love this teaching because I found the tools to really awaken to my spiritual magnificence – to really understand union with God and to understand that God is always with us. That concept that God is always with us and that our lives unfold to the extent that we believe that God is always with us is a good one to get, right?

But God, First Cause is invisible. Ernest Holmes reminds us that bringing God into the visible is the invisible taking temporary form.

This year, I realized this in a profound way.

I got solar. Been researching it forever. I’m the kind of person who thinks they should pay me to rent my roof to generate power.  Way back in September 2014, I found a company that practically gives it to me.

I went through the process of surveying my property for best placement- I mean, if you can’t do solar in the desert, where can you do solar??

Panels were installed late November 2014 and then I had to go through a long process of inspections and getting permission from the power company to connect to their grid. Their grid acts like a battery for me- my extra power I generate but don’t use during the day goes into the SCE grid, who then gets given back to me at night when I need it.

On January 20, 2015 at night when I got home, I found out I had permission to connect to the SCE grid so the morning of January 2, right at sunrise, I turned on the panels and connected to the grid. I WAS EXCITED!

There’s an app I can access to show me real time how much power I’m generating. And on the Southern California Edison side, I can log into my account and see all the power I give back to the grid. The first week, I was obsessive about checking that app practically every hour- I’m astonished by how much power gets generated even on the cloudy days we have.

So I have a power plant on my roof, pulling sunlight in and generating power. It was always there available to me; I just had to bring it into form. Oh, and get this- the whole time between November 2014 when the system was installed and I got permission in January 2015 to connect to the grid, THE SYSTEM WAS GENERATING POWER – it just didn’t have a place to express it into!!

I ‘m thinking to self – isn’t that just like GOD and me?!?! God is always available to us, expressing as and through us. We just have to connect, we have to be aware of our connection but GOD’S THERE, OUR CONNECTION TO GOD IS THERE, WHETHER WE ARE AWARE OR NOT.

There is no separation from us and God. PERIOD.

Thank you!