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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.

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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#AWorldThatWorksForEveryone: The 2015 Centers for Spiritual Living Convention

Seven of us from CSL Granada Hills went to the Centers for Spiritual Living Convention back in February 2015 in Las Vegas. We learned a lot and grew in consciousness. We met up with our sister and brother centers. We shared, had fun, and partied hearty.


I came home with this T-Shirt from Center for Spiritual Living Apple Valley.

Rev. Jessica Fish Ups Her Consciousness!

Rev. Jessica Fish Ups Her Consciousness!

We did “UP” our consciousness, growing down our spiritual paths. Rev. Mike even demonstrated something he’s wanted – more hair!

Manifesting Hair

Now that’s a manifestation!

There are more stories, but, as we all know, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

The CSL Vision and Mission

CSL Convention #AWorldThatWorksForEveryoneI was thrilled to hear our leaders focus on the Center for Spiritual Living movement’s mission rather than the administration. We heard about our vision/mission focus: envisioning a world that works for everyone – where each and every person has enough food, a home, and a sense of belonging.


Knowing a world in which kinship with all life prospers and connects through the guidance of spiritual wisdom and experience.

We are meaningfully involved with service to the world.

We are open, receptive, and welcoming of all people, all faiths and all pets to God. (That had Rev. Kathy very excited with her Animal Kinship Ministry here at Granada Hills!)

Inspiration and Motivation at the Convention

Dr. Kenn Gordon, Spiritual Leader, Centers for Spiritual Living

Dr. Kenn Gordon, Spiritual Leader, Centers for Spiritual Living

CSL’s Spiritual Leader, Dr. Kenn Gordon,  reminded us that as God is all there is, we are always at choice as to where we put our focus.

…That our individual spiritual practice is the most important thing we have in our teaching.

(For your own inspiration, watch this 2 minute video by Dr. Kenn on YouTube. To purchase recordings of the convention sessions, visit this site.)

It was all very inspiring! And then, after each presentation, we were thrown out into the casino, because every hallway and door leads to casino. Here I was in Vegas, feeling very uplifted. I wanted to take it out into the world!

Taking the CSL Message to the World on the Vegas Monorail

Vegas MonorailOne night, while I was riding the monorail around, I chatted with the person next to me. I asked the woman where she was going and she said she liked the slots at the MGM. She asked me what I was in Vegas for. I told her I was at a convention. She asked me for what organization.

Here’s what I told her: We belong to a global enterprise. We’ve got outlets all around the world.

We visit people in hospitals, prisons, and hospice centers. We have youth programs. We feed the homeless; we have educational programs. We look after people from birth to death, creating a world that world for everyone. And, we basically deal with giving people tools to change their thinking to change their life for the better.

She said “Wow!” And asked, “What organization is that – one that does so much?

I felt great telling her, “Centers for Spiritual Living.”

I came away from the convention feeling that this movement, this organization that I belong to – Centers for Spiritual Living – is very much in alignment with my individual personal path.

I am grateful for all of us here at Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills coming together in spiritual community not just to socialize and have fun together (and believe me, I love doing that), but that we do focus on being meaningfully involved with service to the world; creating a world that works for everyone.

Look for and follow the hashtag #AWorldThatWorksForEveryone.

Thank you!

Do you want to hear more about Centers for Spiritual Living and #AWorldThatWorksForEveryone? Reverend Jessica is one of the ministers who preside at the Center for Spiritual Living in Granada Hills. Come and join us for a Sunday or Wednesday service or one of our classes, workshops or events to hear more!