The Center for Spiritual Living, Redding
Center for Spiritual Living, Redding, in Redding, California, provides spiritual tools to transform our personal lives and help make the world a better place.
Center for Spiritual Living, Redding, is a spiritual community, and way of life, that honors all paths to God and helps people to discover a personal relationship with God. When God is the focus of our spirituality, then other areas of our lives fall into place — we are happier, we can do more for others, be better stewards of the Earth and bring peace and harmony to the world.
We extend a warm welcome to all people in search of a spiritual community where they are embraced, respected, accepted for who they are, inspired and supported to grow to their highest potential.
Are you feeling alone, lost, empty or disconnected? Are you in crisis? Are you lacking fulfillment, looking for answers, healing and a spiritual home?
At Center for Spiritual Living, Redding, you will find a like-minded community, a spiritual home, where you can discover peace of mind, healing, inspiration and live with a personal relationship with God. We look forward to meeting you in person!Back to Top
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Minister's Message for March 2017
"Find me one person who can get his own littleness out of the way and he shall reveal to me the immeasurable magnitude of the Universe in which I live." --Ernest Holmes, from The Sermon by the Sea
SPIRITUAL LIVING THROUGH EDUCATION and CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
This month, we work with the theme of Spiritual Living through Education and Continual Improvement. There are six main practices that support our spiritual growth and evolution. These are: meditation, prayer, study, giving, service and visioning. Study - education - exposes us to new ideas and expands our view of the Universe and our place in it. Combined with listening to the still, small voice within, it is the channel through which new ideas come.
One of our first talk titles is "Reachable and Teachable." I remember in my first personal growth seminar the question was asked, "Are you willing to be teachable?" I heard it again in network marketing. In order to expand, to get better, to grow, to renew our minds, we need to be teachable. Moses was said to be the "meekest of men." What that meant was humble and open to Spirit"s guidance.
There's a Zen story of a scholar who invites a Zen master to teach him about Zen. Over dinner, the man expounds to the Zen master on all that he knows about Zen. After dinner, the master pours the scholar some tea. When the tea reaches the brim of the cup, the Zen master continues to pour until it runs over the table and down onto the floor. The scholar is upset. "Stop, stop! The cup is already full!" The Zen master replied, "This cup is like your mind; so full that nothing new can come in." When we think that we already know everything about a subject, there is no room for anything new to come in.
Without new, we stagnate and eventually die mentally. Ernest Holmes reminds us that "Evolution is always forward." Life Itself is evolving, expanding, increasing Its expression. We must be open and vulnerable to the freshness of Life and let ourselves be life-long learners.
This month, we will be looking at Brene Brown's book, Daring Greatly, to guide the talks. Her title comes from the famous Theodore Roosevelt speech, "Citizenship in a Republic." The passage is famously known as "The Man in the Arena."
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly..."
Being reachable and teachable, aka vulnerable, is understanding the necessity of both victory and defeat. It is engaging; it's being all in. This month, go all in! Learn something new. Education has always been the backbone of our teaching. Take a Science of Mind class you think you've taken before and find out the class, teacher, group of students and, yes, you have changed since the last time you took that class. Join the flow of evolution! (Remember that, if you're taking a class again, you only have to pay 50 percent. And, if you're in for the first time, you can spread payments out over the duration of the class.) I look forward to learning with you.
Love and Blessings,
Rev. David RobinsonBack to Top
Visitors and newcomers are always welcome!
- Join us in the Social Hall after each service. Refreshments will be served!
- Interested in becoming a member? Attend The QuickStart Class, a newcomer's orientation class, and the Prospective New Member Meeting, which are held quarterly.
- Pick up a Friendship Packet from a Board of Trustees Member at the Information Desk in the Foyer.
- Call our 24-hour recorded prayer line: 530-221-HEAL (4325).
- Browse the Awareness Bookstore for inspirational reading and listening material.
- Call us at 530-221-4849 or e-mail us for more information.