The Center for Spiritual Living, Redding
The Center for Spiritual Living in Redding, California provides spiritual tools to transform our personal lives and help make the world a better place.
The Center for Spiritual Living 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.
No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.
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 the Center for Spiritual Living, you will belong to 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
Minister's Message for April 2014
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. ~ Pete Townshend
As we have proven that Principle is not bound by precedent, we go into that realm which says: "Behold, I make all things new..." ~ Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind, Page 275.2
Hellooooooooo CSL Redding! The above two quotes may perfectly summarize our approach to the new. On one hand, the jaded, egoist view of, "I won't get fooled again. I've been there, seen and done it all. There's nothing new under the sun, so why get excited about this?" And, under the sun, i.e. in this world, that may seem true.
But, our quote from Dr. Holmes points us to a different consciousness: Principle or Spirit. In Spirit, all things are ALWAYS being made new. In the 1926 edition of The Science of Mind, Dr. Holmes writes of another conversation we could have: "God made me perfect, but It also made me an individual, which means that I can do with myself as I will." As we face each day, each situation, we can bring our "under the sun consciousness," or our Principle-based consciousness, to the fore.
This month we celebrate the arrival of our new Senior Minister. Some people are very excited about this. One person even has a time clock counting down the seconds to the start of my first talk. Others may be holding back with a "We'll see how this guy pans out" attitude. Neither approach is right or wrong, better or worse, but both attitudes are externally based, looking at conditions rather than looking within to see the newness, the freshness present in THIS very moment. There is a new minister (high calling to The One) operating within each of us this very second. And, while it's great and helpful to see that externalized, we don't have to await the arrival of a certain person or condition to celebrate the new.
How do you approach the new in your life? With joyous anticipation or with a bit of cynicism and jaded eyes? Jesus tells us we must become as little children to enter the Kingdom. Little children always see the world as fresh and new. Zen Buddhists invite us into Beginner's Mind, that which recognizes that I and this situation have never occurred before, regardless how much it may appear to be just the same. Eckhart Tolle and Ram Dass invite us to be HERE NOW, because HERE, all things are made new.
What would you love to see made new in your life? Are you willing to, no matter how many times it hasn't worked out before, have it made new? Are you willing to live "above the sun" and in the way of Spirit, which is constantly renewing and refreshing all? Are you willing to not wait for a set time or occasion and be aware that you are in this Infinite Newness now? History doesn't remember the cynics; it remembers those who, in the face of constant defeat and adversity, continued on. It remembers the Edisons, the Wright brothers, the Martin Luther Kings and those who, when they could have succumbed to "I won't get fooled again" consciousness, chose instead "Behold, I make all things new."
Catch the spirit of our annual theme of Joyous Living. "Joyous Living is about choosing, over and again, to heal and release those old ideas and behaviors, while stepping boldly into our true and essential spiritual nature."
Much love! I look forward to supporting each of you and this community as a whole, in our mutual spiritual growth.
Rev. David RobinsonBack to Top
Peace Practice for April 2014
"The whole mystery and meaning of the teaching of Jesus is bound up in this word "believe"...to act as though the good were true; to expect it to happen, to have faith, to trust, to be as a little child whose enthusiasm is unbounded." ~~ Ernest Holmes
Rooted in The Science of Mind philosophy is the concept to expect a greater good to unfold: to establish your faith in this knowing and simply believe that, as you adjust your thinking and feelings to this level of knowing, you will experience greater good. This affirmation of truth on your spiritual journey is the anchor of living a peaceful life. You will not be torn by anxiety or second-guessing yourself. So choose now to be guided by this wisdom. Remember...it is done unto you as you believe. Let your beliefs call you home to peace.
Blessings Always, Rev. Sue MillerBornBack 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 Essence Class, a newcomer's orientation class, on the 3rd Sunday of each month following both the 9:00 and 10:30 AM services and the Prospective New Members Meeting held on the first Sunday of each quarter (January, April, July and October) following both the 9:00 and 10:30 AM services.
- Pick up a Friendship Packet at the back of the Sanctuary.
- 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.