Welcome to the Center for Spiritual Living Metro
Explore New Possibilities For Your Life In A Nurturing Environment
Are you living an inspired life? Are you feeling less than fulfilled? Would you like to hang out with others who are opening to greater possibilities? We believe that each and every one of us is an essential thread in a grand tapestry of life We are here to support you in living richly – fully-expressing your Divine individuality. At Center for Spiritual Living Metro, we are inclusive, honoring all spiritual paths and celebrating the uniqueness of each individual. Wherever you are on your life journey, you are welcome at CSL Metro.
We invite you to “be YOU with US!” … authentically expressing who you are.
Join us in loving community for meditations, Sunday gatherings and social and educational events as, together, we grow our awareness of the presence of Spirit.
RACISM IN THE UNITED STATES
CENTERS FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING CALLS FOR IT TO END!
We are grieving lives that ought not to have been lost. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, are the most recent in a list of countless unarmed African-American and Black people who have been murdered for the color of their skin over the past 400 years in the US. Too many generations have suffered and it has never been, and is not now, acceptable.
We denounce racism in all its forms: the starkness of unapologetic, intentional racism; the racism of silence in the face of injustice; the systemic racism inherent in our education, justice, income and opportunity inequity; and the racism that lies hidden in our individual hearts and minds.
We envision a world where personal responsibility joins with social conscience in every area of the political, corporate, academic, and social sectors. We value a community-wide climate of safety that arises from compassion, justice, mutual respect, and kindness. Therefore, we join our founder, Dr. Ernest Holmes, who, echoing the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said “You and I should form the habit of taking definite time each day to contemplate and affirm peace with justice-for there is no peace possible without justice. But faith without works is dead. We should not only pray, we should act, each contributing the best [they have] to the common purpose, each willing to make any sacrifice necessary…[for] there can be no individual self-preservation without the preservation of all . . .”*
We call upon ourselves and the faith communities in the US to take action that shows we have heard the cry of suffering, and we own our responsibility for it. Whether that action is prayer, donations to organizations that promote racial justice, rigorous self-education, or active engagement, let not this moment in history pass unattended. May the actions we take be steeped in peace and respect for the sacredness of each life, knowing that whatever we do, individually and collectively, must be Divinely directed from a higher consciousness. When we apply our proven spiritual principles through rigorous practices and compassionate action, the desired results cannot fail to demonstrate.
by Dr Edward Viljoen, Spiritual leader of Centers for Spiritual Living and the Spiritually Motivated Social Engagement Committee
* Quote from Ernest Holmes’ Spiritual Armament, found in The Essential Ernest Holmes edited by Jesse Jennings
“The consciousness that is established in order and has definite goals does not labor with negatives and is not turned aside by unanswerable questions. It knows what it is doing to accomplish what it wants to do. It gives no attention to the many side issues that could divert it from its proper course. It holds its emotions in directed control. They support the main decision and add their power to its process of manifestation. There is no inner conflict. There Is an abiding peace in the entire function of thought and feeling. The entire consciousness is constructive, creative and productive.”
~ ~ ~ Raymond Charles Barker, The Power of Decision
Truly, it is time to fast from distractions. With all the swirl of circumstances dancing around us all, maintaining focus can be quite a challenge, yet, as Dr. Barker reminds us, we must not allow distractions to assume control of our lives. Heeding Spirit within, we clear our focus and align our activities and opinions with our values, calm confident fulfillment results. It is then easy to keep at top of mind, that which we set out to accomplish. We reaffirm that we are each an activity of God and act accordingly,
On behalf of each of us … this is what I know!
There is only one Life – that life is Absolute. It is the All in All. It has and continues to spring forth as all Creation. All of Creation is wholly the expression of the Absolute. I know this Truth for and about myself and every other aspect of Creation. I am one with and inseparable from the Absolute. All of Creation is One.
I now declare that clarity of mind is mine. Undistracted, simplicity of thought is mine now. I fast from distractibility. I entertain only those thoughts that move me forward to a greater and greater experience of the Divine. My path is made straight and easy. I am at Peace. In this Peace and Clarity all things are not only possible, they are assured.
In this realization, gratitude arises within me spilling over, touching and transforming everything within its ripples. Powerful change is happening now. Peace prevails.
I release this prayer into the law that I know has already said “Yes.”
In Love and Gratitude,