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Standing with Religious Leaders of Faith: A Statement

Standing with Religious Leaders of Faith Toward ‘A World That Works For Everyone.’ (Golden, Colo.) Centers for Spiritual Living stands in solidarity with leaders and faith organizations who have spoken out about the Executive Order from the President of the United States of America that…

My Road to Enlightenment

“Close your eyes, tap your heels together three times and think to yourself, “there’s no place like home”—Glinda the Good Witch   As a grade-schooler in the 1950s, I plopped in front of our TV set to view the annual network showing of the classic…

True Nature

Every morning I sit in my back yard and look out on acres of green space. It’s a clear view across my neighbor’s yard to a large pond where there are birds, geese, rabbits, bullfrogs, and the occasional fox. When I watch them, each seems…

We Are the Ones

…I’m getting tired, I’m growing weary of the world’s woes. I’m tired of religions that preach hate instead of love–telling me I can’t love people that are different—saying God is offended by them.   I’m tired of corporations poisoning our food to maximize profit but…

Making transitions.

“I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”—Woody Allen I rarely turn to Woody Allen for spiritual direction. Although, I’ve always been convinced that Jesus, a Jew, probably looked more like Woody Allen than the light-haired, blue-eyed Jesus…

The full dose on the first date.

When I was in my early twenties, I entered the adult dating pool.  Little did I know then that a lot of people had gone before me who had been peeing in that pool.  And even though most of the time I was shivering down…

The Universe is listening

I rolled the window down in resignation. The young police officer smiled as he spoke in an overly, happy tone. “Your license plates’ expired – what’s with that?” I knew it, but in my crazy, busy life I just hadn’t got to it yet. “Oh…

The Knockout

I joined one of those new wave, uber-hip gyms last month- the kind with unfinished cement work contrasting the neon green décor and shiny silver machines. They have protein shakes, purified water flavored with fresh fruit, and extraordinarily friendly service. They also have boxing class. …

Over-the-Top

Recently, I visited the Center for Spiritual Living in Seattle.  I had a gig to do two services on Sunday and a two-hour afternoon workshop.  Most people don’t realize how grueling that is.  It takes a tremendous amount of energy to be on stage for…

Going to the Chapel.

I was recently proposed to, and I accepted.  BUT before you buy me presents and shower me with “Congratulations!!,” you should know that we broke it off within ten minutes.  It was an interesting engagement to say the least.   The juicy details are as…

Hello, Fear

The Question –     Several weeks ago at our Wednesday service, I posed the question, “What causes us to please someone else at the expense of our own well-being?” There were a variety of answers, mostly centered around fear: fear of rejection, fear of…

Making the Leap

I recently had the opportunity to be angry, and the word “opportunity” is important here.  There was a time for me when anger was as natural a reaction as swallowing after ingesting fluid.  But this time, something happened; I chose not to be angry.  I…

You Shall Know the Truth

Because we all live in a world filled with lies, opinions and untruths, it’s important that we take responsibility for what enters our minds and shows up in our lives. It is recorded that Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall…

The Perfect Act of Acceptance

During service this week, a perfect stranger approached me. I went to shake his hand; he quickly offered a hug, saying, “Good morning.”

To him, I’m sure it was one of countless hugs he doled out at the Center during service. But to me, in that moment, it was the perfect act of acceptance, to have reached for one level of greeting and be welcomed with a strong, firm affirmation of welcome and love in the Spirit.

Make Some Joy

I get a big kick out of watching other people have joy. I get a big kick out of being part of other people having joy. So, it was no surprise to me that the viral video of two grandmothers experiencing their first airplane flight and…

Hidden Treasures

Poet and American philosopher Henry David Thoreau wrote: “Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.” We look too far away for miracles. We seek power from external sources when the power to choose our…

Heavy Load

I won’t bore you with any details about my work the last few weeks mainly because I suspect you all have seen that frenzied look in my eyes, so you have a sense of it. And a week ago Sunday, it wasn’t a frenzy, and I wasn’t even running on fumes anymore; I was gasping for air.

Interpretations and Meanings

The Question: At CSL, we teach that our thoughts create our reality, but when someone is diagnosed with cancer, we tell them it’s not because of their thoughts or that they personally are not responsible.   It appears to me there is some “field” or gray…

Questions and Answers

So many times, someone at the Center will stop me with a question about a lesson or how to apply one of our principles. And as I’m answering, I think, “we need a place to not only ask questions and get answers, but to share them as well.”