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Find the Common Ground

Find the Common Ground

Every faith and spiritual tradition has something to offer.  Do not become frightened or confused by extremists or fanatics.  There is a place for harmony and trust that does not require sameness or conversion.  Take the time to learn about the highest ideals and values in each viewpoint, then find the common ground.  

-Dr. Petra Weldes

Remember to Breathe

Remember to Breathe

Remember to breathe.  There is nothing so important that you can’t take a moment to breathe.    Actually, your life, your health, and your sanity depend upon it.  Whenever you feel overwhelmed or overloaded–Stop and Breathe. It’s like a mini mediation.

It’s Coming to Fruition!

It’s Coming to Fruition!

To follow your bliss, you must make a beginning.  Then, you may need to take baby steps toward  your goal.  Don’t try to do it all at once.  Be patient.  It will come to fruition!  It just may take longer than you think. 

-Dr. Petra Weldes

Be Still and Know…

Be Still and Know…

Listen, open your heart, and be still.  There is an inner urge, a still small nudge within.  This is your inner Knowing.  Pay attention.  Don’t talk yourself out of it.  When you listen, you will be much less confused and uncertain. 

-Dr. Petra Weldes

 

Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

Love your neighbor as yourself.  See the God Presence in those who are different from you, whether because of race, ethnicity, country of origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, status, or physical appearance. This is the only way to bring peace to our planet and our neighborhoods.

-Dr. Petra Weldes

What Is Freedom?

What Is Freedom?

Freedom is the state of being able to choose–to choose the kind of life you find meaningful and fulfilling.  Even if you are not free in your outer life experience, you are always free to choose your internal state–your thoughts, attitude, and what you are focusing on.  Are you exercising your freedom to choose? 

Staying The Course

Staying The Course

Flexibility is tempered by stability. Staying the course is sometimes challenging, but may be what is called for. You have the strength and wisdom to know when to continue in the direction your are going. Sometimes effort is required, although it never has to be a struggle.

-Dr. Petra Weldes

Black lives matter – A Message from Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen, Spiritual Leader Centers for Spiritual Living

Black lives matter – A Message from Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen, Spiritual Leader Centers for Spiritual Living

Centers for Spiritual Living stands with people all around the world who are advocating for justice, equity, inclusion, and peace. We are motivated by our vision of a world that works for everyone and, therefore, we affirm with the people of the world that the lives of people who are Black matter. Not only do Black lives matter, but according to our teaching, they are sacred.

We have confidence that the momentum of support from individuals, along with, spiritual and secular organizations, is more than a fleeting moment, but rather the heralding of lasting change.

We have confidence that a new era of willingness to engage in the inner work that leads to the end of racism in our world has begun.

We have confidence that the unifying cry of our global heart, that Black Lives Matter, has struck a note of urgency in all who will hear it.

And above all, we have confidence that the Living Spirit Almighty is working through us to bring our stated belief in Oneness into form, in the social, political, judicial, spiritual, and economic realms, and importantly, in our hearts.

The recent tragic loss of Black lives in the United States and other countries due to police violence, and the myriad inequities that have resurfaced, have revealed that our world is still catching up to the vision of a world that works for everyone. We have been called to be brave enough to examine how society can be out of step with its values and how we, as individuals can be out of step with our spiritual values. One of our values in Centers for Spiritual Living is Love as the self-givingness of the Divine to all creation, expressing through us as compassion, caring, mutual respect, and kindness. Our organization’s purpose is to awaken humanity to its spiritual magnificence. What can be more spiritually magnificent than to say a full-hearted yes to this upwelling of affirmation of the sacredness of Black lives?

We invite you to stand with Centers for Spiritual Living, and the people of the world, by affirming with us that Black Lives Matter, so that we may demonstrate the values of our teaching and embrace the emerging universal consciousness of Oneness.

Let us, therefore, light the candle of love, human kindness, forgiveness, and understanding in our soul, and let it shine brightly. Let us not peer into the darkness, troubled and concerned because it is so foreboding and unknown. Rather let us remain steadfast in the radiance of that Spiritual Light of Truth within ourselves. Let us stand guard so that the winds of malice, cross purposes, ignorance, or misunderstanding will not blow out the Light. Let us so live each day that the Light from our candle of Spiritual Knowledge will forever be clear and understood, not only by ourselves but by all with whom we come in contact.”          Dr. Ernest Holmes

Welcome Change!

Welcome Change!

Welcome change! It is the only constant in life. Change is inevitable. Resistance to this idea is futile, tiring, and useless. Joyously embrace change! Open your arms freely to it. You will move more easily through your life when you do this.

-Dr. Petra Weldes

The stories we tell…

The stories we tell…

Isn’t it just the story of your life? The stories we tell become the truths we believe that become subconscious patterns of seeing the world. These patterns become filters through which we perceive our lives and the reactions that play out in our relationships – which become the basis for more stories to tell. In this way, our stories create the very lives we live and as we tell a new version of the same story the cycle repeats endlessly.

So how shall we break out of the endless repetition of worn-out ways of behaving and experiencing our lives? Begin with a new story. Instead of starting with your trauma or limitation, start with your spiritual identity. Instead of focusing on everything that hasn’t worked, pick out something that did. Rather the finding fault or blame, look for moments of luminosity and beauty. Begin to weave these truths into a new story about who you are and the life you lead. Notice something different happening and add that to your new story. Keep adding paragraphs and chapters to this new story and pretty soon it will turn into the story of your life.

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Our brain creates names and labels to help us understand the physical world – safe/not safe, food/not food, threat, not a threat, and mine, not mine. This process is great when it comes to physical survival. Labels are also created to help us identify types of things – flowers, bees, useful, difficult, and beautiful.  This helps us know what kinds of things we need or want. We also create labels to identify people –  Christian, Jew, Black, White, Chinese, Native American, Man, Woman, Straight, Gay, Trans. This helps us experience belonging, we know who is “us” and who is “them”.

A challenge with Labels is that they are designed to separate and categorize and they give the impression that we know something important about each individual within a group we’ve identified. When labels are hurled in anger an attempt is being made to re-establish the boundaries between us and them. But there is no us without them and no them without us

Let us stop using labels in anger, or to separate, dismiss, or diminish. Let our labeling be a joyous celebration of the infinitely diverse ways the ONE Life shows itself. Let’s make each label a beautiful description of the uniqueness of expression. Each individual and each group becomes valued as part of the whole rather than separated into pieces that don’t belong. Let your labels be a blessing and not a curse and Oneness will shine through in a blaze of glory.

The Power of Believing

The Power of Believing

Now is the time to have faith and to believe. As things change, through chaos and turmoil, through stuckness and stagnation, the inner urge of Life is reaching for something new. Allow yourself to be propelled by the Light within towards a future of your own making. Trust the journey. Walk the path. The distance between a desire and it’s manifestation is the time it takes to grow something new. Know that Universal Love is on your side and that the Universal Principles are designed to work for good for you and for all. Claim it, Demand it. Expect it. Never Doubt it. Never Give Up!

Self Determination

Self Determination

Yang energy includes an analytical ability to think clearly and carefully. This is very useful so you are not swayed by emotional rhetoric, propaganda, or words laden with judgment. Don’t be afraid to use your critical thinking to determine what you think, what you believe, and what you choose. This is one of your greatest freedoms!

-Dr. Petra Weldes

Healing Happens Through YOU!

Healing Happens Through YOU!

You are the place where the healing of the planet begins! You can make the world a better place, and transform life on earth. Every day, seek to do at least one thing that is healing, connecting, or sustainable–in your own life, in your relationships, or for the planet. Every bit does make a difference!

Dr. Petra Weldes

Reach for Spirit’s Presence

Reach for Spirit’s Presence

Spirit’s Presence, Love, Power, and Wisdom are always available. All you have to do is reach for them, with your heart and mind. Imagine that you reach out your hand and instantly feel Spirit grab hold of it!

-Dr. Petra Weldes