Hold the Vision of the Divine Presence
Principle and Presence are the twin pillars of Science of Mind. We tend to spend a lot of time on the Universal Principle, the Law of Cause and Effect. This teaches us that we co-create our lives through our intentions and beliefs, that we are both responsible for this and free to choose to create the life we desire. Often this is a powerful antidote to traditional beliefs of living up to the rules or hoping for the grace of an outside, external God. Focusing on Universal Principle and the Law can feel empowering, but it can also feel cold and unfeeling. The Law is simply giving us what we believe, no more and no less. Yet we long to feel the impress of Life, the belonging to Love, and a sense of a larger Reality.
We begin to entertain the notion that there is a God-within and that somehow, we are connected and a part of the whole Spiritual Reality. Often this comes with the difficulty of believing ourselves Divine. Yet we work to recognize this God-presence as the “I that I AM.” We sometimes call it our higher-self or our inner essence.
Beyond this grows the awareness of the wholeness of Reality and that It is Alive with Life. We begin to open the larger Reality which is the Love that is the impulse back of all Life. That Love is the Divine Presence, the transcendent mystery that is at the center of each of us, as our innermost being. We touch the Divine Presence, sense and feel It, when we enter into the mystical experience of Oneness. It is in this mystical union that we realize that we are held, cradled, and completely enveloped and immersed in this ONE, more closely than a child is cradled in the arms of a parent.
Science of Mind is fundamentally a mystical tradition. It invites us to release the barriers of separation that we may court the Divine and feel Its Presence as our very life. This month we hold the vision of this Divine Presence as the very truth of our being. Yes, we do belong to the Universe, and we are loved, cared for, lifted and supported in ways unimaginable.
To explore the Divine Presence the first two Sundays this month we will “Stalk Joy” and “Court the Divine”. To experience the Divine Presence, we have two very special services planned. The third Sunday, Easter Morning, focuses on the sacred experience of our Oneness with the Divine and our immortality as Divine Beings. The last Sunday, through a scripted reading of excerpts of Holmes’ “Voice Celestial,” we will explore our own journey as we witness the Farer court and discover the Divine Presence. Our journey will be beautifully accompanied by The Bushman Way of Tracking God by Bradford Keeney, PhD, our April book of the month.
Book of the Month
The Kalahari Bushmen are the keepers of the world’s oldest living culture. In spite of colossal challenges and never-ending crises, they have survived for over 60,000 years with joy and peace—yet their spiritual teachings, the source of their enduring wisdom, have never been fully presented.
For the first time, these ancient oral traditions have been put down onto paper by Bradford Keeney. He takes us on a journey through the veil of original spirituality, connecting the fragments of world religions to a source that is unlike any other. Through this wisdom, we can find the deepest meaning, fullest purpose, and highest joy in life.
The Bushman’s Way to Tracking God is articulated through twelve original mysteries, including: activating the non-subtle universal life force (what the Bushmen call n/om), heightening emotional experience, vibratory interaction, direct downloading and absorption of sacred knowledge, extraordinary healing, activation of the ecstatic “pump,” spontaneous ways of rejuvenation, attending the spiritual classrooms, so-called telepathy, an uncommon range of mystical experiences, and last but not least, total bliss.
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS – METAPHYSICS AND MEDITATION: Wednesdays @ 7:00pm
Dialogue Circle: Saturday April 6 @ 9:30am
Dance – Drum – Dream: Saturday April 6 @ 7:00pm
Intro to Spiritual Practices Course: Monday April 8@ 7:00pm
Engaging Conversations – Gun Responsibility and Healing Violence: Saturday April 13 @ 2:00pm
The Open Door ~ Music – Free Drinks – Engaging Dialogue: Friday April 19 @ 7:30pm
Easter Egg Hunt and The Bunny: Sunday April 21 @ 12:00pm
Engaging Conversations – Religious Diversity and Inclusion: Saturday April 27 @ 2:00pm
Sacred Service and Volunteer Fair: Saturday April 28 @ 12:00pm
Fun Golf Outing: Sunday April 28 @ 2:00pm