December Theme – Take Up The Light
From natural disasters, to divisive media, to a polarized culture – we can feel overwhelmed with the possibilities of calamity. Where do we find comfort, hope, and strength? We find it when we connect to the beat of the heart – the heart of the universe, our own heart, and heart-to-heart. We find it when we lift each other up. We find it when we seek to illumine the path. We find it in the Light of awareness and Spiritual Truth. So this year for the holidays, CSLDallas invites you to come together in comfort, hope, and strength. Let’s hold each other’s hands in the Light of Love, whether we agree or not. Let’s seek illumination in the world’s spiritual traditions and rituals. Let’s find strength in our Spiritual Principles. Let’s practice taking up the Light and shining it into wherever we perceive darkness and fear. We’ve created a season of services and celebrations to connect to the heart beat, to share the Love and Take Up the Light. Find your comfort, hope, and strength in our community and our teachings.
Quotes from Ernest Holmes (Excerpts from various writings)
“Ye are the light of the world.” How important then that this light be kept trimmed and burning with the oil of pure Spirit, through the wick of peace and joy. In this way do we glorify that Indwelling God who is the Heavenly Father and the Cosmic Mother of all. Symbolically, we must think a lot about Light. I do not know exactly how to put it in words, but everything must become light. There is nothing outside this light, everything exists in it. Even though it may not appear to exist, it is there just the same.
There is a light and life at the center of all things and a consciousness that responds. This Imprisoned Splendor to the eyes that perceive it bursts like the glory of new dawn. This incarnated consciousness and intelligence in all things can communicate Itself to us and speak a divine language to the one who listens.
There is a light at the center of everyone. This light is never obliterated, but it does seem that it is often obscured by various reasons. There is a light that permeates the world but we have not sensed it. Unless we become the living embodiment of love and light, we shall have no justification in saying that God is love and light. Unless we use the freedom we have without abusing it, we shall have no justification in saying that we are master of our own soul, the creator of our own destiny and the arbiter of our own fate.
Each of us should seek that beam of light within and follow it to the great Light – the Light that is in everything. We must acquiesce to It, and surrender all that has made us unhappy, all that has isolated us from It. We need, in the silence of our own contemplation, to take time to feel that light and to see it. We have to hitch our earthly wagon to a spiritual star because if we do not we are going to hitch it to a make-believe life, something that has no light at all.
The only light there is, is the Light Eternal. The word light, as used in the Bible [and all sacred texts], is the symbol of spiritual illumination. It is the inner capacity in humans to perceive a Divine Idea and to assimilate it into one’s consciousness. Any idea assimilated into consciousness must then express in one’s experience.
But if we can bind ourselves together reverently, in love and compassion, in mutual tolerance and understanding, under the cohesive powers of the universal law of good and the beneficence of a divine and universal presence, then shall we be able to use the liberty without license, to diffuse unity separating it from uniformity, and we shall lead the world down the pathway of a new enlightenment.
There is a place on the side of the mountain we are all ascending where, having gone beyond the peaks that obstructed the Light for us, our ascent reaches an apex where no longer any shadows are cast. This is the Light that is spoken of, and as you believe that you are alive, believe that you are that Light. As you believe in the possibility of your own soul, believe it is God. As you believe in God, believe in yourself.
Book of the Month
A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World by Daniel Goldman
An inspiring book about how to take our Science of Mind philosophy’s of Love, Inclusivity, Peace, and Power and move it into compassionate action. How do we be “The Light” which Ernest Holmes says is in each one of us. Here’s a great opportunity to explore what that looks like in rea terms, in everyday life, and in our world to. A heart-opening read for the holidays. Remember, you are a co-creator, a light worker! Every one of our actions, choices and words has the possibility of bringing light to any situation. Let’s raise our conscious awareness and our vibrational rate and Be The Light this holiday season!
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS – METAPHYSICS AND MEDITATION: Wednesdays @ 7:00pm
Friday Night Lights – Drum Circle: Friday, December 1 @ 7:00pm
The Happiness Project Book Study: Saturday, December 2 @ 10:00am
Qigong for LIFE: Every Saturday @ 12:30pm
Friday Night Lights – Sacred Sounds: Friday, December 8 @ 7:00pm
Friday Night Lights – Kirtan Meditation: Friday, December 15 @ 7:00pm
Christmas Pageant: Sunday, December 24 @ 5:00pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Sunday, December 24 @ 6:30pm
The Burning Bowl: Monday, January 1, 2018 @ 12:00pm