September at CSLDallas

Spirituality in Action

There are many social, environmental, and humanitarian challenges facing us in the USA and around the world. Everywhere we go people are asking the same question – what is mine to do? In the Centers for Spiritual Living and CSLDallas’ Spiritually Motivated Social Engagement (SMSE) Committees we are asking this question too, both of ourselves as spiritual beings of our organizations. Tracy Brown has devoted a Facebook page asking just this question. What we know is that there are no “easy” or “right” answers. Yet face our challenges we must, just as we do in our personal lives, not as victims but as co-creators with an Infinite Power and Presence.

One of the things that is definitely ours to do is to use our spiritual tools of transformation and manifestation. We know how to do this. We do this every day in our own lives. We have learned to look at the complicated issues of our health or finances, our inner awareness of the Presence, or our understanding of Cosmic Consciousness, without shame or denial. Paraphrasing Dr Holmes, “We look a fact in the face and deny its SPIRITUAL TRUTH!”

This is our first task – not to give in to denial, apathy, indifference, overwhelm, anger, or fear. Name calling, blaming, or shaming simply increases the divide in our already seriously polarized country. Our job is to not project our fear and anger outwardly, but to turn inwardly to the Wisdom and Love within. Our task is to build a bridge to the future through the Power of Vision. What is the vision? – “A World that Works and Individual Lives that Thrive.”

This month we’ll explore how we take our spiritual tools and use them for this World that Works in our spiritual mind treatments, in our words and actions, and in our spiritually motivated social engagements. We realize that not everyone it called to the same level of action nor is everyone called to work on the same issues. Hallelujah! We’ll discover the Power of a Voice grounded in Spiritual Principles, in being FOR things and not against things, and in consistently moving from a deep faith in the Wisdom that’s inherent in Life and therefore, inherent in all people.

To support us in our exploration and discovery is a truly profound book: A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries–A Guide to Inner Work for Holistic Change. Terry Patten provides a comprehensive understanding and inspiring vision for “being the change” in a way that can address the most intractable problems of our time.

Book of the Month

A New Republic of the Heart, An Ethos for Revolutionaries by Terry Patten

A vision to address our environment, economy, politics, culture, and to catalyze the radical whole-system change we need now.

Recasting current problems as emergent opportunities, Terry Patten offers creative responses, practices, and conscious conversations for tackling the profound inner and outer work we must do to build an integral future. In practical and personal terms, he discusses how we can all become active agents of a transformation of human civilization and why that is necessary to our continued survival. Patten’s narrative focuses on two aspects of existence–our dynamic but fractured and threatened world, and our underlying wholeness and unity. Only by honoring both realities simultaneously can we make sustainable changes in ourselves, our communities, our body politic, and our planetary life-support system. A New Republic of the Heart provides a comprehensive understanding and inspiring vision for “being the change” in a way that can address the most intractable problems of our time. Patten shows how we can come together in our communities for conversations that matter and describes new communities, enterprises, and forms of dialogue that integrate both inner personal growth work with outer awareness, activism, and service.

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