The Center for Spiritual Living, Redding
The Center for Spiritual Living, Redding, in Redding, California, provides spiritual tools to transform our personal lives and help make the world a better place.
The Center for Spiritual Living, Redding, is a spiritual community and way of life that honors all paths to God and helps people to discover a personal relationship with God. When God is the focus of our spirituality, then other areas of our lives fall into place — we are happier, we can do more for others, be better stewards of the Earth and bring peace and harmony to the world.
We extend a warm welcome to all people in search of a spiritual community where they are embraced, respected, accepted for who they are, inspired and supported to grow to their highest potential.
No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.
Are you feeling alone, lost, empty or disconnected? Are you in crisis? Are you lacking fulfillment, looking for answers, healing and a spiritual home?
At the Center for Spiritual Living, Redding, you will find a like-minded community, a spiritual home, where you can discover peace of mind, healing, inspiration and live with a personal relationship with God. We look forward to meeting you in person!Back to Top
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Minister's Message for May 2016
"There is no greater mistake than to be afraid of change, and yet many intelligent people dread it and cling to what is customary and familiar. To be afraid of change is to doubt the providence of God. It is an unintelligent fear of the unknown....Welcome every change that comes into every phase of your life." --Emmet Fox, Find and Use Your Inner Power
Many of us have read a book, heard a talk, gone to an inspirational weekend workshop or taken a class in which we absolutely commit to changing for the better. And, 6 weeks (or less) later, we realize we're doing the same old thing. One of the "jokes" Religious Science ministers share is how our motto is "Change your thinking, change your life" and yet how upset congregations get when a change is made. One of the most dreaded changes for many a new minister is doing away with the longstanding tradition of ending a service with The Peace Song. This is guaranteed to raise a storm of protest, criticism and instant departures.
"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." --George Bernard Shaw
It's like the story of the woman who cut the ends off the ham before putting it into the oven. When her husband asked why, she answered it was because her mother always did it that way. When they asked mom, she replied because her mom used to do it that way. When they asked grandma, she remembered that she had a tiny oven and roasting pan early in her marriage and the ham wouldn't fit without cutting the ends off. Grandma had a reason. The rest just followed without thinking or understanding.
"Change is simply motion within Life." Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
Change is hard because people don't only think on the surface level. Deep down, we have mental maps of reality - embedded sets of assumptions, narratives and terms that organize our thinking. And, people almost never change their underlying narratives or unconscious frameworks. The book, Do You Quantum Think, by Diane Collins, points out that most of us believe we're thinking freely, but are really operating in underlying systems of thought and never question the assumptions of the underlying thinking.
We are also reluctant to change because we may have done so in the past and realized that change takes effort and can even be painful. We begin to harden and resist, becoming ever more conservative in our attitudes. We may especially resist what we perceive to be outer change - where it feels like we have no control. Under these circumstances, change becomes difficult because we focus on what we have to give up rather than what we have to gain. What ultimately holds us back is lack of trust in the Universe - the fear that there is no Divine Intelligence working through all circumstances, and that change will result in something worse than what we currently have - even if we don't like what we currently have and can see it is taking us down a path we don't want to go. At least it's comfortable, because it's known.
An old Jefferson Airplane song says, "Life is change; how it differs from the rocks." We get to choose whether we want to play in the flow of Life or be a rock in the stream. Being in the flow isn't always comfortable, predictable or even socially acceptable. But it IS what Life is about. Sooner or later, we will get tired of clinging to old ways that don't support our highest Good - which is where Life is flowing. Are you willing to let go and dance and surf the flow? We'll explore this throughout the month.
Rev. David RobinsonBack to Top
Visitors and newcomers are always welcome!
- Join us in the Social Hall after each service. Refreshments will be served!
- Interested in becoming a member? Attend The QuickStart Class, a newcomer's orientation class, and the Prospective New Member Meeting, which are held quarterly.
- Pick up a Friendship Packet from a Board of Trustees Member at the Information Desk in the Foyer.
- Call our 24-hour recorded prayer line: 530-221-HEAL (4325).
- Browse the Awareness Bookstore for inspirational reading and listening material.
- Call us at 530-221-4849 or e-mail us for more information.