The Center for Spiritual Living, Redding
Center for Spiritual Living, Redding, in Redding, California, provides spiritual tools to transform our personal lives and help make the world a better place.
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.
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 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 September 2016
"Being Spirit-driven means acting in the face of overwhelming odds. It is precisely our willingness to tackle the impossible that makes radical change possible." Sharif Abdullah, Creating a World that Works for All
"We see our communities as being meaningfully involved with service to the world." Centers for Spiritual Living Global Heart Vision
SERVICE TO THE WORLD
In the book Creating a World That Works for All, the story is told of an old town that is being called to move to a new town. There is no path to the new town and the way must be created through the thickets and brambles. Some of the residents deny the need, even though it is completely evident, and are hiding in their homes, doing nothing. Other residents are busy sharpening and sharpening and sharpening their swords/knives to cut through the brush. When asked when they are going to actually use them, they reply, "We're not ready yet," and continue to sharpen blades that are already microscopically sharp. In another section of town, people are using blunt, sometimes broken knives and even their bare hands to hack through the brambles. When asked why they don't take some time to sharpen their knives, as it would make the overall journey faster and easier, they reply, "There is no time to lose." Some even look and ask, "What knives?"
In this story, the swords/knives symbolize the heart - the spiritual connection. The heart makes the journey to a new land so much easier and quicker. And we are always being called to a new land, somewhere in our lives, even if we prefer to deny it, since evolution is always moving us forward. The residents sharpening and sharpening represent those of us (and that within every one of us) who are always preparing for, but never making, the journey. The ones hacking through the underbrush represent those who place more emphasis on "efficiency" and "just do it" than on taking the time to get spiritually connected and listening for guidance and direction.
This month we are called to, more than before, move our consciousness - our sharpened swords - out into the greater community to make a difference, to outwardly express the idea of creating a world that works for all. I invite each of us, this month, to look for ways - even small ways - to stretch beyond our comfortable way of being and see what more we can do to express this vision of a world that works for all. Perhaps we can volunteer at a food bank or help underprivileged children learn to read. Perhaps just deliberately smiling at people more and taking time to listen to someone who is lonely or cleaning up some trash we find, even if we didn't put it there. Perhaps just practicing kindness more with everyone around us. On our recent trip to Portland, Cynthia and I agreed to use a code phrase - "Dalai Lama" - whenever we felt we might be hearing something unkind from the other. After a while, we were catching ourselves and saying it, before anything unkind left our lips.
Sometimes we have a belief that we are too small to really change anything. Nothing could be further from the Truth. As Margaret Mead used to say, "All change has started with just one person." We have no idea what the "ripple effect" of a single, small action will be. So, this month, create a ripple, take an action, activate that heart! I invite you to play this month with bringing your heart/spiritual connection into the world, ideally in a fresh, new way. Have fun with it!
Love and Blessings,
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.