The Center for Spiritual Living, Redding
The Center for Spiritual Living in Redding, California, provides spiritual tools to transform our personal lives and help make the world a better place.
The Center for Spiritual Living 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, you will belong to 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
Minister's Message for December 2014
"There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child." Erma Bombeck - I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression
"Jesus tells us that the child-like mind is more receptive to Truth than the over-intellectual who demand too rational an explanation of those truths which must be accepted on faith alone." Ernest Holmes - The Science of Mind, Page 443.1
After dinner with a highly regarded intellectual of his day, in which the man went on at great lengths about his knowledge, a Zen master began pouring tea into his host's cup. The cup filled, then began overflowing, but the Zen master continued to pour. "Stop! Stop!" cried the man, "The cup is already full!" The Zen master replied, "Yes. It is like your mind, so full that there is room for nothing else."
The quote from Erma Bombeck can remind us to open to our innocence, our child-like Original Nature. In order to truly experience Spirit and to embody spiritual Truth, we must see with the "eyes of a child." Our "adult" eyes, certain of their comfort zone and "the way things are" cannot perceive the fresh possibilities being born. We see only the darkness of the onset of winter, not the bright hope of the rebirth of light and the coming spring, nor the ever-present Joy.
One congregant recently relayed the experience of thinking she would have to give up a practice of taking her kids out for a "Sunday splurge" so she could tithe, only to have the person in front of her pay for their "splurge." When we open to new possibilities, Spirit reminds us we live in a "both/and" rather than "either/or" universe and we can have all the Joy we truly desire. There's a lovely passage in the Bible that says "God's Good comes with no sorrow added."
This season, I invite you to stay open to the possibilities of Spirit. Take time daily to settle into spiritual awareness and open your eyes of innocence to see the full manifestation of Spirit all around you. The commercial hustle and bustle of this season, while it can be fun, can also lead us to forget the celebrations of Light – Hannukah, Christmas, Solstice, even Bodhi Day in early December, celebrating the Buddha's enLIGHTenment. Allow the Light within and all around you to bless you and your beloveds this season.
Happy and Blessed Holidays,
Rev. David RobinsonBack to Top
Video of Most Recent Sunday ServiceBack to Top
Peace Practice for December 2014
"The Buddha said: 'When you see someone practicing the Way of giving, aid him joyously, and you will obtain vast and great blessings.' A shramana asked: 'Is there an end to those blessings?' The Buddha said: 'Consider the flame of a single lamp. Though a hundred thousand people come and light their own lamps from it so that they can cook their food and ward off the darkness, the first lamp remains the same as before. Blessings are like this, too.'" Giving: The Sacred Art by Lauren Tyler Wright
This is the season to give though we are also receiving. But focus your heart on the transformational opportunity of giving to others as a spiritual practice. Pay attention to the sweet, joyful gratitude that bubbles from your own heart as you give. Practice paying attention to the intention of your gift and avoid giving out of obligation, but give genuinely from that place of pure intention. Allow it to be a true reverence toward God by giving from a place of joy. The Bhagavad Gita also shares this wisdom: "Giving simply because it is right to give, without thought of return, at a proper time, in proper circumstances, and to a worthy person, is enlightened giving. Giving with regrets or in the expectation of receiving some favor or of getting something in return, is selfish giving." So this season, know in yourself that your giving is coming from a genuine longing to give to God. May your heart be peaceful, fulfilled and deeply blessed with every gift you offer. May your shopping this year be led by an inner peace that guides and restores you. Peace Be with You.
Blessings and Peace Always, Rev. Sue MillerBornBack 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 a Prospective New Members Meeting. The next class and meeting will be announced soon.
- Pick up a Friendship Packet from a Board of Trustees Member at the Information Desk in the Foyer or on the rack at the back of the Sanctuary.
- 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.