CSL Redding

Sunday Services: 9:00 and 10:30 AM
1905 Hartnell Avenue, Redding, CA 96002
Phone: 530-221-4849
Fax: 530-221-4840
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Closed Fridays

The Center for Spiritual Living, Redding

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Holistic FairCome One! Come All! Visit our Events page to learn more about Holistic Fair for Body, Mind and Spirit on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Bring a friend and be sure to attend this fun event!

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SanctuaryThe 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!

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Video of Most Recent Sunday Service

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Minister's Message for June 2016

"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones." John Cage

"Change is inevitable. Growth is optional." John Maxwell

Rev. David Robinson

Last month, we explored change and a little of our resistance to it, despite our understanding that "change is the only constant in the universe." This month, I want to explore a model for looking at how we work with change. Judy Neal created what is known as the Edgewalkers Model. Her ideas are based on the idea that we all learn and practice a model for handling change as an unconscious model.

The five orientations and their traits are: 1. Edgewalkers - those who "walk between worlds," are intuitive, seek change, are comfortable in transition and are unpredictable. 2. Flamekeepers - Keep the vision and values alive, preserve the past, are open to change, reliable - but will surprise you. 3. Hearthtenders - focus on day-to-day work, live in the present, family and tradition, reliable/predictable. 4. Placeholders - see boundaries - not possibilities, focus is on the past, prefer stability, doing over dreaming. 5. Guardians - Look for potential problems, foreboding, fearful, see the worst outcome, past oriented/closed to change.

These orientations are present, to some degree, in every organization (and in each of us.) None are good/bad. However, they can show how the organization operates and how a person with a particular orientation may fit (or not) into an organization. A brand new start-up company may have lots of Edgewalkers, and may need to seek balance by adding some other orientations. I experienced this when I worked for Amazon.com as they were moving from startup to a more mature company. A conservative spiritual community may have very few Edgewalkers, as they value following rules (written and unwritten) and the past. As Sheldon Cooper's mother (a character in the TV sitcom "The Big Bang Theory") a devout conservative Christian, said in a recent episode, "I'll read another book when God writes one." The Bible is her only book.

Those who come into New Thought tend to come to change their lives. So why don't we seek and embrace change? Dan Millman (The Peaceful Warrior) says, "Every positive change - every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness - involves a rite of passage. Each time we ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception."

So, change requires some discomfort, some time spent not knowing what's coming next. Just as the crab must shed its old shell and the snake its old skin to grow, and is vulnerable while in that transition state, so must we.

Right now, our community is going through a transition period. It's perfectly normal. A rule of thumb in ministerial school is that it takes around 5 years from the start of a new minister until the community settles into harmony with him or her. We're just two years into this process. Some old patterns are feeling threatened and coming up for healing and release. Others can't get to the new fast enough. It's valuable to see which of the five models above we identify with. Are you an Edgewalker, saying, "Yeah, baby, full speed ahead!"? Or a Guardian clinging fiercely to a past that is already gone and won't return, but is still wanted? Or are you in one of the other orientations? Transition is uncomfortable for all - yet it is also the dance of life. Ernest Holmes tells us, "Evolution is always forward."

Let's hold each other in love and compassion while we go through the changes. Let's recognize that most of our discomfort results from resistance to what is. (To help heal that, join me this June in the class exploring Byron Katie's "The Work" from her book "Loving What Is.") Mostly, remember that God is right here in the midst of change. We are safe and continuously immersed in Love as the new community emerges.

Love and Blessings

Rev. David Robinson

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