I’ll be real honest here: I don’t much care for church.
At least, not in the traditional sense of the word. You know, when you go once a week, listen to someone tell you what to believe, believe him, and then go about your normal business the rest of the week, blindly following the lead of the person who was standing at the podium last Sunday, somehow thinking that if you are a good boy or girl, all will be well.
Nope, not for me.
So, off I went on life’s journey, thinking church and all that God stuff wasn’t on my list of things to do. I had some…..um….interesting adventures and survived them. There were times when I was conscious enough to have an inkling of a thought that there must be more to life than this. On I continued with my interesting adventures, still surviving, until one day I realized I simply could not exist anymore the way I had been existing. I’ll spare you the details, but suffice to say it was not pretty and I was not doing well.
I also knew that while church was not an option for me, spirituality was. So I began seeking. And found my way back home to the Centers for Spiritual Living. I say back home because I come from a family line of New Thought folks. When I was a kid, my dad became a Practitioner in CSL. I grew up with him saying things like “thought is powerful” and “God is everywhere” and “it doesn’t necessarily have to be called God” and “change your thinking, change your life.”
I needed a change in my thinking, so I began taking classes. Centers for Spiritual Living are all about teaching. We teach spiritual tools so that you can live a better life. My first class was, I think, Practical Mysticism. What I got out of that class was that I knew I wanted to become a Practitioner. Four years of classes later and I was installed as a Practitioner at CSL Carson City.
So I settled into a relatively new life as a Spiritual Coach, helping people, and living a very peaceful life because I had found what was missing before. I no longer existed, I was living life to its fullest!
Then along came Ministerial School. Now remember, this is the girl who doesn’t like church. But Ministerial School called. The calling didn’t make sense. I was cruising along, happy in my day job as owner of a photography studio and happy in my part time job as Spiritual Coach. Yet…..there was something. Some nebulous and indescribable little nudge that would not go away. Things fell into place with very little effort on my part, and I was matriculated into the Masters Degree Program at Holmes Institute.
That was two years ago, and with a graduation date in two more years (June of 2014), I still don’t like church much, at least not as I described it in the beginning of this post.
But, I LOVE going to Centers for Spiritual Living! I love going on Sundays to hear the talks given by our wonderful and talented and well trained speakers. And I especially love that within each and every message is another message: it says to find out for yourself whether what I am saying is true, take a class, incorporate spiritual practices into your every day life. It says that spirituality is not just about attending a Sunday celebration service.
Every time I go on a Sunday to a CSL (it doesn’t matter where it is) I leave empowered, refreshed and excited.
So now I am trained, and now we have our very own CSL in South Lake Tahoe. Myself and small group of people have a vision: that there will be a CSL presence in South Lake Tahoe where people can go to learn spiritual tools to live happier lives. We are totally and completely committed to that vision and so, we are offering some events for you, three to be exact.
1. Third Tuesdays. Beginning October 16, at 6 pm, at the Blue Angel Loft at 1132 Ski Run Blvd in South Lake Tahoe, I will be presenting the first of a series of monthly talks. Yes, it’s a bit like church. You go, and you hear some inspirational words and listen to some cool music. But that’s only the beginning. I will be giving a talk once a month, every Third Tuesday, at the Blue Angel Loft, at 6 pm, for the foreseeable future. Here’s the deal: if you do nothing but come once a month to hear me talk (by the way, I’m an excellent speaker) you will benefit. But wait….there’s more!
2. First, second, fourth and fifth Tuesdays: in other words, all the other Tuesdays of the month, I will be teaching a beginner’s class designed to allow you to explore what this thing called Center for Spiritual Living is all about. It’s love offering based, and it will be held all the other Tuesdays of the month, at the Center for Spiritual Living Lake Tahoe at 3665 Tamarack, in South Lake Tahoe. We are currently sharing space with my photography studio, Image Angels. It’s a nice space, with beautiful art work on the walls. You’ll like it. It all begins at 6 pm.
3. Living Deeply. CSLLT is, after all, a Teaching Chapter, so we are gonna be teaching, a lot! Brenda Heldoorn is teaching this class. It’s based on the book called Living Deeply, published by the Institute of Noetic Sciences. This is a great book and I plan to attend the class because Brenda is a great teacher! She’s also a Practitioner by the way. This class is a ten week class and cost is $100, or $10 per class, plus you will have to purchase the book. We will have some on sale at the first class but if you order your book from Amazon right now, you’ll have it in time for class. This class starts at 6:30 pm, the first class will be Thursday, October 18, and will also be held at CSLLT at3665 Tamarack.
So, to recap, come hear me speak the Third Tuesday of every month at 6 pm at the Blue Angel Loft. My first talk title, by the way, is “Take it Through the Roof.” Then on Tuesdays and Thursdays at CSLLT, come to class!
Here is my promise to you: if you come, and apply some of the principles you learn to your life, your life will change. I guarantee it.