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CSLP Newsletter for July 2024

Updated: Jul 5



Hi everybody, sorry it's been a minute. We've been figuring stuff out on this end. If you got here by following an email link, you can also find our newsletter on our website at cslprescott.org, and we'll make an announcement on our Facebook page whenever a new edition is available! I welcome your feedback, so please email me at clay@cslprescott.org if you have any questions or comments.


 

Upcoming Classes and Events



Join Laura Urquhart, M.S. for "The Enneagram and Spirituality" to learn how the Enneagram can help unlock your personal path to spiritual awareness. Fridays at 3:30.

Length of Course: 4 weeks

Friday, August 9 - Friday, August 30

Time: 3:30 - 5:30



Come celebrate the installation of our very own Rev. Tracey Harrick on September 28th, 2024 at 4pm! This is a very special ceremony, replete with pomp, circumstance, food, and special guests. All are invited and encouraged to attend.


 

Practitioner's Viewpoint

Jon C. Haass, RScP


Summer Garden Visioning


Rain from the monsoon flow helps keep the temperature down and my garden moist when I can’t water every day.  The daily practices also help keep my spiritual garden well prepared for the inevitable ups and downs of the summer season.  I have created a meditation corner in my yard where I can sit, the water fountain and a wind chime keeping me company.  The wisteria creates a canopy above and the vinca a natural carpet of greenery.  I can rest my eyes easily on the scene as my breath finds its natural rhythm.  What a prosperous way to sit and listen to the world quiet and my helpful inner voice to speak up.


One of my favorite meditation practices is to ask “What is spirit's highest vision for this week ahead, month ahead, year ahead?”  And I listen.  Sometimes I get colors, or an image like a snap from a movie.  Sometimes a few words or just a feeling.  No matter, I write in my journal and look back from common threads.  Lately, images of waterfront scenes with sailboats, waves have been arising.  I am calling in the water world that feeds the monsoon flow we started with in this missive.  So a visit to the Sea of Cortez seems in order.  To bask in the blue, the wet and expansive sea vista stretching to the horizon.  That is a vision to continue to nurture.


Where are you seeking visionary insight in your life?  Try the vision practice.  You can find more at https://highervisioninstitute.org/ with Rai Jordan.  She was my teacher and led visioning for Centers for Spiritual Living years ago when the two branches were merging to One!  Enjoy your summer!



 

Minister's Note

Rev. Tracey Harrick

Celebrating Independence and True Freedom

Beloved Community,

As we approach the 4th of July, we come together to honor a country that prides itself on democracy and the freedoms it affords us. This special day reminds us of the many liberties we enjoy, and it serves as a time to reflect on the deeper meaning of freedom, both as a nation and as individuals.


The Freedom of Our Country

The 4th of July is a celebration of our country's independence, a testament to the bravery and vision of those who fought for the principles of democracy. It is a day to express our pride in a nation built on the ideals of liberty and justice for all. Our patriotic celebrations are a reminder of the sacrifices made for our collective freedom and the ongoing commitment to uphold these values.


The Freedom of One’s Self

From the Science of Mind perspective, true freedom extends beyond the external liberties we cherish. It is about the inner liberation that comes when we free ourselves from the limitations of personality and ego. This deeper freedom allows us to see the world through the lens of oneness, where boundaries dissolve, and we recognize our interconnectedness with all of humanity.


Ernest Holmes, the founder of the Science of Mind philosophy, eloquently captures this idea:

"True freedom means to be free from the limitations of a subjective mind, free from the mistakes of the past, and free to go into the Future with a joyous expectancy."


Keeping Our Pride of Country

While we honor the freedom and pride we have in our country, it is essential to also embrace a vision that transcends borders. Our patriotism can coexist with a global perspective, where we celebrate the oneness of all people. By aligning our individual freedom with this universal vision, we contribute to a world where everyone can experience true liberty.


This 4th of July, as we gather with family and friends to celebrate, let us reflect on the freedoms we cherish and commit ourselves to fostering a sense of unity and oneness. Together, we can create a world where the pride of our country and the freedom of the individual go hand in hand, leading to a brighter, more harmonious future for all.


With heartfelt gratitude and joyous expectancy,

Rev. Tracey Harrick

 

A Month of Sundays

Our Sunday talks for July 2024

July 7

Rev. Tracey Harrick

"What if Perfection Isn't the Goal?"

July 14

Mel Hirsch

"Practice Makes Imperfect"

July 21

Rev. Tracey Harrick

"Imperfect Practices

July 28

Rev. Tracey Harrick

"Perfectly Imperfect: An Expansive Experience"

 

SOM Magazine Circle July Reading List


Jul 2 “I’m Not Wrong” by Kelly Robbins (page 24)

July 9 “The Power of Purpose” by John Waterhouse (page 68)

July 16 “The Spiritual Meaning of Freedom” by Ernest Holmes (page 74)

July 23 "Spiritual Practice" by Lauren Martin


If you'd like to Join the discussion, email Chris Pearce (cpearce0802@gmail.com) for the Google Meet link.

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