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Are you looking for a spiritual community in which you are supported in investigating and revealing your own understanding of spirituality? Do you want easy access to classes that enhance your learning-journey? Are you ready to deepen your relationship with the Power – the One Life – within you? Do you ... Read More

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Focus Music Concert: Jennifer Cutting, Andrew Dodd, Lisa Moscatiello – Saturday October 18th

Focus Music Concert: Jennifer Cutting, Andrew Dodd, Lisa Moscatiello – Saturday October 18th

By on September 17, 2014 in News

Soaring vocals, fiery fiddle tunes, and rollicking button accordion will have your heart swelling and your toes tapping. Bandleader/multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Cutting, vocalist Lisa Moscatiello and Scottish-style fiddler Andrew Dodd of the Celtic fusion band OCEAN are known for getting audiences to sing along with ancient ballads as well as cutting-edge originals, and the show can […]

Our Perspective on God

New Thought: You Express God

New Thought: You Express God

By on November 1, 2013 in New Thought

The Celebration Center for Spiritual Living supports the positive transformation of both our personal lives and the world itself.
At the Celebration Center for Spiritual Living, we teach people how to have a personal relationship with God. When we are deeply connected with Spirit, other areas of our lives fall into place — we can do more for others, be better stewards of the Earth, and bring more peace and harmony to the world.

What We Believe – Our Guiding Principles

We believe that the universe is spiritual and has intelligence, purpose, beauty, and order. Our beliefs are in harmony with all the world’s great spiritual teachings, and we honor all paths to God. Whether we call it God, Spirit, Energy, or Universal Intelligence, we are ever conscious that all people, places, and things emanate from this Universal Intelligence that is within us and all around us.

You and God are Inseparable

We believe that God is a Loving Intelligence, operating in and through all life, never separate from anyone or anything. Through study and spiritual practice we come to understand our oneness with this indwelling Divine Presence. We teach and practice a way of life where we can all learn how to live in accordance with spiritual principles. These principles, which we call the Science of Mind, are as reliable as the laws of physical science. We believe in Cause and Effect and teach that “It is done unto you as you believe.” In essence, your thinking and your expectations create your reality. By studying and applying spiritual laws, you can change your unconscious beliefs and create improved conditions in your life.

Be a Part of an Inclusive Community

The Celebration Center for Spiritual Living teaches a New Thought philosophy that incorporates affirmative prayer, meditation, healing, visioning, and other spiritual tools to help you lead a spiritual life, think positively, and love deeply. As a member of our community, you’ll find the spiritual tools to transform your personal life and make the world a more peaceful, harmonious, and prosperous place.

The New Thought tradition dates to the 1880s and has its roots in the Transcendentalist             Movement of the 1830s. New Thought has an enduring and respected legacy that includes luminaries such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emma Curtis Hopkins, Phineas Quimby, and Walt Whitman. Some of the better known authors today whose writings represent our teachings are Michael Bernard Beckwith, Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Byron Katie, and Eckhart Tolle, as well as many others.  Our teachings incorporate the ancient wisdom of all the spiritual traditions through the ages. People of all spiritual paths — Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Islam, New Age and others — are all welcome in our communities.

 

Prayer of the Day

Leaning Forward Together

Leaning Forward Together

By on September 10, 2014 in Prayer of the Day

Treatment by Ed Preston, RScP

Prelude

“What is the feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-by. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” ~ Jack Kerouac, On The Road

That was a quote used by Rev Jim Lockhart, Center for Spiritual Living Simi Valley, CA, to begin a memorial message he sent for the service we had for Carol, a member of our Center some time ago, and who was back here with us when she passed away.  I had the honor of reading his memory of Carol for our Memorial service.

Both Rev Jim’s memories of Carol and the quote from Jack Kerouac are still with me now, four nights later, and I love them.  As Carol fades, it’s really a “too-huge world vaulting us”, but it’s not “good-by”.

Treatment

I come to my place of peace, where I go each time the “too-huge world vaults” me.  I find my peace with Pa, and Ma, and Robert, and Florence, and David and Carol, and with all who have said “good-by” to this too-huge world, but not to me.  I did not say “good-by” to them, and they all are still here with me in memory and mind and Spirit.  They are still “leaning forward “ with me as I move to my “next crazy venture beneath our sky”.  We lean together into the next adventure.  It is our adventure together, and I allow myself to become a Devine vehicle by which they can live forever.

My turn will come also to say “good-by” to this “too huge, vaulting” world, to become a speck dispersing.  But, I will not say “good-by” to all of you or to all of my friends and loved ones.  I know I too will live on in memory and mind and Spirit.  I see this for all I know and for all who read this and we are One in our power to just “lean forward to the next crazy adventure” in Mind.  We choose together to go on.

So, in reality, I know there is no reality out there.  That is only the too huge vaulting world and the sky beyond, under which we find our next crazy venture.  We make our own reality by simply “leaning forward”.  And so, as we lean together, I realize we lean as One.  We are One.  We each find our own crazy venture, so we are unique and diverse in our craziness.  It is that craziness in which I now rejoice and for which I thank God.

We are all specks dispersing in an Infinite World of Spirit.  Yet, we each go on in memory and Mind knowing that we can just continue to lean forward and Be what we want to Be.  For that I am so thankful.

So, I release my need to recede or to see others receding, or to disperse and say “good by”.  I release these words into the vaulting world of both form and Spirit, knowing that they both simply allow me to just Be.  So, I continue to just Be, slightly leaning forward as I just let it all Be.

And so it is.  Amen

Treatment for September 9, 2014

All are Welcome Here

Inclusive and Diverse!

By on October 30, 2013 in Diversity

lgbt flagDiversity is key to who we are. Check out this video by our national headquarters.

Our Sunday Service

Join us in Celebration

By on November 3, 2013 in Service

Our Sunday service finishes with a song and social hour. And our sign language interpreting is world class.

Our Home

Visit Us

Visit Us

By on November 3, 2013 in Building

Nestled in a shopping center, our sanctuary stands alone, while our offices sit above the adjacent shops. There is always ample free parking, and you can catch a snack afterwards at the popular Vietnamese deli next door.
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