Join us for a Celebration of the Coming of the Light into the world and into our lives through readings, songs, prayers, and the lighting of candles. This annual celebration is a beautiful addition to your holiday season. When: Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 7:00 PM Where: Celebration Center sanctuary, 2840 Graham Road, Falls Church, VA […]
Honoring all paths to God
Spiritual tools to transform our personal lives and make the world a better place
Are you looking for a spiritual community in which you are supported in investigating and revealing your own understanding of spirituality? Are you ready to deepen your relationship with the Power – the One Life – within you? Do you seek to be inspired and experience… Read More
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.
Treatment by Ed Preston, RScP
I discovered SOM 41 years ago. I finally got to take the Foundations Course 22 years ago. I became a practitioner 17 years ago. Two weeks ago I signed up for the “Travel With Our Spiritual Leader” Viking Rhine River Cruise and mailed a check for it 10 hours ago. I attended my first class, auditing, the SOM Foundations Course 4 hours ago. Somehow, time makes no sense in my life.
I recognize Time as one of the many dimensions of Reality.
I accept with Albert Einstein that time is just what keeps one thing after another from becoming everything at once.
Yet sometimes time even flunks that test in my life.
Then, I wonder how many dimensions God has? I recognize also that there is no answer to that question.
So, I celebrate the Mystery that I call God, the Mystery that leads me through a life in time without time, simply knowing my own form of timelessness.
I know that ultimately there is nothing ultimate.
I accept that all this applies to only one of the many dimensions of the Reality that I call God, or Mystery, and every dimension of Reality can be described with equal or greater confusion.
So, I see that the one thing that unifies all of the dimensions of reality into a true Reality is to simply release all dimensions from my mind as I move into Mind.
I accept that no dimensions are needed to celebrate and unite with the Mystery, which I call God, and with my God whom I call Mystery.
I come then to realize that I live in Form in very few dimensions.
This means I am not a Mystery to God.
I can be well known to the Infinite, as a finite form of limits and definitions and terms of agreement.
Yet even I do not know much about myself, so I accept that I am part of my own Mystery.
And I know even less about other beings in Form.
We are all mysteries to one another, so we are all Divine. We are part of the Mystery.
I give thanks for the confusions of Form, which lead me to just releasing the furious need to understand what is going on all the time.
I stop and just let it be, whatever that is. I know my peace in just the present moment, releasing what is next or what is past.
I am so grateful for that power to release the need to understand Form all the time. I am NOW.
Gratitude takes me right into release, again, as I release my need to understand Spirit and Law and Form in 5, 10, 100 or a million dimensions.
I find the power of the Present Moment by simply releasing all of the rest of Reality to just feel the Presence in the Present Moment.
That Presence is Mystery to my mind, yet I know that I am no mystery to the One Mind. It has a full and beautiful capability to understand me, yet no need to “understand” me.
I have no capability to understand the Mystery, yet feel the need to do so constantly, in time. We balance each other in this Moment.
Right Now, in this Moment, I release that need, as I also release these words into the Mystery knowing they were understood even before I release them.
So, I just let it All be, and so It is.
Treatment for December 9, 2014