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Classes Starting in September

By on August 21, 2017 in News
Classes Starting in September

Two accredited classes will be starting in September:

Foundations of Science of Mind

Have you ever wanted to feel really empowered? Would you like to enhance your sense of connection with your Higher Power? Are you ready to discover your emerging direction and purpose and how to make it happen?

Join this powerful ten-week class for a journey of self-discovery within an experiential format of lecture, discussion, sharing, and process. You will learn spiritual principles and practices like meditation and affirmative prayer (spiritual mind treatment), and how to focus your intentions to create more powerful results that will change your life for the better forever.

Upon completion, you will have a solid foundation in order to deepen and grow in your studies, and you will be eligible to participate in additional certificated classes.

Text: The Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes

CSL Suggested Tuition: $295; Audit Tuition $105; Pay what you will

When: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. beginning September 7, 2017 (plus one workshop TBD)

 

Spiritual Economics

Focusing on prosperity issues, the student of this class will gain a greater understanding of the basic metaphysical principles which govern our financial well-being. Participants will learn how to use these principles effectively in everyday life. This is a sensible, solution-oriented class and is appropriate for the new or advanced student. We will check in during the week to report on our prosperity consciousness and support each other in realizing and experiencing our Greater Good.

We will also participate in Unexpected Income tithing. Unexpected Income increases as our prosperity consciousness expands.

This is an accredited Science of Mind class that counts as an elective toward higher studies in Practitioner and Ministry coursework.

Text: Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth

Tuition: $100; CSL Registration fee: $20/student

When: Mondays at 7:00 pm beginning September 11, 2017, 8 weeks

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Centers for Spiritual Living Heart of Peace Meditation

By on August 5, 2017 in News
Centers for Spiritual Living Heart of Peace Meditation

PEACE IN OUR LIFETIME is the Why.  PEACE NOW is the How.

Join us Wednesdays, 12:30-1:00pm for a Meditation on World Peace

Beginning August 9, 2017

 

Drop In.  All welcome.

Join groups from Switzerland, Ukraine, Germany, and other countries.

 

Celebration Center for Spiritual Living

2840 Graham Road

Falls Church, VA 22042

(703) 560-2030

www.celebrationcenter.org

Sacred Drum Making Workshop, Saturday, September 9, 2017

By on August 5, 2017 in News
Sacred Drum Making Workshop, Saturday, September 9, 2017

Jim and Ashley Cash (Woven Green) will be leading us in a drum making workshop. In this workshop, we are focusing on the universal aspect of drums and drumming, and especially on the sacredness of the act and commitment of giving voice to our deepest and best intentions. This workshop is open to people of all faiths and cultural backgrounds to gather together focusing our spiritual intentions for the kind of world wish to build. We appreciate culture and traditions and are inspired by them, but are not claiming any one group’s cultural traditions.

Smudging Ceremony Meditation – Honoring the elements, water, air, fire, earth and the four directions. Calling the spirit of your drum, preparing the hoop, pulling the hides and creating your mallet. Setting your intention – offering your drum in service.

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Where: Celebration Center for Spiritual Living, 2840 Graham Road, Falls Church, VA

Cost: Must Register by August 24th – see registration details below

When you arrive for the workshop, the heads and lacings will have been soaked in ceremonial water. After the initial smudging ceremony, meditation and blessing, you will learn to weave the lacing on your drum in the four directions pattern. This will be an opportunity for you to begin connecting with the spirit of your drum.

Once we complete the drum lacing, we will then create the beater for your drum. If you have some special beads or feathers which you’d like to decorate your drum you may also bring them. The drum will take 2-3 days to fully dry before it can be played. The drum face can later be painted if desired.

We recommend playing your drum often for maximum effect! Use it for healing, meditation, or to help empower social justice gatherings and marches! These drums are made with love and intended for service!

REGISTER

Must pre-register on or before 8/24/17
Limited to 10 participantsCOST:
17″ 16 sided Cedar Buffalo – $195 each participant
15″ Maple Hoop Deer – $165 each participant
13″ Willow Oak Hoop Elk – $145 each participant
10″ Cedar Hoop Elk – $115 each participant

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Hidden Figures – The Power of Dreams and Visions

By on March 2, 2017 in Metaphysical Reviews

Suzanne and I saw Hidden Figures recently.  It’s an excellent, well-crafted movie about the successes of three black women in the pre-integration South.  The all-star cast includes Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, and Kirsten Dunst.

Hidden Figures is based on the true stories of Katherine Goble, later Katherine G. Johnson (Henson), Mary Jackson (Monae), and Dorothy Vaughn (Spencer), who were instrumental in the early days of the space program.  When we meet them, they are driving to work at NASA Langley in the Norfolk area, in 1961.  Their car breaks down and a policeman comes by.  Eventually, they manage to get the car fixed and be on their way.

The women are working in the “colored” computing section in the East building on the Langley campus.  They aspire to bigger and better.  Dorothy is the supervisor, but does not have a supervisor’s title or pay.  Instead, that title belongs to Vivian Mitchell, a white woman (Dunst.)

We watch the three women as they move in their careers.  Katherine is assigned to an all-white, all-male computing unit where she is supposed to be checking the other employees’ calculations.  Instead, she figures out the launch angles needed to ensure John Glenn (well played by Glen Powell) gets in orbit and home again – especially when his mission has to be cut short.  In a meeting, Glenn specifically requests her to check calculations.  Mary goes to court to get permission to take engineering classes at an all-white school.  Gloria borrows a FORTRAN book (“FORTRAN is the wave of the future”)  from the “white” section of the library and reads it, then winds up working on programming the new IBM mainframe computer.

At one point, Katherine’s boss, Al (Costner), tells her that there is more to going to the Moon than simply mathematics.  You have to believe it.  Later, he asks her why she disappears a couple of times a day for 40 minutes at a time.  Katherine explains that she has to run all the way across the campus back to the East building because that’s where the “colored” bathrooms are.  Al takes down the “white” and “colored” sign and announces that “we all pee the same color.”  At the sloe of the movie, after Katherine’s calculations bring Glenn safely home, Al asks her “Katherine, do you think we can get to the Moon?”  She responds, “We’re already there, Sir.”

The real Katherine Johnson is still alive, 98 years old.  Today, there is a Katherine G. Johnson Building at NASA Langley.

There are a number of metaphysical themes in this movie.  Obviously, unity is a theme in the removal of the color distinctions for the bathrooms.  (History records that the cafeteria remained segregated for a while.)  Reaching for a dream is central to New Thought.  As Oscar Hammerstein asked, “If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?”

All three women are doing that.  Mary’s dream is to be an engineer.  Gloria learns programming and becomes essential to the operations there, with several people working under her, including her former supervisor.  And of course, Katherine’s exchange with Al at the very end of the movie shows the power of having a vision.  “We’re already there.”

This is a well done movie that won several Golden Globe awards and is nominated for a number of Oscars, including Best Picture.  It’s inspiring and well done.  I think you’ll enjoy it.  This is definitely a movie worth seeing.

L’Amour de Loin: Love, Desire, and Chasing the Ideal

By on December 28, 2016 in Metaphysical Reviews

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,

Or what’s a heaven for? – Robert Browning

 

The best stories are not really about their characters, but about us.

Suzanne and I saw the opera L’Amour de Loin live from the Metropolitan Opera.  It’s a relatively new opera for just three characters : Jaufré Rudel, Prince of Blaye; a Pilgrim; and the Countess of Tripoli, Clémence.    They were brilliantly sung by Eric Owens, Tamara  Mumford, and Susanna Phillips, respectively, along with the always-wonderful Metropolitan Opera Chorus.

The opera, composed in 2000 by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho with a libretto by Lebanese librettist Amin Maalouf, is based on a centuries-old legend.   It is set in Aquitaine in the 12th century.

Jaufré has been dreaming of a “faraway love” whom he has never met.  He writes poems and songs to her.  His friend The Pilgrim, a world traveler, hears his songs and poems..  The chorus tells him that no such woman exists, but The Pilgrim says that she just might.  However, she remains a dream, an ideal.  Although Jaufré can think of nothing else, he also believes he will never meet her.

The Pilgrim goes to Tripoli and tells Clémence that a prince-troubador sings of her, his “love from afar.”  At first, Clémence is offended, but then   she begins to dream of her “faraway lover.”  The Pilgrim, returning to Aquitaine, tells Jaufré that his “love from afar” knows about him.  Jaufré decides that he must meet her.

Jaufré and The Pilgrim set off on a journey across the sea to Tripoli to meet Clémence.  Jaufré is both excited and terrified of this meeting.  Although he is eager to meet Clémence, he is worried that he might be disappointed and the meeting could ruin his image of her.  This conflict and anguish makes Jaufré quite ill, and by the time he arrives in Tripoli, he is dying.

When the ship arrives, The Pilgrim tells Clémence that Jaufré has arrived, but he is near death, and that he wishes to see her.  Jaufré is carried in unconscious, but revives in Clémence’s presence.  They declare their love for each other, then Jaufré dies in Clémence’s arms.  This sends Clémence into a rage at Heaven, but she finally decides to go into a convent and prays to God, to her “faraway lover.”

This opera is about love.  It is about romantic love and Divine Love.  It is about passion that drives us to reach for the object of our desire, the thing we are passionate about, regardless of the consequences – even if we have to give our lives in the pursuit.  It is about following our star, no matter how far it takes us.  What is your star?  What is your “love from afar” that won’t let you not pursue it?  What is the thing you cannot not do?  And are you willing to let it drive you, no matter the cost?

The story of Jaufré and Clémence reminds us to listen and follow this, that no matter the cost, the pursuit is always worth it.  And sometimes, when you catch it, it really does live up to your vision of it.  There is no better time than now.

She Loves Me: Find the Good That is in Front of You

By on December 13, 2016 in Metaphysical Reviews

She loves me,

True, she doesn’t show it

How could she,

When she doesn’t know it?

– Jerry Bock, She Loves Me

 

Earlier this year, the Roundabout Theater Company mounted a wonderful revival of the 1963 musical She Loves Me, with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. It is one of many adaptations of the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklós László. The play also gave rise to the 1940 movie The Shop Around the Corner (starring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan0), the 1949 movie musical In the Good Old Summertime (starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson), and the 1997 movie You’ve Got Mail (starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.)  If you have seen any of those, you know the story.

Recently, Suzanne and I were fortunate enough to see a “captured live” performance of the Roundabout production, starring Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski, Gavin Creel, Byron Jennings, and Tom McGowan.

The show mostly takes place at Maraczek’s Parfumerie in Budapest in 1934.  It centers around the clerks at Maraczek’s.  A woman named Amalia Balasch comes in looking for a job, but the shop’s assistant manager, Georg Nowack tells her there are no openings, but Amalia proceeds to sell a music box that Mr. Maraczek bet could not be sold.  She is hired.

As the months go by, Georg and Amalia work together, but develop a chilly animosity. Sipos, an older clerk, tells the young delivery boy that they bicker because they secretly like each other. Both are writing to unknown lovers through a Lonely Hearts Club.

Meanwhile, Ilona Ritter, a thirty-something clerk, has been having an affair with another clerk, the ladies’ man Stephen Kodaly.  But Kodaly’s relationship with Ilona turns sour.  Kodaly, it seems, has found a new lover.

On the very day that Georg tells Sipos that he will be meeting his “dear friend” that evening, Amalia tells Ilona that she will be meeting hers that night.  Mr. Maraczek gets on Georg for some minor things, and he winds up quitting the job.  (He winds up getting it back in light of some new information that is presented to Mr. Maraczek.)

You can probably guess what happens when Georg goes to meet his “Dear Friend”.  Let’s just say that both of them are quite shocked when they eventually discover each other’s identity, and it changes each character’s day-to-day interactions.

So other than a delightful musical, what does She Loves Me give us?  There is one simple point: Sometimes the good that we’re seeking is right in front of us and we can’t even see it.  It may be disguised, or we may not be looking at it correctly.  But in any case, we need to open our eyes, take a good look, and discard our preconceived notions about people and circumstances.  You never know the good that may await.

She Loves Me is a wonderful little gem of a show, and if a production comes your way, it’s definitely worth seeing.  You would likely enjoy it very much.

Experience Evensong – the 3rd Sunday of each month

By on November 16, 2016 in News
Experience Evensong – the 3rd Sunday of each month

Immerse yourself in the experience of Evensong, an hour of prayer, meditation, chanting and music to honor the setting of the sun.

When: the 3rd Sunday of each month, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Celebration Center Sanctuary

Experience Taize – Melodic Chanting – 2nd Sunday of each month

By on November 15, 2016 in News
Experience Taize – Melodic Chanting – 2nd Sunday of each month

Taizé is a prayer of peace through simple songs and musical lines sung or chanted. Participants immerse themselves in the simple yet profound harmonies allowing themselves to go more deeply into the meditative experience in the music offset by periods of silence and prayer.

When: Every 2nd Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Where: In the Sanctuary

 

 

Soundscapes – 1st Sunday of the Month, 6:30 p.m.

By on November 13, 2016 in News
Soundscapes – 1st Sunday of the Month, 6:30 p.m.

Experience the amazing healing benefits of live music meditation, as we collectively tap into the sacred energy of sound and transformative conscious intention setting. Using a powerful synthesis of ancient and modern sound healing instruments, techniques, and modalities, Woven Green creates a vibratory state designed to restore resonance in mind, body, and spirit.  Woven Green Soundscapes help guide listeners into theta brain wave states, which are proven to help reduce stress, awaken intuition, enhance creativity and promote an overall expanded state of consciousness and well-being.

Jim & Ashley Cash are a married couple that have devoted their lives to writing and performing the music of Woven Green. Jim is a prolific songwriter and a strikingly versatile guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, his wife a powerful and captivating singer, guitarist, and percussionist. Together, the two create a magical alchemy that is truly uplifting and inspiring. Their music ranges from contemporary folk-rock singer-songwriter to ambient soundscape journeys using a combination of their own field recorded nature sounds, Native American flutes, percussion, and various stringed instruments.

Join us on the first Sunday of each month for this transformational experience. Bring a yoga mat, pillow and blanket if desired. Love offerings joyously welcomed.

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Interspiritual Connections – 4th Sundays at 6:30 pm

By on October 20, 2016 in News
Interspiritual Connections – 4th Sundays at 6:30 pm

Join us in an infinitely meaningful time that draws from many traditions and faiths.

Interspiritual Contemplative Circle offers an opportunity to share, draw from, honor, and abide in faiths and traditions, while we see each other as an instrument, a mirror, a channel, in Agape love, with receptive hearts and minds.

June’s theme is Ramadan – Sunday, June 25th is the last night of Ramadan.

The Sanctuary opens early (6:10) for those who would like a time of silent meditation. Our time together includes melodic chanting, brief silent meditation, and reflective writing. You are invited to take part, reflect, contemplate, listen to one another, and to share as you choose.

Love offerings welcome.

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The Facilitator: Interfaith-oriented since birth, Rev. Channahsorah is an ordained Interfaith Minister, chaplain, and a graduate of the Shalem Institute’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats. Her callings are in bridge-building and fostering mutual understanding among people from various cultures, faiths, and traditions.

Celebration Center for Spiritual Living is a multi-cultural spiritual community with shared commitments to love, service, and authenticity—all working towards a world that works for everyone.

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