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A Hundred Million Miracles

By on December 8, 2013 in Metaphysical Reviews

by Tim Phares, RScP

A hundred million miracles are happ’ning ev’ry day,
And those who say they don’t agree
Are those who do not hear or see.
– Oscar Hammerstein III, “A Hundred Million Miracles,”  from Flower Drum Song

What are you doing right now? Silly question, of course: You’re reading this article. But have you contemplated the miraculous chain of events that enables you to read these words? I am sitting here at my keyboard, typing these words. A few clicks send them out and a few more clicks post them on this site. Then, with just a few clicks, you are able to read them. This is just one of the hundred million miracles each day to which Oscar Hammerstein’s lyric, quoted above, refer.

Recently, this song was played on one of our favorite radio programs, Footlight Parade: The Sounds of the American Musical. It’s one of many from the Broadway stage that promotes a positive, spiritual, empowering message.

The science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once wrote that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” How much of that magic does it take simply to create this article and for you to read it?

Well, yes, I hear you say, but it’s all science and engineering. It’s just a network of wires transmitting electronic signals. Not miracles, just technology. OK, then, what enabled that to happen? A Course in Miracles says, “Miracles are natural. If they are not occurring, something has gone wrong.”

Every day, we are surrounded by miracles. Remember Einstein’s rule. We can approach life as if everything is a miracle or as if nothing is. What do you think will yield better results – a happier, more inspired life, a more prosperous, productive life? I submit that we ought to live in conscious awareness of the miracles all around, of the hundred million miracles happening every day.

Practioner Tim Phares is a founding member of Celebration Center.

Visit Us

By on November 3, 2013 in Building
Visit Us

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.
Members of our alternative spiritual community

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.

New Thought: You Express God

By on November 1, 2013 in New Thought
New Thought: You Express God

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.

 

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.

Welcome

By on October 30, 2013 in Welcome

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 seek to be inspired and experience…

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peace of mind and healing? Have you begun to realize that as you embrace Oneness, celebrating the uniqueness of all of creation, you are doing your part to transform the world? At Celebration Center you will find other spiritual journeyers seeking to raise the consciousness of the world. Join us as we open to a life that is richer and more rewarding than previously imagined.

The Celebration Center of Spiritual Living serves the Greater Washington, DC, Metro Area from inside the Beltway at Falls Church, Virginia. We are impelled by a vision of a healthy world in which compassion and loving kindness toward all of Creation are the norm. Our desire is to help create such a world by supporting individuals as they come to realize their own divinity.

We are committed to support the awakening of all who seek to expand their experience of the Divine. Our philosophy is a synthesis of world teachings. We embrace Oneness and open to experience God within us which is God in and as all creation. We recognize the activity of God as Love which stirs a relationship with God that is rich and deeply personal. Gratitude arises and our lives are enhanced – we are happier, we can do more for others, be better stewards of the Earth, and help bring peace and harmony to the world.

If you desire to be inspired and supported in your own spiritual growth and that of the planet, please check us out. Wherever you are on your spiritual path, whatever is going on in your life, you are welcome here.
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Is God Busy?

By on October 28, 2013 in Prayer of the Day
Is God Busy?

Treatment by Ed Preston RScP
Prelude:

I rise in glory while appreciating the conditions of my life that cause the frustrations of my life. Too busy!! Not enough time!! A life so full of beauty and friends!! “Damn, I’m booked up then!!” “Hallelujah!!” Can’t see you until November. Oh, Glory! Your busy on my only free day!! We share the glory! Sorry, I’m getting a new knee that week even though you’ve finished you physical therapy for your new hip. We’re both becoming bionic! Life is a two way street and both ways have heavy traffic, accidents, and take us to where we want to be. Hallelujah!!.

Treatment

As I become quiet, I find new ways to appreciate “busyness”. I imagine myself as God, as Spirit. I imagine how busy God must be. I accept that everything happens “in its time” because God is busy, even more busy than I am. I recognize and open to God’s busyness as infinitely more busy than mine. Yet we share that busyness now. As I allow myself to be God, I simply accept that too busy is something that only appears to me when I am manifesting in form. “Up here” there is no “too busy”. So, when I really feel too busy, I know that I can come “up here” and find my infinity.

As I rise to the higher place, I look down on the two-way streets of life in Form. I love them. I love the traffic, the accidents, the congestion and even the jay walking of life. It is my life. Even as I look down from above, I can look up from below and say, “Thank you God!” for the traffic of my life. I recognize it as the traffic of love. I love the things that make me busy here in this life, even the things that make me “too busy”. I allow myself to become One, not just with the power above, but with all those in the traffic of life, we accept the accidents, together, as acts of love for our destinations. We move on.

I realize that really busy is really in love with life. I honor my frustrations as simple desire for even more that will make me even busier. I allow myself to wonder where is the limit. When I go above to the busyness of God, I accept there is no limit. When I proceed in form I just accept the limits of time, knowing that time is real only here in Form. Some day I will move beyond time. Right now, I simply accept and know and love that I am here, in time.

I thank my frustration for reminding me that I must “do something more” even though that may be three months from now. Thank God for the three months. Thank God for the lack of any more time tomorrow, here and now. Thank God for the release from that as I simply return to “Up Here”. Gratitude releases the “too busy” into the simply “busy” of my life. I am so grateful that I am God in Form and also out of Form.

I see my traffic and release the need for stop lights and police cars and cross walks and rules. I release only the “need” for them. They are part of my life and I simply accept them as here and now and I love them. So, I let go and go with the flow of the traffic of my life as I honor the red lights, the stop signs, the crossing guards, and the tow trucks. I love them all as we all go with the flow together.

And so it is, Amen.

 September 9, 2013

Jheri Maggard

By on October 27, 2013 in Testimonial
Jheri Maggard

I am learning about creating and contributing to a world that works for everyone.

Nancy Stephens, RScP

By on October 27, 2013 in Testimonial
Nancy Stephens, RScP

I am inspired by the abundance of love present and the lives that are being lived by my center’s members and leaders! Due to these teachings I live every day to the fullest, giving thanks for the light and consciousness that has been passed along to me!

Ed Preston, RScP

By on October 27, 2013 in Testimonial
Ed Preston, RScP

My life changed for the better when I stepped into this philosophy. I’m so grateful to call Celebration Center for Spiritual Living my home

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