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October brings with it one of my favorite topics: Abundance, Prosperity and Wealth. What does abundance mean to you? More money? More things? For me abundance begins with how I feel about my place in the world. Abundance is more about how much love and compassion I embody for myself and others than about how much money I have. If we want to experience more abundance in our lives, the place to begin is within. And to recognize that we can’t hate, scorn, ridicule or judge in one area of our life and not have it spill over into all the other areas. We mu st be loving, accepting and compassionate in all areas. This is where abundance begins. If you want more money in your life, begin here. Willis Kinnear is an editor of much of Ernest Holmes’ writings and talks and he said this, “You must become a more complete channel for the expression of things that really count in life.” Tomorrow is October 1, and in many Centers for Spiritual Living around the world, it is Abundance month.

We will be discussing abundance at Monday Night Musings. Come join us at 5 pm at A-to-Zen, or listen in to the Facebook live stream.

Here we are in September already! Wow! It has been a wonderful summer, but I am happy to feel the slight crispness in the air and to get the benefit of this year’s harvest. We’ve been enjoying an abundance of freshly harvested vegetables and eggs. And yet, there still seems to be a pall. It has been said that the only cure for darkness is light. Almost as if by magic, shine a light and the darkness disappears. I also know that we are all connected on very deep levels. Quantum physics has proven this. There is a darkness in the human race right now. Perhaps it has always been there, but now it seems to be a bit more visible. I know this is because the darkness is being revealed so the light of healing can shine that darkness into oblivion, but in the mea ntime people come to me consistently expressing anguish, concern and worry. I feel it too. But in my work it is important to move beyond the stress and worry I feel in the consciousness of the human race, because if I don’t I can’t do my work effectively. I have to work a bit harder these days at getting to the Truth, to that place where I can shine a light into the darkness of the current consciousness, and into the darkness of people’s souls. I do this by meditation, reading and study, and affirmative prayer. This morning was typical, I woke up wondering how on earth I was going to get back to peace when I had a message from someone feeling the stress, and when just last night a wonderful woman who has been there for me in all things expressed her deep concern about the state we are in. I can’t help if I don’t do my own work first. So I settled in this morning, and am now in that place of peace. I am shining a light into the darkness and am affirming peace for anyone who reads this. Go ahead, sit a spell and feel that peace for yourself. The peace has never been disturbed, and now it is revealed.

There will be no discussion group held on Monday, September 3, which is Labor Day. Instead, join us at the annual Interfaith picnic, held every Labor Day. It’s a wonderful time of luscious potluck and glorious fellowship! I can tell you that in addition to the food and frolic, there will be a brief time when you will have to opportunity to continue the consciousness of diversity and inclusion. It’s a surprise, so I won’t say more. Just join us on the lawn at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City. The picnic will be from 4-6 pm, address is 314 North Division Street.

Remember, no meeting on Monday, but starting on September 10 we will continue with our Global Vision theme of Celebrating 100 years of Science of Mind. Our topic for September is Spiritual Mind Treatment, the feeling. I don’t know about you but I will be happy to take a deep dive into the powerful feelings that both create and result from our treatments. We’ve had a good exploration of the basics in August, now let’s take it deeper! Here are the readings for the month:

Basically, we discuss New Thought principles and how to apply them in our lives. New Thought is a new way of thinking about ancient wisdom. Sometimes that wisdom could be religious (think of the deep mystical and beautiful teachings that all religions offer, not the dogma). But it can also be philosop hical (think Socrates or Plato), psychological (think Carl Jung or Joseph Campbell), literary (think Emerson or Thoreau), or scientific (think quantum physics). We also embrace Buddhism (which does not consider itself a religion) and welcome folks from all religions. By extension, our teachings can also be applied personally: we think in new ways about our lives, so as to transform our lives into something that serves us better. And this right here is the meat of this teaching. This is not learning for learning’s sake, or is it attending so you can say you go to church. This is transformation of the deepest and most powerful kind, the kind that makes a huge difference for us in our lives, both individually and collectively.

And….I’m so excited about this month’s theme of Self Awareness Is Not Enough. Our Monday night gatherings are going to be rich and full, beginning with TONIGHT’s discussion of What is Religion. Basically, religion, according to Ernest Holmes, is about your attitude towards God. And if we are self aware, I’m sure we can all find ways to deepen and enrich our attitude towards God. Join us tonight for a discussion of one such way: inner communion. For the rest of the month we will be talking about self awareness in terms of spirituality, faith, belief, desire, revelation, desire, opinion and prayer. WHEW! Lots there to contemplate for sure. The beautiful thing about showing up on Monday nights is shared wisdom, and community with like minded people. It’s a safe place to discuss ways to enrich our attitudes towards God, or what spirituality means to each of us, and how that shows up in our life. It is time to examine: just how powerful and large is your faith? Could it be more? Are there any beliefs limiting your life? What do you desire, and what does prayer and revelation have to do with that? And how does self awareness fit into this rather large picture? I hope you will join us on Monday nights at 6 PM, at A-to-Zen, at 1803 North Carson Street in Carson City.

Today is the solstice. The time when, physically, we experience the shortest time of daylight, and tomorrow the light begins to grow. This is such a powerful metaphor. So powerful that entire teachings have been based upon it. Christmas, the second biggest celebration for Christians (the first being Easter) is based upon this metaphor. I love this time of year, not just because of the lights and the parties and the fellowship and the gift giving. I love it because I’m in love with metaphor, and this is one of the greatest ones around. What is this metaphor? It is about moving from darkness to light. It is about when we experience the deepest darkest times in our lives. We are experiencing dark times indeed. Globally, nationally, and perhaps personally. Perhaps you are experiencing a dark time in your life. Maybe you’ve been diagnosed with a serious illness. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one. Maybe you’ve experienced other losses. This season, this movement from dark to light, tells us that these losses and dark times are not about ends, but beginnings. And, to deepen the metaphor even further, it is about moving from hope to trust, from faith to belief. When loss occurs, we can blame, we can shame, we can point fingers, we can move into self pity, we can indulge ourselves in a morass of sadness, we can get angry. We might even need to do that. For a little bit. Just a while. If we simply stop there, we deny the gift. For in that darkness, in that traumatic event, there is always always always a gift. Our job, should we choose to accept it, is to accept the gift. How do we do that? If we follow the metaphor, during this time of darkness we have put up lights. There are Christmas lights everywhere! I love to just drive around and view the lights at this time of year. What if we drove around in our own minds and hearts and viewed the lights trying to shine through the darkness? That darkness is a call, an urging, a prodding. It is a major tug to examine the beliefs we have about ourselves. Jesus said it: As you Believe, so it is. The Law of Attraction says it: what you are is what you attract. This is about looking at our beliefs and changing them. Not to shame ourselves for having the belief in the first place, but viewing them with open non-judgmental eyes and realizing they simply don’t work for us anymore, even though at one time they may have. This is also the time to allow the metaphor of the light to prod us to think about letting a new light into our own lives, this is about moving into trust. Hope is nice. Hope provides a ledge upon which we can stand in the dark times, a ledge from which we can see the direction in which to proceed, and from that ledge we can move in that direction. This season, spend some quiet time contemplating the lights, and the light which will only grow from this point forward. Ask yourself: where do I need to shine the light in my own life? And what does that light reveal? Martin Luther King said that darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Use the light! Revel in this powerful metaphor to illuminate the darkness in your own life, and watch that darkness disappear.