Are you ready for some fun?! At Center for Spiritual Living Parker we’re getting ready to embark on a Summer of Joy! We’re shaking off the winter doldrum and getting out to meet new people and meet back up with old friends. We’re stepping out to greet folks at Parker Days, the Holistic Expo and at Pride, and we’re planning a warm welcome for all our dear friends.
It’s been a difficult and strange couple of years, but the time has come to accept who we are now and to step into who we are becoming as a spiritual community. We might not know exactly what that looks like yet, and that can be scary, but it’s okay to be afraid. We know we have courage, (Courage is being afraid and doing it anyway) because Spirit is with us. We trust Spirit above all else!
And I know Spirit loves this courageous stepping out on our part! Our creativity and energy is churning right now, and that is when the Holy One is closest to the surface in each of us. What a great summer this is going to be!
So don’t miss out! Come see us at one of these events! Better yet! Come spend a Sunday with us!! 10am at Cimarron Middle School in Parker, CO! We’ll be thrilled to see you!
This is a busy time of year on the religious calendar. We’re in the middle of the Islamic month of Ramadan. It’s Holy Week for Christianity. Contemporary Pagans are preparing for Ostara. Sikhs mark Vaisakhi on the 14th. Jews celebrate the Passover beginning the 15th, and those that adhere to the Baha'i faith have the first and ninth days of Ridván within the month of April this year. It’s a lot to try and keep up with!
This coming Sunday at CSL Parker we will be taking a look at the Last Supper, the meal that Jesus ate with his disciples in the hours leading up to his death and resurrection. It’s not your typical Easter service, but then we aren’t your typical church either. Just like last week when we talked about welcoming the Christ.
The Christ is not a person but a principle. It’s our connection point with God within. The Christ is a consciousness within each of us waiting to be recognized and celebrated. Jesus never said he was special or that he was the only Christ. In fact, he said over and over again that we could all do what he did, and that it was the power within - what he called “Father” - that did the work.
The word “christ” has gotten all twisted up in our culture. It’s been assigned to one person who never claimed it as solely for themselves. Folks who just didn’t understand his teachings gave him and only him the title later on. We each have that consciousness within us though. It’s our Oneness with God.
Jesus just had it all figured out. That’s what made him so incredibly special. He understood that he was a part of God and God was all of him and a whole lot more. And Jesus then had access to that whole lot more through his Christ consciousness, through his Oneness with God. Jesus just got it! And he tried to teach all of us! We just haven’t quite figured it out yet.
But that’s why we gather together each week on Sundays and throughout the week in classes. We’re trying to figure it all out for ourselves. Jesus is a great guy to study just for that reason. So stop in this Sunday and hear about the Last Supper. Enjoy some community time at a church that’s a whole lot different. I’ll see you there.
Are you creative? I hope you said yes to that question. The simple fact is, we’re all creative. We are all wildly creative when we allow ourselves to be. We may think we can’t sing or draw or play an instrument, but we can do any of those things if we want. It may not be GOOD, but we can still do it. And if it brings us joy then not only is it creative, God LOVES it!
You see, we are each how God’s ideas come to be in this world of form. Without us, God can’t come to know itself better. What a responsibility! One of the greatest ways this happens is through our creativity. The onus is on each of us to let that creativity out into the world. It doesn’t have to be good enough to make money off of. We have to give up on this thought that the only creativity that is worthy is creativity that can be monetized. Creativity and productivity are not the same thing!
No, creativity is about joy. I can’t draw worth a darn, but much like my father, I love to doodle. Will that make me rich and famous? Of course not, but it brings me immense joy and connects me to Dad. And God loves it! God comes to know itself better because of my joy and that connection that I celebrate.
So, what creative endeavor brings you joy? Go do it! Get out your paints! Carve up the competition on the basketball court! Play an instrument badly! Just have fun and know that God celebrates your joy!