April 11, 2010
I’m currently unemployed. I don’t know what “I want to be when I grow up”, so it makes it hard to know what you’re working towards or the kind of work to even look for. That being the case, I have always only ever had jobs – not a career. Since I have been on this journey to live more consciously lately, I thought perhaps it would be interesting to find a job in that kind of industry – whatever that may be.
When I drive down 80E from SF back to Sacramento, I have noticed a sign on the right side of the freeway that says Center for Spiritual Awareness. I thought – hey, that could be an interesting place to work. I wonder if they’re hiring? So I Googled it when I got home, only to find out that it is not an office, but rather a church. Hmmm… interesting.
I have been looking for a church, kind of. You see, I have always considered myself to be more spiritual than religious. My thing is, I have yet to find any one religion in particular that I agree with 100%. If that’s the case, then I shouldn’t be a member. I think you can find good things from every religion. So I’m more comfortable with pullings things from here and there. Because isn’t that what it’s really about? Finding what resonates with you, and you spirit?
Based on their website, I felt like the Center for Spiritual Awareness could actually be the church for me. Right on the homepage, it says: “If you like Maryanne Williamson (I do), Wayne Dyer (yes), Eckhart Tolle (uh huh), or the movie The Secret (you know I do!), you’ll love the Center for Spiritual Awareness (CSA)! We are a New Thought community with transcendental relatives such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman. People of all religions attend and are welcome to become members or not. We are a nonprofit affiliate of the United Centers for Spiritual Living. This community exhibits acceptance and respect for all people no matter what their gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation (which I REALLY love). We do not teach you what to think. We support independent, positive, life-giving, affirmative thinking as the approach to even the most difficult of life’s situations. We do not proselytize, evangelize, or attempt to convert anyone.” Awesome. Sounds good to me!
So today I checked out the Center for Spiritual Awareness for the first time, and I. Love. It. I love it! It’s kind of exciting to find a place that you feel like is really well-suited for you (which for me has always been an issue, where church is concerned). The first thing I noticed when I walked in, is all along the back wall they have the symbols for every different religion you can imagine – Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Taoism, Native American – all of it. I respect a place that welcomes all. And trust me – all are welcome. The congregation was a mix of everything – young, old, every color under the sun, straight, gay, blue hair, piercings, conservative – you name it. Which is big for me. Not to mention the Senior Minister, Rev. Georgia Prescott, is hilarious, and the Gospel Choir is awesome – two things that can really make or break a church.
Each week they also pass out a card that has a weekly affirmation printed on it. You are supposed to carry the card with you for the week, and occasionally read to help keep that affirmation in mind. On the bottom of each card it says: “Please carry this card with you for a week. Read it slowly and imaginatively a dozen times a day until the affirmations have sunk deep into the subconscious mind, where Spirit will use them to heal and integrate body, mind, and affairs. If you would like a personalized affirmation for a stubborn area of your life, call the church.”
Today’s affirmation is: “I am a spiritual being, living in a spiritual universe, governed by spiritual laws, having a human experience. When my life is in alignment with Spirit, my human experience soars!” I am going to start sharing those quotes on the blog on Sundays. At least, on the Sundays that I go to CSA. 😉
I have included the links to both the Center for Spiritual Awareness here in Sacramento, and the United Centers for Spiritual Living, in case you want more information on what they believe. The Center for Spiritual Awareness is located at: 1275 Starboard Drive, West Sacramento, CA 95691. The United Centers for Spiritual Living website has a feature where you can find a Center near you, if you are interested. They have locations all over the world. (www.csasacramento.org) (www.unitedcentersforspiritualliving.org)