Spiritual Enrichment Courses for Winter 2020

A Fresh Look at Affirmations

“Words are vibrations of thought. Thoughts are vibrations of power and energy. Strong words or commands, such as “Wake up,” uttered feebly without the background of latent vigorous force, are meaningless. Hence, when you mechanically affirm, “I am prosperous,” but in the background of your mind, you think, “I am always poor, and I am going to remain so. What is the use of prosperity affirmations anyway?” then, of course, no results will be forthcoming.”              Yogananda 

In this class, Dr. Edward will explore:

  • What an affirmation is and what it is not.
  • What you say to yourself, and if your inner dialogue working for or against you.
  • What affirmations do to your deeper mind.
  • How to say what you mean and mean what you say in affirmations.
  • Three powerful ways to make affirmations work.
  • How to convert your affirmations to action.

Emma Curtis Hopkins: Teacher of Teachers

Listen to these words from Emma Curtis Hopkins: “It is the nameless expectation of my soul that it shall love its life entirely.”  

For many, these words reach directly into our hearts and identify what we are always calling for in everything we do. Emma (as I like to call her) was the “teacher of teachers” in our New Thought spiritual tradition and in our class we will experience her ability to speak within us as well as to us. This 4 night class will use her book “Scientific Christian Mental Practice” (from the Roots of Science of Mind class) as a guide as we explore more deeply teachings from this and other writings by her and how they apply to our daily lives.

Textbook: Scientific Christian Mental Practice by Emma Curtis Hopkins

Lifting Each Other Up: Spiritual Community as Spiritual Practice

How important is the spiritual community to living a spiritual life? In Buddhism, spiritual community (“Sangha”) is co-equal and synonymous with Buddha (Awakened Mind)  and Dharma (Buddhist teaching and practice). 

In the language of Science of Mind, this roughly means Spirit, spiritual practice and living, and the spiritual community are the same thing. On the one hand, this makes sense according to our philosophy which considers Spirit to be in, through, and as everything and everyone. On the other hand, many of us Science of Mind types are individualistic, perhaps even sometimes viewing other people as a distraction to the spiritual life. 

So how can we make sense of the idea of “being community” as a spiritual practice which is an essential ingredient for the path of spiritual living? How does interrelating with people of a similar spiritual focus enhance and uplift each of us? This class considers these and other questions concerning our spiritual interdependence,      

In the Footsteps of St. Francis: Living on the Earth

Saint Francis may be the most recognized of the Catholic saints. Most of us know the lovely prayer of St. Francis which begins “Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.” Some of us have statues of St. Francis in our gardens. He lived for only forty-four years, dedicated to living in the example of Jesus. Though we are unlikely to walk barefoot in humble surrender to the Divine as Francis did, there is much to be gleaned from his life and words. In this four-week class, we’ll breathe into the images in the Canticle of the Creatures and we’ll explore Care for Creation, the Franciscan approach to healing our earth. We’ll also share our thoughts on how such a man might inspire us as we walk the earth, most likely in shoes.