Thursday, December 29, 2011
Each person attending services on January 1, 2012 at any of the three morning services will receive a free copy of the product.
After that you will be able to purchase them at our store, and I think you’re going to enjoy them enough to want to give them as gifts.
Happy New Year.
This packet contains 30 spiritual seeds. Read one seed per day and open your mind to new possibilities. Repeat daily for best results. Select Seed Maintenance from the tabs above for additional free resources to support your personal spiritual seed thought development. When planted into your consciousness, these spiritual seeds will produce healthy results. The more often the seeds are read and contemplated, the more active they become in mind and assimilated into your routine thinking. When you have used these seeds for 30 days, plant them in the soil and water regularly. You will begin to see the physical manifestation of the spiritual seeds you have been planting in your consciousness.
Written by Ernest Holmes
Edited and Compiled by Willis H. Kinnear
Dr. Edward has chosen this book as the basis for our theme at the Center for 2012. (See a list of the 2012 Themes and Topics). His first talk on Sunday, January 1, has been titled “Discover New Worlds” which is a subject heading inside the first chapter. We are in for a powerful journey through the Science of Mind and how to apply it and live it in our own lives in the coming year with Rev. Edward as our guide. Copies of this book are currently available in the Stepping Stones Gift and Bookstore. Might it be wise to procure your copy now before the rush? This one looks like a keeper.
In the Introduction: “A New Design for Living was written by Ernest Holmes near the end of his long and distinguished career as a spiritual philosopher, author, minister, speaker, and teacher. Published the year before he made his transition, it offers the fullness of his thinking about and application of the principles of Science of Mind to the conscious creation of a new and renewed life. In the book we witness a clarity of thought and precision of expression that make every sentence important, meaningful, and valuable to take within, contemplate, and then prove in daily living. We get here some of the best of what Ernest Holmes offers to the spiritual awakening of humankind.”
From a book review by By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat: A New Design for Living is one of the preeminent works by this founder of Church of Religious Science, second only to The Science of Mind. In 23 chapters, Holmes lays out a plan for redesigning our lives that includes probes on everyday wonders, our partnership with the Infinite, making the most of our creativity, the law of correspondence, the process of attracting what we think, the need of faith, the idea that life is not against you, the abundant universe, the power of love, harmonious relationships, and spiritual mind treatment.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Date: Friday evening, January 13, 2012
Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa
2075 Occidental Road
Ken McCauley, CPA, CVA - and a partner in AL Nella and Co, CPAs - will provide you with tools and step-by-step training to clarify where you are now in order to accelerate your financial growth. Additionally, Ken will discuss case examples from his extensive work with individuals and businesses. Common financial terms will be explained, like net worth, net case flow, and liquidity.
Ken specializes in financial reporting, cash flow and tax planning for individuals and businesses. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in accounting, Ken gained professional experience working for several multinational companies: He first served...
as senior auditor at the national CPA firm, Main Lafrentz & Company and then as a financial analyst of international operations for Cooper Laboratories in Palo Alto. Subsequently, he became the manager of financial forecast at Genstar Corporation in San Francisco.
Ken started his own firm before merging with AL Nella & Company where he has gained over 20 years of substantial experience working with small and medium sized businesses. Ken is currently the partner in charge of the audit and accounting services, as well as the business valuation service.
Ken is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is very active in community services and has served on the boards of the Golden Gate Business Association, 18th Street Services, the Stop AIDS Project and the San Francisco Historical Automobile Society, and he currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Reviewer: Lee Boyack – Member, Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa
A surprisingly funny and honest book about writing spiritual music—WITH an upbeat CD of the songs behind the stories!
I was not familiar with Rickie Byars Beckwith, the Music and Arts Director of Agape Int’l Spiritual Center and the wife of Michael Beckwith. But the excitement generated by the announcement of her December 2nd, 2011 concert in Santa Rosa, moved me to buy her new book that comes with a CD of her music. Wow! I was not misled by the congregation’s anticipation of her appearance. I feel I have been given a gift of peace and joy at a moment when it was greatly needed.
The CD has 14 songs that have the kind of lyrics that move me into a calmer, more peaceful and joyful space. But, unlike some of the “spiritual” music CD’s I’ve bought before—I like ALL of the songs on this CD and would listen to them even if they didn’t have a spiritual message. To me, the music is a mix of R&B, Motown, and Jazz. Sometimes Rickie’s voice reminds me of Tina Turner. Sometimes the sound seems like Carlos Santana. There is a lot of variation in tone and beat which keeps me continuing to listen.
The book describes the stories behind the creation of each of the songs. I love the surprising honesty of Rickie’s communication. For example, the title song, “Let My Soul Surrender” was created at a meditation retreat Rickie considered a semi-annual “ordeal.” “Sitting in silent meditation for three days…has never been
my idea of a good time,” she says. (I love this woman! That’s just how I would have felt.). But from that place, she opened herself up and received a song that begins “What am I to do? What am I to feel?”… and continues to discover that the answers lie in surrendering to God.
Another song was created by being hurried and running into a glass window! Another was created from being frustrated that it didn’t seem her prayers were being answered when three close friends passed away. The situations in her life are easy to understand. She doesn’t seem distant or removed. And the music is very entertaining.
I think this is a great book/CD and recommend it. I have already purchased it as a gift for several friends and will probably purchase more for Christmas gifts.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Shortly after that I went to the Agape Church in Los Angeles and heard Rickie and Michael in person. What a glorious service that was. She played “I Release” and I got to sing along with the congregation and really tune into what it can be like to let go and turn it over to God. It inspired me...
to look at life in a new way by letting Spirit run my life and allowing blessings to come to me.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
After two weeks of serving Centers for Spiritual Living Summer Conference at Asilomar, staff and volunteers pack up the remaining inventory and head on home to Santa Rosa.
The room is empty!
And now it is time for lunch.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Rickie Byars Beckwith appeared at the Asilomar conference grounds where our mobile Stepping Stones Books and Gifts store is hosting the bookstore for the conference. She signed books and gracious got photographed with our staff, Manager Martha Salazar and volunteer, Rev. Ruth Barnhart.
Rickie’s products are available online from our store too.
Books and Gifts store crew ready to serve!
Monday, August 1, 2011
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Monday, July 25, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
In a Time of Transition for Millions, An Organization Offers A “Bridge” for Adults While Gifting Books that Build Literacy and Self-Esteem to Kids
Sonoma, CA - In these uncertain economic times where millions of people find themselves in transition, a “Bridge” is being offered that can help adults as well as children, teens and young adults.
The Bridge: A Seven-Stage Map to Redefine Your Life and Purpose is a book which offers support to those going through significant life changes such as job or career loss, retirement, illness, loss of a loved one or even surviving a natural disaster.
“Because of the enormity of change happening nationally and globally, people are being forced out of their comfort zones. They have a need for clarity and to be empowered in a new direction in their lives.” says author of The Bridge, Dr. Marilyn Powers of The I AM Foundation, an educational 501c3 non-profit. “The Bridge” says Dr. Powers, “…is a map to help them move forward.”
While The I AM Foundation is supporting adults move through transition with The Bridge, they are also empowering children by gifting them with books that help them face their fears and challenges, inspires them to feel strong and confident while they may be going through their own difficult times growing up.
The I AM Foundation gifts a book to a child, teen or young adult for every copy of The Bridge that is purchased either online or at one of their book signings. One of the books they gift is their signature book, The I AM! Affirmation Book which is endorsed by The First Lady of Sri Lanka and has over 165,000 copies in print.
It is being translated into 50 languages and been gifted in over 50 countries.
You can receive A 50 page sample of The Bridge or you can order The Bridge at www.iamfoundation.org. The Bridge (ISBN 978-0-9645224-5-9) is also available at selected book sellers and www.amazon.com. For each copy of the Bridge sold (hard copy or eBook) The I AM Foundation gifts a book to a child, teen or young adult.
Media and organizations may contact the author for interviews, speaking engagements and book signings to help impact their local community. The I AM Foundation is a 501c3 educational non-profit based in Sonoma and La Jolla CA. Established in 1998, it has gifted and distributed over 1 million books and products worldwide. For more information, please visit www.iamfoundation.org.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
So, what is an Enneagram? There is a lot of information about this system of understanding and working with personality types. Here is some general information to get you started.
As you think about your personality, which of the following nine roles fits you best most of the time? Or, to put it differently, if you were to describe yourself in a few words, which of the following would come closest?
Everyone emerges from childhood with one of the nine types dominating their personality, with inborn temperament and other pre-natal factors being the main determinants of our type. This is one area where most all of the major Enneagram authors agree—we are born with a dominant type. Subsequently, this inborn orientation largely determines the ways in which we learn to adapt to our early childhood environment. It also seems to lead to certain unconscious orientations toward our parental figures, but why this is so, we still do not know. In any case, by the time children are four or five years old, their consciousness has developed sufficiently to have a separate sense of self. Although their identity is still very fluid, at this age children begin to establish themselves and find ways of fitting into the world on their own.
The Enneagram can help us see what prevents us from remembering who we really are, the truth of our spiritual nature. It does this by providing highly specific insights into our psychological and spiritual makeup. The Enneagram also helps us by giving us a direction in which to work, but only as long as we remember that it is not telling us who we are, but how we have limited who we are. The enneagram does not put us in a box, it shows us the boxes that we are already in—and the way out.
This event is free, and you are welcome to bring a friend.
Sanna Rose, RScP
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Watch this space for upcoming free events. The next one is in July, An Introduction to the Enneagram. Click here for more information.
Lucky me to work in the bookstore the night of the event for book, All Is
Well, edited by David Bruner and Lee Hartley, for I got to join the pre-event buzz in the bookstore with Reverend David Bruner of CSL San Jose. Buzz is the word for his inimitable presence, for as each new person came into the store, David hailed them, and got their name and got them folded into a sudden story hive.
At his talk in Grinton Chapel, seat belts should have been issued, for his particular brand of storytelling and audience contact had us laughing like we were on a roller coaster, and yet the truths defined in the intimate stories from his congregants, chosen from All Is Well, were inviting, moving, hard-earned and healing.
Each tale in All Is Well is preceded by a beautiful, defining quote, and then followed by an inquiry for the reader to take the work of the story into the work of their own lives. These inquiries, each unique to the particular story, are written by psychotherapist, Lee Hartley, and sparkle with invitation to self-discovery.
This is an exciting portrait of the like-no-other atmosphere created by David Bruner at CSL San Jose. David is one of ten children, and he brings from that experience the natural activity of a family reunion--good fun and "we all belong." What a night of We Are One, Martha!
--Julia Vose McClung
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
|Stepping Stones Books and Gifts presents Dr. David Bruner, co-creator with Lee Hartley of the exciting new book All Is Well.|
Dr. David will be appearing on Friday, June 24, at 7 pm to talk about the creation of this book and how it has enriched his Center community.
All Is Well is a book of true stories of guts and grace, courage and compassion. Each of the 29 stories was written by the man or woman who lived it. Every one of them tells how they found a way to create forward momentum as they experienced intense difficulties in their lives. They did it by changing their mind. Even though the decisions were difficult, they made them. The moments of choice are truly turning points that were crucial to each of them, and to all of the positive experiences they’ve had since then. The stories are exhilarating. Each story shows that they have experienced the fullness of the precept of change your life by changing your mind.
The questions that follow each story encourage the reader to share the gifts of each author’s learned lessons, potentially saving the reader from having to pay the same price that the storyteller did. The step-by-step questions are thought provoking and gently help to expand the mind away from a previous comfort zone to new potentials and other possibilities.
You feel upbeat after reading the book and come away with the belief that “if he or she could do it, so can I!”
He finds Einstein and his two choices: “You can choose to see everything as a miracle, or nothing as a miracle.”
Seeing Good At Work by Dr. Edward Viljoen and Dr. Joyce Duffala
This little book is accessible, handy, mindful and delightful. It aids in harmonizing relationships, learning to recognize what IS WORKING at the office and metes out the useful information in 52 small bites--one for each week. It helps AVOID depression, situations that could turn into possible crises, and reduces the need for authoritarian style interventions in the workplace.
It is so universal in its approach, that the exercises and the philosophy of the book apply to life outside the workplace as well. This book makes a great gift for Human Resources/Organizational Development Departments or offers a fruitful weekend retreat centerpiece for building community among your colleagues.
For more information, reader reviews, example exercises, a peek at the text, visit Seeing Good At Work's blog.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Book Review: I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope & Joy, renderings by Hafiz, Translated by Daniel Ladinsky
Monday, June 20, 2011
Personally, I find that using these cards can stimulate spiritual practice and creativity during those 'blah' times. I select one of the cards randomly from the deck and give myself quiet time to think about the inspirational symbols and motivational words on the cards. I have also used these and similar affirmation cards at parties and have not yet been let down by the fascinating conversation that is stimulated whe people are asked to share what they think.
It's a whole lot more interesting than.... oh dear, I better stop right here.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
This is one of the most positive books I have ever read on being comfortable within the human condition. I enjoy the affirmations reinforcing the principle of Spirit within and also the words one can use to release the stumbling blocks that sometimes get in the way.
Allan Yeager, Trustee
Saturday, June 18, 2011
The beingness, the stillness, the awareness within that he brings our attention to in his narration is the same that we can all come to regardless of the technique, mantra, or visualization that we may use or have been trained to practice. “The art of meditation is allowing everything to be as it is.” There is a very rich experiential of “being” within this book/cd. I highly recommend it.
Having this accessible guide has enlightened me in many a passage or conversation. For example the term ‘subjective mind’ always crossed my eyes. In this little pocket book, there are 14 definitive descriptions of subjective mind, clarifying my confusion very easily.
Jennifer Mann, RScP
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