Center for Spiritual Living™ Denver is a face, a place and a space for love, located in the heart of Denver. Here you will learn spiritual tools to transform your personal life and help make the world a better place.
We are an inclusive, affirmative spiritual center, teaching spiritual principles compatible with most core aspects of the world religions. We respect other spiritual paths and are anchored in the teachings of Science of Mind and Spirit.
Science of Mind and Spirit is a way of life that honors all paths to God and helps people to discover a personal relationship with God. When God is the focus of our spirituality, then other areas of our lives fall into place—we are happier, we can do more for others, be better stewards of the Earth, and bring peace and harmony to the world.
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Note from the Minister:
A broad stroke of sunlight is coming through my window this afternoon and I contemplate connecting with you via this letter. I love the sun. I love the rain. I love the moon. I love the clouds, too. I love the skies here in Colorado, when they are as clear and as blue as the eye can see and when they are hosting a thundercloud or two, working out changes in the weather. Autumn is approaching us, the nights are cooler already and I have been so content this summer with the warmth. How has your summer been...?
I am reminded of change when I connect in nature, especially this time of year. There are flowers in my garden and this year, food in my garden. Each and everything growing has its season of seed, growth, bloom and regeneration. This is true about the cycles of our lives, too. I think even our goals and dreams go through these cycles. Sometimes my thoughts can be in all of these places in one day, even one hour. And for me, when I go into my sacred space and get still, the perfect pattern and divine rhythm of life grounds me. It reaches me through my breathing (take a deep breath with me right now...) It affirms for me that my perception of the world begins right there, in my breath. As I breathe in, I connect and as I breathe out, I release. Before I know it, I am calm. Before I know it, I am residing in the comfort that I am not alone in this life experience. I am then inspired that each moment in life is for me and nothing is against me. Stilling myself like this prepares me for the next spiritual practice I might do while I’m sitting....and it also prepares me for the big spiritual practice I am always doing, living. My life is a living devotion to experiencing heaven on earth. Heaven on earth is to me is recognizing how blessed and cared for I am in every moment. I love something I recently read, “being grateful for what you have little of is easy..being grateful for what you have a lot of takes a spiritual master.” Take a deep breath in and out of that statement for a little while and see where it takes you. Until next time.
All my love, blessed be. Rev. Mary Jo
By Teresa Cardenas, R.Sc.P.
The final step of an SOM treatment is to release our Treatment or Word into the Law and to let it creatively take place in our lives. However, at times, in my attempt to let go and let Spirit unfold and manifest my treatment's intention, I have come to realize that I "give up" more often than I "let go.”
By giving up, I attempt to take back control. I literally give up on the Infinite Intelligence when I continue to worry about something, if I don't take responsibility for something, if I continue to be angry with someone, if I'm being passive-aggressive about something and/or if I continue to blame someone. I run through a checklist and check to see where I am. If I'm not releasing and letting go into the flow, I remind myself I am not letting go of my intention into the Creative realm, but I am trying to force the manifestation of an expectation.
It has become important for me to become aware I have an "unconscious" tendency to "give up" by taking back the control of something that I have processed, treated for, and attempted to let go of. In this way, I realize I'm desperately battling with aspects of myself that make it difficult for me to manifest my intention.
When I surrender and let go, I melt into the flow and allow the parts of myself that struggle so hard to be noticed to rest. When I give up, I give up on myself and my connection to the infinite. I put the power outside of myself and create a wall I can’t get over or a mountain I can’t climb.
I can let go when I realize how good my life is even without what I'm fighting so hard for. Yet, when I give up and take back control, I'm giving up on myself and the beautiful manifestations that spirit is incubating. Letting go is giving up on the unhealthy ego's attempt to maintain control and surrendering with acceptance to the higher aspects of myself that will step in and let go(d).
Melodie Beatty writes, “Letting go doesn’t mean we don’t care. Letting go doesn’t mean we shut down. Letting go means we stop trying to force outcomes and make people behave. It means we give up resistance to the way things are, for the moment. It means we stop trying to do the impossible – controlling that which we cannot – and instead, focus on what is possible – which usually means taking care of ourselves. And we do this in gentleness, kindness, and love, as much as possible.”
Letting go keeps you connected. It may involve painful decisions but you can still feel a sense of peace, and a connection with your truth. Giving up feels shallow, reactive, or incomplete inside.
Letting go is a decision. When you let go, you remain engaged. You step in and consciously choose your role in a situation. Giving up is not so much a decision as a way out.
Letting go is drama-free. Giving up nearly always involves dramatic exasperation and blame on outside people or circumstances. It is a surrender which no fanfare. It makes itself known only through its undeniable clarity.Letting to does not mean you’re weak or you didn’t try. It means you’ve tried all you can and you’re consciously choosing to let go. You’ll find grace, humor and expansion there. And so it is.