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Love Casts Out All Fear
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 30:53 | 21.2 MB
The three things that people are most afraid of are death, other people, and their own minds.
The Buddha said this, "All we are is the result of what we have thought. It is founded on our thought. It is made up of our thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.
"All we are is the result of what we have thought. It is founded on our thought. It is made up of our thought. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him."
So if we're miserable, what do we do? If we're unhappy or suffering, what do we do? The answer here is clear.
Presence, Awareness, and Intention
Elizabeth Manuel | 33:25 | 23.0 MB
Motivational guest speaker Elizabeth Manuel speaks today about presence, awareness, and intention.
She considers the question, "What's lurking beneath the threshold of our consciousness?", as she weaves examples of practical spiritual principles into triumphant stories of her life's struggles.
The Enchantment to Oneness
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 39:06 | 26.9 MB
As a modern society, we tend to operate in ways that are not sustainable. This is our enchantment with progress.
But we are not stuck, and we teach spiritual principles that we can apply in our lives, individually and collectively, to change the way that we show up in the world.
How to Use It
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 40:50 | 28.1 MB
Ernest Holmes wrote that in the New Thought movement "we are likely to indulge in too much theory and too little practice."
We need to practice these spiritual thoughts and spiritual modalities, to integrate them into the foundation of who we are.
"As a matter of fact, we only know as much as we can prove by actual demonstration."
What It Does
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 40:36 | 27.9 MB
Ernest Holmes wrote, "We can know God only in so far as we can become God."
We must practice these things as we work towards waking up our consciousness.
"It is necessary that we release all thoughts—as well as things—that clutter up our lives."
"I am looking at the face of God. You are beautiful. I support you in releasing and dissolving and eradicating whatever it is that you know is no longer required. You've got this. I celebrate your freedom and giving birth to the infinite possibilities!"
The Way It Works
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 45:04 | 31.0 MB
Divine Power is the energetic field of unconditional love and infinite possibility. When we move into that field, that's where instantaneous healing takes place.
It is never too late. We are never too old. We are never too young. We are never deficient in any way, shape, or form. This is the only moment. We are in this incubator of unconditional love and possibility.
This Presence is immersed in us.
Divine Energy is unceasingly seeking an outlet. There is a Universal Mind, a Spirit, an Intelligence that is the origin of everything. It is First Cause. It is God. This Universal Life and Energy finds an outlet in and through all that is energized and through everything that lives. There is no spot where God is not.
The Thing Itself
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 48:11 | 33.1 MB
"Protector and controller, may we please move through the Doorway of the Infinite Possibility of Love?"
This January, Dr. Patrick explains the basics of the Science of Mind. Through Dr. Ernest Holmes, he explains how the engine works, and that it works for everyone.
The study of the Science of Mind is the study of First Cause, Spirit, Mind, or the Invisible Essence, the Ultimate Stuff and Intelligence from which everything comes, the Power back of creation.
There is a Divine Plan, and the Divine Plan is one of Freedom. Freedom is the birthright of every individual. All instinctively feel this. The inherent nature of man is forever and forever seeking to express itself in terms of freedom.
Reviewing Our Year
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:00 | 26.1 MB
Dr. Patrick gives us three tools to look over the past year to help us move into the new year. He considers the "disease of more", a look at our values, and new ways of practice.
The Mythic Christmas
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 37:28 | 25.8 MB
Why do we have the Feast of Christmas?
Dr. Patrick considers the history of how we approach Christmas and the birth of the Christ. It turns out that Christmas and the Winter Solstice are linked in a very beautiful way.
The deepest dark is not where grace goes to die, but the place where grace goes to be born and reborn.
Empowerment Through Self-Discovery
The Teens, Aleisha Cloutier-Parcels, and Daniel Sande | 38:03 | 26.2 MB
The teens and their advisors, Aleisha Cloutier-Parcels and Daniel Sande, share their personal stories on how they are learning empowerment through self-discovery.
Amy Bishop on Being Awake
Amy Bishop | 50:19 | 34.6 MB
Musician and spiritual hero Amy Bishop moves us with her powerful songs and stories about being awake.
Going Beyond Our Story
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 40:25 | 27.8 MB
Transnarrative cognition is understanding and going beyond our story.
Dr. Patrick looks at "Green", the final meme in the first tier of Spiral Dynamics, which represents community.
Remember that your perception of the world is a reflection of your state of consciousness. You are not separate from it, and there is no objective world out there. Every moment, your consciousness creates the world that you inhabit. – Eckhart Tolle
Awakening to Ourselves
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 45:02 | 30.9 MB
This week, Dr. Patrick looks at "Blue" and "Orange", the fourth and fifth memes in the Spiral Dynamics.
Blue represents the rule of law. The establishment of order. The quest for ultimate peace.
Orange represents the achiever-self. Playing the game to win. The quest for material pleasure.
He then gives us three spiritual practices to help us awaken through the challenges presented by the above memes.
Warriors for the Human Spirit
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 31:08 | 21.4 MB
Dr. Patrick looks at "Red", the third meme in the Spiral Dynamics, which represents the warrior.
The Great Turning
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 45:36 | 31.3 MB
Dr. Patrick looks at "Purple", the second meme in the Spiral Dynamics, which represents the tribe.
The Evolution Revolution
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 44:25 | 30.5 MB
Dr. Patrick looks at "Beige", the first meme in the Spiral Dynamics, which represents survival.
We all rely on others for our survival.
Making Friends with Conflict
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 31:42 | 21.8 MB
Conflict happens in every area of life. Using Dr. Gary Simmons' book The I of the Storm, we can learn what is conflict, why embrace it, and how can we stand in the eye of the storm.
We need to understand that change and movement are the heartbeat of the universe... the field of creation. Change is never ending and follows universal, predictable rules. All events have their origin in opposite, complementary forces, like yin and yang. This is our curriculum. This is how we evolve.
Conflict is a tool. It brings us to the edge and gives us the chance to make a choice. Only at the edge of the abyss of our insecurities do we realize they are filled with potentialities. Conflict leads to rebirth and transformation.
The Life of Diamonds
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:01 | 26.1 MB
The Centre is undergoing a transformation from a minister-centric community to a ministry-centric community. This is guided by the Genogram activity and our community's Shadow Card and Q Card. The Shadow Card is when we are acting outside of our integrity. The Q Card is the diamond that we are being called and shaped into.
Visionary Tama Kieves says it this way, "I hate transitions. But I am black coal, and this compression is turning me into a diamond. And as much as I want to conform and just be like every other chunk of coal, I am cursed by my need for a life of meaning. I will walk or crawl through transformation because I want a life of diamonds."
Our Story, Our Genogram, Our Q Card
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 27:22 | 18.8 MB
Dr. Patrick presents the community's Q Card. The reverse side of the card speaks of the shadow qualities of our community, while the front side of the card speaks to our destiny as a vibrant, impactful ministry-centric spiritual community.
Dr. Patrick's talk is followed by a meditative musical experience presented by Dennis Goodwill, using singing bowls, gongs, and other instruments which were not captured well by the recording, and hence not included in the podcast.
Gratitude and Thanksgiving
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 37:48 | 26.0 MB
No one is against us, even our own lives.
Our lives become predictable because attention and awareness continually re-frame the present moment to the context of past influences. These are our patterns. Consciousness is poured into the creative framework of attention and awareness to set in motion the forces that organize the manifest universe. If consciousness is in bondage to the past, or if attention is mesmerized according to ingrained patterns of awareness, the future is simply an extended line from here to tomorrow. In other words, we just keep repeating the past.
How to Not Be Triggered When We're Judged
Dr. Gary Simmons | 30:05 | 20.7 MB
As we begin to do church around the purpose of transforming lives instead of doing church around the purpose of feeling better about ourselves, we in the community begin to feel a greater sense of empowerment, partnership, and ownership.
This week, the Centre's transformation coach, Dr. Gary Simmons, visits to teach us how to not be triggered when we're judged.
Knowing how is not enough to begin practicing not being triggered when someone judges us. We need to know why we should not be triggered.
Right now we're living in a story of separation. But we're shifting into a world of inter-being, a shift to a context of wholeness, of oneness.
When we are being judged, here is what we say: Tell me more.
Why? Because the judgement is not about us.
And we may find that behind every judgement is the gift of the revelation of an unmet need. But to get there, we need to stand in the place of "Tell me more."
States of Being and Stages of Being
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 45:55 | 31.5 MB
This week, Dr. Patrick previews the upcoming weekend Genogram activity with Dr. Gary Simmons that will happen at the Centre. The Centre and its ministry has a history and thus a pain body. The purpose is to identify the unconscious patterns that drive or run our ministry when we are not conscious, as well as those patterns and the unintended consequences of the current way we do ministry in the minister-centric practice. We then seek to answer: Who did we come here to be? Why does the Centre exist?
There are states of being and stages of being. A feeling of oneness is a state, and how we view it will be coloured by our stage of development.
Limitation and poverty are not things but are the result of restricted ways of thinking. We are surrounded by a Subjective Intelligence which receives the impress of our thought and acts upon it. This natural Law in the Mental World is neither good nor bad. It can only be said of It that IT IS, and that we may consciously use It. The Law is a law of reflection; for Life is a mirror, reflecting to us as conditions the images of our thinking. Whatever one thinks tends to take form and become a part of his experience. The Medium of all thought is the Universal Mind, acting as Law. Law is always impersonal, neutral, receptive and reactive.
Look into the mirror with love.
Waking Up to the Infinite Possibilities
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 39:56 | 27.4 MB
We have within us a Power that is greater than anything we shall ever contact in the outer. A power that can overcome every obstacle in our lives and set us safe, satisfied, and at peace, healed and prosperous in a new light, in a new life.
We've fallen asleep and gotten caught up in the outer. But waking up is so beautiful and wonderful. We do this by working to our edge, to the limits that we've reached previously.
Mind, all Mind, is right here. It is God's Mind, God's creative power, God's creative life. We have as much of this Power to use in our daily life as we can believe in and embody.
Let us heal our sense of separation. Let us stop listening to the mind and start listening to the heart.
Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy. – Joseph Campbell
International Day of Service
Dr. Jennifer Bowerman | 37:33 | 25.8 MB
Service is: Giving to others, service to self, being a presence, compassion, being unselfish, doing something for others without expecting reward or gain, helping without expectation, and helping people when they are unable to complete a task for themselves.
Being in service to others reminds us of our humanity.
It's a chance to share our life experience with others and to realize that we are not so unique. It helps us to feel better about ourselves, and to feel better about our world. It is our opportunity to share our goodness with others.
At the end of life, what really matters is not what we bought but what we built, not what we got but what we shared, not our competence but our character, not our success but our significance. Live a life that matters. Live a life of love.
Never Give Up, But Always Give Over
Rev. Nadene Rogers | 34:11 | 23.5 MB
This week, guest speaker Nadene Rogers teaches about never giving up but always giving over.
On the theme of surrender, we learn how to let go of our identity to find ourselves, to let go of the roles we play and the masks that we wear.
We give ourselves over to who we are being and how we are feeling and what we are thinking in every moment. We give ourselves over to that which is so much bigger than we are.
We need to embrace our humanity to know our divinity.
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 45:01 | 30.9 MB
This week, Dr. Patrick teaches from the ideas of Shariff Abdullah and his work for societal transformation.
There are three stories that are alive on the planet. The first story is the Keeper Society, who live in harmony with all of life. They are the indigenous people on the planet. The second story is the Breaker Society. These are the ones "creating a world that is best for me". They predict and control. They represent separation. The third story is the Mender Society, who create a world that works for everyone. They embody the unitive consciousness, the idea of One Life, One Presence, and One Power.
Keepers say, "Earth is Abundant." Breakers say, "There is never enough." Menders say, "Abundance needs our help."
Spiral Dynamics - Beyond Just Processing Our Feelings
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 39:44 | 27.3 MB
In the system of Spiral Dynamics, the first tier is all about action. In the second tier, the theme is being.
And as we move into the second tier, into yellow, we begin evolving from separation to inter-being.
To facilitate this evolution, we accept what is, we honour what has been, and we understand that our actions may not shift things immediately. We must take heart that others are answering the call and are taking action to be part of this paradigm shift.
Prayer is Essential to Happiness
Elizabeth Manuel | 32:23 | 22.3 MB
Guest speaker Elizabeth Manuel speaks about the important link between prayer and happiness.
Prayer is not an act of overcoming God's reluctance, but should be an act of acceptance of Its highest willingness. Through prayer, we recognize a Spiritual Law and put ourselves in alignment with it. Prayer is constructive, because it enables us to establish closer contact with the fountain of wisdom, and we are less likely to be influenced by appearances around us or to judge according to experience.
For the Joy of It
Dr. Rev. Patrick Harbula | 37:15 | 25.6 MB
Guest speaker Rev. Patrick Harbula speaks about living for the joy of it.
Life is not just something to be endured. It is to be lived in joy, in a fullness without limit. We have a song to sing, we have a joy to bring to the world, and love and peace and happiness.
Joy is not the opposite of sadness (that's happiness). Joy is an ever-present pervasive spiritual quality. A deep inner peace. A connectivity.
As long as we don't resist life's experiences, we get to experience joy all the time.
Spiral Dynamics - Shifting Paradigms
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 35:47 | 24.6 MB
Continuing his teaching on the Spiral Dynamics framework of human evolution and change, Dr. Patrick discusses the mechanisms behind the emergence of a new paradigm.
Each paradigm shift is a reactive, adaptive response to the inadequacies of the previous world view. Namely, our move from survival to shamanic thinking, to tribalism, to individual warrior consciousness, to the rule of law, to innovation and democracy, to meaning and balance, etc.
First-Tier thinking is about sourcing our well-being and comfort from outside of ourselves. The Second Tier is where we can appreciate healthy aspects of each perspective and find ways to communicate with all the world views, regardless of whether we agree with their actions or not.
It is about growing up and waking up. Growing up is when we stop being a victim. Waking up is when we begin to recognize the One Life that is All.
The Teens | 45:35 | 31.3 MB
Our youth, returning from summer camp, share their stories of transformation and personal self-empowerment through shadow work and re-cognizing their self worth while being fully supported in a loving, intentional community of others.
Spiral Dynamics - The Second Tier
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 45:17 | 31.1 MB
There's a power for good in the Universe, available to everyone, and we can use it.
Dr. Patrick continues introducing Spiral Dynamics, a system that looks at the patterns of cultures. The first tier is about doing. The second tier is about being. This week, Dr. Patrick covers the Second Tier.
There is not a process of adjusting reality to the conditions that need to be changed, but of adjusting the condition that needs to be changed to a reality that already exists. In other words, we don't need to fix anything, we need to evolve into something.
Spiral Dynamics - The First Tier
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 42:37 | 29.3 MB
Enlightenment is not about magic. It is about seeing clearly.
In this week's talk, Dr. Patrick introduces the First Tier of Spiral Dynamics, a system that looks at the patterns of cultures. The first tier is about doing. The second tier is about being.
The Mirror Effect
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 37:35 | 25.8 MB
Life mirrors back to us what we are.
Our consciousness precedes our experience. So are we keeping our commitments? Do we expect the Universe to behave any differently towards us?
In the practice of the Power of Eight, we "power up" through the heart connection. We are energetically connected, and when we set an intention as a group, doing so through unconditional love, we step into the Mystery and into the Unknown. This allows the Power That Creates Worlds to do Its work in us and through us, making miracles happen.
We have a miraculous power within us waiting to be released. – Lynne McTaggart
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 42:02 | 28.9 MB
What is a miracle? According to Einstein, a miracle is "spooky action at a distance".
Virtual entanglement: We are connected whether we realize it or not. For every action that we take, even if no one witnesses it, it matters. Every action matters.
Caring for one another is caring for ourselves. Praying for one another takes us out of the spin of ourselves. There is miraculous power that we hold inside to heal our own lives that gets unleashed ironically the moment we stop thinking about ourselves. Our internal state is very important in this process. When we hold an intention—the perceiving power of the mind—and link it with kindness and caring, we access the ability to shape substance. And when we get out of our stuff—and with altruism, compassion, and genuine concern for another—when we get into that space and send others positive intention, we open the door to healing, both ours and theirs.
Miracles abound in this story of inter-being.
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 41:58 | 28.8 MB
What is a miracle? A miracle is an event or an action that apparently contradicts scientific law.
Dr. Patrick introduces Lynne McTaggart's The Power of Eight, a book that looks at harnessing the miraculous energies of the small group to heal others, to heal our lives, and the world. This books documents the transformative and miraculous changes that have taken place through the power of group intention and offers very compelling evidence of the power of the mind.
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 32:51 | 22.6 MB
Parenting oneself—the creative process by means of each one of us—is never-ending. So it is today on Mother's Day that we celebrate the part of us that is the feminine face of God, because that is in fact the creative part of thought, the thought process that puts whatever ideas we might have into form.
The idea from Stoicism known as Amor Fati represents the immense power of learning to love our fate. Amor Fati is to not only accept everything that life brings us—good or bad—but to love it, to embrace it, and to revel in it. It has all come for us, so that we can look at it and heal it, and not stay stuck.
Epictetus said, "Don't seek for everything to happen as you wish it would. But rather, wish that everything happens as it actually will, and then your life will be serene."
Awakening and Transformation
Elizabeth Manuel | 34:39 | 23.8 MB
The divine impulse is always to grow—to evolve and change. Periods of dormancy are normal, but when we cling to the past and refuse to grow, we stagnate.
Every moment is our opportunity to challenge ourselves to awaken to a new experience, to transform and be the best version of ourselves.
How We Build Our Tomorrows Today
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 36:27 | 25.1 MB
Life is an adventure in which we never know what is going to happen just beyond the turn of the road. But too often our today is filled with regrets over the past. If we could convince ourselves that the limitations of the past need not be carried into the future, what a happy outlook we should have.
Today is the only day in which we live. And yesterday has forever passed. The change that we need to make within ourselves must be made today. We have to live each day as though it were complete and perfect unto itself. We have to live each day as if all the Joy in the Universe were ours now.
If we make every day a day of praise and thanksgiving, a day in which we recognize the Divine Bounty and the Eternal Goodness, and if we live today as though God were the only Presence and the only Power there is, we would not have to worry about tomorrow.
Jesus did not seem to think that this change required months and years of strenuous effort. Unlike those around him, he knew that God, or the Divine Spirit, wishes only good for everyone. He knew that we are all rooted in Pure Spirit, in Perfect Life, and that at any moment we can so unify ourselves with the Power of Good that evil will disappear from our experience.
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 44:24 | 30.5 MB
How old is old? And when does a person get too old to enjoy life? Could a person be as young at 80 as he is at 18?
Some of the scientific minds today are telling us that while time exists, age does not. That, in reality, time is not a way of measuring years and months and days, but rather, a measure of experience in a limitless life.
God's Mind is the only mind there is. And God is eternal. The whole proposition in this we believe because God lives in us and we are able to think because the Mind of God lives in us.
God Speaks to the Heart
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 44:55 | 30.9 MB
The intellect is not the creative factor in the universe. Rather, it is feeling that is creative. God speaks to the heart through a language of feeling, a feeling which is affirmative.
The best psychological balance is between the intellect and the heart, because the intellect can give a certain definite form to feeling. But unless the feeling is there, the intellect will have merely provided the empty mould. We want not only to feel but to think. We wish not only to think but also to feel.
Another way to say this is this: "Love makes the world go around, but the Law keeps us from getting dizzy."
Teen Sunday: Transforming Lives through Authentic Living
Aleisha Cloutier-Parcels & Daniel Sande | 46:57 | 32.3 MB
We are here to transform lives, starting with the journey of rediscovering the truth for ourselves. Accept yourself as you are in this moment. Let how you are right now be okay. Once we learn to be authentic, we can explore ourselves and figure out what resonates with this one. This expands outwards to the whole world.
Second, we learn open-hearted living. We impact those around us by being our authentic self and living with an openness. We create ripples!
Easter for Metaphysicians
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 35:08 | 24.1 MB
How do we do Easter as metaphysicians? We interpret scripture metaphorically and metaphysically. There is a meaning upon the words.
It's all Spirit, it's all God. In this dualistic world that we fall asleep in, what is happening is that this Icon, this Idea, is giving Itself to the world to bring forth the light of Radiance into the world and to reveal that nothing is separate from Divinity.
Jesus' story of death and resurrection is a story of new orientation. When the self has been annihilated and drops away, we witness a resurrection, we realize a new orientation. We are no longer the centre of our own individual lives.
Easter is a wonderful metaphor about living from the Christed consciousness. As Dr. Ernest Holmes said, "Jesus was not the great exception—he was the great example. And as the human gives way to the Divine, in all people, they become the Christ."
Visioning and the Emergination
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 43:31 | 29.9 MB
Following Derek Rydall's Emergence, Dr. Patrick leads us through an exercise of activating our "emerginations", to help us discover and process our soul's purpose.
He then gifts us with a Rumi poem about breaking up the soil, a metaphor on how breaking our old patterns is necessary to cultivate the life energy of our soul.
"Our spirit needs to follow the changes happening in the spacious place it knows about. There, the scene is always new, a clairvoyant river of picturing, more beautiful than any on earth."
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 47:48 | 32.8 MB
To the scientific mind, the will of God is manifest in the immutable laws of the universe. For the overzealous religious, their definition of the will of God appears to come through some special revelation giving birth to a certain spiritual system of thought which forever after is to be taken dogmatically and accepted without question, a truth and a faith once and for all delivered. But it is evident that God's will and God's nature must be identical. If the nature of God is limitation and bondage, then the will of God must be limitation and bondage.
When we use the word God, we mean the Great Reality. The Infinite Unity. The Final Truth back of all manifest life. The Absolute and Causeless Cause. The One Unconditioned Complete and Perfect Being. Indivisible, Changeless, and Whole. If the nature of God, or Reality, were unhappiness, then the will of God would be toward unhappiness. But to suppose that the nature of God could be toward any form of limitation is to suppose not only an inconsistency, but an impossibility. The Truth is Limitless. The Nature of God, then, is not one of limitation or bondage but liberty. Our divine inheritance is self-sufficiency, perfection, peace, wholeness, and this must include abundance, self-expression, accomplishment, and happiness.
The Complete You
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:40 | 26.6 MB
We, like all others, are seeking the joy of living. This urge is in every individual; it is in every thing.
Life has entered into us and, with it, the irresistible impulse to create. Socrates called it Spirit. Jesus called it Father in Heaven. Some ancients called it Atman. Why not just call it Me? The Complete Me. This is the Infinite Presence, and we are It.
The God We Believe In or The God Who Is?
Rev. Tammie Banting | 25:20 | 17.4 MB
This Sunday, Rev. Tammie Banting considers the difference between and the merits of worshipping the God we believe in or the God Who Is. The God who is believed in is, at times, some part of the God Who Is. Therefore whatever God we believe in—provided we believe this God is already in us—must respond to us at the level of our belief. It is done unto each of us as we believe. The principle is infallible. The practice is what we make it.
She also asks whether we see Dr. Patrick as an ordinary professional minister or as a spiritual superhero—red tights, cape, and all!
Belief, Faith, and Prayer
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 44:42 | 30.7 MB
Belief is a certain way of thinking, it is an activity of consciousness.
Faith is an affirmative mode of thought that says "I can" as opposed to "I can't" or "I shall not".
Prayerful communion ascends to that place
Where unity has not yet become variety,
Where the unformed One is ready to take any specific shape.
In this act of communion, the individual
Becomes co-partner with the Eternal
And gives birth to time, space, and conditions.
– Dr. Ernest Holmes
Dr. Patrick weaves together these three concepts into an awareness and insight on how they can pertain, assist, and transform our lives in 2018.
What is Spirituality?
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 41:38 | 28.6 MB
In today's talk, Dr. Patrick touches on the artist's mentality, the experience, and how to take offense the right way.
Spirituality is a rather elusive thing. We can touch it through an artist's mentality. The Artist feels beauty, senses its presence, and to a degree communes with it. In the same way, we can find a communion with the Invisible Harmony, the Supreme Being, the Mind, the Heart of God, or the Creative Essence.
To Be Spiritually Awakened
Dr. Jane Simmons | 31:05 | 21.4 MB
We are the ever-expanding Principle of Conscious Intelligence. – Ernest Holmes
Today's talk is given by Dr. Jane Simmons, an ordained Unity minister, author of You Can't Sleep Through Your Awakening.
She reminds us, as Gurdjieff wrote, "We can't unconsciously become conscious." Let us not forget, we are spiritual beings having spiritual business to transact on this physical plane.
We came here to really embody this truth, that we are Spirit expressing Itself in a body.
To Be Human is to Embody a Paradox
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 44:27 | 30.5 MB
Digging into Ernest Holmes' book Living the Science of Mind Dr. Patrick looks at the chapter entitled "Self-Awareness is Not Enough".
The three main points are: paradox, self-awareness, and self expression. A paradox is a statement or situation that defies logic. Our big paradox is that we are human and yet we are divine.
We are here in complete freedom. We can choose to be a vessel for Spirit or not. Self-awareness clears the track for right action—self-expression.
How to Use It
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 40:33 | 27.9 MB
Three key areas of focus:
The Amazing You
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 51:21 | 35.3 MB
Inspired by Dan Zadra's book 5 - Where Will You Be Five Years From Today?, Dr. Patrick looks at three areas of focus:
What It Does
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 41:40 | 28.6 MB
Focusing on the classic Science of Mind textbook authored by Dr. Ernest Holmes, Dr. Patrick looks at Chapter 3, "What It Does". He discusses three main points:
If we seek to alter conditions and experiences, then it must first begin with our own consciousness. We practice the releasing the old to make way for the new possibility and opportunity.
If We Don't Have a Dream, How Can Our Dreams Come True?
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 46:28 | 31.9 MB
Using Dan Zadra's book 5 - Where Will You Be 5 Years from Today?, Dr. Patrick looks at the importance of writing down our personal mission statement. Only we can write it, and only we can live it. It should be grounded upon our top five values. Write it with the awareness that mindfulness and balance are important. Be specific, and think big!
The Way It Works
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 39:01 | 26.8 MB
For years, the Centre for Spiritual Living Edmonton has had two services each Sunday: one at 10:00 am and one at 11:30 am. Starting in 2018, Dr. Patrick will be giving two different messages. The early services will focus on the fundamentals taught by our founder, Ernest Holmes, and the Science of Mind textbook. Today, we discuss the second chapter entitled "The Way It Works."
How does the creative process respond to the individual's level of faith, receptivity, and collaboration?
Transforming Lives through the Power of Vision
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 39:19 | 27.0 MB
The best day of our life is the day that we claim it as our own. To take responsibility for the direction that our lives will take.
Everybody needs a mission statement.
Goals and Dreams. Where will we be five years from today? What will we do with the time we have over the next five years? What are our top five values? Research shows the importance of writing down our goals and consistently revisiting them.
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go." – Dr. Seuss
Our imaginations are just the preview to life's coming attractions. – Einstein
If we don't have a dream, how can our dream come true?
A goal is a dream set to paper. Don't just think it—ink it!
The Thing Itself
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 42:41 | 29.3 MB
Highlighting 100 years of the Science of Mind by focusing on Chapter 1 in Dr. Ernest Holmes' monumental work, The Science of Mind.
Three areas of focus:
The Divine Plan is one of Freedom. The Love and the Law is available and expressed through every individual because it is a definite principal. We plant seeds of possibility with our Objective (Conscious) Mind and our Subjective (Subconscious) Mind to demonstrate and reveal the intention set by conscious mind.
The Mythic Christmas
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 41:20 | 28.4 MB
The story of the birth of Jesus is one of going through the deepest darkness and finding fresh radiance. That radiance comes from the courage to walk towards the things that scare us. Jesus' birth coincides with the return of the light to the world and the renewing of life. By taking on the Christ Consciousness—the personification of the Presence of God—we become the light of the world.
If we find ourselves in a dark place right now, know that the dark place is where grace goes to be reborn.
The Christmas Radiance
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 26:55 | 18.5 MB
Luke tells the story of the birth of Jesus as a message of hope; when we think there is no turning around, keep going. When the angel Gabriel appears to Zacharias, he questions it. When the angel appears to Mary, she is willing and simply asks, "What must I do?"
Mary and Joseph represent what must change for a new shift to take place. They went through great hardships because of Jesus—they were cast out of their tribe, lost their privileges, and were rejected. Like Mary, we are all pregnant with the Christ, and we can choose to have faith and hope and be willing to go through some darkness in order to experience the new radiance.
Where Light Shows Up
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 49:41 | 34.1 MB
What is here now if there is no problem to solve? This is a question that nurtures the idea of possibility. What must we become to give birth to this possibility?
Let us free ourselves forever from the thought that God may be pleased by a life of sacrifice, that the world is any better because of our misery, or that righteousness is more perfectly expressed through poverty than abundance. – Dr. Ernest Holmes
We are not meant to suffer. We bless the world by living in freedom, in joy, and in abundance.
Know that the greater abundance of every good thing which we are bringing out in our lives, the more perfectly we are satisfying the Divine Urge within us. Every good thing is a reflection of the awake awareness of this unified field of co-creation.
Discovering awake awareness is the key to the transformation of consciousness that leads to our ability to live from freedom, well-being, and loving connection.
Planting the Seeds 2
The Board of Trustees | 53:05 | 36.5 MB
This is the second of four "Planting the Seeds" community gatherings hosted by the Centre's new Board of Trustees.
The meeting starts with a review of the last meeting. Then we hear results from the last meeting's small group gatherings, feedback from the community survey questionnaire, and an update on the social media and marketing effort for the Centre. We are then introduced to the idea of Spirit Groups, which are small groups that focus on ministering to the community at large.
A highlight of this meeting is the impassioned speech given by Lisa, which occurs after the 37-minute mark, encouraging us to leave the past behind so that we can continue the work of touching lives by listening to one another and "doing something".
A discussion takes place on the need to revise the meaning of membership as stated in the bylaws.
Dwayne describes the ongoing work on the Centre's Strategic Plan as: "Planting trees under whose shade we never expect to sit." It is also a process of replacing panels on the plane as we fly it.
Leading, Living, and Growing Through Change
Dr. Jennifer Bowerman | 35:02 | 24.1 MB
Life is curly! Don't try to straighten it out!
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Jennifer Bowerman, gives a talk on leading, living, and growing through change, highlighting the importance of white space in change moments.
We are always in the light. We don't always see it, but it's there. Doubts are natural, but we can use them as signposts to guide us to the light. We always come out the other side.
How do we manoeuvre in a world like this? The answer is that we want to keep as many options open as possible. We go for viability—something that's workable—rather than what's optimal. A lot of people say to that, "Aren't we accepting second-best?" No, we are not, because optimization isn't well defined any more. What we are trying to do is to optimize robustness, or survivability, in the face of an ill-defined future. And that in turn puts a premium on becoming aware of non-linear relationships and causal pathways as best we can. We observe the world very, very carefully, and we don't expect circumstances to last. – Dr. Brian Arthur, in Waldrop
When we're really in a stew!
And we don't know what to do!
Bring in the light
Think "white space"
And draw, draw, draw!
There is no magic bullet to making us whole other than our own transformation. Our caring and sharing and loving for others are transformative practices that only exist in our heads, our hearts, and our hands. We have to work through our shadows that keep creating our dramas.
This Season of Peace on Earth
Rev. Tammie Banting | 28:47 | 19.8 MB
We are called to focus with great faith that as we turn our attention and energy to all that is good in the world, that is what will expand, and when we choose to focus on peace, peace will expand.
Rev. Connie Phelps, currently working in Kenya, says, "This is a truth teaching and truth is truth for everyone, no matter who we are, where we are, or what colour we are. It's as simple as that."
Let us be conscious of how we spend our spiritual coin—our attention and intention. Let us be aware of what we are saying yes to with clicks and tweets and thoughts. We are creative beings and we are stewards of our thoughts. Everything is energy.
Planting the Seeds 1
The Board of Trustees | 61:43 | 42.4 MB
This is the first of four "Planting the Seeds" community gatherings hosted by the Centre's new Board of Trustees.
At this meeting, each member of the Board introduces themselves to the membership, giving some background on how they came to the Centre, how they got involved on the Board, and their personal vision surrounding the Centre's new focus on mission-centred ministry.
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 36:09 | 24.8 MB
We all have gifts and we are accountable for how we use them. Jesus' parable of the talents teaches that those who use their gifts well will have abundance. Those who don't use their wealth well will lose what little they have. They may feel like they are suffering, but Ernest Holmes teaches that suffering is a result of not living according to the laws of the universe. It is a loving indicator that we are out of alignment with the truth of our being. The man in the parable who was foolish with money—who hid his gifts—went straight to making excuses and casting blame. That is not our truth.
We have each been given gifts, and if we don't share them, we all lose. All of life, including money, is a gift from God, and it is ours to share and manage well.
Sufficiency is Abundance
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 50:59 | 35.0 MB
Sufficiency isn't an amount at all. It is an experience. A context we generate. A declaration. A knowing that there is enough and that we are enough.
As we lay down the path of our lives, we must find something that works for us and keep digging. We keep digging our well, and we keep digging deep, because there is water there.
We are a community here. A Beloved Community is a collection of individuals who are learning how to love themselves, one another, and the Universe.
In community, through respect and equal partnership, we activate and cultivate the energy of hope and possibility.
Living From More Than Enough
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 52:16 | 35.9 MB
The natural effort of every individual to better his or her own condition is more powerful than any obstacle that gets in his or her way. – Adam Smith
Independent of any amount of resources, scarcity is an unexamined and false system of assumptions, opinions, and beliefs from which we view the world as a place where we are in constant danger of having our needs unmet.
There are three toxic myths of scarcity:
By buying into these myths, we lose the fullness of what we already have. It perpetuates a source of resignation instead of having a soul experience.
Instead, each day upon going to sleep, we should ask ourselves:
Where Abundance Shows Up
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 34:49 | 23.9 MB
Today, we look at the journey that brings our soul to money, and money to our soul.
It is a journey of realigning our relationship with money to be more truthful, free, and potent. It enables us to live a life of integrity and full expression that is consistent with our deepest core values no matter what our financial circumstances.
On this journey, we learn to embrace its flow. It is all about forming a life not grounded by wants and needs, but by commitments.
Ultimately, we find that our life is independent of our financial situation.
For many of us, our first thought of the day is, "Not enough sleep." And our second thought is, "Not enough time." We can see how immersed we are in an internal mindset of scarcity. This fuels our outer experiences of discord, fighting, annoyances, and grief.
But we can change this pattern and form a new dream. And how can we change the dream of the modern world? It takes knowing ourselves at a deeper level, and it requires courage. Our opportunity is ultimately to answer the call of greatness.
Like no other time in history, we are free to make meaningful lives. Be ennobled by this thought!
Transformation: What We Have to Lose
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 49:18 | 33.9 MB
Fear is opportunity. The ups and downs of life either create personal growth or personal fear. Which of these dominate is completely dependent on how we view change.
Fear is the tool of a man-made devil. Self-confident faith in oneself is both the man-made weapon which defeats this devil and the man-made tool which builds a triumphant life. It is more than that. It is the link to the irresistible forces of the Universe which stand behind a person who does not believe in failure and defeat as being anything but temporary experiences. – Napoleon Hill
Situations are often not as we like. How do we come up with the assumption that life is not okay the way it is? Who says that the way that life unfolds is not alright? Fear.
Projection is this: We define all of creation based on the messed up parts of our insides. If this is so, then what do we expect creation to look like?
For spiritual evolution, the heart must become a sea of love, and the mind must become a river of detachment. Let us prepare our mind to receive the best that life has to offer.
As for the person we are called to become, how would they operate this day?
In order to be who we are, we have to be willing to let go of who we think we are. – Michael Singer
When prayer removes distrust and doubt, and enters the field of mental certainty, it becomes faith; and the Universe is built on faith. – Dr. Ernest Holmes
Where Transformation Shows Up
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 35:49 | 24.6 MB
If we know God as an Indwelling Presence, our prayer is naturally addressed to this Presence in us. We long for, and need, a conscious union with the Infinite. This is as necessary to the nature and intellect of humanity, as food is to the well-being of our physical body. – Dr. Ernest Holmes
A river of energy flows through all of Life, through the whole Universe.
The most spiritual primal energy we have is directed toward survival. But most of us don't live lives under constant threat of annihilation anymore. So we have moved from the physical protection of ourselves to the psychological. And this habit of constant protection causes us to shut down our energy centres.
So real spiritual growth requires one person inside of us—not the scared person and then the protector. If we don't really want it, then don't protect it. Because when we get rid of the scared part of us, we don't have to worry about getting disturbed. This is the process of working with our triggers.
Spiritual growth is when we feel our energy start to change. When we start to tighten, it's a signal that it's a time to grow, not to defend. And the only price we have to pay is letting go of our small self.
The Shadow Effect
Dr. Gary Simmons | 34:57 | 24.0 MB
Dr. Gary Simmons, co-creator of the Q Process, speaks today on the Shadow Effect.
The world is changing. Are we on the transition team yet?
Sometimes we are being the somebody that is not the truth of us. So in the Q Process, we explore the ways to release our own limiting beliefs and bring forth greater awareness of the dimension of ourselves that is infinite and eternal, to co-create a new world.
We have been sent to be the One unto our own life.
Transformation of the Heart
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 37:09 | 25.5 MB
Our souls long to be free.
For each of us, the only significant experience with the Divine is the direct experience. It is very personal. There has to be an opening. It has to be welcomed. The world of the senses draws us in. Then our mental reactions and emotions draw us in further.
What differentiates a conscious-centred being from a person who is not conscious is the focus of their awareness. True meditation is the simple awareness of being aware.
When the heart opens, we feel love. When the heart closes, love stops. The heart controls the flow of energy by opening and closing. This is the secret of the spiritual heart. The heart is the centre of Divine Love and perfect circulation. Its actions are harmonious, vital, adequate, and complete. The pulsations of Life are steady, unceasing, and perfect. Love is at the centre of humanity's being, and the calm, continuous pulsations of Life are governed by love.
Consciousness is What We Are
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 46:47 | 32.1 MB
Michael Singer says in his book The Untethered Soul that, "There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that we are not the voice in the mind. We're the one who hears it."
It's all about consciousness. Yet we can become engulfed in fear even though there is nothing to fear. We can try to change our physical world to feel empowered, yet the real power is internal. We think that winning the lottery will make us abundant, yet it will not shift consciousness.
When we feel triggered, we should ask, "What is alive in us? Why do we perceive this situation as a problem?" The place to deal with a problem is within.
Enjoy Jackson Browne's song "Alive in the World".
The Courage to Trust
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 43:38 | 30.0 MB
Life requires courage, and it takes courage to trust. We can build trust and treat confidentiality as a spiritual practice. Brené Brown says we can create a vault—a safe place where we put things people have told us that we never share. Gossip merely creates a false sense of intimacy.
Past-president Barack Obama shared his thoughts and perspective to a group of young people called the Goalkeepers. He spoke of looking at the world and rejecting the notion that there are things we can't control. We have the opportunity to push for change, to contribute to something proactive and creative. We must reject pessimism and cynicism and keep up a relentless optimism.
We can trust the God-Presence within us, above all else. With It, we have the energy to maintain that relentless optimism.
The Courage to Feel and Transform
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 39:03 | 26.8 MB
Watch "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars.
Brené Brown says, "When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending." We are each here to be the author of the brave new ending of our lives.
Become aware of the expectations you have and how they can lead to disappointment. We can learn to listen to the busy voice in our heads but not be that voice. We can take a step back and be aware of our thoughts, and this helps us process outside things on the inside. We won't get the answers all at once, but when we're in coherence and we ask, "What's ours to do here?", we can feel our way forward.
We've never had as many people waking up on the planet as right now. We are part of that tribe!
The Courage to Author Our Own Story
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:12 | 26.3 MB
We can move forward—evolve—more effectively when we bring greater consciousness to everything we do. It takes courage to do that, in particular, to write our own story and be the director of our own lives.
Ernest Holmes said, "We really never bound freedom. We merely use it in a restricted way. The restriction is not in the principle, but in our use of it. Why not use our imagination to enlarge our experience?"
Courage: Rising Strong
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 48:50 | 33.6 MB
In the quest to live a wholehearted life, we must have courage. Brené Brown, in her book Rising Strong, explores how those who recognize the power of emotion and are not afraid to lean into discomfort make the biggest difference in the world. There is no courage without the fear that causes it, and it is okay to feel vulnerable.
"Owning our stories and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we'll ever do." – Brené Brown
Inclusivity: Including the Shadow
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 41:47 | 28.7 MB
Carl Jung said, "Until we make the unconscious conscious, it will direct our lives and we will call it fate." He also said, "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."
We all have triggering moments. These give us the opportunity to learn something about ourselves. When we feel uncomfortable or troubled, we are out of alignment with the truth of our being. The Q Process, by Dr. Gary Simmons, helps us work through our triggers and aspects of our shadow.
"The One" video that Dr. Patrick plays is here.
Are you a Leading-Edge Creator or World-Class Survivor?
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:42 | 26.6 MB
We have the incredible opportunity to live in harmony with the Unified Field—like metronomes that become synchronized. If we don't, we will find that incoherent messages in our energy create incoherent messages in the body.
There are two states we can live in: survival or creation. Survival mode is filled with stress and dis-ease. The long-term effect is that we become enslaved to the material reality. To enter creative mode, we must abandon our attachment to our body, to the physical world. Instead of consuming energy, as we do in survival mode, we create it.
When we are in sync with the natural rhythm of the Unified Field, we have more energy and better balance. We can learn to live with the paradoxes of the world—to allow both sides to exist in equal dignity and worth.
Inclusivity: The Key to Personal Transformation
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 36:27 | 25.1 MB
Inclusivity. "Where there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you." – African proverb
First of all, inclusivity starts with ourselves—owning all of ourselves and welcoming every experience in life as our teacher. Secondly, we need to understand the difference between translation and transformation. Translation opens the door, but true transformation causes real changes to occur in our ego. Thirdly, new learning opens new doors. We can learn new ways of relating and processing our hurts.
Carl Jung understood how important it is to be nonjudgmental and practice "unprejudiced objectivity".
Living from a Place of Joy, Trust, and Radical Gratitude
Dr. Rev. Patrick Harbula | 35:57 | 24.7 MB
When we are in a place of joy, then we are at our best.
When we are living from an inner experience of freedom, joy, and abundance, everything else works out.
When we get to the place in consciousness where we realize that it is no better to have a million dollars than it is to owe a million dollars, then we will have the consciousness to create anything we want with the snap of our fingers. To say otherwise, to say that this situation is better than that situation, is to say that the world of form has control over how we feel inside. This an outside-in game, whereas we know the truth that it is an inside-out game.
New Age vs. New Thought: What's the Difference?
Dr. Rev. Patrick Harbula | 33:31 | 23.0 MB
We are all one. There is one Spirit or Force that contains All. We create our reality through what we think. Love and God are synonymous. Meditation and conscious prayer create dynamic change in our lives. We are capable and all on a path of evolving into higher states of consciousness and expressions of love.
We are not creating our reality from the presence of our personal self, we are creating our reality from the presence of our higher self. Therefore, everything that is created is for us, and nothing is against us.
We are not just evolving as a species, we are evolving into a new species. A universal human. This means becoming beings who walk in harmony with all things, and who recognize our power to create our reality.
Wholeness - Living an Undivided Life
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 35:16 | 24.2 MB
We are born with an inherent wholeness.
We learn of the creative power of thought. We are intrigued by the wonder of it. We can become fascinated with the fact that thought is creative, that what we think takes form in our experience to some degree. We begin to use this law for every possible purpose for the benefit of ourselves and for others.
We often go through a phase of treating to control people and things. Most of us pass through this phase. We then move on to treat to control our own mind and our own consciousness. Of this, Emerson said, "We must stay at home with the Cause."
Wholeness is the experience of staying at home with the Cause.
Wholeness - Our Personal Myth
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 39:14 | 27.0 MB
We are not a drop in the ocean—We are the entire ocean in a drop. – Rumi
We are all myth-makers. Empowerment is when we are no longer dependent on something or someone outside of ourselves. Are we creating our personal reality consciously, or is it being created by virtue of our conditioned self?
There is an infinite potentiality available to all. It mirrors back to us what we are sending out from our own state of consciousness.
Wholeness - From Suffering to Coherence
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 40:50 | 28.1 MB
We are living the richest experience, in wholeheartedness in the quantum field of possibility. Our newest science meets the oldest traditions in beautiful synergy. Buddhism teaches that everything is impermanent and suffering is a part of living. We have the opportunity to learn how to suffer and then cast it off. In our modern world, we are learning the secrets that ancients knew—how activating the pineal gland and keeping our chakras in alignment gives us a better chance of reaching coherence and accessing the divine.
Wholeness - Know Thy Shadow, Know Thyself
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 34:48 | 23.9 MB
Tibetan monks attempting to move a large, clay Buddha discovered that it was actually a gold statue covered in clay. We too have a golden shadow—a part of ourselves we do not want to recognize, that isn't a part of the image we present to the world. The mask we wear is one of clay; it can crack and show the true self within.
We must give our attention and energy to that which creates greater aliveness. Let us understand our mask and begin chipping away at it. What is the opposite to our public persona? Look for the blessings that our unowned self has gifted us with.
We can't embrace that which we won't own. We must do this to experience wholeness. Dr. Brené Brown said, "The irony is that we disown our difficult stories to appear more whole and more acceptable. But our wholeness, even our wholeheartedness, actually depends on the integration of all of our experiences including the false."
Wholeness - The Companion of Oneness
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 44:33 | 30.6 MB
The kingdom of heaven of which Jesus spoke is the unified field of consciousness. The seeds in Jesus' parables are ideas in our consciousness. A small seed planted in the right conditions and tended in the appropriate ways can flourish. The same is true of the thoughts in our consciousness.
"Think about God and God will think about you. When we turn from destructive emotions, they are no longer fed by the creative imagination. A transformation takes place when love destroys hate by absorbing it in its Divine flame. The negative state which we have created by unhappiness cannot be healed by adding more unhappiness nor by analyzing the unhappiness we already have. Rather,it is healed as we turn to the contemplation of wholeness. Filling the consciousness with joy lifts grief out of itself until it no longer exists." – Dr. Ernest Holmes
There is nothing between us and the Kingdom of God but our own mistakes.
What seeds are we planting? Is the field (of consciousness) ready?
The True Meaning of Yoga
Mandy Trapp | 33:36 | 23.1 MB
Lifestyle meditation teacher Mandy Trapp shares with us the true meaning of yoga.
Yoga means to yoke together, or to bring together, into union all the dimensions of who we are.
The soulful aspect of ourselves is the one that is just watching it all happen. And it is the same one that has been watching since the moment we took the first breath in our life, and it will be the same one that watches as we take the last breath in our life. And in that last breath in our life, we may feel the greatest sense of yoga or union.
Patanjali wrote that the practice of yoga is available to us throughout our entire life if we go through the process. The outermost expression of who we are in yoga or in union is who we are in relationship to each other. The next layer is how we relate to ourselves—our inner dialogue. The third layer is known as asana—the seat and position that we sit in all areas in our lives. It is the many hats we wear, and all the rules that surround those roles. To get there, to reconnect with ourselves, we need to practice closing our eyes and withdrawing our senses and to practice the cessation of comparing.
Yoga is learning who we are in those quieter places and then showing up just like that as we plug back into the world.
Our Superpower is Love
Rev. Carmien Owen | 39:28 | 27.1 MB
"Man re-enacts the nature of God." – Dr. Ernest Holmes
After the dark night of the soul, we are broken open, and we learn a lot about ourselves. But we can only go so far with our intellect, and then we need to open our hearts. Our ego mind can spin a story of separation, of aloneness, but the heart tells a different story.
Jesus spoke of God as a Father, but God is also a Mother. The father is the activity, the light, the thinking, the electricity. The mother is the love, the magnetism, the bonding, the attraction; Mother-Love brings order to chaos. In the Law of Attraction, the thought (Father) is where it starts, but the magnetism (Mother) brings the experience to us. It is electro-magnetism.
We are creations of the I Am Presence; we have incarnated and are plugged into the Cosmic Lattice. Our thoughts activate love. We are all superheroes because we love—and our superpower is love.
Shining the Light on Prosperity
Rev. Tammie Banting | 25:01 | 17.2 MB
In today's talk, Rev. Tammie gives us several practical ways to become more prosperous.
The three metaphysical laws that govern everything govern money, too. The first is the Law of Unity—a spirituality of wholeness. When we find wholeness through Source, we find the peace we may be seeking in money and learn what prosperity looks like for us individually.
The second is the Law of Cause and Effect. For every manifestation, there is an invisible idea behind it. An experience of lack is caused by ideas or beliefs about lack.
The third is the Law of Circulation. The nature of life is giving and receiving—life energy flowing. Feeling prosperous comes from a grateful attitude, a generous heart, and a life of circulating our good.
In our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives. – Deepak Chopra
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 45:02 | 30.9 MB
Carl Jung was guided by four key principles in his teaching and life work:
Ernest Holmes wrote, "There is an infinite, creative Intelligence which creates all things by imparting of Itself to become that which is created. This Creative Cause is an indivisible unity."
Shadow work is an imperative part of the spiritual path. We must own our own shadow.
We can learn the power of waiting while others do their shadow work. By not protesting or denying a situation, we can leave enough room for people to work out their problems among themselves. Such things can only be accomplished if our own shadow is reasonably well in-hand and we are not tempted to plan our own retaliation. We are advised to love our enemies, but this is not possible when the inner enemy—our own shadow—is waiting to pounce and make the most of an incendiary situation. If we can learn to love the inner enemy, then there is a chance of loving and redeeming the outer one.
Generosity and Volunteerism
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:24 | 26.4 MB
When we are volunteering, the quality of the outcome as the result of our activity is directly connected to the state of our being or our consciousness that our activity springs from.
The consciousness from which we offer our gift determines the ongoing nature of our efforts and the results that follow. When we plant a seed of love from a consciousness of love, there is a better chance that what we've planted will flourish and have long-standing impact and a ripple effect.
Who we choose to be, and taking action from a feeling tone of what we've chosen, makes all the difference in the experience of our action and the crop that we harvest. We are the soil and the gardener of our own field of possibility.
This agreement that we strike personally has everything to do with our relationship with others—how contribution, generosity, openness, and willingness can liberate us in relationship with ourselves and with one another.
A shift in awareness can move us from a life of survival to a life of contribution. When we name ourselves as a contribution, this produces a shift away from self-concerns and engages us in a relationship with others that is an arena for making a difference. It produces rewards of a deep and enduring kind.
Joseph Campbell put it this way: "When we are connected to something larger, at those moments we realize that we and the other are in fact one. Survival is the second law of life—and the first is that we are all one. These truths are revealed in moments of great gratitude, true inspiration, heart-felt joy, or heart-stopping awe."
The Longing of the Soul
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 34:22 | 23.6 MB
We are all on a soul's journey. So much of our growth happens in our heads, we forget that we need to take action as well—it all works together. Contributing to the world around us is the culmination of our growth.
3 key points:
Deepak Chopra's book: How to Know God
The Invisible Mom
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:12 | 26.3 MB
The universal creative force is as much feminine as it is masculine. It is accepting of any ideas we give it and it gives birth to them. We are created in the image and likeness of the divine, with the ability to interact with it and determine our life's course. Our choices build faith in something—possibility, opportunity, creativity—or in error beliefs of restriction and limitations.
God created with his word, "let there be..." and so do we create with our words. What we say most often, we become. Jesus was a radical, and he said, "I have come so that you may have life and have it more abundantly." Mother Nature shows us that abundance and is always guiding and directing us.
If you ever feel like an invisible mom, know that God sees, knows, and loves you. (Story by Nicole Johnson.)
(Song is "Hands of Grace" by Jack Fowler.)
Givers, Takers, and Matchers
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 32:50 | 22.6 MB
Adam Grant, in his book Give and Take, describes three types of people—givers, takers, and matchers. He studied organizations, engineering firms, and hospitals to discover that the givers are both the most and least productive people. How can we create a world where more of the givers get to excel? We must recognize that givers are the most valuable people in any organization. We must create a culture where it's okay to ask for help. This changes everything, and allows the givers to help more. Adam Rifkin, successful entrepreneur, says his secret is five-minute favours or strategic giving to help another. It is conscious giving—identifying what he can do that will help another and contribute without overextending himself. The key to creating a successful team is not to bring in more givers—it's to weed out the takers. This can be tricky, because agreeable people may not always be givers.
Don't Stop Believing
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 33:02 | 22.7 MB
New belief requires resilience. We have to decide whether we would rather be a victim or a creator of our lives. Do we want to suffer more, or do we want more joy?
It can become power to us only as we recognize It as Power. We cannot recognize that It is while we are believing that It is not. Our belief sets the limit to a Principle which of itself is without limit. It is ready to fill everything because It is infinite. So it is not a question of Its willingness nor Its ability—it is entirely a question of our receptivity. – Dr. Ernest Holmes
Gratitude is giving thanks before the thing is here, because we know it is already complete in the Mind of the One.
Could we become inspired by our future? To see the lower self from the higher self, and get back into the best state of being? Stop walking back into the past. Start bringing up the emotions of the future, feeling a magnetic charge. Energy is a frequency.
Who will we be today? Change Change Change! We are reprogramming ourselves to the Unknown. We have set our intentions and we surrender the old to the Unknown. We are unlimited possibility.
The Infinite Self
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 40:03 | 27.5 MB
Our evolution is never ending. We are always evolving and growing, on the journey. Dr. Holmes said, "There is something within us all which consistently pushes us forward, which demands continued progress."
Ask great questions. Because the Infinite answers! Why not ask, How can I see the divine in this? Can I claim this as a gift? "We're all a cell in that soul of the infinite," says Deepak Choprah. There is a divine realm and we can lift our vibration and interact with it.
What are the ideal growing conditions? The Science of Mind practice works, but sometimes we don't work—"The very thing we wish to avoid, neglect, and flee from turns out to be the primal material in which all real growth occurs." – Andrew Harvey
Here is how to embrace growth in every opportunity, see God in every opportunity, and embrace the good and bad and everything in between:
[Video about forgiveness]
Jesus, the Great Example
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 40:22 | 27.7 MB
We celebrate Easter, Jesus the Christ's personification of the presence of God, his life of wisdom and integrity, his death and resurrection, and what it means for all of us. We have all experienced suffering because of what we believe. We all must die to our egoic or false selves. Our calling is to follow Jesus' example and learn to have the courage to love.
Our journey ultimately is not one of consumption. It is one of contribution. It is one of service, of love.
How to Be Empowered
Wayne Lee | 30:17 | 20.8 MB
Guest motivational speaker and entertainer Wayne Lee talks about how we can face a life challenge and, through the process, empower ourselves.
How can we be free? How can we empower ourselves? How can we let go of the stuff that stops us in our own mind? How can we become a better performer?
Fundamentally, how do we consciously create the life we desire?
We can ask ourselves two questions whenever we are going through such a life shift: What can we learn from this? What can we do about this?
A third, final question that becomes the most important question: What are we grateful for because of this?
The Power of Transformational Giving
Neil Williams | 29:50 | 20.5 MB
Guest speaker Neil Williams describes how fulfilling it is to think about what would be most meaningful as a remembrance of our lives—how a gift from our estate can support our individual values and passions.
Our conscious participation in all our giving lifts our spirits, feeds our souls, and makes us happier and healthier people. When we leave a charitable gift in our will, we leave an expression of our spiritual nature, a natural extension of our place in our community.
"Life is an eternal givingness, the offering of the cosmic self to the joy of its own fulfillment. We are a part of this joy and we find fulfillment only as this joy passes through us to others... Everything moves in circles. We short-circuit our own good when we refuse to pass it on." – Ernest Holmes
We are Always Being Guided
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 34:24 | 23.6 MB
We are always being guided. Even when it doesn't feel like it. The world is our classroom and other people are our assignments.
When we recognize our problem, condition, or error-belief, we can give it a name. This is the spiritual practice of labelling or noting. It can distance us from the experience. It can release it from being part of our false identity. It gives the mind something to do. It helps us to recognize our patterns. Eventually the experience being noted disappears.
If we look at the thing we are afraid of until we really understand it, it will no longer have any element of fear for us. – Dr. Ernest Holmes
Feel the feelings that live beneath the old pain. Call on compassion to clear the path.
The way to get rid of fear is through the cultivation of faith—a faith founded on the thought that God is all there is. – Dr. Ernest Holmes
We are the Dreamer that Dreams the Dream
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 43:52 | 30.1 MB
We are responsible for what we see, because perspective is everything. Things are not what they are; they are what we think they are.
We are not responsible for what our eyes are seeing. We are responsible for how we perceive what they are seeing.
The circumstances of our lives have less to do with our happiness than the sense of control we feel over our lives. How we frame the circumstances of our lives is so important.
It is the simple, small things that can change everything. To have a radical shift in perception, it can be as simple as perceiving our job with more gratitude. More gratitude, more love. A small change can change us forever.
Divine Abundance is forever manifesting in our affairs. Today, we expect every good thing to come to us. For we know that Divine Abundance is forever manifesting Itself in our affairs. We are keeping our whole mind and thought and expectation open to new experiences, to happier events, to a more complete self-expression. Everything that belongs to Spirit we accept. Everything that partakes of the nature of Divine Reality we claim as our own. We identify with success, and we prosper in everything we do.
We can ask for guidance. What is ours to know here? Insist on the quality of the guidance that is available to us. We can insist on the highest alignment with the greatest good for the best possible outcome.
The Holy Instant is that moment when we surrender our fear to the care of the Universe and accept Its perspective of love. It is an act of faith, that we are not alone.
We are not alone. We are Sons and Daughters of the Universe.
We are the Miracle
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 31:53 | 21.9 MB
Knowledge is power and self-knowledge is self-empowerment. But as Dr. Joe Dispenza says, "If we use our brain to change our brain, it will only make our brain worse." We must open ourselves to pure consciousness to let go of resistance and make a profound change to our lives.
Make time to connect to the Divine, to surrender to the Great Unknown, and to foster the feeling-tone of gratitude.
Pentatonix video of "Imagine".
Who Are We?
Mandy Trapp | 33:17 | 22.9 MB
In today's talk, lifestyle meditation teacher Mandy Trapp seeks to answer the question, "Who are we?"
Drawing from the teachings of Adi Shankara, an 8th Century teacher in India, Mandy presents his "Layers of Life" as a way of knowing ourselves in a different way. The Layers of Life represent us as three bodies, each composed of three parts. The three bodies are the Physical Body, the Subtle Body, and the Causal Body.
Why did we come here? Why did our soul choose to come as us? We came to re-member—to create and have experiences, and to remember Who we belong to.
Ultimately, we only have two desires at the soul level: to be happy and to be free.
Right Here, Right Now, Right Where I Am, I Pray
Rev. Tammie Banting | 30:46 | 21.2 MB
We tend to look at prayer as an isolated activity—a tool, a quick fix, or an emergency manoeuvre. We think it's something we do one time and it's done. But that's not how life works. Whether we realize it or not, we are praying continually. Every thought is a prayer, and our thoughts are shaped by our beliefs. We all have beliefs, and what we believe about our lives is what keeps showing up. Our beliefs can add to our life, or limit it. They narrow, guide, expand, limit, and eliminate the happiness in our lives.
When we use affirmative prayer, we want to pray using words that the Universe can say a resounding YES to! Ernest Holmes said, "Feel the prayer. What does conviction about what you are praying for feel like? Faith has a feeling tone. Abundance has a feeling tone. Love has a feeling tone. Feel your prayer. Keep feeling it after the prayer is spoken. Be your prayer. Feel it."
A Victorious Attitude, Our Soul's True Nature, and the Proof
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:26 | 26.4 MB
Michael Beckwith said, "We are on the planet to be and express the Divine Love of God, that is alive in every fibre of our being, waiting to be released through us onto our world; living as love is a way of life that brings heaven on Earth."
A Victorious Attitude: To recognize the unlimited power of God brings victory to the soul. All problems begin and end with our own consciousness. We are as miserable or as creative and free as we decide to be. We begin to solve our problems at the point of origin when we are awake in our consciousness.
The Soul's True Nature is Love Awakening: We must welcome our soul to have more love and truth in our lives. We can delay our soul's evolution and emergence but we will never escape its call. Every mind is on a soul's journey.
The Proof is in the Doing: When we apply the principles in our lives—adding in moments of meditation throughout our day, adding mindfulness—we know we are really making a difference and change is possible.
Seeing with the Eyes of Love
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:40 | 26.6 MB
This week, Dr. Patrick introduces Martin Luther King's idea of the Beloved Community, and what that means.
"Jesus had finished the greatest experiment with life that any man ever made. There were no longer any doubts or questions, no longer any 'ifs', 'ands', or 'buts'. He implied, 'This is the way it is, now go and prove it.' We are on an adventure of self-discovery through faith. The Infinite Intelligence can only respond to what we give It. And we are learning the greatest lesson in life, that man and woman do not live by bread alone, but by a Subtle Power which flows through everything, a Divine Presence which encompasses everything." – Dr. Ernest Holmes.
Our goal is to create a beloved community, and this will require a qualitative change in our souls and a quantitative change in our lives. Our opportunity is to clear away the obstructions that keep us from living in unity.
The first step in the quantitative change is self-acceptance. It is knowing that we are enough, that we are loved beyond measure.
We are the Spark of Life and Love
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 44:02 | 30.3 MB
The soul is like a wild animal. It is very shy. It is not called into our life or our experience with loud noise. It is typically found in the quiet, in the depth of the forest where it lives. All it needs is a welcome, an invitation.
We have fallen asleep in the world of materialism. Without the soul's participation, we continue to want more and more. "The world is beginning to realize it has learned all it can and should through suffering and pain," says Dr. Ernest Holmes. "We are the drop of God in the ocean of God."
Self-love is so important—it helps us work from the higher realm. We deserve to be our own friend! Let us take a little time to love and appreciate ourselves.
"Love is within us. It cannot be destroyed. It can be ignored. To the extent that we abandon love we will feel it has abandoned us. Denying love is our only problem and embracing it is the only answer. Through the power of love we can let go of past history and begin again. Love heals, forgives, and makes whole." – Dr. Ernest Holmes
Stopping, Being, Listening
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 44:00 | 30.2 MB
Resolutions are the sign that we are ready to live our lives in a new way. The world commonly believes that thinking, planning, and doing are very important. And they certainly are important for getting things done in a linear way. But a better idea for connecting with ourselves and our joy is stopping, being, and listening. This leads to insight, clarity, and inspiration.
The first law of Love is to listen. If we ever go to that place of stillness, out of it everything comes. The uncreated creativity, the creative possibility of the individual out of the uncreated, the voice that is not spoken yet is ready to articulate.
We are given a new name written on a white stone. A new name. A new nature. We are free. Nothing is holding us back from our good. As we receive this new name, we may ask ourselves these questions: What is ours to do? What have we come here, at this point in time, to be? What is the quality we are here to express more of?
A Place to Find Meaning and a Place to Belong
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 42:13 | 29.0 MB
Our planet is now moving from mysticism to the higher wisdom of practical mysticism.
We choose to be on the path of resiliency. We can shape and direct our thoughts, our feelings, and our lives. We are not stuck. There is an Unseen Force with which we can develop a closer relationship. We take responsibility because we have created the place where we are right now. We can re-create and do something new, to create something that brings us to life. Life is not predetermined.
Releasing and Creating Something New
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 40:24 | 27.8 MB
After his miraculous self-healing, Dr. Joe Dispenza travelled the world to learn the common traits and beliefs of people who have had remarkable results. They all:
Einstein said, "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift." In order to make a change in our lives, we must put down some of the rational mind and surrender to the field of the unknown.
J. Krishnamurti says in his book As One Is: To Free the Mind From All Conditioning, "The mind can only be free when it is completely still.... It cannot find anything new with the burden of the past, with the burden of knowledge."
"Everyone has an urge to live, to sing, to dance, to accomplish something, to love something, to give something, and the moment we stop the loving and the giving, we are forlorn. We are unhappy." – William Shakespeare
The world—and this Infinite Divine Intelligence—is awaiting our next thought.
Healing Through a Relationship with the Divine Mystery
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 34:48 | 23.9 MB
Our founder Dr. Holmes said, "We need not be superstitious to be spiritually minded. Spiritual mindedness is a persistent and consistent attempt to feel the Divine everywhere, and in all things, and it is the capacity not only to believe in but also to perceive, to feel, and to react to a Unitary Wholeness, in essence an Infinite Personalness, a Beauty, a Love, and I also believe, a Laughter which exists in the universe. The Ultimate Reality, spirituality is normal, natural, spontaneous, effervescent, never difficult, and never withholding."
God is the Thing Itself. Chiropractor and author Joe Dispenza met It when he was injured in a bicycle race and shattered several vertebrae. Rather than undergo the recommended but immobilizing surgery, Joe developed a relationship with the Infinite and healed himself through the power of his mind. He visualized healthy vertebrae, and through God, his body healed itself.
Note: The thumping noise heard in the recording is two large staffs, like Gandalf the Wizard uses in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
An Inspired New Year
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 46:40 | 32.1 MB
What a great way to start off a new year! Be inspired to bring your uniqueness, awesomeness, and special presence everywhere you go. Learn steps and practical tools to having the life you want, thriving, loving, and creating something new. It's the opposite of "I'll believe it when I see it"—Dr. Patrick helps us find a way to believe it first and then we will see it become our reality.
Our brain is not simply a record of our past; we can use it to become a map for our future. Through diligent attention to our thoughts, we can learn to change the way we think and feel; this is how we become a magnet for the experience we are seeking.
The Christmas Radiance
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 25:49 | 17.7 MB
Luke's telling of the Christmas story is a message of hope. Drawing from the work of Alexander Shaia's interpretation of this gospel, we hear Luke's voice saying, "When you think there is no turnaround, keep going."
When Mary is told she is going to have a child, she is the picture of grace and acceptance. She is receptive and open to the experience. She doesn't worry or question the angel—she knows. When we share in Mary's sense of knowing—which is stronger than faith or belief—we can keep going even when we are cast out or going through difficulties. We are all pregnant with the Christ.
The Gift You Are
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 44:27 | 30.5 MB
Invoked or not, God is present.
We are about moving into leadership in a way that is powerful, that is spiritual. We are here, taking a stand, making a declaration to create a new reality, to move from resignation to new possibility. We need to learn to internalize our capacity for moving from resignation to new possibility. This is the soul experience. It is spiritual because it has to do with the human heart.
Our soul connects us at depth. It is a deep experience of oneness. We must observe the soul. To watch it, to keep an eye on it, to observe it as a spiritual advent. The soul always looks like our latest addiction, our latest obsession. But what is driving the problem?
Let us take interest in our soul. Let us invite it. Our soul craves expression. What is here for us today? What is ours to do? What is ours to put down?
Perfect, Whole, and Complete
Rev. Tammie Banting | 26:13 | 18.0 MB
Most of us have learned from society that there is something wrong with us. We can easily become caught up in a hundred fears which constrict us and our energy. When we are consumed by our fears, we forget the universal principle of more. We are seeking to increase our capacity for responsiveness, for aliveness, for connection—we just forget how.
Do not blame yourself for chaos—anything that feels imperfect—in your life. Simply ask, "What is there for me to know in this?" There is always something to know in every situation. We have the opportunity to uncover the true beauty of our being, long buried under false ideas of who we are.
In times of conflict, we can ask ourselves, "What is my role in this conflict?" This helps us learn more about ourselves, from a loving perspective.
Gratitude is so important. Imagine if everyone knew and recognized their own wholeness—we would love, accept, honour, and respect each other, knowing that no circumstance diminishes who we are.
The Gift of Resiliency
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 42:33 | 29.2 MB
Those who cannot change their thoughts cannot change anything. – George Bernard Shaw
The ones who think they are crazy enough to change the world are the ones that do. – Steve Jobs
We are crazy enough to believe in the unitive field of oneness. We are crazy enough to believe that we are all connected.
We shift consciousness by not engaging in the language and behaviour of separateness or fear. Matt Damon said, "Please find what you can do to make a difference." Learn something, and then share it with someone else.
Zig Ziglar said this, "We are what we are and we are where we are because of what has gone into our mind. And the way we change who we are and where we are is by what goes into our mind." Act as if. Act as if it already is. In other words, we fake it till we make it. When we act as if we have the power, the Universe will take us at our word.
Every great dream starts with a dreamer. And every great dreamer has spent time sitting still. It is the practice of anchoring ourselves in ourselves wherever we are. When we are grounded in the truth of our being, we create a field of possibility.
There is One Mind common to all people. This Mind is perfect. And we have access to this Mind. The Science with which we are to practice is based on the theory that there is a Universal Mind and an Eternal Spirit from which all things spring. The Spirit is the creator and the sustainer of all that is. We have immediate access to this Divine Mind, this Universal Principle, this Creative Power. Humanity has access to the Great Whole and draws as much power from this source as we are capable of intelligently using. – Ernest Holmes
The Seeds of Abundance
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 49:23 | 33.9 MB
Today's talk centres around untying the knots that limit our magnificence and abundance.
We are enough, just as we are: There is a perfection that lives within each and every person. We don't obtain it—we reveal it. Ernest Holmes put it this way, "I am guided by the same intelligence and inspired by the same imagination which scattered the moonbeams across the waves and holds the force of nature in its grasp."
We are a community of possibility thinkers. We are powerful beyond measure, and there is nothing that we cannot become.
It is our opportunity to take a stand for love—We stand for transformation. We showed up on this planet to demonstrate love.
Gratitude releases the flow of life and unleashes its power. We are surrounded and immersed in an Infinite Good. How much of It may we experience? As much as we can use this day.
The Power of Abundance
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 40:02 | 27.5 MB
If we want to do a thing that is really worth doing, we must mentally grow until we are that thing which we want to see made flesh. This may take time, but we should be glad to use all of the time necessary to reach the desired outcome. – Ernest Holmes
Inspired by the book Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, Dr. Patrick speaks about the power of abundance.
Abundance is our future. We will invent, innovate, and create ways to solve challenges that loom over us. Our news sources, unfortunately, sell us primarily negative stories. We often fall into their trap of negativity. But we have the ability to knock down our problems. In fact, we are living in the most peaceful time ever in human history.
Abundance is not about creating a world of luxury—it is about creating a world of possibility. We can take that which is scarce and make it abundant.
We must increase our ability to express our love for one another, openly and freely. We can learn to socially engage as clear ambassadors of unconditional love.
And we need to adopt an abundance mindset. We must think, "All our needs are met. Tomorrow all our needs will be met also." We can give our money to causes, we can give our money to people, but we can also give our money to magic. This gets us in the flow. It activates the law of cause and effect and the abundance that It knows.
The Practice of Abundance
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 33:19 | 22.9 MB
Abundance is not just about finances, but about the fullness of life.
Jean Houston wrote, "We have no choice but to democratize greatness and utilize the whole continuum of human and Divine potential. The Science of Mind says this is not only possible, it is what is expected of us."
Prosperity is the out-picturing of substance in our affairs. Everything in the Universe is for us. Nothing is against us. Life is ever-giving of itself. We must receive, utilize, and extend the gift. Success and prosperity are spiritual attributes belonging to all people, but not necessarily used by all people. – Ernest Holmes
The power of integrity is the practice of trusting ourselves. It expands our capacity to allow and to receive. Trusting ourselves is the only way to trust others.
The power of alignment is the practice of connecting to our Source. Other people don't create our reality—they are not our Source. Seek to make diversity your friend. See life as a big buffet of many choices. Then we can become a more pure, more deliberate chooser of our thoughts. We determine our state of being. We have the ability to shift and sort and focus. It is both our right and our opportunity.
A powerful antidote to despair is activity. What activities lift us out of despair? Bless all of humanity. Stand in the peace and the passion and work toward a better world. The fastest way to alignment with Spirit is through the heart.
The power of choice is the practice of finding a way to be happy in the state before manifestation. We empower ourselves by appreciating something. The Infinite doesn't care about the words so much—it cares about the feeling-tone. The Universe does not hear our words, it feels our vibration. So why not learn to play in it?
The gift of choice is twofold. First, we have the freewill to choose whatever we want to choose. Second, we have the choice to step into alignment with the Infinite. This second part helps us to "find a place to land" with our souls. In alignment, we can ask, "What is seeking to be revealed here?"
The Idea of Abundance
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 33:09 | 22.8 MB
"A mind that has been stretched to a new idea will never go back to its old condition." – Oliver Wendell Holmes
In studying The Abundance Book by John Randolph Price, we realize the power of ideas as seeds in our lives. We must honour our ideas and then set a clear intention and a clear ask. We then move into living our true nature; we are only scratching the surface of what we are capable of.
Alignment and resonance go hand in hand with abundance. It is not about forcing anything—it is about allowing.
From Performance Art to Healing Art
Charles Holt | 34:37 | 23.8 MB
When we are living from our heart, the tone of the room changes.
Charles Holt, in sharing his story, speaks about the compelling pull of the hero's journey. We start life by acquiescing to others' wishes for us. But we seek to find our own life and to start living it. We begin finding the place where we can say, "I'm home!"
The promise is given to us. The journey turns from inward to outward. The performance art transforms into a healing art. We learn we are here to be an inspiration, to be a healing tone for someone and for ourselves.
What are we here to give? Something is calling us all, in our communities, to be greater, to have more courage, to step into that which we know nothing about. We have to step, to leap, because it's time to swim. What are we being called to now?
Sacred Activism - On Prayer
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 34:36 | 23.8 MB
Prayer grounds us. It connects us to something larger than ourselves. Whatever we believe, our prayer should bring energy into our lives. The whole purpose of prayer is to open us up to a Divine Energy. Prayer connects us to faith.
We find that prayer is essential to happiness. For righteous prayer sets the Law of Spirit in motion for our good. Prayer is essential to the conscious well-being of our souls.
We welcome the Divine Mother into our lives through tenderness and respect. We look after our souls through sacred practice. We look after our minds through constant inspiration. We look after our hearts through deep shadow work. We look after our bodies through diet, exercise, and sufficient rest.
Prayer will strengthen us, because prayer aligns us with the strength of God and certainty of the Divine Presence. Prayer creates patience. Prayer can be a channel of Divine Grace.
Sacred Activism - Part 2
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 29:32 | 20.3 MB
"Without constant Divine help, grace, illumination, and strength, no one can be a sacred activist." – Andrew Harvey
Both Andrew Harvey and our founder, Ernest Holmes, emphasize the importance of turning to the One—God, Source—before starting any sacred activism. Our true nature is perfect, but we must partner with God to remove our imperfect cloak of limiting ideas.
Once we have had our transcendent experience, where we mirror the face of God back to God, it is our opportunity to become empty conduits of grace and power that can transform the world—to reflect the face of God into the world.
Sacred Activism - Part 1
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 36:00 | 24.7 MB
"Each time a person stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends out a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." – Robert Kennedy
We start to learn how to create those ripples by studying Andrew Harvey's book The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism.
As with affirmative prayer, we must practice turning away from present conditions and learn to embody a calm, expectant manner. We must not fall into a stance of anger or we inadvertently create more of the situation we are trying to change. We can create hope and then change the world because the Divine is in us.
"It is our very fear of the future that distorts the now that could lead to a different future if we dared to be whole in the present." – Marion Woodman
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:50 | 26.7 MB
Sometimes we have to look at a thing long enough to realize that it no longer has power over us.
What we are praying for is already happening. Whatever we desire and hope for is already within us. To be accepting of it is to allow it to move through us.
It is the nature of the Creative Power to take form, and it is the nature of man to use it. It is the use of our minds in a calm, expectant manner, with a deep inner conviction of its reality, without any fear or any sense that the human mind must make it effective. The work is effective because the Law is always operating.
Our approach to affirmative prayer is not so much a technique as a way of being. It should bring about actual health, happiness, and abundance, which is our normal and divine inheritance.
The trick is to turn entirely away from the condition, for as long as we look upon it, we cannot overcome it. By thinking upon a condition we tend to animate it with the life of our thought, and thereby it is perpetuated and magnified. We must bring a new awareness to it. This has come into our lives for a reason. We will plant a crop of happiness, health, and abundance. Spiritual mind treatment is the science of inducing within Mind concepts, acceptances, and realizations of peace, poise, power, plenty, health, happiness, and success.
Become as Little Children
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 28:36 | 19.7 MB
How we long for that simple trust in life which children have. In their minds there are no doubts. They have not yet been told they are sinners, that they are destitute of divine guidance and spiritual life. The life of the child is lived in natural goodness, and God's nature is Natural Goodness.
Always be inquisitive about life. Learn early that there is truly nothing to fear. Know that you are the individualized expression of the One God.
Life is infinite energy coupled with limitless creative imagination. It is the invisible essence and substance of every visible form. Its nature is goodness, truth, wisdom, and beauty. Our highest satisfaction comes from a sense of conscious union with this Invisible Life. All human endeavour is an attempt to get back to First Principles, to find such an inward wholeness that all sense of fear, doubt, and uncertainty vanishes.
There is One Mind that is available to each of us at all times. It only requires our cooperation, our invitation, and our awareness.
We must return the way we came, as little children who know that life is good and to be trusted.
– Ernest Holmes
Dance with the Divine
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 33:55 | 23.3 MB
This experience of life is a gift to learn, to grow, and to evolve. In this realm of cause and effect, we are gifted with the opportunity to bring the unseen from the fourth dimension into form, to dance with the Divine, to partner with God. This gives us the choice to come to the Divine dressed for dancing in faith.
In life, we have one big fear—that God will not answer our prayers.
In grasping the vision, there are certain energies that we are directing. Letting go and clearing the past is important for moving forward. At the intellectual level, the heart is not opened yet.
When we begin to open to the presence of God, we are connecting to something bigger than our finite humanness. There will never be an end to truth, love, or beauty. So we begin to look for possibility. We lean into our feelings, and partner with the Divine. All feeling—really felt—leads to the experience of God.
We can experience the leap into the Deep, the Universal Oneness of God, of all of life. We begin to contemplate the consciousness of those that are not afraid that their prayers will be answered.
All is ours, and we are welcome.
Our Amazing Minds
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 34:04 | 23.4 MB
There are three major influences on our brains: adversity, meditation, and the mind.
In our brains, all information gathers in the hippocampus. New skills and learning generate here. Old ideas come into competition with the new ideas being formed.
In the magic of meditation, the brain starts to be able to focus more.
Further, the mind is the brain's master. We direct the brain with our own minds. The conscious mind can direct and plant seeds in the subconscious mind. The journey is heading in one direction—and that's home.
The mind is everything. What we think we become. – The Buddha
Change and Transformation
Ester Nicholson | 26:32 | 18.2 MB
In an atypical talk about "recovery", special guest Ester Nicholson speaks about recovering that "real something" about us that may have gotten buried deep beneath the dust and grit of a challenging life journey. That something which is infinite, which is whole, which is complete, which is amazing. Recovery is about rediscovering our core essence, remembering that we are one with God, and then walking this world with a sexy swagger.
Begin with the affirmation: "I don't know crap!" Then we must decide to turn our life over to God.
It is time to become homesick for our real self!
Being Wrong: How Does it Feel?
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 46:49 | 32.2 MB
We are experts at wrong. The internal feeling of being right is not foolproof. Often, when we're feeling sure of ourselves, we're actually wrong. So the feeling of being wrong is what it feels like when we're feeling right.
Wrong is central to lifelong learning. Being wrong doesn't make us wrong—New technology, new ideas, and new insights come from being wrong. Wrong is bad when you think you're wrong. It's only bad if you think it's bad.
To accept our own fallibility is to entertain the possibility of another having a better idea that we can use.
From Struggle to Ultimate Freedom
Dr. Rev. Patrick Harbula | 50:16 | 34.5 MB
Why do we assume that life is going to be difficult?
Expect things to be easy. If we choose magic, we will approach every goal with the belief that its accomplishment will be effortless.
There is magic to be found in every situation. There is a blessing in everything. Our soul is creating the very situation that we are resisting in order that some greater freedom and joy can evolve from it.
Look for the magic in every experience. This allows the fear to dissolve. When we realize that whatever is happening right now is the perfect thing to be happening right now, then we are aligned with the field of potential, which means that the power of the Universe is available to us at this moment. Any resistance is us throwing our power out away from us.
Jonah and the Whale of Paradox
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 43:13 | 29.7 MB
We are all in relationship with the Infinite. But when we enter into relationship with the Infinite consciously, we are then not as in charge of our own lives anymore. The three days that Jonah spends in the belly of the whale represents the darkness and the mystery that our own lives plunge into sometimes. This tension between spirit and self exists, and it can grow so great as to cause us to abandon the spiritual path.
But we can live in the tension, in the paradox. We can allow the tension to occupy the central place in our lives. As such, the choices we thought we had to make become part of a larger truth—larger than we ever imagined.
The Awesome Nature of God
Elizabeth Manuel | 28:05 | 19.3 MB
Happiness expert Elizabeth Manuel talks on the awesome nature of God.
Why talk about happiness?
We all have a happiness set point. It starts at birth and is evident in infancy. Fifty percent of how we feel can be lifted through our prayer and practices. This is the rewiring of our brains.
Nature is another key to happiness. We feel nurtured and safe in Nature. The ocean is healing. The sky is inspiring. The mountains are grounding, as are the trees.
Waking Up to Possibility
Dwayne Baker-Henderson | 36:46 | 25.3 MB
It is not only moving that creates new starting points—Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective. – Kristin Armstrong
Our perspectives are like a prism through which we filter the relationships and experiences of our lives.
Be grateful for everything that comes your way. Know that things don't happen to us, they just happen.
Wait to worry. Live your truth. Laugh often. Embrace change and be prepared for discomfort.
Happiness is a choice we make ahead of time. Touch your dreams. It's already there. Take time to smell the roses.
The Lion Lies Down with the Lamb
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 40:21 | 27.7 MB
Between 600 and 500 B.C., the prophet Isaiah wrote, "The wolf and the lamb shall lie down together..."
The lion and the lamb... We all have an inner lion and inner lamb. We cannot operate from one or the other all the time. True spiritual living is making a place for both the lion and the lamb to reside. The lamb is vulnerability, kindness, nurturing, but too much can put us into victimhood. The lion is the driven, hard-working side.
The lamb reminds us that it is okay to ask for affection, to ask for love. But we need the lion to get things done.
We seek to live in freedom, the lion and the lamb. We seek to live consciously. We are preparing to face the "Big One".
"Yesterday is forever past. We cannot relive it. No matter how much we may regret yesterday, it is impossible to live it over again, but too often in our imagination we do live it over and over again." – Ernest Holmes
This is the power of the imagination. We remember the past and the kinesthetic feeling gets triggered in us.
Art Buchwald wrote, "We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia where everyone thinks yesterday was better than today. I don't think it was! And I would advise you not to wait ten years to admit that today was great. Pretend today was yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time."
Freedom to Tell Our Story
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 44:59 | 30.9 MB
There is an integrity to your soul, such as you will find nowhere else in the universe. – Ernest Holmes
There are two ways to tell our story: we can tell our story with anxiety and fear, or we can tell our story in the recognition that every decision we make takes us here to where we are now.
We must face the challenge. What matters most is how we see ourselves. "Freedom is acting from the truth of our nature." – Rudolf Steiner
We must keep returning to the road of freedom. We are free when we are in alignment with our true nature. Faith is standing in what we believe.
Freedom to Worship
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:37 | 26.5 MB
The world is beginning to realize that it has learned all it can through suffering and pain. – Ernest Holmes
Today's talk revolves around the series of Norman Rockwell paintings known as "The Four Freedoms", which was inspired by the State of the Union address made by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941. The four freedoms are:
Ignorance and fear surround us. If we feel trampled on, then we ought to love harder. We are here to love bigger. Let us start with ourselves.
Freedom: Why We Know It's For Us
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 41:50 | 28.7 MB
Freedom is part of who we are. Why do we know freedom is for us?
We all have self-imposed limitations, however, when there are limitations there is opportunity.
"Find your own light." – Buddha
"You are the light of the world." – Jesus
The opportunity is ours to learn and to know in this moment so that we can move through the next threshold of beingness.
A Vacation from Worry and Doubt
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 44:51 | 30.8 MB
What story are we keeping alive about worry and doubt?
Expansion requires limitation. We are moved by the Divine Discontent. There is something more to know and to do, something greater yet to be revealed and to be experienced. And it asks what we must become to give birth to that something greater.
Ernest Holmes said, "Mind is consciousness which has put on limitation." We court the Presence and apply the Principle. We all need practice, and spiritual practice reminds us and wakes us up. We never notice the beauty because we're too busy trying to create it.
It has been said, if we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. We can do this through the power of reverence.
Argue for your limitations and sure enough they're yours. – Richard Bach
Argue for your possibilities and sure enough they're yours. – Richard Bach
A Vacation from Lack
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 29:21 | 20.2 MB
Lack is about not having or not being enough. Lack represents a separation from the Source of Life.
Behind the phenomenon of the human condition, there is One Mind common to all people, that Mind is perfect, and we all have access to that One Mind.
It is better to grow our income than to cut our expenses. It is better to grow our spirit than to cut our dreams.
A Vacation from Fear
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 44:30 | 30.6 MB
A vacation is what we take when we can no longer take what we've been taking. We are here to live a life free from fear. There's nothing to fear. Fear cripples us. In fact, fear is the most boring thing about us.
Listen to others less. Be yourself more.
Fear less. Live more.
Dwell less. Create more.
A Vacation from Discord
Dr. Ganz Ferrance | 31:34 | 21.7 MB
Discord or disharmony can ruin our experience of joy, happiness, and fulfillment. But it also can ruin our productivity. We find that the better we feel, the better we do.
To feel good, is really to feel God. When we feel good, grounded, happy, and connected to people, we tend to feel more spiritual and connected to everything.
When we feel heard, listened to, and validated, then everything relaxes. So always seek to validate the other person.
The Six Phases of Belonging
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 37:54 | 26.1 MB
We are created in substance, formed by substance, and unceasingly supported by substance. There is an all-ness in every illness and an all-sufficiency with every experience of lack to fully express, to fully expand, to allow the opulent universe to fill our heart.
No greater good can come to us than to know that the power within us is the power to live, to strive, and the power to create. – Ernest Holmes
Aligning. When the soul wishes to experience something, she throws an image of the experience before her and enters into her own image. – Meister Eckhart
An abundance mentality springs from internal security, not from external rankings, comparisons, opinions, possessions, or associations. – Stephen Covey
It is Self-assured knowing. Relaxed being.
A Way of Being
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 42:28 | 29.2 MB
In this week's talk, Dr. Patrick speaks about the willingness to expand, greatness, and moving from the impossible to the possible.
Are we willing to expand? As the Universe brings us choices and experiences, it is a call to expand in our skills, compassion, and awareness.
We were born to win. But to be a winner, we must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win! – Zig Ziglar
We may minimize fear, limitation, self-loathing, and hatred, and then let love abound.
Greatness is for us. Each one of us can find greatness.
What We Embody We Become
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 36:30 | 25.1 MB
It's all about thinking, feeling, and acting. Are we bringing in what we long to experience or are we repelling it?
Money traces us according to how we are feeling. Debt leads to more debt. It is spinning in our patterns of thinking. Not enough. Hard to get. Suffering. An image of ourselves as not enough leads to an experience in our lives as "not enough", in particular with money and finances. In other words, the Universe says "yes" to our sense of worthiness.
"Whatever you feel and spiritually comprehend you may objectively experience. For the God within is not limited by any one experience. It is the creator of all experiences. When you feel something deeply, the Universe accelerates it. What causes prosperity—abundance—is your feeling about life. Whatever God you believe in—provided you believe this God is already within you—must respond to you at the level of your belief." – Ernest Holmes
Watch the thought and its ways with care, born out of love for all beings.
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 34:20 | 23.6 MB
Our hearts long for the sacred. Mother's Day is about giving birth. What are we giving birth to this day?
Cicero taught the six habits of thinking that keep us prisoners of ever-shrinking living. We get attached to our stories and it creates the life we have. The first illusion is that personal gain is made up of crushing others, which arises out of a fear of scarcity and death. But what is unlimited is compassion, worth, and acceptance.
The second illusion is the tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected. This reflects a lack of faith in the stream of life and leads to a negative self-centredness.
Meditation and prayer is a hammock that can hold us in the present moment.
In his essay "Prayer and Prosper", Ernest Holmes wrote the following about prayer. "Not much speaking but deep feeling. It is not because of much speaking that we are heard, but rather because of deep earnest and prayerful acceptance. In this divine communion, we should not try to think out beforehand what words we are going to use. No, our words should be the outcome of a deep inner conviction which goes beyond words but which, at the same time, gives birth to them. Instead of listening to what we are saying we should say what we are listening to."
Stepping into Belonging
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 37:49 | 26.0 MB
God is not interested in what we believe. God does not require our belief—God is interested in what we experience.
Religion is the sign post to God. Religion is the path, but not the main point.
Stepping into the flow requires our consent. Connected is an organizational principle of the universe. So we already belong in the sacred circle. The only thing keeping us out is our own self.
Thriving Through Metamorphosis
Dr. Pat Campbell | 25:25 | 17.5 MB
This week, guest speaker Dr. Pat Campbell talks on Thriving Through Metamorphosis.
Organizations such as ours commonly have vision and mission statements. To have a personal vision statement is to have a mental equivalent of how we want our life to look and how we want our life to work.
To grow. This is the simple vision and mission of the entire Universe. The Universe's vision and mission is to grow. So for us, Nature will not let us stay in one place too long. Nature demands the change in order that we may advance.
Living from the Discovery
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 47:11 | 32.4 MB
A belief is what we choose to be like. For example, we can accept that evil exists in the world, but we choose not to believe in it.
We choose to live a life by intention, aligning ourselves to the Divine Flow of life. We trust our inner guidance. We welcome the challenges. We are all here, and we are meant to succeed.
Playing in the Discovery
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 37:11 | 25.6 MB
To answer the call of our own lives is so important. We may live in our intellect but are reminded to live in our intuition as well.
Perfectionism prevents us from playing in the discovery of our own passions. It holds us back. But mercy is about having a kindness and forgiveness of self and others, to set ourselves free and to allow us to move forward.
We need to remember to play. All of our gifts are interrelated. We already have within us what we need. If we listen and then take action to move forward, that's all we need to do.
Discovery of One's Passions
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 35:38 | 24.5 MB
April's theme is "Harmony with Oneself", and this week's talk is about the discovery of one's passions.
We don't choose our wildest dream—it chooses us. Our dreams point us towards our natural environment. And when we're not using our deeper gifts, we find ways to distract ourselves.
We long to connect with our potentiality, with the vibrancy that's seeking expression.
Living from our calling, we become fully alive.
Regardless of the obstacles in our lives, what do we long to be about right now?
Order to Chaos
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 37:14 | 25.6 MB
In celebrating the emergence of the Cosmic Christ, Dr. Patrick examines the principle of Order to Chaos. The idea of the chaordic (chaos and order) is that under all the discord and chaos is an emerging order.
This is what Jesus modelled for us: "It's not what you do to me—It's how I respond to it." Jesus went out into the desert for a long time to re-tool his own consciousness. He was "mind fasting". This is embracing the mind in a way that it cannot control us. It is working with the mind so that eventually we decide what our mindset is.
Overcoming the Environment
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 41:33 | 28.6 MB
Thought, emotion, and action must be unified in purpose and intent. There must be no conflict between them, or we will find ourselves in a position where one will negate the good in the others. We must intellectually accept the truth of our affirmations of good, we must emotionally embody and feel them, live them right now, and our every act must demonstrate that we know that they are actualities. It makes no difference if they are on the spiritual level at the present moment—they have to be there first in order to ever be any place else. – Ernest Holmes on "Avoid Civil War"
Everything starts with thought.
Revisiting familiar thoughts and feelings creates a loop that we spin in. Our memories make up our internal environment. When we think from our past memories, we can only think from our past experiences. What we've memorized becomes our future experience, and so our environment ends up controlling our minds. We are creators of the loop, but we can practice the art of being greater than our environment, body, and time.
Greatness is holding fast to a dream without regard to the environment. We change our brains when we start to think differently. When we are single-minded, the brain doesn't know the difference between the internal and the external.
The Quantum You
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 43:27 | 29.9 MB
Joe Dispenza gives four simple practices: simplify, break it down, work in short bursts, and slow it down.
The quantum field that is us unfolds according to the following principles: Energy responds to mindful attention. We are energetically connected to everything in the quantum field—present, future, and past. It is important to be congruent with heart and mind. The quantum field should be full of surprise and awe. And finally, our participation with the quantum field should be full of thanks.
We break the habit of being ourselves and create new habits. We communicate to the quantum field through our thoughts and feelings. It gets affected through our feelings and clear, direct intentions.
It responds not to what we want but to who we are being.
Can we give thanks and feel the elevated emotions associated with a desired event before it happens?
The Four 'S' Words
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 39:54 | 27.4 MB
In this week's talk, Dr. Patrick focuses on Zen Buddhist practices from the books The Practicing Mind by Thomas M. Sterner and Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza.
The four "S" words are: Simplify, Small, Short, and Slow.
Dr. Joe outlines the ideas that make up our personal realities: Thoughts, choices, behaviours, experiences, emotions, and then the same thoughts. This is a cycle that creates our personality and ultimately our personal reality. These are the things that fire and wire up in our brain. It's all based on choice—our chosen behaviours and what we choose to dwell upon.
Dr. Joe's recipe for a new personal reality is meditation, intention, sponsoring thoughts, creating a plan, recording our successes, and queuing our life.
Architects of the Beloved Community
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 42:48 | 29.4 MB
I live to be the message that I long to see.
I long to be the way that I am looking for.
I need to shine the Light that I long to see. – Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith
In Latin, the word community means the coming together in the performance of services. In other words, community is a call to action.
We are called to be in relationship with metaphor and mystery. We are called to become members of the beloved community to shift and change the world. And how do we change the world? Through love. Love is the ultimate conqueror. Love is not an emotion. Love is a living, organically-powerful energy that holds together the fabric of the created world. Love is what we are. And the world is looking for love masters, and each one of us has the potential to be a love master.
The Second Coming
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 40:31 | 27.8 MB
The Second Coming is an awakening to our own state of Christ Consciousness. We become the place where it happens, or not.
"Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depth of their hearts, where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one of us is in the eyes of the Divine. If only they could truly see themselves as they truly are. If only then could they see each other that way all the time. There would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed, and I suppose that the big problem is we would all fall down and worship each other." – Thomas Merton
How Love Follows the Lover
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 42:10 | 29.0 MB
The invisible embrace of beauty: Love changes the way we see ourselves and others. We feel beautiful when we are loved. And to invoke an awareness of beauty in another is to give them a precious gift that they will never lose. When we say to someone, "You are beautiful", it is more than a statement or platitude. It is a recognition and invocation of the dignity, the grandeur, and the grace of their spirit. – John O'Donohue
The Backpack of Transformation
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 47:26 | 32.6 MB
Once we become aware of the patterns that we have formed, we can revisit them and make new choices.
As we surrender more and more deeply to the transformative process through our spiritual practices, we realize that we cannot expect the outer conditions of our lives to change while we remain inwardly the same.
The Framework of Possibility
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 39:20 | 27.0 MB
The foremost challenge for leaders today is to maintain the clarity to stand confidently in the abundant universe of possibility, no matter how fierce the competition, no matter how stark the necessity to go for the short-term goal, no matter how fearful people are, and no matter how urgently the wolf may appear to howl at the door. It is to have the courage and persistence to distinguish the downward spiral from the radiant realm of possibility in the face of any challenge. – Benjamin Zander
There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. Conditions don't matter, only the language we use to describe our circumstances.
Often, organizations and individuals get caught in the downward spiral of survival at all costs. But every time we open our mouths is a choice to leadership.
A vision is a powerful framework to take the operation of an organization of any size from the downward spiral into the arena of possibility.
A vision articulates a possibility, fulfills a desire fundamental to humankind, makes no reference to morality or ethics, is stated as a picture, contains no specifics of time, place, audience, or product, is free-standing, is a long line of possibilities radiating outward, invites infinite expression, development, and proliferation, and speaking a vision transforms the speaker.
The Individual Expressions of an Infinite Creator
Rev. Jill Brocklehurst | 29:07 | 20.0 MB
In life, should we stay or go? Inner turmoil. Forces within us. Asking us to do something different.
There's a challenge that we face in this supposed "real life". These are the control measures that we allow to become a part of our daily expression. But are we truly creators of our own experience?
We bring to our lives ourselves, our own personal reflection of what we believe to be true. We get to design how we react to that. We are all individual expressions of an Infinite Creator.
The One manifests Itself through all Its creation and is not absorbed by Its creation. – Ernest Holmes
The studying and pursuit of Truth never ends. But it must begin.
Leading From Any Chair
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:28 | 26.4 MB
A conductor allows each member of the orchestra to become powerful. Are we leading in our lives? What is ours to do? Transformation happens when we shift our view of the world, when we see that what we have been doing is hiding, taking ourselves away, not participating, not engaging, not taking risks, and sitting in the back row of our lives.
When we are triggered, what is the belief that is underlying this feeling we are experiencing? What are the thoughts that are taking us away from the present moment? Often, there is a constant chatter in our mind. Our hope is to refrain from harmful speech and actions, including speech directed to ourselves. According to Pema Chodron, we can live beautifully with uncertainty and change.
What will we call our year? What is our word?
Lighting the Spark of Enrollment
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 48:34 | 33.4 MB
According to Benjamin and Rosamund Zander, "enrollment is about giving yourself as a possibility to others and being ready to catch their spark. It's about playing together as partners in a field of light..."
Too often we hide and "take ourselves away" from life. We hide out in the back row of our life.
"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way to avoid the trap that you have something to lose. You are already naked; there is no reason not to follow your heart." – Steve Jobs
Wherever authentic love is present, healing takes place.
We have a choice. Will we live in survival mode or in possibility mode?
The Invitation to Possibility
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 48:59 | 33.7 MB
Today's talk is about living our lives in the art of possibility instead of living in survival mode.
Others may show us how they did this, and may even suggest how we can proceed, but there is a path that every person must walk alone. Yet not alone, because forevermore there is a Spirit that beckons, a Presence that feels out towards us as we feel out towards It. Yet, in the discovery of the self, to the self, and by the self, there is no delaying, no use waiting for something to come along or someone who can do this for us, for no such person exists.
It's all invented. In our perceptions and the scripts we run in our minds, we are all making up stuff all the time. What assumptions are we making about life? Are we living in problems that are not our problems? What things are holding us back?
The universe of possibilities is generative, creative, giving, generous, producing new life, creating new ideas, contributing, and it involves joy, grace, awe, wholeness, passion, and compassion.
Your Wild and Precious Life: No Returns or Exchanges
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 44:37 | 30.7 MB
Today's talk is inspired by a line written by poet Mary Oliver: "Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one, wild and precious life." Our life is ours to live and to do with as we choose. How are we in service to our life, with grace and beauty and love and inspiration? We can't give what we don't have. We can't take anyone where we haven't gone.
The path is working with ourselves with what is happening here and now. The secret of all great masters is the precision and openness and intelligence of the present moment.
You Being Present Becomes the Gift of Christmas
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 43:52 | 30.1 MB
Renew thyself completely each day, do it again and again and forever again.
We are not waiting on God—God is waiting on us. Meditation is a way of being, of living, of listening, of walking along the path of life, of being at peace with the way things are.
The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer is an absolute example of surrender and living in close proximity to the Unseen Force for Good. Are we better off making up an alternative reality in our mind and then fighting with reality to make it our own way, or are we better off letting go of what we want and serving the same forces of reality that manage to create the entire perfection of the universe around us? In other words, do we want to swim upstream or swim downstream? With the faith of letting go and pointing ourselves downstream, we learn that life knows what it's doing.
As Ernest Holmes said, we should fast from the idea of lack and feast on the idea of plenty. It is ours to choose.
Happify video: An animated beginner's guide to meditation.
Can't Stop the Waves But We Can Learn How to Surf
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 36:43 | 25.2 MB
In the age of communication, everyone has a religion. That is to say, we all put our attention and devotion into something.
The biblical story of wandering in the wilderness is a metaphor for the place where words and language do not exist. When we go into the wilderness, we do find God. The path of seeking means we've given up our allegiance to blind faith. It's yours and mine to discover our own path.
Henry David Thoreau said that to affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. A willingness to embrace what comes up and what lies at the core of our experience is the basis of all meditation.
In our meditation practice, we need to keep it simple. Practice non-doing. Understand that nothing needs to happen for this moment to be complete. Practice patience, letting go, trust, and generosity.
Are we contributing to the suffering of others or even our own suffering?
Living Our Moments as If They Really Matter
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 41:07 | 28.3 MB
As consciousness grows, it will manifest in enlarged opportunities and a greater field of action. Let us feel that we are surrounded by all this power, that it is there when we speak and never doubt that what we say will spring into being. We should speak right out into Mind all that we desire and believe that it will be done unto us. Let us see ourselves as being in the position that we desire mentally, dwell upon it, and then speak with perfect assurance that it is done. Then forget it and trust in the Law.
Remember that we cannot hope to get results unless we keep but the one idea and do not mix thoughts in our mind. All is ours, but we must take it.
Life is a mirror and reflects back to the thinker what he or she thinks into it.
We must be a light unto ourselves. Mindfulness has everything to do with waking up and living in harmony with one's self and with the world. Mindfulness provides a simple but powerful route for getting ourselves unstuck, back in touch with our own wisdom and vitality. It is a way of taking charge of the direction and quality of our lives.
We need to pause long enough in our experience to let the present moment sink in. It is simple but not easy. It is about stopping. "Don't just do something, sit there."
Reading the Mirrors of Relationship
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 39:49 | 27.4 MB
Life is a mirror that reflects back to the thinker what he thinks into it. – Ernest Holmes
Our true beliefs are mirrored in our most intimate relationships. In life, we experience the mirror of the reflections of the moment; the mirror of what we judge in the moment; the mirror of what we have lost, given away, or had taken from us; the mirror of the dark night of the soul; and the mirror of our greatest acts of compassion.
When we gain the insight in the moment, we can heal it in the moment. Our mastery of life signals that we're ready to experience the healing of our greatest fear. We must have compassion for who we are and who we've become. The kindness that we give ourselves is key.
The Universe is Talking to Us
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 27:42 | 19.1 MB
The Universe is talking to us. What does the language of the Infinite look like?
The Divine Matrix serves as the mirror in our world of relationships that we create in our beliefs. The everyday world is said to be the reflection of a deeper reality carved into the fabric of the universe, a reality that we simply can't see from our place within it.
The Divine Matrix is reflecting in our lives whatever we think, feel, emote, and believe in our hearts and minds. We are aware that a subtle shift in the way we see ourselves is all that is needed for that change to be mirrored in our health, careers, and relationships. Our opportunity is to ask what our next good knowing is.
At the end of the day, what do we stand for? What gives meaning to our lives? Love. What do we love? The key is surrender and trust, to be grounded in our own being.
Once Connected, Always Connected
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 35:09 | 24.2 MB
In our connection, nothing is local. There is no private good. Our blessings are everyone's blessings. Our sorrow and pain are shared as well.
We can send love out across the ocean. We can send love out to others. Prayer is effective at a distance. The emphasis is on the practitioner doing their own interior work creating the qualities of consciousness that the client they are working with is desiring to experience. This works because we are all connected in the hologram of life.
All that we can be for one another is the One Presence.
Passive Observer or Powerful Creator
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 35:52 | 24.7 MB
Continuing the exploration of this month's book, The Divine Matrix by Gregg Braden, Dr. Patrick covers keys 5 through 10:
Intention trumps intensity every time.
Spiritual Bandwidth and the Divine Matrix
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 24:36 | 16.9 MB
Gregg Braden's book The Divine Matrix is a profound study of energy, thought, physics, and Mind. The physicist considered by many to be the father of quantum theory, Max Planck, once said, "All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force. We must assume behind this force exists a conscious mind, an intelligent mind, and the mind is the matrix of all matter."
The more intelligently we can live our lives, the more grace-filled and wonder-filled our lives will be.
Greg Braden reminds us that "the question is less about whether or not we are passive observers and more about how we can intentionally create."
Expanding into Abundance
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 39:51 | 27.4 MB
Self is the true refuge of self. Understanding this, we can choose to strengthen our courage, our loving-kindness, and compassion, evoking them in ourselves through reflection, meditation, attention, and repeated training. We can also choose to abandon pride, resentment, fear, and contraction when they arise. – Buddha
Staying humble is so important. Stand still, and stop the sun.
Read something inspirational, write a gratitude letter, speak with emotion, imagine experiencing your good, expect leads and follow direction, celebrate successes and demonstrations, and end each day with gratitude and forgiveness.
Give up control. Choose words wisely. Face fears fearlessly. Dig ditches to receive leads. Cast the burden. Experience what you want. Don't force anything. Trust.
If we want to awaken all of humanity, then let us awaken all of ourselves. If we want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then let us eliminate all that is dark and negative in ourselves. Truly, the greatest gift we have to give is that of our own self-transformation. – Buddha
Give IT Away - What You Need to Keep and What You Need to Give Away
Wayne Lee | 29:08 | 20.0 MB
Our internal "GPS" guidance system is how we feel. If we are feeling good, we're on course with respect to what we want. So when we're feeling bad, our one job is to change our thoughts so we are congruent, so we feel good, so we perform better.
To change our negative subconscious programs, we have to think a better thought. If we try too hard, we're resisting. So the journey is about letting go, accepting, and being in the FLOW (Feeling Love Operate Within).
Give IT away. IT represents our Infinite Truth. What is the infinite truth within us? What is the truth within us that needs to come out and be shared with others? What are our Ideal Things, the money, the health, the relationships that we want?
Seven Spiritual Steps for Financial Abundance
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 34:18 | 23.6 MB
From the book The Path to Wealth by May McCarthy, Dr. Patrick talks about the Seven Spiritual Steps for Financial Abundance: (1) Read something inspirational, (2) write a gratitude letter, (3) speak with emotion, (4) imagine experiencing your good, (5) expect leads and follow direction, (6) celebrate successes and demonstrations, and (7) end each day with gratitude and forgiveness. He outlines the steps as a daily practice that sets the tone for our day, making us alert and receptive for the good that is ours to claim.
Our mental acceptance should be filled with conviction, warmth, colour, and imagination. The creative power responds to feeling more quickly than any other mental attitude. Therefore, we should try to feel the reality of what we're doing when we give an affirmative prayer. And this reality is felt as we become more and more convinced that Spirit responds to us.
Listening to the Voice of Spirit Within
Rev. Tammie Banting | 24:44 | 17.0 MB
Rev. Tammie Banting shares the story of listening to the voice of Spirit in her own life, and how this voice makes itself known in all of our lives. She challenges us to consider a longing that we may have in our lives, showing up as a little voice that's trying to get our attention about some aspect of our lives, something that we haven't listened to yet.
What is this voice inside of us? What is its source? Why does it persist in small and in large ways? How does it serve us? And why does it terrify us at times? Which voice is the voice of God? And how do we connect more fully with it?
It is the voice of the Divine within us. Spirit's longing for us is that we meet our full potentiality as a personalized expression of God, where God's fullest expression of Itself is realized through the fullest expression of us. All the gifts, our passions, the creativity, the talents, our ideas, our ingenuity, all of what we bring to this earthly plane is longing to be expressed. It is the way that the Universe which is always in motion stays in motion. It is the voice of Divine discontent. It is calling us to do and be more, to fully experience our birthright in a way that is unique to us.
What is Spirit's voice within us calling us to?
Planting Seeds of Growth
Stacey Berger | 25:53 | 17.8 MB
This week, Stacey Berger inspires us to look at how we are planting the seeds of our dreams. Often, we can hold onto a dream so tightly that we choke it. Instead, we should hold onto our dreams with an open hand. Sometimes, when we plant a seed, we start digging it up prematurely. We don't give it a chance to grow. So having more patience and faith in the unfolding of our dreams is needed. Other times, we allow fear to overtake us. So how do we go from fear to love? Everything is energy. That means emotions are energy too, and emotions need to move. They want to be expressed.
Instead of getting distracted and being mesmerized by what is not happening, we should shift our focus to what is happening. Acknowledging the work of Spirit and what is already unfolding is key to seeing our dreams fulfilled.
The Soulful Experience
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 37:52 | 26.0 MB
The journey of the soul is the experience of the mystery of life. What is it that cracks us open? That allows us to have a soulful experience? Do we know where we are going? What our purpose might ultimately be? It is our task as a human being to find out. We can only find it by becoming deeply connected to our own soul.
The Myths that Shape Us
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 28:21 | 19.5 MB
We begin the study of Panache Desai's book Discovering Your Soul Signature. The first seven areas of discovery are fear, sadness, anger, guilt, shame, self-judgement, and patterns. Although we may not want to look at some of those, understanding them leads to our growth.
What is our soul? Our soul is the I AM. Our soul can inform our thoughts, but if we never let it do that, we are building our life on our egoic nature, with no foundation.
We can take any hurtful experience from our past and use it as fuel for our transformational work, and we must do that or our affirmations will just be covering over our troubles and using our teaching as a spiritual bypass. As we start to grow, sometimes things get worse because our old self is not quick to give up. Fear, sadness, anger, and other negative patterns can pop up; our continued spiritual practice gets us through this stage.
Our Soul is part of the mystery of life. Brené Brown says it beautifully when she suggests we tell our children, "you know sweetheart, you are trip-wired for heartbreak, sorrow, sadness, disappointment, but you are so equipped to handle it."
Identifying the Language of the Soul
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 41:52 | 28.8 MB
I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of the imagination. – John Keats
That which we dwell upon, we bring into our experience more and more. We may have complaints; emptiness; meaninglessness; vague depression; disillusionment about marriage, family, and relationships; a loss of values; a yearning for personal fulfillment; and a hunger for spirituality. In that, we reflect a loss of the soul and what the soul craves. We cannot solve our emotional problems until we grasp the mystery that is honouring the Divine and the Departed (our ancestors). The Divine and the Departed is part of the basic care that, as human beings, we have to bring to life.
Soul-work is not adjusting to the norms of society but, rather, the goal is a richly elaborate life connected to society and nature, woven into the culture of family, nature, and the globe.
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 40:45 | 28.0 MB
We experience extraordinary results in our lives when we focus on one thing. What's the one thing we can do, such that by doing it, everything else will become easier or unnecessary?
Gary Keller, the author of The One Thing, says, "People do not decide their futures. They decide their habits and their habits decide their futures." Our purpose informs our priorities and our priorities inform our productivity. Successful people are highly productive, in harmony with their priorities and purpose.
We each have unique gifts and talents—but are we going to share them? If we don't think we're enough, we probably won't. That's why we have community to help us embrace and love the parts of us that we think are broken.
Link to the YouTube video Dr. Patrick showed.
Non-Attachment: The Real Secret to Manifestation
Dr. Rev. Patrick Harbula | 32:56 | 22.6 MB
Buddha said, "Non-attachment is the philosophy of my life." The only way to end suffering is through non-attachment. The only way to be truly free is through non-attachment to any kind of results in the outer world.
Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If in our heart we still cling to anything—anger, anxiety, or possessions—we cannot be free. – Thich Nhat Hanh
Our degree of non-attachment is proportionate to our ability to focus on what we want through our intention. When we are non-attached, we recognize that we're perfect, whole, and complete in the here and now with everything that we have. Only when we need nothing do we have the power to create everything that we want, easily and effortlessly.
The Six Lies That Derail Us
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 37:53 | 26.0 MB
Genius awaits us, but we must be aware of six productivity lies that can derail us. First, equality is a lie. The things that are the most important don't often scream the loudest. Multitasking is ineffective. Also, success is a short race. We work most effectively by using a sprint fuelled by discipline just long enough for a habit to kick in. Willpower is not an unlimited resource. We should do what matters most first, each day. A balanced life is a myth. A successful life is about purpose, meaning, and significance. Magic happens at the extremes. Replace balance with counter-balance. Finally, going big is not bad. Big is about who you and I can become. Big is essential to the extraordinary. Act bold, take a chance, push the envelope, and don't fear failure.
We are at the centre of It. We can do nothing to enhance Its efficiency. In other words, we simply need to get out of the way of Spirit acting in our lives. – Dr. Thomas Troward
If You Chase Two Rabbits...
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 40:38 | 27.9 MB
If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one. Sometimes we can do the same with spiritual practices—we try to take on too much. Go small—we should ignore all the things we could do and do what we should do.
Big success comes when we do a few things really well. What's the one thing for us? What are we passionate about? It's about taking what we have been offered uniquely and giving it to the world.
A Bigger Story
Rev. Catherine McLeod | 34:11 | 23.5 MB
We can all become visionaries. Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of hope. – Victoria Safford
We choose our life experience. With our access to history, and possessing knowledge of our history in almost every field, with our vast library of scientific knowledge and understanding, we have a great foundation to launch from, where we can consciously decide what kind of world to create. We are the "co" with the Creator. We are co-creators with the Divine.
If I am to know God directly, I must become completely God, and God I, so that this God and this I become One. God is at home... It is we who have gone out for a walk. – Meister Eckhart
It is not enough for us to be compassionate. We have to act. – The Dalai Lama
The Power of Surrender
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 35:11 | 24.2 MB
We are all addicted to something, and that something is our own pattern of thinking. We all start out with a construct, a container, that we are given as we grow up. As we mature, we deconstruct our beliefs and then reconstruct them.
We suffer to get well; powerlessness is where we start. We come to Spirit by doing it wrong. This is how we are cracked open, and how we break free from our ego. With our ego in charge, we would rather be ruined than changed.
We need critical self thinking—without it, our lives become idolatrous. We start to worship ourselves and our traditions, our habits. We need a container to hold the bigger idea; we need to feel good enough about ourselves so we can let go of ourselves. Only surrender can change us.
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 43:30 | 29.9 MB
It's so important to activate joy. Most people confuse joy with pleasure—pleasure is temporary, but joy is a state of being.
This week's talk features the story of the Prodigal Son, a tale of leaving the state of well-being, of moving out of the state of wholeness. From it, we learn that Spirit is always with us, and everything that Spirit has is ours. We can shift from meritocracy to grace, which is inclusive, merciful, and non-punitive. Ultimately, we learn that we can't get there—we can only be there.
Life's meaning is to humbly and proudly return what we've been given.
Faith and Evolving Consciousness
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 40:10 | 27.6 MB
This week's talk draws wisdom from a deep, enlightening interview between comedian Pete Holmes and Fr. Richard Rohr.
In understanding sacred texts, literalism is the lowest form of understanding, whereas faith activates the space within us where there is something holy and sacred, the kinesthetic experience of the Divine. Faith involves total conviction. We commit and start to cultivate the seeds of faith we have planted. Empowered thought thickens into form. Over time, with practice and nurturing, what we empower becomes our experience.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "We lie in the lap of immense intelligence, which makes us receivers of its truth and organs of its activity. And when we discern justice, when we discern truth, we do nothing of ourselves but allow passage to its beams."
The path to mature understanding follows the three stages of Construction, Destruction, and Reconstruction. Reconstruction is the Third Eye, the new perspective, the new way of seeing, the middle way. When we're entrenched in our way of being, we can never move into the third way of seeing.
The path to transcendence only occurs through great love or great suffering. The rational mind cannot comprehend suffering. Nor can it understand the experience of love. What if we accept what is happening in our lives as if we had chosen it?
Planting Seeds of Faith
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 33:28 | 23.0 MB
Faith requires uncertainty. It requires an intimate, powerful communion with the Divine where doubt is at the heart of the matter.
There is a difference between faith and certainty; there is a difference between faith and fanaticism. Faith requires us to live in the Mystery.
It takes great wisdom, love, compassion, and deep caring to stand in the unknown possibility.
The Art of Happiness - Part 2
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 44:13 | 30.4 MB
Our Divine right and natural state of being is Freedom and Joy. When we are living in freedom and joy, we are more in alignment with our true nature.
Are we ever lonely? Lonely people have a real difficulty with self-disclosure, communication, and are poor listeners. Yet within all beings, there is a seed of perfection, and compassion is required to activate that seed, which is inherent in our hearts and minds. We must show up completely curious, recognizing the Divinity and One Life in everyone we meet. We must show up completely present and vulnerable. This is intimacy.
How do we activate intimacy? Through touch, in sharing our innermost self with another, through connecting with another, through connecting with Nature.
Love wants to be expressed, wherever and however it shows up. We need only courageously expand our concept of intimacy to include all other forms that surround us. Although we can practice with one, we can understand that we are intimately connected to everyone.
If what we seek in life is happiness, and intimacy is an important ingredient of a happier life, then it clearly makes sense to conduct our lives on the basis of a model of intimacy that includes as many forms of connection with others as possible.
The Best of What Was, Is, and the Next Best Thing
Dr. Rev. Sue Rubin | 68:26 | 47.0 MB
Dr. Rev. Sue Rubin, as the first minister of this Centre, speaks about homecoming and the unfolding of a principle.
Her teacher Dr. Tom Johnson gave us a powerful truth to practice: God is. I am. When saying this, as we perform the sign language sign for God, it means we affirm the Divinity that extends above our head into the heavens and through and beyond, as well as down below the ground we're standing on into the Earth, further into infinity. And when we stretch our arms out in the horizontal plane, that represents our expression of the Divine. The spiritual nature of who we are is exactly what we express through everything we think, say, feel, and do.
God is, the One and Only Wholeness there is. And God and we are One. There is One Power. It is the Wholeness of Life. It is right where we are. And it is clearly demonstrating Itself through every cell and atom of our precious living temple, our body of God. God within us recognizes Itself as everything we are.
The power of an idea in its universal spin wants something greater to emerge.
Our mind is the centre of Divine operation. The Divine operation is always moving towards expansion and fuller expression, and the action of Divine Mind moving through us creates this expansion and fuller expression.
There is something that is calling from the past, from that which was embodied as a living idea, and yet what we do now and what we proceed to do tomorrow have to be something greater. The Divine cannot replicate or duplicate what was, because what was has already been, and what shall be is born out of what is. It does this through an orderly sequence of growth. It is something new that wants to emerge out of something that was created previously, yet not limited. It needs to be something new, because the Divine cannot change Its inherent nature. It must operate in us as It does in all planes.
The next best thing is this: We grow consciousness. In all our activity, we do only one thing: We grow ourselves.
What comes next is determined by whether we see ourselves as a human expressing the Divine, or the Divine expressing as the human.
The Art of Happiness - Part 1
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:57 | 26.8 MB
This week begins a series looking at the book The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama. Happiness is determined by our state of mind rather than external events. In other words, we can train ourselves in happiness. It requires practice and sincere and dedicated effort to live a happy life.
Spiritually speaking, we have four capacities of awareness: sleep, dreaming, captured by the outside world, and spiritual. Spiritual practice is whatever supports us in looking within.
There are also four factors of fulfillment for happiness: wealth, worldly satisfaction, spirituality, and enlightenment. If we can maintain a calm, peaceful state of mind, then we can be a very happy person. The greater the level of calmness of our mind, the greater our ability to enjoy a happy and joyful life.
Here's how we can train our mind for happiness: learning what things align us, cultivating positive mental states, and eliminating negative mental states.
Our longings and our worries are both to some degree overblown, because we have within us the capacity to manufacture the very commodity we are constantly chasing when we choose experience.
Give, Give, Give
Wayne Lee | 33:36 | 23.1 MB
Hypnotist and inspirational speaker Wayne Lee teaches us that there are three different areas in life in which it is important to give:
When we are open to give, life expands. GIVE stands for "Generosity In Various Expressions". We are vibrational beings, and whatever we give out, we get back.
Life is magic; we live in a world of illusions, and we are creating the illusions. The only thing that is real, is living from Love.
GIVE can also stand for "God in Vibrational Experience/Expression".
The Seven-Day Stamina Workout
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 41:25 | 28.5 MB
This Sunday talk is dedicated to the memory of Prayer Warrior Julie C. Bull.
Whatever we desire already exists in the world. Others have gone before us and blazed the trail. So we don't have to reinvent the proverbial wheel—we just have to follow in the path already laid out for us. We only need focus on the trail and push through whatever self-defeating stories come up for us.
It's important to figure out where we stand in relationship to what it is we long to experience. We can make a map of where we are now and where we want to be. A good map allows us to adapt to the obstacles and to keep on moving.
Change is a slow accumulation of details. It's like waking up one morning and finally feeling different because we've taken back control of a small piece of our lives. Our change will be an accumulation of a whole series of decisions.
The Seven-Day Stamina Workout is this: Face the day, write in a journal, exercise for 20 minutes, break routine, make eye contact, go public, and connect.
Practices to Transformation and Renewal
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 41:19 | 28.4 MB
Powerful people tell the truth. So we start by facing the truth that we are not fine.
Let us slow down right now. This allows us time to be present and honest with ourselves.
Let us audit our lives. We do this by writing down some of the negative things that are going on in our thinking. This allows us to release the negative thoughts and the resultant negative emotions.
Let us admit what we want. This gives our lives some direction. When we imagine our future, we begin to build it. And because we need other people, we go public with what we want, finding the support that we need in all that we do.
Building Peace, Poise, and Clarity into True Power
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 36:37 | 25.2 MB
One cannot be a good student of the Science of Mind who is filled with fear and confusion. We must keep ourselves in a state of equilibrium, in a state of poise, peace, and confidence, in a state of spiritual understanding.
Let us align with our powerful selves. In this, we can approach making choices as a spiritual practice. What will happen if we take the risk? What will happen to us if we don't?
Positive change is choosing to take on the uncertainty of life on our own terms, with passionate curiosity and life-long learning.
The Divine Feminine
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 34:43 | 23.9 MB
The Divine Feminine is an intelligent and loving energy that contains the qualities of intuition, compassion, emotion, creativity, empathy, collaboration, spirituality, holistic thought, and right-brain thinking. This energy is a given in our experience.
There are ways that our brains can betray us, such as anti-action and false limits. But awareness can allow us to push through these life blocks. We can question the thoughts that we think. Further, we have a psychological immune system, which makes us stronger and more resilient than we realize.
The Realms of Consciousness
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 36:35 | 25.1 MB
In the Kingdom within, we are powerful. The powerful part of us loves new things, loves challenges, loves exercise, connecting with other people, checking off goals, taking action, heading somewhere, talking out loud. It wants to grow, to move, to expand. This power within us is constantly seeking a greater expression of life, of the Divine.
We move beyond "stuck" by taking action. It is a matter of action vs. feeling, of having discipline and devotion. Action becomes its own reward. Action unites our body and our mind.
The Way of the Untethered Soul
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 34:12 | 23.5 MB
It's a way of life, to learn to live without fear. We let go of that scared part of us that won't let us live fully. There is no reason to be afraid of life. The fear will fade when we realize the only thing to get from life is the growth that comes from experiencing it.
It takes time to cultivate the mind, to be able to reveal the qualities we want to reveal. When we dwell on the loving eyes of God, we are able to let go of judging, of both ourselves and others.
Our greatest gift to ourselves and to others is to live life fully.
The Highest Spiritual Practice
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:10 | 26.2 MB
In life, sometimes things fall apart, and sometimes things show up unexpectedly. But we only have one choice in life—do we want to be happy? Can we be happy in this?
Being happy is an enlightened path. It is a true spiritual path, direct and pure. Happiness depends on letting go of melodrama, letting go of our reasons not to be happy, enjoying life's experiences, and viewing life from 30,000 feet.
We must remain conscious, centred, and committed. In this, we find that the highest spiritual practice is life itself.
I am at peace. I appreciate life. I am unconditional love.
Breaking Through the Walls
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 37:13 | 25.6 MB
Today's talk is about our spiritual journey, a narrative of light and of consciousness. Our consciousness is living inside us, and the only light we can get is the light we create.
We must learn to become comfortable with psychological disturbance. It is our pushing out against the envelope of the status quo of our conscious belief system. Through perseverance, we can break through it into the light. In fact, spirituality is this commitment to go beyond, no matter what it takes. We must stop defining the disturbed mind as a negative experience—We will find an ocean of love beyond all this fear and pain.
Pain, the Price of Freedom
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 35:51 | 24.6 MB
Pain is preeminent in the human experience. How can we use pain in an effective and productive way to further our own evolution, turning it from a problem or a disturbance into a spiritual practice?
Often, we get stuck in a way of being, in despair, not knowing how to manage our emotional life. But the very thing we are confronted with—our pain and suffering, our disturbances—is actually part of our spiritual practice. Pain challenges our need for safety, comfort, and control over our own lives. But we can find freedom through awareness. We can begin to understand that pain is just a thing in the universe, that it is a temporary experience.
Our true greatness lies on the other side of the pain.
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 35:02 | 24.1 MB
This week, Dr. Patrick speaks about a metaphorical thorn—that ever-present source of pain in our lives, whatever it may be. Many of us build a complex environment around the thorn to prevent it from ever being touched. This includes the many coping mechanisms of our core beliefs to deal with and prevent our suffering.
Because of this, the advice that our mind is giving us is psychologically damaged. Our mind's thoughts are disturbed by its fears. This is the advice we must not listen to, but we listen to it constantly. We must identify the root problem instead.
We can notice who's noticing, that we are the subject observing something which is the object. We can become the explorer of our own lives, and let it go. It's not who we are—it's what the experience is. We are capable of ceasing to listen to the perpetual problems of our psyche. It is possible. It takes practice.
Imagine what life could be if we didn't have those neurotic personal thoughts going on inside of ourselves, that we could enjoy things, that we could get to know people instead of needing them, experiencing our life instead of using our life to fix what is wrong inside of us.
Awareness does not fight. There is no battle. There is just witnessing. Awareness has the capacity to release, to discern, to choose to remove the thorn by looking at the root cause behind the thorn. Awareness is simply aware while everything parades in front of it.
Everything will be okay when we're okay with everything. We can make peace with what is and move into the perpetually-centred seat of the Self.
Freedom, Beauty, and Joy
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:05 | 26.2 MB
Change is the nature of life. So as we deal with life, is change exciting or frightening to us? If we have a lot of fear surrounding change, we won't like it and, ultimately, we won't enjoy life very much either.
So, we choose to let go now, or we fall. When we struggle with fear, life becomes a struggle, because we are seeking to create a world around us that is predictable, controllable, and definable. Further, fear doesn't want to feel itself. It doesn't want to experience itself. Yet fear is another object in the universe that we are capable of experiencing. We can recognize it and learn to release it.
When we resist change, we end up struggling with life. But what if life were okay to us just the way it is?
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 40:43 | 28.0 MB
The lucid self is an awareness where we don't slide into conditions and lose our sense of self. When our awareness narrows, we become a lost soul. The lost soul is a consciousness that has dropped into the place where one's human thoughts, emotions, and sensory perceptions are all synchronized, where the consciousness makes the mistake of focusing on that one spot too closely. Divine Energy is always available to us. But in the lost-soul state, we have closed ourselves off to It.
In rediscovering our sense of self, we can become aware that we are the ones experiencing both the event and the corresponding thoughts and emotions. In other words, the more we are willing to let the world be something we are aware of, the more it will let us be who we are.
Spiritual Energy is what we experience when love rushes into our heart. The ultimate spiritual practice is to live in the world with an open heart.
If we protect ourselves perfectly, we will never be free.
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 37:15 | 25.6 MB
In order to be who we are, we must be willing to let go of who we think we are.
Ultimately, we are all seeking freedom, a state of absolute well-being.
The way to freedom is to step back and view the chatter of our mind objectively. If we're hearing the incessant talk, it is obvious that it is not us. So, just having the awareness of the chatter is significant. We are not the voice of our mind—we are the ones that hear the voice.
The real problem is not life itself, it's the commotion that the mind makes about life that really causes the problem. The first step is to realize the problem-making nature of the voice inside us. But then we have the witness, the awareness, the consciousness. We can thus learn to watch the voice to become free of it.
Freedom is to objectively watch our problems instead of getting lost in them.
Living Love's Recipe
Rev. Catherine McLeod | 33:00 | 22.7 MB
There is a Buddhist teaching that says, "Love is like a bird with two wings. One wing is wisdom and the other is intelligence." Rev. Catherine McLeod ties all three—love, wisdom, and intelligence—together by drawing from three inspiring books to remind us that we are all deeply and truly loveable. The three books are Undefended Love by Jett Psaris and Marlena S. Lyons, Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power by Gary Zukav, and SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence by Cindy Wigglesworth.
On our spiritual journey, we crave a deep intimacy with the Divine within us—to feel the connection to Spirit and to allow It to give us strength and wisdom when we are unexpectedly brought face-to-face with some unpleasant part of ourselves. From Undefended Love, we learn to "stay open in the face of fear and inquire into every thought, feeling, and behaviour. The deeper we love ourselves, the more the Universe will align with us."
"When we are angry, depressed, jealous, thinking critical thoughts or having any of the familiar, painful experiences of frightening parts of our personality, we can choose to shift our perception to the loving parts of our personality." – Gary Zukav
The Being of Getting Our Needs Met
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 44:25 | 30.5 MB
We cannot transform what we do not acknowledge. In Undefended Love by Jett Psaris and Marlena S. Lyons, and Breathing Underwater by Fr. Richard Rohr, we learn about our personality preoccupations and strategies, comprising what is called our defended personality. Simply, these are survival strategies that, without our conscious attention, become addictions.
The strategies include doing everything perfectly, taking care of everybody, working hard, searching for what's missing, withholding ourselves, avoidance, controlling, being constantly on guard, self-distraction through constant activity and open-endedness, working to create a just world, trying to put the world in order, etc.
If we try to change our ego with the help of our ego, we only end up with a better-disguised ego. We must be willing to go deeper. Having another good idea from the mind is not the answer. We must start incorporating the heart intelligence and the intuitive intelligence into our approach to life.
One of the challenges with spiritual practice is that it will move us into a state of Grace. Grace is always a humiliation for our ego. We need a vital spiritual experience—a spirituality that reaches to the hidden levels and a deeper and wider perspective, an openness, a willingness. To finally surrender ourselves to healing, three spaces must be opened up within us: our opinionated head, our closed-down heart, and our defensive and defended body.
Our True Essence
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 29:38 | 20.4 MB
"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it." – Martha Graham
We can choose through our own perception how we will receive the gifts of love from our Divine Source. This Infinite Divine Presence—that is a Principle—is always seeking a greater yet-to-be in us. So to perceive our True Essence, let us quiet our minds, open our hearts, relax the tension in our bodies, and relax the resistance to our feelings.
Love is a Way of Being
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:17 | 26.3 MB
Love is not an activity or a behaviour—it is a way of being. As we relate to others, the deeper we know ourselves, the deeper we grow in our capacity to know others.
We can only love what we know; and we can never know completely what we do not love.
Love is a mode of knowledge.
Tending the Garden
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 32:55 | 22.6 MB
From Fr. Richard Rohr, we learn the following about the hero's journey. Out of a formless, uninitiated life, there somehow comes a call for each one of us, taking the form of a longing, a loneliness, a desire, or the knowledge that there must be more, a falling apart of the game that once sustained us. This is the beginning of the hero's journey. Enlightenment is not so much knowing as unknowing. It is less learning as unlearning. It's a second chance and a chosen naïveté without losing and without forgetting the contradictions and complexities that are in between.
It is more surrendering than concluding. It is more trusting than fixing, in all gratuitous grace for which we can only give thanks. All that we can do is stay on the journey to listen to its lessons, both agony and ecstasy, and ask for the most rare and crucial of gifts, which is openness, trust, and faith.
These are the steps of faith:
Planting the Seed
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 35:47 | 24.6 MB
The gifts of heaven are the benefits that come when we open ourselves to the single greatest truth that those before us knew: There is a larger world behind the one that we see around us every day. This larger world loves us more than we can imagine, and it is watching us at every moment, hoping that we will see hints of it in the world around us.
Selecting the Crop
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 36:36 | 25.2 MB
Continuing his discussion of Dr. Eben Alexander's experience of heaven, Dr. Patrick looks at ways we can open up to the experience of the Infinite.
Before meditation, we can set an intention that is not based on current conditions. In doing so, we invite the possibilities instead of constraining the outcome. In gratitude, we open the doorway to the sacred. Through allowing, life will happen for us, and we need not force it.
We can think differently about our experience of stress. We can view it as our body helping us rise to a particular challenge. Stress is not just functioning in a survival mode—it is our body's way of managing our energy.
Five questions to consider for growing a new life experience:
Preparing the Soil
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 42:38 | 29.3 MB
Planting a garden is such a beautiful metaphor for what we do in our lives when we want to make a change and grow a beautiful life. We must set an intention (plant a seed) and be mindful of the conditions we are creating (tend the soil).
Meditation and centering prayer are keys to tending the soil. This is no surprise. It's a glorious paradox to know that desperation can be the catalyst to change and a doorway to our divinity and mystical experiences. We just must learn to tell the little egoic voice inside to take a "time out" in order to grow something new.
"Eventually, the universe starts to look like a great thought rather than a great machine." – James Jean
"The mind which we discover within us is the Mind that governs everything." – Ernest Holmes
The Exchanging and Re-gifting of You
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:33 | 26.5 MB
Our life experiences are a result of what we have practiced thinking about. So let us ask ourselves, what can we exchange in our thinking to have a new experience?
Align with truth. The expansion of our spiritual nature is the most precious and powerful thing we can do. We don't need to give up life, we simply need to bring more of truth to who we are.
Choose. The more exalted, the more heavenly, the more boundless, the more God-like or Christ-like a thought is, the more power it will have.
Consistently align ourselves with unconditional love. Find anything that makes us feel good and make it our core belief for the day. Let us start looking for evidence of our well-being.
Be joyously selfish.
Letting Our Light Shine
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:40 | 26.6 MB
This week, Dr. Patrick continues the Christmas theme of the Five Faces of Christ: Prophesy, Person, Principle, Presence, and Power. The Christ as the Universal Principle of Love has the power to change all things for good, for better, and to change them forever.
For us on this planet, the combination of our physical form and our consciousness is the leading edge of creation. This is the place where Source energy is coming forward, no more exquisitely than in this dimension.
Each partakes of the Christ Nature to the degree that the Christ is revealed through him, and to that degree, we become the Christ. Transformed people transform people! If we want to save the world, we save ourselves. To give birth to the Christ in this season of light, we have to invite It (the Principle) for It to show up for us.
Rev. Connie Nissen | 34:00 | 23.4 MB
Joy is an inside job! It isn't just a collection of happy moments; joy can even come through some of our saddest and most difficult times. Joy is our inheritance, but to be "invited to the joy party," we have to live in the present and be willing to leave behind our fears and insecurities. We need only take a bold step towards joy, and to bring our whole selves "to the party."
"Life is infinite energy coupled with limitless creative imagination. It is the invisible essence and substance of every invisible form. Its nature is goodness, truth, wisdom, and beauty, as well as energy and imagination. Our highest satisfaction comes from a sense of conscious union with this invisible life. All human endeavour is an attempt to get back the first principles, to find such an inward wholeness that all sense of fear, doubt, and uncertainty vanishes." – Ernest Holmes
YouTube video: Diane Nyad: Never, Ever Give Up
Welcoming the Spirit of Christmas
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 38:49 | 26.7 MB
This week, Dr. Patrick introduces the Five Faces of Christ: Prophesy, Person, Principle, Presence, and Power.
Delving deeper into intuition and prophesy, we learn that intuition is the highest faculty in humanity: It comes to a point sometimes, where, with no process of reasoning at all, we instantly know. Right here, through our own nature, is the gateway and the path which leads to illumination, to realization, to inspiration, to the intuitive perception of everything.
We have looked at poverty, degradation, and misery until they have assumed gigantic proportions. Now we must look at harmony, happiness, plenty, prosperity, peace, and right action until they appear.
Spiritual Economics - The Power of Giving and Receiving
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 35:49 | 24.6 MB
Debt is a manifestation of doubt. It is an amazing spiritual practice and opportunity to examine our lives. It indicates that we have doubted our capacity to stand in co-creation with Spirit to live a more powerful and impactful life. To start moving our debts in a different direction, we should start flooding love into our financial relationships.
Giving is the attitude with which we touch things. In order to have more in our lives, we need to give more.
Spiritual Economics - Money to Share and Money to Spare
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 42:46 | 29.4 MB
This week, Dr. Patrick speaks on Eric Butterworth, a leading spokesperson in modern times on practical mysticism.
Life is lived from the inside out. It's not what happens out there, but what we think about what happens out there.
Go within in a time of silence, get renewed awareness of God as your resource, then go about your business affairs in the strong consciousness of the omnipresence of substance.
Within us is a limitless, unborn potential of creativity and substance, that can be our greatest opportunity to give birth to it. Thus, the tragedy can become a blessing, the disadvantage can become an advantage, the failure can become an opportunity, and the disappointment can become a Divine appointment.
Our life is God's gift to us—what we do with it is our gift to God. But it's not a god "up there"; it's the God in front of us and the wonders out there that we see and experience.
Spiritual Economics - The Adversity Gift
Dr. Patrick Cameron | 33:37 | 23.1 MB
Conflict is the genesis of creation. It becomes a gift in our lives if we allow it to be a gift, to guide us, to nurture us, and to inspire us. Transformation and adaptation are our greatest human skills. Until we are tested, we don't know what we are made of.
Consciousness creates circumstances. There are circumstances in our lives that we don't control, but we do control the way we interact with it. Consciousness is the key to all things which happen to us, and certainly the key to prosperity. It is about altering the inner states of mind that block the natural flow of life.
Life isn't about finding ourselves—it's about creating ourselves. And we create ourselves through meeting adversity.
Spiritual Economics - The Success Syndrome
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:40 | 25.9 MB
Eric Butterworth calls the restless drive for success "The Success Syndrome". It is a factor that is at once the key to success and the reason for much failure, because the tools that get us to the success are not the tools that will carry us forward to the next possibility. Many people succeed in getting to success, but are not convinced of their right to be there. This speaks to developing the consciousness of the thing. Success is not getting there; it's earning the right in consciousness to be there. We develop this through our practices, through practice.
We do not receive what we want, we do not receive what we pray for, not even what we say we have faith in; we always receive what we expect.
What is our work? How do we approach work? The delusive idea that men merely toil and work for the sake of preserving their bodies and procuring for themselves bread, houses, and clothing is degrading. It is not to be encouraged. The true origin of man's activity and creativeness lies in his increasing impulse to embody outside of himself the divine and spiritual elements within him.
Gratitude releases a vital energy that draws to us opportunities, employment, and secure flow of substance. Everything begins to work in our lives in an orderly and creative way when we have a grateful heart. Our work can be a giving process. Let us not be trapped in the error of equating what we earn with what we do. Let our work, whatever it may involve, be an outworking of the creative flow engaged in through the sheer joy of fulfilling our Divine nature. Our Divine nature is to give.
Spiritual Economics - Training the Mental Muscle
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 31:24 | 21.6 MB
Somewhere along the way, many of us picked up the belief that it is noble to be poor. But why? We can be anything—noble, helpful, selfless—and be full of the opportunities the Universe wants to send us. We can be rich, and live rich lives.
"When we establish ourselves in the consciousness of God, when we seek first the kingdom, the whole Universe moves to flow into us with its abundance of its life and substance." – Charles Fillmore
We stand as an antenna of infinite possibility.
Pharrell Williams video: youtu.be/0FnV1Scxh8Q
Creating a Culture of Connection
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 45:05 | 31.0 MB
We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honour the spiritual connection that grows from trust, respect, kindness, and affection. – Brené Brown
We live in a culture of scarcity that is based on shame. But as wholehearted people, we become adept at managing our shame triggers. We say to ourselves, "We are enough." We become proficient at love and belonging. We let go of what other people think. We have a gratitude practice. We learn to say no when it's appropriate, and yes when we're excited and engaged.
Practicing Courage in a Culture of Fear
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 40:27 | 27.8 MB
Our modern culture is full of fear, body-image issues, and the belief that being exhausted is a status symbol. We can choose to live differently—to live with courage instead of fear. Author Brené Brown teaches us that "the more grounded we are, the less we feel compelled to defend our decisions and protect ourselves. We can look at ourselves with compassion rather than self-loathing." And when we are able to do that, we live life more freely. We allow ourselves to rest and to play, and our work becomes focused on creating something of value.
Play is essential to our growth, as Dr. Stuart Brown's video "Play is more than fun" explains. And why not dance all around the world with Matt Harding?
The Transformative Power of Gratitude
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 42:50 | 29.4 MB
To live a healthy-minded life, at all levels of our being, is our opportunity and our gift.
This Thanksgiving Sunday, Rev. Patrick brings together the two topics of gratitude and depression. We were never designed for the sedentary, indoor, socially isolated, fast-food laden, sleep deprived, frenzied pace of modern life. To heal depression, Dr. Stephen Ilardi suggests we undertake therapeutic lifestyle changes: engage in physical exercise, balance omega-3 and omega-6 in our diet, experience sunlight, practice healthy sleep, engage in spiritual practice, reduce worrisome thoughts, and make social connections.
Beauty and seduction are Nature's tools for survival because we protect what we fall in love with. They open our hearts and make us realize that we are part of Nature and not separate from it.
Vulnerability is not a Weakness
Rev. Jill Brocklehurst | 28:45 | 19.8 MB
Rev. Jill Brocklehurst tells her story of disappointment and shame as she worked toward ordination within the Spiritual Living community. She speaks to us from the book The Power of Vulnerability by Dr. Brené Brown.
Vulnerability is absolutely essential to wholehearted living.
Shame is the fear of disconnection: Is there something about us, that if other people were to know it or see it, we wouldn't be worthy of connection?
There are people who really struggle—they believe they are not worthy of love and belonging. In contrast, there are people who have worthiness—they live as wholehearted people, embodying the three characteristics of courage, compassion, and connection.
Vulnerability is the core of shame and fear. It is the birthplace of joy, creativity, belonging, and love. Vulnerability is absolutely essential to wholehearted living.
We can develop the courage to be whole.
How It Works
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:15 | 28.3 MB
In this week's talk, Rev. Patrick discusses the history of our teaching, from Phineas Parkhurst Quimby to Ernest Holmes, and relates it to the healing work of Brazil's John of God.
Our connection with Spirit, our mentality, always impresses upon the Infinite. The Law is infinite. It's right where we happen to be at any given time. And by conscious thinking, we give conscious direction to it. Consciously or unconsciously, it responds to our advance along the lines of our consciousness.
There are two daily practices for life transformation: meditation, which is working silently in the law, and prayer work, which is for setting a new trajectory.
Co-Creation vs. Creation
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:25 | 25.7 MB
Water flows and finds its own level. In an analogous way, Spirit flows and finds Its outlet in us. What we draw from It, we must draw from the channels of our own mind. We can only draw from It in relation to what we are in our own thinking and being. Spirit only gives us what we can take; It can tell us only what we can understand. Its nature is to impart, and ours is to receive. In humility, we must meet Spirit half way.
How much of the Infinite Good is ours? All of It. How much of It may we have to use? As much as we can embody.
The Value of Mentoring
Rev. Connie Nissen | 34:40 | 23.8 MB
The seed of freedom must be planted in the innermost being, and we must make the discovery for ourselves that it is there. Spiritual growth, similar to the choice to increase knowledge of any sort, occurs to the degree that we want to grow. The depth of our desire, our passion that we feel for wanting to know more of God, Spirit, and the nature of the Life Force that is within us, is always met with the corresponding response that supports and organizes and cultivates Itself through countless and sometimes very extraordinary capabilities within us. It is to the degree that we each honour our inner commitments that allows us to overcome resistance and obstacles. The degree to which we connect to this living Inner Force is the extent to which we change and grow spiritually.
The nature of the Thing is universal Energy, Mind, Intelligence, and Spirit. It is the Cause of everything. It finds conscious and individualized centres of expression through us. There is no difference between It and us.
Start in close. Take the step you don't want to take. Start with your own questions. Follow your own voice. Be humble.
The Spirit of Mentoring
Rev. Catherine McLeod | 44:56 | 30.9 MB
The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person that we were intended to be. – Oprah Winfrey
Are we able to receive advice? How open are we to guidance?
There are different forms of mentoring: learning side-by-side, planting a seed, tossing the student into a situation, and walking the path alongside the student.
The mentor spirit is idealism, justice, unconditional regard, seeing and wanting the good in others.
Be the mentor spirit—with integrity, let us walk the talk. Being in leadership, our job is to serve others.
The Company We Keep - God
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:33 | 26.5 MB
God looks like beauty. God feels like joy.
Our spiritual work is as difficult as we make it. The perfection that we seek is already a given—it is simply a matter of moving enough out of the way so that we can reveal it in a greater way.
Thomas Troward said that it is our opportunity to bring unseen causes into form. We need to know what we're looking for. We want to get more out of life. We want to be more alive in ourselves. We want to improve conditions in our experience. The secret is getting more out of life to a continually progressive degree.
We can all conceive something better. We all want to dip into love and joy.
We can raise our calibration: Make a choice. Bless and be grateful. Heal the separation. Delete and add new programming.
The Company We Keep - Ourselves
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 35:11 | 24.2 MB
Our thoughts have consequences so great that they create our reality. – Joe Dispenza
Is defining our present reality by what we perceive with our senses the biggest limitation we have? Or is it the biggest opportunity? Living our memories over and over again keeps us stuck in the past. But the brain can change the brain. Awareness is catching ourselves sooner than later when we start to spin inside our memories.
Our tool for change is spiritual mind treatment. This is the process by which we change the way we think about ourselves in order to improve the quality of our lives and to make the world in which we live a better place to be. The purpose of spiritual mind treatment is to clarify our minds with spiritual truth in order to produce a spiritual realization, which is a felt sense of the reality of the truth in our souls, which is our divine connection.
Every manifestation or demonstration of truth in our physical experience of life must be preceded by a spiritual realization in our souls.
We always have the opportunity to plant a new seed.
The Company We Keep - Family and Friends
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:05 | 26.2 MB
The bond that links your true family is not the one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. – Richard Bach
Families we create, as we are drawn to certain people. We adopt mentors, both the ones we know personally and those we meet through books. As we model ourselves after them, they become part of our spiritual family.
Our friends change—as we change—over time. Who we hang out with is so important. True friends have the courage to tell us when we are losing our way. They care enough to have difficult conversations with us. If we wish to have greatness in our lives, we need to surround ourselves with great people.
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances—if there is a reaction, both are transformed. – Jung
The Company We Keep at Work
Rev. Connie Nissen | 38:24 | 26.4 MB
What will we become? What do we want to be when we grow up? What job, what career? How will we make money? Will we be successful?
Have the courage to follow your heart and your intuition, because they somehow already know what you truly want to become. – Steve Jobs
To gauge our self-awareness with respect to work, we should look at our personal history of work, reflecting on our relationship with work and our attitudes toward earning money. Does our work align with our values? Are we living a divided life? This speaks to the company we keep at work. Do we take our ego-self to work, or our ethical-self? As we do this, we build knowledge of our inner self in order to follow our own path.
The true self is the Self planted in us in God's own image that wants nothing more or less for us than to be who we were created to be. – Thomas Merton
The Company We Keep - Community and Self-Observation
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 40:58 | 28.2 MB
Fear and doubt hate community. Their aim is to make us feel alone. Fear wants to isolate us and put us on an island. Yet we are all attached to certain tribes or communities. In community, there is collective wisdom. Community helps push us beyond our limits. In community, there is support in belief. Community provides new ideas. In community, we can borrow motivation. Community facilitates accountability. In community, we can share a "yes".
The purpose for gathering together in community is the transformation of our consciousness. And the goal of our lives is to live, to connect with the Aliveness that is us.
How do we measure our progress on the spiritual path? It's the degree of the absence of thought. When we quiet the mind and step more into being, we become more intelligent. We become more available to the Newness and the ideas that Spirit wants to express.
The Practice of Patience
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 36:35 | 25.1 MB
On the practice of patience, Rev. Patrick explores empathy as opposed to sympathy. Empathy is the fostering of connection with another. It is identifying with the emotional nature of the other.
We can practice deep listening, which is listening with compassion, to help reduce the suffering of another's heart. By deep listening, we create the space that allows the other to pour out their heart. The power is in being present with the other.
The Manual on Patience
Rev. Catherine McLeod | 36:59 | 25.4 MB
Our task is not to search for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within ourselves that we have built against it. – Rumi
Patience is part of the description of love. Patience comes from our heart. It is a quality of kindness and love.
Let us have patience with all things, but chiefly with ourselves. Let us not lose courage by considering our imperfections, but let us instantly set about remedying them, everyday beginning anew.
If we can cultivate the right attitude, our enemies are our best spiritual teachers, because their presence provides us with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience, and understanding.
When we remove the barriers from our heart, we realize that patience and love have been there all along. We are rooted in our goodness, in our love for others, in our ability to forgive. We have the ability to transform whatever happens in our lives.
The Attitudes of Patience
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 45:38 | 31.4 MB
A human being can alter his or her life by altering his or her mind. – William James
There are a variety of attitudes that we can adopt to enhance our practice of patience: Gratitude. Putting ourselves first. Being able to say no. Celebrating our successes. Knowing that we're still learning. Accepting that everyone is human, including ourselves. Believing in a happy future. Welcoming teachers of patience into our lives. Being here now.
The Gift of Patience
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 43:35 | 30.0 MB
If there is anything that gives kingliness to the soul, it is patience.
A synonym for patience is self possession. This means being in charge of ourselves, where we determine the quality of our lives. Patience gives us greater tolerance and empathy. Patience grows our souls.
Faith is knowing that something worthwhile will be realized, and this requires patience.
The Ten Laws of Healing - Part 2
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:10 | 28.3 MB
This week, Rev. Patrick continues with the second five of the Ten Laws of Healing:
Healing is a process of protection and openness, of boundaries and free-flowing energy, of mastery and surrender. We are capable of making healthy choices that will help and heal our bodies.
The Ten Laws of Healing - Part 1
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 36:21 | 25.0 MB
Continuing the theme of meditation, Rev. Patrick discusses the first five of the Ten Laws of Healing:
The soul is happy by nature. The soul is happiness itself. It becomes unhappy when something is the matter with its vehicle, its instrument. Care of the body is therefore the first and most important principle of religion. It is so powerful to envision our bodies as sacred vessels.
Fresh and Awake - Meditation in Tibet
Rev. Catherine McLeod | 38:42 | 26.6 MB
In this week's talk, Rev. Catherine McLeod tells of her journey to Tibet and teaches us about their ways of meditation.
The primary mantra used by the Tibetan Buddhists is "Om Mani Padme Hum". This one mantra condenses all the teachings of the Buddha, and is used to extend the spiritual energy of compassion to ourselves and all beings.
From Mindfulness to Heartfulness
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:27 | 25.7 MB
Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. – Rumi
Mindfulness is the "on-ramp" to heartfulness. Heartfulness is training ourselves in the art of becoming ourselves. Developing intimacy with who we are—the bare-bones of present-moment awareness—is a muscle we can develop. Cultivating such awareness requires practice; it develops within us emotional intelligence, self-recognition, and self-regulation.
Work of the eyes is done. Now go and do heart work.
To Be (Here Now) or Not To Be (Here Now)?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 36:24 | 25.0 MB
We must court the Presence of the Divine. We must invite the Relationship to Source.
Meditation helps us separate the fact of stress from our anxious reaction to it; it takes us deeper into the realms where language and thought lose their potency; it helps us develop compassion for ourselves. It is a way, an experience, an openness; a falling in love with a naked reality.
We meditate to wake up and live, to become skilled at the art of living.
A Blueprint for Living
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:30 | 25.8 MB
Living Our Life with Purpose
Rev. Connie Nissen | 37:11 | 25.6 MB
How rare is it to be incarnated as a human being? We are rare and precious in the eye of our Creator. We are here to be transformed by our journey. How will we be? How will we carry ourselves? Who will we love? What do we need to know?
In each moment in our lives, we can practice Perfect Preparation. That is, we get to set our intentions before living. We get to set our purpose before we act. But purpose isn't about doing or having. It's about how we show up in the world, how we express the Divine through us in our own unique way.
This purpose is like a calling, like the Word of God written upon our heart. Spirit whispers in our heart, calling us to be something more than we have ever been before. It is the Word of God in us, acting through us, in order to express Life as us with ever-increasing abundance.
The Intention Connection
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 42:33 | 29.2 MB
This Mother's Day inspires us to "mother" a new idea, that is, to nurture a new idea. We do this through the seven faces of intention: Creativity, kindness, love, beauty, expansion, abundance, and receptivity.
We all bring into our lives what is required by right of consciousness so that we can move through it to bring mastery and awareness to our experience.
The Power of Intention in Co-Creation
Rev. Connie Nissen | 32:53 | 22.6 MB
In reviewing the various chapters of her life, Rev. Connie Nissen explores the power of intention and how we can align ourselves with it.
An intention isn't about getting something, but about our participation with God's highest intention for us and our willingness to allow the power of Spirit to flow through us. It sets a direction in our lives.
She ends by encouraging us to create a personal intention for our lives.
The Feeling and the Faith
Rev. Connie Nissen | 36:23 | 25.0 MB
What moves us into prayer? Desperation or inspiration?
If we are not together in the heart, what's the point? When body and soul are not dancing, there is no pleasure in colourful clothing. – Rumi
Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. – Rev. 22:17.
Moments of pain, fear, anxiety, and anguish give us the opportunity to break our hearts open. When hearts get cracked open, they get bigger. Such a crack or wound allows love to come in and to go out if we have the courage to listen and allow ourselves to walk through that moment.
Our goal is to be present with a heart that is connected with something greater than ourselves.
Let Consciousness Arise
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 51:11 | 35.2 MB
Easter and the holy days are rites of passage, marking cycles, circles, and seasons.
In his life's story, Jesus said, "Destroy this body and consciousness will rise up." His life was raised up by the power of his word and his intention.
Easter is the transformation from the material to the spiritual. In this transformation, there must be a death of one thing to allow the creation of another. In this way, we must train ourselves to see our difficulties as opportunities for the raising of consciousness.
Abundance Here and Now
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:17 | 28.4 MB
"Lack" is what we have imagined it would be like if Spirit were not abundant. But there is no reality in lack. Abundance is manifest here and now, awaiting our awareness of it.
Jesus said, "Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Heaven is not a place but a state of mind, a state of being, the connection with the Source of All Life. So Jesus was advocating the embodiment of Christ Consciousness: The transformation of consciousness into that heavenly state of awareness.
We came to this life to contribute and create. Our gratitude transforms lack into abundance. Our hidden feelings help create the needs being met in our lives. Lack is our invitation to go deeper.
Prayer, and What it Means to be a Sage
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:19 | 25.6 MB
Prayer. It is more than just asking for things we want. It is essential for our happiness. To connect to Spirit replenishes our Spirit. Prayer is most powerful when done from the spaciousness of our connection to Spirit.
Rev. Patrick introduces the book of the month, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen by Mark Nepo, as he weaves together four principles of life through a poignant parable about an apprentice. The apprentice gains insight from his work in a bakery, winery, farm, and along the seashore. Through the stages, he learns what it means to be a sieve (sifting through flour is like sifting through life's experiences to get the finest things out of life), a strainer (if we're not careful, we can become "drunk" on the dregs of life, the negative experiences of our past), a funnel (directing water for irrigation is like connecting to Spirit), and a sponge (there is great joy in taking in whatever life is giving, and giving of oneself freely, without inhibition.)
What is Our Gift to the Family of Earth? Part 2
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:12 | 26.3 MB
The final question from Muller's book is, "What shall our gift be to the family of earth?" Yet, first, we must ask ourselves, "How can we contribute when we are wracked with shame?" We must live a wholehearted life. Brené Brown, in her insightful book The Power of Vulnerability, gives us four antidotes to shame:
What is Our Gift to the Family of Earth?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 40:42 | 28.0 MB
Often in times of crisis, we look to grab onto something that has meaning.
Many of us feel hurt or flawed, and because of this, we often feel like we have no real gift to give. But this kind of thinking can be more costly than the original abuse.
We believe that we have been broken by our suffering. But the sorrows are not unbearable; these wounds can heal. Our sorrow does not contaminate our gift. Our sorrow can become our gift.
A gift not offered dies in the heart. The Family of Earth aches for our gift to be offered.
How Then Shall We Live, Knowing That We Shall Die?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:36 | 26.5 MB
To start out, we hear reports from three teens who went to Winter Camp. Then, Rev. Patrick once again weaves a message of hope from the writings of Mark Nepo, Wayne Muller, and his own insights, reminding us what a gift life is, through a tender discussion of death.
When things happen in our lives, we can choose to judge them—to decide if they are right or wrong—or to see what is true in them for us. If we allow ourselves to get caught up in judging, then we spend our lives sorting instead of living.
Throughout our lives, we learn how to ask for what we need; then we must learn how to accept what we are given as a result of that asking. The answer lies, always, inside us—in the pray-er. The reward of asking for what we need is that we become intimate with our own nature—we see where we are not matching our desires.
We all have dreams, goals, and an identity. These are good, but they are not our ultimate end-point; they are a cocoon where growth happens. Eventually, we outgrow them and a new self emerges.
What Do We Love?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:38 | 28.6 MB
Delving into the second part of Wayne Muller's book How Then, Shall We Live?, we examine what we love. It is not a straightforward question to answer—sometimes, we adopt others' ideas, follow our upbringing, or find we are influenced by others' expectations. It is a beautiful journey to truly discover what we love. "At the Window" by Mark Nepo
Our lives are shaped by what we have loved. In one sense, we become those things we have loved—they shape our destiny, give us purpose and identity. We gain courage from what we love, and it propels us forward.
We have to be careful not to try and hold too many things in our hearts. It is good to accept our limitations about how much we can love. We can get distracted when we try to love too much, or do too much—like trying to hold too many eggs at once. Taking on too much can make us judge ourselves—it is better to hold something small, but hold it well. "Accepting This" by Mark Nepo
Who Are We?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:29 | 26.5 MB
Pulling from Wayne Muller's book How Then, Shall We Live?, we learn that our identity does not come from what we achieve, how we fail, or what has happened to us. Could we possibly be able to say to ourselves one day:
I am the light of the world.
I am a marvel.
My story is not who I am.
Let's soften the story and lighten the load, so we can grow in a beautiful, expansive way, to be the light of the world.
Always Do Our Best
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:13 | 28.3 MB
We all want to expand in love and creativity. We all want to explore our spiritual nature.
Our nature is that we are the Unconditioned Spirit trapped in conditions. Like the sun in eclipse, our Wisdom-Self has Its roots in the unseen world. So our Divine nature is to live in freedom, to be happy. But, often, we feel that we are trapped in conditions.
Always doing our best is about action. As we bring new awareness to our action, we can make new agreements with Fortune, prosperity, love. And in so doing, we can transcend the weight of the conditions in our lives.
Don't Make Assumptions
Rev. Connie Nissen | 34:18 | 23.6 MB
We all have beliefs and assumptions about ourselves, our partners, our peers, and our neighbours. But sometimes our assumptions aren't true, and yet we believe that they are right. And when someone challenges us on a belief that we think is right, we take it personally. And then we resort to using poisonous words.
Assumptions are created in our past and projected into our future. But in living this way, we are missing our opportunity to live in the present moment.
When we realize the higher truth about ourselves, an inner awareness will move into our lives, and all of a sudden, life shows up differently. This process begins with our willingness to step into our spiritual practice. Such practice can bring us an intuitive awareness that we are not alone here, that we are beings of light and love. And soon we will start to act from that place (and pray from that place, not begging, but knowing who we are) and that we're here to be that representation of love. Then we won't need to make assumptions anymore. We won't need to take things personally. And we will be able to speak our word clearly and with courage.
We need to ask questions—to question our beliefs. Our power to change, not who we are, but how we are, is so much more powerful than we can imagine.
Don't Take Things Personally
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:38 | 26.6 MB
Nothing others do is because of us. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality (the dream they inhabit). When we are immune to the opinions and actions of others, we won't be the victim of needless suffering. This is emotional immunity. We develop this through understanding and being in high relationship with ourselves. It is a process of individuation, of creating boundaries.
Let us relax into the mystery of life. Once there, the path home lights up from within.
The Power of Our Word
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:00 | 25.4 MB
Today is Groundhog Day, a day about being stuck in a paradigm of beliefs, causing us to have the same experience over and over. So how do we move out of the trap of repetition into newness?
As Don Miguel Ruiz wrote in The Four Agreements, the first agreement is to be impeccable with our word. Our word is so powerful. When our way of being is lined up with our word, it becomes a potent and powerful experience.
We need a great deal of courage to challenge our beliefs. Even if we know we didn't choose all of our beliefs, we know that we agreed to all of them. And so we experience feelings of blame, guilt, and shame as we start to go against "the rules".
We need to be accepted and loved by others, but we have to first accept and love ourselves. Self-abuse comes from self-rejection, and self-rejection comes from having an image of what it means to be perfect and never measuring up to that ideal. If we want to find a life of joy and fulfillment, we must find the courage to break these fear-based agreements that claim our personal power.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 36:53 | 25.3 MB
This January, we are in "Starting Over" mode. We can all start where we are. We can all start small.
So we ask, what is the one thing that we can do, to put into our consciousness, that will make everything else different from this point forward?
Spiritual practice provides clarity. And clarity helps us to make better decisions, so we can choose in a different way. It provides attention to completing tasks. With it, joy and uplift become more readily available. It steadies and grounds us in the world. It allows us to see life on a macro level. It gives us a quieter and deeper relationship with our inner life. Spiritual practice assists us in staying grounded in the simplicity of now. It creates personal intimacy. It connects us with our true Spirit, our Divine Self.
Looking Fear in the Faith
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 44:13 | 30.4 MB
We must look at a thing long enough until it has no more power over us.
In this talk, the community undertakes a cleansing and visioning exercise to help break through old patterns and fears.
Our task is this: to mine the depths of our being and become more informed and intimately connected with the truth of our being. And in so doing, we will be guided in our journey. In other words, when we know who we are, we begin to live out of inspiration.
Shifting the Energy with Grace and Power
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 44:55 | 30.9 MB
Ernest Holmes, our founder, said, "Our natural state of being is abundance and freedom." Wouldn't it be amazing to live more from our natural state? We can, if we are willing to do the following:
Source never stops knowing who we really are. We are the ones who fall into a state of resistance when we forget our divinity.
Make Room for the New
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 44:50 | 30.8 MB
This year's theme is the Year of Spiritual Practice, and this month's word is study.
Inside our mind's "land of editing", we have to decide what's going to be a diamond and what's going to be a rock. We are geared for discovery, and we're designed to decide which experiences we will label as good and as bad.
In the ten spiritual realms (Dharma Dhatu) of the Buddhism of T'ien T'ai, integrity, inner freedom, and compassion comprise the characteristics of the upper four spiritual realms. In those realms are the world of learning (aspiration to enlightenment) and the world of realization.
This month, how do we apply ourselves to the practice of study?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:16 | 26.3 MB
In this final talk for the year, Rev. Patrick discusses setting intentions and how we measure success around those intentions.
In reflecting upon our lives, we need to understand where we are before we head off in a new direction.
If we don't create a blueprint for what we would like our lives to express, then we become subject to the law of averages.
Emmanuel, God with Us
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 39:00 | 26.8 MB
Finding the Christ is about the birthing of a consciousness. Finding the Christ is the universality of sonship, embodied in any individual who recognizes that sonship. It is available to us if we're available to It. The Eternal is forever begetting that which is the realization of Its own perfection. Spirit is always looking for more expression. We must develop the spiritual awareness and the capacity for Spirit's expression.
To know God is to love, for without love there is no knowledge of God. As the Christ awakens, the divine spark—shot from central fires of the Universal Flame—is able to warm other souls by the radiance of its own self-unfoldment.
Our work is to invite It.
Let us learn to be still and let the Truth speak through us; to be still and know that the Inner Light shines.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 32:40 | 22.5 MB
"Our divine inheritance is self-sufficiency, perfection, peace, wholeness, and this must include abundance, self-expression, accomplishment, and happiness. The nature of happiness is peace. The nature of peace is harmony. The nature of harmony is joy..." – Ernest Holmes
At this Christmas season, "love, joy and peace" are forefront in all our minds. The beautiful truth is that everything lovely can come easily, for although we are "masters of time, space, and dimension," we do not do it alone. We need not change the world ourselves, nor lean on other people, for there are many unseen forces—God, Angels—helping us.
Angels are incredible manifestations of the Divine, and we are angels, too—a denser form of pure spirit, just here for a short time. We are here to bring more light to the world.
The Holy One
Rev. Catherine McLeod | 35:46 | 24.6 MB
Rev. Catherine McLeod tells of meeting John of God, as well as stories from the life of Nelson Mandela.
If we look at everyone we meet as a holy person, we will be happy.
Each one of us is a holy person. We must live our lives in such a way that we remember that we are holy.
Let us step outside our belief system and live in our "don't know" mind. Let us become our own guru. Once we've found our own inner power, let us live from inside out.
It is one of the most difficult things, not to change society, but to change oneself.
Do You See What I See?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:17 | 28.4 MB
Franz Kafka once wrote, "Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old."
How has our life changed in the past year? What is our part to play in our own transformation? For example, say we wish to experience more beauty. In order to move into beauty, we need order. So it is our part to find ways to bring more order into our lives.
"Our answer to the world's hope is to rely on youth. This world requires the qualities of youth—not a time of life, but a state of mind. A temper of will, a quality of the imagination, a preponderance of courage over timidity, of the appetite of adventure over the life of ease." – Robert Kennedy
Giving from Inspiration
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 50:27 | 34.7 MB
There is a difference between being motivated by desire versus acting from inspiration.
We Can All Be Mystics
Rev. Connie Nissen | 32:09 | 22.1 MB
This mystical experience of the awareness of the Divine within us sometimes happens in glimpses, like getting a peek through the window of the possibility that life holds for us. But it takes doing our spiritual work, our preparation, to release ourselves from the obstacles of our error of belief, to clear the path, that that which is always within us may flow freely through us. And it's not by our choice—we don't choose what day the snow arrives—which day Spirit chooses to enter and fill us with that bliss of Its being. But it is our task to prepare ourselves, to be that open, hollow vessel that Spirit may enter, may be felt and known by us in a way greater than we have ever imagined before.
A Conversation with Our Youth
Rev. Connie Nissen | 40:48 | 28.0 MB
On the theme of what we really want for our children, Rev. Connie Nissen focuses on the Centre's youth programme by interviewing two youth leaders and a parent/advisor.
The youth ministry in our Centre and around the world has become a youth-led ministry. The youth are helping each other learn to value themselves, to be risk takers, to be self-reliant, to be free from stress and anxiety, to have peaceful lives, to celebrate the present moment, to experience a lifetime of wellness, to be creative, to fulfill their higher needs, and to feel a sense of purpose in their life.
Priming the Pump
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:52 | 28.8 MB
Like a mechanical pump which must be primed, so are our lives. We have to "give something up," such as when one pours water into the top of a pump to prime it. What does this mean in our spiritual lives?
It means we choose to pick things up energetically from a Higher Source. It means we take time to learn and to look at things until they have no more power over us. It means we do the releasing work we must do in order to grow. It means in order to have financial abundance, we tithe.
The key, as it is with everything, is the attitude, or consciousness, we act from.
Believing in a Greater Future
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 39:05 | 26.9 MB
As thinking beings, we have the capacity to futurize, to forecast events in our lives. But often, this gives us a constant state of stress, because our forecasting is one of doom and gloom, and this can lead to disease in our lives.
The challenge is to believe in a greater future compared to where we've come from.
If we have memorized negativity, lack and limitation, then those become our way of being. The shift requires willingness to step into a new possibility. If we don't take responsibility for our lives, who will? This requires more than positive thinking.
We must have willingness to look inward, and to feel the discomfort and feel the fear that is alive there. Only then can we start to erase the old ideas and begin creating new ones.
Imagination is everything. Every great person believed in a future, and they began to emotionally embrace that future before it showed up.
If we tap into our inner life, and we have the courage to follow that inner life, we will always be on the very edge of our existence, on the leading edge of consciousness.
Where Do Our Mindsets Come From?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:00 | 28.2 MB
In her research on success and achievement, psychologist Carol Dweck delineates two mindsets that we can embody: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.
Where do our mindsets come from? Mainly from teachers, parents, and coaches. For example, we receive messages about success from our parents. Parents think they can hand kids permanent confidence by praising their brains and talents. The problem is it doesn't work. It makes children doubt themselves as soon as anything is hard or anything goes wrong. Instead, let us teach our children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning.
The goal is to love learning. To eventually learn and think for ourselves. Thoughts create. So to change the conditions of our life, we need to change our thinking—change our awareness and attitude.
Celebrating our Capacity for Change
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:07 | 28.3 MB
This week, Rev. Patrick explores ideas around healing. For years, we have lived in wrong thought. Our thinking is undisciplined, so we fall into old patterns of experience. Hence we need spiritual practice. For example, with meditation, we are able to sit with what is bubbling up for us and look at it. Furthermore, through gratitude, we are able to shift our thoughts in a new direction.
We are not alone. Our bourgeoning gratitude allows us to be supported by the resources that are around us, seen and unseen. Life is really our champion. Wherever good is being expressed on the planet, we celebrate it and we are there with it.
Let us be most grateful for the capacity for change—whatever conditions exist in our life right now, we are not stuck there. That is the power of gratitude.
Nine Life Lessons
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:59 | 28.9 MB
In this week's talk, Rev. Patrick draws from Tim Minchin's commencement address at the University of Western Australia.
Have a passionate dedication to short-term goals. Work with pride on whatever is in front of you. Make it your aim to make someone else happy. Realize the enormous gift that life is. Keep moving. Question opinions, including your own. Define yourself by what you love. Respect those with less power than you. Don't rush: You don't need to know what to do for the rest of your life. Fill your life with as much as you can. Learn as much as you can about as much as you can. Take your good where you find it and leave the rest alone. Take pride in whatever you're doing.
Realize that your divine inheritance is self-sufficiency. It is also perfection, peace, and wholeness. And this must include abundance, self-expression, accomplishment, and happiness.
Therefore, realize that God's will for your life is wholeness, peace, poise, power, and self-expression.
Six Tools for the Spiritual Journey
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 43:38 | 30.0 MB
Preparation is an important part of the spiritual journey. So in today's talk, Rev. Patrick outlines six tools that help us to prepare: Meditation, education, circulation, service, affirmative prayer, and celebration.
Were we to fully undertake these practices, we would live today in a sense of confidence, peace, and joyful expectancy.
Our Changeless Reality
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 44:49 | 30.8 MB
Spirit is Changeless Reality. That which we call personality is the instrument through with Spirit operates. But Spirit can operate for the individual only by operating through him/her. The degree to which we open ourselves to that activity is the degree to which we experience shifts and changes toward our desired outcome.
The view we adopt for ourselves determines the way we lead our lives. With a fixed mindset, we believe that our qualities are permanent, unchangeable. This creates an urgency to prove ourselves over and over again. But with a growth mindset, we believe our basic qualities can be cultivated through our efforts. We can grow through application and experience, through years of passion, toil, and training.
Why waste time proving over and over how great we are when we could just get on with self-improvement?
From Scared to Sacred
Carmien Owen | 30:02 | 20.6 MB
Our teaching is mystical and practical. It must be practical because mysticism is about living the Divine.
In his own life, Carmien Owen has begun engaging with the news as a spiritual practice, to apply the principles of our teaching to what others observe in the world. For example, regarding the latest major conflict in the news, he concludes: To presume that there must be violence to end violence in Syria, is to see Syrians as lesser than they truly are.
When following the news, or in discussions with others, it is helpful to realize that truth comes from within, opinion comes from without.
Blessed are those who have not seen but know. Transcend belief and move toward conviction and have that certainty. When we have realization, we abandon into God, recognizing Oneness, recognizing that this is an invitation to a divine and mystical experience.
We have a knowing that it is for us to embody peace and universal love.
The Most Important Principle and Practice in New Thought
Rev. Patrick Harbula | 37:16 | 25.6 MB
Guest speaker Rev. Patrick Harbula speaks about the most important principle and practice in New Thought. Love: The quality, the principle, the experience, the practice of loving-kindness. All other principles come out of this one.
The energy of love that we feel is who we really are.
Who we really are, our natural state, is one of unconditional love and light flowing through us, unimpeded.
To experience our true being, all we have to do is surrender—to let go of everything that isn't love.
We are Love unfolding Love.
Our most important spiritual practice: I love myself, no matter what.
Thermometer or Thermostat?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 45:00 | 30.9 MB
Our environment is so important. In it, are we the Thermometer or the Thermostat? When we move about in the world, are we simply absorbing the world's conditions, or are we an active blessing to the world around us?
Dr. Martin Luther King said, "We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality." In other words, there is no private good—my good is your good. We are tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all directly.
What good is a lot of knowledge if it's all wrong? And we are constantly being inundated with knowledge and opinions. Instead, we long to listen to our own heart and our own soul and follow what we are being guided to. We can all have more meaningful spiritual practices in our lives, and we can all slow down and begin to listen.
It Takes Guts to be Extraordinary
Rev. Christian Sorensen | 30:58 | 21.3 MB
To have an extraordinary experience, we need to have the guts to say "Yes" to the moment.
We can listen to our intuition all the time. We can notice the cues that life is giving us about which direction to go. But the less that we listen, the farther it goes away, and the more difficult it becomes to listen to that inner voice.
So to have more than just the common experience, we have to do the uncommon. We have to begin to listen to our spirit, our soul, if we want to have the abundance, the grace, or the fireworks.
We have to do life differently if we want our lives to be different. And that's where the guts come in.
Spiritual Growth: What's Your Stage?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 49:07 | 33.8 MB
Rev. Patrick examines the "Ten Stages of Spiritual Growth" by John Heckers.
We enter the spiritual journey for the same reason we do many things—wanting to feel better. We find ourselves moving from an undisciplined mind to a disciplined one. We get to the stage where we realize it's time to buckle down. At a certain point, we realize that we are the problem. The rest is just breaking through our resistance, which is the bulk of our work.
We have but one mind to move—our own. And if we have done that, we have succeeded.
Start Before You're Ready
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 46:03 | 31.6 MB
Successful people start before they're ready.
We sense that there is a deeper spiritual connection "out there". How do we fine-tune our experience? How do we identify, develop, and share our gift with the world?
If we wait till we're ready, we'll never start. But what we have right now is enough to start.
Certainty of Change
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:58 | 28.8 MB
In essence, how we live our lives is a description of how we manage change.
We know we live in a spiritual universe, we believe there is an aspect of creativity called The Law, which says Yes to everything we give it, and we know that the Universal Spirit is personal to each one that turns to It.
Abundance is being happy with what we have. Today is an abundant day for us.
Surrender as a Path of Awakening
Rev. Catherine McLeod | 36:21 | 25.0 MB
Surrender says, "Here is the fire. There is love on the other side. I am walking through. I know not how I will keep from being burned, but I know that I am going through."
Surrender as a spiritual practice is that we sit silently and honour the Great Intelligence that is within us, that is guiding us, that is present to us.
Joseph Campbell said, "We must be willing to give up the life we've planned to have the life that's waiting for us."
Thinking as a Path of Awakening
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 47:24 | 32.6 MB
David White wrote, "There is no path that goes all the way—not that it stops us from looking for the full continuation." In other words, we tend to look for the one way to take in life, and in that, we settle into fixed beliefs.
But real life steps in and disrupts us through Divine Discontent—All of us have these divine urges that want us to express more. The Universe expresses itself through us, ever expanding, ever seeking new experiences and insight.
What does a world that works for everyone look like? The answer is surprising.
Love as a Path of Awakening
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 42:52 | 29.5 MB
Sometimes things fall apart because something new is seeking expression. The truth of our being is eternal, but we do fall off the rails sometimes. We fall into the trap of looking outside ourselves for happiness, for God, or for someone to change the world. It is not outside us; it is within. We create happiness within. God is within. And only within will we find the power to change the world.
Our thought is creative, but in our ignorance, we use it destructively. Do we consider the existence of evil, or is it simply the misuse of good? Love overcomes both hate and fear.
Celebration of life is in youth, to be undaunted by the challenges of life, to live in the wonder and the joy.
We are as young as our faith and as old as our doubt, as young as our confidence and as old as our fear, as young as our hopes and as old as our despair.
The challenge is to be true to ourselves. Stop trying to be somebody else. Be you. Don't change so others like you. Be your true self, so the right ones will celebrate the true you. Love yourself as a divine expression of love.
Work as a Path of Awakening
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 42:12 | 29.0 MB
There are three great mysteries: air to the bird, water to the fish, and being to the human. Our sense of disengagement stems from our lack of awareness and mindfulness about our state of being.
Being is not a popular idea. Instead, we are always trying to manipulate the circumstances of our lives, believing that happiness comes from our circumstances. But we are as happy as we choose to be. We are already a success at the level of consciousness we inhabit.
Saying Yes to Today
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:24 | 26.4 MB
Every day we will be providing a bigger concept of life. And in that inner growth we have an enlarged power to speak forth into the Creative Mind. The result will be that we will get a fresh impulse and be doing a bigger thing for ourselves. Growth and realization are always from within and never from without.
Old thoughts must be destroyed and new must take their place. Every time the old thought comes, we must look it squarely in the face and declare that it has no part in our mind. It has no power over us. We must state the Law and rely on it to the exclusion of all else.
Daily try to see more and to understand more. Let us feel every day that we are being especially looked after.
Saying Yes to Transformation
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 31:25 | 21.6 MB
Our lives are the result of what we say "Yes" to. It's important that we say yes to transformation. The transformation is not adding anything to ourselves, it's simply allowing the revelation of our true self.
Ernest Holmes said that one of the most difficult things to believe is that we are always a success. We are always achieving the goal that we set up in thought. We need not worry or wonder if we will succeed, but to direct our intention to that which we really desire to succeed in.
It's Not for Nothing
Rev. Connie Nissen | 38:25 | 26.4 MB
This Father's Day, Rev. Connie Nissen speaks about the walls we put up in consciousness, and she gives us meditation exercises to help break them down.
Many of us carry a hole in our heart in the shape of the father. A common story told is, "If my father had just been there, I think I would be better than I am now." But Joseph Campbell wrote, "Where we stumble, therein lies our treasure." The fatherless sons, telling that single story, may feel valueless. But we know these feelings create our experience, that our thoughts and beliefs are creative things.
Our feelings are our most genuine path to knowledge—knowledge about ourselves. In examining our thoughts and feelings, we can figure out what is poison and what is medicine, what inspires and wakes us up and what keeps us running in circles. We can inform ourselves in a conscious way so that we can tell a new story and make a different choice.
Saying Yes to Possibility
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:14 | 26.3 MB
Do we know our true nature? That we are Divine? Life is a projection of reality, depending on which stage of consciousness we are in.
According to the Vedanta, there are six states of consciousness:
As our soul begins to awaken, we may enter the fifth state through the spiritual practice of surrender, forgiveness, and gratitude. Our prayer work becomes a way of life. Our consciousness is the Thing itself—we are the temple.
Saying Yes to What
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 36:54 | 25.4 MB
Rumi wrote, "When we see ourselves, we will be the ideal of ourselves." This is about seeing ourselves in the true way that we are.
The Hindu Vedanta gives five reasons for our suffering:
But what we stand for is "That"—the indescribable nature of who we are.
The pertinent question is, "Do we make ourselves available to our true nature?"
Up-Leveling Our Lives
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 51:03 | 35.1 MB
Rev. Patrick continues his talk from last Sunday on the book The Five Levels of Attachment.
The journey is about up-leveling our lives. The key to all transformation is awareness. We must remember to proceed with two things: self-respect and self-love. Let us find the capacity right now to love and respect ourselves.
How We Get Attached
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:48 | 26.0 MB
Rev. Patrick looks at the Five Levels of Attachment by Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr.:
How do we move out of these levels of attachment?
Fanaticism is a loss of humanity. We lose our compassion and our willingness to see another's point of view. So the way out of fanaticism is to move towards more compassion: Love for ourselves and love for others. The way out of internalization is to just stop believing in our own separateness from others. The way out of identity is to realize that we can take off our mask at any time. The way out of preference is to realize that we can disengage from our preferences at will.
In this moment, we can find a place to love ourselves, and it's not contingent on us making changes, for that would lead to a conditional relationship with ourselves. Let us take the mask off and just love ourselves in this moment.
The Divine Feminine
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 44:30 | 30.6 MB
The Divine Feminine is the goddess tradition, which has been our story since before history. This tradition symbolizes balance, healing, renewal, and restoration.
Our steps along the path of the Divine Feminine are simple:
In love, understanding, compassion, insight, intuition, creativity, forgiveness, healing, and wisdom, we always reach for the highest thought possible. Let us take our God-given talents and express them and use them.
A Life of Prayer
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 45:11 | 31.1 MB
God is able to make all grace abound toward us; that we, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
The enemy of prayer is inertia—resistance to change. If we'd like change to occur in our lives, then pray, pray, pray. It is the inertia within our consciousness that makes us feel like not praying. A life of prayer takes courage and a willingness to change.
The great paradox of prayer is that when we need it the most, we don't feel like doing it. Yet, when we feel inspired and everything seems to be working in our lives, we tend to feel we don't need to pray either. The root of this paradox is the erroneous belief that prayer is a tool to solve problems. Prayer is something much greater than this—Prayer is a way of life.
Let us pray every day whether we need it or not.
The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 40:44 | 28.0 MB
The simplest thing we teach is that the only moment is now. The hardest thing we teach is being in the present moment, because life is so full of distractions.
Between this thought and the next thought is where we find our Connection. That is why practicing meditation is so important.
We all long for a greater experience of the Infinite, a greater experience of God, a greater experience of Wholeness. We need to become that clean, hollow vessel. This means looking at things in our lives that are limiting our experience.
The portal to the present moment is gratitude. Let us find things around us to be grateful about. Learn to be happy with less.
Ernest Holmes put it simply: "Through the process of thinking, we are either repelling or attracting the life we want to live."
John of God
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 44:59 | 30.9 MB
Rev. Patrick's spirit was renewed when he went to see the amazing mystic healer/medium John of God in Brazil. There is an incredible vibration of love present, and through it, revelations and healing come. For Rev. Patrick, the main revelation was this: "There is nothing to fear. There is an army of light, an unseen force for good, and all we have to do is ask for help. There is a Power for Good in the Universe that we can direct and use. And as we grow and evolve in our own consciousness, all of a sudden, it is not we using the Power, it is the Power using us."
We are here to love. There is divinity living in each and every one of us. Not just some people—in all. Sometimes, the challenge is to not withhold our love... to realize we are in co-creation and to love freely.
Rev. Connie Nissen | 41:52 | 28.8 MB
In this week's talk, Rev. Connie Nissen contemplates the home. The spaces that we inhabit—that make up our home and workspace—reflect the state of our inner space. The interior design of our home is really a mirror of our own interior design.
Where we live and what we live with are an extension of who we are. Our living quarters are a physical manifestation of our emotional wants and needs, a mirror of our thoughts, dreams, hopes, wishes, and issues.
Soul Space is not about how we decorate our home, but how we care for ourselves, and how we create space that allows us to do that for ourselves.
Through the creative process, we can emotionally dismantle ourselves and physically renovate our home. We can explore our feelings and attachments through examining the objects we own and the space we live in.
Rev. Catherine McLeod | 38:24 | 26.4 MB
Speaking on how we as humans make use of our right brain and left brain, Rev. Catherine McLeod applies the ideas of current brain research to our daily lives in particular and to society as a whole.
Einstein said that the intuitive mind is a sacred gift; the rational mind its servant. Ernest Holmes said that the intuitive mind is Spirit knowing Itself. We have lost this perspective in our technocratic, science-driven world. The right brain (intuitive) should be the spiritual master and the left brain (rational) should be the servant if we are wanting to create a world that's sustainable, that works for everyone.
The Festival of Human Joy
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 39:35 | 27.2 MB
This Easter Sunday, Rev. Patrick examines the symbolic history of the festivals and traditions of the holiday and the particular story of Mary Magdalene.
The birth of the Christ is about the birth of Consciousness. The title "Christ" means nothing more than "The Anointed One", which represents God in human form. The anointing is the shifting in consciousness, the awakening.
Alvin Boyd Kuhn wrote, "Easter is rightly the consummate festival of human joy, because it signalizes the god's release from his imprisonment in a body of what was to him virtually death." Our earthly nature is death, but our divine nature is freedom and joy.
The Easter story of Mary Magdalene teaches us a great truth about the path to God. She is the symbolic stand-in for all the longing humanity, and for all who are considered sinners. Through her story, we learn that it is our mistakes that lead us to God. We come to Divine union not by doing it right, but by doing it wrong.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 39:54 | 27.4 MB
The wise and the thoughtful have never placed limitations or restrictions on themselves in their particular field of endeavor.
Limitations are always easy to establish—in fact, too easy. Every time we reflect on our inability to do or accomplish something, we are setting up an increased barrier to the doing or accomplishing. Every time we have an alibi for undesirable results we may have achieved, we firmly establish the alibi as the limiting factor for our future activity. Every way we turn, we find that for the most part, we are spending our time setting up and maintaining limitations rather than removing them and moving ahead free and unrestricted.
We have been using the limitless potential of the power of thought to impose limitations in every aspect of our lives. Once we become aware of this, the power of thought can be used more constructively.
The Times They Are a-Changin'
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:55 | 26.7 MB
Our journey is an ever-deepening process of healing. In fact, the healing is bringing forth that body of awareness we all contain. What keeps us from being that Presence on the planet?
As we move through the kingdoms of consciousness, we first experience that everything is done to us. Then we experience that everything is done by us. Finally, we can experience that everything is done through us, which is the experience of co-creation with the Power of the Universe. Moving through these kingdoms requires practice. We must master the second kingdom before our consciousness is transformed into the third kingdom.
Maybe we don't have to awaken humanity to its spiritual magnificence—All we have to do this day is to wake up ourselves, to look somewhere in our lives where we can be kinder to ourselves.
Q and A with Rev. Penny Macek
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 32:48 | 22.5 MB
This week, Rev. Patrick interviews visiting Rev. Penny Macek with a series of questions about our teaching and how to apply it in our lives. The discussion covers our purpose for living, the four kingdoms of consciousness that we move through, and the concept of covenant and the power of covenant relationships.
Your New Freedom
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 44:00 | 30.2 MB
We have to free ourselves from the habit of thinking in a small way, or that something may be too big or to good for us to experience. Our thoughts are the only limiting factor. The Law which responds to our thought is ready and able to accomplish all things.
We can only use what we know. And the more we understand, the more we will be able to accomplish.
New Thoughts for Old
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 36:30 | 25.1 MB
This week, Rev. Patrick helps us celebrate what we stand for. We encourage personal transformation and collective awakening. We practice the gift of active compassion and kindness through our service to all of life. We foster a world that works for the highest good of all, for everyone. God or Spirit, the Absolute, is a creative process in action, in everything, everywhere, always at once. Spirit God is love, intelligence, in relationship, expressing Itself as the universe in all life.
There is one thing and one thing only that keeps the mind healthy—the knowledge of the presence of God in daily practice. In our spiritual practice, our thoughts are all we have to work on.
The Power of Love
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 49:05 | 33.7 MB
The power of love is underneath everything. And what love requires of us is our "yes" to life. We can transform our lives and our world through the transformation of our own consciousness. In fact, the only tool that we have is the transformation of consciousness.
For the Joy of It!
Rev. Patrick Harbula | 46:46 | 32.1 MB
Guest speaker Rev. Patrick Harbula speaks about life, resistance, peace, and joy.
There's beauty in everything. Everything is perfect the way it is. Joy is not the opposite of sadness. Joy is this all-pervasive spiritual quality that can be present at any moment in time.
We create our reality not from the presence of our personal self—we create our reality from our expanded self, our soul self. Our expanded self is creating this situation because there is something good in it for us, because there is an opportunity to simply move into a greater space of love, freedom, or joy. Our expanded self is choreographing everything perfectly.
So, rather than asking, "What did I do to create this situation?", ask instead, "What's the greater joy, love, and freedom that wants to emerge here?"
The only way to real peace is to give up resistance to what is.
The ease in which we create what we want is directly related to the degree to which we accept what is. And then, we begin to find that life gets easier and easier.
Something to Love
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 40:09 | 27.6 MB
Ernest Holmes once said, "We should all have something that we love to do. Something that will completely express the Self. Something that will loose the energies of life into action and turn the power into creative work. We should learn to love all people."
What does the month of February, as the season of love, mean to us? Alison Armstrong describes Valentine's Day as the worst holiday we can imagine. A strange cultural ritual, it is often expressed as forced giving, forced intimacy. This whole position on Love—and how the world defines it—is reflected in Valentine's Day. It represents dependency, control, sentimentality, and emotionalism. In contrast, the strongest expression of unconditional love that we have is the love of a mother for her child.
We can know that there is something within all of us that is complete and indestructible. When we no longer need a Valentine to validate our sense of self, we can say, "I am a being of love, and no one can diminish that. Infinite Intelligence and Spirit within me and around me and everywhere present, guide me and direct me in the highest and finest potential so that I can support myself in seeing with new eyes and new perception in loving the world."
Rev. Catherine McLeod | 24:28 | 16.8 MB
Through a series of stories, Rev. Catherine speaks about the recent findings of neuroscience and brain research and how it can relate to our spiritual practice. In his research, Dr. Dan Siegel tracks where in the brain our emotions sit, and how information travels throughout our body. His work has shown that we can change our brain, our brain can change our mind, and our mind can in turn change our brain. Meditation can increase brain mass in the areas of the brain that carry loving-kindness, and can decrease brain mass in the areas that carry pain, anxiety, and worry.
When we feel ourselves begin to be triggered by an unwanted event, we should take a few deep breaths and open ourselves up to this uninvited guest. Soon, our brilliance will take over. But if we instead react to the event, we either numb-out, leave, or fight.
Emotional intelligence is to learn to go inside, experience our emotions, to sit quietly, to learn about our own intuition, and to be mindful. It's part of a healthy mental toolkit of things that we need to know how to do.
In building up our emotional intelligence, we will create a life outlook of positive energy, of knowing that all is well.
Touch Stone 2013
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 47:29 | 32.6 MB
The wisdom of Father Richard Rohr teaches us about the pattern of living in the false self. In the false self:
Our spiritual work is thus to pursue living in the true self. It is the putting on of a new costume, which is more about dressing down, releasing the feeling of lack, the feeling that we're not lovable, releasing resistance in any area.
From Head to Heart
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 26:11 | 18.0 MB
We feel connected and experience our greatest potential when we have mentors and are mentors to each other.
When we pray in groups—do spiritual mind treatment together—we maximize our impact, in particular when we harmoniously treat for a higher state of consciousness.
An essay by Ernest Holmes, the founder of our New Thought movement, inspires us to pray not for things, for individuals, or solutions to problems, but to pray for the greater good, for the group, for a higher consciousness. Our consciousness must change first before we can affect our lives, otherwise we are hopelessly affirming and denying that anything is wrong.
"When a group of people come together with one accord and one thought, a greater power is generated, not because the creative power responds to a number of people more than it does to one, but because the combined faith of a group reaches a higher level of acceptance, and therefore group spiritual mind treatment should be definitely performed with the purpose in mind of arriving at a deeper conviction." – Ernest Holmes
We grow the most when we mentor others and seek out the mentorship of others, when we see the face of God in others and acknowledge it in ourselves.
Looking At It Until We Smile
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:19 | 25.6 MB
The White Stone Ceremony—a symbol of releasing, renewal, and new beginnings.
It is very important that we release painful things—things that are not helping us, things that are holding us back—but we must do so consciously, not carelessly. Mark Nepo in Facing the Lion, Being the Lion says "there is a crucial difference between gratefully burning what no longer works and coldly discarding what is still living because we don't have the patience to care for what has cared for us."
We must face ourselves with wisdom and an honesty that knows the difference, so that we know which parts of our past to burn carefully—full of care—so we aren't just burning out of spite or anger or frustration, because behind every feeling is a belief. Only when we see the beliefs for what they truly are can we gratefully release the past, know the word of God for us, and be more free.
Burning Bowl Ceremony
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:53 | 26.7 MB
Our core beliefs and practices focus on transcendence. Transcendence is being tapped into a dream. The Hindus call it Prakriti, the Taoists call it Qi, the Christians call it Holy Ghost, and science calls it Energy. It is the intelligent activity of God's eminence revealing Itself as the Fruit of Spirit.
Our spiritual journey is one of practicing gratitude. A state of continual gratitude is living in the state of Grace. When our gratitude is self-generated, it comes out of us as generosity. Let us be eternally grateful for the presence of Good in our lives—and that Good is our God.
Transcendence and Community
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 43:03 | 29.6 MB
Stanley Kunitz has said that art is the chalice into which we pour the wine of transcendence. Rev. Patrick talks about transcendence and the need for community.
What does it mean to have a spiritual experience? What does it mean to be a spiritual teacher? To be a healer? We must have the desire to change, the experience of illumination, and the intuitive contact with the ultimate reality that theologians call the Godhead.
We seek the simultaneous perception of the sacred and the ordinary. It is the mystical experience, not as climactic, but as a constant incremental experience.
Hold the Sky
Karl Anthony | 42:32 | 29.2 MB
Audience artist and musician Karl Anthony takes us on a musical journey of discovering and expressing our gifts to connect to the community around us.
Dreaming a World that Works for Everyone
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 56:33 | 38.9 MB
In this time of collective mourning, Rev. Patrick asks, "How do we look at the world? How do we filter the events that come before us? What do we do with our cracked-open heart?"
We know that there is no private good. Likewise, there is no private sorrow. We all share in the experience.
The trouble with steeling ourselves against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures our life against being destroyed secures our life also from being opened up and transformed.
The path to our healing takes the form of surrender—surrender to the Divine Presence, to the One.
Nurturing Presence is the HOW
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 43:02 | 29.6 MB
Ernest Holmes wrote on finding the Christ, "We believe in our own soul—the only immediate testimony you and I will ever have that we existed or that God existed or that Jesus showed us a way. We believe in every way-shower. We glean from them what is valuable for us in this moment and leave the rest behind."
From Brennan Manning we learn: "Silent solitude makes true speech possible and personal. If we are not in touch with our own belovedness, then we cannot touch the sacredness of others. If we are estranged from ourselves, we are likewise a stranger to others."
Realization in the NOW
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:39 | 25.9 MB
We are a mystical teaching, and we approach the Christmas story and Christmas season in a mystical way.
Ernest Holmes stated it this way in the Science of Mind: "Who is Christ? The Son, begotten of the only Father—not the 'only begotten Son of God.' The mystical conception of Christ means the Universality of Sonship, embodied in any individual who recognizes this Sonship." We are the ones who may recognize our Sonship with God.
The point of Christmas is to give birth and bring to life the Christ Consciousness within ourselves. Our goal is to find the Christ. Declare our word to be the presence, the power, and the activity of this One.
The Evolving Guidelines of Spiritual Partnership
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 40:33 | 27.9 MB
In every situation we can ask, "What level of consciousness is operating here?" Is love at work in our lives, or is it fear?
There's an era of awakening that's happening on our planet wherein we consult with our intuition and allow others to consult with theirs. And with our intuition engaged, we may begin to live life with an empowered heart.
Success is not to be pursued but attracted by the people we become.
Spiritual Partnership - Evolving Consciousness
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 39:59 | 27.5 MB
Is our spiritual life our priority?
Our life doesn't get better by chance—it gets better by choice. Our intentions are causes that create effects. For us as humans, choosing an intention is the fundamental creative act.
Christ is the truth of who we are. That Christ is the individualized essence, the activity of God, Love In Us, the Light of the Living God. Moreover, that Consciousness is still alive and still evolving. It continues to evolve in us, through us, and as us.
Love looks like beauty. Love feels like joy. We are a community of love that expresses beauty and joy at their highest possibilities and potentials.
Nuts and Bolts
Rev. Connie Phelps | 30:58 | 21.3 MB
"Change your thinking, change your life." We get this intellectually. But how do we internalize these words? How do we begin to transform our lives? Step by step, with practice, we learn to change the thinking we do. We learn to apply that thinking into our lives. Then we start to use what we know in a practical way. And the Universe yields to us according to the habit of our thought.
Spiritual Partnership - Commitment and Courage
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 35:40 | 24.5 MB
Let us be the presence of love. Spiritual partnership is learning to love in a new way. It requires commitment and courage. The commitment is to make our spiritual growth the number one priority in our lives. The courage is to choose to love when we don't want to choose it.
Changing Our B.S.
Carmien Owen | 25:29 | 17.5 MB
The road to hell is covered in our B.S., our belief system.
Intentions are always good at their source. And our intentions start at the centre of our being. But they can go bad when they get filtered by our false beliefs and our hidden fears.
Unthinking our false beliefs takes committed practice. This prayer works. Practice is cultivating the soil of silence so that God can grow through us.
Dr. Joyce Hawkes | 37:55 | 26.1 MB
In today's talk, guest speaker Dr. Joyce Hawkes speaks about the cells in our body, our deepening scientific understanding of our bodies, and our innate ability to heal.
There are approximately 100 trillion cells in the body. We are a walking, amazing life form, full of the energy of creation that penetrates all universes. How can we open ourselves to the mystery of life and to the mystery of what is not known?
The healing gift is in each and every one of us. It is innate. It is native. Our bodies are magnificent. Let us enjoy the vessel that the Creator has given us for our consciousness to ride around in.
Spiritual Partnership - Activated
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:37 | 25.9 MB
There are two activities taking place on the planet right now. First, everyone is becoming more awake. Second, among those who are awakening, there are individuals that choose to live their lives with intention.
Day to day, it's the vibration, or intention, behind our thoughts that counts. The "why beneath the why" is the intention that ultimately creates.
Spiritual Partnership - The Dynamics
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 46:32 | 32.0 MB
When unexpected, tragic things happen, like a sudden death, we are faced with the opportunity to choose, moment by moment, what our attitude will be. We need to breathe and be present with ourselves. What we need to know in this moment will be made clear, and we will have every resource we need.
We all need spiritual partners to help us along. Friends are not spiritual partners. Spiritual partners do spiritual work together, and once it is done, they part ways. Friends are with you to buffer you from the wind; spiritual partners are there to ask you questions about the wind.
When we feel powerless because of a tragedy, it reminds us that it was never our power—we never did have power over death. What we have power over is our response to things that happen.
The Subconscious and Your GPS
Wayne Lee | 28:45 | 19.8 MB
Wayne Lee leads a vibrant, fun overview and demonstration of hypnosis. He explores how we often hypnotize ourselves with our beliefs and the power of thought. Wayne tells us how we can program our "GPS"—Goal-setting, Pretending, and Stress-managing system (our feelings).
Rev. Connie Phelps | 39:43 | 27.3 MB
Today is Global Outreach Sunday, promoted by the team called Global Services. It is a day about honouring the nomads that move out into the world and touch lives.
It is an idea of taking our teaching outside the walls of the Centre through service to humanity, through meeting individuals' physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Every life that we touch is part of the whole. Every light that is transformed is a light in the world that transforms more lives.
Dennis Merritt Jones said it this way: "If we are willing to look deeply enough into one another, we will be able to see what we have in common. In short, we will remember to remember that there is only One of us here. Contained with the wisdom of this awareness lies the potential for a lasting peace in the world."
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 42:29 | 29.2 MB
The labyrinth is a substitute for the pilgrimage. Both represent a journey inward.
Always at the heart of pilgrimage is the question that forces us to leave home, seek a retreat, or go on a vision quest. In a pilgrimage, we are calling on God, crying out for a vision.
A vision may reveal a new vocation, a new name, or even our life purpose. The answer may come in the form of a dream, a chance meeting, a surge of inspiration, a voice in our head, or an overpowering emotion.
The point is to break with our everyday patterns, to move out of our comfortable and familiar habits. We must be intent in searching for soul.
When we return from a pilgrimage, we can take this advice: "Know that your vision will follow you back and must be incorporated into your life and the lives of those you know. And the best way to communicate your experience to others is not to talk about it but to live it."
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 43:51 | 30.1 MB
Rev. Patrick discusses the call to face conflict through the stories of Martin Luther King, Jr. and William Went, an Episcopalian minister. The latter was "willing to accept the penalties in order to arouse the consciousness of the community over its injustice."
Part of hearing the call to greatness in our lives is making ourselves ready and receptive through our spiritual practices. Leonard Cohen said it this way: "There's a crack in everything, and that's how the light gets in."
The spiritual masters teach us this:
So let's keep waking up together.
Answering the Call
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 43:41 | 30.0 MB
It is difficult to explain the amazing value that comes from the classes the Centre offers. The classes help us to wake up—and shake things up.
As new things come along in our lives, we can ask: (1) Is this right for me? (2) Am I willing to be led?
Although living a life of ease and grace is nice, that's not when we really grow.
Love's Longing for Truth
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 35:12 | 24.2 MB
Real Love is all about seeking and being focussed on the happiness of the other person rather than what we can get. When we tell the truth, it becomes the opening for love.
We are a community that nurtures, teaches, and fosters the transformation of consciousness. "Transformed people tend to transform people." We need people in our lives that stretch us and model the possibility for us.
In this way, we learn that spirituality is "caught" not taught.
The Longest Journey with the Sweetest Destination
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 40:45 | 28.0 MB
The title of today's talk is "The Longest Journey with the Sweetest Destination." The long journey is to a profound realization, to see what our beliefs really are, to learn where our resistance or false beliefs are. Every feeling is a belief. When we have a negative feeling, we need to stay with it. Negative feelings can lead us to the truth of what we believe—our own internal life, the sum of the beliefs we have, even those that are false.
"We must be willing to look at a thing until it has no power over us." – Ernest Holmes
The Great Law of Life
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 45:21 | 31.2 MB
Most people have no insight or awareness about their experiences of life. They don't even know that this is possible. We call this victim consciousness.
But our pathway is the journey to new insight into our experiences of life.
The Great Law of Life is this: It is done unto us as we believe. In other words, we receive what we believe.
So what is a belief? It is a deeply suppressed emotional impulse that expresses itself unconsciously through us in order to produce experiences in our lives. It is who and what we are. But we are not stuck there. We can then ask, what do we want to believe?
Earthly karma is not always fair, but divine karma always balances it out.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 40:29 | 18.6 MB
From the teachings of Greg Baer, Rev. Patrick speaks about real love. When we tell the truth, we enter the portal to real love. The truth is the pathway. Real love is the commitment to the happiness of the other without expecting anything in return.
As we examine our pain from the past, we must realize that it was not our fault. But it is our responsibility—and our opportunity—to heal it now.
Rev. Catherine McLeod | 30:25 | 13.9 MB
James O'Dea writes about the importance of cultivating three qualities in our leaders and in ourselves: empathy, the ability to have meaningful dialogue, and holistic thinking. Neurologists have learned that a depressed person's brain patterns jump—become less depressed—when simply in the presence of happy people.
We are connected at the head and at the heart—many branches of science have even shown this to be true. When one person reaches out to another, we can affect each other, without even saying anything. When we cultivate wholeness in ourselves we cultivate it in others too.
What Could Happen If...?
Rev. Connie Nissen | 30:55 | 14.2 MB
Rev. Connie Nissen speaks about soul-searching and looking at our belief systems.
From Ernest Holmes, we learn that every thought and idea necessary for a thing to become manifest is happening now, more abundantly than we could ever imagine.
We first recognize that there is a power for good in the Universe. We can bless everyone. We can use this power for definite purposes. As we practice, something in consciousness will shift. We acquire this habit of spiritual practice with repetition, knowing that as the rain falls on everyone, God is present everywhere to everyone. So of course, we are good enough to use this power.
Remember that God is always available, always near us, and always willing to reveal Itself, to the degree we are willing to know Its presence.
This I Believe: Extraordinary Vision
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 46:11 | 21.2 MB
"Words without thoughts do not to heaven go." It is the consciousness and the vibration beneath the words that have the impact on our prayer work.
The pursuit of happiness is not a destination—it's a process. All of our spiritual work is done in the here and now.
This I Believe: Extraordinary Courage
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 34:12 | 15.7 MB
Miracle-working is a sign of being absolutely united with Spirit.
Using the life story of activist Margaret Sanger, Rev. Patrick relates how the Science of Mind teaching shows up in the world. Margaret Sanger's life motto was: "Build thou beyond thyself, but first be sure that thou thyself be strong and healthy in body and mind."
Ernest Holmes said, "There's a power for good and we can use it. And it can use us. It is right here. It is nearer than our own breath. It is done unto us as we believe."
The power that we use is based on our conviction. We do not need to say, "Am I good enough to use this power?"
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 46:12 | 21.2 MB
"Yes, change is possible. No matter what our background, each of us is the creator of his or her own destiny. Our thoughts, our words, and our deeds create the experience that is our future. Everything has its own place, everything is sacred, and everything is interconnected. All experiences can be integrated into realizing the path to innate perfection."
The Magic Never Ends
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 40:10 | 18.4 MB
All thought creates. But what gives thought even greater potential and possibility is clarity.
In our spiritual work, we think of the process as the goal, not the destination. We connect to who and what we are. We don't pray to something, we pray from a consciousness. And when there's peace inside us, that peace permeates to the outside, affecting others.
Father's Day Surprise
Dr. Kenn Gordon | 39:04 | 17.9 MB
Dr. Kenn Gordon speaks about radical change in life and evolution in action, as seen through the lens of fatherhood.
Everything evolves, and it always evolves for the highest and the greatest good. It is stepping into a new idea, growing, expanding. Evolution in consciousness. It can be sped up through awareness and connection. We can make choices that are different than the ones we made in the past.
Life works because it evolves. And consciousness evolves before form.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 30:53 | 14.2 MB
In this week's talk, Rev. Patrick speaks about magical relationships. Rama Maharish said this about ourselves: "Wanting to reform the world without discovering one's true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes."
Mark Nepo gave this insight about relationships: "Everyone personalizes and projects. Personalizing is mistaking what happens in the world as always having to do with us. Projecting is the reverse, when we place the thing that happens in us onto the world around us. The truth is, no one can avoid personalizing and projecting. There are only those of us who are aware of it and those of us who are not, those of us who own it when it happens and those of us who don't. But this difference is crucial. Not owning these things can end relationships, owning them can deepen relationships."
Bringing the Magic into our Lives
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 40:18 | 18.5 MB
Gratitude is magical. It is key to a prosperous, abundant heart. Whoever has gratitude will be given more. What we appreciate appreciates.
We start by deliberately saying "thank you". As we practice this, the more we start experiencing the feeling of gratitude. We have then taken it from the head to the heart. And the more gratitude we feel and experience, the more abundance we receive.
Remembering to Remember
Rev. Connie Nissen | 37:05 | 17.0 MB
Rev. Connie admonishes us to remember to remember: Who we are, where we are, and why we are. The energy of our lives can be quite turbulent, especially when dealing with uncertainty and life's many distractions. Our focus can be restored by truly feeling our emotions, by being mindful in the present moment.
Without a Destination, No Road is Right
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 35:21 | 16.2 MB
Rev. Patrick speaks about loss, attention, and intention. Our attention energizes, and our intention transforms. Whatever we put our attention on will grow stronger. Intention, on the other hand, triggers transformation of energy and information. Our intention organizes its own fulfillment.
Wise Choices - How Do I Know?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:59 | 17.4 MB
We celebrate Mothers—and all family ties—and how we sometimes must leave home and go on a pilgrimage, to find our real and larger home.
"So much unnecessary suffering comes into the world because so many people will not accept the legitimate suffering that comes from being human." – Carl Jung
So yes, it can feel like suffering sometimes, to feel disconnected to Spirit, or to have to wait for results that we want so badly. That is what it is to be human, but if we can tune in to our intuition, we can know that our true identity is eternal.
"The surrendering of our false self which we have usually taken for our absolute identity yet is merely a relative identity is the necessary suffering needed to find the pearl of great price that is always hidden inside this lovely but passing shell." – Richard Rohr
How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It
Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones | 37:22 | 17.1 MB
Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones leads us on a journey of self-contemplation and self-inquiry.
We came from the ethers of the great unknown, from the formless. Yet our life itself is no less a mystery than our origin. There's no place in our lives where uncertainty does not exist. We have the opportunity to become conscious in the mystery in our lives. This changes the dynamics of it. We do this by changing our perception.
Three questions for self-inquiry:
Dying to Be Me: Healing is Only the Beginning
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:13 | 17.5 MB
The Persian poet Hafez wrote, "Come rest your head upon my lap, because the work in separation is the most exhausting thing you do." Separation is saying, "I'm not enough, there's not enough, the world is a scary place, fear, fear, fear, fear." Living in fear is living in separation.
But we are here to live our lives in Joy. We choose to come and we are chosen to come. There is no one greater than us. Our purpose is to be ourselves, our pure selves. We are here as co-creators with God. Let us do the work of letting go and allowing our true selves, our magnificent divine selves, to shine through.
Dying to Be Me, From Attracting to Allowing
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:34 | 17.7 MB
Anita Moorjani was often asked, "Why do you think you got cancer?" Her answer: Fear. Fear of failing, being disliked, letting people down, and not being good enough.
Most of us are taught at a very young age to be afraid. But we already are what we spend our lives trying to attain. We come into this life knowing our magnificence. But the world seems to erode this sense as we grow up.
Whatever we're up against, we're creating. The nature of the particular conflicts that each of us experiences is directly related to the false beliefs we hold about life. And consequently, every conflict and problem that we face is intended to wake us up to the fact that we're believing something that's not true about life.
We always get what we feel we deserve. We can inspire one another. We can live from inspiration.
Dying to Be Me, True Healing
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:23 | 17.1 MB
Drawing from the teachings of Anita Moorjani and Marcia Sutton, Rev. Patrick brings us through a process of healing and the acceptance of our true magnificence.
We're here to experience and to evolve this physical universe and our own lives within it. We don't have to wait until we die to experience Nirvana. Nirvana, heaven, our true magnificence, exists right now.
As our fears are dissolved, the obstacles in our lives are removed and the opportunity is provided for the newness of spirit to reveal itself as an experience of heaven on earth.
"I am the Presence of the Living Spirit here and now. I love myself unconditionally. I am so grateful God is the Love I am."
Dying to Be Me, The Gift of Cancer
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:06 | 17.5 MB
Rev. Patrick begins this month with the story of Anita Moorjani and her book Dying to Be Me. In it, she tells of her four-year experience with cancer, how she tried to heal it, how her body eventually gave up, and how she passed through a very lucid near-death experience. In her near death, she felt a profound awareness, a state of unconditional love. And she was able to learn why she got cancer, and how it was a transforming gift in her life.
We can learn to see that all of life is perfect. There is a perfection to our experiences. It doesn't matter where we are on the consciousness continuum—it only matters that we are on the continuum, that we are awake enough to acknowledge that we are Spirit incarnate. Life is perfect as it is, because this dimension, this form, allows us to experience maximum results.
Two things are necessary to grow in consciousness:
Great by Choice
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 35:25 | 16.2 MB
We can be great by choice. It takes discipline, not the regimented, follow-the-rules type of discipline, but the kind of discipline that is a consistency of action. There should be a consistency with our values, our long term goals, our performance standards, our methods, and our performance over time.
Happiness is not a constant, but satisfaction can be. Satisfaction is a deep underlying sense of fulfillment, a sense of doing a good job with life.
We alone are cause to our material experience. Once we decide, everything starts shifting and changing.
The Power of Decision
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:17 | 18.9 MB
Decision is everything. At the center of our Consciousness is a purpose, but not a plan. It's not about actions or facts, it is about making decisions without fear. Our decisions about the future should always have a loophole.
We can decide to live by nature or by grace. We can decide to live by intuition. "Intuition is the process by which you become aware of yourself, not as self but as the all-ness and fullness of being." – Dr. Raymond Charles Barker in The Power of Decision
Indecision is a Decision
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 39:50 | 18.3 MB
Teaching from the book The Power of Decision, Rev. Patrick shares with us the wisdom of Dr. Raymond Charles Barker.
How we think and feel determines our place in life. All the ideas we need reveal themselves in the right order and sequence once we've arrived at a decision.
Why do we have spiritual practice in our lives? For preparation. It is so that we are better prepared for when the storms come. This requires discipline, a discipline not based on obligation, but on devotion.
Progress happens when leaders arise with new ideas. These men and women are undaunted by material beliefs in material situations. Theirs is, instead, a spiritual mindset.
The Intelligence Factor
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 47:04 | 21.6 MB
Rev. Patrick speaks more on his experiences at the conference in New Orleans. He shares with us a speech by Dr. Kenn Gordon, the spiritual leader of the new Centers for Spiritual Living organization.
"To move forward, we need to move into a new consciousness, into a new idea, a bigger idea.
"It is a time for transformation. We know this because we have felt that something has occurred within us. Now is the time to let go of all of our opinions and all of our judgments. We are in the process of transforming the world, creating a world that works for everyone."
When Two Become One
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:46 | 17.8 MB
Rev. Patrick talks about the recent reunion of our two organizations, Religious Science International and the United Centers for Spiritual Living, to become one organization, the Centers for Spiritual Living. He highlights the lessons learned and the vision put forward.
Let's Create a More Loving World
Rev. Connie Nissen | 18:55 | 8.7 MB
Families are there to love us, guide us, and bring us to that point of maturity—physical, emotional, and spiritual—so that we can go out into the world, knowing the highest Truth of Who and What We Are, and, to be that light of Oneness in the world, to let it shine, and to pass that message on. And as we go out into the world, we find that we often expand our idea of "family" as our love for all of humanity grows.
Love is Divine
Rev. Catherine McLeod | 34:30 | 15.8 MB
Speaking on the subject of love and relationships, Rev. Catherine McLeod shares with us the teachings of Oshi, a Zen spiritual guide who combines Buddhism and Taoism into Zen, bridging them both to Western scientific thought. He uses the dualism of the Tao to work with relationships, accepting both the goodness and not-goodness in the other, and also in ourselves. In fact, every relationship is really about a relationship with ourselves, and understanding our own reality.
Rumi says, "Our task is not to seek love but to find all the barriers within ourselves that we have built against it."
All You Need is Love
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 35:29 | 16.3 MB
Love. Everyone has a different definition of love. Is it true: "All you need is love"? Love is extremely important, but we also need faith, fun, joy, and celebration!
We cannot talk about love without talking about suffering, for both lead us to give up control. The buddha said that suffering is clinging. If we cling to something we take to be true, when Truth knocks on our door, we won't open it.
Richard Rohr in The Naked Now says that suffering is simply having the experience of something we cannot control. "Great love and great suffering are the tools to transition from a fear-based life to a love-based life." If we have great fear and we can't transform it, we end up transmitting it to others.
White Stone Ceremony 2012
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 30:46 | 14.1 MB
The White Stone Ceremony allows us to slow down, focus, and crystallize our goals, desires, and the direction we wish to take for the coming year. Our thoughts can be so nebulous, but when we are able to put them in writing, we achieve a greater clarity. The White Stone Ceremony takes its origins from the white stones—clean slates—that were given to Roman prisoners upon their release, symbolizing their freedom and their entitlement to every good thing granted to ordinary citizens.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:14 | 17.5 MB
Rev. Patrick presents the practice of Process Science of Mind, an idea developed by minister Dr. Arthur Chang. "Our minds should swing from inspiration to action, from contemplation to accomplishment, from prayer to performance. No greater mistake could be made than to think we must separate life from what it does." It spurs us to "get going" in our spiritual lives, to put the kernels of truth that we know into actual practice.
Rev. Patrick then introduces a new book by Julia Cameron, The Prosperous Heart. "Prosperity is a spiritual matter. It is the amount of faith we have, not cash, that determines our feelings of abundance." We are encouraged to adopt Julia's daily practice of "Morning Pages" as a way to seek clarity, comfort, and priority in approaching our day.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 44:35 | 20.4 MB
Rev. Patrick continues on the theme of setting intentions.
There is a subtle power within us—the essence of Spirit. Every thought impresses an idea upon this infinite aspect of the Infinite. Its operation in our lives is simply to support us in whatever we bring to It.
Creation is not an accident. It's part of a preparation. Our intention is really about preparation, preparing ourselves for Spirit's support.
Inspiration is the revelation in conscious mind beyond what the conscious mind could come up with.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 40:08 | 18.4 MB
Intention is a prerequisite for effecting change. What is our intention for our lives? What are the three things we will work on this year?
We will focus on the moment-by-moment care and mindfulness of growing our consciousness, so that we can be the finest expression of an individual that stands in co-creation with Spirit.
Out with the Old and In with the New
Rev. Connie Nissen | 36:14 | 16.6 MB
New Year's is a time for making resolutions. In New Thought, we can translate this into setting intentions. It is also a time to reflect on the past year: What worked well? What didn't work so well? It is a time for remembering the people we've said good-bye to, old things we've released, and new things we've embraced.
We were made for these times. How do we know this? Because we are the ones who are here. There could be no others. And we could be no other way.
Season of Light
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 32:25 | 14.9 MB
The Centre celebrates the Season of Light in song, story, and inspiration. This talk includes two songs from the celebration—one featuring Belle Hodge and the Centre's band, and one featuring Brian McLeod—and then Rev. Patrick tells a story about manifesting a penguin!
A Kidnapped Santa Claus
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:12 | 17.5 MB
The storytelling continues! Rev. Patrick relates the main themes of L. Frank Baum's book A Kidnapped Santa Claus. In it, he reminds us not to be afraid of the dark sides of our nature; we can step back into the light at any time.
In Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers: The Story of Success, we learn of the small town of Rosetta, where the inhabitants' long, happy lives are thanks to the caring, loving nature of the community. The values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with have a profound effect on who we are. What kind of community have we surrounded ourselves with?
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:38 | 17.3 MB
Rev. Patrick reads to us from the 1957 children's story How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss.
Life is a blackboard upon which we consciously or unconsciously write those messages which will govern us. And we hold the chalk and the eraser in our hand, but we are ignorant of this fact. What we now experience, we need not continue to experience. But the hand that holds the eraser must do its neutralizing work.
At the beginning of the story, the Grinch is stuck in envy and jealousy. In the end, the expansion of the Grinch's heart serves as a metaphor for the expansion of his consciousness.
"I really think that it's possible to continue to change the consciousness of this planet. I believe we're here for a reason. I don't think it's any accident that you're here today. We are here to give birth to the new consciousness, and that's happening all the time." – Rev. Patrick Cameron
Light It Up
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 42:05 | 19.3 MB
Rev. Patrick begins today's talk with a simple children's Christmas story about a shift in perception. We learn that it is in the sharing, in the generosity of spirit, that the consciousness is shifted.
In Creative Mind and Success, Ernest Holmes said this about spiritual practice: "We have this Law in our hands to do with it as we will. We can draw what we want only as we let go of old order and take up the new. And this we must do to the exclusion of all else.
"Generosity is Grace. We need to believe in the Grace of God, the Divine Givingness. But we must recognize that the Divine Givingness can mean nothing to us until there is a Takingness on our part. It requires our participation in it.
"The Self must raise the Self by the Self because the Self is God. We have to do the work. No one can do the work for us."
The Bridge to Healing
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 32:44 | 15.0 MB
It's always a special treat when the teens help out with the celebration! Rev. Patrick expands on his discussion of Deepak Chopra's book Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You, expanding on the four main practices we can use to move from being a "fight and flight" person to become a visionary: Remain centered. Be clear. Expect the best. Wait and watch. We can get out of our reactive mind (the chattering/monkey mind) and move into the witness mind (present moment awareness).
A Community of Cells
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 36:46 | 16.9 MB
Our bodies are made up of cells. In fact, each of us is a living community of over 50 trillion cells.
The idea of waking up spiritually is to shift from living unconsciously to living more consciously, moving towards where we would like to take our lives.
According to Deepak Chopra, life brings many situations where letting go isn't easy. Fortunately, there is always one strategy that works for letting go: instead of focusing on our reaction in the moment, we can step back and assert who we really are. The real us has no agenda. It lives in the present, it responds to life openly. Let us say to our reaction: "That's not me, it's just an experience that I'm having."
What is there for each of us to do in the moment?
Remain centred. Be clear. Expect the best. Wait and watch.
Clearing What is Holding Us Back
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 32:59 | 15.1 MB
Healing is ultimately a shift of our perception, moving into a greater sense of who we are and what we are.
Ernest Holmes said this, "Spiritual mind healing is a revelation, even though we go through a process to arrive at it. Each must work out their own method and pursue their own logic. If their method and logic lead them to the right conclusion, they will be rewarded by an affirmative answer. It is not the spirit of the person that needs to be made whole; it is their mental reactions to life that need healing—their perceptions, how they filter life. These mental reactions are both conscious and subjective. Successful spiritual mind treatment neutralizes negative reactions on both the conscious and the subjective levels."
From Scientist to Healer
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:18 | 18.9 MB
Rev. Patrick explores healing of the body and healing of the soul through the book Cell-Level Healing by research scientist Joyce Hawkes. In it, she says that appreciation is the first step in our spiritual practice, as a bridge between ordinary reality and spiritual reality. Gratitude leads to devotion, resulting in compassion that flows naturally to the heart as profound healing.
Spirit is the potential that lies within each one of us. Our soul is not in our body—we are in our soul. The foundation for all thriving is the trio of love, happiness, and knowing. Together, they bring us back to Source, back to Union.
Our call is enlightenment. To continue to wake up and do our practice. Whatever moves us in the direction of Source.
Spiritual Makeover: Part 2
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 36:45 | 16.8 MB
Living our lives from "Why"
According to the Romans, Genius is a universal presence that "lives in the walls of the artist's home." It's something that we can have, that we can host, that we can welcome. It's not personal, it's not individual. It's a Universal Intelligence: "I don't know, but something within me does know."
Rev. Connie Nissen | 38:01 | 17.4 MB
Blazing means fire. Fire is symbolic of transformation. Something gets ignited and changes happen. The trail represents the path that we're on.
Joseph Campbell said this, "If you can see your path laid out for you, in front of you step by step, then you know it's not your path. Your own path that you make is with every step you take. That's why it's your path."
The key to hearing our calling is paying attention to what is going on in our lives. To be still and know that I am God. To be still and hear that inner voice.
Rev. Catherine McLeod | 33:38 | 15.4 MB
If we are irritated by every little rub, how will we get polished? – Rumi
In this week's talk, Rev. Catherine McLeod discusses life's ultimate lesson and the subject of relationships: our relationships to ourselves, to our partners, to our community, and to our world.
Our ultimate lesson is to learn unconditional love, which includes all others, but also ourselves.
Rev. Catherine also compares internal spirituality and external spirituality. The internal encompasses our inner spiritual practice. The external, our spiritual practice as it plays out in community. In community is where we demonstrate love, respect, forgiveness, compassion, and a generous spirit towards one another.
Gratitude as the Doorway
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 34:23 | 15.8 MB
When we are grateful or thankful, we are lifted up to a higher realm of consciousness. Expressing and focusing on gratitude and appreciation is one of the most powerful things we can do.
Steve Jobs made an enormous impact on the world. He taught that, "You have to trust in something—believing that the dots will connect.... If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle... Stay hungry. Stay foolish.... Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." Ernest Holmes said, "There isn't anything to do. There's something to know."
Spiritual Makeover: Part 1
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 34:06 | 15.6 MB
Our lives are either an expression of our spiritual magnificence or a reflection of our unhealed past. Do we consider ourselves a "finished product" or in the process of a makeover? Daniel Pink's book, Drive, suggests three areas to focus on:
In speaking to author Chip Conley, the 17-year old King of Bhutan said that in his country they don't measure Gross Domestic Product. They measure Gross National Happiness. He said, "We cannot create happiness for one other. We create the conditions for happiness to occur." Rev. Patrick concludes with a profound quote from Robert F. Kennedy.
Tamed and Untamed Emotions
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 34:47 | 15.9 MB
Reading from The Mandala of Being, Rev. Patrick quotes Richard Moss about our emotions:
"We are enlightened only to the degree that we are able to fully experience and not become identified with and captured by our emotions.
"We evolve in consciousness by turning toward our immediate experience and learning to be present yet non-reactive."
Tamed emotion is simply the emotion that we are used to. It is that which we can identify and name. Untamed emotion is a feeling that we cannot readily separate ourselves from. Drowning, desolation, disillusion, terror, annihilation, suffocation, free-floating anxiety. Yet even in the experience of untamed emotion, there is a place within all of us that is untouched, that feels good at all times. That is our centre, our grounding, the Divine Grace.
"Yesterday ended last night. Only the negative should go. Take time to look and think. The past is great with good, and to meet your past, that is fine, but you can never return. The world will not do you any good. It is too easy to go the world's way. Stand still and know what the world doesn't know." – Raymond Charles Barker
Who We Really Aren't
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 32:28 | 14.9 MB
Core issues from our childhood can give us a road map of how we operate in the world. For example, chaos and feeling like a victim can lead to anger and then feeling lost. We can use affirmative prayer to counteract that old belief and clear our consciousness, such as, "I release my belief in chaos. I release my belief in anger..." This helps us rediscover who we really are and who we are not!
Jill Conner Browne, in The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love says, "Life is too short and too long to spend it being miserable. Life may indeed be short but it is, for a fact, wide. It's high time we started settling for more!"
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 43:23 | 19.9 MB
On this Labour Day Sunday, Rev. Patrick leads us through a celebration of work. He first examines the Path of Wrong-Headedness, using a work story from the early life of our founder, Ernest Holmes. He then discusses our life journey and our life purpose.
Our journey is really about finding our own way in the world. And as we discover our path, we find that everything is shaped for us.
As we consider where we find ourselves now, and where we have come from, it is best to realize that our journey is our journey—We could have come no other way.
So what is our purpose? Surprisingly, it may not be connected to our career. As an example of a life purpose, some have been called to "work to give the best to the world, with no thought of reward. To teach and demonstrate living from Spirit."
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:04 | 17.4 MB
Rev. Patrick speaks on the importance and power of forgiveness, and prepares us for the September 11 "Peace in the Park" event. Forgiveness is not for the enemy—it is for us.
In addition, the other side of forgiveness is atonement. As spoken by Desmond Tutu, forgiveness makes the future possible, while atonement makes the present possible.
Awakening to Reality
Rev. Connie Nissen | 39:19 | 18.0 MB
I want to know, and know I know.
In The Essential Ernest Holmes, we read, "It is the divine spark that impregnates everything, and is buried in everything. And it contains within itself the upward push of evolution. This evolutionary process impels things upward and onward, from lower to higher levels of intelligence. Everything has within it that intelligence as unconscious or subconscious memory."
We each have a unique presentation of the Cosmic Whole that seeks expression through us.
"Life is infinite energy, coupled with limitless creative imagination. It is the invisible essence and substance of every visible form. Its nature is goodness, truth, wisdom, beauty, energy, and imagination. Our highest satisfaction comes from a sense of conscious union with this invisible life."
Rev. Connie Phelps | 30:55 | 14.2 MB
Rev. Connie Phelps talks about her life journey, including her experiences in Africa. Stillness is one of those experiences and spiritual practices that allowed her to be in Africa.
Spirit is always talking to us, through us, and as us, if we but take the time to listen to It. We must allow It to expand us, be us, live us, and reveal what it is that needs to be revealed by means of us.
Our teaching is simple and universal. It is applicable to every person. Stillness is the means by which we can relate this teaching to every person no matter their background.
As Ernest Holmes taught, listening helps us to understand that what is happening in our lives is happening for us rather than appears to be happening to us.
The Poetry of David Whyte
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 39:22 | 18.0 MB
Poetry is the experience. Great poetry is timeless, it crosses all cultures, and it speaks to that longing that we all have in common. – David Whyte.
Poetry is often the art of overhearing yourself, saying things you didn't know you knew. We need to overhear the tiny but very consequential things we say that reveal ourselves to ourselves.
We are desperate for a sense of belonging, a moment of eternity. Belonging is the ability to live in the world without fear. Belonging is belonging to oneself.
Can we be people whose belonging is stronger than our fear?
Making Relationships Work as Never Before
Rev. Gail Muzio | 42:21 | 19.4 MB
This week's talk by guest speaker Rev. Gail Muzio (Schultz) encourages us to focus on our relationships as an art form, and even includes pertinent kissing advice.
We are our children's model for spirituality. We are our children's model for relationships. So are we good teachers? Do we hold relationships as a top priority in our lives?
What if "making relationships work as never before" were an art? (1) Are we willing to learn that art? (2) Are we willing to apply what we've learned in that art daily? (3) Are we willing to live as love?
John O'Donohue's Anam Cara
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 43:25 | 19.9 MB
Rev. Patrick shares an excellent affirmative prayer: If it is right, make it easy. If it is wrong, make it obvious. As we learn things intellectually and speak to Source, we must open up to the deeper Love, and learn to love ourselves. The beautiful and profound wisdom of John O'Donohue's book Anam Cara—which means "soul friend"—reminds us of deep truths about love.
Excerpts from Anam Cara:
"You can never love another person unless you are equally involved in the beautiful but difficult work of learning to love yourself."
"When love awakens in your life in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy. Where before there was fear, now there is courage. Where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm and grace. Where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with yourself. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning."
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:03 | 17.4 MB
Ten or twenty years from now, the questions that you choose to live will have become the shape of your life.
In this week's talk, Rev. Patrick uses Socrates and his method of inquiry to encourage us to live in the question. Socrates was all about the question. He wanted people to think. He encouraged the inquiry. Why do we make the decisions we make? Why do we come to the conclusions we do? Why do we respond to things the way we do?
Socrates held that the unexamined life is not worth living. Our challenge, then, is to live an examined life.
Free at Last
Dr. Rev. Sue Rubin | 30:23 | 13.9 MB
"Find me one person who can get his own littleness out of the way and he shall reveal to me the immeasurable magnitude of the Universe in which I live." – Ernest Holmes
Dr. Rev. Sue Rubin, in her wonderfully expressive way, reminds us that the Law is impartial, automatically responding to what we know about ourselves. Our beliefs become our experiences, and in every word we say to ourselves and each other, we communicate with Spirit. She speaks of the lessons found in a unique YouTube video about the words we use.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 40:09 | 18.4 MB
Prosperity, abundance and success come from accessing the space between our thoughts and being willing to stretch ourselves and "fail better". Timothy Ferriss says, "success can be measured in the number of uncomfortable conversations we are willing to have." The Prosperity Plus class teaches that the first form of prosperity is peace of mind, the second is our physical body, and the third is our relationships. Samuel Becket says, "you won't believe what you can accomplish by attempting the impossible with the courage to repeatedly fail better."
Adventure Deficit Disorder
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 36:30 | 16.7 MB
Looking at mentors on Father's Day, people like Ernest Holmes, John Bradshaw, Howard Thurman and Robert Kennedy Jr. inspire us to live life fully, be informed, and make a difference in our world. Howard Thurman, one of Martin Luther King Jr's teachers said, "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
Great moments in life don't take place in the light, but in coming from the darkness into the light.
What Do We Want? Ignore the Question.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 39:15 | 18.0 MB
If we don't love it, we won't do it.
Do perfectly all that you can do now. The doing to perfection of one thing invariable provides us with the equipment for doing the next larger thing, because it is a principle inherent in Nature that life continually advances. Every person who does one thing perfectly is instantly presented with an opportunity to begin doing the next larger thing.
Doing big things begins with asking for them properly. So we need to ask the right question. It's not "What do we want?", it's "What excites us?" "What brings us to life?"
Capturing a Bigger Idea
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 44:58 | 20.6 MB
Using bubble-making technology as a metaphor, Rev. Patrick discusses the seeking and capturing of "a bigger idea" as the extension of progress, the moving forward of growth.
From Ideas of Power: The Holmes Papers, we learn: Every thought is a prayer. And that is good. We centre our thinking. We learn to accept. Remember that there is a power greater than we are which reacts. A principle that responds. Let us grasp Its utmost simplicity: We are thinking centres in a universal mind that receives the impress of our mind and acts upon it. Every thought is a prayer. We can stop, we can change, we can alter, we can move it gradually, sequentially, and inevitably to a new experience.
In other words, "That thought's not working for me. I need a bigger idea."
What if Life Got Easier? (An Easier Way to Live)
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 36:03 | 16.5 MB
Soul is our connection with Spirit, with God.
Few people have actually experienced their souls because they assume that the task would be difficult, arduous, and just more work to add to their daily lives. But experiencing our soul is the easiest thing we can do. "Ask and you shall receive. Knock and the door will be open."
The starting point, says Ernest Holmes, is a love that cannot hurt, and a faith that will not be denied.
The force of conditioning pulls us toward a life of effort and struggle; the force of soul pulls us toward a life that is effortless. Most of society accepts that life is difficult, so the first force has many allies behind it, making it seem overwhelmingly strong. In contrast, the soul's force is so incredibly subtle and intimately experienced within us. The soul is us. It is who we are. The power of transformation exists, and it operates from the centre of our own being. It is an infinite goodness that wants to be expressed. And it can only be expressed through us.
Resurrecting the Soul (Bringing Spirit Down to Earth)
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 40:22 | 18.5 MB
Let us realize that we are on a spiritual journey to higher consciousness, and embrace it. Expand our awareness through contemplation, meditation, and other means. Ask for guidance, simply and sincerely, and wait for it to appear. And finally, trust our finest instincts.
Great relief comes when the soul becomes the practice of life.
Time and Time Again (Asset or Liability?)
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:19 | 17.6 MB
The surest way to escape the clutches of time is to keep evolving.
Awareness can change any energy pattern at will. If we show up awake and aware, and we're in the present moment—if we're in the Being, if we're in co-creation—there is a Divine Intelligence that is in and through and as all of life. And once we develop the vocabulary and the openness to that guidance, then what wants to happen has a better chance; it is not random. This process occurs to remind us over and over again, until we finally pay attention.
Let us work toward the enlargement of our consciousness: "Each day, I allow my consciousness to range in the field of greater possibilities." What wants to happen here?
Expectancy always speeds progress, so live in the expectancy!
A Legacy of Nurturing
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 30:17 | 13.9 MB
Like the moon, come out from the clouds and shine.
On this Mother's Day, Rev. Patrick ruminates on the unreality of birth and death. Life never ends. Form ends, but life is eternal. Life is a continuum, and form changes.
When we think of death, we think of suddenly becoming no one. In the same way, we think of birth as our beginning. From nothing, we suddenly become something, and from no one we suddenly become someone. From these notions, there's always fear within us. The Buddhists encourage us to look deeply into the object of our fear: The fear of dying, the fear of not being. It is this deep examination which reveals to us our true nature as eternal beings, not separate from creation but eternally one with it.
In Our Genes are the Seeds of Change
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 31:43 | 14.5 MB
You won't see it if you hate it. Let it come to you. Nature cannot be forced, but only loved into visibility. – Irene Manton
It is not enough to recognize the larger order—we must love it. Sincerity, curiosity, and gratitude are the strong, compelling tools of our heart. Our journey is one of allowing and loving.
Accepting Our Own Divinity
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 22:17 | 10.2 MB
As Ernest Holmes said, "We are Christian and more." On this Easter Sunday, Rev. Patrick celebrates the road map that Jesus left.
Through the Easter story of Barabbas, we are posed the following questions: Do we choose the world of effect, or do we choose the divine? Do we accept our own divinity?
For us, Easter means that we step into our Christ consciousness and we live from that.
The Body Visible and Invisible
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 30:48 | 14.1 MB
From the book Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul by Deepak Chopra, we learn that the body is the place where the invisible and the visible show up. The key to transformation is to create the change we want to see in ourselves.
"There is no reason to deprive our body of love, beauty, creativity, and inspiration. We are intended to experience ecstasy just as much as any saint. And when we do, our cells rejoice in it."
Effective, lasting change is only made from a state of joy and relaxation.
The Lessons of Kobe
Rev. Kathryn Cardinal | 24:52 | 11.4 MB
In today's talk, Rev. Kathryn Cardinal shares spiritual lessons learned from caring for Kobe the dog: spiritual preparation, spiritual practice, unconditional love, non-verbal communication, showing love through focussed time and attention, being happy, working through our resistance, knowing that everything happens for a reason, being present, asking for help, and being open to receive that help.
The Five Laws of the Go-Giver
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 32:43 | 15.0 MB
Continuing his discussion of the modern-day business parable The Go-Giver, Rev. Patrick goes over the Five Laws of the Go-Giver:
Making It Real
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 34:37 | 15.9 MB
In our meditation practice, the person we meet when we go inside ourselves isn't the flimsy construct we're used to. Instead, we meet openness, we meet silence, we meet calm, we meet stability, we meet curiosity, we meet love, and we meet the impulse to grow and expand.
This new sense of Self doesn't need to be constructed. It has existed from the beginning and it will always exist. Having met the new us, it becomes easier and easier to throw away bits and pieces of the old one, pieces that no longer serve us. The disappointments and failures in our lives are not who-we-are. Those are the things that have helped shape us.
Yet we yearn to be real, and that yearning is enough. The person that we seek is the same Person that is seeking us.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 40:18 | 18.5 MB
After a quick report from the teens on Winter Camp, Rev. Patrick delves into three lessons from this month's book, The Go-Giver—lessons on how to be an enlightened, prosperous business person.
We must remember that we are always planting seeds. Life/Spirit/God does not respond to need. It responds to what we deserve based on the seeds we plant (this is not the usual way that the word "deserve" is used). We cannot expect to reap before we have sown, nor make a harvest that is different from the seeds we have planted, i.e. plant corn and then hope for wheat. We are happiest when we work in alignment with our hard-wiring, which is simply to give, to take care of each other.
Priming the Pump
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 49:39 | 22.8 MB
In the wake of tragedies such as the earthquake in Japan, it is important to ground ourselves and not allow ourselves to spin out in circumstances. We must maintain the high watch and the spark of spirit. All effective prayer is correcting what we see and hear by what we know.
This month's book, The Go-Giver, speaks about value and giving. We have to prime the pump—give some water to get more—and always be generous, with a passion for what we do or give, not being concerned with what we are getting back. The biblical Parable of the Talents also teaches us boldness and growing in consciousness.
Things That I Think About
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:35 | 17.2 MB
In this week's talk, Rev. Patrick's shares the story of his journey now and when he joined the organization.
In our movement, we teach the perennial truth: That consciousness precedes experience. That we control our response to all that we experience.
As individuals, we are the light of the world. Let us live knowing that whatever happens to us is for us. And it never diminishes us.
Rev. Connie's Light
Rev. Connie Nissen | 32:29 | 14.9 MB
Rev. Connie Nissen relates her experiences in chaplaincy training. When she goes to the hospital to comfort or simply talk to someone, it is important for her to be empty yet full—empty of preconceptions, and full of Spirit. Each and every moment, in our experiences and interactions with others, we can be a presence for someone who needs encouraging. "...Although I am there for them, it's really about me. It's really about who I am when I show up. It's about who I am when I'm with you. It's about who I am and who you are when we're together, knowing that something wonderful is truly going to be co-created out of that coming together..."
The Power of Symbols
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 34:25 | 15.8 MB
This week, Rev. Patrick speaks about the power of symbols and the wisdom of parables. We can paint a picture with words, in a parable or story, that we can't with the naked truth and facts. Parables teach us that we have to let go of things that were taught to us—beliefs that hold us back—that somehow seem precious to us. We have to "sell it all" to buy the pearl of great price—spiritual freedom.
In the Likeness of Everything
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:22 | 19.0 MB
We bear one another's burdens whenever we undertake to show the truth of one another. This calls for great clarity and strength of thought.
We must demonstrate our understanding of who we are and whose we are. We must bring our clarity. To see the health. To see the healing. It takes the kind of consciousness that is so identified with universals that it is unconcerned with particulars.
There is nothing but the Divine expressing in and through and as us. This is our knowing. This is our clarity. This is our certainty.
The Universe is waiting for us to express who we truly are. And if we understand that everything that is going on is designed for that to happen, then we realize that everything is for us.
Letting Go of the Rice
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:42 | 17.3 MB
No inner progress is ever wasted. It lasts forever.
Mark Nepo's The Book of Awakening (March 9 entry) tells of how a monkey can be trapped by putting rice in a small opening in a coconut—it can get its hand in but when it grips the rice inside, it can't get its fist out. What are we gripping onto? Could our hold on something be our demise?
The parable of the wheat and the tares can give us insight about how to deal with "evil" in our lives. Do we give up at the first sign of trouble, or overreact? It's okay, it's all God. Sort out the tares later. Put them on the fire of Consciousness. Work on one consciousness at a time—your own.
The Greatest Power
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 35:01 | 16.1 MB
We are always invited to return to the greatest power, the incredible connectedness that we all share. The parable of the sower can be used to help us see what our mindset is. Are we going along with mainstream society? Are we lacking commitment in some area? Are we preoccupied? Or are we in touch with inspiration, the innate Kingdom of God?
We Have Arrived
Rev. Dr. James Golden | 30:17 | 13.9 MB
Guest speaker Rev. Dr. James Golden talks about what it means to be a human being.
Through the story of the Monk and the Baby, we learn to greet each moment with the awareness of "Ah, so this is my challenge."
Who do we really want to be in this life? The thoughts and the words that we allow to come out of us really determine who we choose to be. We are what we think and do. And in living this life, if we are not careful, we can lie to ourselves: The lie that we are unfortunate, the lie that we are not good enough, the lie that we cannot have integrity with ourselves. But through thought, we can instead practice the truth of who we really are: We are cared for in every moment. We are good enough. We are blessed beings.
Surely, a human being is a good thing.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 35:26 | 16.2 MB
This week, Rev. Patrick speaks about courage, compassion, and connection. In his talk, he draws largely from the work of Dr. Brené Brown, a professor at the University of Houston in Social Work, who has extensively studied vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame.
In her research, she found that people universally experience heartbreak, exclusion, and disconnection. And these are caused by an underlying feeling of shame and fear—a fear of disconnection, of not being good enough, of not being able to deserve connection. Excruciating vulnerability underpins this idea of "not good enough". Yet, in order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be truly seen.
According to Brené, we can become whole-hearted people—people who show up understanding that we are deserving of love and belonging. The number one quality is courage: having the courage to tell our story with our whole heart. Number two is compassion: being kind to ourselves in order to be kind to others. Number three is connection: letting go of who we thought we were so that we can be who we are. Letting our authenticity shine through to others.
This is whole-hearted living. Vulnerability. When we live this way, things show up that feel bad to us—grief, shame, fear, and disappointment. But it is also the birthplace of joy, creativity, belonging, and love. We have to have the full experience of the former to have the full experience of the latter.
We're loved and we belong just because we are.
Hide and Seek
Rev. Pat Brideaux | 24:45 | 11.4 MB
Rev. Pat Brideaux shares a perspective on life as a game, the game of Hide and Seek. Taking from Robert Scheinfeld's book Busting Loose from the Money Game, she describes how we seek things that seem hidden; in our infinite state, we "hid" certain aspects of ourselves, and now we spend our lives searching for them. The joy is in the searching and the finding. We are not searching in vain—whatever we are looking for is there, simply hiding.
The book Manifesting Change by Mike Dooley reminds us that our feelings are our guidance system. Feeling bad does not mean anything has gone wrong—it means that our guidance system is working, telling us to make a U-turn, to find a better path.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 44:15 | 20.3 MB
Rev. Tammie Banting starts today's talk by telling the story of how Rev. Patrick moved from California to Edmonton to become a minister at the Centre, and how he and his family recently became Canadian citizens.
Rev. Patrick introduces The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo. Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len teaches that we operate from either memory or inspiration. We are born in a perfect state of grace—but we often live our lives from memories—and we inevitably return to Source. We can choose to live by inspiration, looking for it in every moment, tapping into the Infinite Mind. God's currency is ideas, and when we're living by inspiration, we are filled with ideas and the ability to take action on them.
Many things are inevitable. Our journey back to God is inevitable. What else is inevitable in our lives, based on how we spend our time and energy? How can we create a daily practice to use in 2011 to make sure that wonderful things are inevitable in our lives?
White Stone Ceremony
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 33:07 | 15.2 MB
Rev. Patrick leads us in a mudra (a chant with hand motions) of the Ho'oponopono: "I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you." He then leads a prayer and a ceremony to clear out an old idea by setting it on fire using flash paper. The white stone ceremony follows, which helps us give ourselves a clean slate and a new name.
Note: To see the hand motions of the mudra, refer to this YouTube video.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:46 | 17.3 MB
This week's talk focuses on Laura Berman Fortgang's book The Little Book on Meaning.
"To attempt a meaningful life is to embrace that which can only be measured within ourselves."
We are attached to our labels. But we are not our labels. We are the Infinite, individually expressed!
"We are not the pain. We are not the tragedy. We are the soul, and the soul is eternal."
Let us have practices in our lives that make us feel better. Let us keep our conversations in heaven. Let us find the perfect. Surrender. Find the perfect. See what arises.
Healing is a Revelation
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 32:03 | 14.7 MB
In this week's talk, Rev. Patrick compares the practice of affirmative prayer with Dr. Ihalekala Hew Len's practice of cleaning. It is a practice of taking 100% responsibility in all things and in all situations by saying, "I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you."
The "I love you" is the recognition of the Oneness of Life, common to all, which we recognize as the first step of an affirmative prayer.
Direct Contact with the Infinite
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 35:46 | 16.4 MB
Sometimes we are tempted to just wait for inspiration before taking any action. If we intend to meditate every day but are having a hard time actually doing it—perhaps waiting for inspiration—it can help to act from a place of devotion instead of dedication. Think of beauty instead of intellect. Choose to be an artist instead of a fundamentalist.
Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art, says "the more important a call or action is to our soul's evolution, the more resistance we will feel towards pursuing it." So what are we really afraid of? Pursue it, not like an amateur waiting for the fear to be gone before taking any step, but like a professional, knowing that there will always be fear, but doing it anyway.
How Much GOOD Can We Handle?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 35:45 | 16.4 MB
The process of spiritual growth is not about shifting or changing anything—but of revealing. The perfection that we are, collectively and individually, already exists. Our opportunity for life is that each day is not about perfection, but simply about progress.
Simply accepting that life is difficult means that we can transcend the influence of this truth over us. Life is no longer difficult—it's just life.
Ancient Wisdom, New Thought
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 35:05 | 16.1 MB
Rev. Patrick begins with the story of Phineas Quimby, a healer and philosopher who formulated the beginnings of the New Thought movement. Quimby stated that "Mind is matter in solution. Matter is mind in form." He was the first to teach the Christ Principle and the Science of Christ. Quimby reasoned that since dis-ease is a belief or an opinion, it can be changed through changing the belief or the opinion.
Next, Rev. Patrick focuses on the present-day Bruce Lipton, a developmental biologist who teaches about the biology of belief. Lipton used to think that we were born with a certain set of genes, and that was fixed. But he found that what influences a cell is perception and environment. In humans, perception is our belief. So our thinking creates seeds of possibility to change our perception by changing our belief. This is exactly what Quimby was teaching in the 1800s.
Life in the Zone of Genius
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 32:20 | 14.8 MB
We either live life by inspiration, or by default.
Rev. Patrick examines how we live our life of genius. We begin with the affirmation: "I commit to living in my zone of genius, now and forever."
We're born with the capacity—beyond the rational mind—to imagine, to have intuition, to have memory, to have will, and to have the power of perception. We need to start to relate to that part of us that is eternal, infinite. We must pay attention to what we're paying attention to. This is the commitment to living in the zone of genius.
Rev. Patrick closes with the ultimate success mantra:
I expand in abundance, success, and love every day, as I inspire those around me to do the same.
A Solid Foundation
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 28:28 | 13.1 MB
The world needs awake people. Inspired by the chapter "Building a New Home in Your Zone of Genius" in the book The Big Leap, Rev. Patrick guides us to discover and create our zone of genius.
We begin to find our genius by asking the following questions: What do we love to do most? What work do we do that doesn't seem like work? In our work, what produces the highest ratio of abundance and satisfaction to the amount of time spent? And finally, what is our unique ability?
In the development of our genius, we can use these steps as taught by Emma Curtis Hopkins:
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:35 | 17.2 MB
We belong. Rev. Patrick reminds us of our teaching that There is one Life, Spirit's Life, my Life, right here, right now. It is coming back, it is healing that separation. If we understand who we are and whose we are, we come home. Our vow is to be honourable and true to the best persons we can be, to ourselves, first and foremost.
The great mistake is to act this drama—this life—as if we were alone. When we feel like we don't belong, we feel isolated because we're separated. But as Ernest Holmes showed us, we can know: There's one Life, and that's my Life! We are not alone. We belong.
Trapped in Excellence
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 33:32 | 15.4 MB
The Thanksgiving message, of course, is about gratitude! Rev. Patrick shares seven characteristics of evolved people, including "evolved people give thanks for what most people take for granted." Also "evolved people give without agenda," and "evolved people understand the value of downtime." We can practice letting rather than getting... stepping into the ocean of life. Rev. Patrick quotes a David Whyte poem "Four Horses."
Will, Willing, or Willingness?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 39:35 | 18.1 MB
Rev. Patrick re-introduces The Big Leap, a book we had studied back in January. Its major theme is the moving out of our level of incompetence to our level of competence to our level of excellence and into our level of genius.
Everything starts with willingness. Are we willing to feel good in our lives all the time? The only way to move out of our level of excellence and into our level of genius is through a big leap of consciousness. If we simply focus for a moment, we can always find a place in us that feels good right now. And allowing that feeling to exist and to expand in us, is the process that starts the big shift in our consciousness.
Ask yourself this week, "Am I willing to feel good in my life all the time?"
Building a Bigger Boat
Rev. Catherine McLeod | 33:23 | 15.3 MB
Since the best talks are lived, not preached, Rev. Catherine McLeod shares stories from her life, and the ways that life is stretching her to grow. She is currently learning ways to build a bigger boat:
Driving in a Dust Bowl
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 26:44 | 12.3 MB
Before we wake up to our lives and begin asking the important questions, we're in a fog, and sometimes we're even attached to the fog. To seek a new clarity, Rev. Patrick discusses attachment and how it can become our god. What are we nailed to? What are we attached to?
The prayer work we do is transformative. It changes and shifts lives. So we become as bright as possible and as capable as possible. This is the art of becoming. A journey that never ends.
We are all connected. In our daily lives, are we communicating from our brilliance? For God is interested in our capacity to love. We are each other.
Does This Look Familiar?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:08 | 17.0 MB
To learn how to think is to learn how to live. – Ernest Holmes
In the movie Parenthood, one of the characters states, "Life is either a merry-go-round or a roller coaster." In the former case, it's like we're doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. But the only way that our conditions shift and change with any degree of sustainability is through a shift in consciousness.
When we bring ourselves back, over and over again, to the immediate present, to do so, we must become present with what we are feeling and thinking. We must honour what we are thinking and how we are feeling. Let us make the declaration: "Here am I". Here am I, even in the spinning, in the frustration of things breaking down.
Through meditation, we find a place to stand in the Oneness, to bring us back to that Oneness. We then become a gift to everyone when we are fully present in the moment.
Have You Learned Anything New Lately?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 27:19 | 12.5 MB
In today's talk, Rev. Patrick gives an explanation of our spiritual community and highlights what we teach and practice. He touches on the six pillars of our teaching: Meditation, Visioning, Celebration, Circulation (money as a spiritual idea), Education, and Service.
What is entirely in our hands is the quality of our inner dedication to becoming conscious. So we ask ourselves, have we learned anything new lately? When was the last time we did anything new? This is evidence of the expansion of consciousness.
As a community, we seek a direct connection with the Divine for personal and global transformation.
Those Who Laugh... Last
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 44:50 | 20.5 MB
Rev. Patrick shares some wisdom from 29 Questions for the Ordinary Life by Norman Bouchard: "When you walk with purpose, you collide with destiny." Naming your good is part of walking with purpose. Bouchard also says, "When you're invested in answers, you always meet a dead end."
We work on ourselves first, but when someone is afraid, we can come alongside and ask why. We can live our best life and help others to do the same. Find your joy and let it lead you to your good!
Bravery -- Hang Gliders, Somersaults, and Rollerblading
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 32:34 | 14.9 MB
What would we do today if we were brave? Bravery is not what we think. E.E. Cummings said simply, "It takes courage to grow up and become who we really are." The brave choice is to be aware, moment by moment, of the thoughts that limit us and then going ahead and doing whatever scares us anyway.
The great poet Keats said, "Of this I am certain: the holiness of the heart's affection and the truth of the imagination." When we listen to our hearts and our imagination, we are in the flow—our imagination will lead us to the truth.
How can some of the poorest people living on the planet be so happy? Abundance is being satisfied with what we have today. Rev. Patrick explains the six steps that follow the first, most important step to abundant living—to name our good.
Abide in Love
Rev. Dr. James Golden | 33:19 | 15.3 MB
Where our mind goes, our whole life will follow. Our minds can be so easily triggered that, if we don't pay attention, our thoughts can run away from us and we forget what we had originally intended to manifest.
Only you can change your mind, to become more skillful in how you use your mind. The simple, daily things make the most difference.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 34:20 | 15.7 MB
We are all unique; we all have our own path and our own questions. One very important question is, "What is my Good?" What makes me smile? What makes me thrive? Is this Good guiding me toward my genius? David Whyte said, "The universe is holding its breath, waiting for us to take our rightful place," and that place is to stop struggling and thrive.
Incredible things happen when we name our Good and activate the principle of thriving.
Listening to God
Ester Nicholson | 46:11 | 21.2 MB
Today's talk features guest speaker and musician Ester Nicholson.
Dwelling in gratitude and practicing the presence is so important. God is not in the healing business. It is in the "is-ness" business. God does not need to heal what it cannot know, what doesn't exist. What needs healing... what are we afraid of? Nothing. When we return to Reality, what isn't real goes away. But when we are unconscious, we can't tell the difference between the true and the false. All we have to do is practice the presence and when we go a little astray, we'll come back easily.
Don't tell God about your problems, tell your problems about God.
Those That Have Fun
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 33:00 | 15.1 MB
We are not who we think we are. Hardly anyone is.
Most people's spiritual practice is this: "The more that I can beat myself up, the better I'll be."—This is insanity.
So end the search for more and better. Let authenticity—not trying to be good—begin to infuse our actions. We are already whole. There is no test to pass, no race to finish. Recognize that love is there where it appears to be absent.
Married to Amazement
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 36:50 | 16.9 MB
Rev. Patrick continues his discussion of Geneen Roth's book Women Food and God. In the chapter entitled "Married to Amazement", Geneen concludes that the mind is mad. But once we accept the madness, we can pay attention to what isn't mad. And this is one of the main purposes of meditation. To focus upon what isn't mad.
Why meditate? Our incessantly thinking mind is useful when we need to conceptualize, plan, and theorize. But, when we depend on our mind to guide our inner lives, we're lost. So the practice of meditation gradually brings our inner guidance closer, so that we can recognize it clearly when we need it the most.
Tigers in the Mind
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:31 | 17.2 MB
Rev. Patrick returns from a retreat at the Omega Institute in New York spent with Elizabeth Lesser and Thomas Moore.
While there, he explored the two complementary aspects of Soulfulness and Spirituality. Soulfulness is like the experience of having a wonderful meal together. Soulfulness is about heart, about connection. Spirituality is anyone's longing to understand life, understand themselves, and understand the mystery beyond this life. Spirituality is truly a mystery.
We come to alignment with ourselves through the practice of Inquiry—of being present in this moment, of not trying to figure things out.
Our lives are either an expression of our spiritual magnificence or of our unhealed past. Any unmet feeling restricts our ability to know ourselves. Where do we carry that feeling in our bodies?
We want to know who we are when we aren't being driven by our past. We want to penetrate the unknown and comprehend the incomprehensible. When we evoke curiosity and openness with a lack of judgement, we align ourselves with beauty, delight, and love.
Rev. Patrick ends his talk with the following affirmation:
My life is an amazing spiritual adventure.
I see good everywhere I look.
I am grateful for yesterday,
Loving this moment,
And celebrating my amazing future.
Strip Away and Enter Great
Rev. Kathryn Cardinal | 33:13 | 15.2 MB
Rev. Kathryn Cardinal returns from teen camp in California: A week in love, in peace, and in joy (and a little bit of chaos). The theme of the week was "Strip Away and Enter Great", and with any growth experience that we undergo, part of the work is to "integrate" that growth back into our daily lives.
What do we need to strip away to enter into the the Greatness that we are? We may find peace around that integration. We are invited to integrate who we are into our life experience.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 34:19 | 15.7 MB
Birds learn to fly by falling and falling again. And in their falling, they're given wings. – Rumi
All of our longings are inevitable. Re-engage, look, ask the questions, examine the challenges and the opportunities. The things that are going on in our lives right now are a result of our consciousness. And that consciousness is evolved over time, into what we call our lives. As Ernest Holmes said, to live in health, and to live in balance, and to live in harmony is our divine heritage.
We find an emancipation of the mind from every form of bondage through a new concept of God, which causes the heart to beat with joy and gladness. The healing process is simply the becoming conscious of this eternal truth.
Sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness. Are we living from loveliness?
The value of a human spirit has never been measurable by a number on a scale. We are unrepeatable beings of light, space, and water. We practice radical self-care.
What is Broken
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 36:47 | 16.9 MB
Rev. Patrick weaves an inspirational Father's Day message from the writings of Geneen Roth, Dr. Ernest Holmes, and A. H. Almaas. The biblical story of the prodigal son reminds us that we are always welcome to return to our divine nature, which dwells in us, and all is forgiven. The Ultimate Father won't hear anything about the "bad" things we have done, and only welcomes us back home.
In Women Food and God, we learn that our obsessions can become like a religion; we won't be worthy or have any value as a person unless/until we do what we obsess about. When we learn to accept and respect ourselves, see our beautiful soul within, and stop fighting with the way things are, we enter a space of infinite goodness, free-floating joy and bliss.
The Urge to Bolt!
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:17 | 17.1 MB
Rev. Patrick continues discussing Geneen Roth's book Women Food and God. Sometimes we want to bolt, to run. Or we may obsess about something as a way of escaping the pain we feel. Staying with what we are feeling/sensing—not bolting—is the first step to ending an obsession. Life is more real, more vibrant, and breathtaking when we don't "leave ourselves" by obsessing; we are able to stay with the pain we feel when we remember that our essence isn't something that can be annihilated, and we are able to feel vulnerable and tender.
What we do in our spiritual practice is heal the pain/separation from spirit we feel, so that we are connected to our passion and we truly live.
Ourselves Food and God
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 29:31 | 13.5 MB
Today's talk introduces Geneen Roth's book Women Food and God: An unexpected path to almost everything. In it, she discusses the process of her retreats. She encourages us to look at our lives, how we act, and how we respond to what's in our lives. Look at it with curiosity, inquisitiveness, and gentleness.
Waking up, we wake up to everything. The point and the process is to be in our lives with greater clarity. And clarity is power.
Be Skeptical But Learn to Listen
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 31:31 | 14.4 MB
Rev. Patrick teaches us the finer points of the Fifth Agreement: "Be skeptical, but learn to listen." It is a balancing act, to listen compassionately, but know that when someone speaks, it is from their perspective—it's their story. To be skeptical doesn't mean we don't care, it just means that we ask, "Is it true or not true for me?"
There are three stages, represented in some form in every culture and religion: victim, warrior, and master. We reach master when we have made the last judgment, of ourselves or others. With no judgment, we find peace.
Rev. Patrick ends his talk with a video of a little girl, Jessica, as a great example of how to start our day right!
Practice Makes the Master
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 34:55 | 16.0 MB
This week, Rev. Patrick speaks on Don Miguel Ruiz' fourth agreement: "Always do your best." In fact, we are always doing our best—it is the only thing we can do! We must practice the other agreements—being impeccable with our word, not taking things personally, and not making assumptions. Part of practicing and doing our best is not putting ourselves down or working against ourselves. Putting yourself down does not lead to enlightenment, but thinking less does. We need to learn how to go beyond the rational mind and step into the trust—trusting and surrendering to that Greater Power that knows, and loves.
There is nothing as powerful, or as sweet, or as rewarding... than the decision to love.
Truth or Fiction
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 33:35 | 15.4 MB
Rev. Patrick speaks about the Third Agreement—don't make assumptions. When we make assumptions, we go astray from what is true. Perhaps we get caught up in our own opinion, a story, something we learned as children, or in society. Assumptions have to do with what we believe. Truth is whatever is freeing.
Don Miguel Ruiz emphasizes not believing what others tell us, or what we tell ourselves. Instead, learn to listen and pick out whatever is valuable in the words we are hearing.
Embody the simple ideas. Anything is possible. To believe otherwise is to believe a story someone told us. Perfection is this moment. Many of us have misconceptions about what's perfect—in reality, perfection is right now, today, us exactly as we are now.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 34:39 | 15.9 MB
Continuing from the book The Fifth Agreement, Rev. Patrick discusses the Second Agreement—don't take anything personally. What people think of us is none of our business. Gossip and blame need not affect us, since it isn't about us. Just let the dogs bark.
There is no private good; likewise, there is no private criticism. Criticism of others is criticism of the Self.
We are each here to live our highest potential, to give birth to consciousness. To get better at not taking things personally, or being impeccable with our word, we simply need to become aware and put space between the experience and our response.
The Story of You
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 27:37 | 12.7 MB
Don Miguel Ruiz, in his book The Fifth Agreement describes that, at age 5, we were wild and free. Then our society "domesticated" us. From there, through events in our lives, we make up stories about our selves. This is our "virtual reality". Such a story has nothing to do with Truth, but it is our story and we become masters at living from that perspective. At any time, however, we can move beyond our story and grow a higher, larger vision for our lives.
Love Unfolding Love
Rev. Patrick Harbula | 37:08 | 17.0 MB
Today's guest speaker Rev. Patrick Harbula, author of The Magic of the Soul, speaks to us about living in freedom and joy and unfolding love.
He begins with the story of the Hundredth-Monkey Syndrome, saying that, as a planet, we have reached the critical mass in the consciousness of Oneness. It used to take years of study and concentration for individuals to experience Oneness, but now people are beginning their conscious spiritual journeys from a much higher level.
He then quotes Dr. Earl Barnum, who spoke of who we truly are: "Our natural state is one of love flowing through us, unimpeded, effortlessly." In fact, it takes the setting up of a barrier—either consciously or unconsciously—to stop that God-force from flowing through us, and it requires tremendous energy to hold that barrier in place. So, all we have to do in order to be that Source is to let go.
What does it take to be in freedom and joy and unfolding love? Sai Ram. We are love unfolding love: We are love; and we are unfolding more love.
How do we be this on a consistent basis? It takes a conscious decision to step out from that which is holding us back and to slip into being love unfolding love. Look for the magic in every experience, look for the opportunity for growth in every situation.
One significant way to unblock the energy of love so that it can flow again in our lives is to consciously align our intention and action. Simply do what we intend to do. Let us do the "big vision" things in our lives, live our dreams and our highest forms of self-expression.
The Seeds of Possibility
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 27:32 | 12.6 MB
We all need mentors. Carolyn Myss, in Entering the Castle, says "There are four passions of the Soul: joy, grief, hope and fear."
We are born with a beautiful consciousness. But it must be nurtured, and our mentors do that. When it's nurtured, we learn to direct which of the four passions we focus on—joy and hope, or grief and fear.
In contemplation, we enter into our "castle"—we meet our soul—and we stimulate our relationship to the divine. We learn compassion, generosity, abundance, and joy.
The YouTube video that Rev. Patrick plays during the talk can be viewed here: I'm Yours (ukulele).
The Great Secret of Life
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 27:17 | 12.5 MB
Rev. Patrick introduces the new book of the month, Ernest Holmes' This Thing Called Life. He teaches three pieces of wisdom:
One of Carolyn Myss' books, Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul, talks of how we sometimes avoid meeting God/Spirit because it makes life much more uncomfortable. We might not feel like we are ready to be fully conscious. What does being conscious mean? To be unconscious is to pretend to be unaware of the consequences of our actions, and the incongruency with our beliefs. Yet we may feel overwhelmed at the idea of living a fully conscious life. What can we do? Just practice. There is nothing to fear. Just step in; we are all interconnected.
Rev. Patrick ends the message with a powerful story about his father. It reminds us that we are all accountable to the generations before us, our ancestors who brought us here, to do our best to reach our soul's purpose, to live a deeper experience and to help others.
Easter at the Winspear Centre
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 21:47 | 10.0 MB
Rev. Patrick shares some ideas that come from Jesus and his teachings. First, we hear the concept of consciousness, illustrated in the story of the loaves and the fishes. The Christ-consciousness inspires people to give and share, and teaches us about sufficiency. Our challenge is to look out into the world and to believe—despite what we see—that "I am enough" and "There is enough".
The way Jesus turned water into wine reminds us that the everyday things can be extraordinary.
Rev. Patrick reminds us that without betrayal there would be no resurrection.
Jesus lived and showed us unconditional love; so when Peter cut off the guard's ear, Jesus healed it. Rev. Patrick leads us all in an exercise of unconditional love, to remind us we are not alone, and then sings a short song about God loving us even when we feel broken.
The New Dream
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 28:04 | 12.9 MB
We all have the capacity to change our individual and collective dream. We can change our society's "dream" of materialism to one of reverence for, respect toward, and affirmation of life. We can take a stand to see the world become a better place. When we do this, we are empowered, lifted up, and we snap out of apathy. We must not get discouraged; always believe that we can make a difference.
Sufficiency: The Three Truths
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 28:35 | 13.1 MB
Rev. Patrick highlights three keys from Lynne Twist's book The Soul of Money:
The Great Lie, The Surprising Truth
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 34:08 | 15.7 MB
The spiritual path depends on knowing and living from the idea that anything is possible with God. We ground ourselves in this reality, even in our money and finances.
In Lynne Twist's book, The Soul of Money, we read, "There is a natural law of abundance which pervades the entire universe, but it will not flow through a doorway of lack and limitation." So how do we open the doorway?
Lynne identifies three myths (lies) that are popular in our culture:
The antidote to the above myths is found in the principle of sufficiency. Sufficiency isn't an amount at all—it is an experience. It is a declaration: Knowing that there is enough. Knowing that we are enough.
Sufficiency is a new place to stand.
Love, Lies and a Great Awakening
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 46:25 | 21.3 MB
A new month means a new book—The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist. Rev. Patrick reviews the eight traps that distort our understanding of life, and their antidotes, such as Anger/Serenity, and Self-Pity/Right Action. It's very important to realize that we all have a dark side, and if we are truly honest with ourselves, truth causes change. We have to build stamina to be able to handle the power of the truth. We must not gloss over issues in our lives that pop up, or try and pray them away, but choose to build stamina instead.
The mind-body-spirit trinity is a complex one. Caroline Myss in her book Defying Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason says that often, when people pray for physical healing of an illness, they forget about the spiritual aspect. Healing is giving up the fear and darkness we all have—it's a mystical act of surrender.
A final thought: What do I need to be to fulfill the commitments I've made?
Prospering Through Love
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 48:52 | 22.4 MB
Rev. Patrick speaks about the importance of listening deeply to each other's stories. Even more important is not getting caught up in them, or believing they are the truth; they are only facts. When you hear someone's story, be compassionate to their hurts but know that there is more.
"The only thing we can offer one another is inspiration." – Kennedy Shultz
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 47:40 | 21.8 MB
Rev. Patrick talks about love and loss. When people we love make their transition—pass away—they are still with us. In supporting others, sometimes all we can do is be lovingly present.
In grieving, or at any time, we need to be able to ask for help. When we learn to take responsibility for our own lives, we start to think that we don't need others. But we do, more than ever. We all help shape each others' lives. Life is loss, transformation, and transition; this teaching is more about letting go than about gaining things. There is nothing to lose, only a bigger idea to step into.
One Around the World
Rev. Kathryn Cardinal | 34:55 | 16.0 MB
Rev. Kathryn Cardinal weaves together four stories of young people—some only 12 years old—who made a big difference in the world, promoting peace and taking action against extreme poverty. They accomplished this by believing in their dream, never giving up, and following the spark of inspiration. A little idea can become a big idea! Have the courage to allow your magnificence to be expressed.
About 27 minutes into this talk, Rev. Kathryn shows an inspiring video, from one of the stories, about promoting global peace through children's sports.
The Power of Love
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 35:28 | 16.3 MB
Rev. Patrick speaks passionately about falling in love with our future, and falling in love with ourselves in a new way. Emma Curtis Hopkins said, "Everything is really full of love for you... The good that is for you loves you as much as you love it. The good that is for you seeks you and will come flying to you if you see that what you love is love itself. All people will change when you know that they are love. We shall change towards all people when we know that we ourselves are formed out of love. All is love. There is nothing in all the universe but love."
How much love will you accept into your life? If you are going to love another deeply, you must love yourself deeply. Life comes to find us as much as we go to find it. Deep calls unto deep. "Life can only find you if you are paying real attention to something other than your own concerns." – David Whyte.
Transcending the Upper Limits
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 29:50 | 13.7 MB
We need to learn how to handle more positive energy, success, and love in our lives. Rev. Patrick reminds us about the three questions from Gay Hendrick's book, The Big Leap:
All we must do is be willing, to agree! We may have to give up some things from our old way. We must become aware of when we complain about time, and stop declaring we don't have enough—we are the source of time, it's not a pressure from outside, and we can make as much time as we need. We can tithe—or give up—our resentment, jealousy, anxiety, and unforgiveness... We can decide where we are going to spend our energy.
We must take ownership of our lives, saying, "This is my problem and I am committed to resolving it."
The Ultimate Success Mantra
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 44:47 | 20.5 MB
Rev. Patrick weaves a powerful message, speaking from The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks and referring to the poetry and writing of David Whyte. Whyte says there are three reactions we can have to events in our lives: we deny what's happened, we tell a story about how we are a victim, or we can be conscious enough to look it in the eye. At times, we feel like we're on a plateau, but that's where we do a lot of our learning, where we learn to live in our genius.
Living in your genius is not doing more; it's simply doing what is true to you. It's finding deep rest. It's looking your situation in the face. As French philosopher Camus said, "Always live close to tears."
The Ultimate Success Mantra: "I expand in abundance, success, and love every day as I inspire those around me to do the same."
Every Genius Moment
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 36:57 | 16.9 MB
Rev. Patrick reminds us that stepping into our genius depends on how well we stay conscious, live in the moment, and learn to be professional thinkers.
We have to take 100% responsibility for the way our thoughts create our lives.
We each have a "toolbox" full of thought/word/tools that we use—some serve to build us up; others create a limited experience. We can learn to start using the tools that serve us.
Spot It, You Got It
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 39:16 | 18.0 MB
This week, Rev. Patrick continues the discussion of the upper-limit challenge from Gay Hendrick's book, The Big Leap.
In the book, we learn the four barriers that keep us from living our best life—from living in our genius—and how to move beyond them:
Let us allow ourselves to be transformed—to teach and demonstrate living from Spirit.
Let us play the most beautiful game we can play—of service, of wisdom, of clarity.
The Universe wants nothing more than to celebrate our lives—in, through, and as us.
Making the Leap
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 35:50 | 16.4 MB
In today's talk, Rev. Patrick discusses the upper-limit challenge: As far along as we are on our journey, the very next thing we need to grow through is our upper-limit challenge.
Using the wisdom from Gay Hendrick's latest book, The Big Leap, we need to ask ourselves:
We choose to dwell on something that's working—instead of worry and fret.
We find willingness to clean stuff out of our lives, whatever no longer serves us.
We ask ourselves: "How much love and abundance am I willing to allow?" and, "How am I getting in my own way?"
End with this truth: "I am the thinker that thinks the thought that plants the seed that creates my life."
"I expand in abundance, success, and love every day."
The Big Leap
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:55 | 17.4 MB
Rev. Patrick speaks about the Centre's new vision statement and tells some more stories about his recent experiences at the Parliament of the World's Religions.
The world is changing fast, and that can be scary. When we are centered and know who we are, we are less afraid. We can, however, get caught up in too much spiritual work and self-actualization, and forget that we need community and service also. Or we can end up thinking we are so exceptional, we have nothing left to learn! It's not about how good we are, it's about how good we want to be. We are only limited in our growth by our own thinking. Ernest Homes said, "to learn how to think is to learn how to live."
Unbounded Joy, Joy, Joy
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 19:45 | 9.1 MB
Rev. Patrick speaks briefly about his trip to Australia for the Parliament of the World's Religions. He reminds us of the importance of gratitude and growing in consciousness.
Rev. Catherine McLeod | 26:40 | 12.2 MB
Through the telling of the life stories of Nelson Mandela, Buddha, Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, The Dalai Lama, and Peace Pilgrim, Rev. Catherine McLeod shows how the life moments of these leaders serve to inspire us about how life works and what we are really able to do.
Accepting fully their messages of peace and love, we believe that the Universe is safe, loving, friendly, abundant, and benevolent. We trust the power of good in the Universe.
The Magician's Apprentice
Rev. Connie Nissen | 36:36 | 16.8 MB
Rev. Connie Nissen shares how events in her life have unfolded to allow an amazing unity between her work life and spiritual life.
We are each a unique idea in the Mind of the One, we have unique abilities and there is something that needs to be spoken through us. Get ready to listen and be in the right place to take action and express this unique idea in synchronicity with the One.
Incredible things happen when we are open to being the magician's apprentice—to allowing Spirit, the Mystery, to work in and through us. The power for Good is a divine organizing intelligence that works for the good of everyone.
We attract things in our lives according to our thoughts and vibrations. But it's more than that—we are like a receiving and transmitting station, tuned to a certain frequency in this incredible "soup" of energy. Dr. Wayne Dyer says we attract who we are.
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When we ask, "How may I serve?", the Universe responds with a resounding, "How may I serve you?"
"We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring shall be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." – T.S. Eliot
Do you ever feel like you'd just like to coast through life for a while? Or do you want to continually learn and experience new things?
We are living in the lap of immense intelligence.
The Nature of Authentic Happiness
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 35:10 | 16.1 MB
Using Dr. Michael Beckwith's book, Spiritual Liberation, Rev. Patrick reminds us that happiness is our true nature—our natural state is joy! Step out of the role of cynic, and step into happiness. We realize happiness at whatever our level of understanding is. The more we open up to the possibilities, the better! We are here to live beyond self-imposed boundaries.
From Spiritual Liberation come the 4 C's of Happiness:
The Nature of Shapeshifting
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 40:52 | 18.7 MB
Rev. Patrick, drawing from Michael Beckwith's book Spiritual Liberation, reminds us that we can all set the intention to be transformed. We are all enlightened; we don't need to add anything to ourselves. Poet Mary Oliver said: "You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for hundreds of miles through the desert repenting, you only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves..."
We are transformed through our energy; Rev. Patrick introduces us to a powerful shapeshifting energy exercise. Bring consciousness to everything you do and everywhere you go, and be transformed.
Dr. Ganz Ferrance | 27:52 | 12.8 MB
Guest speaker Dr. Ganz Ferrance teaches us how our subconscious mind works. We can use the law of repetition to "seed" our brain by repeating important phrases like, "It is my right and my responsibility to live a big life," and "I am a vital expression of the divine. The world would not be the same without me in it." When we fully grasp who we are, we can do amazing things.
We can make use of the paradox principle: What we think we need to do, we need to do the opposite. The harder we try, the worse we do. Release yourself to your fear or anxiety and do whatever you need to do anyway. The principle of involution says that we have inside us the seed for everything we need to be.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 32:45 | 15.0 MB
Rev. Patrick begins with a quote from Bishop Desmond Tutu: "We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea, and to be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked with dew. Human beings are actually created for the transcendent, for the sublime, for the beautiful, for the truthful, and all of us are given the task of trying to make this world a little more hospitable to these beautiful things."
Could it be that we are here on this planet, simply to listen to the music, appreciate beauty, and watch the progression of life? Rev. Patrick, sharing and expounding on points from Rev. Michael Beckwith's book, helps us understand how evolved people think and function.
The "symbol of Canada" Rev. Patrick reveals is none other than a snow shovel. :)
The Art and Heart of Savouring
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:57 | 17.4 MB
Rev. Patrick talks about Dr. Michael Beckwith's presentation and his message of being spiritually free—free from fear, lack, worry, and limitation. We can have an emergence without having an emergency. Not getting, but letting.
There are five different "tribes", stages, or evolutions:
There has never been a problem we have not solved on the planet.
The Art and Heart of Inspiration
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 43:42 | 20.0 MB
Do you ever hope that life will get easier, but it doesn't? When you are overwhelmed, stop and ask yourself, "What did I come here to be? What does what I am making this moment mean for me?" We are here to share a wholeness, and to help each other. Rev. Patrick gives us three tools we can use to remind ourselves that everything is here for us. So, even though life doesn't get easier, it gets clearer.
The Art and Heart of Gratitude
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:39 | 17.7 MB
An outlook of gratitude is so powerful: We can't be in gratitude and resentment at the same time. We cannot be of two minds.
Gratitude means being fully alive and in Conscious Oneness with God. Gratitude is the great multiplier.
In today's talk, through Elizabeth Lesser's story of the Workshop Angel, we learn that all of our difficulties make us who we are supposed to be. Our problems are friendly. They want to make us strong.
So we are grateful this day for our problems, for the difficult people, for our addictions. These are the things that we are ready to move through.
The Art and Heart of Reflection
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:06 | 17.0 MB
In today's talk, Rev. Patrick calls us to connect with and own our entire being.
He touches on obsessive/compulsive behaviour and how to work with it, to find something more interesting to think about.
The talk then shifts to a discussion of Carl Jung's statement, "I would rather be whole than good." This ties in with the story of Beowulf, which is about diving into the depths of our being—where we're struggling, where we're challenged—and owning it. The re-owning of our dark aspects is an absolute, essential, ethical act. We admit to our weaknesses so that they become our strengths.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 36:19 | 16.6 MB
Rev. Patrick reminds us of our connection with Spirit. We do this by healing our perception, which gives us opportunity to connect to freedom and meaning.
Because our consciousness proceeds our experience, we take the perception of our experience and transform it into something new and powerful.
How can we live a more devoted life? Show up in situations with this thought: How can I help? It is devotion instead of discipline. Devotion is bringing your whole being to something. And the challenge? Letting more love in.
To heal our perception is to open the door to give birth to freedom and meaning.
I Am Here To Be Seen
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:53 | 19.2 MB
Do you ever wake up in the morning and feel like there's something wrong with you, that you aren't good enough, and that you just aren't okay? Drawing from several authors and poets, Rev. Patrick again encourages us that despite our surroundings—facts about our life—we are okay. Our spirit is untouchable, perfect, and full of joy.
What about fear? If you can step into it and bring your awareness to it, you'll find that the fear of something happening is worse than the actual thing happening. Become aware of where you carry fear in your body, and don't deny its existence. Your openness is more powerful than whatever feeling you are opening to.
Manicures and Life Lessons
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:45 | 19.1 MB
What we think, we become. What we believe, accept, and dwell upon becomes a part of our being. We can focus on excellence in everything we do, from the grocery store to the drive-thru. We don't need to be Mother Teresa; small things matter, too.
There are lots of people who are looking for a really great spiritual teacher. They think that someone else can teach them, but it isn't true—we teach ourselves. We are equipped with everything we need. We cannot change anyone else—only ourselves. Put down what others are struggling with, and make peace with it.
Living in the Gap
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 29:32 | 13.5 MB
What can we do in the face of pain, handicap, and tragedy? Rev. Patrick reminds us that sometimes all we need to do is hold someone's hand and be the consciousness, to love unconditionally. Our teaching helps us touch spirit, live in the moment, go beyond our ego, and find our own answers. We can live our calling, and be in the flow in everything we do.
Transformation Through Play and Meaning
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 23:32 | 10.8 MB
This week, the youth relay their experiences at youth camp in southern California. They experienced incredible unity, unconditional love, and deep friendship.
Paving it Forward
Elisabeth Fayt | 33:54 | 15.5 MB
Guest speaker Elisabeth Fayt gives us insight on how to use the law of attraction in every thought. The universe doesn't know "no"—it says yes to whatever we think or say. Everything we think is a "pre-pave" to how our lives unfold. The first waking thought is an important one, because it sets the tone for the day. Why not think "Something wonderful is going to happen today"? Why not answer the common question "How are you?" with impact?—"I'm working on balance" or "I'm blissfully productive".
The energy behind every word and thought attracts more of that energy!
Transformation Through the Heart
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 32:44 | 15.0 MB
Learning to re-parent ourselves is a great way to grow and manifest new things in our lives. Rev. Patrick discusses the five stages, and the importance of empathy as we connect and communicate with our world. Men often struggle with some of the softer, right-brain skills, but they are so important.
Right Brain Thinkers Rule
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:40 | 19.1 MB
Everything we think is some kind of prayer. We think with our left brain, but we tap into creativity with our right brain. Music is so amazing because it keeps us in the present moment. We are drawn to its artistry and duplicate it in our hearts. If you want a creative life, do what you "can't" and experience the beauty of the mistakes you make.
We know that Heaven isn't a destination—Heaven is now. We are Heaven.
Seeing the Truth of Life
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 34:30 | 15.8 MB
There isn't always a reason for everything that happens. Two hundred years ago, scientists fell in love with logic, and so now we tend to think there must be a reason for everything. But for many tragedies, there is no answer to the question "Why did this happen?".
Rev. Patrick reminds us what Dr. Holmes originally taught us: turn away from the condition that you see and don't get caught in the delusions of life... like the delusion of tragedies that don't have a reason. When you do, remind yourself that:
There is One Life,
That Life is God's life,
That Life is perfect,
That Life is my life now!
You are beautiful and extraordinary and there's not a thing you can do about it!
Designing Our Lives
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 36:29 | 16.7 MB
Until we experience Spirit, we don't know Spirit. We must live It to move from the left-brain understanding of the intellect to the right-brain understanding of actually experiencing It.
It is more important to live Spirit, to be Spirit, and to taste Spirit. We do this by living Life and living Life fully, for we are the outlet of the Divine, each and every one of us.
We need to ask ourselves: How are we designing our lives? For we know that this moment leads to the next moment, creating the life we experience. We are here to design our lives. We are here to choose wisely.
How High Is High?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 46:09 | 21.2 MB
What does it mean to reach for the higher concept, higher touch, bigger idea? It means connecting to our right-brain wisdom and abilities. Our abundant world is evolving toward an age of enlightenment or transcendence, where the right-brain rules. Left-brain IQ is not very important in success; more important than IQ is imagination, joyfulness, and social dexterity. Have a higher opinion of yourself! Be alive while you are alive!
Working Smart, Not Hard
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 73:50 | 33.8 MB
Ernest Holmes said: "To learn how to think is to learn how to live." Rev. Patrick continues to explore left-right brain intelligence and why we need both brains. The left brain gives us language, analysis, logic, and connects to the Law. The right brain appreciates beauty, spirituality, purpose, understanding context, and connects to Love. We need both the Law and the Love. Let's stop and think, and stop believing everything we think—some of our thoughts are flawed!
"Now stop ignorantly and stupidly denying your own capacity." – Ernest Holmes
Left Brain, Right Brain: Which Side Am I On?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 72:35 | 33.3 MB
Rev. Patrick discusses balancing the two sides of our brain; the left side tends toward fear and anxiety, and the right side is our awareness and grounding. We have a choice in each moment how to live, and we can choose to have faith.
Faith is the capacity to meet fear without hope. If we require hope, how can we say we have faith? Hoping it will get better doesn't help! We must be confident we have everything we need to move through our situation. This doesn't mean we never have fear, but we don't lose touch with our grounding/awareness. We can learn strategies to help, and stay in community—friends who remind us who we really are.
Generosity and Giving
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 73:32 | 33.7 MB
Generosity and giving are wonderful spiritual practices. When something happens in our lives, we can choose to judge it or celebrate it. Generosity of spirit helps us celebrate.
Life is about being aware of what seeds we are planting, not just getting rid of weeds.
Receiving and Gratitude
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 63:07 | 28.9 MB
Ginger the dog teaches us about being permeable, accessible, and available to the good in and around us. The ugly alternative is control. But we do not need to be in control, we need to be connected. For once we are connected, we are in control of everything.
We seek to develop the capacity to connect deeply with whatever is going on around us (i.e., to connect with Life), then Life has the power and opportunity to enrich us.
Aligning and Attracting
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 65:19 | 29.9 MB
We are learning to align with Spirit, and attract what we want. Our spiritual practice is not "wanting harder". It's learning to expect great good, and yet not being attached to the outcome. It's being honest, not forcing things, and simply stepping back into the present, into the flow.
Story Is Who We Are
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 67:59 | 31.1 MB
Rev. Patrick begins today's talk with the parable of the jock strap and what it teaches us about the evolution of consciousness. Then, through the story of a recent, powerful reunion with a figure from his past, he shows how he outlived his dream only to discover his true calling. It is a story of moving from failure to failure and placing ourselves in the flow.
Flow is standing in the peace, in the knowing, and the groundedness that everything is okay. We get in touch with our calling by getting in touch with the flow.
All we have to offer is in this present moment and the seeds we plant in each moment. We are more powerful than we imagine.
Change Your Mind, Change Your Life, Change the World
Suzanne Whang and Dr. Ganz Ferrance | 65:05 | 29.8 MB
Our first guest speaker, comedian Suzanne Whang, tells her amazing story of how a simple act done with great love allowed her to introduce the ground-breaking movie "The Secret" to Oprah Winfrey in 2007.
Our second guest speaker, psychologist and success coach Dr. Ganz Ferrance, equips us with the tools we need to reprogram our subconscious, enabling us to transform our journey into a powerfully-lived one.
He begins with the importance of the subconscious and how we default to accepting a "consensus view" of reality. In this default mode, we may have yielded to a desire to be normal or to a belief that there is virtue in suffering. Contrary to this, we can skew our reality in a more positive direction:
We are encouraged to soak up the abundance that we have, and allow it in, so that we can naturally produce what we want in life.
Stepping into the Circle
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 68:21 | 31.3 MB
"Money and real estate occupy the body, but all the heart wants is expanding friendship." – Rumi
Rev. Patrick asks, "Are we a good friend to ourselves, or are we hard on ourselves?" We often find ways to punish ourselves if that's what we think we deserve; we sabotage ourselves because we think we need to be punished. We live out the stories we tell ourselves. Why not instead give ourselves some slack, and love ourselves? Step into the circle, the attitude of ease and abundance.
Our task this week is to check in with ourselves three times a day, and release our old stories and tension.
Expert Story Makers
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 73:59 | 33.9 MB
We are expert story makers, so much so that often when we have questions in our lives, we'd rather have a made-up answer than no answer at all. It's important for us to recognize the stories for what they are, and realize that we may be limiting ourselves by believing them; we can expand our capacity for blessings by being aware. We can only receive that which we are ready for; consciousness precedes experience.
Let's be fearless in our journey—everything is for our good.
A Mother's Day Celebration
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 65:40 | 30.1 MB
The Centre celebrates Mother's Day with three special musical performances by talented young adults, as well as a musical number by the children's group. We appreciate our mothers, and lift up the motherless around us and love them.
The Trance of Scarcity
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 73:40 | 33.7 MB
Rev. Patrick introduces this month's book The Trance of Scarcity, by Victoria Castle. We can choose to breathe into the circle of abundance—generosity of spirit/sharing, giving, aligning, openness, gratitude, receiving, and attracting. We don't need to earn anything, we are completely deserving, we belong here, and we just have to consent to enter the circle of abundance. We may believe that the tighter we are, the more protected we are. But when we're physically tense, it's because we are out of the circle—we're hanging on to things instead of letting go. The more we second-guess our decisions, the less happy we tend to be. We often want to change our circumstances, but we need to learn to find blessings wherever we are now.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 73:45 | 33.8 MB
When memories push their way into our lives, it is our opportunity to reframe them and turn them into a spiritual practice.
We have everything we need to grow. We own our stories, realize they are only stories, and we decide:
Gradually we do this more and more in the moment.
Freeing the Mind to Know the Self
Dr. Rick Moss | 59:49 | 27.4 MB
Guest speaker Dr. Rick Moss helps us remove the blocks that our subconscious mind has put up, which get in the way of what our conscious mind is trying to create. He leads us in a powerful visualization to access and heal our misaligned subconscious. Carl Jung said "when our inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate."
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 53:02 | 24.3 MB
We celebrate the life of the Christ this Easter by welcoming the musical group Memeza Africa.
Then, using helium balloons as a metaphor, Rev. Patrick encourages volunteers from the audience to pop the balloons, releasing concepts such as scarcity and fear. He then gives each person a mustard seed to represent faith and willingness to have a new idea. We need to make room for new growth!
Language of the Heart
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 73:35 | 33.7 MB
Rev. Patrick explores the beautiful, profound poetry of Rumi—"Water is searching for the thirsty. The water is the active force, and we belong to the water." We may have been conditioned to think that God is somewhere out there, but having that belief limits us; heaven is right here. To deepen our spiritual practice, each day, each moment, we can ask ourselves, "What am I saying yes to?" or, "What am I saying no to right now?"
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 73:51 | 33.8 MB
Rev. Patrick speaks about the Buddhist concept of Tonglen—activating the awakened heart—which is practiced during heartache, struggle, or pain. Tonglen is not like compassion (to suffer with), but to dwell in the heartache, take it in and transform it into a higher consciousness. As we grow in consciousness, we are in service to one another, and to ourselves.
August Gold, teacher and author, reminds us that we can say yes to everything, because it is all here for us. Every person in our lives is here to be a teacher to us.
It's Never Too Late
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 69:11 | 31.7 MB
Using stories of Rumi and Michael Richards, Rev. Patrick speaks about loneliness. We often run from it and avoid it at all costs, yet it is important to face it.
Loneliness and heartbreak crack us open, and make us available to change for the better. When the consciousness is ready, it shows up. Pema Chodron says, "... In the moment of sadness and longing, can you relax and touch the limitless space of the human heart?"
The Eight Worldly Dharmas
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 62:47 | 28.8 MB
Rev. Patrick guides us in a continued exploration of Pema Chodron's book When Things Fall Apart. When life is tough and we get down on ourselves and feel like giving up, the best thing we can do is stay in the present, accept our situation, and know that the best is for us. We may feel like quitting, but we need to forgive and be kind to ourselves and just keep trying.
When we step out of the drama of our situation and become less attached to it and its outcome, we are able to relax in the present moment. We can then make better choices and not let fear hold us in its grip. Let's watch our conversation; we are having conversations all the time, so let's keep them in heaven!
The Radiant Life
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 61:33 | 28.2 MB
To pursue the radiant life... Rev. Patrick reveals how facing fear and issues from our past helps us to break the repetitive cycles we're in and live a radiant life, joyfully in the present moment.
Pema Chodron's book When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times teaches that to live radiantly is to accept ourselves fully, not declaring war on the parts of ourselves we don't like. The role of consciousness is to help us face our "demons" and realize that we are not alone.
A Powerful Success Secret!
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 40:27 | 27.8 MB
In honour of Valentine's Day, Rev. Patrick explores the power of a successful covenant, whether it be with another person or with ourselves. When we partner with someone, we often share his/her burdens and pain. We can either run from the pain or become a healer; to stand in the fire with someone is a powerful thing, but you must be complete in who you are. To be truly compassionate, you must not get caught in another's pain, but face the pain with love—even Sufi love, exquisite and radiant.
The Dynamic Laws of Prayer by Catherine Ponder discusses things we can focus on for more spiritual growth in our lives. Bill Gole says, "It is easier to act yourself into good thinking than to think yourself into good acting." At the end of his talk, Reverend Patrick leads us in a vow to love ourselves.
Irresistible to Your Good?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 39:24 | 27.1 MB
Rev. Patrick begins today's talk by discussing strategies for being a leader in our lives, using a framework from Tony Robbins. In life, there are two areas to master: (1) achievement, which is us moving about in the world, building homes, relationships, cars, and jobs, etc; and (2) fulfillment, which we gain through appreciation and contribution.
The middle part of the talk features the parable of the Economic Bailouts and the Monkey Strategy.
To illustrate giving beyond oneself, Rev. Patrick tells the story of Three Cups of Tea, a book by Greg Mortenson, whose personal quest in climbing the mountain K2 led him to begin building schools in the villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Rev. Patrick speaks of the Centre's commitment to support a different local charity each month, by bringing them to the Centre to honour them and support their work.
We are all powerful beyond our imagination.
How Do I Make This Work?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 35:53 | 24.7 MB
Rev. Patrick teaches us how to use the power of our mind and union with the God-spirit. Our minds can get trapped in the paralysis of analysis—of what our problem is, how it happened, how victimized we are—and we pour our energy into that. So what we focus on is what we are going to see.
Our job here is not to deal with the stuff in our lives; our job is to look at what's going on around us and see the gift in it. We are the outlet for the Infinite to express itself through, and every day we plant seeds of thought. We plant new seeds with our words, and our words have power.
What It Does
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 31:12 | 21.4 MB
Rev. Patrick has an on-stage conversation with Linda Watson, a visiting practitioner from the Agape International Spiritual Center in California.
She speaks about what it means to be a practitioner, the healing power of being truly listened to, and the unique partnership formed between the practitioner and client. She further discusses the awesome power of visioning—at the Centres, in the denomination, and in our personal lives.
The talk concludes with the induction ceremony of six new practitioners at the Centre. And so we are uplifted.
What's Mine to Do?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 36:04 | 24.8 MB
Our spiritual leader, Rev. Patrick Cameron, discusses the second chapter of Dr. Ernest Holmes' book The Science of Mind. As we learn how to think, we learn how to live. Our lives are the journal of our thoughts, and to have a new outcome, we must work at—i.e., practice—choosing a new thought. Everything is for our good. Dr. Holmes said, "We take our good wherever we find it, and we make it our own, insofar as we understand it." It's important—now more than ever—to be keepers of consciousness in spite of the chaos around us. To bring more peace into the world, we must also stop the war within ourselves.
We echo what Ernest Holmes said: "How much more good can I let into my life today than yesterday?"
Is That You Or Me?
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:02 | 26.1 MB
We're starting a new year, free from the captivity of our old ideas and learning to listen with our spiritual ears. In today's talk, everyone in the audience was given a white rock, which symbolizes freedom, letting go, and accepting the hidden manna, which is our provision, our source of energy and spiritual nourishment. The white rock also represents a new identity, or a new name with spiritual meaning, meant only for us. The colour white represents joy, victory and purification. Meditate on what the white rock means for you, what new quality or name is coming through.
Whenever we ask, there is always an answer. Prayer is a movement of thought, along a specific meditation with a specific result in mind.
Sometimes we get ourselves, our brains, into a rut, and that makes it harder to move forward, to be passionate and to learn new thinking. We are a teaching of new thought! We need to learn something new, to be alive!
I AM a Magnet for Great Good
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 30:06 | 20.7 MB
Reverend Patrick reviews some valuable lessons that we've learned this year. The first book we studied was The Prayer Chest by August Gold where we learned the 3 laws of prayer—Prayer is answered through us; prayer is answered when we listen; prayer is answered when we say yes to everything. Then we dove into a second book, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. In every moment of our lives we are Divinity seeking expression. Next, we read Mastering Life's Energies by Maria Nemeth, where she speaks of marrying the metaphysical with the physical. We need vision and action, attitude balanced with behaviour.
In the next book, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, the young man, Santiago, has recurring dreams, chases treasure, goes on a journey, and trusts his intuition. Next, we explored Dr. Eric Butterworth's book, The Universe is Calling, which is all about listening to the conversation and embodying the consciousness. The final book of 2008 was The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder. Her six pillars are the same as ours: celebration, circulation, education, service, meditation, and affirmative prayer.
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 8:41 | 6.0 MB
Reverend Patrick speaks briefly on looking at the Bible and the Christmas story as a metaphor for spiritual life, and how the birth of Christ applies to you and me. Jesus is the Great Example, not the Great Exception. We are practical mystics; we don't have to convert anyone. If we move our own mind, and change our own consciousness, we have done our work. We make this time of year special and celebrate having a generous spirit.
The Power of Persistence
Wayne Lee | 31:58 | 22.0 MB
Guest speaker Wayne Lee gives us a motivational talk on the power of persistence. It is the principle of never giving up, always moving forward, and always resolving to reach our dreams. He gives us some tools to remain grounded in our own thought and not be distracted by the noise of the world. His favourite tool, the GPS of Life, is a simple, three-step process to realizing our goals.
Inviting the Right People
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 25:24 | 17.5 MB
Today's talk centers around inviting the right people into our lives. Life is a journey of love, and our lives are shaped by those that love us and by those that do not love us. So it is important that we consciously invite the right people into our experience: "New, sincere friends and loved ones now enter my life, showering me with goodness, and I shower them with my goodness. The world is full of charming people who now lovingly help me in every way, and I lovingly help them in every way."
Later in the talk, we are blessed to witness the marriage of a young couple, Darren and Teresa, as they commit their lives to one another, surrounded by the friends and loved ones who have been their goodness. The vows they share form the following affirmative prayer:
I know that there is not two, but one. We are on the same journey, sharing the same love for each other. I share everything, hold nothing back, love completely and without reservation. I do now, and will always, believe the best in you, speak the truth in love, and hold you in perfect prayer. I love you with the deepest love I know. I rest in this love, which is in you and me, and everything, and I am full of joy and gratitude.
Our journey of spiritual unfoldment continues from this day, originating from the same Source, fueled by the same Love, nurtured by the same unending commitment to our mutual growth in Spirit.
And so it is.
Activating the Laws of Abundance
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 32:25 | 22.3 MB
Rev. Patrick continues his discussion of the book "The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity" by Catherine Ponder. The major theme of his talk is that the opportunity in life is not to discover ourselves but to create ourselves. This occurs moment by moment, by our thoughts.
In our lives, we often experience a "sense of spaciousness", where we are pulled out of our ordinary sense of self in everyday life. This is a necessary step to creating and experiencing abundance. To illustrate this idea, Rev. Patrick tells the Hindu story of Abu and the Drum.
The principle is that Nature abhors a vacuum. It always fills wherever there is space in our lives. We must get rid of what we don't want to make room for what we do want. Clear out clutter. Clear out entrenched ideas.
For whatever problems persist in our lives, forgiveness is always the answer. Most times it is self-forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of old ideas. This creates the vacuum for new things to flow in.
Potato, Potato, Potato!
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 37:19 | 25.7 MB
Rev. Patrick continues his series on the book "The Universe is Calling" by Dr. Eric Butterworth. In it, he outlines a strategy for handling the problems that come up for us in our lives. It is not important how we call the Infinite, but that we call it. This Infinite Intelligence we live in receives the imprint of our every thought. And it is always informing us as we navigate our lives. How do we listen? By letting go of our problem, becoming still and getting grounded. And we can project any energy that comes to us and use it for our good, and ultimately for the good of all.
Today's talk includes the stories of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor and Dr. Robert H. Schuller.
The Pitfalls of Prayer
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:54 | 28.8 MB
Dr. Eric Butterworth's book "The Universe is Calling" reminds us that the only place we have influence over is inside us. Prayer is not bargaining, begging or pleading. It is connecting with creative consciousness—affirmation not supplication.
How You See It, How You Don't
Rev. Kathleen Miller | 27:39 | 19.0 MB
Sometimes we forget who we are, and we have an "SOS"—a sense of separation. We feel resistance and fall asleep to the larger reality of ourselves: We are at one with the Universe. Life always gives us what we ask for.
Finding the Treasure
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 41:19 | 28.4 MB
Continuing his exploration of "The Alchemist", Rev. Patrick discusses the journey, synchronicity, intention, revelations, and paying attention. He encourages us to remember that everything happens for the greatest good. Our treasure is here now.
Rev. Gail Schultz | 40:46 | 28.0 MB
Today's talk is given by Rev. Dr. Gail Schultz, the founder of our Centre in 1983, now ministering at the Centre for Spiritual Awareness in Victoria, BC.
She notes that self awareness is of no value unless it is lived.
Her talk is structured around the following three points:
How the Universe Conspires for You!
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 38:24 | 26.4 MB
Rev. Patrick reminds us that everything is God in expression and that the Universe is always conspiring for us, even in the face of death and personal tragedy. He gives a live demonstration of affirmative prayer, or spiritual mind treatment, to show us how it is done and how we work with it.
Q & A with Rev. Patrick
Rev. Patrick Cameron | 35:47 | 24.6 MB
Taking spontaneous questions from the audience, Rev. Patrick explains the basics of the Science of Mind teaching, how spiritual mind treatment works, the principle of praying for "this or something better", a story of seeking unconditional love, and how all of life is conspiring for our fulfillment.