Sunday Celebration is from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Dress is casual and kids are welcome. Spiritual energies, food, hugs and music are lovingly available!
Minister Carolyn Keyes will be singing two of her own songs.
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Center for Creative Living pastor
Rev. Doti Boon
The California Psychic
offers insight into a person's future, present and past lives to provide direction and support. Through her spirit guide Mah, she has given readings to thousands who seek enlightenment. Her psychic counseling, warmth and sense of humor are appreciated by all.
Doti has been teaching beginning and advanced metaphysics, planned metaphysical trips, managed fund raising events and metaphysical fairs for the past 30 years.
Center for Creative Living
We proclaim and affirm the spiritual nature of all faiths, religions and creeds. Our vision is to co- create spiritual communities of love, trust, integrity, and mutual respect which embrace our diversity, celebrate the oneness of the human spirit, serve the well-being of the human family and honor the sanctity of all creation. We accept that God is the moving spirit in all and the loving essence of the universe.
Aug. 4: Peaceful Protests - Do They Work?
With Sheri O'Sullivan. August 4th is International Forgiveness Day and a perfect time for today's talk.
While living in Portland Oregon our speaker, Sheri did a documentary tribute to John Lennon entitled "Imagine". She will be presenting Power Point slides of John, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and stories of the Wilmar 8. These inspirational stories will remind you of the work that still needs to be done to promote peace.
In her talk Sheri will answer the question, "Do peaceful protests ever work?" Her interesting talk will leave you with many ideas of how you can help change history.
Please come support Sheri as she speaks for the first time to our CCL community.
Our wonderful choir will be singing "Imagine" and "Blowin' In The Wind"
2013 Peace Meditation
Third Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30 pm, at CCL, August 19,
facilitated by Rev. April Lussier and inspirational music by Rev. Janet Childs.
International Forgiveness Day is the brainchild of Robert W. Plath, a Mill Valley attorney and Executive Director of the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance (WFA).
Forgiveness Day was created in 1996 to honor the healing power of forgiveness. Plath's dream is to have every first Sunday in August around the world designated as International Forgiveness Day, the first internationally sanctioned holiday.
The Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-deductible organization whose mission is to evoke the healing spirit of Forgiveness worldwide. We declare that "Forgiveness Is the Greatest Healer of Them All" (Dr. Gerald Jampolsky) and that "Without Forgiveness There Is No Future" ( Archbishop Desmond Tutu).
To accomplish this far-reaching mission we have set the following goals:
* To establish an International Forgiveness Day in every village and hamlet across the world by the year 2025.
* To bring the curative powers of forgiveness to the elderly, to youth, to chemically dependent and/or abused women, men and children through classes, workshops and seminars.
* To promote the practice of forgiveness as a Life Skill and to develop curriculum, classes and workshops for children, youth and adults of all ages.
* To develop training programs to certify counselors as "Forgiveness Life Skill Teachers."
* To create forgiveness workshops and seminars in corporations to effectuate breakthroughs and help increase net profits. The benefits of forgiveness training breakthroughs make possible more creative, stress-free and happy job relationships which can increase net profits.
* To promote and publicize the research findings that Forgiveness creates better health, abundance and ease, more joy, greater optimism and hope and lessens depression, stress, illness, disease. Forgiveness also opens one to more lasting, happy, supportive relationships.
* To help develop and conduct further research to quantify and codify the powerful effects of the applied practice of forgiveness in a multiplicity of settings.
* To create entertainment/learning events (Forgiveness Film Festivals, Forgiveness Concerts, etc.) in communities around the world.
"People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."
"How come we play war and not peace?"
"Too few role models."
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"The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace."
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"Dad, how do soldiers killing each other solve the world's problems?"
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Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995
"Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right."
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
"What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family."
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"Life is short, Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret ANYTHING
That makes you smile."
I AM Peace
I AM Forgiveness
|This Sunday at CCL
Do They Work?"
This Sunday is International Forgiveness Day and my friend, Sheri, will be speaking about Peace and Forgiveness. She will show us a wonderful presentation entitled "Imagine" that she originated, Yes, you will see pictures of John Lennon and the choir will be singing his song, "Imagine" whose lyrics seem more poignant today then in 1970 when he and Yono Ono first compiled them.
When asked about the lyrics, John Lennon said, "If you can imagine a world at peace, with no denominations of religion-not without religion but without this, "my God-is-bigger-than-your-God" thing, then it can be true. The World Church called me once and asked, "Can we use the lyrics to 'Imagine' and just change it to 'Imagine one religion'?" That showed [me] they didn't understand it at all. It would defeat the whole purpose of the song, the whole idea."
Sheri will also share the "Shadow Project" she did in Portland, Oregon. It is one of the most moving and yet peaceful statements for peace ever presented. On August 6, 1945, the United States military dropped a nuclear bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On August 9, a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Hundreds of thousands died and many more suffered long-tern effects if the bombings. In both cities, an overwhelming majority of the victims were civilians.
The Shadow Project is a public art project designed to honor the loss of human life that resulted from humanity's first use of nuclear weapons. The shadows represent the many civilians of Hiroshima and Nagasaki whose bodies were vaporized by the bombs' initial impacts, leaving only shadows etched in stone.
What is Forgiveness?
by Lynn Ponton, MD
Forgiveness is letting go of the need for revenge and releasing negative thoughts of bitterness and resentment. If you are a parent, you can provide a wonderful model for your children by forgiving. If they observe your reconciliation with friends or family members who have wronged you, perhaps they will learn not to harbor resentment over the ways in which you may have disappointed them. If you are not a parent, forgiveness is still an extremely valuable skill to have.
In the movie "Avalon," the uncle stopped talking to his family members for the rest of his life because they started Thanksgiving dinner without him after he was excessively late for the zillionth time. What a waste of energy it is to stay angry for decades.
Forgiveness can be a gift that we give to ourselves.
Here are some easy steps towards forgiveness:
* Acknowledge your own inner pain.
* Express those emotions in non-hurtful ways without yelling or attacking.
* Protect yourself from further victimization.
* Try to understand the point of view and motivations of the person to be forgiven; replace anger with compassion.
* Forgive yourself for your role in the relationship.
* Decide whether to remain in the relationship.
* Perform the overt act of forgiveness verbally or in writing. If the person is dead or unreachable, you can still write down your feelings in letter form.
What Forgiveness Is Not...
* Forgiveness is not forgetting or pretending it didn't happen. It did happen, and we need to retain the lesson learned without holding onto the pain.
* Forgiveness is not excusing. We excuse a person who is not to blame. We forgive because a wrong was committed.
* Forgiveness is not giving permission to continue hurtful behaviors; nor is it condoning the behavior in the past or in the future.
* Forgiveness is not reconciliation. We have to make a separate decision about whether to reconcile with the person we are forgiving or whether to maintain our distance.
Forgiving and letting go can be very difficult challenges, but it's even more stressful to hold on to grudges. There are several symbolic letting-go rituals that can help with the process. If you are having trouble forgiving someone else, write them a letter expressing all of your feelings and explaining why you need to let go. You don't need to mail that letter - it is cathartic just to write it all down. You can also write down all of your excess "baggage" on a piece of paper and burn it or cast it into the sea in a bottle when you are ready to really let go.
You may go to the CCL meetup calendar:
to learn more about any of these events.
Classes at CCL
THURS. Aug. 1 - 7:00 to 9:00 - Access Past Lives for Healing with Rev. Doti Boon. $15. Wonder how your current life can be changed from past life awareness? Past Life Regression reveals the difficulties and roadblocks to happy relationships in work, family and love.
Past Life Regression also gives you a chance to release fear, frustration and disappointments so that you can more easily transverse your spiritual path.
Do you have problems with abundance, job security, money situations? Past Lives can cause obsessions, jealousies, phobias and even addictions. Through exploration of your past lives you can bring enjoyment into the present by unlocking those doors to the recesses of your inner mind.
Please wear loose-fitting clothes as some of the session will be on blankets and pillows on the floor or in a chair if that is more comfortable.
FRI. Aug 2 - 7:00 to 9:00 - Lughnasadh. with Dr. Ayleen $20. Lughnasadh (also known as Lugh's Feast) is the Druidic Festival also known as Lugh Lamhfada, the light of the long arm, Lughnasadh commemorates the first harvest. This ceremony not only celebrates the time of literal harvest, but also a time of spiritual harvesting and clearing as well. What clearing do you need to do to make way for learning and growth? What are you willing to give up in order to harvest something in yourself or your life? Tonight we will explore how to bring more peace and order into your world.
As a part of the celebration, there will be a special ceremony bringing Terragetic Healing, an Earth-based energetic healing practice officially into being.
Druids, please where white. All other are free to wear what they wish. Please join us for the feast after the ceremony (RSVPs are requested to allow for appropriate food purchases).
SUN. Aug 4 - 3:00 to 7:00 - The Seven Principles, The Four Selves and The Four Levels of Reality. $50. Rev. Arlene Phelan. The Transformation Process for all Reiki, Vortex, Matrix, Huna, and Intuitive healers, this is for you...take your healing to the next level. Rev. Arlene is here from Sedona for this weekend only. This is an INTENSIVE workshop for healing practitioners.
THUR. Aug 8 - 7:00 to 9:00 - Druid Gift #4: Life as a Journey. $20 with Dr, Ayleen. As we move through life, we acknowledge milestones in different ways. Tonight's class will look at how ritual and ceremony can be utilized to honor those milestones.
SAT. Aug 10 - 9:00 to 6:00 - TAGA
SUN. Aug 11 - 1:00 to 6:00 - TAGA
see below for more information
Sat. Aug. 12 Two sessions between 9:00 and 6:00
Sun. Aug. 11, 2013 One Session Only: 1pm-60pm
Place: Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle Suite C San Jose (back entry)
Cost: $15.00 Circle Entry Only, $55.00 Healing & Circle
TAGA healing is a shamanic, magical, transformational modality by revealing What Is and optimizing What Will Be. Emotional and energetic knots are "detangled" and healing rituals and blessings are performed.
Guided by the ancestors, guides and angels, TAGA Healing is profound!
Breakthrough results are often reported, even for those who simply join and hold the space for those in the circle.
Please contact: Rev Donna Zehner 408-309-4087 email@example.com for next group healing and appointments.
The Seven Principles, The Four Selves and The Four Levels of Reality
The Transformation Process for all Reiki, Vortex, Matrix, Huna, and Intuitive healers, this is for you.
Rev. Arlene Phelan is here from Sedona this weekend only. This is an INTENIVE workshop for healing practitioners to take your healing to the next level.
Cost: $50 per person
Date: Sunday, August 3, 2013
Time: 3:00 to 7:00pm
SAT. Aug 3 - 6:30 pm
at Rev. April Lussier's home. Location: 895 Le Compte Pl San Jose 95122
Cost: $20 Our Gatherings take place in an enclosed patio.
What to bring: an open heart, snack to share after the ceremony, rattle or drum (optional), shawl for over your shoulders in the cool night air.