Founder's Center for Spiritual Living
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PRAYER: A SYSTEMS THEORY APPROACH
By Rev. Dr. Arthur Chang

To believe in the power of prayer means agreeing that its power is demonstrable. If prayer has power, then it is energy. Healing prayer is associated with light. If that is true, then, like light, there may be two aspects to prayer. As light is both particle and wave, prayer may be both specific and systemic. We can use prayer for definite purposes. However, when the issues are more global, a prayer response may be a system response, which may not be reducible to isolated, individual events. The systems solution would be like the generalized wave, while the individualized, would be like particles.
Life is a system—not an event. Without the system, the particulars within it would not be possible. Every entity within the overall system is a system itself within a larger system. Scientists note the tendency within each system is to give up itself, its autonomy, for the good of the larger system. This is like a soldier giving his life for his country, or a mother, or father, for their children. We have this built-in tendency although its extremes are rarely called upon. An example would be the doctors from other states volunteering to go to help New York at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. They did so knowing the virus could kill them.
From a systems approach to prayer, the virus was a threat to major portions of our population. Yet, could it be, in a systems sense, that the virus was an answer to the portion of our population that prayed for a change in the leadership of our government. Most observers seem to agree that at the beginning of 2020 the present administration was going to retain power in the general election. Yet, in that election at the end of 2020, there was a change. There is a symbolic resemblance of this event to Pharaoh’s rule over the Israelites. Then, as now, a plague changed the trajectory of the ruler’s power over the people.
The devastating corona virus changed the trajectory of America’s history. As there were multiple causal incidents involving Pharaoh’s change of heart, so were there multiple causal incidents that helped to change the hearts of key people in this situation. Such incidents included over three hundred and fifty thousand deaths and millions of people succumbing to the virus. Another was the recent assault on the Capitol. Charles Dickens’ “best of times and worst of times,” played out in this living drama. In the end, prayer worked, but on the systems basis.
In a systems approach to prayer, the species, the generalized waveform of energy, or the community at large, is more important than is the individual. John’s Gospel suggests this in saying, “God so loved the world that he gave his only son…” This Jewish Midrash repeats the story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, to prove his love for God—the lesser for the greater. This tendency is a hidden aspect of systems. Our systems prayers are characterized by love. Love implies the willingness to sacrifice oneself for the greater good of the whole. This notion is not a farfetched ideal within our great American nation. Nathan Hale, the famous American spy from the Revolutionary War, is famous for saying before the British hanged him, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” Although history tells us this was not the precise quote, I think its sentiment is in accord with the way great individuals live their lives for a greater purpose—the system.
So, how can disasters be blessings? They can be when we understand that our systems solution of prayer may not save the individual; however, it will save the system that gives us all life.
Nevertheless, to those who have lost loved ones, businesses, jobs and much more, we will compassionately share their pain. Take heart! We will recover. The ground that is the life giving system remains intact. With our prayers and hard work, the community will restore the system that gives rise to individuals who take the responsibility for creating the greatest peace and prosperity possible for all of its varied people. This is the America of our vision and prayers and expresses the wisdom of Emperor Marcus Aurelius’ meditation, “What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee.” 
 
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January Theme: Conscious Living For Your Better Life
 
Sunday Topic 1-17-2021
Enhanced Production

The Law of Attraction

You were made a center of attraction for the good you desire in your life. Prepare yourself to receive it as a fielder must position himself to catch a fly ball. Your glove is consciousness.

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 Wednesday Night Service on ZOOM!! 
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January Theme: Living the Science of Mind 

 Dr. Arthur's topic for January 13th:

Affirmative Thinking and Action

What power is there behind affirmative thinking? How can we do it better and claim that power that is part of God’s gift to us? This talk will examine those questions.
(These talks are based upon Ernest Holmes’ book, “Living the Science of Mind.”)


Order of Service
 
Minister: Rev. Dr. Arthur Chang
Assistant Minister: Rev. Larry Barber
Duration 1 hour, from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Zoom Check in between 6:20 PM - 6:30 PM
         
Welcome: Dr. Arthur Chang
 
Connecting Time 10 minutes
 
Invocation: Rev. Larry Barber
 
Reading: Rev. Larry Barber
Meditation (10 minutes)
 
Lesson: (20 min)
 
Q and A 
 
Prayer requests
 
Benediction
 
10 - 15min for last 3 items



Ponte al dia
 
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 presentaciones de los practicantes:
Domingos a las 10:00 am servicio, 17 Enero,
Susy Figueroa, RScP
Lunes a viernes 7:00 pm 5 minutos de inspiración por uno de nuestros practicantes
"¿Qué es la ciencia de la mente?" Clase por zoom gratis presentada por Ivania Gonzales, RScP, 6:00 pm los sábados
 
Los invitamos a todos a unirse con nosotros y así crecer espiritualmente y aprender como "cambiar sus pensamientos para cambiar su vida".
Ernest's Corner

From beginning to end, in one way or another, the Bible teaches the law of cause and effect, based upon the premise that the Universe is a spiritual system, that man is included in this spiritual system, that the Infinite creates by the power of Its word or the contemplation of Its consciousness, and, as a complement to this, that man reproduces the Universal on an individual scale.

The Science of Mind, P. 166-4
Featuring Dr. Arthur Chang 
Next week, on "This Thing Called Life"  
Dr. Arthur will be speaking on the theme: 
"The Prayer That Gets Results"
The weekly broadcasts are: 
Monday: "Prayer: From Frustration to Faith"
Tuesday: "Prayer: From Superstition to Principle"
Wednesday: "Prayer: The Science of Thought"
Thursday: "Prayer: Heaven is Now, God is Here"
Friday: "Your Prayer, Your Result"
The shows are posted daily and available 24 hours per day. 
Ask for help

Sometimes it’s just not feasible to navigate the tricky anxiety, depression, isolation and trauma by yourself. For those who have underlying mental health conditions, for those who have experienced past traumas, for people on the frontlines in medicine, and for people who are lonely, this moment can be especially tough. But there are a number of free, confidential resources to turn to for help. Here are a few:
—Steinberg Institute website, links to mental health resources and care throughout California, https://steinberginstitute.org/links-research-care/
—Institute on Aging’s 24/7 Friendship Line (especially for people who have disabilities or are over 60), 1-800-971-0016 or call 415-750-4138 to volunteer. https://www.ioaging.org/services/all-inclusive-health-care/friendship-line
—Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, 24/7 Access Line 1-800-854-7771, links to COVID-19 information. https://dmh.lacounty.gov/covid-19-information/
—Mental Health Association of San Francisco 24/7 Peer-Run Warm Line, 855-845-7415. https://www.mentalhealthsf.org/covid-19/
—Fresno County Behavioral Health Warm Line, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 559-600-WARM (9276). https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/departments/behavioral-health
—National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
—The Crisis Text Line, Text “HOME” (741-741) to reach a trained crisis counselor.
—California Psychological Association Find a Psychologist Locator,  https://www.cpapsych.org/page/find
—Psychology Today guide to therapists, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists
Some psychologists will work with people for free or reduced rates, if needed, given the challenging times.
Founder's Practitioners are also available for prayer to address your needs. Call the church office for an appointment.
213-388-9733 Ext. 118