Newsletter -- March 2013 MESSAGE FROM JIMDear Spiritual Light Center Family and Friends: that you step up and stand for election! Remem- ber that the officers are not elected by position;We have reached the season in which the days are the Board will meet right after the election andlengthening (hurrah), and so we have to remem- decide which of them will fill each officer position.ber that Daylight Saving Time will begin on March Mark the date on your calendars right now, even10. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead an though it is yet six months away, so that youhour on that day. If you don’t do that, you’ll very won’t forget this important event.likely be late for church. After consultation with our Realtor, the Board hasIf there are SLC issues that concern you, feel free decided to re-list our property for sale atto discuss them with any member of the Board of $170,000 for both buildings. If a potential buyerTrustees. You can find their names and phone wants only one of the buildings, we will entertainnumbers later in this Newsletter. They will bring a negotiated offer for one or the other. Becauseyour concerns to a meeting of the Board, which of the parking situation, interest in the propertytakes place every second Sunday at 10:00 a.m. has not been great. So, your intentions are re-(usually in the Fellowship Hall). SLC members may quested for a successful sale of the property, andalways attend Board meetings, as well. for the location of a wonderful new facility.Be sure to return your Speaker Preference Survey Please let others know that we are a spiritualform to Bill Groves. If you didn’t get such a survey community that welcomes seekers on any spiritu-form, or if you have mislaid one, we have more – al path and that our programs are not based onjust ask. fear, shame or guilt!The annual business meeting of the congregation Namasté!will be held on August 18, the 3rd Sunday in Au-gust, as specified in our by-laws. Three of our six Jim Swanson. Presidenttrustees are not eligible for re-election, so I ask OUR VISION STATEMENT OUR MISSION STATEMENTThe Spiritual Light Center is a peaceful and joy- We seek to develop our highest selves by con-ful fellowship of individuals, centered in love, tinuous sharing of spiritual ideas, in an envi-dedicated to the God within, and honoring the ronment of unconditional love and respect formany paths to truth. others.
ONGOING EVENTS UPCOMING EVENTS March 10, 11 a.m.in Fellowship Hall Sandra Bear Davis, Appala- February 26 at 6:30pm- A Planning Committee is form- chian Folk Medicine Woman,Every Tuesday at 5:15pm- ing for the Double Trouble in will speak on the topic of Ap-Join our insightful group as we Recovery 12 Step Program for palachian Folk Medicine.watch a selected film of a spir- people struggling with sub-itual nature, followed by dis- stance abuse or mental health March 17, 11 a.m.cussion to develop our evolu- issues. This committee will Rev. Ron Lindahn, the won-tion. Afterward we select a meet in the offices of the Ma- derful minister of Wayfarersrestaurant and go out to eat! con Baptist Association at 110 Doraul Street in Franklin. Any- Unity Church will share withEvery Wednesday at 6:30pm- one interested is welcome. us the topic of “MeditationMusicians and singers gather for Personal Benefit andto share their love of music. April 21 at 11am- Spiritual Growth.”Everyone is welcome. Please There will be no service atcall Tom Tyre at 421-0520 for The Spiritual Light Center. March 24, 11 a.m.more information. Instead we are all encouraged to hear Annie Sims speak at Rev. Frank Kish of the CreativeEvery other Thursday, 5:15 the Creative Thought Center Thought Center in Waynesvillepm- Please join us for our in Waynesville, NC. She will will speak to us on “Living withmeditation group led by Dr conduct the Sunday service at Purpose”.Richard Kimball. He begins 11a.m. This will be followed bywith an informative discussion a lunch for all attending. After this is a 2-hour workshop at March 31, 11 a.m.on the practice of meditationfollowed by walking and then which Annie Sims will speak onsitting meditation. Call Richard “How to have a Personal Con- Bill Groves, our own officeat 371-3425 for details. version with God”. This manager, an ex-priest who cen- sounds too good to pass up, so ters on Christian Mysticism willEvery Thursday at 6:30pm- we will carpool and head to speak this Easter on “MakingCome to a group discussion Waynesville to take part! Real the Myth of Easter”.studying the Workbook in ACourse in Miracles. This has a UPCOMING SPEAKERS April 7, 11.a.m.powerful message. Expertlyled ed by Arthur Cataldo. Barbara Ross March 3, 11 a.m.Last Sunday of each Month- April 14, 11 a.m. Barbara Brady, a certifiedJoin us following our Sunday Carolyn Buttram celebrant and ritual leader,Celebration for a pot luck will speak to us on “Goodlunch. Bring a covered dish April 21, 11AMand join us for food and en- Grief-How the Pain of Lossjoyment. Calls us to Live more Fully”. Annie Sims in Waynesville April 28, 11AM Dr. Harvey Tritel
B O A R D O F T R U ST E ES President........................................ Dr. Jim Swanson Vice President ............................................. Kay Smith Secretary ..................................................... Bill Groves Treasurer....................................................... Clark Kell Assistant Treasurer ............................. Carol Murley Trustee-at-large..................... Dr. Richard Kimball The Board of Trustees meets at 10 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month. All members are welcome to attend. SPIRITUAL LIGHT CENTER INFORMATION 80 Heritage Hollow Drive, Franklin, NC 28734 Right behind the Gazebo Restaurant in Heritage Hollow 828-371- 3065 slcfranklin@ frontier.com www.spirituallightcenter.com The Law of KarmaHis name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scot- Yes, the farmer replied proudly.tish farmer. One day, while trying to make a liv- “Ill make you a deal. Let me provide him withing for his family, he heard a cry for help coming the level of education my own son will enjoy. Iffrom a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran the lad is anything like his father, hell no doubtto the bog. grow to be a man we both will be proud of. AndThere, mired to his waist in black muck, was a that he did.terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free Farmer Flemings son attended the very besthimself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from schools and in time, graduated from St. Maryswhat could have been a slow and terrifying Hospital Medical School in London, and went ondeath. to become known throughout the world as theThe next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer ofScotsmans sparse surroundings. An elegantly Penicillin. Years afterward, the same noble-dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced mans son who was saved from the bog washimself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming stricken with pneumonia. What saved his lifehad saved. this time? Penicillin.“I want to repay you, said the nobleman. You The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolphsaved my sons life. Churchill ... His sons name?No, I cant accept payment for what I did, the Sir Winston Churchill. Someone once said:Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At What goes around comes around.that moment, the farmers own son came to thedoor of the family hovel. And So It Is!Is that your son? the nobleman asked.
The Joy of Life The joy of life rises in us like a pure spring of water. This joy feeds and flourishes all that ittouches. As we feel it in our being, we express it in our words and manner, and those aroundus are uplifted. This joy lifts us up out of any sorrow and reawakens us in happiness, peace and love. We of-fer a gift of gratitude for such an experience. This joy is a reflection of the Infinite Spirit, andeach of us is a vessel for such existence. Every expression of joy arising in us is evidence of thepresence of Spirit in our lives. Joy can bubble up as laughter, enfold a moment in beauty and flow out in a glow of peace. Inthis way we share our abundance with others. Support We Cannot SeeIt is said Let your light continue tothat those who share their light expand with gracethrough field and forest knowing that your purpose is alreadymountaintop and ocean deep working its magic and the supportshall connect every human being that you cannot see walksto the depth of Mother Earth with you hand in hand - Blessingsand the width of the Cosmos And so it is. – Sharon Pilagas
A message from the Stillness of WinterIt is hardly a surprise that when all our busy-ness quiets into calm, a new noise often turnson rising out of all those vague feelings which scream for attention. The interior discussionstarts up, the many unsolved problems all pleading for a hearing. Sometimes we can feelpowerless in the face of twisted sentiments we cannot untangle.It makes you wonder if the diversions we look for in the many things outside us might notbe an attempt of avoid a confrontation with what is inside. "What should I begin when Imthrough with all this work?" This question leads many to flee from themselves and to holdfast to any number of things which make them feel theyre still busy. Its as if they weresaying: "Where do I turn when I have no more friends to talk to, no more music to listen to,nothing else to read, or TV to watch?" The question is not whether we can live withoutfriends or feeding our eyes and ears, but if we will allow ourselves to be alone with shuteyes, to gently push aside all the assorted noises and sit calmly and quietly.To be calm and quiet by yourself is hardly the same as sleeping. It is to be fully awake andfollowing with close attention every move going on inside you. It involves a self-discipline.That urge to get up and go leads us to avoid the beauty of an “inner terrain” where what weseek is actually close at hand. Perhaps there will be much fear and uncertainty when wefirst come upon this unfamiliar terrain, but slowly and surely we begin to see developing anorder and a familiarity which summons our longing to "stay home".With this growing confidence we recapture our own life afresh, from within. We gainmastery not only of our waking, but also our sleeping. For he who has the day gains thenight as well. Sleep is no longer the strange darkness, but a friendly curtain behind whichdreams continue to live and send out messages which can be gratefully received.Whenever you do come upon this silence, it seems as though you have received a gift, onethat is “promising” in the fullest sense of the word. The promise of this silence is that newlife can be born. It is the silence of peace and Oneness, because you are brought back to theOne who is truly you.Then you realize that you can do many things, but it is unnecessary. It is the silence of the“poor in spirit”, where you learn to see your life in its proper persepective. In this silencethe false pretenses fade away and you can see the world again with a certain distance, andin the midst of all our cares you can pray with the psalmist:“If God does not build the house, in vain the masons toil; If God does not guard the city, invain the sentries watch.” (Psalm 127)from With Open Hands by Henri Nouwen
A Simple Guideline to Meditation or “Centering Prayer”This simple guideline is meant as a suggestion as one form of meditation you could use.You might chose to try this or alter it as you move forward in your practice of meditation. 1. Chose a sacred word as a symbol 3. When you become aware of of your intention to consent to invite thoughts, allow them to pass and Gods presence and action within gently return to the sacred word. you. 4. Remain in meditation about 20 2. Sitting comfortably and with eyes minutes. At the end of the prayer closed, settle down and silently in- period remain in silence with eyes troduce the sacred word into your closed for a couple of minutes be- mind, allowing it to be an anchor fore opening your eyes holding you in quiet stillness. Some explanation to these guidelines I. The sacred word is a symbol of your intention to consent to allow God to flow into and act within your silence. It is chosen by requesting the help of Spirit to select one suitable for you. Examples of this word might be: Creator, Healing, Abba, Love, Peace, Shalom, Ohm, One. It is suggested that you do not change the word during the prayer period as that would begin a thought process. A simple inward gaze upon God within may be more suitable for some people than the sacred word, thus consenting to Gods presence and action by turning inwardly toward the Presence. II. By sitting comfortably it is suggested to keep the back straight, feet flat upon the floor, avoiding any position that would cause discomfort or encourage you to fall asleep. The physical limitations of some may require we alter these guidelines to reduce pain or dis- comfort. Praying in this way after a large meal encourages drowsiness. It is best to wait at least an hour. If you fall asleep continue in meditation at least a few minutes upon awakening. III. It is normal to experience thoughts, feelings, images or memories during meditation. By returning ever-so-gently to the sacred word, a minimum of effort is used. This is the only activity we initiate during the time of our centering prayer. During this time the sacred word may become quite vague or even disappear. IV. Giving yourself two or three minutes at the end of the prayer period gives your psyche time to readjust to the external senses and enables us to bring the benefit of silence into our daily life.We highly recommend you join us every other Thursday at 5:15p.m. In the FellowshipHall for a group meditation. Dr. Richard Kimball gives very valuable guidance in this an-cient healing practice as we participate in walking and sitting meditation. ~ Namaste!