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A Story of Resurrection


As we approach Easter, I want to share a story of my resurrection: My experience of life in what we call death. February 19 of this year marked twenty-five years since my mother made her transition from this worldly experience to the next experience of life that is eternal. As I remembered her life and all that she imparted to me, there was no sadness. I feel her all around me, and I shed a few tears now and then, but they are really tears of joy for what she taught me and continues to teach me…

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God is the strength in which I trust


Many years ago, I saw an episode of the BBC’s nature series Frozen Planet which featured an amazing little creature called the Arctic Woolly Bear Caterpillar. I have shared this little fella’s story at conferences and retreats, because it is a good lesson for all of us.

The Arctic Woolly Bear Caterpillar has a fascinating life cycle. He begins eating voraciously as soon as spring begins in the Arctic when there is finally vegetation to consume. Because of this short season, he will not consume enough to complete his metamorphosis by the time the ground freezes once again. So, the Woolly Bear does an astonishing thing…

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Become a Holy Helper


Become a Holy Helper by making a monthly gift to the Center to guarantee its many services are readily available to those in need.

When you begin your ongoing monthly pledge of $20 or more, we will welcome you with a gift of our new water bottle imprinted with the poignant reminder to “Teach only love, for that is what you are.”

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I could see peace instead of this


If you have been joining us in our Lessons in Light series that follows the forty days (traditionally known as Lent) leading up to Easter, today’s lesson is “I could see peace instead of this.”(W-34) In the wake of what is occurring in the world right now, this lesson is a welcome and powerful refocusing of our minds.

The purpose of all of the lessons in this series is to help you refocus your attention on God’s Will for you, which is not a life of sacrifice and darkness but of love and light. When we began these lessons…

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2022 Retreat Scheduled


We are delighted to announce the scheduling of our 2022 Holy Encounter Retreat for September 9th-11th. After two cancellations during the pandemic, we feel we are all overdue for the experiential recharge these retreats provide. We look forward to gathering together again in our high desert paradise as we explore A Course in Miracles together.

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The Cost of Grievances


We don’t have to look very far to find worry and concern. We have experienced a worldwide pandemic, where the U.S. suffered over 900,000 deaths as a result. Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is threatening nuclear war if anyone interferes with his desire to reclaim the sovereign country of Ukraine and make it part of his empire. And how about you? What are you going through in your life that is causing you concern: health issues, family challenges, financial difficulties? There are plenty of reasons to fear, but fear does nothing to help. Fear always seems to be the natural knee-jerk reaction, but, as we are told in A Course in Miracles

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The Golden Rule Revisited


We were all taught the Golden Rule, no matter where we were raised or our religious background. Even those of us with no religious background understand the idea of only doing to others what we would want to be done to us — it’s just what decent people do. But just because we have heard this rule since time immemorial does not make it an old or outdated concept — to the contrary, this concept is our salvation. The fact that it is stated in every religion and taught in every culture shows us its universal truth. It seems to make sense to our collective consciousness, so perhaps it’s time to practice it if we have been remiss as of late, and who among us has not?

In this day and age, with all that is happening in our world, it might be good for us to revisit…

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A Blanket’s Statement


When our son Jeffrey was a baby, he was given a lovely handmade blanket. For years, it was his favorite blanket. No matter how old or tattered it became, and even when it eventually disintegrated, it remained his favorite. At that point, what the blanket represented was not its form but the content that he had felt in every encounter with it: love, kindness, safety, comfort, peace, etc.

As we approach the second week of our Lessons in Light, we will focus on our truth, “Light and joy and peace abide in me.” It is often hard for us to believe that this lesson is really talking about us…

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Lessons in Light


Most of us have a few extra pounds that we would gladly shed if given a chance, but we will jealously guard our fears which are what really weigh us down. Every morning we wake up and pack our metaphorical bags with either suffering and pain or peace and healing. What will we carry around today? Will it be the heavy cost of fear or the blessed release of love?

As lesson 323 in A Course in Miracles says…

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War


In 1969, the pop song “War” was recorded by Edwin Starr and quickly rose to #1 on the Billboard charts. Most of you probably don’t remember Starr because “War” was really his only big hit, but you have probably heard the song as it has been used in numerous movies and television shows. This song is considered the most popular protest song ever recorded, and the lyrics say it all. Here’s the part of the song you might have heard…

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