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Spirit, Grow Through Me, But Keep the Criticism to a Minimum
The signs of growth are all around us these days. Grass is greening, bulbs are pushing through the soil, the days are longer and it actually is warming up. One of my favorite philosophers, Ernest Holmes, says that,
“There is a Divine urge within everyone to know more, to be more, and to express more and I have found that the thing we are searching for is the thing we are searching with."
How beautifully that resonates with me. It tells me that I play a major role in the quality of my life. I, however, have been realizing lately that I have a pretty powerful “self-improvement committee” in my head. I can get self-criticism and judgment of others and the world confused with the divine urge to know more, be more and express more.
What’s missing, when in the ego’s grip I am criticizing others or myself, is the beauty of accepting what is, for what it is, and for its ability to lead me to know more, be more and express more. Bottom line, if I’m escaping the present moment to wish something were different for the future, I’m not creating the future that I want. I’m exacerbating the condition of unmet needs in my life.
I heard a couple of great questions recently that we can ask of ourselves in relationship to anything or anyone:
- Is there anything I need in this relationship or situation that I’ve given up on getting?
- Is there anything I need in this relationship or situation that’s too hard to get and I’m about to give up on getting it?
Do you feel the sinking feeling I do when I read those questions? Do you feel the unmet needs that I feel when I hear those questions? I’m realizing that if I have given up on getting something that I need, I have often taken the spiritual bypass route and coached myself, “There is a Divine urge to know more, be more and express more and so I’ll wait for my needs to be met miraculously, without my participation.” That’s impossible, even in the realm of all possibilities.
So let’s get going in our growth. Join me in watching out for unnecessary criticism and judgment masking as the divine urge to know more, be more and express more. Join me in holding my unmet needs in the highest regard, so the Divine Urge to know more, be more and express more has an open channel for creation.
As I meditated on writing this article, the thought of patience came to mind. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: “Patience (or forbearing) is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can take before negativity.”
I have, through the experience of constant pain and discomfort over the past year (facial nerve damage as a result of Shingles), become familiar with the practice of patience. This is not to say that I was able to “be” the definition of patience as above, but rather, on a day to day basis I was able to put one foot in front of the other, doing what was before me as best I could. I’ve had to learn that when patience did not endure and negativity came crashing through; that this experience was the result of not allowing myself to rest, not allowing myself to ,”let go and let God” but pushing through and allowing ego to be “in charge”. This time has been one of learning to accept new limits, a new definition of my life as it is today; a realization that the concept of “becoming more of who I am” has out of necessity merged with, “accepting who I am as enough”. In merging, these two concepts have become, for me, “I am more of who I am and I am enough just as I am”. The title of a book I read many years ago, “Don’t Push the River” by Barry Stevens, has taken on renewed meaning. Maybe I’ll read it again. After all, I do have time to rest, read and enjoy!
Rob Johnson, R.Sc.P.