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August 2017 Theme – Our Summer Reading List

Summer is the perfect time to pull out our favorite reading as well as to explore books we haven’t yet read.  Often this is done on vacation as we escape into daring adventures, steamy romances or juicy mysteries with lots of plot twists and turns.  This month at The Santa Anita Church we will take highlights from four different books that are on Rev. Terry’s summer reading list. And while these books won’t be adventure, romance or mystery novels, they will definitely be adventurous, they will help us connect with deep love and they just may have a twist or turn along the way.   

August 6 – “Four Qualities of a [Redefined] Successful Life”

In her 2014 book, “Thrive,” media mogul Arianna Huffington lays out four specific qualities that help us deepen into what it means to be successful.  These qualities could come straight out of our spiritual teachings, but are presented to the secular world.  How encouraging it is to see these ideas presented in this way, and you get to experience them today with a twist or two added by Rev. Terry.  

August 13 – “A Prosperity Treasure Hunt”

“Prosperity,” written by Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore, was originally published in 1936 and even though some of the language is a bit outdated, the principles and practices in it are some of Rev. Terry’s favorites for living inside a prosperity consciousness.  Join us on an adventurous treasure hunt to cull the most brilliant gems found in this New Thought classic.

August 20 – “Harnessing the Power of Love”

“Inside-Out Healing” by Richard Moss is our third summer read of the month.  In a brief exploration of this rich and empowering book, we will harness the Power of the Presence of Divine Love as a way to heal whatever may be ailing you!

August 27– “Just ONE”

In their 2013 New York Times #1 best seller, “The ONE Thing,” authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan offer a simple, powerful concept:  If you want less distractions, stress and strain and more joy, balance and abundance, you can achieve that by mastering the ONE thing.  Today we explore what the ONE thing might be for you.

July 2017 Theme – Keeping Your Cool When the Heat Is On

As the temperatures heat up across the country, we may find ourselves scrambling to keep cool!  What is your method?  Going to a cool movie theater or restaurant?  Escaping to a cooler climate?  Staying in the swimming pool?  Eating ice day in and day out?  Refusing to get into your car while the sun was up?  Our response to the physical heat could be a powerful metaphor for how we handle life when it heats up. Each week this month, we will explore different hot topics and ways we can keep our spiritual cool when the heat is on!

July 2 – “Freedom in the Fireworks”

Within every hot spot, there is the cool grace of Spirit.  Within every explosive firework, there is the brilliance and freedom found in Source.  On this Sunday, as we celebrate Independence Day for our nation, we also celebrate Independence Day for ourselves and experience our personal freedom in the midst of fireworks.

July 9 – “Finding Refuge in the Shade”

When the sun is high in the sky and the thermostat is rising, we often look for refuge in the shade.  When life heats up, we might also take refuge in the internal place in the shade – otherwise known as our shadow side.  In New Thought circles, we might not like to talk about this aspect of ourselves, but it is important to gain an understanding of it so that the radiant light of our True Selves can shine in all kinds of weather.

July 16 – “Time to Simmer Down”

Continuing our work begun last week, today we take an open and honest look at how we heat up with that emotional response called anger.  What is it really about?  Is it ever productive?  How are we to approach it?  (The answers to these questions may not be what you expect!)  And, here’s the most important question — what can you do with yours?!  Come today and learn how to simmer down when your anger heats up.

July 23 – “The Watermelon Credo – Part I”

Wally Amos, otherwise known as “Famous Amos” the cookie guru, once wrote an engaging book entitled The Watermelon Credo.  In this book, he set forth a Credo for living, which we will explore this week and next.  This Credo provides more ingredients for keeping our cool with the heat is on just like a cold slice of watermelon certainly cools us off on a hot summer’s day!

July 30 – “The Watermelon Credo – Part II”

Today, we conclude our look at the Watermelon Credo, and our month of keeping our cool when the heat is on, with some juicy thoughts.

“Minding the Mind” (June 2017 Theme)

Our teachings here put a great deal of emphasis on what is occurring between our ears, and rightfully so.  We know that what occurs in our minds informs everything in our lives from our relationship with the Divine, to our relationship with ourselves, to our relationship with others, to our relationship with work, money, play, health — and the list goes on and on!  So, perhaps it’s important to give some focused attention to that valuable real estate.  Come be intellectually stimulated and richly blessed as we “Mind the Mind” all month.

June 4, 2017 –  “That Just Blew My Mind!”

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once said, “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”  Have you had your mind blown when you’ve taken on a new spiritual concept and then never been able to look at life the same way again?  It is our intention to blow your mind in such a way today!

June 11, 2017 –  “Mind Over Matter”

“Mind over matter” is a common phrase, and is used to speak to the creative nature of our minds.  And while we would certainly agree that our minds are creative, is “mind OVER matter” accurate or is there more to it?  Come today and find out what more there might just be.

June 18, 2017 – “Your Mind is a Vessel”

Did you hear the one about the professor who travelled a vast distance to study under a Zen Master only to prattle on and on about what he already knew?  If you’ve heard that one, do you remember what the great teacher did? If not, come today and find out . . . and even if you do know the rest of that story, come anyway, because there is more to be revealed.

June 25, 2017 – “If You Don’t Mind, It Doesn’t Matter”

This is a direct quote from a most unlikely source.  If you know who it is, email Rev. Terry before Saturday, June 24, and then be in service on Sunday and there just might be a prize for you!  While this may seem to be a shallow statement, there is actually some deep wisdom in it.  Today, we dive in and find it.

May 2017 Theme – You Were Meant to Succeed

How do you define success?  Is it a purposeful career?  Or soul-satisfying relationships?  How about dynamic, vibrant and radiant health?  Surely it includes a deep and abiding sense of your oneness with God?   Perhaps an abundant flow of prosperity?  Or walking in a state of Grace and Inner Peace and experiencing the Joy of Life?  How about all of the above and more?  Whatever your definition of success is, this month we will explore how to achieve it using Jack Canfield’s insightful and empowering book, “The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where you Want to Be.”  This is a month to recognize and align with your inner creative power to succeed.  Be sure to be with us each week because one week builds upon another . . . and we won’t be backing up!

May 7, 2017, Talk 1 – The Foundation for Success

Thomas Edison once said, ““If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”  Today we lay the foundation for astounding ourselves by exploring Canfield’s first two principles of experiencing a successful life.  These principles probably won’t be new to you, but we will look at them in a new and highly personal way.  Be sure to be with us today – you just may be astounded!

May 14, 2017, Talk 2 – Transform Yourself for Success

Did you know that the average person has over 50,000 thoughts a day?  And did you know that most of those thoughts are TO you ABOUT you and that 80% of them are negative?  Those are startling statistics, aren’t they? What would your life look like if you could make 80%, 90%, even 100% of those thoughts TO you and ABOUT you positive and life affirming?  If you could (and we say you can!), you just might astound yourself at what you are capable of doing.  Today, you will learn a practical way to transform yourself for success.

May 21, 2017, Talk 3 – Celebrate Your Success

Today we amp up the energy of our work together by moving into the vibration of celebration, thanksgiving and appreciation.  Come prepared to expand your appreciation for yourself and others and to learn the power of “The Poker Chip Theory of Success”!  Intrigued?  Perfect.  Come find out what it’s all about.

May 28, 2017, Talk 4 – Success Starts Now

This month we have recognized and aligned with our inner creative power to succeed, acknowledging that success is God-ordained.  As we succeed, we prove the fundamental spiritual principle of our New Thought teachings:  There is a power for Good in this Universe, and we can use it!  And there is one other thing we do when we succeed.  We make a difference in this world!  Join us today as we bring our theme to a close with two game-changing success principles.

April 2017 Theme – “Easter Moments”

Last Easter, we coined a new phrase here at The Santa Anita Church.  Do you remember what it was?  In case you don’t, it was “Easter Moments,” which are those moments when we consciously let something die that does not serve us so that we can be born anew into a spiritual awareness, a new consciousness and an expanded way of revealing the spiritual nature that is already ours.  This month, which includes Easter, we will explore having Easter Moments in various areas of our lives and each week, we will engage in a specific and sacred activity to support that Moment.

April 2, 2017 – “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Perhaps who you THINK you are has nothing to do with who you really are.  Would you be willing to have an Easter Moment today and let some of those thoughts go so you can enter a space of Divine Connection you have perhaps never felt before?  If you are willing, come take that journey with us today.

Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017 – “The Road that Leads Home”

With the support of a moving and inspiring Rose Blessing Ceremony, today we let go of that which holds us back from coming home to love.  We will use Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem on that Palm Sunday millennia ago not only as a profound example, but also as a profound teaching tool.  Together, we will travel the road that leads us home to love.

Easter, April 16, 2017– “Life Springs Eternal”

This sacred and beautiful Easter morning with the Master Teacher Jesus as our guide, we will explore the spiritual concept that Life is eternal and that we can rest in the assurance that physical death is merely a passage into a new and grander life expression.  Today, we will each have the opportunity to have an ultimate Easter Moment as we let die any fear of transition and fully and joyfully live in the Eternal Now.

April 23, 2017, – “A Flow of Abundant Good”

The rubber often meets the road when we look at our financial status vis-à-vis our spiritual beliefs about abundance.  We spiritually believe we live in an abundant universe and abundance is our spiritual birthright, yet we often struggle to make ends meet, let alone have an ongoing flow of abundant good to spend, to spare and to share.  What Easter Moment would support you in living the Truth of your spiritual beliefs?  Come have it today.

April 30, 2017– “You are Dynamic, Vibrant and Radiant Health”

Today we bring our month to a close by bringing an Easter Moment to our physical vitality and well-being.  The Truth is we have a Pattern of Spiritual Perfection at the core of our ‘Beingness’; however, our physical experience does not always reflect that.  After having a heart-to-heart conversation about this, we will each have an opportunity to release non-supportive beliefs or behaviors and be blessed in installing a powerful new one that supports dynamic, vibrant and radiant health

March 2017 – Bridging the Gap

“Let us feel that our purposes are animated and inspired from on high and then let us go forth and make our dream come true in human experience.” ~ERNEST HOLMES

These are inspiring words, but actually accomplishing this requires bridging the gap between incubating the idea and manifesting the dream.  Sometimes that gap can be scary, and yet what we do inside it can make all the difference in the world.  This month, we will successfully bridge that gap.

March 5, 2017 – “Taking the Leap of Faith”

What dream has been nudging at your heart that hasn’t yet been put in the incubator? And if it hasn’t been put there, why not?  Chances are the answer involves fear in one of its many forms, shapes or sizes.  This morning, we will join hands and support one another in taking the leap together regardless of our fears!

March 12 – “Building the Bridge”

To build the bridge between the dreams of our hearts and their manifestation, we must learn how to use some very specific tools – and then we must actually use them!  Over the next few weeks, we will explore the various tools to have in our “navigating the gap” toolkit.

March 19 – “Half Way Across the Bridge”

It may feel as if you are building the bridge to your dreams while you are walking across it.  If so, that’s OK.  By using the tools learned last week, this week and next week, we’ll keep the bridge at least two steps ahead of us.

March 26 – “Reaching the Other Side”

Today, we will explore our final tools for building our bridge and learn how, when properly and consistently applied, these tools really do bridge the gap between incubation and manifestation of our dreams.   They really do get us to the other side!