Celebrate Your Interdependence
The Fourth of July has arrived, a holiday celebrating the second Continental Congress accepting the Declaration of Independence and creating the United States of America. It is an interesting combination of “independence from” and “uniting as one.” This balance and contradiction is seen in our philosophies, religions and beliefs systems.
Independence Day celebrates the choice of thirteen American colonies, who were at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain. No longer wanting to be ruled by Great Britain, they regarded themselves as independent, sovereign states under a new nation, the United States of America.
By creating their own government and way of living, they made their own choices for their future. They would take what they had learned that worked, establish their own truths, relying on themselves rather than being dependent on or ruled over by Great Britain. Although they were declaring independence, choosing no longer to be dependent, they were really establishing interdependence within and among themselves.
As we explore and discover our spiritual truth, we have the opportunity to consider a wide range of philosophies and religions. No matter what country or culture, the belief systems are diverse in nature based on the need of those who choose to belong to or follow them.
There are those beliefs that are strict and orthodox, literally laying down the law to be followed or suffer the consequences. They frequently exclude others’ beliefs and are based on fear. They would have you be dependent on them.
Some beliefs strip away all limits or guidelines, leading the individual to stand on his own independent views of life as he knows it. Included in this way of believing would be that we begin life at birth and end it at death; that we are “on our own.”
In Metaphysical Spirituality, we choose with love, to embrace the truths of all master teachers in a unified and inclusive way of living and being. Instead of rules, we offer principles and spiritual laws to work within our lives as we discover our own inner knowing.
We accept each, not only as individuals, their beliefs and unique ways of living, we embrace philosophies that are both dependent and independent. By joining together in unity based on love, truth, understanding, acceptance and compassion, we are interdependent, relying on our own inner truth as individuals and joined together as one.
While celebrating Independence Day, the 4th of July, celebrate the interdependence that Metaphysical Spirituality offers to be free in who you are and what you believe, while being in union and connection with yourself, each other, God, Spirit, Source.
May you and your families have a Blessed and Happy 4th of July!
July Classes, Workshops, and Events
July 1st, Saturday, Psychic Saturday, 10:30-1:00pm, Davis Hall and Flexer Healing Chapel.
July 5th, Wednesday, Healers Healing Healers, 6:00-6:30pm, Sanctuary.
July 8th, Saturday, Board Meeting, 10:00-Noon, Center Office.
July 11th, Tuesday, Vortex Healing with Rev. Cyndy Mayer, 7:30-9:00pm, Flexer Healing Chapel, $15. This is a Vibrational Healing Elective.
July 15th, Saturday, Death Café, 1:30-3:00pm, Ed. Center, love offering.
July 16th, Sunday, Summer Book Club, 9:30-10:15am, Ed. Center, love offering.
July 18th, Tuesday, Healing with Whales & Dolphins with Rev. Cyndy Mayer, 7:30-9:00pm, Flexer Healing Chapel, $15. This is a Vibrational Healing Elective.
July 22, Saturday, Movie Night, 7:00pm, Davis Hall, love offering.
July 25th, Tuesday, Sound Healing with Rev. Cyndy Mayer, 7:30-9:00pm, Flexer Healing Chapel, $15. This is a Vibrational Healing Elective.
July 30th, Sunday, Summer Book Club, 9:30-10:15am, Ed. Center, love offering.
July 30th, Sunday, Hands of Light meeting, 5:30pm, Ed. Center.
ONGOING WEEKLY CLASSES
Fridays, Developing Consciousness with Rev. Jim, 6:00-7:15pm, Ed. Center, $10 love donation.
Blessing Bowl Donations in 2017
Thanks to your generosity, we have given the following:
January Children’s Sunday School $ 260
February Nate’s Animal Sanctuary $ 300
March Tidewell Hospice $ 234
April Everyday Blessings $ 500
May Mother’s Helping Mothers $ 295
June Threshold Choir $ 242
July All Faiths Food Bank – Children
August Casa de Kids
September Pastors Discretionary Fund
November All Faiths Food Bank + Food
December Everyday Blessings (Christmas)
Sincere Gratitude for Heart Centered Kindness & Acts of Service
Much love and appreciation to all of our student healers who recently completed the basic Vibrational Healing Course. They dedicated themselves for months to be of service to mankind. Many of them expressed the ‘life altering’ changes within themselves as they progressed throughout the course. Kudos to all of the teachers who made it possible, Rev. Cyndy Mayer, Cyril Mayer, Rev. Lisa Johnson, Rev. Julie Fox, Caroline Demoise and Rev. Jim Toole.
Our seasonal tree has taken on a new red, white and blue look in honor of celebrating our Independence. A big shout out goes to Phyllis Town, Jeff Lambert, Catherine Kalua, Cyril Mayer and Lyn Mulder for transforming the tree once again.
Our gratitude to David Young for bringing his heavenly music to our Sanctuary last month . Thank you David!
Many thanks to Florida Suncoast Threshold Choir for surrounding us with the uplifting and healing energy of their music at our morning service on June 11th.
We can’t possibly thank Painted Raven enough for bringing beautiful Native American music into our lives, here at the Center. Holly and Annette also provided us with an outstanding workshop experience on Sunday afternoon for all of us ‘Wanna Be Musicians.’ We can now form our own drum circle in the garden after one lesson! Yvonne and Mother Joy were great helpers and added their energy to a perfect weekend! We wrapped our arms around the Ravens, fell in love and now have a new extended family!
Let us catch you doing something inspiring in next month’s column.
It takes a Village to keep our Center of Light glowing brightly!
The first Wednesday, July 5th, is dedicated to Healers Healing Healers in the Sanctuary at 6:00pm. All Certified Healers and student healers are invited to join us for this special time set aside for recharging our batteries and feeling the love of Spirit.
If you or anyone you know is in need of absentee healing or special prayers please call the office 941-953-6620 and ask to have Rev. Jim or Rev. Lisa contact you so we can add you to our absentee healing list. You will also be added to our Prayer Bowl in the Sanctuary. If anyone is in need of a home visit or a hospital visit please call the office number. Plan to attend our Wednesday evening Candlelight Healing Service at 7:00pm. You need not be a member to receive Divine Healing.
Divine ~ Spiritual Healing is available on Psychic Saturdays in the Flexer Healing Chapel. Several Healers are available to you between the hours of 10:30 – 1:00.
Elective Healing Classes
We want to thank Rev. Lisa Johnson for teaching three elective classes during the month of June. Family Grief Counseling touched our hearts; learning about our Basic Needs was educational and mind blowing. Learning to Walk the Journey with Cancer Patients was heart centered and tender. Thank You Lisa!
This month Rev. Cyndy Mayer will be presenting three elective classes. Starting July 11th, she will teach Vortex Healing which will explore the magic of the vortex. Dolphins and Whales and how they teach us connection with Higher Intelligence on July 18th. The final class on July 25th is Sound Healing. Come and enjoy an evening of sound. ‘Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.’ Confucius.
All are Welcome to Attend the Elective classes!
During the summer, the Education Team will focus on developing a plan for educational programs and workshops for this fall and for 2018 in general.
The process for teaching at the Sarasota Center of Light begins with a proposal being submitted to the Ed Team. These proposals forms are available from Tina in the office.
When you have completed your proposal, please return them to the office and they will be put in the Education team’s box to be considered at our next meeting. Include your preference for dates and room location.
After your request has been reviewed, you will be notified when your proposal is approved. A member of the team will contact you to confirm a date and location. It is your responsibility to create a flyer for your class or workshop and submit it far enough in advance so that adequate publicity can be done.
Educational programs and classes are an extremely valuable part of the service that the Sarasota Center of Light offers to the community.
A Note from the Board
The Board continues to support fundraising opportunities for the Center.
We invite you to share any ideas or suggestions and welcome you to offer your time and energy in becoming more involved in your Center.
Please contact any board member for information about these opportunities. It is in becoming involved that we evolve.
Your 2017 Board of Directors
SUMMER BOOK CLUB
Our summer book selection is
‘I Come to the Garden’ –by Gerald O’Hara
Please join us on Sunday mornings!
Our group will meet in the Educational Center
on the following dates:
Sunday, July 16th, from 9:30-10:15am
Sunday, July 30th, from 9:30-10:15am
Sunday, August 13th, from 9:30-10:15am
Purchase Now! – ‘I Come to the Garden’
Centennial Tribute to Dorothy Flexer
Written by Gerald O’Hara
This wonderful new book portrays the origins and story of Sarasota Center of Light, now celebrating its 68th year in Sarasota and the inspiration of its visionary founders,
the Revs. Dorothy G. Flexer and Dr. Russell J. Flexer
Price $20 (includes sales tax) Available at the Center Office or after services in the Sanctuary
Hands of Light
Dear Members and Friends,
I would like to thank everyone who has helped Hands of Light in making past events and coffee hours enjoyable; your service, food/beverages and decorations, etc.
Our next FUN event will be our Annual Labor Day Picnic! Your Hands of Light team is already planning for your enjoyment.
So……if you would like join our team or just lend a HAND, please give me a call so I may add you to our HOL contact list.
You can reach our Hands of Light by contacting Laura Horn at; 941-567-5723
Hands Of Light
See this world as a free world and see everyone in it as trying – through their individual experience – to find their way back to that calling, back to that Source Energy. And even though there are billions of them going about it in a way that is different than you would choose, there’s no right or wrong way. In other words, bless them all and get on with the only thing you have any power about, which is opening or closing your vortex to your natural state of Well-Being.
The Group called Abraham, through Esther Hicks
July Healing Electives
Join Rev. Cyndy Mayer for the following classes:
Tuesday, July 11th, VORTEX HEALING
Tuesday, July 18th, DOLPHINS AND WHALES
Tuesday, July 25th, SOUND HEALING
7:30-9:00p.m. Flexer Healing Chapel, $15
ALL ARE WELCOME