Sunday Service Topics at Scottsdale Center for Spiritual Living
2019 Theme: Practicing the Presence
March Topic: The Mystics of March
For the month of March we are going on an exploration of the mystical. A mystic is said to be a person who seeks by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain unity with the Absolute, or who believes in the spiritual apprehension of truths that are beyond the intellect. Are you someone who is committed to the search for deeper contact with the Divine?
I believe we are all called to the mystical path, trying to find God or meaning in a deeper way, some answer the call, many do not. I believe we all search in our own way.
This month we will explore some of my favorite mystics and mystical teachings including The Science of Mind, Christ Consciousness, Zen Buddhism, Emma Curtis Hopkins and Emerson.
Sunday, March 3rd: Are You a Mystic?
If a man would travel far along the mystic road, he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness, passively and yet with all his heart and mind and strength -- Aldous Huxley. To be a mystic is to differentiate between a belief in God and experience of God. As the above quote suggests, the mystical path is in stillness. We will explore what the Science of Mind says about the Mystics and the everyday mystical that surrounds us.
Music by Point of Light
Sunday, March 10th: Christ Consciousness and the Mystical Teaching of Jesus
In the study of the Science of Mind, we learn of the Christ Consciousness, meaning “enlightened or filled and enlightened with the power and presence of God.” One who demonstrated this enlightenment through his teaching and healing ministry is Jesus of Nazareth. We will explore the Christ Consciousness he demonstrated and seek to understand its mystical teachings and see if it applies for us today.
Music by Les Koel
Sunday, March 17th: Emma Curtis Hopkins, Mystical Teacher of Teachers
Emma Curtis Hopkins is known in New Thought as the Teacher of Teachers because her original students experienced such powerful transformation of consciousness with her they went out and changed the world through the founding of Divine Science, Religious Science, Unity and more. Her mystical teaching shows us a way to step ‘through the veil’ to a deeper spiritual understanding of Principle and of our self; it arouses the hidden creative genius within allowing us to recognize our own inherent divinity.
Music by Sally Jo Bannow
Sunday, March 24th: Zen & Now
Join Guest Speaker, Lori Frisbie, RScP for her exploration of the eastern philosophy that began with a spiritual walk-about and long rest under a Bodhi tree as she delves into Zen Buddhism. According to Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.
Music by The JaJa’s
Sunday, March 31st: Transcendent Emerson
The simple idea behind Transcendentalism is that people, men and women equally, have knowledge about themselves and the world around them that "transcends" or goes beyond what they can see, hear, taste, touch or feel. Understanding this we can see why Emerson was such a large influence on Ernest Holmes early thinking and creation of The Science of Mind. We will wrap up our Mystical March with a dive into the teachings of Emerson.
Music by Jennifer Sheets