Springing into Action!

 

Greetings,

We hope that March has been an exciting month for you thus far.

Our year started with a few changes to our team, which has caused us to rethink our vision for ICL and prompted us to seek out supporters who truly understand our mission and vision. Throughout this process, we’ve had the opportunities to meet many people in our conversational interview process. These experiences, has brought us to one thought that “There are so many who are willing to shine their lights to help to heal this our human planet.”

In the coming weeks it is our desire share with you the new members of our summer intern programs, and that of our part-time senior minister/lecturer who will assume this role currently held by Rev. Charlotte. This change will allow Charlotte global opportunities to provide vital research and program development in multifaith resilience and community initiatives, while mentoring other Light Leaders in Colorado and the world.

As you can see, our year has started off wonderfully with much discernment as we continue our planned programming efforts.

Here are some highlights:

  1. Our multifaith sacred circles continue on a monthly bases until we have a part-time minister and lecturer in place to resume the bi-weekly to weekly circle offerings.
  2. We’ve offered many programs and trainings through our International Light Leaders learning forum.
  3. As an extension to our Cognitive Care team, we’ve invited two partners to our circle of healers; Rachel Parsons and D. Feketa. These two individuals work independently as an extension to spiritual and life development growth. To learn more about who they are, please follow this link.
  4. We continue to work with our serving Director of Holistic Care, Melissa Ravenstar in her effort to provide alternative healing modalities grounded in the ancient traditions of many spiritual frameworks.
  5. We carry on in building our educational platform, through the creation of our Spiritual Directorship Certification program being offered this Autumn, 2018. If this is of interest to you, please join our free informational call on March 22nd, 2018 at 7pm MST. You an access the link here.
  6. Our desire to obtain accreditation for forthcoming programs and classes has never left us as we remain in motivation to seek out ways to make this process as seamless as possible.

These highlights have simply been our primary focus for the last 3 months. As we move into April, we encourage you to visit our calendar to know about other interesting forthcoming programs and initiatives.  They are created and offered to you as areas of connection, learning, and healing.

We hope that you can participate in any of our upcoming programs, whether they are at our brick and mortar location, technology driven, or socially. If you’d like to know more interesting aspects of our work, please contact us or consider joining our monthly newsletter audience.

We wish you infinite blessings on your journey.

Be well,

The ICL Team

A Quick February Hello!

 

Now that you have set your resolutions for 2018, and sticking to them 🙂 we thought we’d say hello, and express how much we appreciate your presence in our growing circle. Since we last touched base, we’ve added several highlights to our programs:

Firstly, we’ve moved our Multifaith Sacred Community Circle to the second Saturday of each month. Until we have a part-time minister in place, we felt that this was the only way we could continue to build on our programs for 2018.

In addition, we are settling nicely into our new shared multicultural space, hosted by Mountain View United Church, where we partner with several organizations such as the Rocky Mountain Welcome Center, the African Leadership Group, and Focus Points. As a team, it is our sincere goal to serve humanity through multifaith platforms, leadership and language classes, peace initiatives, and much more.

Furthermore, we have invited Melissa Ravenstar to step in to guide us through our holistic care modalities. Melissa is a Shamanic practitioner and reiki healer. We are very grateful to have her in our corner.

And…finally, we are in the last stages of completing our online learning management system (LMS) to offer our classes and programs globally, as well as our multicultural center.

Whew! We have much going on as you can see. Despite this, we want you to know that you matter. If we can assist you in anyway, please reach out. Through some of our programs and those of our friends and partners, it is our hope that we can support you as best we know how.

Enjoy this month,

Sincerely,

The ICL Team!

Gracing the Season

Greetings,
 
Some may say that this is absolutely the most wonderful time of the year, while a majority may think differently based on simplistic beliefs, spiritual traditions, family dynamics, and the hustle and bustle the season often brings. Here at the Interfaith Center of Light (ICL), garnering our own unique take, we acknowledge that there is yet still a spiritual hierarchy that offers us Light during times of darkness and releases harmony as a beautiful expression of communal bond. This Light cuddles all things. It is sunshine, as it is represented in the candle we consistently move toward in times of trouble.In these parts of Colorado, on this chilly day, we wait for sunshine to appear once again. At this moment, we are likewise reminded of the spiritual warmth light brings. We know beneath the clouds the sun is there, which initiatives the thought that we must always acknowledge and fully experience that internal Divine illumination so easily given. To declare this, entails a form of transitional awakening requiring attention and deep reflection. As constant support, it  should never be overlooked, and can often be blinded by our need to control all things in our lives. There is wisdom in self-reflection, as there is intellect in occasionally keeping quiet, to just go with the flow. 
Pablo Neruda in his beautiful poem Keeping Quiet speaks of such things. Through his poetry, he continues to remind us of the importance of living fully, in the context of stopping, in order to thrive.  His poem is shared here:
Keeping Quiet

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.

For once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Fisherman in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would not look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.

If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.

Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.

Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.

Life’s gifts exist in every day. This season, celebrate the Light-Power within you. Cherish it, listen to it, and allow it to guide you. Be a Light for others in need. Be kind, compassionate, and harmonious, for these may be the only gifts desired by some. Allow yourself time to be still, to keep quiet. You will be amazed by the personal treasures this gentle spiritual practice can bring.

On behalf of the ICL/CO team, we thank you for your support throughout the years. Happy Holidays and much prosperity in the coming New Year. May you find your way home…back to yourself, right where you belong.

If we can assist you at all, please reach out. To learn more about everyday programs, please view our calendar.

Live with love, Live in Peace!

ICL

Actionable Change

 

Collectively, the month of September often bring us significant ecological changes. The weather starts to cool down and plants and trees begin their time of rest. Leaves turn to brilliant colors that enliven and awaken our spirits to the beauty they hold. Yes, this time of the year prepares us for what is to come as we await the core visible components of noteworthy change that are both external and even internal.

As our review of this remarkable time of the year become clear, we understand that September is most definitely a time for introspection and preparedness. Elements of Hallow’s Eve and Spiritual Celebrations are often in every space we turn. And, depending on our beliefs, indeed, the dramatic inflow of such elements can become overwhelming for some more than others.

Importantly though, what changes are you hoping to see in yourself during this preponderance of external alterations? We all know that change from all angles can be difficult to adhere to. Yet, there is always the mantra that “Change is Good”. But what is it good for? This is the question we must ask before embarking on a pathway of internal modification. Good as an adjustable direction when produced through interior change, may touch numerous aspects of our lives. It can be made manifest through our compassion for others or even through “actionable” steps toward healing self and in assisting those who share our everyday places.

There are many self-assumed descriptors that people who declare to be “change agents” use.  However, even those in this line of work, must step back and consider the deviations within their personal being needing to be realized.  No one is perfect, we are in this thing together!  As a starting point, accept this as your truth and prepare to apply contemplative and actionable methods in the direction of achievement.

As Kahlil Gibran wrote so long ago “Accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.”  Protect your heart while nurturing your fields. Exercise your right to quietude during this time of granular personal perception, and share your thoughts with your supportive squad.

The big factor in the process is coming to the realization that Good requires a momentous turning point in times of chaos.  Yet, Love remains in the chaos and will assist you in crowning your verity. Breathe, embrace silence, and take action toward your upward good.

If we can assist you in the process, please reach out.

Rev. O.

 

Our Humanistic Lens

How we think…

“Peace among religions is a precondition for world peace. But religions, as religions, can
never be at peace with each other. To enable religions to be instruments for peace we
need to enable, first, religious communities to progress from religion to spirituality. For
the world order to be one of peace and justice, for the global village to be a theater of
right livelihood, it is imperative that a new and proactive spiritual vision commensurate
to the challenges of the emerging world order be enunciated without delay. The challenge
is to make “right livelihood” a universal goal. Recognizing this value in a symbolic way
through an award like this is a significant step in the right direction. This is not, however,
our journey’s end. We must not rest until right livelihood is within reach of every human
being upon this earth we love and cherish. We all have a role to play in achieving this
goal.”
— Swami Agnivesh

What do you believe?

The Awakened Equinox

The unusual warm days in Colorado has placed some friends in a spring fever kind of mood. It is contagious as it is welcoming. I especially appreciate conversations that are historical in nature based on childhood experiences and how some of those same experiences are incorporated into present lives through the events of our children.

For many, current happenings have led us into deep reflection and a bit of concern. Yet, we know that despite setbacks, we can move forward. The spring equinox is a perfect place to start as we seek out simpler and more enriching lives; for ourselves, those in our circles, and those we continue to serve.

It is my belief that it is through our own knowledge, skills, and awareness that we can dismantle tribal divisions that separate and harm. Within this framework, ICL continues to offer classes and programs that can break down walls of misunderstandings, hate, and untruths.

Spring is truly a time of awakening, so let’s take advantage of the many facets of its veracity. This season, whether you are motivated to take a class with us, plant seeds, connect more with those who know your roots or simply just be still and wait for answers; know that we support you in whatever path you take. All we asked is that you do so with kindness and generosity, while acknowledging each person you meet as truly an element of universal presence. Consistent work on these minimal things can offer us such satisfying medicine to our souls.

Rev. O

 

Language-based thoughts and our consciousness



 

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Painted blue watercolor background.

Numerous empirical research have found that our thoughts themselves, can become our reality. This stems from the thalamus located in our brains. This muscle picks up messages from our external life and brings the information to our internal mind-space, which we believe interconnects with the body. According to Newberg and Waldman (2012), our imaginations are also connected to the thalamus where this information is stored. The thalamus holds no bias and treats each information the same. Newberg and Waldman likewise shared that “…language-based thoughts shape our consciousness” (p.57). Subsequently, what language will you choose today?

Source: Newberg, A. & Waldman, M.R. (2012). Words can change your brain. New York, NY: Penguin Group.

Positivity! A strong influence on achieving goals.



Greetings on this very warm Monday!

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The four stages of learning any skill developed at the Gordon Training Center speaks of four competences that exist in each person. The one that we find the most profound is “conscious skill”. It is our thought that positivity resides in every person, despite relationships, everyday environments, biological factors, and learned thoughts. Yet, in some cases it may be harder to be positive in certain situations, even though it still resides deeply inside each of us. For this reason we wanted to say we see the light in you…despite all of it. So…(photo card). ‪#‎Beyourbest‬ ‪#‎thinkpositive‬‪#‎Denver‬ ‪#‎Nashville‬ ‪#‎interfaith‬ ‪#‎education‬
Read more about the four stages of learning below.
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