Summer is the ideal time to pull out our favorite reading as well as to explore books that have been on the “must read” list but which we haven’t yet opened. Last August, we took highlights from four different books that had been on Rev. Michele’s summer reading list and had such a grand adventure with that, we thought we would do it again this August. This time, however, we will take a bit of a deeper dive in the books, so we will just look at two that have been on her reading list for quite some time. They are “Living Big” by Pam Grout and “The Universe Has Your Back” by Gabrielle Bernstein. Be sure to be with us each Sunday as we twist and turn our way through these impactful summer reads.
August 6 – “What Does It Mean to Live Big?”Special Music by Gail Clay
In “Living Big,” Pam Grout writes: Living Big isn’t about making lots of money or having a Texas-sized house. It’s about having an intoxicating vision, about daring to look at the miracle of life without shrinking back. Living Big means having the nerve to find your own drum beat, sing your own song.” Today we bring that concept into our individual, personal lives as we think big, imagine big and play big!
August 13 – “More Big Living”Special Music by Darius Lux
As we continue exploring Pam Grout’s book “Living Big,” today we bless big, give big and love big, realizing that, as we do, we expand more fully into who we came here to be and leap into a most extraordinary life.
August 20 – “Universal Truths”Special Music by Jennifer Sheets
In “The Universe Has Your Back,” Gabrielle Bernstein lays out a variety of Universal Truths that won’t be any surprise to us, but that she presents in some unique ways. The Universal Truths we will explore today are: “You are Always Being Guided Even When It Doesn’t Feel Like It” and “The Universe Works Fast When You’re Having Fun.” So, come today and be deeply guided while having a bit of fun in the process! P.S. These Universal Truths also help us Live Big!
August 27 – “More Universe Truths”Special Music by Point of Light
Staying with “The Universe Has Your Back,” today we dig into two more Universal Truths: “Obstacles are Detours in the Right Direction” and “The Universe Speaks in Mysterious Ways.“ Embodying these two Universal Truths will move us to a great place of trusting Life regardless of what may be going on in our lives and, of course, to Living Big!
The summer brings with it many traditions: 4th of July barbeques, swim parties, get-away vacations or stay-cations, summer camp for the kids and finding mid-afternoon comfort in a cool movie theater, just to name a few. What if, within these summer traditions, we were to find some wisdom for living a life of joy and happiness that comes from having a deep spiritual connection? Well, this month we will do just that! So come stay cool at Creative Living as we cull some summer wisdom out of our summer traditions.
July 2 - "The Watermelon Credo – Slice 1"Special Music by Pam Morita
Biting into a juicy, cold slice of watermelon on the 4th of July (and throughout the hot months) is certainly a refreshing summer tradition. Wally Amos, otherwise known as “Famous Amos” the cookie guru, found great wisdom in that tradition and wrote about it in an engaging book, The Watermelon Credo. In this book, he sets forth a Credo for living, which we will explore over the next three weeks. This Credo finds some powerful wisdom in a beloved summer tradition.
July 9 -" The Watermelon Credo – Slice 2”Special Music by The JaJa’s
Today, we take another slice of wisdom from the Watermelon Credo and find several empowering ideas that serve us in creating deep connections with ourselves, with Source and with others.
July 16 – “The Watermelon Credo – Slice 3”Special Music by Jami Lula
We take our final look at the Watermelon Credo with some more juicy thoughts and wise concepts.
July 23 – “Allow Yourself to Allow”with Guest Speaker Rev. Sherry F. McCreary and Special Music by Sisters in Spirit
During these "lazy" (hot!) days of summer, learning to surrender to what is and let go of those things that don't serve can be a powerful process. Join Rev. Sherry as we explore the wisdom in that process and in letting go of doing and allowing ourselves to simply be. It is in this place of openness that Spirit works Its magic and reveals Itself in our lives as Love, Peace, Creativity, Joy, and all of Its Gifts.
July 30 – “Take the Plunge”with Guest Speaker Rev. Sandra Hopper and Special Music by Gary Lynn Floyd
Swimming, rafting and other water sports are certainly summer traditions. And in order to engage in any of them, we have to take a plunge of some sort! So it is in our spiritual life. We sometimes need to take the plunge of letting go of the old to bring in the new. Join Rev. Sandra today and take the plunge together!