A New Year Affirmative Prayer from Dr. Kenn Gordon, CSL Spiritual Leader

Posted December 19, 2015 By Center for Spiritual Living

A Statement by Dr. Kenn Gordon on the Paris Terrorist Attacks

Posted November 14, 2015 By Center for Spiritual Living

“Cease weeping over the mistakes of yesterday and steadfastly holding the face of the great and divine Reality, walk in that Light wherein there is no darkness.” ~ Dr. Ernest Holmes

With this magnificent quote, Dr. Ernest Holmes in the Science of Mind philosophy, dr kenn gordoncalls us to rise above our past and to envision a future that is filled with infinite possibility.

As we mourn the dead, once again, this time in Paris, we are pitched into sadness and even a sense of defeat. Humanity is at war with one another and we are hard pressed to see a way out. Yet, we are called to do just that.

We begin by honoring those who perished or were wounded in these attacks and their families, the first responders, and all others affected by these horrific acts.

Rather than re-hash what is usually said at times like this, let me speak to a greater future and a way forward. Of course we pray, but let us also act.

Let me call on everyone in our great organization to be truly of one mind in seeing the possibility of peace on our planet.

Let me call upon our ministers and practitioners to reach out to members of other faith traditions and to become spokespersons for peace, justice and harmony.

Let me call upon clergy in all faith traditions to speak out for peace – not to silence the oppressed, but to give them hope.

Let me call upon all those who comprise our news media to be attuned to the many efforts to seek harmony in this world, and not just to show carnage.

Let me call upon political leaders of all stripes to stop the discourse of partisanship and disharmony and to lead forcefully and directly toward a more peaceful planet.

Let me call upon those who take up arms against innocents in the name of their cause or deity to see a better way forward, and to be open to overtures of peace coming from within and beyond your own culture or faith tradition.

Finally, let me offer the services of our organization, the Centers for Spiritual Living, as impartial mediators to work with secular and religious parties anywhere to help bring resolutions to differences.

Let us each be willing to take the first step toward peaceful resolution. Let us be willing to truly listen to the grievances of the other and to open our hearts to a greater possibility, as our founder Ernest Holmes called us to do. Let us do what is best for our children and their children. Let us begin right now.
Dr. Kenn Gordon
Spiritual Leader, Centers for Spiritual Living

Message from Dr. Kenn Gordon

Posted May 1, 2015 By Center for Spiritual Living

On Tuesday, April 26, President Barack Obama addressed America and once again brought to light the underlying issues that have sparked unrest and riots in Baltimore. We were all reminded that it is time for society to ask, “What can we do to change those communities, to help lift up those communities and give those kids opportunity?” Until then we are not going to address the underlying issues. We must address the cause to make lasting change, not the effect. The current actions in Baltimore are continuing to uncover the layers of pain, neglect, and oppression still felt in America by our black sisters and black brothers. Baltimore is far from the only place where these underlying issues in our race relations have been neglected or ignored.

The President’s address resonates with our vision at Centers for Spiritual Living, of a world where personal responsibility joins with social conscience in every area of the political, corporate, academic, and social sectors. Unfortunately our societydr kenn gordon seems to continue to focus on the differences in people which correspondingly causes us to fear each other. We continue to vilify and demonize others for expressing their pain and sense of oppression. Every spiritual teacher and tradition reminds us that we have a responsibility toward the oppressed, the poor, the unfortunate, the sick, the lame, the elderly and our children.

This unrest, like the unrest in Ferguson, continues to bring serious and necessary questioning into the public zeitgeist about justice, equality and social conscience. It is worthy to note the number of similar incidents made public in the last 24 months, and as distressing as it is, it is also somewhat heartening. Heartening because we are being forced to wake up to the suffering and to question what the underlying issues are. Heartening also, in what is appearing obvious: that those oppressed and disempowered are finally refusing to sit passively while this continues. And as a result bringing into the public eye a question that has begged to be answered for decades if not centuries, “How can we respond in a way that is built on the realization that every life matters?” Until we learn to respond with love and peace to the pain and suffering of others, even when that pain and suffering is erupting in violence, we all suffer.

It is noteworthy to remember a case of oppressed people who resorted to violence and civil disobedience and looting, who became heroes and eventually the ruling class of a great nation – the colonists who began the American Revolution. Since then we have continued to hear terms like “thugs and punks,” as the protesters in Baltimore have been called, which is reminiscent of President Richard Nixon calling the peace protesters “thugs and punks” during the Vietnam war era, and we know how that turned out.

I do not believe that the many efforts to bring compassion, understanding, justice and peace to bear on this issue (the vast majority of which are not visible) are in vain. I believe that each incident awakens us to the realization that this is no longer an acceptable or tolerable way of seeing and dealing with each other. My hope for us is that we will take to heart President Obama’s call to deep soul searching, and that we will abandon any enemy-images we may have created in our minds, and join with the members and friends of Centers for Spiritual Living across our nation and our world in contemplating and working toward peace and justice for all.

Our founder, Dr. Ernest Holmes wrote, “It is quite a burden lifted when we realize that we do not have to move the world – it is going to move anyway. This realization does not lessen our duty or our social obligation. It clarifies it. It enables us to do joyously, and free from morbidity, that which we should do in the social state.”

Our teaching holds – there is only one, and it is comforting to know that we are not alone in this tenet:

“Every religion emphasizes human improvement, love, respect for others, sharing other people’s suffering. On these lines every religion has more or less the same viewpoint and the same goal.” Dalai Lama

“What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary.” Talmud, Shabbat 31a (Judaism)

“Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” Udana-Varga 5:18 (Buddhism)

“None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” Number 13 of Imam “Al-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths.” (Islam)

“Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” Tai Shang Kan Yin P’ien (Taoism)

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12 (Christianity)

It is times like these that call deeply to all persons of faith to practice what they believe. Dr. Holmes also wrote, “To desert the truth in the hour of need is to prove that we do not know the truth. When things look the worst, that is the supreme moment to demonstrate, to ourselves, that there are no obstructions to the operation of truth.” We are one, and I for one will not abandon this truth. What is occurring is the evolution of freedom, equality and peace and it is now up to us as individuals to recognize and empower it.

Dr. Kenn Gordon
Spiritual Leader
Centers for Spiritual Living

Guest Post: “Near-Death and You” book release

Posted February 25, 2015 By Center for Spiritual Living

Hello, I am very familiar with New Thought. I attended a New Thought church in Calgary, Alberta and am a Unitarian/Universalist chaplain.

Please help me celebrate the release of my book, below. And if you would send this on to others I would be most grateful. Here is the link:

Thank you,

Lynn Russell

Near-Death and You

The new book, “THE WONDER OF YOU: What the Near-Death Experience Tells You About Yourself” offers you insights into
your spiritual journey

Lynn Kathleen Russell has researched 2500 NDEs and now offers the reader insights she has gained.

Lynn K. Russell shares what she has learned through her extensive investigations of NDEs. Those who have returned from death frequently come back with vastly different ways of seeing the world, others, and themselves. They are more caring, gentle, and have a deeper sense of spirituality.

Russell was the primary researcher for Dr. Jeff Long MD for his book, Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences, and the owner of the website NDERF (Near Death Experience Research Foundation). Within the many cases she examined and discovered wonderful messages she wanted to share with others.

Through her research, Russell found these cases offered deeply hidden messages about the world, life and the paths we all travel. Her book will guide readers toward their own personal discoveries, and is designed for readers who are looking to understand their place in the world.

The Wonder of You: What the Near Death Experience Tells You About Yourself is available as a paperback or e-book through

About the Author:

Prior to researching with NDERF, Lynn Russell was a family counselor for over twenty-five years in Calgary, Alberta Canada.

What others are saying:

“THE WONDER OF YOU: WHAT THE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE TELLS YOU ABOUT YOURSELF” by Lynn Kathleen Russell. Ivey Enterprises, Lethbridge, Canada.

Lynn does something in this book nobody else has done. She shows you how near-death experiencers, in sharing what happened to them and what that meant to them, are actually describing the truth, the real truth, about each and every one of us. . . anywhere in the world! She gently and relentlessly, puts the full-brunt of the near-death experience in your lap, right where you live and love and have your being. Near-death states strip away the trappings of the mind, to reveal the substance of soul. Thank you, Lynn, for helping to awaken us.

P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D., near-death researcher since1978, investigating nearly 4,000 cases of adult and child experiencers. Latest findings in Dying to KnowYou: Proof of God in the Near-Death Experience.

“There are many books about near-death experience (NDE), but The Wonder of You: What the Near-Death Experience Tells You about Yourself is absolutely exceptional. Lynn Russell is a recognized NDE expert. She has researched over 1500 NDEs; more than anyone else in the world. This book is scholarly in its depth of understanding the NDE, but also is very clearly written and easy to read. With each turn of the page you will find a treasure trove of insights and inspiration. After reading this book you will understand the profound truth of what a wonder you truly are. This simple but powerful awareness could change your life.”

–Jeffery Long, MD, founder of the Near Death Experience Research Foundation
( and author of the New York Times bestselling Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experience.

Buy, beg or borrow a copy of THE WONDER OF YOU, What the Near-death Experiences Tell You About Yourself, by Lynn Russell. This book will help to make sense and tie together all the books and stories of others’ near-death experiences. Plus it will reveal what those experiences tell us about ourselves. Ms Russell describes her own life-changing spiritual experiences, and how, through them, she learned that there was no difference, no separation between her and all life forms on the planet—way before the term “oneness” was understood. Her background makes for a great foundation for this book; one I feel will become the new bible for NDErs. She did an extensive two-year research on NDEs with Dr. Jeff Long, M.D and his wife Jody Long, J.D., who later wrote EVIDENCE OF THE AFTERLIFE, The Science of Near-Death Experiences. She has studied over twenty-five hundred reports by people who experienced NDEs. Early on, she began to see a pattern that their experiences were deeper messages like buried treasures brought back from what we call death or the other side that were a legacy for all of us.

She relates some of these 2,500 stories, grouped by categories of their experiences. Although no two NDEs are alike, the similarities in what they experienced when they “died” are extraordinary. The incredible stories, and Ms. Russell’s way of weaving them together by topics, makes the book hard to put down. You will want to keep this book and make it a permanent part of your library, underline and mark it for future study. If you’re like me, you will experience a change in consciousness after reading The Wonder of You. I believe I will never look at death quite the same. The love of our Creator and the vast array of experiences awaiting our soul, when it’s ready to permanently exit the physical form, or experience its own NDE, is exciting to consider.

I LOVED this book. Kudos to Ms. Russell for excellent research and a job well done on a book that people of all ages will be helped and inspired by for decades. The Logos Center has pre-ordered 20 books—I’m sure we will place many more orders.

–Anne Puryear, Vice-President, The Logos Center, Scottsdale, Arizona
Author of Stephen Lives! My son Stephen, His Life, Suicide and Afterlife and Messages from God

Spiritual Practice: Keeping in the Word

Posted September 12, 2014 By Center for Spiritual Living

In today’s culture we are surrounded by negative messages and stories of violence. They Raylene Ewingblare at us from magazines, television, radio, and even in passing conversation. It seems like it’s impossible to get away from negative images and ideas.

The reality is news stories and magazine articles reflect with accuracy some of the experiences we have here on this earthly realm. War, crime and hardship are very real experiences for many people. But these are what we know of as “relative truth.” There is a higher Truth, sometimes called “Absolute Truth.” These are often simply distinguished as small-t truth and big-T Truth.

It’s important to spend time immersed in Truth. In the Christian tradition this is often referred to as keeping in the Word. For Christians, that means reading the Bible. For many Religious Scientists, however, we find Truth in other books as well. I have had the privilege of speaking with many of you personally, and I know that 365 Days of Richer Living is a favorite. Many of you have already made a commitment to starting your day with a reading of Truth.

It isn’t always easy to find a book that resonates with us individually. Some people find the Bible baffling but the Tao delightful. I’ve been a fan of Ernest Holmes (or, Uncle Ernie, as I usually refer to him in conversation) for many years. I’ll admit I found him a bit hard to digest at first, but now I’m a die-hard fan of his work.

I would like to invite each one of you to visit the Science of Mind Archives. ( This archive of more than 12,000 volumes of new and rare metaphysical books is a treasure trove of Truth! There are more than 150 volumes of spiritual texts that are available free. You can find the published and unpublished works of Ernest Holmes and other spiritual writers.

Spend time in Truth each day. Allow the spiritual masters to guide you on your way every morning. Find a book that resonates with you in a deep and meaningful way, and allow it to speak to your heart before you step out to face the world and its small-t truths. Find the solace and strength to be “in the world but not of it,” by keeping in the Word.

Rejoice and be glad!
Raylene Ewing, RScP

NOTE:  Raylene Ewing resigned her position as a member of the LC prayer team at the end of 2015!

Letter from Raylene – April 2014

Posted April 7, 2014 By Center for Spiritual Living

Matthew 18:20 ~ For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.

Dear Ones,

Prayer is a powerful tool for shifting our consciousness. Group prayer seems to intensify this dynamic. Here at Center for Spiritual Living Lewis and Clark Valley, you have a prayer team dedicated to holding your prayer requests in the highest consciousness of Truth and the most profound confidence. It is our privilege to know your highest Good no matter how things appear.

I invite you to consider how you might utilize the Ministry of Prayer as an adjunct to your own prayer practice. There are several ways you can use the Ministry of Prayer:
• You can put a card in the prayer request box
• Send a prayer request to be added to the Ministry of Prayer conducted Monday nights
• Send a prayer request to be prayed on by me in my private prayer time
• Request that I call and pray with you on the phone

It is my delight to support this community, and every member of this community, in prayer in whatever way is most meaningful to you. The prayer team is available to pray for you, the church, the Board of Trustees and every committee and undertaking of the church. You are powerful, magnificent Lights of God! It is truly a joy to join my consciousness with yours in this deep and wondrous experience of prayer. I am grateful for every opportunity you present me to prayer for and with you.

With the departure of Rev. David, I’m sure there are lots of transitions and transcendence that are taking place. I and Magi Nock have made a commitment to remain with Center for Spiritual Living Lewis and Clark Valley for six months: that’s 26 Ministry of Prayer sessions! We have taken this on because we believe in CSL LCV and in you! We love praying for you! Thank you for the opportunity to give in service.

Raylene Ewing, RScP


NOTE:  Raylene Ewing resigned her position as a member of the LC prayer team at the end of 2015!

Forgiveness – March 2014

Posted March 4, 2014 By Center for Spiritual Living

In our philosophy, we are fond of quoting Jesus as having said, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”i This concept of “pray believing” is the cornerstone of spiritual mind treatment. We know that healing happens in consciousness. Anyone who undertakes the Practitioner path spends many years cultivating a consciousness that allows us to pray believing. But Jesus’ instruction in how to pray does not end there. He goes on to say, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your father in heaven may forgive your sins.”ii

There are two things of note in this instruction. The first is that we must forgive, and the second is that by forgiving others we experience forgiveness ourselves. Jesus is very clear: release your grudges against other people, and the weight of any self-condemnation will be lifted from you.

What does this have to do with prayer? Everything! Ernest Holmes said our very attitudes become prayers. If we are harboring an attitude of self-condemnation—if that is what we truly believe—then the prayer of our heart is actually a prayer of smallness and lack, regardless of what our lips utter.

Forgiveness has nothing to do with justice or trust. Forgiveness does not mean that we permit or pardon abuse of ourselves or others. Forgiveness is a spiritual practice we do for ourselves so that we can know our own divine nature, and experience Heaven on earth. Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves.

This month, when you pray, ask Spirit to reveal to you any resentments you are harboring, no matter how small. Then take a moment to invite forgiveness to replace resentment. Forgiveness can happen in a moment, but getting there is a process, not a single event. Partner with your heavenly father (the sacred masculine) in this journey of heart. The result will be a spiritual liberation like no other you have experienced.

Raylene Ewing

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Love – February 2014

Posted February 7, 2014 By Center for Spiritual Living

I love metaphysics. It’s orderly, logical, explainable and predictable. Anyone who knows me knows I’m pedantic and risk-averse. When I decided to use Science of Mind as my spiritual vehicle, I did so because the metaphysical aspect of it made so much sense to me.It gave me a sense of control and choice. But as I have matured along this path, I’ve discovered that metaphysics only takes me so far.

Ernest Holmes writes of the Love and the Law. Recently on the Practitioner discussion board, there was a long thread on how Holmes’ view of the Love and the Law changed as he grew. In his final interview, Holmes said, “There is a possibility of losing the Presence in the practice of the Principle. In the metaphysical field where they practice the Principle without the Presence, something freezes up….” Holmes recognized that without practicing the Presence, without practicing Love, we deprive ourselves of something precious and holy.

This month, as we celebrate romantic love, let us also consider the higher Love that is in operation around us. It’s easy to buy flowers and chocolates for someone we like, but how do we practice Love with someone we don’t really care for—someone we might even find highly irritating? Start by recognizing that you are feeling annoyed or uncomfortable. This is your cue to begin a very simple spiritual exercise.

If there truly is only One Life, then that Life is expressed as every person you encounter, including people who get your goat. No one can be against you; they can only be here for your highest Good. Even (or perhaps especially) an annoying person can only be here for your expansion in consciousness. Marcia Sutton would say they have come to show you an aspect of yourself which you have yet to love.

So bless them! In the stillness of your heart, think, “I accept you,” on the in breath, and, “I bless you,” on the out breath. Do it at least ten times in a row. You can even do it while you’re in conversation with people. It’s a simple spiritual practice that can bring profound shifts in your life. Truly make this month the Month of Love!

Raylene Ewing

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Sunday, Feb. 2nd Talk – A High Holy Day

Posted February 4, 2014 By Center for Spiritual Living

We celebrate the ground hog and look at shadows in this talk.  It must have lightened things up, because the Seahawks won the Super Bowl that evening.  To listen, click here: 2.2.14 – A High Holy Day


Sunday Talk – 1.26.14 – Make It Real!

Posted January 29, 2014 By Center for Spiritual Living

To listen to Rev. David’s follow up talk to last Sunday’s Have a Dream, titled Make It Real!, click here: 1.26.14 – Make It Real

Rev. David Robinson

Rev. David Robinson