Dear Ones,

Wow! Happy May! We are about to embark on a new chapter in the spiritual life of Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living or our “Jewel by the Sea” as we lovingly call our Center.
As I am writing this article the candidating process is still in the midst of unfoldment. What I do know through this process is that all is in Divine Order. At the very midst of all is God, the Divine.

New chapters are unfolding not only for our Center but for many of us individually as well. How do we step up and out in faith? Do we? If not what keeps us from doing so? I believe it is fear – fear of the unknown, fear of commitment, fear of making a “wrong choice”, and feel free to add your own thoughts and comments to this list if you wish.

Life has a way of pushing us forward. Ernest Holmes believed that we continue to evolve and one of my favorite Holmes’s quotes is “Never limit your view of life by any past experience.” Sometimes life is gentle in her nudging, other times she gets a little more intense with her “encouraging”. Whatever brought us to this moment in life bless it, give thanks for it, and remember that the best is yet to come. I am grateful for every experience (maybe not in the moment but eventually through spiritual practice I get there) I have had in my life and look
forward with anticipation for what is next in it’s unfoldment. Regardless if I label past or current experiences “good, bad, joyful, peaceful, scary…” they are neutral until I define them for me. Each is a rite of passage in its own right. Speaking of a right of passage, I am excited to have the opportunity to speak at our beloved Jewel by the Sea this month. It will be my first Sunday morning message at SBCSL. Not my first Sunday morning message but the first one at my spiritual community. I am very, very grateful for this opportunity. Thank you!

I came across this quote from Germany Kent, “Preparation time is necessary for your growth. Trust and believe everything you’re going through is preparing you for some request you put out into the Universe.” As we prepare to take our next step as a spiritual community I encourage each of us to step up and out in faith in our individual lives too. Answer the call to something bigger that is calling Itself forth from within you. Maybe it is a dream, a passion, an adventure, new career path, a deeper love, or…

New beginnings are unfolding, what an exciting time to be a part of our Jewel by the Sea…

With Love and Gratitude,

Rev Donna