I walked into the kitchen after having a nap. My husband Blake was there. I started up a conversation, but he was ignoring me.
“What the heck?! … OH! I am in a DREAM!!”
“Shoot! Okay… NOW I am awake.…” I walk into the kitchen to tell Blake all about it, but, again, he isn’t listening… “DANG!” ”Okay, Jill… wake up for REAL… you have done this before!” I am so tired and sleepy, but, I think, “if I just roll off the couch and crawl… that very act will help me to wake up”. I make it to the floor and start creeping along…. ”DANG AGAIN! I am STILL ASLEEP!!”
Now I am worried. I can’t seem to wake myself up. ”I know! …. If Blake just comes into the room and wiggles me….” I call out, “BLAKE! BLAKE!”. ”SHOOT! He can’t hear me”.
Then, I hear my friend, Yvonne, vacuuming… “YVONNE!” ”Ugh”… nothing. Now louder, “YVONNE!!!”
“OMG… neither of them can hear me. I am STUCK asleep! I want to wake up!” I try again and, just like that, POP! Something shifts and I wake up, for real. I leap up and run through the house to find Blake.
I had been trapped in a repeating loop of a ‘false awakening’ dream. These are vivid and realistic experiences that can happen repeatedly in a single REM cycle. When they happen, it can feel as though you’re really stuck. This experience was so real for me, it got me thinking… “Where in my life am I still asleep? Where am I REALLY stuck?”
Ernest Holmes, an American New Thought writer, teacher and leader, said the following, “Now it is high time to awake out of sleep. "The belief in a life apart from Good is a dream from which we must awake if we are to taste the waters of Reality, which flow from the Source of Life. "As one awakes from a nightmare, so the mentality awakes from the dream of limitation, separation…. to a realization of Omnipotent Good everywhere. We cast off the works of darkness when we realize that Life challenges, the things we fear, are not an entity, but a fraud. "The armour, the antidote to fear, is Truth, Light, Peace, Love… the very knowing of which makes us free. "This awakening is a process of evolution, a little here and a little there, until the whole eye is opened and we see that Life is neither separate from the Infinite Universal Intelligence nor different from Good. Life IS Good and is the only power there is.”
Here’s how it works: Have you ever noticed, after buying a particular model of car or brand of clothing, that you suddenly see that thing everywhere? This is a Law of the Universe... what you focus on expands! Another key New Thought teacher, Emma Curtis Hopkins, insisted that we cannot have experiences of Goodness until we LOOK for goodness. Fear and separation are figments of the imagination. They are stories we dream up. WAKE UP! There is a Power in back of everything that knows nothing of imitation. Look out toward a greater idea of Life. Fix your eyes there, on the Infinite Universal Presence. To ‘awaken’ oneself is to be healed and made prosperous, happy and satisfied; to be whole, to be complete, as we were intended to be.
The Universe in you is already perfection and completion, happiness and satisfaction. When we think of ourselves and our life in this way, when we wake up out of our slumber, when we free our minds from limitation and separation and wake up to the Truth, then Peace rules every moment. Try it.
PRACTICE THE PRESENCE: Meditation (In Person - Outside)
Sunday mornings from 11:00 am - Noon PT An hour of guided meditation and a unique form of non-linear, yogic "dialogue" sharing, in inspiring locations that change each week. NEWCOMERS WELCOME. NO EXPERIENCE OR SPECIAL EQUIPMENT NECESSARY. Dress for the weather in a way that will be comfortable for you, and bring something to sit on, if you like. Taking place this week, Oct. 10, via the 1st driveway on the right after Haig-Brown House (2250 Campbell River Road), Campbell River, BC V9W 4N7. CLICK HERE to link to our website events page
SO YOU THINK YOU’RE A RIVERITE… : (NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!)
A fun fitness event be completed anytime over the weekend of October 9th - 11th
ENTRIES ARE WELCOME ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF MONDAY THE 11TH! IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO GET YOURSELF OR YOUR TEAM IN ON THE ACTION!
This is a 3 Part Race, with 7 intervals, that includes Biking, Running and Paddling... but in ways that are not what you might expect.... (Here is a YouTube link of Jill going through the course: YouTube https://youtu.be/eJGJqzhXhK4)
Prizes to be won for the usual categories, and lots of other playful ones as well! (Many thanks to the suppliers who have donated prizes so far: Pedal Your World, Sweet Balance Massage, Primal Athletics, Jim Swift Art, Healthy Way Foods, Valhalla Outfitters, Home Brew Factory Boutique, Swicked Cycles, Strathcona Gardens Rec, CR Garden Centre… and many more! We appreciate their generous community spirit immensely! Shop local!!)
TO REGISTER: Go to our website calendar (www.theCentreCR.org) and click on this event to fill in the online form. (BE SURE TO INCLUDE your email, address and phone number). The entry fee can be paid using donate button on website, or via e-transfer to our admin email (see link on next line). Join individually, or as a team!
You can contact the office, if you’d like more information. (Open Sundays to Thursdays)
WYRD WOODLANDS: A FANTASTICAL FOREST EXPERIENCE
Saturday Oct. 30th, from 78:00 pm - 8:00 pm PT (In Person)
A strange and wondrous journey that you don’t want to miss - in the forest, after dark. Come and take part in the fantastical sounds, sights and performances on this dancing/walking tour.
Taking place in the Beaver Lodge Lands. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required to save your spot and reserve a headset. Minimum $25 per person donation requested, with all proceeds going to charity.
CLICK HERE to link to our website events page for registration or donation (or e-transfer to email@example.com). Please make a note of what your payment is for.
TRANSFORM Your Experience… PRACTICE
~ Where in your life have you held onto a bigger idea, been determined to drop a story of limitation, and busted out of an experience you thought was insurmountable, only to succeed and find new freedom? (We have all had this experience, one way or another). ~ Look to areas in your life where you feel afraid. These are areas of slumber to TRUTH. How can you shift these experiences into something new? ~ Use a journal to affirm your Good (and you shall have it). Order from the Universe exactly what you desire. Begin with the words, “Give to me…” Don’t hold back, go for the gold.
TRANSFORM Your Experience… ASK A PRACTITIONER
Dear Practitioner: “Something I wrote was totally misinterpreted by a recipient. Now they are offended and talking to other people about it behind my back. What can I do?” Answer: (We have moved Ask a Practitioner to a video format. Please check out our video with this week’s response on the Centre’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter feeds). CLICK HERE to link to the video on Facebook. We now also have episodes up on our YouTube Channel - please head over there to like, share and subscribe! Click Link We welcome any questions you might like to submit for this segment, and, for extra uplift, a reminder that we offer free affirmations upon on request, through our Practitioner email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (We also offer one-on-one sessions for anyone who would like a more targeted support or coaching).
TRANSFORM Your Experience… SERVICE:
Volunteer: We are always in need of volunteers for this and that, and we are grateful to each and every one of you!! This week we’d like to thank Mary Lou and Yvonne for their cheerful presence in greeting folks and letting them know about The Centre at our booth at LIFT Fest on the 25th! Also our October Auction went live on the 25th! Yvonne will be out and about around town with her little table selling tickets in various places the weeks to come. Look for her at Discovery Foods in Willow Point on Friday afternoon this week! (There are beautiful prizes to be won… so why not spread the word to friends and family… purchase a bunch of tickets and help charity, while getting yourself in line for a chance at some awesome holiday presents at the same time!) We’re planning lots more activities, always being creative about how to still offer uplifting programming, even with provincial restrictions in place. So, if you have any special skills you think might be of use, we’d love to hear about them! Simply contact the office (email@example.com). We’ll point you in the right direction. (NEXT UP: “Wyrd Woodland”… we may need some help with that. Contact Collette).
Bright Ideas: How about some fun activity ideas? Got any of those that you’d like to share? Once again, our office is the best first point of contact: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Get Social: We invite you to follow us on social media. Go ahead and share and comment on any of our posts that you enjoy, too! #TheCentreCR, #GetCentred and #UpliftLife. Please also check us out and subscribe to our Youtube Channel! Click here to visit.
TRANSFORM Your Experience… ABUNDANCE IN ACTION
Charitable Giving: The Centre is a registered charity that is wholly sustained through the generosity of folks like you. Thank you! Your contributions mean that, even in the times we are in, we are still able to offer classes, events and individual support, and continue our practice of giving to other charities in need within our community as well. (For any donation of $25 or more, you will be issued a tax receipt, but every bit of generosity helps, no matter the amount or the form it comes in). CLICK HERE TO DONATE Reminder, too, that a Thrifty’s SMILE card can be used to donate to the Centre, as well as the empties you take to the Recycling Depot!
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