Subject: CSA July 2020 Newsletter

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CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL AWARENESS
Founded in 1972 by Roy Eugene Davis
JULY 2020 NEWSLETTER

An Enlivening Power is Nurturing the Universe and We Can Learn to Cooperate with It.
– Roy Eugene Davis


WISE USE OF MIND AND BODY

 Some causes of discomfort or illness over which we have conscious control are: mental conflicts and psychological disturbances; excessive use of the senses and of the body; insufficient use of the senses and of the body; misuse of mental abilities, the senses, the body, and knowledge; and environmental factors.

We can learn by practice to be mentally calm, rational, and emotionally settled. We can manage stress and avoid exhausting the physical systems. We can learn to wisely use our senses. We can choose a sensible wellness program to strengthen and enliven the body. We can choose to use the knowledge we have and acquire more by study, observation, and experience. We can choose wholesome, supportive environmental conditions and learn to adapt to seasonal changes.

Even conditions which may have a genetic basis or which were caused by accidents can be addressed and often resolved. It is essential to understand that, as spiritual beings, we can implement intentional, causative influences which can change psychological, physical, and environmental circumstances. At the level of soul awareness there is nothing that needs to be healed. At this level we are ever serene and whole. Established in soul awareness, we can do practical things to cause desirable adjustments in the outer realm.

Cultivation of spiritual awareness is important because it impels thoughts and actions to be constructive, directly and beneficially influences the mind and body, and attracts supportive circumstances. Alert attention should also be directed to cultivating healthy psychological states and attending to the needs of the body. Preoccupation with psychological states and physical conditions, however, that results in self-centeredness is just as unwise as neglect. Perceive your mind for what it is: a creative medium with which to interact with outer and inner realities. Perceive your body for what it is: a vehicle through which to express and experience life. Avoid thinking of yourself as a mind or as a body; you are superior to both. 

– Roy Eugene Davis
Seven Lessons in Conscious Living
Lesson Two
In the photo above you see the altar that Mr. Davis created in the closet of his office room. Here he would meditate every morning before turning to his desk to write.
Sacred Space
sacred: devoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose; consecrated.

You can create a sacred space in your own home. When teaching meditation Mr. Davis would always suggest the usefulness of having a special place set aside for spiritual practice, contemplation, and meditation. This can simply be a chair that is always used for this purpose. A small table can be used as an altar. If you have more space, a larger altar can be created. 

Your altar can include items that serve to remind you of your spiritual discipline, and have personal meaning: a picture, or statue of a saint; a candle, or lamp; and ritual objects like beads or a bell. It can be useful, when sitting in your sacred space, to imagine that it is an extension of a holy place that you resonate with, like a church or temple, or the meditation hall at CSA. 

Approach your seat, or altar with reverence. Make this a special occasion, wear clean clothing, be respectful. You are entering into the awareness of God’s presence. Before beginning any practice, acknowledge God (ultimate Reality), however you imagine God to be, and acknowledge that you are a unit of the pure essence of God, inseparable, whole, perfect. Then ask that your mind and awareness be expanded in order to experience and realize your true nature.

Creating a sacred space is a way of opening a deeper connection with God. Having a dedicated area for the purpose of worship and practice supports a mental/emotional attunement with your spiritual essence of being. Over time, with regular use, your sacred space will become “charged.”  Here you will feel peaceful. It will encourage expansion of consciousness and help to create a resonance with higher realities. You will find that even when thinking about your space, wherever you are, you will feel grounded and centered.

Personal Retreat
In these times, when travel is limited, and social distancing encouraged, you can still benefit from a personal retreat. It is very useful to take a break from the routines and habits of daily life in order to be refreshed, and to allow the innate awareness of your essence of being to prevail. To retreat is to temporarily leave behind conditionings, and identification with a limited, human point of view, in order to rest in the experience of your true nature as a spiritual being.  Mr. Davis would recommend setting aside one day each week, a weekend each month, or a week each year for this purpose.

A retreat can be a transformative experience. Turn off phones, tablets, and computers. Be alone with yourself.  Begin each day with meditation. Take a break, have breakfast or a cup of tea. Read a selection from one of Mr. Davis’ books, or a Truth Journal article. Sit quietly and contemplate what you have read, open your mind to insight and inspiration.  Go for a quiet walk, in nature if possible. Think about your relationship with God. A second meditation session can be useful. To the degree that you engage in this process will the benefits be experienced.
–Ron Lindahn

ATTEND ONLINE PROGRAMS
Join us for meditation sessions, lessons and workshops.
Invite your like-minded friends to join us.
There is no charge, and no registration necessary.
 
To join a session enter www.csaretreat.org in your browser. You will be directed to download the “Zoom” program.
The meeting code it is: 980 663 1368   
If you are asked for a password: 957607
Please arrive at the session 5 minutes early so we can begin on time.

Sunday Meditations 11 a.m. Eastern Time
45 minute meditation led by a CSA minister, followed by a brief inspirational message inspired by the writings of Mr. Davis.

July Retreat
Morning Program

Each week day begins at 10 a.m. Eastern time with a meditation lasting for 45 minutes to an hour led by CSA Senior Minister Ron Lindahn. After the meditation Ron will offer commentary on aspects of the Kriya Yoga approach to spiritual awakening based on the teachings of Roy Eugene Davis. He will also answer questions.

Each week day afternoon at 2 p.m. Eastern time there will be a silent half hour meditation. Following the meditation we will have a one hour workshop led by a CSA Minister as scheduled below. On Thursdays and Fridays a link to a video of Mr. Davis will be provided.

Afternoon Schedule 2 p.m. Eastern Time

Monday, July 6 - Workshop: Chris Sartain
Tuesday, July 7 - Workshop: Marty Wuttke
Wednesday, July 8 - Workshop: Ryan Strong
Thursday, July 9 - Meditation: Leode Franklin, and video
Friday, July 10 -  Meditation: Pascale Chambers, and video

Monday, July 13 - Workshop: Klaus Reiter - Regular Meditation
Tuesday, July 14 - Workshop: Luca Oppizzi
Wednesday, July 15 -  Workshop: Leode Franklin
Thursday, July 16 - Meditation: Leode Franklin, and video
Friday, July 17 - Meditation: Pascale Chambers, and video 

Online Events Calendar
The CSA website lists programs being offered by CSA Ministers around the world.
Live Webinar
Sunday, July 5
FULFILL YOUR LIFE-ENHANCING DESIRES
Kriya Yoga Class

CSA offers a live broadcast at 2 p.m. Eastern time on the first Sunday of each month. 
These classes are based on Mr. Davis' book Seven Lessons in Conscious Living. At the end of the program Mr. Lindahn will answer questions from those viewing. After the event the program will be available to view on the CSA YouTube channel.

Click the link to view the program live
or to set a reminder. 

CSA Retreat in Italy 
June 26-28 CSA minister Luca Migliaccio  and Clara Calabretto led a Kriya Yoga retreat near Rome, Italy. The group included some who are new to this spiritual tradition and two new initiates.
PRACTICAL KRIYA YOGA
PODCAST
Be inspired by lessons and workshops from CSA ministers.New episodes are added each week.

Your generous donations 
make possible our continuing ministry outreach, retreats, seminars, and maintenance of the grounds and accommodations at the CSA International Headquarters in Lakemont, Georgia.
CSA staff and personally trained ministers continue with Roy Eugene Davis' mission to bring a clear, direct message of how to live easily and effectively in order to fully awaken to Self- and God-Realization while enjoying a prosperous, fulfilling, meaningful life.
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P.O. Box 7, Lakemont, Georgia 30552
csa-davis.org
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