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So Many Gifts by Dr. Kim Kaiser, Director of Education

Have you ever suddenly realized that something you've always wanted is already here? The package has already been delivered and it's sitting in front of you waiting to be opened?

This is the experience so many have had after they have come to our classes here at the Center for Spiritual Living.  Listening and looking together with other spiritually alert individuals, each person can begin to see more of what is right in front of them always.   Beneath the surface of appearances, there is a Reality that comes into focus when you give your sustained attention to it. 

Our classes give us the tools and training that show us how we can find what we've always been looking for: health, well being, joy and love.  Because our teachers and many past students have experienced the surprise of these discoveries again and again, they continue to come back to these classes to go deeper and uncover more of the gifts that wait for them. 

Brain studies, meditators and mystics agree that changing the way you look at your world reveals new aspects of it and new ways on being in it.  There are gifts available to you right now when you open your eyes to see.


The mystical poet, Hafiz, inspired this poem by Daniel Ladinsky, which aptly sums up what is being said here:


So Many Gifts


There are so many gifts
still unopened from your birthday
there are so many handcrafted presents
that have been sent to you by God.
 
The beloved does not mind repeating,
“everything I have is also yours”
 
Please forgive Hafiz and the friend
if we break into a sweet laughter
when your heart complains of being thirsty
when  ages ago
every cell in your soul
capsized forever
into this infinite golden sea.
 
Indeed, a lover's pain is like holding one's breath too long
in the middle of a vital performance,
in the middle one of creation’s favorite songs
 
indeed, a lover's pain is this sleeping, this sleeping,
when God just rolled over and gave you such a big good morning kiss!
 
There are so many gifts, dear,
still unopened from your birthday.
Oh, there are so many handcrafted presents
that have been sent to your life
from God.

 

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