The Rodan Foundation's Publication for the Metaphysical Church of Enlightenment, February 2024
In 1981, Reverend Clarke Carraway founded The Rodan Foundation with the intention of creating a powerful, growing community of awakening beings who experience love, peace, prosperity, unity, healing, harmony, and revelation through learning and service. The Rodan Foundation, recognizing the Law of Cause and Effect, expresses gratitude for the many blessings it reaps from the community's experiences.
Welcome! Join with us in our dynamic weekly services where we discover our true purpose in an emerging world. Experience the revelation of our collective awakening to the power of love, the wonder of our multi-dimensional capacities, and the joy in reclaiming earth as our home. Sunday mornings provide the opportunity to celebrate life with like-minded beings and experience personal reassurance and empowerment through the spiritual messages of Reverend Carraway's mediumship. We look forward to your participation enhancing our community.
Change is never painful. Only the resistance to change is painful.” Buddha
Are you finding yourself in a never-ending cycle of getting what you don’t want? Are the same un-pleasant realities repeating themselves no matter how hard you try to avoid them? If so, it could be that what you resist persists and what you accept transforms in something better.
What is resistance? It’s when you can’t accept reality as it is. You deny its existence without even realizing it – this defense mechanism activates automatically and unconsciously. You do this to pro-tect yourself from any negative emotions associated with unpleasant events or situations. But deny-ing something doesn’t mean that it isn’t there anymore – often, the very thing you’re running away from will have an even stronger effect on you! As Carl Jung said: What you resist will not only last but will also grow.
Why do you attract what you want to escape from? Because the unacknowledged feelings become energy centers within your unconscious mind which build up strength over time – making them forces beyond your con-trol. It’s like shaking a bottle of sparkling water and trying to keep the lid closed. If you don’t let out these emotions, they act like CO2 bubbles in the bottle and need to get out! Then you uncon-sciously attract those events or situations which trigger the suppressed feelings so they can come to light.
Can uncomfortable feelings stay hidden forever? Theoretically, yes – but long-term this won’t do anything good for your physical and mental health. Plus, if your life goal is development and learning, then facing challenges head-on (rather than taking the easy way out) is key here! Allowing yourself to feel negative emotions helps trans-form them into useful insights which can help make positive changes in your life.
What should you do with those things that you run away from? It might seem counterintuitive at first – but accepting an unpleasant reality instead of resisting it could be one of the smartest solu-tions when dealing with difficult situations. This gives you space for growth by understanding why certain patterns repeat themselves and exploring underlying issues rather than just pretending eve-rything’s okay all along!
What does resistance look like in practice? Take, for example, someone who has trouble making good partner choices in their love life – they may find themselves constantly with people who possess certain traits which they would consciously run away from. The result is usually unsustainable relationships that eventually fall apart – leading them to feel like a victim with an internal monologue along the lines of: I have bad luck since I always run into these types of partners. If you’ve found yourself in this example, the good news for you is that it isn’t true that you have bad luck. But, the bad news is that if this pattern keeps repeating, that means you didn’t come across such partners by chance – you unconsciously attracted them.
Why do you choose the wrong partners? Because your past experiences or your own negative personality traits come to light through attracting partners who possess those qualities you so desperately try to avoid consciously. For example, I had one client who kept falling for girls already taken by another man or still hung up on their exes, leading him to feel victimized and confused as to why he was ‘unlucky’ since this type of thing happened over and over again. After exploring in psychotherapy his inner world further, he realized his emotional unavailability was actually causing him to unconsciously seek out women who were emotionally unavailable as well. It turns out all these women were serving as mirrors reflecting at him his own issues! Keep in mind that ones where both parties are emotionally available to each other, the true connection can occur.
How can you unravel this mechanism & break free from negative patterns? The key lies in becoming aware that what you resist persists and being willing to accept even unpleasant realities. Remember that if something keeps happening, then it’s no coincidence but instead serves some kind of purpose within your life which needs discovering! To unravel this mechanism means expressing emotions once suppressed.
So next time something makes you uncomfortable – stop resisting because what you resist persists, and what you accept transforms into something better! mindberg.org
Calendar of Events and Special Offerings
FEBRUARY 4TH: PIANO SOLO BY ALEX WANG! Alex, hailing from Texas, is a 5th grader in Red-wood City. He has studied piano under Sumi Nagasawa for 2 ½ years and brass under Eric Leong, having played in our Christmas brass ensemble last December. He also has a passion for skiing, reading and solving Rubik’s cubes!
GUEST LECTURE BY ALEXANDRA CHRIST. Meet Alexandra, the powerhouse of positivity and personal development! With a passion for understanding the intricacies of the human psyche, she has delved deep into the world of personal growth with a mindset that screams "Bring it on!" Alex-andra is on a mission to unravel the emotional roots of ailments and pain, guiding people toward a healthier and happier life. Her joy knows no bounds when she's empowering others to skyrocket their awareness levels, paving the way for a life filled with confidence, joy, love, connection, adventure, and success! Alexandra isn't just here for herself; she's on this Earth to be a beacon of light, and to serve others. In a world where you can create anything, choose to live like ALEX: Always Live Extraordinarily.
FEBRUARY 11TH: MYSTERY SOUND MEDITATION! Hazrat Khan, the Sufi master stated that: “The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe.” Designed by Arin Wiscomb and our musical community, this sound meditation has the potential to break up emotional, physiological, and spiritual blockages. Join us as we activate our sound codes and explore the mystery within.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH DR. FOSTER: Rev. Carraway will channel his Primary teach-er today, Dr. Robert Foster, who will field questions from the congregation.
TESTIMONIAL CIRCLE: After the service everyone is invited to join an informal testimonial circle, where participants share how they are living positivity and love in their daily lives. Bring miracles, large & small. Or just come and be present in the sharing.
FEBRUARY 18TH: VOCAL SOLO BY LEESA WAGNER! Long time friend of The Foundation, vocalist Leesa has a varied background in the entertainment field from MTV, Comedy Central to Max's Opera Café. Leesa, first and foremost, has dedicated her life to her children, working for over twenty years several part time jobs at once to support her family. In addition to also being a volunteer teacher, Leesa is currently working with adults with cerebral palsy and brightening their days..
GUEST LECTURE BY KEN ARMSTRONG. Ken was an Aquaponic farmer for the past 12 years, running one of the oldest facilities in the US. A world traveller, he has visited 57 countries and all seven continents exploring the myriad expressions of culture and consciousness around the world.
FEBRUARY 25TH: MEDITATIVE DELIGHT WITH KEENAN WEBSTER! Keenan has studied the music of the African diaspora for over twenty years. His inspirations come from the spirituals, gospels, blues, and folk in Nashville. Today he will play the Kora, a West African harp, the highest-developed string instrument in Africa.
**“The I Love Me Meditation Series: is now available on Insight Timer – a meditation website and app with millions of meditations available to listen to for free! Every time one of our meditations is played, a donation is sent to The Foundation. You can give financially to The Rodan Foundation, just by listen-ing to the meditations. Sounds like a win-win for sure! You can also greatly support us by giving us stars, and commenting, and sharing the meditations on social media. Please Spread the word and share with others.** https://insig.ht/MMX7e6KBtub
Our Community Love Offertory for the Month of February
supports the LifeMoves
This month, the Community Love Offertory is dedicated to LifeMoves, the primary provider of housing and services for homeless children and adults in San Mateo County, and opportunities for families and individuals to re-establish self-sufficiency and to return to permanent homes of their own.
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