Welcome to The Church Within website and to the very idea of The Church Within itself. The Church Within was founded in 1992. We are an ever-evolving spiritual community, dedicated to offering unconditional support and love to all who seek inner wisdom through a spiritual life.

The best way to get to know us is to share in the joy, spirit, and celebration of our 10:00 AM Sunday gathering. The best "brochure" we have is us.

We are folks whose pasts include other churches or no church at all. Some come simply to expand their current faith experience. As one of our members puts it, "I come to The Church Within, because it helps me discover my faith and live it out in the world."

We are a diverse, informal gathering who believes in the power of prayer, in God (whatever name you use for Source), and in each other.

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ACIM Class Thursday, October 16, 2014

“HOGWARTS WAS OVER LONG AGO”

is the topic for A Course in Miracles class Thursday, October 16, 7 p.m. at The Church Within. We’ll be discussing time and how we navigate it using our DPS (Dream Positioning System). The Course tells us:

T-28.I.1. The miracle does nothing. 2 All it does is to undo. .It does not add, but merely takes away. 5 And what it takes away is long since gone, but being kept in memory appears to have immediate effects. 6 This world was over long ago. 7 The thoughts that made it are no longer in the mind that thought of them and loved them for a little while. 8 The miracle but shows the past is gone, and what has truly gone has no effects.

Forgiveness is the difference between believing that you’re in a world of magic, deceit, violence, and cruelty—and realizing that you are rereading a book about this fictional world.

Also from the Course:

“It is a joke to think that time can come to circumvent eternity, which means there is no time.”

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ACIM Class October 8, 2014

“BECOMING A LUCID DREAMER” is the topic for A Course in Miracles class on Thursday October 8, 7 p.m. at The Church Within.

“T-10.I.2. You are at home in God, dreaming of exile but perfectly capable of awakening to reality. Is it your decision to do so? . .What you see in dreams you think is real while you are asleep. Yet the instant you waken you realize that everything that seemed to happen in the dream did not happen at all. You do not think this strange, even though all the laws of what you awaken to were violated while you slept. Is it not possible that you merely shifted from one dream to another, without really waking?”

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Heart Medicine: Walking Through Grief Toward Healing

Published on October 20, 2014, by in Featured.

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On our life journeys, we are asked to heal emotional wounds, learn new ways of being, and gently step into moments of joy. How do we get there? Where do we begin?

Join author Diana J. Ensign in this heart-centered grief and healing workshop.

You will meditate, journal, explore simple energetic body movements, and open to greater possibilities for the next chapter of your life.

Bring a notebook and pen.
(Cost of $25 includes free copy of book, Traveling Spirit: Daily Tools for Your Life’s Journey. A wonderful holiday gift for you or someone you love).

Learn to:

• Use breath for cultivating inner calm
• Redirect negative thoughts through meditation practices
• Heal emotional wounds
• Explore ancient body movement

Join us at The Church Within on 15 November 2014 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. for this gathering!

 
About the Author:
Diana J. Ensign, JD, is the author of “Traveling Spirit: Daily Tools for Your Life Journey.” She has explored Buddhist meditation, Al-Anon, Unitarian Universalism, Native American ceremonies, Goddess rituals, Science of Mind, shamanism, and religious readings across a diverse spectrum of beliefs and practices, including, the Tao Te Ching, The Upanishads, and writings by Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, Peace Pilgrim, and many other spiritual teachers, poets, and visionaries. She is certified in Reiki and practices yoga, T’ai chi, and Qigong. Her most treasured source of spiritual insight is nature. Her Spirituality for Daily Living blog can be found at her website: www.dianaensign.com.

About the Book:
“Traveling Spirit” shares practical spiritual tools for the ordinary person. This is the perfect book for anyone seeking help and guidance with human suffering. If you have experienced difficulties associated with grief, loss, addictions, or any of life’s challenges, Diana’s book offers a path from suffering to happiness. That path begins within. The Traveling Spirit journey starts with the breath, an essential tool for any spiritual undertaking. The book then explores ancient spiritual techniques, from the more common practices such as yoga and meditation to the lesser-known practices of t’ai chi and shamanism. Find the joy in learning to apply spiritual tools in your daily life.

 

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Sunday Service 10/12/14 – “The Gift of Silence”

Published on October 16, 2014, by in Featured.

 

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Become a TCW Supporter by clicking here and donating today! If you use your bank info instead of a credit card, no fee for the church. Thank you!

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ACIM CLASS Thursday, October 9, 2014

“BECOMING A LUCID DREAMER” is the topic for A Course in Miracles class on Thursday October 8, 7 p.m. at The Church Within.

“T-10.I.2. You are at home in God, dreaming of exile but perfectly capable of awakening to reality. Is it your decision to do so? . .What you see in dreams you think is real while you are asleep. Yet the instant you waken you realize that everything that seemed to happen in the dream did not happen at all. You do not think this strange, even though all the laws of what you awaken to were violated while you slept. Is it not possible that you merely shifted from one dream to another, without really waking?”

Please let me know if anyone would like to meet for dinner beforehand.

Blessings,
Resta

LUCID DREAM

In my lucid dream, I behold a world
of seasons, cycles, time and change and nothing that endures.
Flowing like a stream, the images appear
to act out stories of a life beset with pain and fear.
Dreaming, I am dreaming of earth and sun and stars,
a universe of forms that say from God I’ve gone apart.
I’ve left His loving heart.

Into my lucid dream, the Spirit comes to guide
and teaches me that all I see are thoughts within my mind.
On perception’s screen are shadows of the past
and endlessly I summon them to try to make them last.
Dreaming, I am dreaming of anger, guilt and death.
But Spirit tells me, “Holy child, give Me your dreams to bless.
And I will give you rest.”

Within my lucid dream I call the Spirit’s Light
to wash my mind of fearful dreams and teach me I am Christ.
By His Voice redeemed, I share the joyous truth:
Because I made the world I see, it’s pain I can undo.
Dreaming, I am dreaming of what was never real.
And as I laugh the dream away, my mind is gently healed
by what the Light reveals.

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Wedding Bells Are Ringing!

Published on October 7, 2014, by in Featured.

You surely know that marriage is now legal for all couples in Indiana. You likely also know that The Church Within has been performing wedding ceremonies for all couples since our founding. What an amazing organization to be part of!

As this reality unfolds, please do let folks know that we’re still here and excited to host weddings and/or provide officiants who will work with any spiritual backgrounds to make the perfect ceremony for the couple that will feel just like home for those gathered as well.

These are amazing times!Wedding Rings - marriage is for all couples.

 

 

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Sunday Service 10/5/14

Published on October 6, 2014, by in Featured.

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Sunday Service 9/28/14 – The Invitation in Obstacles

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ACIM Class Thursday, September 25, 2014

“XTREME WORLD: The Dream of Violence” will be the topic for A Course in Miracles class on Thursday September 25, 7 p.m. at The Church Within. Our discussion will focus on the question: How do we walk peacefully in a world that seems to be so violent?

W-pII.249.1. Forgiveness paints a picture of a world where suffering is over, loss becomes impossible and anger makes no sense. Attack is gone, and madness has an end. What suffering is now conceivable? What loss can be sustained?

W-pII.249.2. Father, we would return our minds to You. We have betrayed them, held them in a vise of bitterness, and frightened them with thoughts of violence and death. Now would we rest again in You, as You created us.

Blessings,
Resta

NOTE: There will be no ACIM class on Thursday Oct 2.

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Sunday Service 9/21/14 – “This Side of Change”

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Message for 9/21/14

Become a TCW Supporter by clicking here and donating today! If you use your bank info instead of a credit card, no fee for the church. Thank you!

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