Saturday, December 22, 2018


 If you've been around the Celebration Circle for a while, you probably won't be surprised that my Holiday Gift to you this year is the same one I often extend, in one form or the other. It's the Precious Present. A simple reminder that this present moment is infinitely valuable and precious, containing limitless possibilities and the potential for truly experiencing a "Peace that passes all understanding." It's priceless; not even the richest person in the world can buy this moment. But it's also very fragile and easy to lose track of in the whirl of everyday activity.
     That's why I'm inviting you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season and accept this gift of the Precious Present. It's not really mine to give, because only you can give it to yourself, just as only you can receive it. So my gift is simply the process of reminding you of your gift.
     It's not a new gift, yet it's always fresh and sweet - and you're always free to do whatever you want with it. Savor it alone in silence, or share it with a quiet group of meditators; use your Divine Imagination to send it out through a noisy group of friends or wrap it around a whole world full of total strangers, if you'd like. There are no limits to this gift.
     In any case, won't you take a few minutes - or even just a handful of seconds - to breathe calmly, sink into this Precious Present... and send silent affirmations of inner peace, strength and joy to every cell and fiber of your Being... 
     And then, if you're willing, maybe you'll even join me in "re-gifting" by sending your awareness of this Precious Present out to someone else, or perhaps direct it to all beings everywhere, literally sending your Inner Joy to the World. It truly is "the gift that keeps on giving" - and is especially welcome at this time of the Winter Solstice, as we affirm Light and Hope in the face of darkness.

With blessings to you and your Loved Ones, and best wishes for a Happy, Healthy New Year, 
     Rudi Harst

If you've been reading, you know that we kicked off our Year End Campaign at the end of November with a goal of raising $20,000 by December 31. Well, so far we have raised $14,832.14. THANK YOU to all who have donated and THANK YOU to those that will. Please continue to hold abundance for the Celebration Circle in your heart. And if you would like to help us reach our goal you can make a one time or a recurring donation by clicking here
. Every amount makes a difference! We can do this together because We Are One!
With gratitude for the gift that you are,
     Zet Baer

THANK YOU for holding the Circle in your heart by visualizing a generous flow of financial abundance. Thank you for supporting us as we continue our work of fostering a creative, inclusive approach to spirituality. We are deeply grateful.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Share Your Love

Dear Friend,

Usually I use this space to tell a story. This time, I'm writing to express deep gratitude for your loving support and to request your continued care for Celebration Circle by making a special year-end donation. Thanks in advance for taking a moment to consider this request!
Your continued support will provide the resources we need to share our inclusive, creative approach to spirituality with an ever-growing number of folks who are seeking an affirmative, non-dogmatic spiritual home and a message of unity in these divisive times. You know the difference the Circle can make in our lives!
Here's why I'm reaching out to at this time: Our Circle's income is down 15% from last year, while our expenses have risen due to unforeseen events.  Celebration Circle is recuperating from the costs of hiring additional guest speakers and musicians during the months that Zet and I were convalescing from our car wreck.  Most importantly, we had to postpone our annual Sacred Art of Altars fundraiser indefinitely, due to construction delays at the Bijou Theater, resulting in a major loss of revenue.  Add to that the rising cost of supplies and technical services and you get the big picture.
To balance our budget, we need to raise $20,000 by December 31, 2018.  The good news is that since we started our Year End Campaign, we have raised $8,181.14, which is 40% of our goal!!! Those serving on the Council of Stewards are giving out of their own pockets, working diligently to raise funds in various ways, and revising the budget and funding structure for 2019.  With your help, we can accomplish this goal by year's end, and continue to honor and nurture the Sacred in ourselves, each other and all Creation.
No doubt you know many people in our community who, like you, have been deeply touched by the Circle's mission to honor and nurture their individual paths and the Oneness of All.  Not everyone in our community is able to make a gift at this time, but if you have the means, please join with us in making the most generous gift you can. You can also pledge your support at this time by making a recurring gift, paid in monthly or weekly installments over the year. 
Please consider sharing your love by making a donation today, either by clicking here to donate online or by mailing a check to our office, Celebration Circle, 1830 E. Pyron Ave., San Antonio, TX 78223. With your help, we will continue to affirm that Love is the only Power, as we watch our Circle grow in 2019 and beyond.
With gratitude for your past support, and prayers for our future, 
Rudi Harst

THANK YOU for holding the Circle in your heart by visualizing a generous flow of financial abundance. Thank you for supporting us as we continue our work of fostering a creative, inclusive approach to spirituality. We are deeply grateful.

Monday, December 10, 2018


     Once again, I find myself sitting at my desk feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of tasks, projects and communications demanding my time and attention today. But rather than give in to that feeling, I make a conscious choice to pause, take a few breaths and focus on my purpose for sitting in this chair. I recall my purpose statement, written several years ago, but still resonant in my soul as I remember and repeat it now:  "I am here to experience, explore and express the free flow of Spirit moving to and through me, as I co-create a world of harmony, prosperity and peace now."
     Taking this opportunity to re-frame my tasks in the larger context of my Life Purpose helps me remember that I'm not here just to mark things off my To Do List. This is not a race or a contest that I can win or lose. I'm simply here to do my best to experience, explore and express Life flowing through me. Not just for my own sake, but for the sake of helping co-create a world of harmony, prosperity and peace. To be Present, Peaceful and Prospered. No more, no less.
     Yes, there are still multiple tasks waiting to be handled, and, yes, they are mine to do. And, yes, it's easy for all of this to sound (and feel) a bit grandiose. So what? The fact remains, that over the years, whenever I've been able to be fully present and at peace with whatever/whoever I am faced with, I've experienced an abundance of time and resources to deal with the challenges. I choose to believe that as long as I remember to operate out of a sense of purpose, rather than from my ego, I will be "prospered" - in the original sense of original Latin word prosperare, meaning "to do well." It may or may not involve money, but it always involves a sense of ease and joy.
     Of course, I'd forgotten all of this a little while ago. I forget all of this on a regular basis. That's okay, too. Because forgetting just means I get another chance to remember. Whatever tasks or lessons I'm facing, I can exercise my free will to see my circumstances as being onerous or hard - or choose to view them as being opportunities to experience limitless love and abundance of energy in expression. I won't always get to choose the work that needs to be done - but I'm always able to frame it and claim it in a peaceful, powerful and prosperous way. At least, that's my choice, but I'm sticking to it.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I have some work to do...  
With joy,
     Rudi Harst

THANK YOU for holding the Circle in your heart by visualizing a generous flow of financial abundance. Thank you for supporting us as we continue our work of fostering a creative, inclusive approach to spirituality. We are deeply grateful.