Spiritual Healing and Personal Transformation
Simply We are Here for Love
Welcome to Agape East
Rev. Victoria Thomas
Welcome to the Agape East Spiritual Center! We are a modern Omni-faith-based community, a community committed to personal transformation, spiritual growth and conscious awakening to a life lived on purpose, by Grace. We embrace all religions, all spiritual paths, and all of humanity regardless of orientation, perspective, affiliation, and identity. All are welcome here.
No matter where you consider yourself on the spiritual journey, know that it is a Spirit of courage that chooses to be alive, walking a path of awakening consciousness at this time in human history on the planet. I bow to you and welcome you to a home of heart and soul.
We practice an awareness of the presence of God, the Absolute Love-Intelligence that creates everything out of Itself. We know that everyone is at one with this Power and Presence and as a community, we seek to be an environment for individuals to wake up to this spiritual truth. We seek right perception, a knowing beyond the five senses, that in back of appearances and circumstance there is unity, justice, wholeness, giving-ness, and love seeking to unfold as a world that works for everyone.
We activate spiritual practice rooted in self-love through meditation, affirmative prayer, sacred study, fellowship, tithing, and sacred service. We support each other in community, love, compassion, and patience. This entails individual inner work of spiritual healing and personal transformation as well as the outer work of generosity, service to our communities, and taking a stand for social justice and racial equality.
We hope you will come back again and again so that we can know and love you as we all anchor the transforming power of Unconditional Love together in our community, individual lives, our families and the world! Please browse our classes, events and regular weekly offerings and join us. Right where you are the Light and Love of Truth prevails and unfolds your very life!
Welcome to Agape East.
In Love and Light,
Rev. Victoria Thomas
SWEETNESS OF LIFE
This time of the Spring Equinox always brings me to a deeper awareness of the Grace of God that is always available. Not God as an anthropomorphic deity in the sky, but a Presence of Love, a Divine Intelligence that spins the galaxies, beats our heart, informs the DNA of all living things, and knows Itself as each of us.
When the fresh faces of new flowers and new life reveal themselves, it is a reminder that we too are born anew in this moment. We can remember that the beauty, the bounty, the harmony, and the sweetness of life so evident in nature during this time is simply reflecting our true Divine essence.
By cultivating the practice of closing the outer eye and turning within, we too emerge from the cocoon of Winter’s transformation with full permission to reveal the face of God and the sweetness of life.
In Love and Light,
Agape East Mission Statement
Agape East Spiritual Center is an inclusive virtual community based in Coastal Virginia dedicated to: recognizing, honoring and nurturing the dignity and uniqueness of all people by creating efforts to consciously, financially and actively support those who have been racially-marginalized or disadvantaged; social activism and legislation that seeks to equalize social imbalance; and transforming environmental conditions that have been impacted as a result of human interference or mistreatment of the planet.
Through devoted practice of universal spiritual principles embodied in the New-Thought-Ageless Wisdom teachings, we are agents of transformation individually, in our other communities and in our governmental institutions.
Our beloved community embraces all religions and serves within all aspects of society to reveal the underlying perfection and harmony of the Universe. We embrace the transformational and evolutionary impulse of the planet through our spiritual practice, sacred service and unconditional love.
Agape East Purpose Statement
Our purpose, as an intentional spiritual community, is to be a living environment for individuals to realize that they are unique emanations of God, the Love-Intelligence governing the Universe. We embody an understanding of our oneness with God and we consciously practice this truth in our everyday lives. Through the New-Thought-Ageless Wisdom teachings and the energy of unconditional love, we are committed to individual transformation and being a beneficial presence on the planet. SIMPLY – WE ARE HERE FOR LOVE.
Absolute Goodness is the substance, the source and the supply of all existence. This aspect of Life is always in integrity with itself, which means that it cannot contradict its own laws, nature and relationship to its creation.
All Existence is the manifest form and activity of Spirit. This Presence is equally present in space, time places and in all persons, as well as beyond time, space and manifest creation. Ours is a holographic universe in which every part, that which is seen and unseen, is an emanation of the un-manifest whole.
Every person is made in the image and likeness of God and is capable of awakening to this realization and giving expression to the qualities of unconditional love, compassion, wisdom, bliss, peace and creativity.
Every individual has been given the power of free choice and is therefore self-responsible for their evolution, following a path suited to their individual state of evolving consciousness.
We live in a non-static, ever-evolving Universe, which is the source of our individual evolutionary impulse and capacity to expand into our fullest potential.
Agape Spiritual Practices
The following seven spiritual practices form the matrix of individual spiritual evolution. While there are many adjunct practices that assist in the expansion of consciousness, it is these seven that have proved themselves to accelerate spiritual awakening of practitioners of the world’s wisdom traditions.
In meditation practice the practitioner pays un-distractible attention to Reality. All meditation techniques share a common purpose: to awaken awareness, another word for self-realization. Meditation stills the mind, increases the capacity to intuitively receive the guidance of Spirit, and opens the heart’s desire to serve as a beneficial presence on the planet.
Affirmative prayer grounds the practitioner in a solid awareness of oneness with Spirit. The power of affirmative prayer sets in motion a process of healing false beliefs that prevents an individual from fully realizing their spiritual inheritance. Prayer is an intimate communion with the Spirit in the language of one’s own heart.
At every stage of growth and development on the spiritual path it is important to maintain a “beginner’s mind.” Remaining teachable acknowledges that spiritual truth is limitless, so there is always the opportunity to rise to a more profound level of understanding, wisdom and practice through spiritual study.
Committed participation in a spiritual community accelerates our spiritual evolution. When individuals gather together to meditate and pray, their united consciousness contributes to the spiritual progress of each individual. The community also offers the opportunity to cultivate patience, humility, compassion and selflessness. When we need encouragement on the path, the community is there to hold the high watch for us.
As we mature in our understanding of the law of circulation, it becomes obvious that the sharing of our financial resources, our talents and skills is at the heart of tithing. And, in grateful recognition of the teachings and teachers who have been and are our spiritual benefactors, we tithe to them to support the dissemination of their teaching and mission.