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Natural Awakenings Tucson

Tucson's Spiritual Practitioners

From left to right: Gen Kelsang Lingpur, Rev Nita Strauss, Rev Dorothea Nobile, Rev Larry & Rev Mary Ellen Swartz, Rev Donald Graves

Spiritual Practitioners

Gen Kelsang Lingpur, Resident Teacher
Kadampa Meditation Center Arizona
5326 E Pima St, Tucson • 520-441-1617 •
Services: Advice for Life with Prayers for World Peace, Sundays at 10am. Holiday services: 24-hour Tara Chanting, December 31 to January 1; Amitayus Long Life retreat, January 2.

“Everyone needs a path to lasting happiness and freedom from suffering. Without a spiritual path, we just go through our lives without real meaning. There is so much more opportunity in this life besides just raising a family, working and grabbing a few enjoyments along the way. We need to prepare for the happiness and freedom of our countless future lives and recognize our potential to be of great benefit to others through improving our wisdom, our love, our compassion and our capacity.

If we identify with our limitations, we will never go beyond them. We need to learn about the great potential we have and identify with that instead. If we don’t believe it is possible that pure, faultless beings, worlds or states of mind exist, we have no chance to attain them—but with faith, we can accomplish the incredible.”

Rev. Nita Strauss, Minister
Unity Spiritual Center of Peace, Tucson
1551 S Eastside Loop #121• 520-546-3696 •
Services: Sunday celebration, 10:30am; Wednesday silent prayer/meditation, 9:45-10:15am; Sunday silent prayer/meditation, 8:45-9:30am.

“Our life’s work is learning to integrate the fully human and fully divine aspects of ourselves. Spirit is the core of what we are. Whether you call It God, the Universe, Divine Mind, or my own favorite, The Infinite Field of All-Possibility and Potential, it is the source of life, of love, of truth. We must learn to use it, trust it and express it in everything we do. As we cultivate the attributes of Spirit in ourselves, we become more effective as humans. We realize we are not victims, but brilliant expressions of the One. When we live our lives from the orientation of Spirit, our day-to-day lives just work better.” See ad, page 12.

Rev. Dorothea Nobile
The United Fellowship Chapel

4718 E Hawthorne St, Tucson •
Services: Sunday at 2pm, featuring a guided meditation, healing inspirational speakers and a psychic message for all attendees.

“Soul with our body through the breath to create the ‘I AM’ presence of God within us. In meditation, we become still in order to connect with our spirit to receive divine inspiration and recognize our unity with all that is. As we align ourselves with the insights and understanding that come through our quiet time, we use our imagination to bring forth from the invisible realm of spirit, the visible reality of our lives.” See ad, page 25.

Reverends Larry and Mary Ellen Swartz
Unity of Tucson

3617 N Camino Blanco, Tucson
520-577-3300 •

“Serving our community since 1956, Unity of Tucson offers a unique celebration of a metaphysical Christmas at 6 p.m., December 24. We understand each disciple that Jesus drew to Him represents an innate God-quality within us. During our service, each has a moment to experience a brief sharing by twelve representative participants who speak to these unique qualities and light a symbolic candle. Following this, all will then have an opportunity to individually light their own candle from the central Christ candle and place it in a bed of salt.

Then, at 11 p.m., New Year’s Eve, Unity shares its traditional Burning Bowl Service experience as the old is symbolically released and the new cycle embraced.” See ad, page 30.

Rev. Donald Graves
Center for Spiritual Living Tucson

3231 N Craycroft Rd, Tucson
520-319-1042 •
Services: 10:30am Sunday services, with meditation at 10am

“We teach that Infinite Spirit pervades all of life. ‘Infinite Spirit’ is capitalized because it is universal. We live in and as Spirit. It thinks us. It moves us. When I think I don’t know something, I remember that the intelligence of Infinite Spirit lives within me, so I let that intelligence bubble up into my conscious awareness. And when I think I can’t do something, I remember that Infinite Spirit moves my body, so I let It bubble up in every cell and let It move me.

When we let the Infinite Spirit live us, life is so much easier and more satisfying. We make ourselves miserable by thinking we do it all by ourselves, and we make ourselves strong by letting Spirit bubble up in all of our affairs.” See ad, page 26.