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Cirelle Raphalian Cirelle Raphalian artist. poet. spiritual seeker.

Cirelle Raphalian is a mother, poet, artist, and administrator. She holds a Doctor of Spiritual Science degree from Peace Theological Seminary and College of Philosophy.

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I was born a spiritual seeker. I don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t observing, questioning, and seeking a deeper answer, a pathway through the obvious to the mystery, to the magical connections.

What calls to me as I mature is a life of inner peace, an inner balance. This is not something that’s static or fixed, but something alive, fluid, and flexible, a way that gives me freedom to access the world I live in and the life I want to live. Simplicity and consistency are how I journey to inner peace. I do this by taking the time I need – through journaling, meditation, yoga, and body movement – to review and refine my choices to serve myself and the world around me for the highest good. As I explore and evaluate my choices, I embrace my humanity and am patient and forgiving with myself when I falter.

Simplicity, to me, is more than having a tidy closet or a clean in-box. Those are good things, but what I value most is a clean and tidy heart, because my life can get messy and full of distractions. Simplicity is making choices I can live with, choices that reflect my caring and stewardship for the world around me. To me, simplicity is eating organic, locally grown food whenever possible, walking in nature, and taking time to enjoy a sunset or gaze out over the Pacific deep into space, relaxing into the wonder and radiance of a sapphire blue sky. It’s about contributing time and resources to causes that call to me. Simplicity is treating myself and the people and things around me with loving kindness.

I’ve come to see that my life is a constant reflection of my choices, how I engage with my world, and how, in turn, my world reflects back to me the sum of those choices. In these times, it’s my choice to live simply, consistently choosing what keeps me at peace with my own heart.

– Cirelle Raphalian

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