Rev. Raymont Anderson, PhD
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world,
I, an artist, will answer you:
I am here to live out loud.” ~Émile Zola"
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Rev.Dr. Raymont Anderson
Founder & Director
Rev. Dr. Raymont Anderson
Raymont Anderson has frequently been referred to as a Renaissance man and Visionary New Thought Leader.
One look at his resume, the course of his life, and the reason becomes clear.
His life journey has been anything but ordinary and he has quite the library of life stories to tell.
You can follow some of his current adventures via this site www.raymontanderson.com as well as other Social Media platforms:
Facebook (as well as this Facebook page)
Instagram (as well as this Instagram page)
And on his YouTube Channel
As a lifelong learner with a passion for self-development, personal transformation, transmutation, and transfiguration, he lives his bliss as a teacher, minister, author, visual artist, ASL Performing Artist, mentor, father, grandfather, and more, by giving people applicable tools and practices that enable them to live a more fulfilled life; recognizing, realizing, and materializing their Full Divine Potential!.
His mission is: To live, move, and be an *A.C.T.I.V.E. member of society who serves to Educate, Elucidate, Emancipate, Awaken, and Empower people and communities.
*[Authentic, Compassionate, Transparent, Inspired, Vibrant, Empowered]
As an Ordained Centers for Spiritual Living Minister, he currently serves as the founding minister and the Spiritual Director of The Center for Spiritually Integrated Arts: A Centers for Spiritual Living Teaching Center.
The Center for Spiritually Integrated Arts on Facebook
The Center for Spiritually Integrated Arts on YouTube
The Center for Spiritually Integrated Arts on Instagram
Prior, he served as the Spiritual Director of The Center for Spiritual Living Greater Baltimore.
Within The Centers for Spiritual Living Organization, he has served on the Spiritually Motivated Social Engagement Committee (SMSE) as an appointed Commissioner, and for a brief time as the committee chair. The SMSE's function is to support CSL's Spiritual Leader. During Rev. Ray's tenure, the Spiritual Leader was Dr. Edward Viljoen (pronounced full-YOON). The committee supports the Leader in formulating and expressing official CSL statements addressing world events. The SMSE also creates webinars and training on how to approach social and global issues based on CSL's teachings and values.
Rev. Dr. Ray has been one of the members of the Cultural Integrity & Evolution Committee where he worked alongside several amazing individuals (Spiritual Mavericks), as we synergized with each committee and council represented within CSL to generate the themes to be used globally for 2020, 2021, and 2022. He also served briefly on the Diversity and Inclusion Commission. He has also been working with several people within New Thought as a whole, on creating resources for members of the Deaf, the BIPOC, and the LGBTQIA2+ community.
Through the CSL Professional Development department, he teaches several American Sign Language courses which began in March 2021. Courses currently offered throughout the year are ASL and SOM, ASL 1, ASL Skill Building, ASL 2, ASL Music, and Affirmations. He served as the series host for the 2022 CSL Summer Movie Series 11-Weeks/11-Movies to explore Metaphysically. And he closed out the series as a facilitator. His featured film was Doctor Strange.
Ultimately he seeks to establish synergistic collaborations within the organization (Centers for Spiritual Living), within New Thought, and within various other Faith traditions, community organizations, and beyond so that everyone is seen, recognized, listened to, heard, valued, and given space to be themselves… so that everyone, however, the Divine expresses ItSelf as you: African American, Latine, Caucasian, Asian Pacific Islander, Deaf, hearing, Straight or LGBTQ2IA+, Differently Abled, Democrat, Republican, Independent, etc., understand their own Divinity.
He worked briefly on the steering committee for the CSL World Ministry of Prayer, in June 2020 during the Re-Imagine Summit, Rev. Dr. Ray had the distinct honor and pleasure of being on a global panel with several esteemed colleagues in the CSL movement.
The Global CSL Panel - Facilitated by Rev. Mark Gilbert and Featuring:
Rev. Beth Linguri – Europe
Rev. Dr. Rebekah Pina – Latin America
Rev. Raymont Anderson – USA
Rev. John Scott – Jamaica
He has provided the monthly Prayer for the Science of Mind Magazine for Jan 2017/ May 2020/ and May 2021
He was interviewed for an article in the Science of Mind magazine in August 2020.
In June 2021 he coauthored an article with Rev. Andriette Earl
In September 2021 he wrote the Daily Guides for the Magazine
In February 2022 he wrote the article, "Radical Self Love: Love In Me, As me, Is Me"
He continues to be a highly sought-after guest minister, public speaker, keynote speaker, and more nationally and internationally, both in person and virtually. He has been a guest speaker for the New Thought Group in the UK via Zoom multiple times. He was one of several keynote speakers during one of CSL's VISTA conferences. He was asked to be the keynote for the 2021 Holmes Institute ministerial graduates in Orlando Florida but was unable to do so due to scheduling conflicts.
In July 2018, he was invited to be a guest keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for the 37th Anniversary service at the Temple of Light Centre for Spiritual Living.
He believes it is time for New Thought to be a well-known teaching and not the "best-kept secret" that many refer to it as and for the rugged individualism of New Thought to give way to compassionate and active interdependence and global engagement.
In addition to his work as a minister and teacher of spiritual materials, he also teaches workshops and classes on various subject matters related to Empowered Living &Authentic living, Loving One's Self, New Thought Spirituality and LGBTQI, Communication, Holistic health and wellness, American Sign Language, and Acting.
As an author, he recently completed the second draft of his third book which is a handbook based on living the life of a “spiritual warrior,” he has also recently wrapped up the first full draft of his 3rd book, and book 4 is 3/4 complete!
His first two books are available on Amazon:
Moving Mountains: The Journey of Transformation
Visual Music: Interpreting Songs in American Sign Language
Barnes and Noble:
Moving Mountains: The Journey of Transformation
Visual Music: Interpreting Songs in American Sign Language
and directly from the publisher:
Moving Mountains: The Journey of Transformation
Visual Music: Interpreting Songs in American Sign Language
As a blog writer, he has written for Examiner.com as the DC New Thought Examiner and for the Good Men Project, and for Whosoever.
In 2011, Rev. Dr. Anderson hosted a 13-week radio program on Voice America -7th Wave Network which was called “Living a Sacred Life.”
During those 13 weeks, he had the distinct pleasure of interviewing such luminaries as Howard Falco (Teacher and author of “I Am: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are”), Salvatore Sapienza (Teacher and author of “Gay is a Gift,” “Seventy Times Seven,” and “Mychal's Prayer: Praying with Father Mychal Judge”), Dr. Sheri A. Rosenthal (Toltec Master, teacher, and author of “Banish Mind Spam! Four Steps For Deprogramming Self-Limiting And Self-Sabotaging Beliefs” and “The Complete Idiot's Guide to Toltec Wisdom” with forward by Don Miguel Ruiz), Laura Sheppard (Teacher and life coach), and Colette Baron-Reid (Intuitive, teacher, author of several books including “Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much: A 4-Step, 8-Week Plan to Finally Lose the Weight, Manage Emotional Eating, and Find Your Fabulous Self,” “The Map: Finding the Magic and Meaning in the Story of Your Life,” and “Remembering the Future: The Path to Recovering Intuition,” and creator of several Oracle decks such as “The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards” and “The Wisdom of Avalon Oracle Cards”)
You can subscribe to his personal YouTube channel for more content as presented by him, including videos of some of his guest minister talks at various centers and churches: Raymont Anderson YouTube Channel
You can also subscribe to the CSL Greater Baltimore YouTune Channel where his Sunday messages and other content will also be posted.
As of June 2011, he resigned from his full-time job as a High School Teacher in Maryland, as a professor at Bowie State University, and as a full-time interpreter, in order to begin his right and divine livelihood as a full-time path as a Minister, Leader, and more.
As mentioned, he is most readily available to serve as it matches his purpose for being. Some of the ways he has and is serving his divine livelihood are:
** Currently serves on the Board of Trustees at The Center for Spiritually Integrated Arts.
** Spiritual Direction, Mentoring, and Spiritual Counseling as an Ordained CSL minister.
** Serving as guest minister at various Centers for Spiritual Living, Unity Churches, etc.
**An Ordained Independent New Thought Minister and Ordained Interfaith-Interspiritual Minister.
** Keynote and Motivational speaking for schools and organizations.
** Workshop and Seminar Facilitator.
** A Certified Holistic Life Coach.
** Reiki Shinpiden (Master) Practitioner and Teacher (Western Reiki, Gendai Reiki Ryoho, Usui Reiki Method of Natural Healing.
** Visual Artist (drawing, painting, and digital photography).
** Teacher of Martial Arts.
** Practicing Mage, Shaman, Mystic, and an interesting bit of info, he is actually a Jedi Master and Jedi Priest and at one time served with "The Jedi of the Noble Order."
** Previously served on the Board of Directors of A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy.
Some background history:
Rev. Dr. Ray has always been an active and visually creative individual. His love of drawing and painting began while in elementary school. His artistic passion led him to attend the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, once he graduated high school, where he received an Associate’s degree in Visual Arts, advertising design, and Graphic Illustration. While developing his visual arts passion, he also worked diligently on his passion for the martial arts. After seeing Bruce Lee in "Return of the Dragon" and "Game of Death" he was inspired and determined to learn. This was further emblazoned into his mind when he began watching the TV series "Kung Fu" starring David Carradine. The philosophical lessons taught through the show appealed to Ray in a way he was not able to fully understand until many years later. His passion for martial arts eventually led him to become a martial arts teacher and on September 24, 2002, he received the title Si-Gung (master) through the American Gung- Fu Association. In addition to Kung Fu, Ray has studied Ninjutsu and Aikido.
He began teaching martial arts to friends and other neighborhood kids while he was in high school and it was this love for teaching that inspired him to become a teacher of art in the Public Schools. To accomplish this, he attended Carlow College, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Art Education K-12. It was also while attending Carlow College that he began to pursue yet another of his long-held passions, studying American Sign Language. He is quite thankful to have had the privilege of learning from several highly skilled and qualified hearing and deaf teachers over the years.
It was due to the encouragement of his first ASL teacher, Karen McGann, that Ray founded the performance company S.T.A.R.S. That company was very successful during its time, however, once he moved to Richmond, VA. the company members all went their separate ways.
While working as a Pittsburgh Public school art teacher, Ray attended the Community College of Allegheny County where he obtained an Associate’s degree in Interpreting under the tutelage of his mentor Brian Cerney. It was also due to his mentor's encouragement that Ray became a certified teacher of ASL through the American Sign Language Teachers Association.
After several years of teaching in the public school system, it was time to grow -and GO- yet again. This next chapter led Ray to relocate to Richmond, VA. While living in Richmond, he attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where he received his MFA in Theater Pedagogy. During his time as a graduate student at VCU, he was bitten by the acting bug! While he had performed with S.T.A.R.S. before large audiences, this was a different level and type of performing that inspired him in a new and exciting way. Rev. Dr. Ray is eternally grateful to Noreen Barnes McLain for casting him a role in "Night Sky" and to Gary Hopper for casting him in a major role in "The Day the Bronx Died." It was also during his time in Richmond that Ray founded S.T.A.R.S., a second time. This time, the company survived his 2003 departure and continued for a few years but it also came to an end in the summer of 2008.
Once he graduated from VCU, he was offered a job to work for The Wild Zappers (an all Deaf, all-male dance company) and the National Deaf Dance Theatre (a mixed company of male and female as well as of hearing and Deaf performers). Ray took the job as their interpreter and guest performing artist. During that time he traveled, learned, studied, and improved his craft as a performer and skills as an interpreter. In 2005, Ray was blessed to be one of a select few interpreters to attend the Theatre Development Fund -“Interpreting for the Theatre Institute” program at Julliard in New York.
As a result, Ray has taken all that he knows about acting, storytelling, dance, martial arts, performing, motivational speaking, ASL, and life and created his own American Sign Language Theatrical Performance Company B.E.L.I.E.V.E. which came to a close in 2015.
One of his interpreting jobs in the DC area created some phenomenal opportunities to work with some amazing actors, production staff, and directors with Open Circle Theatre. In 2006 he had a major role in Open Circle Theatre's production of EVITA. (Reviews of EVITA)
As a June 2007 graduate of The American Institute of Holistic Theology (AIHT) with his Doctor of Divinity degree majoring in Christian Theology, Ray decided to once again take on the title of student. He re-enrolled with AIHT where he began working on his Ph.D. in Metaphysics. He also enrolled in an additional doctoral degree program through The University of Sedona. He successfully obtained the University of Sedona Doctor of Metaphysical Science (Msc.D.) in January 2011 and in March 2011 a Ph.D. in Life Coaching to further support the certification as a Holistic Life Coach he received in 2010, through Spencer Institute.
He became an ordained Christian Reverend on February 12, 2007, through the United Christian Fellowship/ a Non-denominational Metaphysical Minister (New Thought) on September 29, 2009, through the International Metaphysical Ministry/ an Interfaith minister on December 19, 2010, with the Many Paths Ministry and again in October 2011 as a co-ordained Interfaith Minister with The American Interfaith of Holistic Temple and The Order of Universal Interfaith (OUnI). He had been an active member of the Community of Holistic Theology up to the dissolution of the AIHT school and seminary.
What’s going on now??
Great question… as mentioned Rev. Dr. Ray is working on several things as active projects, goals, and aspirations…
While doing all of this, he is contemplating where to settle down and build his dream home, spend time with his family including his sons and grandchildren and sister who is also his administrative assistant, Ms. Tracy Rhymes, as well as when and how to further manifest and demonstrate his passion and interests in ministry, acting, speaking, teaching, etc.
Just as an FYI, he is contemplating the creation of several TV shows and films, as well as continuing to work on creating and presenting his artwork, publish additional books on spirituality and more, travel and lecture and teach, and continue to serve, perform, inspire, and empower people to be EXTRA-ordinary, to Excel, and to "Defy gravity!" and play his part in manifesting A World that Works for All!
In honor of:
Charles and Lois Anderson, Ray's parents.
His father transitioned on Oct 14, 2002, after having lived with the experience of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) and died as a result of non-Hodgkins lymphoma and other complications.
His mother, Lois Anderson, transitioned on Father's Day, June 21, 2020, after having experienced a rather rapid decline due to Dementia.
Ray does his best to be of service, embodying the deepest lessons and values his parents gifted him with.
He is always writing, creating, teaching, mentoring, serving others while also working on his own spiritual path of authentic, transparent, and empowered living.
This bio is but a tiny glimpse into who he is and what he does.
Ever want to know more, all you need to do is ask (smile).
We encourage you to contact him should you want to schedule him to teach a class, workshop, and to book him for any speaking engagements or one on one coaching, mentoring, or Practitioner sessions. - contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com and cc his administrative assistant via firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
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Ray continues to be ever vigilant “walking the walk and talking the talk” by living as authentically and as transparently as possible, to honor those he loves: his father, his mother, his sons, his grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, … the entire OHANA. By being the change that Gandhi spoke of, Ray intends each day to live life fully, using each breath to serve the Universal Whole in love and compassion.
"But if you guide them, ... if you give them hope, that's what this symbol means. The symbol of the House of El means hope. Embodied within that hope is the fundamental belief the potential of every person to be a force for good. That's what you can bring them."
"What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society had intended? What if a child aspired to something greater?"
Executive Administrative Assistant to Dr. Anderson
Reiki Master / Teacher / Videographer - Photographer
Tracy A. Rhymes was born in Far Rockaway Queens, New York. She was born and raised in Hammels projects in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York. She joined the United States Army after graduating from High School. After serving, she separated under honorable conditions and began working for the Federal Government and has continued since. She currently works for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (TSP) in Washington, DC. Tracy is also the Executive Assistant to Rev. Dr. Raymont Anderson.
Tracy awakened one morning and learned/felt that Spirit placed on her heart the desire to communicate with the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. From that, she began taking American Sign Language (ASL) classes. It was on this path when Tracy first met Rev. Dr. Raymont Anderson. At this time he was “Ray” and the President of his performance company B.E.L.I.E.V.E. He visited the church she was attending at the time as a guest performer. After service during a conversation, she was invited to one of his company’s rehearsals and shortly after that, Tracy became a member of his performance company B.E.L.I.E.V.E. She learned so much under his teaching and direction about sign language, performing, and herself. Tracy is grateful for the times she had the opportunity to touch and inspire people all over.
September 2008 during a trip to New York City, Rev. Dr. Raymont Anderson introduced Tracy to Unity church, she enjoyed and felt so good after the experience and realized that was what she had been seeking for months. It was then that her interest was piqued to learn more about Metaphysics and New Thought.
Tracy began visiting a few classes Rev. Dr. Anderson was teaching at Southeast University (SEU’s), it was during one of those classes that Tracy learned one of her callings. That night, there was a movie shown titled “Conversations With God.” After viewing that movie, Tracy immediately said to Rev. Dr. Anderson “That’s what I want to do, I want be your Administrative Assistant.” Rev. Dr. Anderson, after realizing that Tracy was serious, put some thought to it and later accepted her offer. Tracy has been enjoying the ride working for him since. Tracy is honored that she had the opportunity to be supportive and share in the experience when he went from “Ray” to Dr. Anderson and then to Rev. Dr. Raymont Anderson. She looks forward to the ride with him for all his upcoming successes as he rides along with her for hers.
Tracy has had a love and passion for cameras since she was young. Whenever someone had a camera around her, she found a way to get it out of their hands and into her hands…then it was click… click ….click, she took pictures of anything and everything. Tracy was excited when she had an opportunity for a semester of school to work with film, take photos, and then develop them in the lab herself…it was an AMAZING experience. When the semester ended, the passion continued; however, she was only able to take pictures, she had to leave the developing up to someone else. Years later after having to put her photography studies on the self, Tracy is back at it, when you see her there is a camera in her hand or one close by. She is a photographer who loves taking candid and scenic/nature photos. Tracy loves freezing the true essence and beauty of those she captures in her lens. She is not limited to candid and scenic/nature photos, she does portraits as well. Tracy is Rev. Dr. Raymont Anderson’s personal photographer and videographer. She loves this job because Rev. Dr. Ray is so animated, she always gets great photos. She also has conducted a few photo sessions for a personal website, a dating page, and for personal use.
Tracy is a Reiki Master Practitioner and assists Rev. Dr. Ray when he teaches Reiki classes. She has an Associates of Applied Science in Business Management, a Certificate as a Personal Computer Specialist, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Tracy knows traveling and working for Rev. Dr. Anderson will not only help her empower and educate her, it will allow her to be an avenue to help enlighten others about living a holistic life.
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