Fear not…you are safe

angel-427478_1280The Kingdom of Heaven is the safest place you can dwell.

This Kingdom is the consciousness of love, peace, and harmony — a selfless, divine Love for all men, women and children. This selfless, divine Love surrounds you and embraces you. You are safe in this Love. Meditate on this fact; rest in it.

No fear or worry about disease or death is part of this consciousness. No fear or worry is part of you. No fear or worry is in the atmosphere of divine Love, the Kingdom of Heaven.

We do not live in a physical space or time. You need to expand your sense of safety to know that you are safe because you live in Love — not because you live near or far away from conflict.

The Bible includes countless examples of God’s protection and power in times of war, famine and pestilence. Daniel was safe in the lion’s den, the three boys were safe in the furnace of fire (see Daniel 3 and 6), to give just a couple examples.

Why? Because the consciousness of Love has no sense of pain or fear. It can only see and know It’s own perfect reality. God is never afraid, never fears for His creation or manifestation. So, His likeness can not be made to fear.

You are safe in Love today. You can rest assured, not because of a physical place or location, but because you rest in the infinitude of Love. This is the safest place — or consciousness — in which you can dwell.

“Whoever dwells in the shelter [consciousness] of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91, NIV

Is healing through spiritual means really possible today?

shining-starHealing through prayer, through an understanding of our relationship to God, is natural and normal. It is like light filling the darkness so there is nothing else.

Healing through spiritual means may seem far-fetched or intangible to some and that is because matter seems so real and tangible to consciousness.

Everything that we truly love, everything that is good in our experience, is actual spiritual and permanent. Matter is simply a miscategorization of things. The substance of all that we cherish and value is spiritual and therefore it is ever-present and harmonious.

So, healing actually takes place in consciousness. It is an improved state of thought. It is fear, limitation and lack being put out for a divine understanding of wholeness, justice, and peace.

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (I Corinthians 13:12)

“…put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:24 NIV)

We can strive to have this understanding and “put on” our real self-hood made in the image and likeness of God right now!

Heaven and earth are not two separate physical locations.

Here is one definition of heaven that I like:
“HEAVEN. Harmony; the reign of Spirit, government of divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 587)

In an interview, Anita Moorjani, author of the book Dying to Be Me (who was healed of cancer through a positive change in her outlook about herself), says:

“In that realm I felt this incredible unconditional love and I knew that love was my birthright and it lifted my awareness.”

“In that state of clarity I realized it was incredibly simple — that heaven is loving and valuing yourself and knowing you are deserving and worthy. It didn’t matter whether I had a physical body. Whether I was in that realm or not, heaven was the same thing. It was about knowing this love and being aware of our connection to it. When your realize that you are worthy and deserving of everything God is, then you experience heaven.”

The more we get past thinking about heaven as a far off place, the more we can start recognizing this heaven here and now.

Christ Jesus proved the fallacy, or nothingness, of each claim of lack, sin and disease through his healing prayer. He demonstrated through his life and healing ministry that the law and will of God is restoration, health, wholeness and love for all, regardless of history or demographic.

St. Paul continued the mission of Christ by showing to that the Kingdom of Heaven is a tangible reality for all.

Christ Jesus commanded his followers to “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matthew 10:8 NIV)

This shows that all men, women and children have spiritual authority over these phases of evil and limitation.

We don’t have to wait for some future time to know and understand this. We can live the life that Christ Jesus demonstrated. We can heal ourselves and others through spiritual means (through an uplifted consciousness and awareness of God, good) right here and now because we have the will of God, which is unconditional love and goodness for all, enforcing itself for everyone.

Is Life controlling you…or time?

close-up-of-brick-circleIt’s so easy to get caught up in being in a rush these days. There are often many demands made on us. How do we navigate these waters and maintain a sense of peace?

“Life is without beginning and without end. Eternity, not time, expresses the thought of Life, and time is no part of eternity. One ceases [time] in proportion as the other [eternity] is recognized.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 468)

Imagine that…time ceasing! As I think about that, there is great sense of stillness, unity and serenity.

How do we recognize and bring eternal life in to our day right here and now?

I think it’s helpful to recognize that we are not on a timeline, but we are at one with the entire sphere of Life. What we see and know of human life is just a limited perspective and a fraction of the whole Life.

Christ Jesus demonstrated eternal Life in his resurrection and also in the lives of others whom he saved from death (see Luke 7:11-17, Matthew 9:18-26, and John 11:1-44).

He said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” (John 11: 25, 26)

So, clearly, Life is about much more than material cells and atoms.

Dr. Eben Alexander, the author of the New York Times bestseller “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife”, said in a recent interview, “The most profound revelation of all this was that the brain doesn’t create this kind of deeper message of soul, spirit, or consciousness at all.”

Certainly there is much peace and realizing that we will never really die. Our consciousness and identity are eternal and permanent.

“All that is beautiful and good in your individual consciousness is permanent” (Unity of Good, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 8). So all the love and the good within us is here to stay.

How can understanding that Life is eternal give us greater dominion over time?

I had an experience recently that illustrated that.

I was late. My meeting was about to start in 10 min. But there had been demands at home with family that I had needed to attend to. What to do? I recognized that I clearly had a choice. I could get all frazzled and in a tizzy. I could give up this sense of peace and dive into the invisible pressure that comes from time. Or I could maintain a sense of peace, recognizing it as a God-given quality, and trust that God is governing me and others, and I can never be punished (or cause others to be delayed) through doing good for others. I opted for peace. I got in the car. I did not speed. I praised God all the way. I prayed to recognize His qualities of poise, grace, kindness, patience, love and tenderness that are always with me. I arrived at the meeting right on time, even though there was no way humanly that I could have done so. The meeting commenced and all was very harmonious. I marvel at this beautiful spiritual lesson.

We always have a choice. We never have to let go of the spiritual dominion and poise that God has given us.

Now, I don’t mean that we should be apathetic and inconsiderate towards others. In the example above, no harm was caused to others by the demands from family that I had to take care of. And the spiritual dominion and peace that God gave me saved me from acting impatient and rushed, which can often cause others to feel agitated and hurried.

I’m so grateful for this small way, and the big ways, that we can prove Life is eternal, spiritual and harmonious right here and now.

Why do I love God?

emboss-infinityReligion may seem “dead” today, but it occurs to me that only material dogmas are really dead.

The love of God, and the love that God has towards us is very much alive. This is what “real” religion, or spirituality, is all about — that precious, tender relationship between God, man and all living things.

Why do I love God?

  • God is my Sustaining Infinite and Protector.
  • God is my Mind, and all of His/Her thoughts are lovely, loving and pure.
  • God’s Love is like a warm comforter on a cold, winter night that is always with me.
  • God’s Truth gives me direction and confidence.
  • God’s Soul gives me identity and identity to all living things in perfect unity. God’s Soul also gives me creativity, spontaneity and joy.
  • God’s Spirit is the substance of my being. It includes health, harmony and abundance.
  • God’s Life is my life. Forever and always.
  • God’s Principle is my solid foundation. The life, truth and love that I can never fall from.

These reasons for why I love God cause me to contemplate the question: how big is your God?

We can all expand our understanding and perception of God everyday. This spiritual understanding is the answer to every thing we need. It comprises the wholeness of who we are. It is basis for your health, your life purpose, your worth, and satisfaction.

This spiritual wholeness is illustrated in Christ Jesus’ statement, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37 NIV)

New office space!

IMG_3950Just a happy note to say “hello!” as I’m sitting in our new office space in downtown Bend, Oregon.

We’re pleased to open this new office to our local community.

Healing Through Prayer: Christian Science Practitioners
777 NW Wall St. Suite 307

IMG_3587We’re open Monday — Friday from 9am – 4pm (closed between noon-1pm); Saturday and Sunday by appointment.

Of course, we are still available for virtual appointments and treatment for people outside the Bend area.

My husband, John Biggs, and I are sharing the office, and we will keep you posted about any other practitioners who may join us.

Our office website is: healingthroughprayerbend.com.

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Forget self and love others

candlelight-337560_640Glorify God in your body, home and family.

These are the words that came to me in my prayer this morning.

I’m re-reading notes from the class in Christian Science healing that I took in 2006. It’s a 12-day intensive course on the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, which helps students to understand God, the laws from the Bible the are practical and applicable in our daily lives, and it teaches how to heal yourself and others through Mind, God.

I came across this passage in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

In love for man, we gain a true sense of Love as God; and in no other way can we reach this spiritual sense, and rise — and still rise — to things most essential and divine. What hinders man’s progress is his vain conceit, the Phariseeism of the times, also his effort to steal from others and avoid hard work; errors which can never find a place in Science. (Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, p. 234)

“Things most essential and divine…” What are those? As I examined my own thought I saw that it is certainly not the “vain conceit” which tries to keep me focused on me instead of on the beautiful landscape of God and the divine light shining within us.

As I focus on glorifying God in my body, home and family, I focus on expressing grace, patience, humor, joy, humility and all the lovely qualities we desire to live with. A tendency to “steal from others and avoid hard work” slips away. As I focus on “things most essential and divine” I am filled up; I feel satisfied; I witness the joy and grace of God; I find opportunities to love.

Vain conceit tries to keep us focused on a “me” attitude instead of realizing that to find satisfaction, we have to be focused on others, giving (and receiving gracefully) and on God, divine Love.

It is with humility that today I focus on the task of glorifying God in my body, home and family.

I hope you will join me, so we can support each other along the way!