There is no absence

As I was praying for a dear friend this morning, it occurred to me that there is no absence.  There is never an absence of God, of Love.

God fills all space.  Each moment is already so full of God, good and there is no room for anything else, nor can anything be lacking.  Each moment is filled with wisdom, harmony, joy, peace, spirit, spirituality, love, happiness, and clarity.

So in the morning when we think about our day, we can just see and know that each moment is so full of God already.  And then we can go into our day with confidence, listening and seeing the good that is already there. We have only beauty and harmony waiting for us because God is already there.

God has already been there, where ever we are going.  God has already prepared each place, each step for us.  God has already been a part of each activity, each conversation, and each new idea.  God is already there, making “radiant room” for us (Christian Science Hymnal, #298).  God has already done it because She loves us.  She couldn’t know or see anything less than good, anything less than perfection, because Her love for us is what motivates Her, impels Her and is what she sees and knows as an unchanging fact, as all there ever is and all there ever will be.

Time doesn’t govern us because God doesn’t see or know time. Quantum physicists and other scientists have already determined that time isn’t a reality.  It is simply the measurement of the material objects rotating around the solar system.  But that is a constant and continuous thing; it is the manifestation of God’s powerful, unchanging, constant government.  And it is “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Heb 13:8).

God knows and sees the absence of time – therefore all ideas in unchanging perfection.  Just stop and consider for a moment that there is no time, and you will see that all fear or regret are in proportion to our sense of time.  But God sees and knows only now.  There is never anything propelling or advancing us forward which is taking us away or separating us from God.  God simply sees our perfect oneness, our perfect relationship with Her.  There is nothing that can change this.

“Life is, like Christ, ‘the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever.’ Organization and time have nothing to do with Life.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pg. 249)  And in the same book, the definition of year shows the spiritual facts of existence very well.

“A solar measurement of time; mortality; space for repentance.”

“One moment of divine consciousness, or the spiritual 
understanding of Life and Love, is a foretaste of eternity. 
This exalted view, obtained and retained when the Science of being is understood, would bridge over with life 
discerned spiritually the interval of death, and man 
would be in the full consciousness of his immortality and 
eternal harmony, where sin, sickness, and death are unknown. Time is a mortal thought, the divisor of which 
is the solar year. Eternity is God’s measurement of Soul‐
filled years.”

“One day is with the Lord as a thousand years.” 
(II Peter iii. 8.)

God is all that propels and moves us forward.  Mrs. Eddy states in her book previously cited that “growth is the eternal mandate of Mind” (pg. 520) as well as “progress is the law of God” (pg. 233).  Therefore, it is God that is causing us to grow.  God is leading and guiding us forward.  We aren’t propelled forward by a material force against our will.  In fact, nothing governs us but the power of God, good.  This is the only power in our lives.  So let’s not fear that we can ever be taken away or separate from God.  We are always safe in God’s care.  And nothing can ever change this scientific fact.

Women’s rights

I listened to a wonderful online live audio chat called  “Spirituality and Women’s Rights” with Christian Science practitioner and teacher Ethel Baker, CSB as the guest speaker.  I love this topic because we can learn about how women’s rights have their derivative in our and everyone’s inherent spiritual rights.  The true idea of woman is entirely spiritual, created by God and is flawless and perfect.  The true idea of manhood is the same way.

A woman called me recently with some health issues that she had learned
about at the gynecologist.  We prayed to see the truth about women –
all women.  Together we read and prayed with the definition of man (as
in mankind) found in the Christian Science textbook
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. This definition starts with asking, “What is man?” referring to generic man.  To help us discern the true nature and identity of woman, we replaced the word man with woman in our reading so the question became “What is woman?”.  The answer states “[Woman] is not matter; [s]he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements.  The Scriptures inform us that [wo]man is made in the image and likeness of God” (Pg. 475).  We prayed to see that her true identity, her womanhood, came from God and was entirely spiritual, indestructible and flawless.  She is the image and likeness of God – whole, complete and perfect – as the book of Genesis explains to us (Gen, 1:26-27).  God sees her only as perfect.  We also took this a step further and thought about God as Mother and brought in more of the feminine nature of God to our prayers, which is attributed in love, compassion, purity and strength.  In Science and Health Mrs. Eddy identities God as Father and Mother which emphasizes a complete balance of the masculine and feminine qualities.

After praying with these ideas for a couple weeks, the call came
from the gynecologist saying that all was clear and normal.  We were
both very grateful for learning more about the true sense of woman — flawless and perfect – and God’s feminine nature as the source of womanhood and the true Mother and Creator.

In the world today, there might be some resistance or fear in thinking about woman as equal to men, just as some may find it problematic to
thinking of God as “Mother”.  And in this online chat it pointed out
there may be a fear of one then becoming greater and the other becoming lesser.  We can really fight and combat this fear of duality in our prayers in seeing and knowing that there is no duality in God’s
nature. God’s being is in total balance and harmony with itself and
included in God is manhood and womanhood. So we can see and recognize
right now that the harmony, balance, and equality of manhood and womanhood doesn’t include any destructive element.

In Genesis it states that God made them “male and female”.  In Christian Science we learn that this doesn’t refer to the male and female material reproductive systems, but that each of us is a whole complete idea embodying both manhood and womanhood.  We do this by express and possessing an equal balance of “masculine and feminine qualities” (Ibid pg. 57).  Strength, intelligence, wisdom, compassion, tenderness, gentleness belong to each of us because we are each the whole, complete idea of God – the embodiment of both masculine and feminine qualities.  This totally frees us from gender limitations and gender related disease.  And it helps to know that our happiness never comes from another person, but we are whole, complete and happy ideas now.

The interviewee also shared an idea in which she helped someone else to see a healing.  It was “your manhood protects your womanhood”.  I love this idea, and it immediately helped her patient to be healed of the menstrual cramps with which they were dealing.  None of these ideas – manhood or womanhood – could ever be exposed.  Our manhood or masculinity is protecting our femininity.  And our femininity is nurturing or “tenderizing” our masculinity.  Therefore you can’t have strength and power ever get out of control; neither can you have feeling or compassion ever be deprived of wisdom, intellect and good judgment.  We can begin to see how praying and thinking from this standpoint can erase gender related problems such as emotionalism often attributed to women, and power-control often associated to men.

I love thinking and praying about these ideas and I know, just as in the two examples stated above, that they have transforming affects, and
these spiritual ideas begin to appear in our human experience.

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