Posted in Current events & community, Future/stability/security, Women

Love. The only power.

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to attend and be a part of the planning committee for the 39th Annual Women’s Interfaith Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

Two panelists, a younger and older generation, from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Baha’i faith traditions participated and shared stories and faith practices from their traditions that have inspired, encouraged, and challenged them to grow more spiritually. This event was filled with love, peace, and mutual understanding.

I’m grateful for events such as these to break down ignorance and fear of the “other” that leads to discrimination, prejudice, and hatred. With the hate crimes and prejudice that are on display around the world, it is important not to believe that living in fear of our neighbors is the answer or normative.

Instead, we are called to build bridges of understanding and empathy with fellow humans even if we don’t agree. More important than being “right” about our own opinions is the way we live with our neighbors/brothers/sisters by treating others the way we want to be treated.

This Bible statement is so valuable:

if we say we love God and don’t love each other, we are liars. We cannot see God. So how can we love God, if we don’t love the people we can see? 1 John 4:20

Sometimes it’s easier to love God than to love people. After all God is perfect Spirit and Love who doesn’t cause any evil or discord. Pretty easy to love a Being like that! As hard as it can be, I’m beginning to see that my love for God has to be expressed by my love for my neighbors, even those with other political viewpoints and who live differently than I do. Love has to be big enough to include everyone.

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus responds to the question “who is my neighbor” by pointing out to his audience that the commandment of love for neighbor has to include foreigners, people from other countries who have different cultures and traditions than his own. How important and timely this message is! I love how relevant passages and stories such as these are.

When we had an incident with a neighbor in which the harmonious and peaceful state of our home was interrupted, it was tempting to act with frustration, indignation and self-justification. But as I prayed to find peace, reading Jesus example of living a life of fearless, inclusive love changed me. It showed me I had to overcome the desire to simply flee, but I had to respond with spiritual love and take a stand for man being the image and likeness of God. I found satisfaction, comfort, and a renewed sense of purpose in praying for my neighbors and seeing all of them through God’s eyes.

Imagine if every person on the planet stood guard over his and her consciousness filling it with love, peace, respect, interest in and care for others. Where would the hate go? It would disappear! “If mortals would keep proper ward over mortal mind, the brood of evils which infest it would be cleared out.” (Eddy, Science and Health, p.234) The more we keep our consciousness filled with light, love, and goodness, the more we will manifest. We can overcome fear of the “other” and understand we all have so much in common with one another.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It’s important to teach this to our children as well. Hatred, ignorance, and prejudice do not have to be passed down generation to generation. We can teach and model what it means to be global citizens — to have respect and interest in those who are different than us: different skin color, places of worship, or different cultures. They are so receptive to goodness and naturally find much in common with their neighbors. It is so inspiring to be around children who love and express joy so easily. Children have a natural openness and curiosity about others that can be nurtured and encouraged.

As we strive to see everyone through the lens of Love, we will see more beauty and goodness in the world. We will see beautiful expressions of the Creator. As children of one Spirit, we are each naturally attracted to light, spirituality, joy, and love. Just like plants turn naturally towards sunlight, we can naturally turn towards the light of love. We are each the valuable and loved expressions of God and can share that love together today.

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Posted in Health/wellness, Identity/healing the past, Mental health/wellness, Prayer/healing

A moment of spiritual clarity that heals

A recent news article highlighted the number of teens dealing with depression and anxiety. It reminded me of a time when I was dealing with a deep depression or a deep sense of loneliness. There wasn’t a particular reason for it. I had a happy life with plenty and friends, a nice boyfriend, a good job, etc. But there I was feeling like a victim to these feelings of sadness. I had been trying to skirt the issue by filling my schedule up with dates with friends and activities. But when my boyfriend at the time was unavailable one evening to hang out with me, I had no one else to turn to, and I finally found myself alone confronted with these feelings of loneliness. There I was feeling very alone, and I sat on my bed crying — or rather sobbing — for some time.

But then I reached out to God. It was a simple prayer. A simple and heartfelt “God, help me”. In other words, God help me overcome this deep loneliness and sadness I am feeling that has come out of nowhere!  Well, then I heard this voice. It said “You don’t have to be tempted by this.” Whoa! I was amazed. I was especially amazed because it completely freed me in that instant. In that very moment I was instantaneously cured. Sadness was gone. I dried my eyes. Turned off the light, rolled over, and went peacefully to sleep.

That moment was a revelation  — like a light turned on. In that instant, I realized all those negative thoughts were actually outside of me trying to get in and wasn’t a part of me. God showed me it was a temptation from the carnal mind, evil, and thereby wasn’t something that was part of me. It was not coming from inside of me and needing to get out. It was the other way around! It was outside of me trying to enter through the door of my consciousness. That gave me a sense of clarity and showed me that the problem really had nothing to do with me, I didn’t have to accept it, and that I was already whole and complete. This change in perspective made all the difference in the world.

The Word of God is a powerful preacher, and it is not too spiritual to be practical, nor too transcendental to be heard and understood. –Mary Baker Eddy

Whatever negative thoughts we are presented with — lack, limitation, frustration, etc. — they are not a part of us as the beloved sons and daughters of God. God has given each of us a perfect mind and identity that is creative, intelligent, peaceful, valuable, needed, and whole. We each have the mind of Christ. We can shut out the carnal mind with it’s false assumptions. We have the spiritual authority to resist and overcome thoughts that are unlike God. God has given us this power and ability.

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:2

I am supremely grateful for this experience. It showed once again just how wonderful and good God is. Just one moment of divine consciousness — perceiving the nature of God, the truth of being, and our relationship to God — can heal, save, and stop a flood of tears.

Posted in Future/stability/security, Life, Mental health/wellness, Prayer/healing

See yourself through God’s eyes

How do you see yourself? As the spiritual image and likeness of infinite Spirit? As unlimited, beautiful, flawless, and perfect? If you see yourself as anything less, than take a look at yourself through God’s eyes!

You are of purer eyes than to behold evil…Habakkuk 1:13

When we start with our Creator — infinite, spiritual, and perfect — then it is natural for us to express God’s likeness.

We don’t need to allow ourselves to see anything less than the whole, talented, valuable, beloved, and free child of God.

When we start with our Source, we find a direct route to knowing our spiritual identity.

So what do we do with those negative messages coming to us? The Bible tells us of the supreme power and authority of good in our consciousness.

…those [thoughts] who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those [thoughts] who contend with you,but you shall not find them; those [thoughts] who war against you shall be as nothing at all. Isaiah 41:11,12

When we think of this passage in terms of thoughts, we see that any self-doubt, insecurity, fear, or lack — will be as nothing. We do not have to accept the negative messages coming to our consciousness. We can stand “porter at the door of thought”1 and allow only goodness to be manifested in our human consciousness and experience. When we awaken to our spiritually identity, moment by moment, it is like turning on a light and the darkness flees.

Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand…For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:10, 13

God is helping us to know the truth about ourselves. With God on our side, it doesn’t have to be hard. We can shut out the unhealthy and negative thoughts because they do not have validity or authority in God’s kingdom.

You don’t have to believe the negative voices in your head. They will NEVER be true. You are the loved and blessed child of a good, God. You will never be anything less. Put that limited picture of you behind you. See yourself through God’s eyes today.


1 Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 392