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Overcoming personality 

I’m trying to be alert to the need not to glorify or belittle someone else’s personality. Sure there are some people that we get along with more than others, but looking deeply to see the spiritual nature — the God bestowed nature that includes an inexhaustible list of spiritual qualities — is helping me perceive divine reality. The actual spiritual substance that is underlying being. 

For instance, if someone is sick, I can see that person spiritually as whole, poised, receptive, loving, at one with God and including all right ideas from God, while tending to their human need with compassion and humility. 

Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy.*

This spiritual perspective heals.  

This can be helpful in an office setting as well. That horrible boss is actually God’s spiritual, valuable, loved and loving child. He or she is the embodiment of light. Discerning even one good thing, one quality such as compassion toward their family or honesty with their colleagues, can heal the situation because it melts the suggestions of evil that say that all is material and limited. 

This is absolutely helpful in looking at political leaders. That great act didn’t come from that particular person; it came from God giving the right idea — expressing Himself — to the people so that it would be a blessing to the community. 

Giving the credit to God helps me realize everyone’s innate Christly nature and capacity to be receptive to the ideas and messages coming to them from God. I can recognize that we all have the power to listen to God and that we don’t have to fear because it is our Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom (Luke 12:32). 

All of us can recognize the Kingdom within (Luke 17:21) and work together effectively to see that.
Let’s rejoice!

Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 477 

Posted in Employment/jobs, Life

Improving your work day

This week there were some difficult tasks at work.  You know the kind I mean – when things aren’t going smoothly; everything is just more complicated.

What I’m finding helpful this week is to pray about my work, my role and the atmosphere at work, the office, first thing each morning – striving to get a clear mental image of harmony.  I’ve learned through my experience in prayer that when we attain this image mentally, all frustration, fear of circumstances, difficulty fade away.

What helps me attain this mental image of harmony is to bless everyone I work with.  This is a practice I learned from the book The Gentle Art of Blessing by Pierre Pradervand.  It isn’t a type of prayer I had considered before, but it so simple and powerful.  This week it went like this: “Bless [name] in health, harmony and happiness; bless [name] in all they want and desire”, etc.  This helps me to raise my thought above seeing just ‘people I work with’ to see one another’s whole and perfect nature – each spiritual identity as an idea of divine Mind (God).  For me, this included recognizing each one has a family, hopes and dreams, and the right to health and spiritual freedom.   This gave me such a sense of awe, appreciation and love for everyone.

Well, yesterday, I was beaming at how perfectly tasks were going; many things were wonderfully accomplished; and there were so many lovely and helpful people.  Everything that needed to get done was resolved faster than I thought it would be.

In the evening, before going to bed, I made sure to mentally acknowledge each individual in gratitude who had been so helpful – who had expressed  lovely qualities and talents from God.

I’m so grateful!  I now know what a difference prayer can make in our work lives.  This simple ‘art of blessing’ and giving thanks for everyone’s skills and talents is a great practice to keep seeing God’s goodness in our day.