How do we find missing items?

Have you ever had something go missing?  I’m sure you have; we all have!

Recently I misplaced two essential items, and after searching in all the usual spots, I couldn’t find them.

What to do next?

Well the tendency would be to take human action to deactivate the lost items and move forward in replacing them.

However, I decided to apply the spiritual, metaphysical truths that I know from my study of Christian Science to find a solution.

The first instance was my passport.  I needed to have it renewed for summer trip.

There are a few places that I usually store my passport and I searched them.  All along I’m thinking “Why isn’t it in the folder I made for it? Where did I put it?”  I tore apart the garage, luggage and files in boxes.

It did not turn up.  I kept thinking, “I don’t know where it is.  I can’t find it.”  Well, from my study of spiritual metaphysics I know that statement isn’t exactly true, or helpful in finding something, and I caught myself.

I know that Mind is intelligent, sees all and knows all.  Mind is another name for God.  So, I began to think (or meditate or pray) about these things:  I reasoned that Mind knew where my passport was; and because we (man) are one with Mind, I could know where it was too.  I stopped searching (very important in trying to find “lost” items) and simply went about my business thinking about these concepts.  I sat down and an image came to mind of an envelope.  I recognized this envelope as one I had taken to the DMV a few weeks prior with all my important documentation in it including my passport.  And another image came to thought, and I knew the envelope was in the bottom drawer of my filing cabinet.

I went to the filing cabinet and there it was.  I might add there were other important items in the envelope too – my marriage certificate and a bill – which I needed for upcoming tasks, so it was an even bigger blessing than I thought it was.

I was planning on writing a blog about this.  And then this I morning my husband pointed out that we hadn’t seen my set of house/car keys for a while.  We were heading out for the day to an activity which would be handy to have an extra set of keys for.  I thought about recent bags I had carried and coats I had worn and knew they weren’t there.

As we were getting into the car, I remembered sometimes putting them on the workbench in the garage.  I checked and they weren’t there.  But as I was moving some winter snow pants I heard a jingle in the pocket.  I looked inside and there they were!

Here I only had a minute or two to find them before we left, and there they were, just as I was getting into the car. I was very surprised and thankful!

I’m so grateful for the solutions in each of these circumstances and to have glimpsed a bit more of infinitely intelligent divine Mind, which we are all one with.

Person versus Principle

Today I’ve been working (mentally) on seeing and knowing that there is only one Person!  In fact the limitation of any school of thought or religion comes from too great of a sense of person instead of Principle.  When we focus our thought on Principle, we are seeing what God is doing and knowing; we are seeing the Truth and a greater, expansive sense of Life.  Too great of a sense of person or personality separate our thought from the one God who is also the one Person.

There is one Mind, one Ego, or consciousness.  And everything is the manifestation of this one Mind.  Everything is in essence made up of God’s thoughts, God’s ideas, and what God sees and knows.

Does this mean that our being and existence is annihilated?  On the contrary, we are each the individual expression of the One Being.  God is the substance, nature, and essence of who we are.  We are essentially made up of spiritual qualities – love, joy, peace, harmony, creativity, spontaneity, life, vitality, energy, principle, honesty, integrity, and so on.  Each of us expresses Deity in a truly unique way – and this is our identity and individuality.  God’s creation or manifestation wouldn’t be complete with out each and everyone one of us.  Which is why we exist permanently and eternally in divine Mind.

That which is based on person instead of Principle is erroneous.  For instance to believe that Jesus as a person is our personal savior is limiting.  But to realize that his teachings are what saves us – what destroys evil and sin – is what enables us to “go and do likewise”[i] as he instructed.

“Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.”[ii] Here again, Jesus is pointing us to God; he was always trying to get us to look to God, follow God, and be obedient to God.  If we worship a person, other than the one Person or Principle, which is God, this is idolatry.  Jesus was teaching and revealing a Principle.  And when we look to that Principle we get the same results he did.

Stephen, Philip, and Paul all did the same.  They didn’t know Jesus personally, they weren’t taught by him personally, but that didn’t change the effect of his teachings because his teachings were based on a Principle.  They preached the “good news” and healed many that were sick or diseased.

Does Principle change?  Has it disappeared and gone away?  No.  Just as the principle of math doesn’t ever go anywhere, so divine Principle is still here, present, and applicable.  As we look to Principle, we see more of what God is doing, seeing, and knowing.  And anything that comes to our thought as another person other than God, the one Person, is false and stems from evil or what some call the “devil” which doesn’t have substance or reality.  These thoughts may come up like “she is bad” or “I feel sick” always presenting themselves as another ego.

Paul says, “For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:”[iii]

Here Paul is denying this ego or being separate from God.  He is saying that it is the Christ – the spirit of God – that makes up his identity and individuality.  And therefore he is and can only be and do like God.

And the same is true for us.

[i] Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p. 25

[ii] The Holy Bible – King James Version John 12:44

[iii] The Holy Bible – King James Version Galatians 2:19

Is time a factor in healing?

Does time play a factor in healing?  To popular belief, yes, as in the old saying that time heals.

However, to Christian Science the answer is no.  Healing is the spiritualization of
thought.  It is a revelation.  In fact healing is just the side effect of some new discovery about the spiritual facts of our being and existence.  It is God understood in a new way and/or a clearer understanding of who or what man is and our unchanging, permanent relationship or oneness to God.

In a Bible study workshop we had to clarify the meaning of healing.  One person used great and useful catch phrases: instead of healing, it’s revealing / not recovery but discovery.  This is so true and important in the expectation of healing.  If we start with matter that is in pain, uncomfortable, not working properly, than we are starting from the wrong premise and it makes the spiritual “work” laborious and unfruitful.

The Christian Science textbook teaches,

Metaphysics is above physics, and matter does not enter into metaphysical
ises or conclusions. The categories of metaphysics rest on one basis, the divine Mind.  Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul.” (Pg 269)

Therefore, our starting point is divine Mind.  What is divine Mind seeing and knowing?  Of course it is only perfection and good, joy and freedom since God is the only creator.  So how do we see and know this substance of being more clearly?

The textbook continues to instruct:

“The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind, — that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle.” (Pg. 275)

As we begin from this starting point, that is when revelation or understanding happens.  And healing occurs.  In most Christian Science testimonies you will here the person say they are grateful for their physical problem being resolved but they are even more grateful for the spiritual truth that they have learned; for the piece of eternity and the spiritual fact of our existence they have gleaned.  This new idea or understanding carries over into all aspects of their life instead of just the
one physical challenge.  It gives them a sense of permanent security and oneness of God that affects all areas of life and being.

Some healings may appear to take longer.  Christian Science isn’t a quick fix for our material problems, or to make our material lives more comfy.  Lots of healings do happen very quickly, faster even than is predicted by standard care.

Why?  What is the seeming element of time?  Well, time isn’t a factor at all actually.  It is the spiritualization of thought, the light of the Christ that shines into our consciousness that does the healing work.  “It is a spiritual idea that lights our path” (Angels, Miscellaneous Writings, p. 306) There is no separation between us and God which is why healing can happen instantaneously.  But I began thinking of the terms instantaneously and immediately a little differently and not in terms of time.

I heard a great audio chat on where the speaker, Bruce Fitzwater, CSB referred to ‘immediately’ not being a time reference but instead that there is
no middle-man (media referring to medium) between us and God.  God’s information or truth or healing light isn’t passing through something or someone to get to us, but is in fact at one with us all the time.

And instantaneous is the same way.  To me it signifies no separation between God and His ideas, divine Mind and His ideas.  God is being conscious of Himself always and this consciousness is at one with His reflection, man.  Therefore, God’s thoughts or angel messages are being communicated all the time and there is no separation or distance this needs to travel.

I enjoyed getting this clearer sense of how time (being material) has no relation to
healing.  So what about healings that seem to take a bit longer?  Well, healing is the spiritualization of thought so we can set our focus on that – the spiritual lessons we are learning; the spiritual joy we are finding; the security we are feeling from learning about our spiritual identity and of God’s unchanging, perfect love – instead of focusing on matter or time.  And that makes prayer and spiritual
healing happy and uplifting – when we start with Spirit/God as all that there
is then we are on the joyous discovery of our eternal substance, nature and

PS – Eternity referring to an absence of time and not a really long time.