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Self-sacrifice

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. Many people enjoy a federal holiday and some may reflect on the significance of this day.

Regardless of the diverse opinions out there about war, the military and patriotism, each person who has served in the military and each civilian are united by Christly qualities. It is the Christ which impels us to give unselfishly — to sacrifice ourselves so that others may experience some happiness and good. This sacrifice may come by serving in the military, as a schoolteacher, giving to a non-profit, or devoting one’s life to helping others in some way. We each give self-sacrifices of time, patience, money, and devotion to one another everyday, for which I am grateful.

These qualities and the impulsion to do so doesn’t come from who we are humanly; it comes from deep within our divine nature. It is God who is impelling us to give, guiding us, blessing us and replenishing us. It speaks of our eternal identity, which He created, that is all-good, skilful in expressing divine intelligence, compassion and integrity.

It is this eternal identity which unites all of us in appreciation, love, and forgiveness for one another. We have a deep well of divine strength that we can draw on each moment. This Source gives us solutions and answers to the problems we face and the skill to act on them. It is a deep spiritual love, compassion and integrity which unites us all.

Thanks to everyone who serves in whatever capacity they feel divinely led to do. Your self-sacrifice blesses you and all the world.

Posted in Body/physical healing, Future/stability/security, Health/wellness, Life

Life is eternal – how do we live and understand this now?

In Science and Health, the author Mary Baker Eddy writes, “Life is eternal. We should find this out and begin the demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are immortal.” (p. 246)

Mary Baker Eddy was a spiritual metaphysician who taught and healed others through her system Christian Science.  She explains this Science and how to heal in her main book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. 

The question I ask myself today is how do I begin the demonstration of “Life eternal”?

Considering that life is eternal – never dying or declining – has brought healing to me now.  It has destroyed a fear of degradation and a decrease in activity and life.

There are many amazing stories of men and women who have peaked mountains, run marathons and other activities in their 80’s and 90’s.

The Monitor had an issue last year on “Centenarians” and all they were actively doing today and the mentality they attributed to their longevity.

It really proved, to me, to be a mental state that kept them healthy and active, fulfilled and satisfied in their “old age”.  They didn’t accept the symptoms or label of “old age” as having power to control their experience.

Here is how the American baseball player, Satchel Paige, responded when people asked how he continued to successfully play when supposedly past his athletic prime: “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”

The point is it’s never too soon to expect unchanging good – to expect to experience longevity and all faculties of the mind in perfect working order.

And it’s never to late to get up, rise up in consciousness and activity to embrace infinite good.  All the good, vitality and energy you need are present right here, right now.

There are many people proving this is true and if it’s true for one, it’s true for all!

If you’re interested in hearing more inspiration and testimonies on this subject you can listen to or read these two audio chats on spirituality.com

 Reverse decline in health and living

Audio Chat with Channing Walker, CS

http://www.spirituality.com/article.jhtml?ElementId=/repositories/shcomarticle/Jan2008/1201123261.xml&ElementName=Reversing%20decline%20in%20health%20and%20living

Freedom from fear of dementia

Audio Chat with Rebecca Odegaard, CSB

http://www.spirituality.com/article.jhtml?ElementId=/repositories/shcomarticle/Dec2010/1291756937.xml&ElementName=Freedom%20from%20fear%20of%20dementia

Enjoy!

 

 

Posted in Current events & community, Future/stability/security, Health/wellness, Identity/healing the past, Life

“Emerge gently” in our spiritual journey

 

I have been cherishing an idea from the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures lately.

 

“Emerge gently from matter into Spirit.  Think not to thwart the spiritual ultimate of all things, but come naturally into Spirit through better health and morals and as the result of spiritual growth.” (p. 485)

 

To me this really illustrates and describes the journey I am partaking of.

 

In the past, I have tended to be a bit extreme.  I discover something new and I go for it all the way.  The same was when I re-discovered Christian Science.  I dove deeply into my study, spending several hours a day in prayer, meditation, and reading.  It strengthened me and changed my life.  But I realize I had more of a “destination” view of my spiritual journey and understanding.  The goal was to get there, to get somewhere.

 

What I cherish so much about the statement above is that we come into the spiritual sense of life naturally.   There can’t be any human will involved.  It is really a divine unfoldment each moment.  And our job is to be receptive, clear and willing to appreciate each spiritual opportunity throughout our day.  This might be in seeing someone’s spiritual identity in the face of conflicting or pushy personality; or seeing our true value and worth as a child or reflection of God; or knowing your and everyone’s God given exemption from a cold/flu, or any disease for that matter.

 

Any effort to attract does not come from God.  God is supplying us with all we need each moment.  When we try to attract something into our experience, we are thinking there is another source in addition to God.  But God is the only Source.  And because of this we can expect that we will have everything we need each moment, through our reflection of Him/Her.

 

God’s being is the only being and is full and complete.  God is the only doer and we reflect and express Him/Her.  The only one doing anything is God and therefore activity is perfect, good and right, and it blesses everyone.  We simply reflect the action of the divine.

 

Throughout our day we can feel inspired to begin an activity, to write someone or send a “thank you”, and we can also be guided in the right moment to stop or pause an activity.  Each moment of our day is orchestrated by the divine; we are part of the divine symphony, each component playing and holding at just the right moment.

 

We lose all sense of time when we think this way.  Time no longer outlines, defines or limits us.  God is conscious of being as a circle, not a linear timeline; of eternity and not mortal measurements.  We can live in eternity here and now.  Time doesn’t have to be anything more than a method in society to help us see order.  It does not have to govern or determine our lives.

 

Step out of time, and step into the eternal, infinite direction of divine Mind.  Soul/Life/Love is leading and guiding us each moment in absolute harmony and usefulness.

 

Happy New Year!