Childlike, Life, Mental health/wellness, Parenting/Father Mother God

Live distraction free 

I’ve decided the best gift I can give my son is to live free from distraction. I love to be free of mental clutter…the crowding wants and woes that leave little room to feel divine Spirit.

Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life…*

We all want to feel that freshness that comes like spring.

How do we bring that delight, childlikeness and joy into each moment? By silencing the push and pull of materialism. By declaring that you have the right to be free from mental burden and distraction. By knowing that distraction is not coming from your Maker.

So, instead, take this moment to turn wholeheartedly to God. Give your children and your true selfhood your whole attention and focus. Experience joy and freshness like children do. Watch how that simple joy can expand and fill your heart with delight.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.**

*Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures SH 249:6-7 (to life)
**1 Peter 5:7 NLT

Life, Mental health/wellness, Time/stress

Standing up for what’s right

person-723555_960_720I love to stand up and defend what is right and true.

Defending who we are as spiritual children of God is a daily part of my practice.

I strive to do the right thing and pray for guidance to know what that is even when doing something as simple as watching a movie or scheduling appointments. I find that divine guidance is guiding me to express my highest sense of right and moral courage in my interactions and decisions.

I certainly struggle to do the right thing just as every one else does. But the desire to feel and express God in every moment is fulfilled by a living, animating Spirit that leads us out of bad situations and helps us find forgiveness.

Christ is such a powerful force that he wipes the desire for materialism and sensuality completely out of thought.

sun-flower-726978_960_720These “new birth” experiences happen continually and some can even happen dramatically. One of my most profound transforming experiences was when I reached out to the Bible during a dark time in my life and I gained a greater perception of Jesus and the power and significance of his healing ministry today, which caused a dramatic shift in my lifestyle, choices and friendships in post-college years. This conversion experience was needed and ultimately set me on the path to helping others find spiritual freedom.

The desire to do what is right is a daily demand moment-by-moment, even though we may make great strides at different points in our life. For me, it starts with my morning “spiritual bath” prayer when I align myself with God. I pour in the Truth of who I am in quiet prayer and listen for God’s refreshing ideas revealing to me who I really am as His child.

You are loved. You are beautiful. You are safe. These are the types of words that divine Love echos in consciousness. I pray with passages from the Bible, writings by Mary Baker Eddy and hymns because these help to strengthen my understanding and confidence in God as I go throughout my day.

I just read an article with a wonderful, powerful example of taking a stand. A mother stands up for her daughter when the school counselor says her daughter isn’t intellectually fit for college. The mother expresses beautiful moral courage based on an understanding of  who her daughter is as God’s beautiful child. Her daughter receives prayerful support and — I’ll give away the ending — she goes to college, gets two masters degrees and completes a doctorate. Wow, good thing that mother had the moral courage to stand up for what is right! (You can read the full story here.)

The comforting thing is that regardless of where we are in life, our Father-Mother God is always standing up for us, revealing who we are spiritually as His children and giving us the daily inspiration we need to follow Him.

Health/wellness

A lesson on healing and innocence from Job

Job, from The Bible, shows us an incredible example of searching and taking a stand for experiencing and understanding more of God’s presence and power.

Do we have thoughts coming to us that sound like Job’s “friends”? “You don’t deserve to be healed. You must have done something wrong. You’re a sinner.” (See the book of Job). We probably all do.

https://pixabay.com/en/holiness-love-silhouette-kneeling-1207699/The book of Job shows us that we have the right to stand up for our innocence. Standing up to these thoughts isn’t a self-righteous thing, but a spiritual longing to see our innocence and freedom from sin and disease. Job hadn’t done anything wrong to deserve the pain that he was faced with. And ultimately reaching out to God enabled him to stand in the presence of God (to become fully aware of the Truth of His existence and power) so that Job was healed and saved.

What if we have done something wrong? Do we still have the right to be healed? To take a stand for our spiritual freedom Yes! Coming face to face with our mistakes and correcting them enables us to move past them. And this redemption comes from the basis of knowing, in reality, we are the spiritual, pure and perfect children of God, so it is natural to be healthy, live righteously and behave compassionately.

Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.

This was certainly true in the case of Job. When enemy thoughts were all around, he was still able to discern his innocence and right to freedom. We can take that stand, too.

Christ, the universal message of Truth and Love, is present in thought to bring about healing.

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Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 494

Future/stability/security, Mental health/wellness, Time/stress

What is controlling our thinking?

bieszczady-1001894__180One night, while laying in bed trying to go to sleep, I found myself ruminating about an upcoming project that didn’t require me to be organizing every detail that moment. What I did need was a feeling of peace, rest and trust in God’s all-power.

What do we do when we feel like our thinking is being hijacked from our naturally happy, healthy, restful selves?

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.1

the-stones-263661__180Mary Baker Eddy, a spiritual teacher and healer, called this influence “error” — it is simply an error to believe that God is not in control; it is simply an error to believe that God’s reality is not harmonious, perfect and that you are not included in it right now.

You are valuable! You are special!

Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid2;

To be at one with divine consciousness is to know that God is controlling and working out every detail of your experience.

You are an active component of one “stupendous whole”.

As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with universal good.3

love-1120294__180Sometimes I wonder: “Really, me? My tiny, insignificant problem in the grand scheme of things? Is God really working that out?” Well the answer that comes is YES —not because my problem is of huge significance but because my being is at one with the whole being— the whole of creation, God’s perfect universe. If I claim and accept that he isn’t governing me than I am claiming and accepting that I am separate from God and the rest of His creation. Impossible!

sea-989677__180As I lay in bed that night, I saw clear that it was error (subtly or aggressively) influencing me to over-analyze without relying on God, good, to guide each step of the way through divine inspiration. The moment I realized the error that was influencing my consciousness, I turned my thought to Christ; I thought about the Bible story of Christ Jesus walking over the waves to his disciples who were in the boat.

Jesus taught us to walk over, not into or with, the currents of matter, or mortal mind.4
It was clear to me that I had a choice to make: I could believe that God is all and is the only true law caring for every want and detail I could possibly imagine or I could stay in the boat of believing that there is lack, limitation, rush, stress, and fear that God has no ability to reject.

 

Thinking about the Master’s nonjudgmental compassion for Peter in reaching out his hand to help Peter when he started to sink helped me see the divine Love that I really wanted to take a stand for. I could see that I was being urged to “walk over the waves” – the downward pull of material thinking — to trust in God’s love.

The unnecessary ruminating stopped in those moments. I slept peacefully and awoke feeling a greater sense of freedom and refreshment. (In the following weeks, the project even evolved in such a way that the details I would have planned that evening would been obsolete, so I was saved from wasted time.) Divine inspiration, trust, and not human will, was needed to take the lead.

. . . let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.5

So, if you find yourself fretting about something, know that Christ is present to help you break the cycles of negative/limited thinking; Christ enables you to see who you really are, your perfect relationship with God who is unfolding every perfect detail to bless everyone.

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1 Romans 8:6 NIV
2 Luke 12:7 NIV
3 Mary Baker Eddy, The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, p. 165:16-18
4 Mary Baker Eddy, Unity of Good, p. 11:3-4
5 James 1:4 NKJV

Mental health/wellness, Prayer/healing

Freedom from fearful thoughts

Lately I’ve found thoughts of accident, disaster, and tragedy harassing me. I’m not generally a fearful or paranoid person, so this was unusual. The way I’ve been dealing with this is through prayer.

The Bible states:

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8, 9 NIV)

So all I have to do is think about & focus on the things that are divine, good & true. Recognizing that these negative thoughts are not my mind is a huge help. St. Paul also says to have that mind which is in Christ. That Mind is God — the one intelligence or consciousness. God’s thoughts are pure, holy, peaceful & good. When I am governed by & listening to him, there isn’t any room for thoughts that are bad.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Founder of Christian Science, wrote:
“…keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.”

I’m so grateful that we all have the tools at hand to find mental and physical freedom.

Guest blogs/reposts, Identity/healing the past, Prayer/healing

Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”

The following excerpts by Christie Hanzlik, C.S.  are from Let Your Light Shine on UNREALITY to Reveal Reality! (a Christian Science Bible Lesson study guide) 

Plato, a Greek philosopher, created his “Allegory of the Cave” roughly 400 years before Jesus’s ministry, but, in many ways, we can see it as an early glimpse of Christ’s promise to all mankind that we can be free from material bondage.   In fact, we can use the allegory to understand Jesus’s necessary role in revealing and demonstrating reality to mankind.
 
Whereas Plato may have left the story with the prisoners unable to understand the true nature of reality, Jesus proved that people could understand it.  Without Christ Jesus’s amazing demonstration of spiritual vision and communication, the “world outside the cave” would remain a garbled confusion to those feeling imprisoned by matter.   Christ Jesus was necessary to bring the Divine revelation to humanity.
 
Jesus understood God’s love for us so well that he could, unlike the freed prisoner in Plato’s allegory, communicate and demonstrate the truth about the “world outside the cave.”  His role was to show us the way out of the cave so we could see and prove for ourselves that we are not prisoners. He was the way shower.  And true Christianity, as Jesus taught it, is the movement and spread of the absolute truth that we are not prisoners chained in a cave of matter.
 
Jesus saw clearly that the “shadow wall”-matter-is not the true picture of reality even if it may seem to present mesmerizing sights and sounds and smells. He understood the “world outside the cave”-spiritual reality-and his purpose was to reveal this truth to all mankind.  Jesus asked us to let our light shine and to continue sharing his message of salvation-freedom from the chains of matter. Once we know about the “world outside the cave,” we cannot go back to not knowing it; and it’s natural for us to want to share it with others. 
Current events & community, Guest blogs/reposts, Sports/fitness/exercise, Women

Repost: Inspiration from the Olympics

The Olympics are so inspiring! And this blog post by a Christian Science practitioner and teacher points out so many ways the Olympics have propelled mankind forward to break even more limitations!

Olympic Freedom

by Virginia Harris, CSB

Oh the glorious Olympics! It seems like everyday since the Games began there has been some new ‘first’, some previous limitation or barrier broken through, left behind, gone beyond!

Almost daily there are new world records being established, and each breakthrough lifts all of us by showing the potential to surpass previously believed limits. And once a threshold has been crossed, there is only going forward to cross the next.

But there have been so many other breakthroughs as well…

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