Posted in Health/wellness, Identity/healing the past, Life, Prayer/healing

Know who you are

It could be said that the greatest knowledge in life is to know who God is and who you are as God’s image and likeness.

To know that God is your Father-Mother and created you and always loves you is powerful, comforting, and reassuring. Then to know that you are made in the image and likeness of Spirit — of divine Life and Love — and are therefore spiritual, beautiful, whole, complete, eternal, flawless, happy, and valuable is a perfect foundation and lens to look through.

…man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry…Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father…–Mary Baker Eddy

When this is the starting point of our life and the basis for our prayers, we bring our consciousness in accord with God, divine Life. You could say it’s not enough to be free — you have to know that you are free! In the same way, we could say it’s not enough to be spiritual we have to know and understand that we are spiritual here and now. We can awaken to know who we are as spiritual beings. This enables us to live lives of happiness, joy, peace, poise, and productivity. Prayer — contemplating the spiritual nature of being and communing with infinite Spirit — revitalizes and opens our thought to the spiritual nature of reality.

Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. I Corinthians 2:12

We can align ourselves with the power and presence of God through our prayers, meditations, and contemplation. By recognizing the infinite nature of divine Life and Love, we can feel the presence of divine Love, glimpse the nature of divine light, and let go of a limited and darkened consciousness. When we gain the inspired consciousness of God’s allness and goodness, and we understanding the divine power, then we no longer fear and healing happens. Health is improved, limitations fall away, funds are available, peace and harmony are restored.  We are standing on “holy ground” in a mental and spiritual awareness of peace, health, fearlessness, joy, and harmony.

This spiritualization of thought is described in a sweet hymn “From sense to Soul”:

The way leads upward and its goal draws nearer, / Thought soars enraptured, fetterless and free; / The vision infinite to me grows clearer, / I touch the fringes of eternity.–Violet Hay

Take moments to cultivate an awareness of God’s presence and grace. It’s the best gift you can give yourself and the world.

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Posted in Body/physical healing, Health/wellness, Mental health/wellness

Health and healing

We all want to experience greater health and healing in our lives. It is a natural desire to experience spirituality in a way that blesses, heals, and inspires.

How do we heal? By allowing the presence, light and love of God to fill your consciousness so there isn’t room for anything else.

Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual, — neither in nor of matter, — and the body will then utter no complaints.1

When we allow our consciousness to be transformed by God, we can be healed. Healing happens when we see what God sees! God sees perfection, harmony, peace, and wholeness. God knows you as an infinitely beloved and perfect child. You are made in His/Her image! God is delighted with you and in you! God wants only perfection, goodness, and grace for you.

When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought.2

God has given you power and authority to resist anything that isn’t good. You can resist and overcome sickness, limitation, or fear.

Stand porter at the door of thought….Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action. Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.3

Keep your consciousness focused on Spirit — on the presence and power of God’s love — and Spirit will form you anew!

Holding your thought to the good and the true, Spirit will form you anew.4

 

 

1 Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 14
2 Science and Health, 495
3 Science and Health, 392393
4 Peter B. Allen, Christian Science Hymnal, 453

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

Asceticism and spiritual practice

Asceticism is a spiritual discipline that has been practiced throughout history as way to deny the self and feel closer to the Divine.

For early Christians, the ascetic practices were as diverse as their understanding of Jesus Christ. For some, it was living in monasteries with a strict spiritual discipline, for others it was living on tall pillars in the midst of a community, and for some others it was imitating Christ through martyrdom.

Today a spiritual practice often has to do with a desire to feel connected. Feeling connected to nature, to people, or to God.

For some, spiritual practice may include prayer or fasting, for others it might be yoga and mindfulness, for others it might be community and social justice. Perhaps ones spiritual practice may include elements of all of these things.

I find a consistent spiritual practice and discipline that allows me to become more aware of my thinking, what is happening in my consciousness, to be essential. Am I entertaining doubts or fears? Am I buying into materialism or commercialism? Am I having God-centered thinking? Maintaining balanced thinking is essential to keeping us healthy, happy, and purposeful.

A spiritual practice can help one discipline thought by becoming more conscious of the Mind of Christ or divine inspiration. This divine Mind is always communicating that we are blessed, we are spiritual, we are healthy, we are whole, we are loved. God sees and knows who we absolutely are. God is holding you in spiritual peace and divine perfection right now. Seeing beyond matter to the deeper spiritual sense of things helps us see and know a concrete being that is spiritual, perfect, and harmonious.

This is a metanoia experience, a change in consciousness, a healing. It satisfies and has healthy side effects (such as better relationships, improved self esteem, a greater connection to the Divine, and discernment of the Holy Spirit).

Developing a spiritual practice that enables one to be mindful and aware of God, keeping watch over our own consciousness is a great protection to us; it maintains our bodies (since our bodies are inextricably linked to our consciousness); and gives us spiritual renewal and freshness to keep up with the daily demands whether they be parenting, working, or volunteering.

At the end of the day, I like to wrap up the day with gratitude. Being grateful for every little thing — the sunlight. The wind in the trees. The smile of a family member. A feeling that God is with me. Whatever it may be. Wrapping up our day in gratitude shuts down the mental cycle of to-do lists. It stills and quiets thought.

Forgiveness is key, too. Practicing forgiveness for any slights you may have felt that day. These can be subtle (or overt) and we don’t want to let them build up. So simply letting go of any hurts or things that may have rubbed you the wrong way. Getting ready to start the new day with freshness.

A spiritual practice is a wonderful thing to cultivate. It is a gift. It is the perfect way to care for yourself and, thereby, to bless others. It will give you the insight, freedom, love, and joy you need to feel sustained throughout the day and the years.