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What is real progress?

What is real progress?

Is it a bigger house, car, more financial stability, etc?

Progress is the maturing conception of divine Love; –Mary Baker Eddy

Collective progress is really about spiritualizing consciousness. About gaining more of the true, unconditional, all inclusive sense of divine Love that uplifts and blesses. As humanity gains clearer views of this spiritual love, fear and anxiety diminish, and peace reigns. It’s not about each person taking their corner on peace. But about the kingdom of heaven reigning in us and the spiritual peace which accompanies that individually and collectively. This is transformative for humanity!

Gaining an inclusive sense of divine Love that kneels to wash each other’s feet — a symbol of humbleness — is a sign of self-sacrifice, true wisdom, and everlasting peace.

The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother’s need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another’s good.–Mary Baker Eddy

We can’t build safely on a false sense of what constitutes satisfaction, love, or peace. The human mind wants to see it’s somewhere out there and we have to work hard to attain it. But actually all we need is already provided for by God, and we see it as we awaken spiritually, realize the presence of good/God, and see God expressed inwardly and outwardly.

You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.–Matthew 5:8 The Message

This takes discipline and training of our mind! “Disciple” means student so as we strive to study and understand the kingdom of Love, we will start to see this kingdom expressed around us and experience this heavenly love.

When you look through green glasses, everything around use has a greenish tint. When you look through the lens of Love and Spirit, everything around you appears as lovely, loving, beautiful, compassionate, caring. You see everything and everyone as the offspring of God’s compassionate, all-embracing Love.

What happens when you look through the lens of fear? You see suspicion, distrust, doubt, anxiety, limited resources, etc.

The only thing we need then is to change our lens! A change of perspective. Openness, willingness, and receptivity to what God is seeing and doing.

Jesus showed us the nature of God by healing, restoring, providing, lifting up, and eliminating injustice. He showed us the nature of God. If we need a reality check, we can always look to him to gain the correct model of what is good, true and everlasting. This shows us how to live, love, and grow. It’s a true model for progress!

Jesus wasn’t very concerned with material things since he trusted in God, divine Love, who provided all he needed. He sent his disciples out without a wallet and recognized he didn’t have a material home. God provided for every human needed during his whole ministry.

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.–Matthew 6:31-33 ESV

So his primary focus was the reign of kingdom of God on earth; he stayed focused on his higher mission, and saw the fulfillment of all he had come to show us. What a beautiful example of keeping that higher goal before thought while living in the present moment and ushering in that awareness of the presence of God, divine Love.

We can follow this same model by having the realization of the kingdom be our big picture goal, while living those kingdom ideals moment by moment. By being open and receptive to seeing in news ways, we are bringing Christ into the big picture and into the minutiae of our day.

By purifying human thought, this state of mind permeates with increased harmony all the minutiæ of human affairs. — Mary Baker Eddy

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Posted in Life, Mental health/wellness

Finding lasting satisfaction

Satisfaction. What is it and where can we find it?

I think most of us have found that material circumstances are fleeting at best when it comes to satisfaction.

Is there a deeper state of mind that can make us feel fully satisfied? A state of consciousness that is not dependent on physical factors?

Yes. A consciousness that is aware of God’s presence and power is truly satisfied. Jesus began his beatitudes with “happy are those…” and most of them rely on seeing beyond the material circumstances. So, he must have been talking about a different kind of happiness — a heavenly happiness. A spiritual joy that knows that “all things work together for good to those who love God” (Romans 8:28) A missed flight? No big deal. All things are working together. A traffic jam? All things are working together. Jesus was the master metaphysician because he looked beyond the material circumstances to perceive the true, spiritual identity of each of us. Where material sense saw a sinner, he saw the blessed child of God. I was recently reading sin described as a “frustrated desire”. I thought that was a really interesting idea and woke me up to see if I am allowing frustration to control my thinking. This shows me the need to be alert to where we are seeking happiness from and to hold the control over our own consciousness.

Here is a beautiful podcast that I just listened to and enjoyed with lots of ideas on this topic called “What truly makes us happy and satisfied?

Happiness consists in being and in doing good; only what God gives, and what we give ourselves and others through His tenure, confers happiness: conscious worth satisfies the hungry heart, and nothing else can.–Mary Baker Eddy

I love this idea that knowing our worth and our dignity is what satisfies us. Knowing who we are as the spiritual sons and daughters of God. This view is satisfying because it looks beyond the veil to what God is seeing and knowing about each one of us. It is a deep, spiritual view that we know in our hearts, we feel it, and we cherish it. It is a view that is worth drinking in everyday so that we don’t allow the world to cause us to forget about it. It sees the eternal, spotless, whole identity of each spiritual child of God as loved, loving, lovely, and loveable. Behold yourself in this view. This spiritually inspired view heals.

Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love. — Mary Baker Eddy

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Building on a solid foundation

I’m realizing more and more the need to build our thought, our consciousness, on a strong foundation. Jesus talked about having a house that is built on the rock and when the storms and winds came it couldn’t knock over that house. When our house is built on the sand it falls when the winds and rain come.

That house is our consciousness — our view of ourselves and others — and we want that built squarely on a solid foundation. For me, that foundation comes from the infinite, spiritual Truth that transcends our material senses but is the truth that God, good, is everpresent and we are God’s image and likeness. This is a spiritual fact. When we begin with this premise stated in Genesis 1 that God saw everything that was made as very good, we have the authority to denounce anything in our thought, our mental home, that is unlike God. Through spiritual power we have the ability to deny the supposed power of fear, limitation, lack, negativity of any kind, disease, bad predictions, etc.

We have to awaken to the authority that Christ gives us to deny and denounce any power unlike God. We can do this mentally and spiritually in our prayer closet. We can gain dominion, thought by thought, over believing and accepting things that aren’t from God, Spirit.

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.*

So don’t allow evil/erroneous thinking to dictate your life or push you around! Kick it out! If it isn’t from God, then you don’t have to have it and it isn’t a power.

Turn that serpent into a staff, like Moses did, for you to lean on and to be part of that solid foundation for your journey Spiritward.

*John 14:12