Reblog: Only Love’s atmosphere

When this writer saw a tornado, she quickly prayed. She realized the political turmoil in her neighborhood was affecting the whole atmosphere. Prayer brought a resolution to the political problems and to the weather. 

Only Love’s atmosphere

Prayer can bring calm to a storm – and even to political campaigns.

By Jane Hickson

Late one afternoon, my granddaughter and I decided to make a quick trip to the pet store. It was closing shortly, but we had just enough time to drive there and make our purchase. Not far from home, stopped at a red light, I looked up. There in the sky, hovering over the pet store, was a funnel cloud – something I had never seen before, except in photos and on TV. I remembered someone saying earlier in the afternoon that there were tornadoes in the area, and that much damage had been done in several other places.

I reached out to God for an answer as to what to do. Then, I suddenly remembered that we were nearing the day to vote for governor of our state, and that this funnel cloud was directly over the home town of one of the candidates.

The campaign had been filled with political mudslinging, criticisms, accusations, and much condemnation hurled at one another. In fact, it was not unusual to be out in public and to overhear a stranger comment on how confusing it was to know how to vote, or to say there was no good choice of candidate. Neither candidate seemed very desirable.

I began to pray – about both the tornado and the negative political campaign…Read more

Not guilty!


Have you ever considered your innocence? The wonderful fact that you are not guilty?

The world is always trying to tell us we are guilty of something: not being good enough, past regrets or even simply because of this mortal existence.

Spirit is the creator; and Spirit creates everything in Her own image and likeness. Since Spirit has never fallen from Her perfect state that means we haven’t either. Goodness, innocence, purity, joy, childlikeness are all inherent in us. 

Sure, we’ve all made mistakes, fallen short of our own or other’s expectations; perhaps in the moment of that mistake we were governed by fear – fear of what would happen or what wouldn’t happen based on what we would we should do; in a sense we forgot, in that moment, who we were as the perfect, image & likeness of Spirit/Love/Truth with a rich, divine inheritance. 

These instances of mistakes can never change who we really are.

“If you believe in and practise wrong knowingly, you can at once change your course and do right.”¹

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.”²

So we don’t need to be plagued by guilt today. We can drop whatever it is, perhaps even taking some footsteps to right a past wrong. 

I experienced this first hand yesterday. I suddenly found myself feeling quite unwell physically. I started to pray about this with the books and study resources I have for prayer/meditation. I called a Christian Science practitioner for metaphysical treatment (this is someone who prays to know the supremacy of divine Mind in your experience and that no other thought that is negative or sickly can reside in your consciousness. It is wonderfully effective and demonstrates the connection between mind, body and spirit).

Just before bed it occurred to me that I was feeling guilty about a mistake with a friend. Even though the situation wasn’t a big one there was still lingering guilt and fear about it. I decided the best thing to do was to email the friend and apologize. I wanted this person to know my intentions and that I didn’t want things to be awkward. 

After sending the email, I felt a lot better. I also watched an online lecture called “You’re not guilty” which shared a lot of great points:
1. You are not guilty of disappointing God
2. You are not guilty of creating your problems
3. You are not guilty of spiritual ignorance.

I went to sleep feeling peaceful. When I woke up I was hungry, feeling a lot better, and I received an email from my friend who said no worries and that all is well.

Recognizing our spiritual status as not guilty enables us to act that way, to love who we really are, and to love our neighbor better by recognizing their status as spiritual and not guilty! 

Have a blessed day! 🙂

¹Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
² King James Version, The Bible, Psalms 37:23, 24