There is no fear in love

calendula-185322_640Is it possible to not be afraid? Can we live a life without fear?

Yes.

One of the things that attracted me to Christian Science, the systematic study of God’s laws, was the promise of a fearless life through an understanding of spiritual reality and a right relationship with Him.

Christ Jesus was someone who lived without fear. He loved. He healed. He told the devil to get behind him.

When he was in need of divine healing, he prayed. And we are told that angels came and ministered unto him and brought to him messages of comfort, love and refreshment that he needed to continue his work.

As I praying about the recent tragedy in Paris, I came across an article called “Polarize and conquer? How ISIS inflames anti-Muslim hostility.” This article brought out the root cause of these kinds of attacks. The article illustrates the mentality of extremes — a belief of sides warring against each other.

Does Infinite God see or know sides? Does infinity have an opposite? If God is all, is there anything to oppose him?

Praying effectively starts with God and knowing what God is seeing and knowing.

Belief in a material basis, from which may be deduced all rationality, is slowly yielding to the idea of a metaphysical basis, looking away from matter to Mind as the cause of every effect,” wrote Mary Baker Eddy, a woman who was an expert on prayer and healing.

More and more people are realizing that this problem of extremism can not be stamped out purely physically. We have to address the problem mentally and metaphysically, knowing that the Mind that governs humans is the Mind of God — full of grace, compassion, empathy, spiritual understanding, light and revelation. We don’t have to fall into the trap of reacting to erroneous ways of thinking. We can stand firm, together and unafraid.

Here is my prayer of affirmation for the purpose of healing:

God, good, is all. Spirit is all. Life is all. Truth is all. Love is all.
Man is spiritual and pure. Man is forever at one with the Life that lives him and the Spirit that moves and breathes him. It is natural for man to see and understand this. There isn’t an attraction to anything other than God, good. There is no lure of false pleasure or a false view of heaven, harmony.
Every human has the innate, spiritual ability to be ruled and governed by the Mind that is God, good. This is the Mind that was demonstrated by Christ Jesus to be pure, holy, loving, healthy, compassionate and strong. This Mind is not fanatical. This Mind is fearless.
God is life of man. God is breathing man. God is moving man. It is natural for man to love his neighbor. Thank you, Father-Mother God, for creating each of us in your image and likeness. Thank you for loving, blessing and guiding all us in fearless relationship with one another. Amen.

Life Lessons and Spiritual Insights Part 2

 

 

Here  is Part 2 – the continuation of life lessons and spiritual insights I’m grateful for. God is always graciously teaching us and showing us the Way!  🙂

 

One of the lessons I learned in school was not to gossip (I only wish I knew this from the get-go – it would have made things a lot easier!). It can be so tempting to join in the criticism or “fun” in a conversation with friends – comparing people to others and labeling their actions in some way.

 

The Bible shows us that God directs our way and actions, and human opinions and beliefs mean nothing to Him (for instance, in a job search or in the path we choose in life).  He shows us that He doesn’t care what popular opinions say in such stories as Moses and the children of Israel, Daniel and the lion’s den, Nehemiah building the wall and countless other examples.  In fact, the Bible is really a compilation of the Spirit of God lifting us out popular beliefs and saying in a way, “I don’t care what’s going on humanly…this is what is really going on and is really going to happen”.

 

We can have the same Spirit today, even if we’re dealing with a physical illness.  Maybe there has been a prediction about our state of being or our future.  God shows us that it doesn’t matter what is going on humanly.  Only what He says and knows counts.  God never created sickness or any debilitating illness for us to be subject to.  Nor can we be harmed from criticism or gossip by another.

 

If we think kindly towards others, any criticism or unkind thought shot toward us falls right off.  “The mental arrow shot from another’s bow is practically harmless, unless our own thought barbs it.”

 

“…We should go forth into life with the smallest expectations, but with the largest patience; with a keen relish for and appreciation of everything beautiful, great, and good, but with a temper so genial that the friction of the world shall not wear upon our sensibilities; with an equanimity so settled that no passing breath nor accidental disturbance shall agitate or ruffle it…” (Taking Offense, Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, Eddy)

 

I love this article called “Taking Offense” by Mary Baker Eddy (a spiritual leader, healer and teacher in 1821-1910).  It is such a wonderful reminder that we don’t have to get caught up in the swing of things – all the gossip that is presented, whether it be in our family, neighbor or even in cultures and government  around the world.  We never have to think an unkind or unloving thought toward anyone nor can any reach us – what a freedom this is (keeping our mental atmosphere pure, uplifted and free)!