Is Life controlling you…or time?

close-up-of-brick-circleIt’s so easy to get caught up in being in a rush these days. There are often many demands made on us. How do we navigate these waters and maintain a sense of peace?

“Life is without beginning and without end. Eternity, not time, expresses the thought of Life, and time is no part of eternity. One ceases [time] in proportion as the other [eternity] is recognized.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 468)

Imagine that…time ceasing! As I think about that, there is great sense of stillness, unity and serenity.

How do we recognize and bring eternal life in to our day right here and now?

I think it’s helpful to recognize that we are not on a timeline, but we are at one with the entire sphere of Life. What we see and know of human life is just a limited perspective and a fraction of the whole Life.

Christ Jesus demonstrated eternal Life in his resurrection and also in the lives of others whom he saved from death (see Luke 7:11-17, Matthew 9:18-26, and John 11:1-44).

He said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” (John 11: 25, 26)

So, clearly, Life is about much more than material cells and atoms.

Dr. Eben Alexander, the author of the New York Times bestseller “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife”, said in a recent interview, “The most profound revelation of all this was that the brain doesn’t create this kind of deeper message of soul, spirit, or consciousness at all.”

Certainly there is much peace and realizing that we will never really die. Our consciousness and identity are eternal and permanent.

“All that is beautiful and good in your individual consciousness is permanent” (Unity of Good, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 8). So all the love and the good within us is here to stay.

How can understanding that Life is eternal give us greater dominion over time?

I had an experience recently that illustrated that.

I was late. My meeting was about to start in 10 min. But there had been demands at home with family that I had needed to attend to. What to do? I recognized that I clearly had a choice. I could get all frazzled and in a tizzy. I could give up this sense of peace and dive into the invisible pressure that comes from time. Or I could maintain a sense of peace, recognizing it as a God-given quality, and trust that God is governing me and others, and I can never be punished (or cause others to be delayed) through doing good for others. I opted for peace. I got in the car. I did not speed. I praised God all the way. I prayed to recognize His qualities of poise, grace, kindness, patience, love and tenderness that are always with me. I arrived at the meeting right on time, even though there was no way humanly that I could have done so. The meeting commenced and all was very harmonious. I marvel at this beautiful spiritual lesson.

We always have a choice. We never have to let go of the spiritual dominion and poise that God has given us.

Now, I don’t mean that we should be apathetic and inconsiderate towards others. In the example above, no harm was caused to others by the demands from family that I had to take care of. And the spiritual dominion and peace that God gave me saved me from acting impatient and rushed, which can often cause others to feel agitated and hurried.

I’m so grateful for this small way, and the big ways, that we can prove Life is eternal, spiritual and harmonious right here and now.

What can we do better? Love more.

The United States has seen several mass shootings in the last few years in schools, universities, a movie theater and places full of innocent people.

The most recent shooting in Santa Barbara caused me to consider: what can we do better? What can our country do better?

The answer to me is: to see each other as the spiritual reflections of God.

We have all seen a reflection — it mirrors the original. So man (including all of us) is the mirror image of God, though not the original.

“All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power…As the reflection of yourself appears in the mirror, so you, being spiritual, are the reflection of God…God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 516)

To me, this means that man reflects the beauty, grace and goodness of God. When we see our neighbor, our parents, and our children, we can see them in this light. Seeing their spiritual identity, we know that hatred, fear, sin, etc. are a counterfeit impression of who they really are.

So what can we do better? Love more. Love the way God loves by seeing His creation as we really are — made in His/Her “image and likeness”.

No one is excluded. No division. No separation.

St. Paul writes,

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39).

Nothing — no place, no person, no experience — can separate us from the Love of God or the love that we can express towards each other.

 

Out with the old & in with the new

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Last week, I came to a crossroads with my technology devices. My computer and phone had been acting up for months, and I was fed up! To top it off, the home button on my smart phone had stopped working making it very hard for me to use.

I emailed a Christian Science practitioner for clarity and support because I was fed up, and I didn’t have time to spend hours on the phone with tech support or funds to buy new computers and phones. I’ve also learned that our experience is primarily mental and metaphysical — technology, like everything else in life, is an extension of our thought and can work perfectly in accord with harmonious thinking.

After reading her email and praying for direction myself, I saw even more the value and importance of having a good, working phone. And perhaps I was being a little resistant to change by hanging on to an old phone and phone plan, ignorantly thinking it was better or no different than anything else out there.

Boy, was I wrong! When I checked my phone plan, I learned that I could upgrade my husband’s and my phone for free to the newest model. On top of that, a new phone plan was available that gave us better features at a cheaper price.

Upgrading my phone resolved the glitches I was having. Everything runs so much smoother and faster now. And here I was being resistant to change for nothing!

I found these Bible passages to be applicable to this situation:

…put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Eph 4:24)

The willingness to put of “the old man” and the old conversation about limits, history, etc., opened the door for new things that were even better than before — an important lesson that is applicable to other areas in life, too.