Posted in Health/wellness, Identity/healing the past, Mental health/wellness, Prayer/healing

A moment of spiritual clarity that heals

A recent news article highlighted the number of teens dealing with depression and anxiety. It reminded me of a time when I was dealing with a deep depression or a deep sense of loneliness. There wasn’t a particular reason for it. I had a happy life with plenty and friends, a nice boyfriend, a good job, etc. But there I was feeling like a victim to these feelings of sadness. I had been trying to skirt the issue by filling my schedule up with dates with friends and activities. But when my boyfriend at the time was unavailable one evening to hang out with me, I had no one else to turn to, and I finally found myself alone confronted with these feelings of loneliness. There I was feeling very alone, and I sat on my bed crying — or rather sobbing — for some time.

But then I reached out to God. It was a simple prayer. A simple and heartfelt “God, help me”. In other words, God help me overcome this deep loneliness and sadness I am feeling that has come out of nowhere!  Well, then I heard this voice. It said “You don’t have to be tempted by this.” Whoa! I was amazed. I was especially amazed because it completely freed me in that instant. In that very moment I was instantaneously cured. Sadness was gone. I dried my eyes. Turned off the light, rolled over, and went peacefully to sleep.

That moment was a revelation  — like a light turned on. In that instant, I realized all those negative thoughts were actually outside of me trying to get in and wasn’t a part of me. God showed me it was a temptation from the carnal mind, evil, and thereby wasn’t something that was part of me. It was not coming from inside of me and needing to get out. It was the other way around! It was outside of me trying to enter through the door of my consciousness. That gave me a sense of clarity and showed me that the problem really had nothing to do with me, I didn’t have to accept it, and that I was already whole and complete. This change in perspective made all the difference in the world.

The Word of God is a powerful preacher, and it is not too spiritual to be practical, nor too transcendental to be heard and understood. –Mary Baker Eddy

Whatever negative thoughts we are presented with — lack, limitation, frustration, etc. — they are not a part of us as the beloved sons and daughters of God. God has given each of us a perfect mind and identity that is creative, intelligent, peaceful, valuable, needed, and whole. We each have the mind of Christ. We can shut out the carnal mind with it’s false assumptions. We have the spiritual authority to resist and overcome thoughts that are unlike God. God has given us this power and ability.

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:2

I am supremely grateful for this experience. It showed once again just how wonderful and good God is. Just one moment of divine consciousness — perceiving the nature of God, the truth of being, and our relationship to God — can heal, save, and stop a flood of tears.

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God answers prayer 

Have you ever asked God for some thing? We probably all have or at least in our heart’s desire wished for some thing.

I’ve found that when I ask for something in particular, what I really need is the understanding that God has already made you and me spiritually, perfectly, complete, free from sin or suffering. My prayer wakes me up to this fact. I gain a conscious awareness, a divine communion, with the spiritual facts of being. The underlying spiritual substance, if you will.

Christ comes to awaken us to see and know how God sees and knows. This is a moment by moment awakening and comes through deep consecration and communion with God — putting off the old self and ways and putting on the new self made in the image and glory of God. This selfhood radiates, shines and reflects the goodness, nature, beauty, poise, and power of God. It is humble, kind, and meek. It doesn’t hurt or tarnish.

So when you ask God for something, as I have, you may not always get the thing you asked for — the relationship, the house, the job. I remember two different times when I asked God for a specific thing — to marry my boyfriend and to move to a particular location. Neither worked out. Why?

Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds.1

My desires needed to be molded and exalted. I needed to see the substance of what I needed was actually spiritual — love and peace — which I thought would come from these two particular things: my boyfriend and this one place.

when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you…your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!2

God already knows what we need, so God doesn’t necessarily need to be reminded. We are benefited by study and prayer because we become more aware of God’s perfection and goodness through the inspiration we receive, so we can trust and remind ourselves that God is already maintaining, sustaining us with all we need, and loving us.

Sometimes we need help to awaken to this consciousness, so that we can experience health, steady supply, purpose, and better relationships. We can ask for someone to pray with us, a friend, Pastor, or church community. When receptive hearts come together to listen for what God sees and does, blessings unfold.

1 Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 1
2 Matthew 6:6, 8 New Living Translation

Posted in Mental health/wellness, Prayer/healing

“Getting right” with God

Healing is really about re-orienting your relationship with God. Whatever the problem is – financial, health, relationships – it is just a signal/an opportunity to turn to God and learn about your spiritual, perfect relationship with Him/Her.

What does this mean? Living a God-centered life and having God-centered thinking. Why? Because God’s thoughts are love and peace; God’s direction is productive and successful; God’s relationships are unselfish and loving; God’s life is healthy and active; God’s presence is calm and comforting.

When we are centered around God, we reflect these qualities in our experience.

One could say that the first and most important thing in life is loving and striving to understand God better. So put your thought and energy into it. Make this your priority. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Jesus said this, and he also said the two great commandments are (1) love God and (2) love your neighbor as yourself. See how loving God comes first? It’s not (1) love your neighbor and (2) love God.

We deserve to feel God’s love and presence so tangibly each day. This is a feeling of hope, faith and peace; expecting good from God; feeling His/Her intuition leading you throughout the day. We feel restful and safe in this Love. When we reach this point (and actively pray and study to keep growing) we will be able to love our neighbor more effectively. Our neighbor will then feel more satisfied.

So if you haven’t taken time to do this in a while, take some time today to meditate on “Be still and know that I am God.”