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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Posted in Body/physical healing, Health/wellness, Life, Prayer/healing

Put more weight on your spiritual side

Spiritual sense is the discernment of spiritual good.

We don’t hear the words “spiritual sense” used too often, but spiritual sense is essential to our peace and wellbeing. Spiritual sense is how we perceive beauty, goodness, love, affection, tenderness, satisfaction, and fulfillment.  These are spiritual qualities and because we are ultimately spiritual beings we have the capacity to use, see, and feel them now.

Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to understand God.

Spiritual sense is how we perceive the divine nature. It’s how we perceive the transcendent reality that is above the physical, material senses. This is important because everyone wants lives that reflect peace, health, wellbeing, and satisfaction. Gaining a daily dose of spiritual sense helps us have a consciousness that is uplifted and receptive to perceiving peace and wellbeing.

Spiritual sense, contradicting the material senses, involves intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality.

When a consciousness that is imbued with spiritual sense reflects on the body, it manifests health, holiness, and wellbeing. Why is this so important? Because thinking and living with our spiritual sense releases anxiety, fear, and stress. It assures us of our oneness with God, divine Life, Truth, and Love. It shows us that we can never be separated from that Love no matter what the physical senses say. And as we hold to the spiritual fact, the wisdom, confidence, and courage that our spiritual sense communicates will take over. As we believe God more, and believe in physicality less, we tip our mental and spiritual scale. This allows God to tip the scale on the side of the divine and it brings blessings, healing, happiness, wholeness, and peace in our lives.

Material sense does not unfold the facts of existence; but spiritual sense lifts human consciousness into eternal Truth.

All quotes in the quote boxes are by Mary Baker Eddy. You can read her seminal work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, here.

Photo from Pixabay.

Posted in Health/wellness, Identity/healing the past, Life, Prayer/healing

Know who you are

It could be said that the greatest knowledge in life is to know who God is and who you are as God’s image and likeness.

To know that God is your Father-Mother and created you and always loves you is powerful, comforting, and reassuring. Then to know that you are made in the image and likeness of Spirit — of divine Life and Love — and are therefore spiritual, beautiful, whole, complete, eternal, flawless, happy, and valuable is a perfect foundation and lens to look through.

…man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry…Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father…–Mary Baker Eddy

When this is the starting point of our life and the basis for our prayers, we bring our consciousness in accord with God, divine Life. You could say it’s not enough to be free — you have to know that you are free! In the same way, we could say it’s not enough to be spiritual we have to know and understand that we are spiritual here and now. We can awaken to know who we are as spiritual beings. This enables us to live lives of happiness, joy, peace, poise, and productivity. Prayer — contemplating the spiritual nature of being and communing with infinite Spirit — revitalizes and opens our thought to the spiritual nature of reality.

Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. I Corinthians 2:12

We can align ourselves with the power and presence of God through our prayers, meditations, and contemplation. By recognizing the infinite nature of divine Life and Love, we can feel the presence of divine Love, glimpse the nature of divine light, and let go of a limited and darkened consciousness. When we gain the inspired consciousness of God’s allness and goodness, and we understanding the divine power, then we no longer fear and healing happens. Health is improved, limitations fall away, funds are available, peace and harmony are restored.  We are standing on “holy ground” in a mental and spiritual awareness of peace, health, fearlessness, joy, and harmony.

This spiritualization of thought is described in a sweet hymn “From sense to Soul”:

The way leads upward and its goal draws nearer, / Thought soars enraptured, fetterless and free; / The vision infinite to me grows clearer, / I touch the fringes of eternity.–Violet Hay

Take moments to cultivate an awareness of God’s presence and grace. It’s the best gift you can give yourself and the world.