Reblog: Counteracting hate

This article really helps me see how to pray about the global issues that are happening.

Counteracting hate

A Christian Science perspective: When different groups of people are accused of hate and intolerance, and violence erupts, how can prayer contribute to healing?

By Melanie Hahn Ball  (Reblogged from CSMonitor.com)

What can dedicated spiritual thinkers do to uncover and repudiate the underlying cause of violence? Recent events in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen have prompted many questions regarding security, hate speech, and religious tolerance….

Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, offers clear, intelligent ideas on how to focus our prayers during times of upheaval and violence. Comparing malicious hatred to a serpent, she described what motivates violent acts not as individuals but as evil – masking itself as person, place, or cause. She wrote: “The serpentine form stands for subtlety, winding its way amidst all evil, but doing this in the name of good…. It is the animal instinct in mortals, which would impel them to devour each other….

“This malicious animal instinct, … incites mortals to kill morally and physically even their fellow-mortals, and worse still, to charge the innocent with the crime” (Science and Health with Key to the Scripturespp. 563-564). Read more

Let the light in to your consciousness!

Today I was feeling overwhelmed by a set of circumstances. I couldn’t seem to lift my thought above the limiting situation and into the spiritual realm of hope and divine possibilities.

 

So, I decided to pray, and I read an article called “Focus on the silver and wheat”. The author writes,

 

“Even as I fretted about these situations, though, divine Soul’s strength kept coming back in response. Id’ strengthen my mental position with what was at first a meek, humble affirmation that God loves us, that God knows we are good, that all is well, that we all deserve good in our lives. Eventually, the more I pulled myself up with these ideas (holding thought, as Mary Baker Eddy reminds on page 261 of Science and Health, ‘steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true’), the more I strengthened my hold on the substance of Christ’s teachings: the wheat, the silver, the stability, the abundant grace for all humanity.” (Christian Science Sentinel, 2.13.12)

 

What the author wrote about was exactly what I needed to do!  So I did and this is what I discovered:

Each divine thought (or “angel message”) acts as a light in our consciousness. If we are troubled with fear, worry, or regret there is a lot of darkness in our thought.  Divine ideas (with their signs of peace, hope and assurance of ever-present Love) are a light that casts a warm glow in the darkness. Turning on one light, or letting in one good thought, reminds us of the good.  Ahhh…that feels good! 

So we let in another and another and…more light! Soon our whole consciousness is filled with light.  We remember that joy, happiness, health, and abundance are natural in our experience.  We let go of the problem and in this way we turn it over to God.  This is called “letting go and letting God” or as Christ Jesus said: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

 

So, the next time you feel like you’re in the dark, turn on the light!  Let in one good thought and see how the light multiplies.  This gets “you” out of the way, and leaves radiant room for God to supply His spiritual solutions.