Health/wellness, Life, Mental health/wellness, Supply, Self-Worth, Finances

You are mine  

“You are mine” and “You are special”. Sweet books by Max Lucado that we read to our little one. They are sweet because they remind us that what the world says of us can’t really stick if we don’t believe it. We can daily listen to our Maker, the Creator of the universe, that tells us how perfect, special and good He made us. 

There is a lot of noise in the world. Clanging cymbals of doubt, lack, remorse, uncertainty. But we can counteract this by dwelling in the “secret place of the Most High”, listening to the thoughts that God gives us. 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.*

God has only good for you and that goodness exists right now within you. Good is the truth about you now and forever. 

The Bible tells about the disciples hearts that burning within them while they talked with Jesus (as he illuminated the Scriptures to them). 

Don’t we all want out hearts to burn within us through an inspiration and spiritual understanding? God says “before you were in the womb, I knew you” and “the very hairs on your head are all numbered.”

Each of us is infinitely valued, needed and special to God. Each us has an individuality that is safe and pure. Each of us is spiritual, made in the image and likeness of Life and Love itself. 

*Jeremiah 29:11

Current events & community, Future/stability/security, Guest blogs/reposts, Prayer/healing, Supply, Self-Worth, Finances

Reblog: Finding peace and home

This article is so helpful for seeing home in a spiritual light. 

Finding peace and home 

By Elizabeth Mata                                                                  

My husband is from Spain, and I’m from the United States, so we divide our time between the two countries. It’s not uncommon for people to ask which country I consider home. Preferences aside, that question has made me think more deeply about the spiritual meaning of home.

Most of us want our home and surroundings to include warmth, stability, and peace. As normal as it is to have a home that has these things, circumstances such as foreclosure, destructive weather, or divorce can uproot all that we hold dear about home. Or maybe there’s a necessity to sell one’s home, and there’s no buyer in sight. Then what to do? Read more

Current events & community, Employment/jobs, Future/stability/security, Life, Prayer/healing

Life lessons from landscaping


My husband and I are continuing a landscaping project we started last fall. When we initially considered this project it was  overwhelming. There was the space we had to consider as well as the aesthetic look, practical needs and our budget. How could we get the best results without exceeding our budget, or making mistakes and having to redo the landscaping? 

We had a landscape consultant helps us with the big picture. We wanted to do the planting, expanding and decorating ourselves to save on cost and to learn more about the value and skills of homeownership. 

We could then focus on priorities. This was very important because we didn’t have the time or money to do the whole project at once. 

This reminded me of man’s spiritual journey through life. If we look at ourself, our understanding, the world and all that needs to be accomplished, we might feel overwhelmed. Feeling this way often prevents us from even getting started, being apathetic or feeling like what we have to offer is of little value compared to the all that needs to be done. But as I’m learning through this landscape project – planting a tree here and there, fertilizing and watching it grow – we see how each part that we accomplish affects the whole. In fact, with each part that we accomplish we can step back, look at the big picture again, and see if any adjustments need to be made. What have we learned? Can we adjust our route or strategy?

And then we see that each part is actually a valuable, integral part of the whole. Each part is needed to help us see the full picture. And with each part we gain the ideas, lessons and skills we need to continue in a more productive, effective way. 

I think about all that the prophets and spiritual leaders have accomplished to help humanity gain a clearer sense of the allness and tangible presence of Spirit, Life, Truth and Love. They each had a spiritual journey of learning and growing – of God’s nature being revealed to their consciousness. If they had stopped, or failed to get started, we wouldn’t have the spiritual understanding of being that we do today.

Mary Baker Eddy, a Christian healer and teacher from the late 1800’s – early 1900’s wrote:

“[Divine] Science reveals the possibility of achieving all good, and sets mortals at work to discover what God has already done; but distrust of one’s ability to gain the goodness desired and to bring out better and higher results, often hampers the trial of one’s wings and ensures failure at the outset.”¹

“We must form perfect models in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives. Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love — the kingdom of heaven — reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear.”²

Even though we have a lot of growing to do, like my garden, we can still succeed with each step we take along the way. 

 

¹ Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 260
² Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scripturesp. 248 

Future/stability/security, Life

Spiritual reasoning helps in overcoming challenges

When you’re faced with a problem that seems too big and real, it’s helpful to do some spiritual reasoning.

I like to start with God, divine Love.  Things get much clearer when you start with the one Ego or Creator.

I think of God as Love, ever-present and eternal, which is always with me.  God is speaking to us and has the ability to communicate with us in just the right way.  He/She is able to make Herself heard.

God is infinite, limitless so we can lift ourselves up out of the perception of materiality and finiteness, into the realm of permanent, changeless Good.

God is Spirit and Her substance can never be defiled.  God, Spirit, is our substance so there can’t be anything missing or lacking.

When we get a glimpse of who and what God is then we can get a sense of who we are.  God’s offspring is pure, light, holy, with infinite ability and capability.  This offspring is spiritual and in the image and likeness of it’s Creator.  So there isn’t any blemish, lack or loss.  God’s creation is complete, harmonious, always good and beautiful.

There are lots of theories and speculation out there that try to present otherwise.  They say our birthright isn’t perfect and joy and health aren’t natural.  It says we pray to God because we are separate from Him, and prayer isn’t always effective.

All of these subtle suggestions are what is termed the carnal mind and what is illustrated by a serpent in the Bible.  We hear the account of Jesus himself confronted with the carnal mind in Matthew 4.  Jesus overcame material suggestions and claims, similar to the same ones we hear today i.e. matter is our life, God isn’t all-powerful, and money is power.

He conquered these by knowing and understanding His relationship with His Father.  The Word of God, Spirit, gives us life and energy to do and to accomplish all we need; God is ever-present, always loving and protecting us (we don’t need to “test” God but we can apply and demonstrate this fact when faced with a challenge); the carnal mind cannot give us anything.  All fulfillment, opportunity, joy, supply, and talent come from God and are spiritual.

So today, if you’re faced with a challenge try to spiritual reason in this way, the same way that Jesus conquered and overcame the challenges he was faced with through trust in his ever-present Father-Mother God.

Body/physical healing, Future/stability/security, Life, Love/relationships

Is time a factor in healing?


Does time play a factor in healing?  To popular belief, yes, as in the old saying that time heals.

However, to Christian Science the answer is no.  Healing is the spiritualization of
thought.  It is a revelation.  In fact healing is just the side effect of some new discovery about the spiritual facts of our being and existence.  It is God understood in a new way and/or a clearer understanding of who or what man is and our unchanging, permanent relationship or oneness to God.

In a Bible study workshop we had to clarify the meaning of healing.  One person used great and useful catch phrases: instead of healing, it’s revealing / not recovery but discovery.  This is so true and important in the expectation of healing.  If we start with matter that is in pain, uncomfortable, not working properly, than we are starting from the wrong premise and it makes the spiritual “work” laborious and unfruitful.

The Christian Science textbook teaches,

Metaphysics is above physics, and matter does not enter into metaphysical
prem
ises or conclusions. The categories of metaphysics rest on one basis, the divine Mind.  Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul.” (Pg 269)

Therefore, our starting point is divine Mind.  What is divine Mind seeing and knowing?  Of course it is only perfection and good, joy and freedom since God is the only creator.  So how do we see and know this substance of being more clearly?

The textbook continues to instruct:

“The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind, — that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle.” (Pg. 275)

As we begin from this starting point, that is when revelation or understanding happens.  And healing occurs.  In most Christian Science testimonies you will here the person say they are grateful for their physical problem being resolved but they are even more grateful for the spiritual truth that they have learned; for the piece of eternity and the spiritual fact of our existence they have gleaned.  This new idea or understanding carries over into all aspects of their life instead of just the
one physical challenge.  It gives them a sense of permanent security and oneness of God that affects all areas of life and being.

Some healings may appear to take longer.  Christian Science isn’t a quick fix for our material problems, or to make our material lives more comfy.  Lots of healings do happen very quickly, faster even than is predicted by standard care.

Why?  What is the seeming element of time?  Well, time isn’t a factor at all actually.  It is the spiritualization of thought, the light of the Christ that shines into our consciousness that does the healing work.  “It is a spiritual idea that lights our path” (Angels, Miscellaneous Writings, p. 306) There is no separation between us and God which is why healing can happen instantaneously.  But I began thinking of the terms instantaneously and immediately a little differently and not in terms of time.

I heard a great audio chat on spirituality.com where the speaker, Bruce Fitzwater, CSB referred to ‘immediately’ not being a time reference but instead that there is
no middle-man (media referring to medium) between us and God.  God’s information or truth or healing light isn’t passing through something or someone to get to us, but is in fact at one with us all the time.

And instantaneous is the same way.  To me it signifies no separation between God and His ideas, divine Mind and His ideas.  God is being conscious of Himself always and this consciousness is at one with His reflection, man.  Therefore, God’s thoughts or angel messages are being communicated all the time and there is no separation or distance this needs to travel.

I enjoyed getting this clearer sense of how time (being material) has no relation to
healing.  So what about healings that seem to take a bit longer?  Well, healing is the spiritualization of thought so we can set our focus on that – the spiritual lessons we are learning; the spiritual joy we are finding; the security we are feeling from learning about our spiritual identity and of God’s unchanging, perfect love – instead of focusing on matter or time.  And that makes prayer and spiritual
healing happy and uplifting – when we start with Spirit/God as all that there
is then we are on the joyous discovery of our eternal substance, nature and
being.

PS – Eternity referring to an absence of time and not a really long time.