Current events & community, Love/relationships

Living in harmony

Respecting differences is a key to living in harmony.

Although there is a lot of polarization in the USA, and other parts of the world, I believe each citizen is capable of living in harmony. Citizens are capable of listening to one another and respecting differences.  This is natural to us. It is normal to love and accept those who are different from us as well as cherishing the similarities we have with friends, neighbors and our faith communities.

When a good idea comes, we can give credence to it willingly and impartially, without holding a bias about who the idea may be coming from. We don’t have to conform to not listening or accepting good ideas that come from “the other side” either politically, in community or in church groups. 

Love listens. Love stands in awe of beauty. Love accepts without judgement. Love simply loves.

Love doesn’t condemn or squash or belittle the value of anyone else.

Love looks for the best in others.

Holding to my own opinions should never outshine my capacity to love and listen.

Diversity is beautiful. We can have harmony and unity in our diversity.

Happy Independence Day

We should remember that the world is wide; that there are a thousand million different human wills, opinions, ambitions, tastes, and loves; that each person has a different history, constitution, culture, character, from all the rest; that human life is the work, the play, the ceaseless action and reaction upon each other of these different atoms. Then, we should go forth into life with the smallest expectations, but with the largest patience; with a keen relish for and appreciation of everything beautiful, great, and good, but with a temper so genial that the friction of the world shall not wear upon our sensibilities*…

*Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings, p. 224:11-21

Body/physical healing, Future/stability/security, Health/wellness, Identity/healing the past, Mental health/wellness, Prayer/healing

Mental inbox

Today I took some time to clean out my inbox. I don’t know how I end up subscribed to so many emails; I usually just ignore them (which is easy to do with the new Google filters) and once in a while I’ll delete them all.

However, today I took the time to unsubscribe from the many lists. Wow, did that feel good! Imagine: having an inbox where you hear only what you want to hear. It’s so tranquil and peaceful.

That is the mental atmosphere, or consciousness, I want to live in as well. It is peaceful and still, and all I can hear is God speaking to me.

This is possible!

Unsubscribe from all the voices you don’t need to hear: self-criticism, condemnation, worry, human will and opinions, etc.

Enjoy a mental inbox that is peaceful and tranquil. Only receive messages of love, value, your worth, purity, innocence and beauty as a child of God. You have an indestructible relationship to your Father-Mother God. And She is speaking messages of comfort and healing to you each moment.

 

Current events & community

Universal message of Christ

After reading the news story, “Culture wars: Holiday struggle over public spaces still very much alive“, I prayed to know that the spiritual significance of Christ can unite us, instead of divide us.

I’ve heard that the use of the words: Christ, God, and Jesus are a turn-off for some people and make them think about political parties, war, injustice, etc. instead of their spiritual, healing meaning.
I love the definition of Christ given in Christian Science:

“Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 339)

Christ is not so much a person in Christian Science as it is the divine voice, guidance, influence, attraction, and healing power.

It is also described as: the spiritual and true idea of God; that which alone confers the healing power.

The textbook of Christian Science continues:

“Jesus is the name of the man who, more than all other men, has presented Christ, the true idea of God…” (p. 473)

Each of us has the power and ability to express the Christ and be a healing influence on our friends, families and neighbors.

The Christ is what elevates us, wipes away our tears, gives us hope and understanding, unites family and friends, enables us to rise higher in our life achievements, impels unselfish giving, heals sickness, and focuses our thought on the eternal and peaceful.

It is our link to the divine.

There is nothing in Spirit which can divide us. It’s very nature is eternal, complete, whole, pure and perfect.

In this season and every season, the universal, healing message of the Christ is speaking to us.

Current events & community, Prayer/healing

Is man animal or spiritual?

When reading about the recent assassination attempt today on Egypt’s interior minister, the question came to mind: is man animal or spiritual?

My prayer went something like this:

Man is not violent; Man does not crave material power; Man is not destructive.
The true Man that God created in His image is infinite, spiritual, compassionate, meek and loves his neighbor as himself.

As the human consciousness wakes up to who we really are spiritually and who our Father-Mother Creator is, we will feel satisfied, whole and complete. Acts of violence, such as this one, will then no longer be possible because man could not have the desire to hurt or injure another.

 

Current events & community, Future/stability/security, Guest blogs/reposts, Prayer/healing

Reblog: ‘Citizens of the world’

Beautiful blog post and prayer…

Reblog: ‘Citizens of the world’

by Virginia Harris, CSB

“Citizens of the world, accept the ‘glorious liberty of the children of God,’ and be free! This is your divine right.”

Imagine…when this was written by Mary Baker Eddy about 125 years ago, the concept of ‘nationalism’ was newly popular in the United States. The country had recently emerged from the effects of a devastating civil war that sorely tested the coherent identity of the young nation. As a result, celebrating the civil and religious freedom from England each July 4th became a celebration of the unbroken unity of the nation. Read more

Guest blogs/reposts, Health/wellness, Life, Mental health/wellness, Prayer/healing

Reblog: The Inclusiveness of Spirituality

I really enjoyed this one-hour podcast. I hope you will too!

Reblog: The Inclusiveness of Spirituality

by Virginia Harris, CSB

In a wide-ranging interactive live audio chat focused on spirituality for the Christian Science Sentinel on May 21, I had the opportunity to share ideas from my own daily spiritual practice on experiencing just what is practical spirituality – and what it isn’t.

The Apostle Paul wrote frequently about how important it is to live a spiritual life…Read and listen.

Current events & community, Life, Love/relationships, Prayer/healing

Self-sacrifice

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. Many people enjoy a federal holiday and some may reflect on the significance of this day.

Regardless of the diverse opinions out there about war, the military and patriotism, each person who has served in the military and each civilian are united by Christly qualities. It is the Christ which impels us to give unselfishly — to sacrifice ourselves so that others may experience some happiness and good. This sacrifice may come by serving in the military, as a schoolteacher, giving to a non-profit, or devoting one’s life to helping others in some way. We each give self-sacrifices of time, patience, money, and devotion to one another everyday, for which I am grateful.

These qualities and the impulsion to do so doesn’t come from who we are humanly; it comes from deep within our divine nature. It is God who is impelling us to give, guiding us, blessing us and replenishing us. It speaks of our eternal identity, which He created, that is all-good, skilful in expressing divine intelligence, compassion and integrity.

It is this eternal identity which unites all of us in appreciation, love, and forgiveness for one another. We have a deep well of divine strength that we can draw on each moment. This Source gives us solutions and answers to the problems we face and the skill to act on them. It is a deep spiritual love, compassion and integrity which unites us all.

Thanks to everyone who serves in whatever capacity they feel divinely led to do. Your self-sacrifice blesses you and all the world.