Christ—no longer an abstraction to me   Leave a comment

shutterstock_85819045In this article the writer tells of her search for a meaningful understanding of what “Christ” means. She found that “the name Christ Jesus signifies Jesus’ Godlike nature”.

She came to see that “Christ is a title that represents the healing power of divine Love” and that this healing power is present for all to experience. It’s like God’s way speaking to us.

Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Healthp. 332).

The author tells of an experience when she suddenly became very ill with no help at hand. In her words: “I remember turning my thought to God as I had done in the past, knowing He was my “very present help in trouble” (Psalms 46:1). I remember very little else because after this I began drifting in and out of consciousness.

At one point I felt as though I were floating below the surface in deep, dark water, with a dim light above. Then a clear thought came to me: “It is the Christ that awakens me from the dream.” It sounded like an internal voice. The thought was so strong that I felt I must repeat these words. Initially, I did so mentally. Then, I felt a divine impetus to say them out loud. It felt impossible to speak, and the resistance to voicing the truth was strong. I just wanted to drift back to sleep. But I was able to open my mouth and whisper the words. And then again, and then once more—this time in a booming voice! The third time I spoke the words, I became fully conscious. I was healed! …

Although I didn’t fully understand at the time what had happened, I did realize that the Christ was not an entity outside of me but an ever-present divine influence speaking within human consciousness.”

Stopping contagious fear and disease   Leave a comment

P1040945“Predicting danger does not dignify life, whereas forecasting liberty and joy does; for these are strong promoters of health and happiness.”

Mary Baker Eddy, MiscellaneousWritings p 240

Listen to this uplifting message by Chet Manchester here

He shares how the keynote to healing is the message from the Bible “Be not afraid”. and how the environment of divine Love is here and is disease free.

“Stop the spread of fear, and you stop the spread of disease.”

Posted February 13, 2020 by cscanberra in Daily Lift

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Prayers for the planet   Leave a comment

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“Here in Australia, we’ve been experiencing severe drought, heat, and bushfires. Many are worried that this confirms their fears of human-caused climate change. As the BBC put it recently, ‘The science around climate change is complex – it’s not the cause of bushfires but scientists have long warned that a hotter, drier climate would contribute to Australia’s fires becoming more frequent and more intense.’

So I’ve been doing something I’ve found helpful time and again in alarming or overwhelming situations: praying. I’m praying with the future safety not just of my country, but of this planet, in mind.”

As Christian Science explains that God, Spirit, is Mind, the infinite intelligence that sustains God’s entire creation – including each of us,  the author of this article, Beverly Goldsmith shows how when we tune in to this divine Mind through prayer, we receive direction, pay attention and are receptive.

She goes on to share two biblical accounts of dealing with severe drought conditions followed by an insight from “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science,: “The ancient prophets gained their foresight from a spiritual, incorporeal standpoint, not by foreshadowing evil and mistaking fact for fiction, – predicting the future from a groundwork of corporeality and human belief.” and ” Acquaintance with the Science of being enables us to commune more largely with the divine Mind, to foresee and foretell events which concern the universal welfare, to be divinely inspired, – yea, to reach the range of fetterless Mind” (p. 84).

Goldsmith is positive that actions to help keep our planet and its inhabitants safe can be discerned. As she concludes: ” There is an urgent need for solutions. God is always present to guide each and every one’s thoughts and actions for the benefit of all, and as we listen for that guidance, practical answers will come.”

Read the entire article from The Christian Science Monitor’s ‘A Christian Science Perspective’

Quieting destructive winds and catastrophic wildfires   2 comments

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“Fire season is a dreaded time of concern and heightened fear for residents and firefighters alike. My family lives in an area often afflicted by fires. The anguish and devastation sometimes experienced by my neighbors have prompted me to turn to God in urgent and fervent prayer. In seeking to heal and remedy the suffering of so many owing to wildfires, I’ve sought to understand the laws of God and how they are available to quench inflammation and prevent catastrophic wildfires.”

Here are a few thoughts that the author, Cindy Martin, shares in her contribution:

“I’m convinced that the truth of God’s omnipotent law, the law of Love, can be effectively applied to alleviate suffering from wildfires….”

“Tendencies toward human carelessness, ignorance, or intentional arson can be reversed through understanding that God, omnipotent Love, alone governs the man of His creating (the true identity of all of us).”

Working with the atmosphere of thought, she gives examples from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, wherein Mary Baker Eddy gives these metaphysical definitions on page 586: “Fear. Heat; inflammation; anxiety;…” and “Fire. Fear; remorse; lust; hatred; destruction;…”

“The truth of God’s gentle presence brings calm, cools tempers, and lifts individuals to constructive, productive states of thought and methods for accomplishing justice and equity.”

“We need never feel helpless in the face of threatening conditions. God is at hand to provide everything needed.”

Martin gives two examples of how her prayer helped in extreme weather conditions to a gentleness that allowed safety for all concerned as well as two examples from The Bible.

Read this helpful article here from The Christian Science Journal

 

A New Year – A new way to start your day   Leave a comment

_E0A0144-2“New Year’s can bring enthusiasm for new beginnings, starting fresh, taking stock of progress, and embarking on goals.”

Lindsey Biggs tells how she was accustomed to sleeping as long as possible, grabbing a cup of coffee, and getting on the road to school or work. But when she took a course in Christian Science healing, where she learned about her relationship to God she began to wake up enthusiastically, wanting to discover through prayer more about her true, spiritual identity. She would rise earlier than needed so as to have time to pray before starting her day.

“To me, this special time to pray each morning has been one of the greatest gifts. Each time is different; it’s about listening for the way God is revealing Himself to me each day.”….

“The inspiration I’ve gained from God, divine Life and Truth itself, during these mornings has given me such peace, confidence, and joyful expectancy that it’s totally changed my outlook for the day. It’s also brought healing of illness and injury, and resolution to problems.”……

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, shares this in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,  “The human mind, imbued with this spiritual understanding, becomes more elastic, is capable of greater endurance, escapes somewhat from itself, and requires less repose. A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity” (p. 128).

We can change our habits and the way we think as the book of Romans in the Bible says: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (12:2, New Living Translation).

To read this message (from the Christian Science Sentinel) of how to make daily inspiration a foundation for progress in this coming year click here

Christmas Stillness   Leave a comment

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Stillness

We hear the
angels speak
in a sound
of gentle stillness …
no wind,
no earthquake,
no fire.
Only blessing.

 

 

Posted December 23, 2019 by cscanberra in Christ message, Christmas

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Christmas   Leave a comment

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Posted December 17, 2019 by cscanberra in Uncategorized

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