31 Orange jumpsuits   Leave a comment

People shadows“What is it like to change somebody else’s life?” A question asked by one of the orange dressed youngsters in a juvenile detention centre. Is it not possible for everyone to use his divine dignity, her spiritually dynamic thinking to be a thermostat, a regulator for whatever circumstance?

Find out more by listening to Keith Wommack’s Daily Lift here

DEMYSTIFYING SPIRITUAL HEALING   Leave a comment

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To listen to the recorded webinar

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/zkVhK_UxSlg

Breathe   Leave a comment

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To breathe freely, without the restraints of illness or the fear of brutality, to breathe deeply with spiritual inspiration.

Listen to this Daily Lift by Deborah Huebsch here

Posted June 17, 2020 by cscanberra in Daily Lift

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What can’t be locked down!   Leave a comment

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Of all the events capable of becoming a shared global memory, a pandemic lockdown wasn’t the one most of us would have envisaged or desired. Yet most of humanity now knows what an enforced “sheltering in place” feels like. While the lockdown experience can result in great innovation and community spirit, it can also lead to stressful feelings of isolation and futility or, conversely, the tension of too many people at home, bringing unsought added responsibilities.

Whatever the difficulties we face, within or outside of a lockdown period, God—who is infinite, inexhaustible, divine Love—is capable of delivering us from them, as the Psalmist experienced. He sang of divinity, “I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place” (Psalms 118:5).

During a lockdown, we might feel the “large place” we want to be set in is any space outside our familiar four walls, or if we don’t have a place of our own, any space with four walls that we can call home. In either case, the “large place” God sets us in isn’t a location; it’s a mental state that the Bible describes as “the kingdom of God.” This divine realm is the spiritual consciousness of divine Love’s infinite ever-presence and supreme government, which are always at hand for all to discover and begin to experience. This is true irrespective of whether we can get out and about or find traditional shelter. As Jesus put it, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20, 21).

This is liberating. It means that everything we think of as being “out there” and out of reach is actually within reach of our true consciousness right where we are. For instance, the warmth and affection our hearts crave from, or want to share with, those we can’t be with are present in the divine Love that such mutual care always truly represents. Our true consciousness is populated by spiritual intuitions and ideas that come from God, our divine Mind. In a radical departure from the traditional sense of angels as divine beings, Christian Science reveals that angels are these pure thoughts from God, which are communicated directly to all of us and bring the most wonderful sense of being loved. They are described in a reflection called “Angels” by Mary Baker Eddy in the following way: “When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 306)……

Whether we’re feeling overstretched or underoccupied, in or out of lockdown mode, our true life is a permanent “sheltering in place”—sheltering securely in that limitlessly “large place” the Psalmist sang about. It is our spiritual life within the Mind that is God—in which harmony, health, joy, purpose, and satisfaction aren’t dependent on where we are, but what we are, as God’s ceaselessly caring and cared-for sons and daughters.

Read or listen to the entire article by Tony Lobl from The Christian Science Sentinel here

It’s time to elevate the human race   Leave a comment

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Important strides have been made toward improving race relations in the United States in the 50-plus years since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. And there is certainly cause to celebrate progress made in appreciating cultural differences and diversity. But it is sadly obvious that deeply held negative feelings still divide the races. One only has to consider the frequent violence erupting between law enforcement and the black community to realize that the time has come to elevate the human race above the ignorance, injustice, fear, and hatred perpetuated by the long-held belief that we are inherently divided by skin color.

There is something each of us can do – individually, and collectively – by making a decision today that Dr. King, a deeply Christian man, made. He said: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Hatred springs from ignorance of those we don’t truly know, fear that arises from the unknown, and injustices that have been perpetrated on innocent people. These can be burdens indeed. So, it’s time to “stick with love” – with the courage to have our ignorance, our unjust thoughts and actions, and our fears uncovered and overcome by divine Love, which forgives and heals. In doing so, we can do our part in helping to lift racial prejudice.

Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, said, “Love for mankind is the elevator of the human race; it demonstrates Truth and reflects divine Love” (“The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany.”p. 288).

“Love for mankind.” That’s where we need to start. This involves demonstrating Truth and reflecting divine Love, which is spiritual and universal – so it’s much more than a human emotion. It means elevating our thoughts above defining one another by physical characteristics, and realizing instead that we have one common creator: God, divine Truth and Love, who created us as His spiritual image – one race, that has nothing to do with skin color or human heritage.

This is where we begin to truly know one another. But this understanding also needs to be made practical. And the first step in healing racial divides is to care enough for one another to recognize the challenges and mental wounds that have built up through time, and that pose as barriers to overcoming fears, misconceptions, and injustices. There is a crying need for all of us to get to know and truly value our brothers and sisters of all colors – both spiritually and humanly – and to heal the wounds of injustice through the love that reflects the unchanging love of God.

All humanity is in need of being elevated to that love for others that demonstrates Truth, is just toward everyone, reflects God’s pure love, and brings healing to hearts. In proportion as this is done – through genuine caring and active compassion – the elevation of the human race beyond racial division and strife is accelerated.

Read or listen to the entire article by Barbara Vining from The Christian Science Monitor’s A Christian Science Perspective here

Blunt prayers work   Leave a comment

pexels-photo-66947Listen to this Daily Lift by Madelon Maupin, from Newport Beach, California, USA in which she tells of a life saving moment of prayer when a compelling life affirming thought came to her here

Online talk: How far can lovingkindness take us?   Leave a comment

Another live talk of this lecture is

on Sunday 7 June at 12 noon Australian time/ Saturday 6 June in California 7.00pm.

You find details  here

The replay link for this talk is https://youtu.be/VB2rgMCII24

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The government is on God’s shoulder   1 comment

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During times of uncertainty and political divisiveness, people want stability. They want to know that the institutions that undergird their lives, such as government, are resting on a more sure basis than the shoulders of well-meaning but imperfect men and women.

Centuries ago, the prophet Isaiah foresaw a government not of fallible people, but of an infallible, all-powerful, all-good God. He said that this divine government would be represented by the Son of God born into the world, and that “the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

In the past, I, like many, tended to think of Isaiah’s prophecy as depicting a future time in which God alone governs the world and there are no longer human governments. But the study of Christian Science has helped me to understand that while presidents and prime ministers come and go, the real power and authority in our lives always has been, and always will be, the one eternal, divine Mind that guided and inspired the biblical prophets and was fully represented by Christ Jesus.

As we become more conscious of the divine power operating here and now, we will see its harmonizing effect in our daily lives.

In an age of political tribalism, when differences of opinion are being constantly advertised in the media, it’s very tempting to believe that government is incapable of working together to address the problems we face as a nation or people; that only if our candidates are elected, or reelected, will we be able to solve the issues we face as a country. But does good government begin or end with a particular person in office? Isaiah prophesied, referring to God’s government as demonstrated by Jesus, “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever” (Isaiah 9:7).

In other words, the government has never rested on our, or any other individual’s, shoulders. It is resting, right now, upon the wisdom and power of Almighty God. As we turn thought away from believing that power rests on human opinions and personalities and recognize God’s government of the universe, evidence of the stability and peace it brings to our lives will inevitably appear.

To read the full article by Carlos A. Machado from the Christian Science Sentinel click here

Posted May 24, 2020 by cscanberra in Uncategorized

Walking through fear   Leave a comment

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“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;”

Psalm 23, King James Bible

Listen to this short inspirational talk on how to move through difficulties unharmed by Deborah Huebsch, CSB, from San Juan Capistrano, California, USA by clicking here

“How spiritual perception brings healing”   Leave a comment

alexandre-fischer (1)Dear Friends,

Christian Science practitioner and member of the Board of Lectureship, Alexandre Fischer, has shared heart-to-heart from his hometown of Paris, France.

* How to overcome fear in uncertain times * How to find peace when our world seems upside down 

* How to find healing when healing does not seem possible  * How to learn what God is

* How an understanding of God, infinite good, can restore harmony in our life

This recorded lecture is available on line now:

CLICK HERE TO WATCH

 

For other online sources:

TALKSTHATCHANGELIVES.ORG/#LIVESTREAM

SPIRITUALITY4.ME/LIVESTREAM

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