Archive for June 2015

From Anger and Hurt to Forgiveness   Leave a comment

shutterstock_125704967Sentinel Radio Program

Forgiving may seem to be a tough thing to do.  But letting go of anger or hatred and being willing to forgive can be a very healing experience for all involved.  On this 30 minute radio program the guests interviewed share real-life examples of the importance and healing power of forgiveness.

Click here to listen to this 30 minute program.

Rejecting Hate   Leave a comment

CS Perspective from the Christian Science Monitor –

Rejecting Hate by Kari Machos

FriendshipThe congregants of the oldest African-American church in the South, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, have the thoughts and prayers of people around the nation.  As the many prayer vigils attest to, people are turning thoughts away from the hate crime perpetrated and, instead, toward love for those who were killed and for their families and friends left with grief. 

These demonstrations of love in response to hate may seem remarkable to some. But people of faith turn to what they know, what they have been helped by for perhaps generations – a universal and divine power, known as God, divine Love, that comforts those who mourn. For those of faith, prayer is the way to connect with the love of God that brings comfort and healing; it’s an answered prayer anchored in the beatitude “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). In this, Emanuel A.M.E. Church and those who join with them in prayer, are not united by murder; we are united by our love for each other and by our faith in one omnipotent power, God, divine good… continue reading

News of Healing: Flu Symptoms Gone   2 comments

people walking in long alley at fall autumn sessonTwo years ago in the winter I had a severe case of flu, and I suffered from the condition in various forms on into the summer. A year later symptoms of the same condition appeared again, and the thought came to me that I had better “take it easy.” But in a moment I challenged this suggestion and declared that I would not sit there and simply submit to the condition. That was the turning point in the healing for me.

Click here to read the full text of this testimony by Barbara Walz where she explains how through spiritualising her thought she was healed quickly of the severe symptoms of flu.

Colds and Flu Don’t Have to Touch You   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_9612115An audio chat with Barbara Vining a full-time Christian Science healer and teacher.

“We hear people talk about colds as the ‘common cold’ or of flu as being inevitable, and neither one is true,” says Barbara. She explains that talk about disease “leaves God out of the question, and it makes the person feel helpless.” Christian Science enables people to prove that the power of God heals just as it did in Jesus’ time. It’s possible to prevent and cure disease through reliance on His love. This isn’t a blind faith in God. It’s an understanding of His laws and the adoption of a childlike openness to God as the supreme power of the universe. This understanding of God heals.

Among the questions asked by site visitors were how to pray to overcome one’s own fear of disease, how to resist media and advertising influences that build up the disease, how to protect children from contagion, how to deal with the pressure from work colleagues or family to accept immunization when one doesn’t want to, and how to pray about sickness, including chronic disease.

Click here to listen this audio chat, Colds and Flu Don’t Have to Touch You.

Beating the Winter Blues   Leave a comment

DSCN0134Here in Canberra winter is now upon us. The yellow and gold trees have given way to bare branches and we have already had our first frosty mornings.

Many of us who have lived in Canberra for a while have come to love this climate and its four distinct seasons. With each there are certain expectations: the regenerating bloom of the spring heralded by the brilliance of the wattle; the long dry heat of the summer and trips to the coast; the vivid colours of the autumn and the swirling brown leaves.

The crispness of winter, the clear blue skies and trips to the snow are often accompanied by calls to be wary of colds and flu. TV commercials remind us of the available remedies and we are sometimes tempted to wonder whether we will ‘go down’ with something this year, or will we be lucky?

Nowadays there is a strong body of evidence that attests to the influence of one’s thought on health. For over 100 years now we have been aware of the placebo effect: the apparent strong positive effect of sugar pills and non-medicated treatments on patients who believed them to be remedial agents. These experiments alone must ask us to question the nature of the effect of thought on the body. To question how the quality of our consciousness and our belief systems can affect our wellbeing? There is also growing evidence to suggest that spirituality, our natural attraction to the good and the true, has a positive impact on physical resilience and recuperation.

About 150 years ago Mary Baker Eddy investigated this link between spirituality and health. Her experiments and study culminated in her textbook: Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. In it she states (p208): Mind, not matter, is causation. A material body only expresses a material and mortal mind. … You embrace your body in your thought, and you should delineate upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness.

New SH (2)She goes on to say (p392): The physical affirmation of disease should always be met with the mental negation. Whatever benefit is produced on the body, must be expressed mentally, and thought should be held fast to this ideal. If you believe in inflamed and weak nerves, you are liable to an attack from that source. … If you decide that climate or atmosphere is unhealthy, it will be so to you. Your decisions will master you, whichever direction they take.

Reverse the case. Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously. When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears. Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them. The issues of pain or pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forgetting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance.

Let’s determine this winter to hold thought to the higher qualities of Truth and Love, of wholeness and harmony and turn away from contemplation of disease, and so build our spiritual immunity.

This article was contributed by Deborah Packer of Canberra.

To purchase a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy click here.

Readings on the Topic: Heal the Sick   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_4575900Heal the Sick – Readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. (Matthew 10: 8)

Every Wednesday at 6.00 pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science Church in Canberra. Each meeting begins with readings selected from the two books designated as the Pastor of Christian Science: The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  A new topic for the readings is selected each week.

At the conclusion of the short readings the congregation is invited to share thoughts on this topic and relate how they have used the principles of Christian Science to solve life’s problems and bring physical healing.

If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday please join us. Everyone is welcome.

This recording represents the readings on the topic: Heal the Sick.

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