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Soaring in 2017   Leave a comment

shutterstock_115098268A Christian Science Perspective:  Spiritual Vision – and Holding to that Vision – is the Key to Progress

by Laura Clayton

DECEMBER 27, 2016 —My plane had left the gate and was taxiing to the runway, passing row after row of other jetliners preparing for takeoff.  Looking out the window, I was impressed by their massive engines and wingspans.  I couldn’t help but think of the Wright Brothers’ first engine-powered flight on Dec. 17, 1903.  The record-setting flight that day lasted a mere 59 seconds – but it opened the door to the amazing future of human flight.

The Wright Brothers held steadfastly to a vision of what was possible.  As this new year begins, perhaps that can inspire each of us to ask what kind of vision we can hold to that will best promote progress and spiritual growth.

For me, the vision begins with another flight image, a verse from the Bible, speaking of God’s protective guidance: “As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him” (Deuteronomy 32:11, 12).  This speaks to me of the strong, mothering power and presence of divine Love, our divine Parent.  “God is love,” wrote St. John, one of Christ Jesus’ disciples (I John 4:8).

As the spiritual offspring of Love (see Psalms 100:3), we each have a substantial, intact, precious relation to our Father- Mother.  A heartfelt desire to become more aware of God’s provision and care for His children, of Love’s ever-presence, can serve as a spiritual vision that moves us forward. Read more

This article, Soaring in 2017, was originally published in the Christian Science Monitor.  In it Laura explains how holding to her true identity as a child of God opened up new views of life and prepared her for significant progress.

A Year-Round Prayer and Promise   Leave a comment

dreamstime_355292A Christian Science perspective:  The promise of Christ isn’t just for Christmastime

by Susan Kerr

A loved Christmas carol reminds me of one of my favorite messages – the message of God’s tender love for us all, which is not just for Christmas, but brings healing and inspiration year-round.

The carol starts out by mentioning the stillness of the “little town of Bethlehem,” and there’s a quiet awe that comes through.  One version of this carol ends:  “Where meekness will receive him, still / The dear Christ enters in” (Phillips Brooks, Christian Science Hymnal No. 222).

To me, this is both a prayer and a promise.  When we’re meek and receptive, we can feel that message of the Christ showing us God’s tender love, which Christ Jesus so fully expressed.  It comes to our thought and uplifts us.  And this isn’t just true for a few; all have the opportunity to avail themselves of this great gift of the Christ.

How do we “unwrap” this gift through meekness?  Read more

This article, A Year-Round Prayer and Promise, was originally published in the Christian Science Monitor.  In it Susan talks about how adopting an attitude of meekness opens thinking to new ideas and blessings.

Have a Happy New Year! It’s Good for Your Health   Leave a comment

colorful fireworks show silhouettesIt’s a New Year!  It’s the time when Aussies come together in January to celebrate the good things their homeland has to offer them.  Some mark the day by having a barbecue lunch with family and friends.  Others participate in official citizenship ceremonies that acknowledge new arrivals who want to call Australia home.  Most of all, the occasion celebrates the hope that the year ahead will be a happy one – filled with continued peace, health and prosperity for everyone – ourselves, our family and friends included. So how do you have a happy New Year – one that’s good for your health?

GIVE THANKS

At the start of a year it’s important to give thanks for the good already received – both on a personal level, as well as collectively as a nation.  In this way, we utilize the blessings we have and are ready to receive more.  Such gratitude promotes happiness at home, school and work.  It makes the wheels of daily life turn more smoothly by encouraging everyone to pull together, to share ideas and learn from each other.

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– Take time to be thankful that we “live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest” Bible Isaiah 32:18 – in a country that is at peace with itself and its neighbours.  Being thankful lifts our spirits and improves our health.

– Appreciate how new arrivals enrich the tapestry of our ideas, culture, food, life-style, fashion, and industry.

– Offer words of appreciation to others.  This fosters happy, beneficial contacts between all ages, and between old and new Australians.

– Make an effort to get along with people who are different. Refuse to be critical.  “Tones of the human mind may be different, but they should be concordant in order to blend properly.  Unselfish ambition, noble life-motives, and purity, — these constituents of thought, mingling, constitute individually and collectively true happiness, strength, and permanence”. – Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health p.58

– Be glad.  Don’t be a complainer.  Remember, “Our gratitude is riches, complaint is poverty.  Our trials bloom in blessings, they test our constancy.  O, life from joy is minted, an everlasting gold.  True gladness is the treasure that grateful hearts will hold”. – W. Harold Ferguson

– Be generous.  “Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love.  It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it”. – Mary Baker Eddy Science and Health p. 57:18

– So go ahead!  This January, give thanks.  Have a happy New Year.  It’s good for your health.

This article is by Beverly Goldsmith.  Beverly is a Melbourne-based writer on how spirituality and thought affect health.

Beverly’s activities include: Writer for Pulitzer prize winning newspaper the Christian Science Monitor; magazine contributing editor and author of over 140 articles. 

She is a qualified Practitioner and Teacher of Christian Science healing with over 35 years experience.

Finding Hope and Peace in the New Year   Leave a comment

shutterstock_158694080A Christian Science Perspective:  Healing Ideas for Overcoming Apprehension About the Future

by Allison J. Rose-Sonnesyn

At the close of a year, it can be beneficial to look back over the preceding months to gain a deeper appreciation of good experienced and lessons learned. Once we have expressed gratitude for our blessings, and identified areas we’d like to improve, we may feel inspired to greet the new year with hope and with the joyful expectation of experiencing more opportunities for goodness and growth.

But what if we are filled with apprehension about the coming year? How can this feeling be overcome, so that we can feel a sense of hope and peace?  Read more

Finding Hope and Peace in the New Year was originally published in the Christian Science Monitor.  In it Allison describes how she managed to find hope, a sense of well-being and an expectation of good in thinking about her future and prospects for the new year.

Making Room for New Growth   Leave a comment

Woman picking strawberriesA Christian Science Perspective:  Start by weeding out unhealthy thoughts

by Jan K Keeler

It just kept coming! I was in my yard and noticed some dead wood in a small bush. As I wrestled with the lifeless branches that didn’t want to let go, I was astonished at just how much of it had accumulated in that one tiny bush. But when I cleaned it all out, the bush had more light, more air circulating, and more room to grow.

With discussions about resolutions in the New Year, I think back to that little bush.  It has since flourished and now takes up prominent space in our landscaping.  It serves as a reminder of how important it is to clean out the old, nonproductive, and negative thoughts that are taking up space in our consciousness.  A list of dead wood thinking could include thoughts like resentment, grudges, cynicism, hatred, fear, self-justification, pride, and rumination.  Such thinking stifles our inspiration, crowds out new fresh ideas, and hinders our ability to feel and express love – to experience all the joys and fullness of life.  But weeding out these old thoughts may feel easier said than done.  They may have become so habitual that they feel intertwined permanently into our consciousness and behavior. Read more

Making Room for New Growth was originally published in the Christian Science Monitor.  In this article Jan Keeler talks about how the quality of our thinking is so important in determining the quality of our experience.  Jan emphasises he place of spirituality in thinking that promotes wellbeing. 

Into the New Year – The Lord Shall Be Thy Confidence   Leave a comment

dreamstime_11095603Into the New Year – The Lord Shall Be Thy Confidence – Readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. (The Bible – Proverbs 3: 23, 26)

I hear thy promise old and new, / That bids all fear to cease: / My presence still shall go with thee / And I will give thee peace. (Christian Science Hymnal No 136, Violet Hay)

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:  Into the New Year – The Lord Shall Be Thy Confidence.

The Healing Stillness of the Christ   Leave a comment

shutterstock_124147789A Christian Science Perspective:  On the God-given peace that brings comfort and healing.

by Kevin Graunke

As I reflect on the harshness and hype that seem woven so deeply into the fabric of our current political, social, and international dialogue, a hymn has recently taken on fresh meaning and relevance for me:

Through the harsh noises of our day / A low sweet prelude finds its way; / Through clouds of doubt and creeds of fear / A light is breaking, calm and clear.  (Christian Science Hymnal No.238, John Greenleaf Whittier)

In these final days of 2016 it may sometimes appear that our world is driven solely by recklessness, mad ambition, and fear. But the message of this hymn turns all this on its head – reminding me that cultivating a daily awareness of that “low sweet prelude” is our great need going forward in 2017.

In Psalms 46:10, we read, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Doing this brings a healing sense of quietude, and also a needed rebuke to fear, worry, and the blare of all the world’s evil intent and action.

It reminds me of stepping outside on a snowy evening and just listening. The snow silently spreads a white mantle of beauty over everything. The accompanying stillness reminds me of elements of the Christ – God’s message of love for every one of us – that are so important to embrace and experience: the calmness and peace of God, the joy and presence of His gentle love for everyone.

This sense of stillness has a much deeper meaning than just being verbally quiet or physically still.  Read more

This article was originally published in the Christian Science Monitor.  In it Kevin describes the stillness that we all have within us that allows us to hear the Christ message and find a sense of calm and wellbeing.

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