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The Real Christmas Message   1 comment

by Allison Phinney

FOR SOME YEARS, just before Christmas holidays, I’d find myself working late at the office downtown. By the time I finally left, stores would be closing, crowds gone, and I’d emerge into a wide, bare urban plaza after dusk. Only a stray business executive or two, carrying home packages from some last-minute shopping, would be hurrying by in the cold.

Without people around, the standard decorations on lampposts and the lighted trees seemed less than cheery—bleak, even. And you couldn’t help feeling there wasn’t a lot in all those tall, grand buildings, now emptied, that could ultimately satisfy the spirit of their daily occupants. Busyness, fleeting prestige, a high income level, wouldn’t do it. Walking along in the darkness, I felt keenly the need all of us have to look elsewhere for the heart and soul of our lives.

Today’s array of holiday festivities offers a temporary sort of warm respite from bleakness. But, interestingly, it is the simple, original Christmas story that still holds the greatest practical promise for lifting the hearts of everyone.

Read the Christmas story as though you’ve come upon it for the first time—not just being swept along by the rhythm and beauty of the language through each of the familiar scenes—and you’ll find it can seem strikingly new. At the heart of the story, of course, are a birth and a baby, usually one of the most hopeful and unselfish of human moments. Who hasn’t felt a rush of pure love and hope for the newest addition to someone’s family! But in this case the child immediately becomes a sign of hope for the world.

From the beginning of the careful account in Luke’s Gospel, the story is clearly about real people, in a real time, in a real place. The journey to pay taxes in crowded Bethlehem has a factual basis. Herod the Great appears in history books. Mary, the mother-to-be, has recognizable concerns and doubts about the message she is hearing, even as she shows a transforming spiritual obedience and love for God. Joseph, her husband, isn’t a naive man, but he consciously loves and trusts Mary’s purity and goodness.

The baby Jesus is born in a stable (some say a cave, where the animals were kept). When the shepherds arrive and relate their amazing experience of God’s light and glory, they apparently already know of this birth. We realize they have been expecting the fulfillment of prophecy regarding a coming Messiah. Obviously, this tiny child is identified with a message of huge dimensions from the very beginning. The shepherds and the wise men and Mary were not mistaken. The child grew up to have meaning for an entire world.

Christ Jesus would teach—and make evident—that God is unlimited good, beyond all previous human conceiving. He would show again and again that this good is in fact never absent, or at some remove from human life, but is in the midst of it as a vital presence and power—literally, “God-with-us.” Through Jesus’ parables and beatitudes, and above all his own example and healings, he would fill people with a new, illumined understanding of life. He would describe himself as “the light of the world” (John 9:5). He would tell others they, too, were light in a dark world—if they received and understood his message that their actual nature is the very expression of God, whom, the Bible describes as Love and Spirit (see Matt. 5:14).

If we yearn for the answer to the bleakness arising out of a material sense of existence, here’s where it’s found—in this light of Christ that outshines all the gloom. And this answer infuses Christmas with a meaning and joy that nothing else can. Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered the nature of Jesus’ original Christianity to be scientific in the most profound sense, wrote of Christmas: “I celebrate Christmas with my soul, my spiritual sense, and so commemorate the entrance into human understanding of the Christ conceived of Spirit, of God and not of a woman—as the birth of Truth, the dawn of divine Love breaking upon the gloom of matter and evil with the glory of infinite being” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 262).

After a major healing experience, which came spiritually, Mrs. Eddy felt her eyes being opened to the true dimensions of Jesus’ life. She began to see how perpetually thinking that matter and its constraints were more definitive, more real in her life, than God, had severely circumscribed her own understanding of Him. After that healing, she gave three years of her life almost exclusively to intensive study of the Bible and to prayer, looking for answers as to how she had been healed. She wasn’t satisfied to believe this was a rare instance of blind faith having an effect on the body. And it hadn’t been. She realized that she was being shown practically that no one’s life has ever been locked into the material existence that seems so real, but that life is actually in and of God, Spirit, regardless of appearances.

Mrs. Eddy linked Christian healing closely to Christmas. She wrote, for example, in her article “The Cry of Christmas-tide”: “In different ages the divine idea assumes different forms, according to humanity’s needs. In this age it assumes, more intelligently than ever before, the form of Christian healing. This is the babe we are to cherish. This is the babe that twines its loving arms about the neck of omnipotence, and calls forth infinite care from His loving heart” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, p. 370).

Each of Jesus’ so-called healing “miracles”—such as the healing of Lazarus, of an epileptic boy, of lepers, and of blind, deaf, and paralyzed people—broke all the so-called rules and laws of a material universe. If these events were merely mysterious exceptions, they couldn’t be repeated. Jesus wouldn’t have taught his disciples the healing power of understanding the God who is infinitely good. He wouldn’t have told them, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give” (Matt. 10:8).

These departures from material laws actually uncovered the consistent laws underlying existence, which were spiritual, not material. These Christianly scientific laws of being had never changed, Mrs. Eddy realized. They still existed, and on their basis Christian healing could be restored. As she herself came to understand the true nature of prayer, she saw healing after healing take place for those she prayed for.

Mrs. Eddy saw that the most effective prayer excludes fear. Instead, it opens thought to the immense goodness of God, to the perfect divine Principle, Love, rather than asking God to change something. Thousands of students to whom she taught Christian Science learned to heal through prayer and spiritual understanding. Today the same kind of healing flows from this larger view of God.

Healing that comes exclusively through prayer is still widely disbelieved in an intensively materially minded and skeptical society. This atmosphere of human thought acts to distance anyone from the spiritual experience of knowing God. It tends to limit even devoted Christianity. The good news is that even a little unselfish love reopens the door of thought to more of the love and goodness that are at the center of life. But the greater good news is that the entire spiritual universe of God’s goodness, what Jesus referred to as the kingdom of heaven within (see Luke 17:21), is already here—and we are each included in it.

We do need awareness of God in our everyday living—we need to keep growing into the understanding that God is All-in-all, is our Life, now—if we are to feel the naturalness of Christian healing. As Jesus practiced healing, it was more than compassion for humanity, even more than an impressive sign that he’d been given divine authority. It was the actual presence of God and God’s love for His creation—a very new sense of Life—becoming apparent. As the bleak clouds of a material sense of existence, with its sickness, evil, and sadness, break apart, the light of Christ, the true idea of God, pours through. We, too, become more conscious of the good already present. This irresistible effect is what characterizes true healing.

Even though I’m involved daily in the practice of Christian Science healing, I was recently surprised simply to see how many healings I’d been hearing about over a period of only a few months. These were coming along in e-mails, letters, phone calls, and by word of mouth. They came from friends, acquaintances, students whom I had taught in Christian Science classes, and fellow Christian Science practitioners. I realized I’d heard of healings of medically diagnosed cancer presumed to be terminal, of a broken toe, and of a shortened leg. Healings of a long-standing hernia, severe heart problems, concussion, symptoms of cystic fibrosis and of multiple sclerosis, hemorrhaging, psychological problems, and a child’s diagnosed deafness.

Christmas in its true light can’t possibly be overwhelmed by the bleakness of a material existence. The real Christmas message—the healing “Cry of Christmastide”—is telling us of unlimited good, of endless spiritual meaning and love to be learned, giving a new and infinite dimension to the good we have far too tentatively assigned to God. Christmas is, after all, God’s own message to humanity.

Click here to listen to this article or to read it directly from the December 25, 2006 edition of the Christian Science Sentinel.

Allison “Skip” Phinney is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher. He lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

Practising Christian Healing, A Lecture by Mary Alice Rose   Leave a comment

 

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Practising Christian Healing

What do you think of when you hear the word Christianity? For some today, Christianity may have negative connotations, or perhaps provoke something other than an entirely positive response. But the Christianity I know—the Christianity I understand that Christ Jesus taught—is a vital, crucial agent for healing in the world.

My heart yearns for people to know what Christianity truly means: To me, it’s so about love. And there is no better example in human history of genuine, unconditional love—and its healing effect—than Christ Jesus’ own life. The love he taught and demonstrated actually transformed lives—so it must have been more than mere sympathy or kindness. It must have been the inspiration of divine Love, God, that enabled him to embrace each individual as the beloved child of God.

Living Christianity is about how we can do the same—how Jesus himself expected us to do the same. He taught that those who followed him by living and loving according to his teachings could heal as he did. And he left us with the promise that spiritual healing is possible for everyone to experience and practice.

At the heart of this healing is love—the true vision of our neighbor which flows from God, Love itself. In this lecture, I’ll share how this love impels us to go beyond our preconceived notions and discover more of each individual’s God-derived nature in order to help others. I’ll also discuss some other ideas basic to Christian Science—which is founded on Jesus’ words and works—that allow any of us to heal and be healed.

My hope is that you’ll be able to walk away from this lecture with the essence of true Christianity in your own heart: love that reforms, transforms, and heals.

 

To hear her lecture, click here

 

Mary Alice tells people that the answer to the question of how she started studying Christian Science is not that interesting: she grew up in it. The more interesting question is why she stays with it, and she loves exploring the answer to that compelling question with others.
Mary Alice’s interest in science and technology led to a 20-year career in different areas of applied physical science. Through those years, her love for God permeated every aspect of her daily work. Whether supporting research by tornado chasers as a meteorologist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Oklahoma, making live broadcasts during severe weather outbreaks on NOAA Weather Radio, troubleshooting operational software at sea as an engineer and researcher in underwater acoustics, or co-managing a division of 140 engineers and scientists in development of the ground system for the Hubble Space Telescope, prayer was her constant guiding and motivating force.

As interesting as her career was, Mary Alice found that she wanted more time to focus on her most rewarding scientific endeavor: exploring her relationship with God. So, in 2002, Mary Alice made the transition from manager, engineer, and earth scientist to the full-time ministry as a Christian Science practitioner, where divine guidance continues to be her mainstay as she helps people every day in praying about such challenges as careers, finances, health, and relationships. She is also an authorized teacher of this Science and has had a number of articles published in the Christian Science periodicals.

Mary Alice and her husband live in Brookeville, Maryla

Video Replay – Demystifying Spiritual Healing   Leave a comment

Beth5AIf you missed the recent Canberra lecture by Beth Packer, Demystifying Spiritual Healing, then you may be interested in watching a version of this same lecture when it was given in Bedford, England.

This lecture explains step by step how spiritual healing is available to everyone because it is based on applicable, reliable spiritual laws.

Beth has given us permission to share this video replay until Christmas.  Click here to listen.

 

Infinite Possibilities For Healing   1 comment

“The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, – a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love.”

Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health

 

Listen to this talk by Chet Manchester to discover the spiritual laws of health and how to apply them in your life.

 

 

Lost Phone Found   Leave a comment

dscn5602The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

This article, Lost Phone Found, is by a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.   In it the writer tells how her prayers calmed her fears and led to the recovery of the phone.

Last year my sister and I had the opportunity to spend a few days in a game reserve in South Africa.  It was a wonderful experience and we took advantage of the early morning and late afternoon game viewing safaris that were offered.  Between us we took many, many photos of the beautiful scenery and magnificent animals.

My sister was taking photos on her iPhone and I was using my camera.  On our last trip out, at our half-way stop my sister realised that her phone was missing.  We had been sitting in the very back seat which projected out over the end of the open safari vehicle.  The tracks were very bumpy and we guessed that at some point her phone must have bounced out of her pocket and fallen onto the road.  We thought back to the last time she remembered using it; she had taken pictures of buffaloes about 20 minutes back.

Our guide was wonderful and offered to return to the buffaloes in the hope of finding it.  Each of the seven passengers on the trip hung out of the vehicle watching on all sides as we slowly retraced our steps.  At first my sister seemed quite subdued.  Apart from her photos, the phone contained all her work contacts and other valued information.

My sister and I were brought up in a Christian Science family and it was natural for us to turn to God in prayer when situations like this occurred.  I knew she was praying.  In my prayer I claimed that God, who I know as infinite Mind, knew all things and that nothing could be lost to infinite Mind.  At first I found it difficult to get over the sense of disappointment for my sister.  I didn’t like to see her sad.  But then I realized that this was not about a phone or about my sister; it was about what I trusted.  Did I really believe that God was good and that we were safe in His care?  Did I really believe that God was the only Mind, the only power?  Did I really believe that God was love?  I have had so many healings and demonstrations of these truths that I absolutely had to say:  Yes!  I do believe!  As I came to this realization all sense of unrest left me and I felt totally comfortable in His love and care.  At the same time my sister said: “It’s only a phone, you know.  I can easily get another one” and she seemed relaxed and happy again.

Despite everyone’s concentrated efforts scrutinising the track we travelled all the way back to the buffaloes without finding the phone.  It was now late in the afternoon; the light was dimming and our guide said it was time to head back.  Still the comfortable feeling that all was well didn’t leave me, and my sister continued to be happy and relaxed.  I knew she was feeling the same.   About ten or twelve minutes down the track the young man at the very front of the vehicle called out for the driver to stop.  He jumped out and picked up the phone.  This was the very spot on the track where I had decided to trust and where my sister, through her prayers, had been released from all sense of loss.  We had actually driven over the phone but there was not a mark on it – it was perfect.

Situations like this teach me that it is safe to trust in God’s love.  I am reminded of Jesus’ statement:  Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free (John 8: 32).  The truth is that God is love (I John 4: 8).  This is a law that can be relied upon.

To read more testimonies of healing shared by members of the Christian Science Church in Canberra click on the archive headings on the left for May, June and October 2016.

 

 

A Quick Recovery from Pneumonia   Leave a comment

shutterstock_164195771 - Copy (2)The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

This article, A Quick Recovery from Pneumonia, is by a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.   It describes a quick healing of pneumonia-like symptoms.

Last year quite suddenly I began to feel ill.  Within a day I was laboring to breathe and felt dangerously ill.  Some years back I had similarly fallen ill and to comply with work regulations was assessed by a doctor.  The diagnosis at this previous time was pneumonia so I was fairly certain that this time, although I did not consult a doctor, I was also presenting with pneumonia symptoms.

I was brought up in Christian Science and have witnessed many healings so I felt confident in relying on prayer again for this.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy was my guide in steadying my thoughts.  On page 393 she writes:

Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good.  God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.

So I held fast to this and the knowledge that I was made in ‘the image and likeness of God’ (Genesis 1: 26, 27) and this settled my thinking.  By the next morning I was breathing easily but I still felt extremely unwell.  At this point I thought it was wise to contact a friend and ask her to pray with me.  This friend expressed such love and tenderness – I just felt enveloped in love.  Within a couple of hours the temperature was gone and I was feeling well enough to get up.  That night I ate dinner with the family and the next morning I was at my usual post as Superintendent of the Sunday School.  This was the end of this condition.

For this, the previous healing of pneumonia, and many other healings through prayer and spiritualisation of thought I am very grateful.  Christian Science is teaching me, as I meet such challenges, that we really do have dominion and that God is ‘a very present help in trouble’ (Psalm 46: 1).

To read more testimonies of healing shared by members of the Christian Science Church in Canberra click on the archive headings on the left for May and June 2016.

Needs Met   1 comment

dreamstime_10874750The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

This article, Needs Met, is by Mary who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  She describes how a change of thinking to a more spiritual perspective saw finance problems solved and employment found.

We lived in Germany for almost a year and during this time neither my husband or I was allowed to work there because we did not have the necessary permission.  Our funds had been used up on rent and living expenses.  Three of our six children were apprentices and the other three were at school. Things were very tight and our need was great.

One morning my husband asked me to look for a document in a cupboard where we kept all our paper work.  I was not looking forward to this task because there was so much paper in this cupboard.  Then the thought struck me that there must be a reason for this, and who knows perhaps I will find something else in the cupboard.  This was time to put into practice what I have learnt in Christian Science.

 My thought turned to a passage in Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy (p180: 25): “When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible”.  This made me sit back and take notice.  Here I was resenting the thought that I had to unpack the cupboard I kept the thought that “with God all things are possible” while I unpacked the cupboard.  Suddenly, there was my wallet which I had not used since flying to Germany.  I opened the back flap, and to my delight I found A$2000 of travellers’ cheques.  I could not stop thanking God for His guidance and love for his children.  I also found the document my husband was looking for.

The same afternoon I went to the bank to change the cheques and we could pay our rent and buy what we needed for the rest of the month.

Within two weeks both my husband and I found work and got our permissions to work in Germany.

How grateful I am for Christian Science and Mary Baker Eddy for giving us this practical and demonstrable religion.

To read more testimonies of healing shared by members of the Christian Science Church in Canberra click on the archive headings on the left for May and June 2016.

Silencing Chronic Pain   1 comment

shutterstock_69214975The four-hourly doses of morphine were such a welcome relief to the intense pain I was experiencing following major surgery.  What could possibly make me give them up?

I found there was something that could persuade me to do so.  And that’s why, I want to share my experience with sufferers of chronic pain.

In Australia, one in five people live with chronic pain, including adolescents and children.  This prevalence rises to one in three people over the age of 65.  Chronic pain is linked to depression and suicide and is Australia’s third most costly health condition.

To manage it, a range of treatments such physio and physical therapy, medical acupuncture, thinking strategies, lifestyle changes, nutrition and traditional prescription opioids, are employed.

Despite this, pain is often long-lasting and continues for years with no foreseeable end.

However, I’ve joined a groundswell of people that believe it’s time to do more than simply manage pain.  We are convinced it can be reduced, and even healed.

According to a 2011 report, “one reason pain is so hard to treat is that it isn’t just physical.”  Our thinking can actually have an impact on the amount of pain we feel.

The power of our expectations is illustrated in a series of trials into the relationship between pain and the placebo effect.  Hundreds of patients treating irritable bowel syndrome, migraine and back pain experienced similar or better results from placebos than from strong pain killers.

While it’s agreed that placebos are not a universal panacea, placebo research leads us to think about how much influence thought actually has on our health.

Reasoning from a more spiritual perspective, author Mary Baker Eddy, reached a similar conclusion, explaining that pain is always a mental image or state.

“… the human mind is all that can produce pain,” she wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

But can pain really be relieved just by thinking differently?

Yes, but in my experience I have found that it needs more than just positive thinking to free us from pain.

So, back to my stay in hospital.  In my late-teens I was “on fire” with enthusiasm about a couple of unique books which I had recently revisited.  They answered so many of the questions I had about why we are here and whether what our senses perceive is all there is to existence.

The Bible, so comforting to so many people, didn’t seem all that relevant to me until I started reading Science and Health, which brings out its spiritual meaning and explains how and why not only Jesus, but also his early disciples and many of the Old Testament prophets, were able to heal all kinds of physical needs.

I learned that there was a spiritual science in place based on a divine consciousness of being.

My studies had shown the importance of addressing the spiritual need as an aid to recovery, a standpoint now supported by medical research.

I started reading the thought-changing book again right there in hospital, and called a Christian Science practitioner to pray with me by helping me to understand more consistently my real, spiritual nature.

I can still remember the feeling of love and wholeness that engulfed me soon after.  No more drugs were needed, and worrying digestive difficulties painlessly dissipated that day.

On this basis, many have been healed of acute and chronic pain, and demonstrated that such pain need not last forever.  Peace and health are a present possibility for those willing to dig deeper into the understanding of their spiritual identity.

This article was contributed by Kay Stroud, a life-long Christian Scientist, who is a freelance writer focussing on the undeniable connection between our thinking and our experience including our health.  She writes for metropolitan and regional news media throughout Australia and beyond, and is a regular contributor to Australia’s national forum, Online Opinion, and the APN regional network in Northern NSW and Queensland.

You can follow her blog at www.health4thinkers.com

or follow her on twitter:  www.twitter.com/KayJStroud

Step Out of Your Story and into Healing   Leave a comment

shutterstock_169648079Step Out of Your Story and into Healing a lecture by Jon Benson. 

Jon is a full-time Christian Science healer and an international speaker.  In this lecture he shares his understanding of this reliable method of spiritual healing.

In Step Out of Your Story and into Healing  Jon discusses the necessity of letting go of a sense of our own personal history – our sense of ourselves as flawed mortals – to find our true spiritual identities and in doing this healing is realised.  His explanations are clear and logical and his presentation dynamic and engaging.  Click here to listen.

 

Discover God – Discover Health   Leave a comment

A Christian Science lecture by Stormy Falco

article.271029.large[1]In this hour-long lecture, Discover God – Discover Health, Stormy describes her recovery from a paralysing terminal illness.

When she had nowhere else to turn, Stormy turned to God in prayer – a God she did not know very well, whose existence she had often doubted and who now was the focus of her anger.

She studied the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and learned that God was Love; God did not send sickness.  As her understanding of God grew her health improved.  She learned that there were divine laws that sustained and maintained man.  As she learned to apply these laws she was restored to perfect health.

Stormy is now a full-time Christian Science healer and teacher.  She has travelled the world sharing what she has learned about spiritual healing.

Follow this link to listen to Stormy’s talk:  Discover God – Discover Health.

This lecture was given in the Clayton Community Centre in Melbourne and was sponsored by the Christian Science Church in Ringwood.

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