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Demystifying Spiritual Healing   Leave a comment

Demystifying Spiritual Healing

A lecture by Beth Packer, full-time spiritual healer and Christian Science lecturer:

When:  Sunday 15 October at 2.00 pm

Where:  The Reception Room of the Legislative Assembly Building on London Circuit, Canberra City

Cost:  This lecture is free.  It is sponsored by the members of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  Everyone is welcome.

Beth5AMary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, tells us in her textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

The time for thinkers has come (p.vii). 

This textbook explains how spiritual healing is not miraculous; it is not a matter of chance or subject to the arbitrary mercy of an unknowable God.   Spiritual healing is based on laws that are available to everyone.  In this lecture, Beth will explain, with examples from her own experience, how these laws can be applied to bring harmony and healing to all situations.

Beth is from Berry, NSW.  She grew up in a Christian Science familyNew SH (2) where healing was a normal part of life.  As she witnessed her mother’s healing work she came to have a deep wish to be able to help others in this way.  She says:  “It was those years of putting into practice the truths that I’d grown up with, of healing through prayer the difficulties that can arise in family and public life, that really prepared me to be able to be of real use to those around me.”

Before going into the full-time healing practice in 2005, Beth was an award-winning artist, a successful business woman, president of the local Changer of Commerce and started a local newspaper.  She currently lectures around the world sharing and explaining this healing message.

If you are in Canberra on Sunday 15 October, please join us for this one-hour talk:

Demystifying Spiritual Healing

Free Lecture – Save the Date: Demystifying Spiritual Healing   Leave a comment

The members of the Christian Science Church in Canberra are sponsoring a free community lecture by Beth Packer titled:

Demystifying Spiritual Healing

Date:  Sunday October 15, 2017

Time:  2.00 – 3.00 pm

Venue:  The Reception Room of the Legislative Assembly Building on London Circuit, Canberra City

Beth5ABeth grew up in a Christian Science family where healing was a normal part of life.  As she witnessed her mother’s healing work in the family she came to have a deep wish to be able to help others in this way.  Since 2005 Beth has devoted her life to being a full-time Christian Science healer.  Now as a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship she has lectured around the world even in prisons in Africa and Asia.

Prior to 2005 she was an award-winning artist, a successful business woman, president of the local Chamber of Commerce and started a local newspaper.

Beth’s lecture is full of practical application and personal examples to demonstrate how spiritual healing is available to everyone.  She will show how it is based on spiritual laws that have always existed and when applied can bring health, harmony and well-being.  She says, “It was those years of putting into practice the truths that I’d grown up with, of healing through prayer the difficulties that can arise in family and public life, that really prepared me to be able to be of real use to those around me.”

If you are in Canberra on October 15, please join us.

Christ Healing – The Birth of a New-Old Idea   1 comment

dreamstime_10813042Christ Healing – The Birth of a New-Old Idea – 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. (The Bible – Matthew 10: 8)

The time for the reappearing of the divine healing is throughout all time: (Science and Health p55)

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: Christ Healing – The Birth of a New-Old Idea. 

Giving Thanks: God’s Realness in Our Lives and the Healing it Brings   Leave a comment

shutterstock_62913514by Thomas Johnsen from the November 2016 Christian Science Journal

At a time of great need in our family several years ago, I happened to pick up at the local Christian Science Reading Room a little pamphlet with the meaningful title “Triumph of Good.”  The pamphlet reprinted a number of articles and testimonies of healing from this denomination’s publications, including two testimonies originally published in this magazine in 1955.

Testimonies of healing have been published in this magazine and the denomination’s other religious periodicals for more than a century.  Most are modestly written.  The testifiers are ordinary people from a wide range of backgrounds and educational levels.  Their primary motive in writing has usually been simple gratitude—to give thanks to God.  As when a stone is tossed into a quiet lake, the effects of such genuine thanksgiving ripple outward, often bringing encouragement and spiritual inspiration at just the points when we need it most.  This was my experience that day at the Reading Room. Read more

In this article, God’s Realness in Our Lives and the Healing it Brings, Thomas Johnsen talks about how his sense of gratitude to God helped to bring about a significant healing for a family member.

Free from Anxiety   Leave a comment

Young Woman Reading and Studying.The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

This article, Free from Anxiety, is by Jen who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  She describes how a change of thinking freed her from constant anxiety and gave her a sense of peace and harmony.

I love being a Christian Scientist, and diving deep into health, spirituality and identity, but it can be hard challenging ideas that are accepted as fact by the wider community.  Spiritual healing is seen as impractical and ineffective, and it is rare that I tell people that I rely on prayer when I am ill or injured. This is because it is assumed that I pray to a God who would create me capable of being in pain and then sometimes decides to award me a miracle and heal me.

For me, God is a creative, spiritual force that is completely good.   As Christian Scientists, we strive to look past sin, suffering and disease, and understand ourselves as primarily spiritual- as the representation of a higher creative power.  In asserting our spiritual identities, and understanding a higher creation, we unburden ourselves of thoughts that limit us to be inherently flawed and suffering.  As Mary Baker Eddy puts it, ‘Christian Science is the law of Truth, that heals the sick on the basis of the One Mind, Or God’ (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 482).  Instead of accepting that there is something ‘wrong’ with me, I turn my mind to spiritual truths, namely that I am primarily spiritual and free from ideas of pain or suffering.

I was healed from anxiety this year, and have felt a lightness and freedom.  I had accepted a very limited view of myself – I focused on the negatives in my life, and tried to physically control the environment around me to feel safe and secure in myself.  This started with my tendency to hide parts of myself that I feared other people would reject, and did everything I could to meet the expectations of those around me in school, during my gap year and later at university.  This obsession with control intensified when I lived in Indonesia, where I was constantly harassed by men in the streets and was actually assaulted at one point during my time there.  I learned to prepare for the worst case scenario, and was uptight and fearful.  This affected my personal life – I was scared that people would find out things about me that they might disapprove of, and I was very distrustful of new people, especially men.

I had a healing when I realised that the opposite of anxiety is to expect good.  This did not mean putting my head in the sand and pretending that nothing was wrong, but rather turning away from a limited understanding of myself and the world and focusing on spiritual facts.  A God that is all good could not create me fearful and vulnerable, and has not assigned me a future of fear and negativity in order to ‘test’ me.  Slowly, I concentrated on correcting fearful thoughts with an expectation of good, and gauging whether ideas coming to me were affirming my identity as a spiritual being or sending me into a negative spiral.  The strength I gained by trusting God has led me to be more open with friends and family, to forgive the men in Indonesia who seemed to threaten my safety, and to be relaxed in accepting opportunities that have opened up a whole new world for me.  I am so grateful for my background in Christian Science, and have used it as a practical tool in gaining peace and harmony in my everyday life.

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.

“I’d Like to go to Sunday School …”   Leave a comment

shutterstock_36849880For me the most vital concept of Christian Science is God as Father-Mother.  My love for this idea goes back to my first involvement with the church.

You see, my parents were having serious problems in their marriage, and I was deeply troubled about this.

When I was twelve, one of my friends asked if I could visit for the weekend, which would mean going to a Christian Science Sunday School with her.

On Sunday morning there I was in a class of girls about my age, and the teacher talked the whole time about God as our Father-Mother.  She made it clear that God was the Father and Mother of my mom and dad, just as He was of me.  She explained how this Father-Mother loves all His children, and knows nothing but harmony for them.  Little did she realize what that meant to me.  I came out of that hour all fired up, and I went home and talked to my mother the whole week about this Sunday School.

I wanted to go back, Read more

This article,I’d like to go to Sunday School …” by Jacquelyn Mattson, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.   It is now available on JHS-online.   In it Jacquelyn talks about how the simple truths she learned in Sunday School protected her and with her mother’s acceptance of God as loving Father-Mother, family harmony was restored.

 

Retirement Leisure   Leave a comment

shutterstock_88373215Most retired people want to live full and useful lives.  They want their days to be at least as satisfying as when they were working steadily.  It is good that so many feel this way, because leisure based on useful activity is a natural human expression of divine Life, or God.

Christian Science teaches that everyone can live a productive, meaningful life. Read more

In this article, Retirement Leisure,  J. Thomas Black talks about how a deeper understanding of God as divine Life helps us to live happier, healthier more fulfilling lives.  The article was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel; it is now available through this link to JHS-online.

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