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When I Stopped Letting Age Define Me   Leave a comment

This article by Robert E J Wehman was published in the August 29, 2022 edition of the Christian Science Sentinel in the series How I Found Christian Science.

In my late teens, I wanted to learn to play the harp and hoped to become a professional harpist. But the head of the harp department at the local music conservatory told me I was too old to take up the study and make a career of it. 

Years later, after establishing myself in another arts-related career, I met a world-famous harpist in New York City. I told her that if I had met her when I was a child, I would have taken up the harp, and I shared the story of being denied the opportunity to study the harp because of my age. She immediately told me that if I stopped letting age define me, I would never again be too young or too old to do anything. And if I did this, she’d take me as a student. I agreed and commenced studying with her.

I found out later that this woman was a Christian Scientist. Her encouragement to stop letting age define me was my introduction to the practical truths taught in Christian Science.

In this article Robert tells how letting go of a concept of age opened up new avenues in his career and in his circumstances and led him to the study of Christian Science. Click here to read, or listen to, the full article.

The True Nature of Man   1 comment

God is infinite omnipresent Spirit.   (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p223:7)

Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. (Science and Health p475:8)

If Life is God, as the Scriptures imply, then Life is not embryonic, it is infinite. (Science and Health p550:21)

Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual. (Science and Health p468:12)

If I Know, You Know   1 comment

An interview with Beth Packer, a Christian Science practitioner from NSW, Australia

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When a baby goat went missing, Beth learned a profound spiritual lesson about our oneness with God. She shares how a deepening understanding of this central Christian Science concept has helped bring healing to other areas of her life—and how it can in yours, too.

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Daily Lift by Beth Packer – If I know, you know.

A quick listen …

Sentinel Watch Podcast: The full interview with Beth.

If you enjoyed the ideas shared in this short Daily Lift podcast, then hear more of how Beth used these ideas to solve other problems in this longer interview.

Governed by Divine Law   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting readings

This recording is of the readings on the topic: Governed by Divine Law

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (John 1: 17)

God never punishes man for doing right, for honest labor, or for deeds of kindness, though they expose him to fatigue, cold, heat, contagion. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p384)

Miracles – Divine Law in Action   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting readings

This recording is of the readings on the topic: Miracles – Divine Law in Action

The Sea of Galilee at sunrise.

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The miracle introduces no disorder, but unfolds the primal order, establishing the Science of God’s unchanging law.

There is to-day danger of repeating the offence of the Jews by limiting the Holy One of Israel and asking: “Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?” What cannot God do?

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p134)

Hip Pain Healed   1 comment

The members of the Christian Science community in Canberra share their experiences and thoughts on Christian Science:

For quite some weeks I had been having trouble walking.  I could move around but my walking ‘style’ was more akin to a ’duck waddle’.  My hips were causing me pain and my style of locomotion and gait had altered to try and accommodate and ameliorate the pain.  For someone who is quite comfortable undertaking various sports, going to the gym and doing manual labour this wasn’t a very good state of affairs.

As a Christian Scientist I had turned to our textbook, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and to the Bible for support.  I continued my search for any passages within those books to assist my spiritual growth and understanding and application of Christian Science to healing my problem.  After about a fortnight of such study and still having a ‘duck waddle’ walk I was no better.

One of the hymns (565) in the Christian Science Hymnal has the words:

Cleanse the lepers, heal the sick.
Cast out demons. Raise the dead.
Truth is revealed in every place,
Throughout all time, throughout all space

In searching through the Bible, I was acutely aware of the healing works of Jesus Christ, and indeed hymn 565 glorifies such healings.  Try as I might I still couldn’t shake my problem.  As an adherent to Christian Science I have been able to overcome a number of physical problems by turning to our texts for comfort and support.  I know this method of healing works – but this time it was proving difficult.  I was still undertaking work; I still had to move around; I still had things to do – but it was becoming physically taxing.  Some days seemed rather long.

I asked my wife to pray with me on this situation.  Together we have had many quick healings of physical problems.  After a very brief discussion with her I started to ‘waddle’ down the hallway.  I had not travelled more than three metres when all pain and difficulty with my problem disappeared.  Once again I was amazed at how supremely effective and immediate Christian healing can be.  It is not magic; it is not mind control; it is not drugs; it is not hypnosis – it is Christian healing.

Having some understanding of Christian Science and Christian healing with previous problems, I know I shouldn’t really have been amazed but still my expectations of relief being so immediate were more than met.  I still continue to be ever so grateful for the power of Christian healing and its application in my life.

Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health (p.138) states:

Jesus established in the Christian era the precedent for all Christianity, theology, and healing. Christians are under as direct orders now, as they were then, to be Christlike, to possess the Christ-spirit, to follow the Christ-example, and to heal the sick as well as the sinning. It is easier for Christianity to cast out sickness than sin, for the sick are more willing to part with pain than are sinners to give up the sinful, so-called pleasure of the senses. The Christian can prove this to-day as readily as it was proved centuries ago.

I had read and reread this passage, but I had been busy with material physical work and should have been busy with God’s work.  It was this realisation that came to me afterwards.  I had spent time searching through the texts but had not been giving the spiritual work the due deference and application it should have been accorded.

Although coming to Christian Science later in life, I am so very grateful for having found it.

Not My Thought   1 comment

The members of the Christian Science community in Canberra share their experiences and thoughts on Christian Science:

In our back yard in Canberra we have certain sections of the garden fenced off as a chicken run.  One afternoon I was down in the bottom corner of the chicken’s area checking for eggs.  On this day the chickens had been particularly industrious and had dug some quite deep holes and unearthed some old timbers that I had not known were there.  As I stepped back from the hutch I felt a sharp pain in my left foot.  I looked down to find that I had stepped on a piece of wood that had a very long, rusty nail sticking out of it.  The nail had gone right through my plastic yard shoes and was now lodged deep in my foot.  It had obviously been buried for some time and now the nail was not only rusty but muddy and yucky with chicken droppings.  I pulled it out and went up to the house to wash it off. 

As I walked back very fearful ideas started filling my thought.  Not long before I had heard someone tell of symptoms of tetanus and I found myself worrying that I had never had a tetanus injection ever. 

At first I thought:  Why am I thinking these thoughts?  I never think like this!  I am not normally a fearful person.  I’ve been a student of Christian Science all my life and it has taught me that what I think is very important.  The quality of my thoughts determines my experience, so thinking fearfully was strange to me.  Then it dawned on me – these were not really my thoughts!  These thoughts came only as suggestions.  I love that word suggestion; it means that I have the option of accepting or rejecting something.  This was something that I would certainly reject.  In that moment I felt no ownership of these thoughts.  I knew that I didn’t have to analyse them, or wonder:  Why did I think this? or delve into what fears might be lurking in my thinking for me to produce these thoughts.  Because I felt no ownership of them I could simply discard them. 

That was the end of the matter.  I washed my foot but there was no pain and it immediately stopped bleeding.  Later that day after my shower when I dried my foot, I couldn’t even find the place.  There were never any repercussions from the incident.

The lesson I learned that day has stayed with me.  Nowadays I am more alert to the implications of this word suggestion.  God never suggests; only human reasoning suggests.  God doesn’t give you options; He is just good and His word is final. 

I am becoming more practised now at recognising suggestions and not owning all thoughts that come to me.  I know I don’t need to analyse a suggestion; I don’t need to delve into it; I don’t need to feel guilty for thinking it.  I just reject it with a very firm:  That’s not my thought!  When I say this, I know that it isn’t my thought because it isn’t of God. I know that God doesn’t give me fearful thoughts therefore fearful thoughts are not my thoughts.  Learning this has so simplified my prayers.  I use this line all the time now:  That’s not my thought!  And then I let it go.  Only good, healthy, harmonious, progressive thoughts are mine because these stem directly from God’s goodness.

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.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p392:24-32)

All One in Love   1 comment

‘Love’ what a word!

Isn’t it Love that makes us happy?  Isn’t it Love that heals our hurts and fears?  Isn’t Love the thing that at every stage of our lives we need in order to flourish and thrive, not just survive?

Isn’t it Love that makes life worth living?  Isn’t it Love and only Love that can bring ‘… on earth peace, goodwill to men’?

Golden Rule

Love is what unites us all.  No matter what our religion or philosophy, Christian, non-Christian, atheist, sectarian, Love is at the heart of us all. In fact, most great spiritual thinking has the Golden Rule as a core value.

Judaism says, ‘What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbour.’

Buddhism – ‘Hurt not others with that which hurts yourself.’

Sikhism – ‘Treat others as you would be treated yourself.’

Islam – ‘Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.’

In the Christian Bible, Christ Jesus says, ‘… all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do even so to them.’

Love for one another is at the core of all of them.

However, this Love that is such a core principle, has to be more than mere human affection.  So, what then is it?

What Does the Bible Say?

The Bible does tell us very clearly when it says in 1 John, ‘God is Love’. 

For many, that term ‘God’ is variously thought of as the non-physical, all good, supreme Being; the governing benevolent power in our lives and of the universe.  Too often though, we can also overlay our sense of God with all sorts of human traits and limitations.  But, to think of the supreme, wholly good, governing power of all things, as Love, lifts our thoughts of God beyond the human into something far greater; it lifts it into the realm of the divine.  It takes away a sense of the distance and unknowability of God, the humanness and variability, and brings it to the here and nowness, the closeness of Love, of what we already know within the core of ourselves. 

A Powerful Force

It makes Love a powerful force in our lives.

Love is the true essence of all religion.  This is certainly true of Christian Science. I grew up in Christian Science, but you can’t inherit an understanding of what a religion has to offer. There has to come a point when you decide for yourself that its ideas and Principles are right and good. 

Personal Experience

For me it was this sense of God as Love, that helped me see its worth.  Like most of us, I went through a period where I felt lost and alone, and very unloved, but it was the inner voice that kept telling me how much God loved me and knew me, that blew away the darkness and brought me into the light – the light of feeling loved.  It literally transformed me.

In fact, the founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, has made Love an essential quality for being a Christian Scientist.  She said, “Christian Scientists, their children and grandchildren to the latest generations, inevitably love one another with that love wherewith Christ loveth us; a love unselfish, unambitious, impartial, universal, — that loves only because it is Love.” (Pulpit and Press p21:1)

Original Christianity

It’s a high ideal to live up to, but no less a standard than Jesus set for original Christianity. Original Christianity loves without discrimination; unites and never divides; values a person by the quality of character not material riches. This original standard is at the heart of Christian Science.

Find Out More

If you would like to know more about this religion of Love, please meet us at our Sunday Services (10.00 am) and our Wednesday Testimony Meetings (6.15 pm).  We are located on the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton.  Sunday School for students up to the age of 20 is also at 10.00 am – new students are always welcome.

This article was contributed by Beth Packer who is a full-time Christian Science healer.

Reality – Found in Matter or Mind?   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings

This recording is of readings on the topic:  Reality – Found in Matter or Mind?

Metaphysics is above physics, and matter does not enter into metaphysical premises or conclusions. The categories of metaphysics rest on one basis, the divine Mind. Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul. …

The testimony of the material senses is neither absolute nor divine. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p269)

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Every Wednesday at 6.15pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science church in Canberra (corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets, Barton). At these meetings short readings on a particular topic are followed by time for members of the congregation to share how they have been helped and healed through prayer.

Everyone is welcome.

Conference Rescued – Speaker Healed   2 comments

The members of the Christian Science community in Canberra share their experiences and thoughts on Christian Science:

One of my roles in the years just before I retired was to organise the annual regional conference for the large state government department I worked for.  These events were attended by over 300 participants and included one main keynote speaker and approximately 48 breakout sessions.  Planning took many months.  In order to secure an exceptional keynote speaker, it was necessary to book at least twelve months in advance.

This particular year I managed to secure a booking with someone I knew to be not only at the forefront of his specialist area, but an excellent and engaging speaker.  He was pleased to be asked and at the initial interview we discussed a timeline for when he would give me details of his talk and materials for hand outs etc.  During the year we touched base a couple of times and all seemed to be going to plan.  However, when we were about a month out from the event he still hadn’t given me the material I was expecting and wasn’t answering my calls or emails. 

Eventually I managed to make contact with his support staff.  They said that he had been in hospital with a very severe case of pneumonia and even after a couple of months he was not well enough to be back at work.  I said I would make contact again in a week or so to see how he was progressing.  This time I managed to talk to the speaker himself.  He said that although he was still very ill and weak he felt sure he would improve enough to be able to do the talk.  We touched base several times over the next couple of weeks but his health was not improving.  He seemed keen not to let me down and said that he would bring his wife to support him and possibly do the talk sitting down. He thought then he might possibly manage.  This was still the situation, the day before the conference and it was extremely tempting to be very worried.  I did not want this dear man to jeopardise his health but I also knew that the opening address was a very important part of the conference.

I have been raised in Christian Science and I’ve learnt over many years that there are spiritual laws that can be relied upon when challenges arise.  So I prayed to see things from a spiritual, rather than a human perspective.  I knew that this conference was a right idea.  Among other things it was an opportunity for participants and presenters to share ideas that worked and to collectively rise to higher levels of performance.  I knew that all right ideas are God’s because I have come to know God as infinite Mind and the source of all good.  I have also come to know God as Love and that Love is not just a feeling but a divine law.  This law ensured the safety of all; this law held everyone in their right place and maintained harmony.  I thought on these and similar ideas until I felt a sense of calm – a strong sense that all was well.  The night before the conference I slept peacefully expectant of good unfolding.

The following evening was the meet and greet and the conference opening dinner.  When I arrived the hall was already abuzz with excited participants.  Quickly I noticed that there was quite a gathering of people over near the bar.  In the centre of this someone was holding the floor and entertaining a small crowd.  As I moved closer I realised that was my keynote speaker.   He greeted me with a huge grin. ‘You wouldn’t believe what happened’, he said.  ‘You know how I’ve been so sick for the last few months.  Well last night, it was like a switch flicked and instantly I was completely well.  I haven’t felt this well in years. Look at me now!’  His excitement and enthusiasm spilled over into the group and he continued to entertain them.  Needless to say his talk was a great success, as was the rest of the conference.

Every day I am grateful for what I am learning in Christian Science.  It teaches me to be calm in the face of challenges; it teaches me to turn away from the human scenario and to acknowledge the spiritual truths; it teaches me that there are spiritual laws that apply to all life and if understood and trusted these laws will adjust any discordant situation.

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