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A Powerful ‘Daily Prayer’   Leave a comment

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

This article was originally published in the August 2021 edition of the Christian Science Journal. In it the author explains how her son endured several years of severe bullying by a work supervisor. However, when he turned to prayer for a resolution there was an immediate and permanent turn around in the situation.

Now, three years later, even though my son has moved on to another position, these two still have a warm and supportive relationship. My son counts him as a close friend, a confidant who can be relied on, and someone who values him as a person.

Click here to read the full text of this article where the author explains the spiritual reasoning that led to this happy resolution.

Quick Healing of a Head Cold   1 comment

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

Recently I experienced all the symptoms of a heavy head cold.  It just seemed to sneak up on me as the day progressed. 

I was fairly determined to not give in to this feeling and I accomplished all I needed to during the day but by the evening I felt physically overwhelmed by the symptoms and the unwell feeling.  However, during the day I had been reminding myself that my true nature was spiritual – the image and likeness of God, as the Bible tell us (Genesis 1: 26, 27) and if God didn’t have a cold then really nor could I.   Although I didn’t feel well I didn’t feel beaten by this situation.  My mental well-being still felt very intact.   

In the evening as I didn’t feel capable of doing anything physical, I curled up in my favourite chair and decided to listen to the Wednesday Testimony Meeting readings on the phone.  They were perfect for me!  The topic was spiritual healing and I became engrossed in the words and the message – a message that reminded me that I could mentally stand up to claims of ill-health.  The readings assured me that matter couldn’t make conditions for me because Mind was the only cause.  At the end of the readings I felt calm and forgot to think much about the cold situation. 

That night I slept through peacefully and woke in the morning 100% well.  There was not a single trace of the condition.  Later that next day my husband and I took the dog on a long walk and we jogged much of the way.  I kept up easily and pulled up after each jog without any puffing.  I felt more energised than I had in a long time.

For this and all the other healings I have experienced through relying on the truths taught in Christian Science I am truly grateful.  Armed with this understanding I approach each day with confidence and joy.

A recording of the readings mentioned above are posted on this blog below under the heading, Spiritual Healing – Past and Present.

Horse Riding – Not a Problem   Leave a comment

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

A few years ago my husband wanted to give me a surprise for our anniversary.  He knew I loved horses and that in my youth I had gone on a few short trail rides which I loved.  This year he had the romantic idea that escaping our city life for a weekend of riding horses through the bushland in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney would be a good plan.  My husband has never been a horse rider and knows very little about horses.

When he presented me with the gift vouchers I was filled with some very mixed emotions.  I could see that he was trying hard to please me – that was nice.  But, an eight-hour ride through very rugged territory, when I hadn’t been on a horse for about twenty years, seemed daunting in ways he couldn’t imagine.  I prayed about this.  I reasoned that all good ideas come from God and God’s ideas don’t have a downside.  I also know that the beliefs I hold about life determine the nature of this material experience.  I tried to stay focused on a conviction that my true nature is spiritual, not material.  Only matter feels pain, not spirit.

My husband, as a novice rider, was given Fred, an elderly plodder.  However, he had told the stables that I could ride well and I was given Jeda, a young thoroughbred-cross who really wanted to turn everything into a race.   I’d been on the horse for about fifteen minutes when I realised that the saddle was horribly uncomfortable; it had two hard ridges that dug into the bones in my bottom.

During the eight-hour outing we spent nearly seven hours in the saddle.  The countryside was amazing.  We rode across green paddocks with cows, through mountain streams, up and down steep hillsides and along winding forest trails.  It was truly beautiful.  At every point in the day my Jeda wanted to race ahead and I spent the whole day calming her and reining her in.  Even when we were waiting for slow Fred to catch up she pulled and pranced.  She was exhausting! 

It was late afternoon when we arrived back at our accommodation.  I was so sore I felt physically sick.  I fell on the bed and thought I would never be able to move again.  Every muscle in my body screamed and protested.  I thought I had mentally protected myself before the ride but I realised that I hadn’t really given up the idea that this activity could be punishing.  In Christian Science, we are taught that what we let into consciousness, is what we experience.  So while I lay there on the bed I had a mental reassessment. 

A passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy helped me to gain some peace.  She asks:  Without mind, could the muscles be tired?  Do the muscles talk, or do you talk for them?  Matter is non‐intelligent.  Mortal mind does the false talking, and that which affirms weariness, made that weariness (p217:31).  I realized that I had given myself permission to be affected by this ride, so mentally I took back that permission.

Within a very short time I was up and getting cleaned up to go out to dinner.  There was not a single twinge anywhere – I walked straight and tall and pain free.  We had a happy night and the rest of the weekend was active and harmonious.  There were absolutely no after-effects.

I am continually grateful to Christian Science which teaches me that I don’t have to give in to material laws.  All right activity can be undertaken without penalty.

Spiritual Fitness Leads to Physical Fitness   Leave a comment

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When my son was growing up we had a friend who often went on camping and hiking holidays with a group of long-time friends.  Once or twice a year he would invite my son and me to join the group.  I’ve never been a sporty person and being really physically fit has never been a priority for me but I do love the outdoors and these trips offered a welcome break.  I had a very busy job working 50-60 hours a week in a largely sedentary occupation.  When I wasn’t working, my life was filled with chores.  In fact the only regular exercise I had was doing the vacuuming.

On one occasion, when my son was eleven, our trip took us to a beautiful gorge in Queensland.  The first day out walking was to be a warm-up day of about 10 kilometres.  The track was rough in some places and there was a lot of climbing over rocks and obstacles.  My little ‘girly’ walking boots lasted about half an hour before the sole detached from the body of one shoe and this made the rest of the walk that day somewhat difficult.  However, I was determined to enjoy the day and I did.  I hadn’t brought a spare pair of walking shoes with me, but my son had and he was happy for me to borrow them.  Even at that age his foot was huge and his boots were about three sizes too big.  Still I was determined to make the most of things and I developed a new style of walking that accommodated the oversized shoes.

The next day the group had planned a 22 kilometre round trip up the gorge to some Aboriginal caves. This route, they told me, was rougher than the first day – it involved much climbing over huge boulders and up inclines.  These other people were experienced walkers and they set a very brisk pace.  At first I was concerned about how I would go.  Would I be able to keep up with my oversized shoes and my lack of fitness?  I quickly stopped these negative thoughts.  I may not be physically fit in the usual way but I was spiritually fit.  Despite my busy life, I did always find time for prayer, for drawing close to God.  I knew that my true identity was spiritual and a spiritual being doesn’t suffer from muscle fatigue.  The Bible tells me that I am the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1: 26, 27) and as God is never worn out, nor could I be.  I trusted these thoughts and felt buoyed by them.  The day flew by and I kept up without any difficulty.

When we got back to camp that day my son and another boy, who was a few years older, asked if they could go down and cool off in the little creek nearby.  We agreed so long as they stayed together.  The rest of the group talked about how exhausted they were and sat with their feet in buckets of cool water saying they didn’t think they could walk another step.  I didn’t feel the need for a bucket of water but I was happy to sit and chat.  Shortly the older boy came back without my son.  Apparently the little creek wasn’t very exciting but some other children had told them about a place down river where there was a high rock that you could jump off into a deep pool.  My son had gone to investigate. The older boy didn’t go because the pool was another two kilometres away and he didn’t want to go that far.  I set off to find my son.  I found him at the pool and he was happy to return with me.  We walked the two kilometres back chatting happily about the day.  When we returned the others were still recovering.  They decided that the next day would be a very short walk.

I can honestly say I felt no ill-effects at all from any of our walks that week.  I enjoyed every minute of it. I proved to be as fit as the others who led much more active lives than me.  I totally put this down to my spiritual approach to activity.  Whatever it is right for me to do I can do when I claim my spiritual identity.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy is the textbook of Christian Science.  In it Eddy states:  A mortal man possesses this body, and he makes it harmonious or discordant according to the images of thought impressed upon it (p208).  Holding in thought only images of health – images of myself as a perfect child of God – allowed me to experience the full enjoyment of this wonderful opportunity.

Spiritual Healing – Available to All   2 comments

Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings

This recording is of readings on the topic of Spiritual Healing.

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Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon the thought. Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that it is illegitimate, because you know that God is no more the author of sickness than He is of sin. You have no law of His to support the necessity either of sin or sickness, but you have divine authority for denying that necessity and healing the sick (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p390: 20).

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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. If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday, please join us.

Eye Health Restored – Cataract Gone   Leave a comment

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Early last year I needed to have my reading glasses replaced and this meant having an eye examination for a new script.  At the end of the examination the optometrist informed me that I had a cataract forming on my left eye.   He said that he wouldn’t recommend any treatment at that point but in a year I should look at having it removed.

At first I was tempted to feel concerned about this situation.  I had quite a few friends who had had cataracts surgically removed and although they had all said it was a fairly straight forward procedure, it was not something that I had ever contemplated doing.  I have always handled problems, both physical and otherwise, through prayer.  

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is my textbook for life.  In it, Mary Baker Eddy writes: Mind, not matter, is causation. … You embrace your body in your thought, and you should delineate upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness (p208: 25).  She goes on to say:  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 (p392: 11).  I thought on these ideas and every time my eye situation came into thought I claimed my spiritual perfection and denied the necessity for giving in to this verdict.  This brought me a sense of peace and within a short time my eye stopped bothering me and I forgot to think about it anymore.

Recently when I again visited the optometrist for new glasses I was told that my eyes were perfectly healthy and there was no sign of a cataract.  Christian Science is teaching me that the body is the representation of my thinking – what I believe about it is what I will experience.  By learning to see myself as spiritual, not material, I can overcome beliefs of limitation or ill-health

Money Worries – A Thing of the Past   Leave a comment

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

When I was growing up money always seemed to be in short supply.  There were many, many evenings when my mum had only toast and Vegemite for dinner because there wasn’t enough food to go around.  As a child I watched my mum, who was normally a strong, calm woman, weep because there was no money for the electricity or to pay for the groceries.  This left me feeling scared and as though life was jeopardous.  I felt as though I was vulnerable to forces outside of my control. 

As an adult I seemed to take many of these fears about finances and supply with me.  Even though I had full employment, and sometimes more than one job, for many years I felt as though I was always borrowing from Peter to pay Paul; shuffling money around in order to pay the most pressing bills.  There came a time when the burden of school fees and a mortgage was more than I could manage and we sold our house and moved to a smaller place further out.  Still there never seemed to be quite enough. 

In my study of Christian Science I had learned that all right ideas were God’s and that God as the divine Father-Mother supplied all that was necessary for those ideas to come to fruition.  I had also learned that supply and demand were a part of the one Principle (a synonym for God) governing all; they were reciprocal and inseparable processes.  One day I sat myself down and decided that it was time to let go of this false fear.  I asked myself whether I really believed these spiritual statements and believed that God was my loving parent who knew and responded to my needs, or not.  I had, over the years, had many other healings both of physical and work-related problems that showed me that God was real, and that the love of God was a principle to be counted on.  I reviewed the evidence I had of this divine care and I decided that I did really trust in these truths.  When I reasoned like this the fear seemed to melt away and it felt as though this huge burden of many years had been lifted off me.

From this time on I never again struggled to pay the bills.  The money coming into the home had not changed and the outgoings remained the same but somehow when bills arrived there was always enough to meet them.  Nowadays, I don’t worry at all about how much is, or isn’t, in my bank account.  I know, because I have proved it, that if there is a need God will meet it.  I have discovered that divine Love (another name for God) has a multitude of ways in which to meet the human need.  This sense of God’s sure supply has given me a freedom that allows me to be generous towards others, to support worthy causes and so share Love’s wonderful abundance.  I continue, every day, to be grateful to God, and to Christian Science which teaches me the power of spiritual reasoning.

Healing of an Eye Injury   Leave a comment

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A few months ago I was attempting to pump some oil from a bottle that had a plunger top.  The plunger was jammed and I gave it a hard bop to unstop it.  This caused a very large glob of oil to shoot straight into my left eye.  The pain was instantly intense.  I immediately tried to wash it out but the oil was made not to wash off easily in water.  For a few moments I struggled with the extreme sensation.

As a student of Christian Science I have studied the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy all my life.  There are many passages from these texts I turn to in order to bring me calm in times of challenge.  Although I didn’t remember the exact words of this passage from Science and Health, I did remember the substance of it.  It states:

When an accident happens, you think or exclaim, “I am hurt!” Your thought is more powerful than your words, more powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury real.

Now reverse the process. Declare that you are not hurt and understand the reason why, and you will find the ensuing good effects to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine metaphysics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures declare Him to be (p397).

I turned my full attention to this idea and straight away I felt calm and the pain quickly stopped.  As the day wore on though, my face began to swell, I lost vision in that eye and it closed over.  The next day my face was in an even worse state but there continued to be no pain.  I held to the view of myself as a spiritual idea and not simply a mortal body.  I continued to pray.  It felt as though this situation was some kind of bad dream from which I was waiting to wake up.  The following morning I was no better and if I pulled my eye open I could see nothing.

I spent this morning studying the weekly Christian Science Bible Lesson (passages from the Bible and Science and Health).  There was one sentence from Science and Health that stood out to me:  … the dreamer and dream are one, for neither is true nor real (p530: 27-29).  When I read this I realised I had been thinking of myself as a dreamer – someone who was dreaming this bad dream.  This passage was telling me there was no dreamer.  If there is no dreamer there can be no dream.  I loved this idea.  I understood it in a way I hadn’t done before.  Suddenly I felt joyous and happy, and I forgot to think about my face anymore.  I had planned to meet a friend for coffee that afternoon so I kept the appointment and I met up with her.  We talked for over an hour.  Not once did she mention my face.  I looked in the mirror when I got home and I realised that all was normal – even my vision was normal.  That night I attended a big family dinner – no one could even tell which eye had been at issue. 

I continue to be immensely grateful for what Christian Science is teaching me about my true spiritual nature and of my dominion over the claims of this material world.

Forgiveness   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: (The Bible – Luke 6: 37)

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (The Bible – Matthew 5: 43-45)

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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. If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday, please join us.

This recording is of Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings on the topic of Forgiveness.

Family Pet Healed   Leave a comment

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

One morning recently one of our cats appeared to be quite unwell.  When I checked him I noticed that his face was extremely swollen and he had a deep open cut above one eye.  He showed signs of being in pain and was quite distressed.  This cat is quite a wild creature; he does not permit us to handle him and taking him to the vet wasn’t really an option. 

In our family we are used to solving problems through prayer so I knew that this situation needed clear prayerful thinking.  For me prayer is not a matter of asking God for help but of affirming spiritual truths relating to the situation.  In this situation I made a point of looking away from the disturbing material picture and I held firmly to the idea that this dear kitty was in truth a spiritual idea, and a spiritual idea cannot be injured.  I also reminded myself of the several healings he had experienced previously. 

In Christian Science we are taught to hold to the spiritual truths despite the material evidence.  If we understand and trust these truths that we are claiming then the physical situation adjusts. Holding on to the spiritual truth about this kitty helped me to stop worrying about him and to trust his care to divine Mind.  I thought on these ideas until I felt a sense of peace. 

Within the hour he was up and around and behaving normally.  All signs of swelling had gone and the cut above his eye was healed to the point that I couldn’t even tell where it had been.  He had no further ramifications from this incident.

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