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John 16:22: “Your heart will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”   Leave a comment

Your right to be joyful

“Joy is independent of and untouchable by evil, so we can be full of radiant, spiritual joy always.”


_E0A0144-2A while ago there was a debate among some of my friends on Facebook about expressing joy. Some said joy is a gift from God, so it’s right to express it regardless of the state of the world and the hardships some people are facing. Others argued it would be arrogant to smile and sing despite reports of human suffering; moreover, it would be callous to tell those who are suffering to just lighten up and be happy.

I found myself thinking about that debate one day when I was overwhelmed with anxiety about issues in my own life. When I feel this way, I often turn to God in prayer, which calms me down, lifts my thought spiritually, and helps me find healing solutions to problems. When I’m really obeying the First Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3), I can resist the inclination to be overcome with worry.

As I considered the spiritual basis for trusting God and letting go of fear, I also found my answer to the dilemma above, about whether it’s right to be joyful under all circumstances. And the answer is yes!……

Not only is it right to be joyful in the face of suffering, but joy is a quality that brings healing. I can share two experiences where realizing I lived in God’s joyous, radiant presence lifted me out of suffering and brought healing. The first was in being freed from panic and anxiety attacks. While these did not come frequently, I would at times during the night be overwhelmed with panic or anxiety. But daily communion in prayer with God caused me to experience the harmony and joy of God’s presence and better understand my inseparability from Him and His perfect spiritual reality. I also came to realize that my natural spiritual state, the way God made me, was joyful, peaceful, and calm, not anxious or panic-ridden. This spiritual reality slowly became more and more real to me until I no longer suffered from the attacks.

Find out more about why in this article by Jyoti Raghu published in the Christian Science Sentinel

Posted February 3, 2018 by cscanberra in Happiness, Mental Health, Spiritual Comfort

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I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein” (Luke 18:17)   Leave a comment

shutterstock_169648079One time in a high school class, my teacher handed a student a coin. He told the student to squeeze the coin in his palm very tightly. The teacher then took a five dollar bill out of his pocket and tried to push it into this student’s firmly clenched fist. The teacher tried and tried—but it couldn’t happen. For the whole class, he made a salient point—teaching us in a memorable way that we can’t grasp new concepts while we’re holding tightly onto something else.

In prayer, as in fields of learning and knowledge, an openness and willingness to exchange ignorance for truth always brings big benefits. Christ Jesus surely understood this and encouraged people, not just to be halfway receptive to progress, but to be as totally willing, receptive—and innocent—as little children are. “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein” (Luke 18:17). That’s a very clear-cut way to put it!

Through communion with God we can experience the kind of transformation that is far beyond just a slight shift of direction. It can result in a radical conversion, a 180-degree change of thought, where all of existence is perceived from a different viewpoint—an entirely spiritual perspective.

With the trust and flexibility of a child, it’s rewarding to work with the quality of one’s thoughts, to be willing to release and let go of old concepts.

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you” (Ezekiel 36:26).


In this article The good worth holding on to  Mark Swinney explains further how with childlike receptivity, this change of thought brings surprising changes and healing. Find it here:



dreamstime_355292Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy.

Mary Baker Eddy, Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures

The Benefits of Fostering

A Daily Lift by Ariana Herlinger

Listen how Ariana learned to foster a more spiritual view of a dog to help find a permanent home for it

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?


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.


– 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.

Enjoy Christmas! It’s Good for Your Health   Leave a comment

dreamstime_3591030It’s December.  The countdown is on. Excitement is building.  The pace is quickening. Life is getting hectic.  There’s end-of-school activities, office parties, Christmas break-ups, and holiday plans to make; not to mention, shopping, gift wrapping, mailing items, putting up the decorations, cooking and preparing for the all-important family Christmas dinner.

With so much to do – especially for Mums, it can take the shine off this happy festive season.  Yet it’s possible to maintain the sparkle of joyous anticipation, remain stress-free, and really enjoy Christmas.  What’s more it’s good for your health.


Often the race to an enjoyable Christmas – one that’s filled with pleasure, is thought to be secured by the amount of time, energy and money devoted to it.  This isn’t necessarily true.  A happy occasion can be achieved equally as well with thoughtful, humble effort and modest expense.


– Don’t get caught up in the “I need to do it all” mindset.  Whatever you need to do, keep it sweet and simple.  Your peace of mind is what matters on the day.

– Enjoy Christmas with your loved ones.  Look forward to spending a joyous time together. Count your blessings.

– Don’t stress-out over having everything “just right”.  Stay calm.  Relax. “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan?  So if you cannot do such a small thing, why do you worry about the rest?” – Bible, Luke 12:25, and 26.

– Give thanks for the good gifts of life you have at hand – a loving family, kind friends, a safe home, peace.


The Christmas season isn’t solely about festivities, or the shop-‘til-you-drop rush for gifts or toys.  It’s also about love, peace and “good will to men”.  Everyone yearns for that tender expression of heart-felt love which Christmas often inspires in people.  Such love is more than words on a card. It’s the active, caring kind that can ultimately lead to a love-filled, enjoyable Christmas.


– This year place love at the top of your Christmas wish-list – to give and receive.

– Keep in mind that “The basis of Christmas is love loving its enemies, returning good for evil, love that “suffereth long, and is kind”.” – Mary Baker Eddy. Miscellany p.260

– Show others you care.  Spend extra time with your kids. Do something thoughtful for those you love.

– Be an unhurried friend, unharried shopper, unruffled neighbour, and an unflustered family member.

– Remember, enjoy Christmas!  You’ll find 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.


What are the Benefits of Gratitude?   Leave a comment

shutterstock_158694080We invite you to listen to What are the Benefits of Gratitude? by Joel Magnes.  Joel is a full-time Christian Science healer.

This 20 minute pod-cast is part of the Sentinel Watch series.  In this question and answer session Joel responds to questions on the topic of “What are the benefits of gratitude?” He explains how an understanding our true spiritual identity opens the door not only to feeling grateful, but to experiencing the blessing of God’s love in our daily lives. … Click here to listen.


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