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Changing course   Leave a comment

IMGP7100.JPGBy Michelle Boccanfuso Nanouche

A Christian Science perspective:  Hope to help heal the destruction and corruption of today can be gained through an inspired change of direction.

Patterns of destruction and corruption are at the heart of many problems today – from the abuse of power in politics to even the conflicts creating famine in Africa, as broadly discussed in a recent Monitor story (“UN says 1.4 million African children at risk in famine: Why there’s still hope,” Feb. 21, 2017). As we look for solutions, much of what’s needed is a change of course. But when answers require a redirection away from destructive behavior, is it reasonable to expect that we can see the change of thought needed for such a course correction?

This question is rooted in the fundamental and timeless inquiry of what we actually are.

 

In this article, “Changing Course“, Michelle explores what it takes to change major values and our perspective from a purely material view to a more spiritual one.  This article was originally published in the CS Perspective feature of the Christian Science Monitor.

Read the whole article:  Changing Course

Hate Loses Power   1 comment

shutterstock_90543814Daily Lift by Skip Phinney

Governments around the world are adopting very different strategies to deal with a growing sense of the differences between us.  Many of these strategies exaggerate the differences and diminish our similarities, and fear is often the outcome.

In this 3 minute talk Skip talks about how valuing the good in each individual and appreciating our common worth breaks down barriers and promotes the kind of peace and security we are all looking for.

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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.

No More Suffering from Allergies   Leave a comment

shutterstock_116898418The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

This article, No More Suffering from Allergies, is by Deborah who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  She describes how she overcame severe allergic reactions through prayer alone.

Throughout my childhood and into my adult life I suffered terribly from allergies. There were many things in the environment I felt triggered extreme reactions—but probably the most devastating to me was my reaction to cats. As a child I owned a huge ginger cat called Timmy. I loved Timmy, but even to sit near him caused me hours of distress; to touch him meant that I was almost incapacitated … Read more

This article was originally published in the Christian Science Journal.  It is now available through JHS-online.

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.

The Link Between Spirituality and Happiness in Children   Leave a comment

shutterstock_118635883Spiritual children are happier children, according to a study by Mark Holder, associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. Holder found four things happier children possess: personal meaning, communal meaning, awe for beauty and nature, and a belief in some sort of transcendental power.

“I think a big part of happiness in general is the feeling of personal meaning,” he said. “Spiritual paths are ones that promote personal meaning.” Read more

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This article,  The Link Between Spirituality and Happiness in Children by Patty Machelor, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is now available on JHS-online.

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.

Just Say ‘No!’ to Decline   Leave a comment

shutterstock_95565325As a young man I was in the Royal Indian Army. I did many daring deeds in the Second World War. I traveled to many countries. I married, and my wife and children were a joy to me. I took great pleasure in life. But many years later, the sense of fulfillment I’d enjoyed began to fade. I looked at my physical condition and was tempted to believe that I’d become old and my life was declining. I questioned, “What is life?” “What is my life?” “Can the accumulation of a certain number of years constitute a declining status?”

My search continued for quite some time, several years in fact. I became severely depressed and felt empty and tired. But as I deepened my study of Christian Science and explored its teachings about the spiritual basis of life, I was gradually able to shed those depressed feelings.  Mrs. Eddy said in Science and Health, “The measurement of life by solar years robs youth and gives ugliness to age” (p. 246). …

These truths alerted me to the error of seeing myself circumscribed by a count of years. Read more

In this article, Just Say ‘No!’ to Decline, David Robert Ramaji, describes his personal journey out of depression over a sense of the finiteness of life into a deeper understanding of his own permanent spiritual existence which brought joy and a renewed satisfaction.  The article was first published in the Christian Science Sentinel and is now available on JHS-online.

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