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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

One 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

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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:

https://sentinel.christianscience.com/shared/view/x9tx296nwo?s=e

 

CHANGE OF CONSCIOUSNESS   Leave a comment

Jesus taught us to walk over, not into or with, the currents of matter, or mortal mind.  He demanded a change of consciousness and evidence, and effected this change through the higher laws of God.

The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind.

 

When understanding changes the standpoints of life and intelligence from a material to a spiritual basis, we shall gain the reality of Life, the control of Soul over sense, and we shall perceive Christianity, or Truth, in its divine Principle.

 

Mary Baker Eddy  (Unity of Good), (Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures)

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Forgiving the unforgivable   Leave a comment

Daily Lift by Deborah Huebsch

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Past hurts often need an act of forgiveness. Is it possible and how? Deborah shares from her own experience.

 

Posted April 28, 2017 by cscanberra in Forgiveness, Healing, past hurts, Renewal

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Easter Lecture: Prayer, Healing and Resurrection   Leave a comment

An online lecture by Nate Frederick, CS, a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship

Nate’s talk will be exploring how to resurrect good for all that is unrewarding in our lives.

Time:  live in New York, USA 7.30 pm Friday 14 April

this translates to 9.30 am Saturday 15 April in Canberra (Australian eastern standard time).

Click here to listen.

A recording of this lecture is now available via this same link.

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.

Making Room for New Growth   Leave a comment

Woman picking strawberriesA Christian Science Perspective:  Start by weeding out unhealthy thoughts

by Jan K Keeler

It just kept coming! I was in my yard and noticed some dead wood in a small bush. As I wrestled with the lifeless branches that didn’t want to let go, I was astonished at just how much of it had accumulated in that one tiny bush. But when I cleaned it all out, the bush had more light, more air circulating, and more room to grow.

With discussions about resolutions in the New Year, I think back to that little bush.  It has since flourished and now takes up prominent space in our landscaping.  It serves as a reminder of how important it is to clean out the old, nonproductive, and negative thoughts that are taking up space in our consciousness.  A list of dead wood thinking could include thoughts like resentment, grudges, cynicism, hatred, fear, self-justification, pride, and rumination.  Such thinking stifles our inspiration, crowds out new fresh ideas, and hinders our ability to feel and express love – to experience all the joys and fullness of life.  But weeding out these old thoughts may feel easier said than done.  They may have become so habitual that they feel intertwined permanently into our consciousness and behavior. Read more

Making Room for New Growth was originally published in the Christian Science Monitor.  In this article Jan Keeler talks about how the quality of our thinking is so important in determining the quality of our experience.  Jan emphasises he place of spirituality in thinking that promotes wellbeing. 

The Healing Stillness of the Christ   Leave a comment

shutterstock_124147789A Christian Science Perspective:  On the God-given peace that brings comfort and healing.

by Kevin Graunke

As I reflect on the harshness and hype that seem woven so deeply into the fabric of our current political, social, and international dialogue, a hymn has recently taken on fresh meaning and relevance for me:

Through the harsh noises of our day / A low sweet prelude finds its way; / Through clouds of doubt and creeds of fear / A light is breaking, calm and clear.  (Christian Science Hymnal No.238, John Greenleaf Whittier)

In these final days of 2016 it may sometimes appear that our world is driven solely by recklessness, mad ambition, and fear. But the message of this hymn turns all this on its head – reminding me that cultivating a daily awareness of that “low sweet prelude” is our great need going forward in 2017.

In Psalms 46:10, we read, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Doing this brings a healing sense of quietude, and also a needed rebuke to fear, worry, and the blare of all the world’s evil intent and action.

It reminds me of stepping outside on a snowy evening and just listening. The snow silently spreads a white mantle of beauty over everything. The accompanying stillness reminds me of elements of the Christ – God’s message of love for every one of us – that are so important to embrace and experience: the calmness and peace of God, the joy and presence of His gentle love for everyone.

This sense of stillness has a much deeper meaning than just being verbally quiet or physically still.  Read more

This article was originally published in the Christian Science Monitor.  In it Kevin describes the stillness that we all have within us that allows us to hear the Christ message and find a sense of calm and wellbeing.

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