The how and why and wonder of spiritual healing   Leave a comment

beth-packer This lecture explores the phenomena of spiritual healing as recorded throughout the Bible — healing that for centuries had allowed people to live their lives with dominion and not be victims to their circumstances.  And it shows by present-day examples, that such healing is not something of the past, but is a present possibility — an accessible transforming power for good in our lives today.

It’s shown how a knowledge of our inseparable relationship to God brings practical healing solutions and how practical, effective prayer can help us all experience divine power and protection in our lives.

Listen to this live webinar lecture given by Beth Packer here

Not afraid but not naive   1 comment

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Many are voicing their fears and worries about the coronavirus. But Christ, ever “voicing good,” is the divine influence that calms our fears, reveals our safety in God, and brings healing to our lives.

I’ve been hearing the same voices many others in society have been listening to – media, government officials, friends. And the focus is pretty constantly the same: coronavirus. A lot of people have learned a new word, and too many of them are afraid of it.

But recently a little phrase has been surfacing in my thought. It’s this: Christ is voicing good, right within consciousness. What an incredible contrast to all the bad stuff I was taking in. It’s clear to me that the source of that more hopeful thought is Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” where she writes, “Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness” (p. 332).

Now these words weren’t telling me to ignore the difficult things going on in society. But they were assuring me that there was something more going on than all the discussion about contagion. The Christ is the Godlike nature of Jesus that he lived so fully and successfully in his human life. Jesus promised that this Christ always has existed and always will. It speaks to us of God’s goodness and all-power, and of man’s immortal, indestructible nature. And Jesus’ life proved that this “good” voiced by the Christ has a healing and calming influence in our lives. He gave evidence of this again and again as he came in contact with others.

Over a lifetime I’ve seen a wonderful consistency in what Jesus taught. I’ve seen evidence that the Christ can bring a spiritual poise that literally changes our experiences. Changes them in a way that may be unexplainable to the material senses, but is quite understandable to our more spiritual sense.

On a number of occasions, I’ve seen times when everyone expected contagion to take a particular course, and it didn’t work out that way at all. And I’ve experienced times when a kind of mental contagion was stopped in its tracks. Once when a doctor had set some bones after an accident, he explained a number of drugs I needed to take in order to protect myself from potential harm. He described one drug intended to deal with a condition that he said could be fatal. While I certainly wasn’t naive about his warning, my preference was to protect myself with what I had learned about the healing Christ over the years. But his warning remained a little like a contagion from his thought to my thought.

Not too many days later the very condition he had told me about developed. I did something I wasn’t accustomed to doing, and which wasn’t helpful. I looked up the condition in a medical publication. Sure enough, the word “fatal” was prominent in the description. At first, fear tried to take over. But I began to discern the Christ I had come to trust “voicing good,” and soon I felt a spiritual peace and confidence. And within a few days the condition disappeared as I prayed specifically about it.

This voicing of good is a promise to every individual on this planet. In fact, Science and Health also affirms that the Christ is “a divine influence ever present in human consciousness” (p. xi). No one is without access to this healing influence. As we open our hearts to its messages, we recognize that it’s the true and only influence, bringing a calm that changes the course of human discord.

You don’t need to know a lot about the Christ to open your thought to its divine presence and discern the good it is voicing. In fact, when surrounding voices are making their views too prominent in your consciousness, take a moment and acknowledge that Christ is voicing good, and listen for its message right within your mind, assuring you of your safety in God.

This article by Nathan Talbot was published in The Christian Science Monitor’s Christian Science Perspective column 

Calm and hopeful—even in isolation   Leave a comment

 

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Are you fed up staying at home?

How about using this time for spiritual refreshment and engage more deeply with God.

Gay Bryant-Flatt, CS, from Maidenhead, Berkshire, United Kingdom shares in this Daily Lift how she makes good use of her time at home. Listen here

Posted April 17, 2020 by cscanberra in Daily Lift

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Easter renewal—showing us what we truly are   Leave a comment

IMG_2585Renewal doesn’t just mean new things start happening. God-inspired renewal shows us what was truly there the whole time—the freshness and permanence of God’s goodness, expressed in man and in all His creation. And it’s through spiritual sense, which Mrs. Eddy defines as “a conscious, constant capacity to understand God” (Science and Health, p. 209), that we discern this goodness. Spiritual sense is native to each of us as the children of Spirit.

So, Easter is about renewal—but not a renewal that involves fixing things once broken. It’s a renewal of our sense of things, showing us we were never broken. Easter shows us that God’s expression is never dipped into a well of desperation or lack. Easter shows us the permanence of God’s will, which is good and forever expressed in each of us. Christ Jesus demonstrated how to be what we truly are: the very image of our Father-Mother God, held forever in the perfect law of divine Love. 

Praise God, for our Redeemer lives!

To read the entire article by John Biggs from The Christian Science Journal, click here

 

Posted April 14, 2020 by cscanberra in Easter

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Christos anesti   Leave a comment

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Christos anesti

A simple Easter Day greeting, 
yet much more. A divine beating
in every heart. Truly, he is risen. 

—Christian Pascale

From the April 2019 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Posted April 13, 2020 by cscanberra in Easter, Resolutions

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Spiritual Resources and Today’s Meaning of Resurrection   Leave a comment

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Dear Friends,

We invite you our friends all over the world to join us on our website for a free inspirational talk on Good Friday, April 10th, 7.30pm, Australia Saturday April 11th, 9.30am from Third Church of Christ, Scientist, in New York City. Our guest speaker, Leide Lessa, will deliver her Easter-themed address, “Spiritual Resources and Today’s Meaning of Resurrection.”

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Just imagine for a moment that you were there on the morning when Jesus arose from the dead! Imagine that you stood there in awe as you awakened to a deeper understanding of the spiritual resources of life.

This deeper understanding is what Leide Lessa, a Christian Science teacher and member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, will be talking about. She’ll explore how to find this same sense of healing and renewal available to you now over 2000 years later.

We invite you to experience this very special Easter talk online at ThirdChurchNYC.com from wherever you are! It will also be available later at this website.

“You have no power over me”   2 comments

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 Like everyone, I have faced fears of the coronavirus. But whenever they pop up, I have a prayerful response inspired by words of defense spoken by Christ Jesus as he was being questioned by Pilate before the crucifixion. My prayer is, “You have no power over me!”

Pilate, governor of the Roman province of Judaea, had demanded of Jesus, “Why don’t you talk to me?” and continued, “Don’t you realize that I have the power to release you or crucify you?” Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above” (John 19:10, 11, New Living Translation).

Jesus was not afraid of Pilate. He understood that his life was spiritual, in the hands of God, and that there wasn’t anything Pilate could do to stop him from succeeding in his mission. The merit of his faith was proved a few days later when he walked out of the tomb as he had predicted, having overcome death. He had proved that God was the only power over him.

Today, reports of contagion, infection, and death fill the airwaves and blanket the internet. Rather than being afraid, we can respond from the same basis of spiritual authority and dominion that Jesus did, when he told Pilate that he could have no power over him unless it were from God. We can follow Jesus’ example of unwavering faith in God and neutralize threats to our health with a clear understanding of God’s omnipotence. We can find safety in knowing that God is bigger and more powerful than any fears of a virus!

A few months ago, while traveling, I got very sick with flu-like symptoms that implied I was going to suffer a long time. I prayed diligently for relief, but felt I was losing the battle as symptoms worsened. As I groped for what to pray about, a glimpse of God’s almighty power suddenly lit my thought. The battle was not mine, I saw—it was God’s! God was the power that would defeat the disease, reverse its symptoms, and restore my health.

My feeling of helplessness vanished as I accepted God’s might at work on my behalf. I could trust God to work out spiritually what I was not able to do humanly. I felt a peace that signaled a turnaround, and soon fell into a sound sleep. When I awoke in the morning, all symptoms were gone. I was free. The suggestion that disease could displace God’s harmonious control over my being was proven false.

We are not helpless in the face of the coronavirus.

We can apply the same truths to the fears we might currently feel. The Christian Science textbook includes a “scientific statement of being,” which explains in its first sentence, “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 468). A virus, as matter, does not possess intelligence. It cannot plot, plan, or execute. It is mindless. Any effect associated with it is not coming from the virus itself but from fears and false beliefs about it built up in the public consciousness. The good news is that these fears and false beliefs can be reversed through an understanding of God and God’s all-power. As Mrs. Eddy wrote, “At a time of contagious disease, Christian Scientists endeavor to rise in consciousness to the true sense of the omnipotence of Life, Truth, and Love, and this great fact in Christian Science realized will stop a contagion” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 116). 

A consciousness that God—divine Life, Truth, and Love—has all power stops a contagion by dissolving the fears and false beliefs that spread disease. This is what happened during my night of suffering. I saw the omnipotence of God and lost my fear. Once my fear was conquered, the disease went away.

Jesus consistently illustrated the ability of God’s might to reverse the symptoms of disease. In one case, he healed the mother-in-law of his close follower, Peter. The Bible records, “When Jesus arrived at Peter’s house, Peter’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. But when Jesus touched her hand, the fever left her. Then she got up and prepared a meal for him” (Matthew 8:14, 15, New Living Translation). Jesus knew that there is no power apart from God, and this understanding enabled him to heal and bless others, including this woman. Her fever vanished, and health was restored.

We are not helpless in the face of the coronavirus. When fears surface about its spread, we can speak to those fears with the authority of spiritual understanding and declare, “You have no power over me!” When we see fearful images of the disease depicted in the media and those images want to linger in our thoughts, we can keep them out of our consciousness by accepting the truth of these words: “You have no power over me!” If symptoms appear on the body indicating the disease, we can vehemently protest, “You have no power over me!” backed up with an understanding of God’s omnipresence. It is this spiritual apprehension which dissolves those symptoms and restores health.

As Jesus understood, God is the only power over us. This is a demonstrable truth that we too can understand and prove.

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