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Some Thoughts on Buoyancy

Akin to the priceless sense of humor is the Christly quality of buoyancy; …… Buoyancy may be viewed as that “garment of praise” which Isaiah declared should replace “the spirit of heaviness.” This “spirit of heaviness” is a descriptive term for the effects of depression.

shutterstock_106035929Let us bear in mind that this “garment of praise” really belongs to man; and we can always find it, and find that it fits. It is a garment bespoke for man. It was made also for the lesser ideas, for buoyancy is natural for man in all respects. Once a Christian Scientist serving as a nurse became so tired, worn, and disheartened by the tenacity of the error in the case that “the spirit of heaviness” descended upon her, and so engulfed her that she fled the bedside and the house of gloom to the garden, where she slumped dejectedly upon a bench under a great tree. The burden of the weight of forebodings and depression was so heavy upon her that her downcast eyes saw only the darkness and the dankness of the soil beneath her feet. Then suddenly her ears caught the indescribably cheerful sound of a song, so clear and clean and good as to lift her eyes to the branches of the tree.

There she saw a wren poised on a twig and telling the world how perfectly all right everything was. Intrigued, the nurse watched the bird, which presently darted down and picked up a stick from the ground, then flew to the box someone had thoughtfully fastened to the tree trunk. Now a wren box, as you know, has a very little hole for a front door, to prevent the intrusion of larger birds. So when our little friend attempted to take the material for her nest into the hole with her, she found she could not because she had grasped the stick exactly in the middle. Frustrated, she let go the stick and flew to the top of the house, where she considered the problem for a time. Then she lifted up her head and sang.

It sounded to the nurse very like a psalm of gratitude, and it cut through the gloom in her heart like a thanksgiving. She felt “the spirit of heaviness” lifting, and the “garment of praise” descending upon her and enveloping her. Suddenly the bird finished her song, and, dropping to the ground, picked up the stick again; but this time she grasped it at the very end. Flying straight to the box, she disappeared inside, the twig following her with perfect ease. And the nurse breathed, “Thank you, God.” Her buoyancy recovered, she went straight to that bedside, and saw, with tears of joy, the coming of gladness where was the shadow of sorrowing, perfect healing where only mourning had been forecast.

Buoyancy is the quality that enables one to rise to the top or to remain there, in whatever adverse circumstance. In “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (p. 167), Mary Baker Eddy has put this quality into these words: “We apprehend Life in divine Science only as we live above corporeal sense and correct it.”


Posted January 26, 2018 by cscanberra in depression, Gratitude

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If You Look in the Right Place   Leave a comment

shutterstock_136632281If you’re looking for an object, and you look all over your house, search in your car, and retrace your steps, but you don’t look where the object is, you will not find it. That seems plain enough, but what about when you’re looking for peace, happiness, security, supply, companionship, purpose, meaning, joy, etc.? We often look to people, to places, to money, to jobs, and to our own prowess for fulfillment. Yet we’re simply not looking in the right places. …New SH (2)

During my high school years, … I became more and more depressed and resigned to the fact that I would never find happiness or peace or truth, that there was no meaning to our existence. I knew real meaning was not in the material things we have or do, or even in the people we love. I knew it had to be more, something deep within but bigger than us. Yet I could not find it. … Read more …

This article, If You Look in the Right Place by Sue Oaks, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is currently available on JHS-online.  In it Sue describes how she overcame severe depression and thoughts of suicide by reading Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy and pondering on and using the ideas it presents.

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Mental Health – On Whose Terms?   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_10521178Iain Napier tells his story of recovery and freedom from incapacitating depression …

…  “I’ve been diagnosed with depression,” I thought to myself. “Can I seriously think of anything more depressing than taking pills for depression?”

I searched for a while. The answer was a very firm “No.” If the problem was depression, I reasoned, it was a state of mind. What could drugs and more sleep do? The disturbing thoughts and troubling existential and moral questions would still be there.New SH (2)

… when I did finally take my school friend’s advice at the end of the academic year and picked up a copy of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, it immediately spoke to me.  Read more …


The full text of this article, Mental Health – On Whose Terms? by Iain Napier, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  In it Iain tells how a change of base in his thinking – a change to a more spiritual perspective – gave him permanent freedom and a return to peace and well-being.

To purchase Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy click here.

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