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Heaven: It’s not only real, it’s here   Leave a comment

Live audio chat with Mark Swinney, C.S.B.

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In this inspiring chat, Mark explores two major themes about heaven. The first is the encouragement people find from near-death experiences and the abundance of books on the market today chronicling accounts of people having “died” only to “come back” and talk about their perception of heaven. The second is about heaven itself: What is the nature of heaven? And is it something that can be experienced here and now by any one of us?

Mark answers questions about how near-death experiences can make “the afterlife” seem so much better and happier than life on earth; whether these so-called near-death experiences really show life beyond death or whether they are just a state of consciousness; if we can know what actually happens after we pass on; whether anyone experiences hell after death; how we can all know we deserve to “live in heaven” right now; and what we can do to wake up and feel the present reality of heaven right here with us.

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Also mark the date for a free lecture by Mary Bothwell CSB

Experiencing Heaven Now

Sunday 4 March 2.00 pm
Where: The Reception Room, Legislative Assembly Bldg, London Circuit, Canberra City

 

mary-bothwellFrom childhood, Mary Bothwell has pursued a quest to understand the universe.

Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Principia College and an MBA from UCLA. She was employed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 34 years. During her time at JPL, she participated in and managed the development of technology and scientific instrumentation for earth, planetary, and astrophysics missions, earning NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal for her work on an experiment which flew on an early space shuttle mission.

Now, in her work as a Christian Science practitioner, Mary prays with people of many faiths to achieve healing through prayer as taught by Christ Jesus and described by Mary Baker Eddy in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

Understanding Easter is Significant to our Health!   Leave a comment

@Glowimages 171110.Feeling privileged to have time to amble through the cemetery on one of those picture perfect mornings recently, I became intrigued with the headstones, the groupings of graves by religion or none, and the lawn cemetery that has gained in popularity recently.

In the early days people believed that our wealth needed to be displayed on tombstones or in pyramids, and believed that a man-like god would decide where we fitted into a matter-based heaven.

Growing numbers of thinkers have a much better understanding of our relation to the divine these days …. that we are spiritual beings, all equal(-ly loved) and unfettered by religious differences. That 55% of people now have no fear to cremate speaks volumes about how we view ourselves as not just a material organism, but (for many) as very much a spiritual, eternal being.

Consider Easter and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead after his crucifixion. This event in history is a beacon of hope that we need not fear the change called death and that there really is such a thing as life after death … maybe even life instead of death.

A 19th century thought-leader and researcher into how our thoughts affect our health, Mary Baker Eddy, stated in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “The universal belief in death is of no advantage.” She suggests that our expectation about our ultimate future has a very real impact on what’s happening here and now in terms of both mind and body.

The evidence today is adding weight to her stance that our beliefs about death influence our health. Fear of the future can affect everything from blood pressure, to heart rate, to mental stability. By some estimates, the stress underlying these conditions accounts for more than 60% of all doctor visits.

Jesus said and significantly demonstrated that it was love and forgiveness that brought peace, health and joy in societies and individuals, and that led to change for the better, both here and hereafter. He also showed us the way to think and act, and he demonstrated the illusory nature of death.

If considering the possibilities of eternal life challenges your common assumptions about Easter’s significance, the potential payoff of better mental and physical health will be profound and enduring.

This article was shared by Kay Stroud who writes about consciousness, health and spirituality and practices Christian Science healing.  Her blog can be found at www.health4thinkers.com.

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