Archive for the ‘healthy thinking’ Tag

Humility – The Cure for Pride   Leave a comment

I had to learn humility the hard way! I was ice-skating with my granddaughter one evening. I am not a very good skater and I was doing my best to keep up speed and glide. At one point I noticed that the rink was populated with young people, and a little pride crept in that I was out there even though I am a grandmother.

Well, a few more turns around the rink and then down I went. My wrist was badly hurt.

My go-to in times of need has always been prayer. In this case, a wake-up call about pride was my biggest take-away from my prayers. After about two weeks, I could still not move my wrist. Then, one day in humble prayer, it came to me that all of us out there on the ice were children of God, expressing the joy, strength, and energy of divine Life. Our true nature is not defined by a certain age and personal abilities. Instead, it appears in our reflection of God’s qualities.

I was very humbled by this thought. In his book “Mere Christianity,” C. S. Lewis, the Christian apologist, refers to pride as “the complete anti-God state of mind.” It suggests the possibility of a selfhood or ego apart from God, the one true Ego. It is a way of thinking that denies the onliness and allness of infinite good.

Click here to continue reading, or listen to, this article by Elizabeth Crecelius Schwartz published in the Christian Science Monitor Daily. In it Elizabeth describes more of the thinking that then led to a quick and complete healing of the injured wrist.

COVID Overcome   Leave a comment

The members of the Christian Science community in Canberra share their experiences and thoughts on Christian Science:

Recently, a close relative phoned from a hotel room in London, very distressed that he hadn’t been allowed to board his flight home because he’d tested positive to COVID. He was told he wouldn’t be allowed to fly until he tested negative, so he was uncertain about how long this might take.

A few months ago he’d contracted COVID in Portugal and had a difficult time, with many delays and much bureaucratic red tape before getting cleared to fly home. I think this had remained with him and he felt as if he was going through the same nightmare again.

He told me he was feeling very alone and miserable and sobbed into the phone “I just want to go home”. I immediately thought “you are already at home”, you can’t be separated from your Father Mother God, divine Love.

We talked about these ideas and that week’s Bible Lesson on Reality that said anything inharmonious or discordant is not real – it is just an illusion or dream which we can wake up from. When we hung up the thought came to me to look at Hymn 144 (from the Christian Science Hymnal) which begins –

In atmosphere of Love divine,

We live, and move, and breathe;

Though mortal eyes may see it not,

‘Tis sense that would deceive.

.

Then a couple of pages later is Hymn 148 which says:

In heavenly Love abiding,

No change my heart shall fear;

And safe is such confiding,

For nothing changes here.

The storm may roar without me,

My heart may low be laid;

But God is round about me,

And can I be dismayed?

I sent him a text message suggesting he look at these hymns for comfort. It was Sunday morning in London and he was about to go to Church.

The next day (Monday) when I phoned, he was much calmer, and in a queue, to get a COVID test. He said he had been praying with ideas from that week’s lesson and felt confident it would be negative and had booked to fly home on the Wednesday evening. On Wednesday morning he phoned to say the test had returned negative and he was cleared to fly. He has since contacted me to let me know he is safely home. He gives full credit to Christian Science for this healing.

A few hours before that first phone call from London, I’d received an email from a friend who I’d recently had lunch with telling me he’d tested positive for COVID. I became really worried because I had child minding duties the next day and catch ups organised with friends over the next few days and had been feeling a bit off colour since flying back from Brisbane a week earlier. With all these thoughts and emotions swirling around I was struggling to pray and calm my fear. So, the phone call from my relative came at exactly the right time. I was quickly lifted out of feeling sorry and fearful for myself and into the realm where all is perfect and harmonious. I knew I was okay, but did a couple of COVID tests to calm the fears of those around me. Both returned negative.

I’m very grateful to Christian Science for these, and all the other healings I’ve had.

Not My Thought   1 comment

The members of the Christian Science community in Canberra share their experiences and thoughts on Christian Science:

In our back yard in Canberra we have certain sections of the garden fenced off as a chicken run.  One afternoon I was down in the bottom corner of the chicken’s area checking for eggs.  On this day the chickens had been particularly industrious and had dug some quite deep holes and unearthed some old timbers that I had not known were there.  As I stepped back from the hutch I felt a sharp pain in my left foot.  I looked down to find that I had stepped on a piece of wood that had a very long, rusty nail sticking out of it.  The nail had gone right through my plastic yard shoes and was now lodged deep in my foot.  It had obviously been buried for some time and now the nail was not only rusty but muddy and yucky with chicken droppings.  I pulled it out and went up to the house to wash it off. 

As I walked back very fearful ideas started filling my thought.  Not long before I had heard someone tell of symptoms of tetanus and I found myself worrying that I had never had a tetanus injection ever. 

At first I thought:  Why am I thinking these thoughts?  I never think like this!  I am not normally a fearful person.  I’ve been a student of Christian Science all my life and it has taught me that what I think is very important.  The quality of my thoughts determines my experience, so thinking fearfully was strange to me.  Then it dawned on me – these were not really my thoughts!  These thoughts came only as suggestions.  I love that word suggestion; it means that I have the option of accepting or rejecting something.  This was something that I would certainly reject.  In that moment I felt no ownership of these thoughts.  I knew that I didn’t have to analyse them, or wonder:  Why did I think this? or delve into what fears might be lurking in my thinking for me to produce these thoughts.  Because I felt no ownership of them I could simply discard them. 

That was the end of the matter.  I washed my foot but there was no pain and it immediately stopped bleeding.  Later that day after my shower when I dried my foot, I couldn’t even find the place.  There were never any repercussions from the incident.

The lesson I learned that day has stayed with me.  Nowadays I am more alert to the implications of this word suggestion.  God never suggests; only human reasoning suggests.  God doesn’t give you options; He is just good and His word is final. 

I am becoming more practised now at recognising suggestions and not owning all thoughts that come to me.  I know I don’t need to analyse a suggestion; I don’t need to delve into it; I don’t need to feel guilty for thinking it.  I just reject it with a very firm:  That’s not my thought!  When I say this, I know that it isn’t my thought because it isn’t of God. I know that God doesn’t give me fearful thoughts therefore fearful thoughts are not my thoughts.  Learning this has so simplified my prayers.  I use this line all the time now:  That’s not my thought!  And then I let it go.  Only good, healthy, harmonious, progressive thoughts are mine because these stem directly from God’s goodness.

Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously. When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears. Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p392:24-32)

Thank you, God   2 comments

.

.

A Daily Lift by Deborah Huebsch

In this 3 minute podcast Deborah talks about how developing a habit of recognising the good in her life – the big and small things – helped her to move out of a very dark time.

Slow to Speak, Slow to Wrath   Leave a comment

… let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

(The Bible – James 1: 19, 20)

Family Freed from Contagion   Leave a comment

An article by Sharon Morash Brooks from the July 6 2020 Christian Science Sentinel

As the COVID-19 crisis deepened, I turned to Mary Baker Eddy’s short article titled “Contagion” (see Miscellaneous Writings 18831896, pp. 228–229) for insight and inspiration. A number of years ago I read that article almost every day for over a year. I share this testimony in the hope that it will help others.

When my daughter started preschool, she and my husband brought home every contagious ailment that was going around and unwittingly shared them with her little brother and me. We toppled like dominoes. I was dismayed at what seemed an enormous challenge. 

Click here to read or listen to the full article in which Sharon describes the spiritual reasoning she employed to quickly dismiss this and other episodes of contagion that seemed to threaten the well-being of her family.

God’s Love Song   1 comment

A Daily Lift by Robert Witney

.

In this 3 minute podcast Robert talks about how listening to love songs reminded him of the love that is God, and helped him to see God who is love expressed throughout his day.

.

A new Daily Lift is released each week day. To listen to current Lifts click on the Daily Lift tab in the menu bar above.

Christmas Presents Recovered   Leave a comment

The members of the Christian Science community in Canberra share their experiences and thoughts on Christian Science:

Christmas in Canberra is typically hot and dry, and this day—two days after the holiday—was a particularly hot one. Our son, 13 years old at the time, asked if we could drop him and his friend at the public swimming pool in town. My husband and I needed to do some grocery shopping, so we agreed to drop the boys off and pick them up in a couple of hours when we had finished. Both boys were confident swimmers, and we knew the pool was well supervised.

When we returned my husband ran in to collect the boys.  I watched them walk across the carpark towards the car.  The friend was dressed and carrying his sports bag. Our son wore only his swimmers; he did not have his bag, and he looked particularly dejected. He explained that he had rented a locker for his gear, but when he returned, he’d found his locker empty. Each locker has a separate code that is created afresh each time it is rented, which seemed a particularly safe system. I asked him what he’d had in his bag.

This Christmas had promised to be quite a lean one for us. My husband was between jobs, and although we usually don’t make a big deal of Christmas presents, this year all our son’s presents were of a practical nature since he would start high school in February. His grandparents had given him cash so he would have spending money for the summer break and outings at school; someone else had given him a new watch; someone else a wallet. A swimming towel, new joggers, sports bag, new summer clothes—all came as presents from the family. All his needs had been met, and he was thrilled with the generosity that had been shown. In his enthusiasm, our son had put all his gifts into his new sports bag and had even worn his new shorts and T-shirt to the pool. All now appeared to be gone.

My husband explained that he had had a conversation with the pool manager. The manager had concluded that the only way someone could have gained access to the locker was if they deliberately stood behind him and watched when he entered the code. My husband had offered to come back in the morning to see if the bag had been handed in, but the manager insisted that my husband should consider it gone.

It was a quiet trip home, but this gave me plenty of praying time.

My first thought was that it was too late to pray; that the bag was gone. Immediately, I realized that this line of thinking contained a number of errors. I reasoned that God never made a human timeline; with God there is only ever the infinite now. It was my duty to deal with whatever thoughts were being presented to me now. And, in fact, that is all I can ever do! Right now if the thought is coming that an injustice has been done to my family or me, then now is the time to deal with it. It is never too late to pray.

The next thought that came was one of indignation that someone could do this unkind thing to our son. Again I was alert and challenged this negative thought. I stood firm with the conviction that God’s man is honest, principled, kind.

A third and subtler suggestion intruded on my thought. I found I was beginning to add up the dollar value of the goods in the bag and feeling great concern about how we would be able to replace them before school started in a few weeks. But then I recognised that God is our source of supply—in fact, our source of all good. His abundance never runs out. I left off adding up the cost, knowing that with God, “My cup runneth over” (Psalms 23:5).

With these thoughts I felt peaceful.  I relaxed in God’s love, knowing that He was in control. The next morning, my husband announced that he was going back to the pool to check whether the bag had turned up. Our son went with him.

An hour later, two smiling faces arrived home. They explained that the manager had found the bag—to his great surprise—at the end of the day in one of the cubicles in the girls’ change room. On checking they found that nothing was missing. The wallet still contained all the Christmas gift money! Our son said that the manager kept saying that it was a mystery that someone would steal the bag and then just leave it intact.

This experience helped me to see more clearly that we are only ever dealing with thought.  Our thoughts and our beliefs determine our experience.  Mary Baker Eddy cautions us in the textbook of Christian Science to “Stand porter at the door of thought” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p. 392).

She also writes, “Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts” (Science and Health, p. 261). This experience allowed me to demonstrate the eternal truth of this statement. I am infinitely grateful for all that I am learning through Christian Science.

Desire is Prayer   Leave a comment

.

What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p1)

Where is God When Bad Things Happen?   Leave a comment

From the pandemic to political division to climate disasters, today’s news begs the question “Where is God when bad things happen?” And if God is here, why doesn’t it seem to make a difference?

This podcast series investigates different aspects of this large question. Each of the speakers shares a different view of God that can help you find your own peace and experience the kind of stability we all want these days.

.

.

Here are the links to the four sessions in this series:

.

Where is God When Bad Things Happen – Part 1: The Basics with Scott Preller

Where is God When Bad Things Happen – Part 2: Responding to Emergencies with Diana Davis Butler

Where is God When Bad Things Happen – Part 3: Finding Hope with Hilary Harper-Wilcoxen

Where is God When Bad Things Happen – Part 4: Getting Out of the Mess We’re In with Deborah Huebsch

.

A new podcast is produced each week and can be accessed via the PODCASTS tab in the menu line at the top of this home page.

%d bloggers like this: