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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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

Overcoming Evil   2 comments

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At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good.

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

Horse Riding – Not a Problem   Leave a comment

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

A few years ago my husband wanted to give me a surprise for our anniversary.  He knew I loved horses and that in my youth I had gone on a few short trail rides which I loved.  This year he had the romantic idea that escaping our city life for a weekend of riding horses through the bushland in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney would be a good plan.  My husband has never been a horse rider and knows very little about horses.

When he presented me with the gift vouchers I was filled with some very mixed emotions.  I could see that he was trying hard to please me – that was nice.  But, an eight-hour ride through very rugged territory, when I hadn’t been on a horse for about twenty years, seemed daunting in ways he couldn’t imagine.  I prayed about this.  I reasoned that all good ideas come from God and God’s ideas don’t have a downside.  I also know that the beliefs I hold about life determine the nature of this material experience.  I tried to stay focused on a conviction that my true nature is spiritual, not material.  Only matter feels pain, not spirit.

My husband, as a novice rider, was given Fred, an elderly plodder.  However, he had told the stables that I could ride well and I was given Jeda, a young thoroughbred-cross who really wanted to turn everything into a race.   I’d been on the horse for about fifteen minutes when I realised that the saddle was horribly uncomfortable; it had two hard ridges that dug into the bones in my bottom.

During the eight-hour outing we spent nearly seven hours in the saddle.  The countryside was amazing.  We rode across green paddocks with cows, through mountain streams, up and down steep hillsides and along winding forest trails.  It was truly beautiful.  At every point in the day my Jeda wanted to race ahead and I spent the whole day calming her and reining her in.  Even when we were waiting for slow Fred to catch up she pulled and pranced.  She was exhausting! 

It was late afternoon when we arrived back at our accommodation.  I was so sore I felt physically sick.  I fell on the bed and thought I would never be able to move again.  Every muscle in my body screamed and protested.  I thought I had mentally protected myself before the ride but I realised that I hadn’t really given up the idea that this activity could be punishing.  In Christian Science, we are taught that what we let into consciousness, is what we experience.  So while I lay there on the bed I had a mental reassessment. 

A passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy helped me to gain some peace.  She asks:  Without mind, could the muscles be tired?  Do the muscles talk, or do you talk for them?  Matter is non‐intelligent.  Mortal mind does the false talking, and that which affirms weariness, made that weariness (p217:31).  I realized that I had given myself permission to be affected by this ride, so mentally I took back that permission.

Within a very short time I was up and getting cleaned up to go out to dinner.  There was not a single twinge anywhere – I walked straight and tall and pain free.  We had a happy night and the rest of the weekend was active and harmonious.  There were absolutely no after-effects.

I am continually grateful to Christian Science which teaches me that I don’t have to give in to material laws.  All right activity can be undertaken without penalty.

The Impact of Thought on the Body   Leave a comment

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You embrace your body in your thought, and you should delineate upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p208: 29)

Spiritual Fitness Leads to Physical Fitness   Leave a comment

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

When my son was growing up we had a friend who often went on camping and hiking holidays with a group of long-time friends.  Once or twice a year he would invite my son and me to join the group.  I’ve never been a sporty person and being really physically fit has never been a priority for me but I do love the outdoors and these trips offered a welcome break.  I had a very busy job working 50-60 hours a week in a largely sedentary occupation.  When I wasn’t working, my life was filled with chores.  In fact the only regular exercise I had was doing the vacuuming.

On one occasion, when my son was eleven, our trip took us to a beautiful gorge in Queensland.  The first day out walking was to be a warm-up day of about 10 kilometres.  The track was rough in some places and there was a lot of climbing over rocks and obstacles.  My little ‘girly’ walking boots lasted about half an hour before the sole detached from the body of one shoe and this made the rest of the walk that day somewhat difficult.  However, I was determined to enjoy the day and I did.  I hadn’t brought a spare pair of walking shoes with me, but my son had and he was happy for me to borrow them.  Even at that age his foot was huge and his boots were about three sizes too big.  Still I was determined to make the most of things and I developed a new style of walking that accommodated the oversized shoes.

The next day the group had planned a 22 kilometre round trip up the gorge to some Aboriginal caves. This route, they told me, was rougher than the first day – it involved much climbing over huge boulders and up inclines.  These other people were experienced walkers and they set a very brisk pace.  At first I was concerned about how I would go.  Would I be able to keep up with my oversized shoes and my lack of fitness?  I quickly stopped these negative thoughts.  I may not be physically fit in the usual way but I was spiritually fit.  Despite my busy life, I did always find time for prayer, for drawing close to God.  I knew that my true identity was spiritual and a spiritual being doesn’t suffer from muscle fatigue.  The Bible tells me that I am the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1: 26, 27) and as God is never worn out, nor could I be.  I trusted these thoughts and felt buoyed by them.  The day flew by and I kept up without any difficulty.

When we got back to camp that day my son and another boy, who was a few years older, asked if they could go down and cool off in the little creek nearby.  We agreed so long as they stayed together.  The rest of the group talked about how exhausted they were and sat with their feet in buckets of cool water saying they didn’t think they could walk another step.  I didn’t feel the need for a bucket of water but I was happy to sit and chat.  Shortly the older boy came back without my son.  Apparently the little creek wasn’t very exciting but some other children had told them about a place down river where there was a high rock that you could jump off into a deep pool.  My son had gone to investigate. The older boy didn’t go because the pool was another two kilometres away and he didn’t want to go that far.  I set off to find my son.  I found him at the pool and he was happy to return with me.  We walked the two kilometres back chatting happily about the day.  When we returned the others were still recovering.  They decided that the next day would be a very short walk.

I can honestly say I felt no ill-effects at all from any of our walks that week.  I enjoyed every minute of it. I proved to be as fit as the others who led much more active lives than me.  I totally put this down to my spiritual approach to activity.  Whatever it is right for me to do I can do when I claim my spiritual identity.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy is the textbook of Christian Science.  In it Eddy states:  A mortal man possesses this body, and he makes it harmonious or discordant according to the images of thought impressed upon it (p208).  Holding in thought only images of health – images of myself as a perfect child of God – allowed me to experience the full enjoyment of this wonderful opportunity.

Spiritual Healing – Available to All   2 comments

Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings

This recording is of readings on the topic of Spiritual Healing.

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Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon the thought. Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that it is illegitimate, because you know that God is no more the author of sickness than He is of sin. You have no law of His to support the necessity either of sin or sickness, but you have divine authority for denying that necessity and healing the sick (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p390: 20).

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Every Wednesday at 6.15pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science church in Canberra (corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets, Barton). At these meetings short readings on a particular topic are followed by time for members of the congregation to share how they have been helped and healed through prayer.

Everyone is welcome. If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday, please join us.

A Quick Recovery from Pneumonia   Leave a comment

shutterstock_164195771 - Copy (2)The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

This article, A Quick Recovery from Pneumonia, is by a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.   It describes a quick healing of pneumonia-like symptoms.

Last year quite suddenly I began to feel ill.  Within a day I was laboring to breathe and felt dangerously ill.  Some years back I had similarly fallen ill and to comply with work regulations was assessed by a doctor.  The diagnosis at this previous time was pneumonia so I was fairly certain that this time, although I did not consult a doctor, I was also presenting with pneumonia symptoms.

I was brought up in Christian Science and have witnessed many healings so I felt confident in relying on prayer again for this.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy was my guide in steadying my thoughts.  On page 393 she writes:

Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good.  God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.

So I held fast to this and the knowledge that I was made in ‘the image and likeness of God’ (Genesis 1: 26, 27) and this settled my thinking.  By the next morning I was breathing easily but I still felt extremely unwell.  At this point I thought it was wise to contact a friend and ask her to pray with me.  This friend expressed such love and tenderness – I just felt enveloped in love.  Within a couple of hours the temperature was gone and I was feeling well enough to get up.  That night I ate dinner with the family and the next morning I was at my usual post as Superintendent of the Sunday School.  This was the end of this condition.

For this, the previous healing of pneumonia, and many other healings through prayer and spiritualisation of thought I am very grateful.  Christian Science is teaching me, as I meet such challenges, that we really do have dominion and that God is ‘a very present help in trouble’ (Psalm 46: 1).

To read more testimonies of healing shared by members of the Christian Science Church in Canberra click on the archive headings on the left for May and June 2016.

Silencing Chronic Pain   1 comment

shutterstock_69214975The four-hourly doses of morphine were such a welcome relief to the intense pain I was experiencing following major surgery.  What could possibly make me give them up?

I found there was something that could persuade me to do so.  And that’s why, I want to share my experience with sufferers of chronic pain.

In Australia, one in five people live with chronic pain, including adolescents and children.  This prevalence rises to one in three people over the age of 65.  Chronic pain is linked to depression and suicide and is Australia’s third most costly health condition.

To manage it, a range of treatments such physio and physical therapy, medical acupuncture, thinking strategies, lifestyle changes, nutrition and traditional prescription opioids, are employed.

Despite this, pain is often long-lasting and continues for years with no foreseeable end.

However, I’ve joined a groundswell of people that believe it’s time to do more than simply manage pain.  We are convinced it can be reduced, and even healed.

According to a 2011 report, “one reason pain is so hard to treat is that it isn’t just physical.”  Our thinking can actually have an impact on the amount of pain we feel.

The power of our expectations is illustrated in a series of trials into the relationship between pain and the placebo effect.  Hundreds of patients treating irritable bowel syndrome, migraine and back pain experienced similar or better results from placebos than from strong pain killers.

While it’s agreed that placebos are not a universal panacea, placebo research leads us to think about how much influence thought actually has on our health.

Reasoning from a more spiritual perspective, author Mary Baker Eddy, reached a similar conclusion, explaining that pain is always a mental image or state.

“… the human mind is all that can produce pain,” she wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

But can pain really be relieved just by thinking differently?

Yes, but in my experience I have found that it needs more than just positive thinking to free us from pain.

So, back to my stay in hospital.  In my late-teens I was “on fire” with enthusiasm about a couple of unique books which I had recently revisited.  They answered so many of the questions I had about why we are here and whether what our senses perceive is all there is to existence.

The Bible, so comforting to so many people, didn’t seem all that relevant to me until I started reading Science and Health, which brings out its spiritual meaning and explains how and why not only Jesus, but also his early disciples and many of the Old Testament prophets, were able to heal all kinds of physical needs.

I learned that there was a spiritual science in place based on a divine consciousness of being.

My studies had shown the importance of addressing the spiritual need as an aid to recovery, a standpoint now supported by medical research.

I started reading the thought-changing book again right there in hospital, and called a Christian Science practitioner to pray with me by helping me to understand more consistently my real, spiritual nature.

I can still remember the feeling of love and wholeness that engulfed me soon after.  No more drugs were needed, and worrying digestive difficulties painlessly dissipated that day.

On this basis, many have been healed of acute and chronic pain, and demonstrated that such pain need not last forever.  Peace and health are a present possibility for those willing to dig deeper into the understanding of their spiritual identity.

This article was contributed by Kay Stroud, a life-long Christian Scientist, who is a freelance writer focussing on the undeniable connection between our thinking and our experience including our health.  She writes for metropolitan and regional news media throughout Australia and beyond, and is a regular contributor to Australia’s national forum, Online Opinion, and the APN regional network in Northern NSW and Queensland.

You can follow her blog at www.health4thinkers.com

or follow her on twitter:  www.twitter.com/KayJStroud

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