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The Hope of Easter, by Van Driessen

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on The Hope of Easter, by Van Driessen

Most Christians will be celebrating the glory and promise of Easter on Sunday, April 16th!  Van Driessen, a colleague and a writer, who writes from the perspective of a Christian Science practitioner, shares his spiritual insight in the article about the relevance of Easter that is eternal.  He tells the story of a New York policeman who discovered his relationship with God-divine Love during a challenging and life changing experience.  Van acknowledges how the presence and power of the Christ filled this young man with peace and hope each day and through this spiritual journey he was completely healed.  Take some time and read this inspiring article on the power and presence of the Christ today and forever!

Happy Easter - 3 crossesThe impact of the three days that are celebrated over Easter — Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection and the events that led up to them — have changed and are changing the world, as the experience of a New York City policeman related below illustrates.

Jesus’ brutal crucifixion devastated the disciples. Their hopes were gone with their Master and Teacher and they hid from the Jewish authorities, fearing for their lives.

But when they saw that what Jesus had been teaching enabled him to triumph over death and hatred, they became fearless, confident in what he had taught them. They now understood. Their Master lived; they would live. Death did not have the final say. Even though the same authorities that killed Jesus threatened them, they went out and spoke freely, demonstrating the power of Christ, divine Truth and Love, to heal and redeem and save.

This isn’t just history. It points to something real and alive today, as the following account shows.

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Change your past: A Mourner, an Addict and a Crooked Tax Collector Show You How, by Cynthia Barnett

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Change your past: A Mourner, an Addict and a Crooked Tax Collector Show You How, by Cynthia Barnett

Cynthia Barnett, a colleague, a health columnist and Media and Legislative contact for Christian Science in North Carolina, shares her spiritual insight on this thought provoking topic.  She tells the story of three people from entirely different back grounds, who successfully changed their past and were completely and permanently healed of challenges that they faced. Cynthia acknowledges how each one was uniquely receptive to God’s goodness through spiritual thinking and prayer.  Each story explains how they were able to develop a more spiritual sense of self and life (their own and others) through gratitude and love.  We all have this innate ability to rethink and revise our past-read this heart felt article and learn how!

Change your pastThree stories of men who each revised his own personal history

The past is past and we can’t change it. After all, it happened! If we remember the past with pain, the pain may appear as grief, regret, self-blame or other negative feelings. Sure, we cherish the pleasant memories, but can we rid ourselves of the painful ones? Can we revise, redeem, even overrule the impact of previous experiences on our lives?

A powerful story from over 2000 years ago gives us a clue. It concerns a crooked tax collector named Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus wanted more than anything to meet the man who healed others of their sorry past histories as adulterers, bigots, and sufferers from disease. Perhaps he wanted this kind of transformation for himself.  Zacchaeus climbed a tree to see Jesus passing by in the crowds and was rewarded with a hearty invitation from Jesus to be the Master’s host—a great honor. Joyfully, Zacchaeus vowed then and there to “restore fourfold” anything he’d stolen from others. No more corrupt, defrauding identity for Zacchaeus. The Christly recognition of his worthiness restored his innocent self-image. Zacchaeus felt reborn, set aside his past, and stepped into his future (Luke 19).

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I saw this same phenomenon with my father. An alcoholic for twenty years, my dad had managed to hide his habit for a long time. But finally, when the addiction began to rear its ugly head in embarrassing incidents, our family insisted he find the help he needed to overcome this dependency.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

Dissecting Thought, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Dissecting Thought, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague and a writer, who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, and trends in these fields.  In this article, Dissecting thought, he specifically addresses the link between thought and health.  He, along with others in the medical field feel that mindfulness, spirituality, prayer and faith are part of effective health care.  Tim goes a step further by questioning what disease really is. Could it be thought related?  He states that disease is mentally-induced by selfishness, malice, envy and hate, etc.  He also says  that the remedy for it is to align thought (through prayer) with God, divine Mind, who is omnipotent and ever- present which reaches human thought, dissolves fears, and reaffirms our innate relationship with God as spiritual. The outcome is better health-mentally and physically.  This provocative article is a must read!

Dissecting thoughtA few years ago, my son took a college class in anatomy for his education degree.  One of his three-hour labs entailed dissecting a cat to review the parts and systems of the body for confirmation of what they had studied in class.  Although he’d been queasy, my son spoke with confidence that he had accomplished this task successfully.

 

Dissection gives the student a picture of the physical being.  But there is another way to look at anatomy–one that relates to our thinking.

 

More and more physicians are coming to the conclusion that physicality alone does not determine one’s health.  Emotional, psychological and even societal forces are being increasingly considered when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of disease.  Dr. Christina Pulchalski, Dr. Larry Dossey, Dr. Harold Keonig and others have made landmark strides in bringing mindfulness, spirituality, prayer and faith into the discussion of effective health care.

 

Still, these mental and spiritual methods are often denigrated to a secondary status – helpers – rather than considered as a primary way of treating disease.  That’s because prevalent health theories insist that man is biological, therefore disease is biological and we need something pharmacological to control or alleviate it.

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How to Heal Hate, by Eric Nelson

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on How to Heal Hate, by Eric Nelson

How to heal hate, by Eric Nelson

In this article, Eric Nelson, a colleague and writer, who focuses on the link between consciousness and health from his perspective as a practitioner of Christian Science, offers his spiritual insight on this important topic. He shares the story of a young girl and St. Paul – each battled and overcame sin and hatred.  Eric acknowledges how, as God’s children, we each innately include the capacity to forgive.  He explains how divine Love (God) has created each of us to express love and forgiveness. Take a look at this insightful article on how to dissolve hate-see for yourself!

How to heal hateContempt for others can be at once discouraging, mesmerizing, and frightening. But only to the extent we believe its underlying claim.

It’s ironic that an essential element in healing hate was articulated so simply, so profoundly, by someone who was just convicted of a hate crime.

“That is not me,” said Kayla Norton, after a judge sentenced her to 15 years in prison for shouting racial slurs and threatening violence at a child’s birthday party. “That is not me.”

Norton was not denying what she had done. She was refusing to associate herself with something that, at least in hindsight, felt so completely foreign to her.

How often do we find ourselves thinking the very same thing; if not in response to some racial slur we let slide, then maybe some lesser expression of contempt for a neighbor, a co-worker, a family member, a politician?

“For the good that I would I do not,” writes Paul the Apostle, expressing the mental struggle we all face at one time or another, “but the evil which I would not, that I do.”

Paul’s answer to this paradox is not unlike Norton’s: It begins with an inspired affirmation of his innate, if latent, Christliness.

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Discovering the Divine as the Centre of the Universe, by Anna Bowness-Park

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Discovering the Divine as the Centre of the Universe, by Anna Bowness-Park

Anna Bowness-Park, a colleague and a Christian Science Practitioner, who writes about the relationship between spirituality and health, examines the recent trend in thinking called “Neo-geocentrism” in regard to the creation of the Universe.  In this article, Anna draws on her spiritual insight and the statements from an accredited astronomer to refute the idea that human consciousness is the origin of the universe.  She acknowledges through her study of the Bible and Jesus ministry that God is the Creator and the center and circumference of the universe.  Enjoy this thought provoking article-it is on my must read list!

Center of universe (1)When Commander Chris Hadfield took command of the international space station in March 2013, he did something that no commander had done before, he communicated his love of space in glorious daily tweets to the world. Canada – his country – took notice.

Like many of my citizens, I stopped my routine of fussing over the tasks and worries of the day for a moment to gaze at his amazing photos and videos, or to listen to his music. It was as if we were all there with him, peering out into space and realizing the vastness, the beauty and the majesty of a universe we might never have considered much.  For that moment, we were lifted out of ourselves and could see that there is so much more to the universe, creation and existence than our feeble imaginations and view of surrounding things – homes, yards, streets, cars, etc. – could grasp.

But a new trend has many of us tending to peer inwards instead of up and out. A recent article in Scientific American, titled “The Rise of Neo-Geocentrism,” maintains that some of our ancient beliefs about the nature of existence have never gone away. Author John Horgan points to the history of earlier astronomers such as Galileo, Copernicus and Kepler who courageously refuted the belief of the era – i.e. that the earth was the centre of the universe. Horgan suggests that in our era, humanity is again increasingly reverting back to that notion, but with a new twist – with the fascination for the nature of human consciousness; some scientists and popular new age celebrities are now suggesting that this human consciousness is the origin of the universe.  In other words – the universe is us humans.

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Meeting the human need – women’s accomplishments rediscovered in March, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Meeting the human need – women’s accomplishments rediscovered in March, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

In appreciation of March being National Women’s History Month, Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague and writer, who focuses on the relationship between thought spirituality and health, and trends in that field, offers his unique, spiritual perspective on this important topic.  In this article, Tim writes about two women who have been honored in the National Women’s Hall of Fame – Clara Barton and Mary Baker Eddy.  He acknowledges and explores the expression of Love (God) that unfolded in each of their life journeys and how it benefited mankind in their life time and is still benefiting us today.  Read this interesting and informative article honoring two exemplary women of history.

mature women for women's history monthAs March is National Women’s History Month, I’d like to recognize the achievements of two women.  Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, expressed exemplary devotion to humanity as a nurse.  This is summed up in her famous words, “You must never so much as think as whether you like it or not, whether it is bearable or not, you must never think of anything except the need, and how to meet it.”

Barton’s unselfishness, gallantry and self-abnegation were monumental, and a century after her death, her organization is still helping the victims of tragedy, violence and storms.  In view of this, what she said about one of her contemporaries is notable: “Love permeates all the teachings of this great woman, – so great, I believe, that at this perspective we can scarcely realize how great, and looking into her life history we see nothing but self-sacrifice and selflessness.”

Barton spoke this of Mary Baker Eddy, a fellow member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.  Like Barton, Eddy’s life was devoted to meeting the human need.  But Eddy’s contribution was to help mankind find salvation as well as health.  Over a lifetime of prayer and deep study of the Bible, she grasped something that had been lost since the time of the early Christians.  In the Bible, especially in the words and works of Christ Jesus, she found divine laws that brought harmony, health, and holiness to humanity.  She called this discovery Christian Science.

After years of practicing this Science, and healing others through prayer, Eddy wrote Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures – a book of which over 9 million copies have been sold, helping countless individuals find meaning in life, including recovery from accidents and healing of disease.

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How to defend yorself against (mental) despotism, by Eric Nelson

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on How to defend yorself against (mental) despotism, by Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson, a colleague and a writer, who focuses on the link between consciousness and health from the perspective of a Christian Science Practitioner, addresses this provocative topic.  In this article, Eric shares his personal experience with and triumph in overcoming (mental) slavery from a spiritual point of view.  He acknowledges how his deep belief in God and receptiveness to Divine Love (God) healed him completely of a painful and debilitating condition (a herniated disc).  He found that (mental) slavery cannot stand up to the infinite power of Love (God).  Read what Eric has discovered about this life changing panacea that is always present and available to All!

defense against despotism‘I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man’ – Thomas Jefferson

Mention the word “despotism” to most people and it will likely conjure up stark images of political, military, or religious suppression and aggression, both past and present. And yet, as important as it is to confront such evil whenever and wherever it appears, the repression that appears in our own thinking remains an even more insidious enemy.

“Legally to abolish unpaid servitude in the United States was hard; but the abolition of mental slavery is a more difficult task,” writes Christian reformer Mary Baker Eddy. “The despotic tendencies, inherent in mortal mind and always germinating in new forms of tyranny, must be rooted out through the action of the divine Mind.”

There is not a person on this planet who has not felt, to a greater or lesser extent, the effects of mental slavery – that fear-based outlook on life that keeps us from living in accord with our better, more inspired, instincts. And yet, it would appear that we are far more inclined to resist some outward injustice – as valid as that may be – than we are that deceitful inner voice, forever insisting that whatever is standing in the way of our progress is somehow insurmountable.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

A Friend Like Me, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on A Friend Like Me, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

In this article, Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a writer and a colleague, who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, explores this deep and touching topic.  Tim shares his spiritual perspective – an interview with a clinical therapist and a story of a woman, who faced and overcame sadness, disappointment in others and loneliness through completely turning to God through prayer. He acknowledges how Divine Love (God) is an unconditional friend who gives comfort, strength and love to all of His children.  Join Tim and read about this all-powerful, ever-present remedy for loneliness!

friend like me (1)My children grew up loving the Disney-animated movie “Aladdin.”   One of their favorite parts was when the genie sings the song, “A friend like me.”  The lyrics include the words, “You ain’t never had a friend like me” – which hints at the possibility of unconditional friendship.  That may be a hard thing to come by these days, especially when life often seems so hectic, unstable, stressful.  It’s easy to feel alone and lonely.

I remember an interview I had a few years ago with Justin Wolfe, a clinical therapist at the Linden Oaks Outpatient Center.  He commented that often people turn to drugs and alcohol, mistakenly thinking these may alleviate loneliness.  Sadly, he stated, this often leads to addiction and psychological and physical harm.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, offered a more reliable way to alleviate loneliness – the unconditional friendship of God, divine Love.  Quoting Scripture, she wrote in her best-selling book on spirituality and health, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “’God is Love.’  More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go.”  She wrote this because she had found it true in her life.

As a young woman, Eddy lost her brother, mother and husband to sickness, all within just a few years.  Shortly after, her only child was taken from her because her family felt she was too ill to care for the little boy.

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Freedom from Chronic Pain, by Wendy Margolese

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Freedom from Chronic Pain, by Wendy Margolese

Wendy Margolese, a colleague and writer, who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, talks about the alarming epidemic- addiction to prescription drugs- now reported in her country and other countries throughout the world.  This form of opioid drug addiction has also become a serious problem in the United States. Wendy shares her spiritual insight and the personal journey of one who turned to God and was completely healed of addiction through prayer.  She acknowledges that a spiritual approach (a belief in God’s goodness and love) may be the infallible remedy for opioid addiction that the world is yearning for – it’s worth a look!

freedom from chronic painThe Hippocratic oath taken by doctors avows to ‘first do no harm’. And many of them go way beyond that – taking great lengths to pursue ways for their patients to experience better health. But Canadian doctors are in a quandary. Recently, opioid prescriptions for chronic pain have led to unintended consequences – a national epidemic due to the addictive nature of prescription painkillers.

Scientists have long struggled to make sense of the human tendency toward addiction with the latest research seeking a source in genetics. Throughout the course of human history, addiction – in any form – is a false attraction to something that clouds the moral bedrock underlying life.

Yet, since the early 20th century, a number of programs have developed around the idea of helping dependent individuals gain a greater sense of inner self-worth. These programs encourage their members to reshape their thinking in order to discover – or rediscover – that moral bedrock, i.e. their relationship to the Divine, God. And, these programs have shown some success in helping addicts turn the tide on their struggle.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

You are Loved by God! by Ingrid Peschke

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on You are Loved by God! by Ingrid Peschke

Ingrid Peschke, a colleague and a syndicated writer, who focuses on connecting consciousness, spirituality and health, offers her spiritual point of view in this thought provoking article. She acknowledges that God loves each of us and is an infinite source of all good.  Ingrid shares a personal experience that demonstrates how Infinite Love (God) completely removed and healed a potentially life changing obstacle. See what Ingrid has to share on this profound topic.  In today’s chaotic clime-how wonderful to know we are of infinite value and that God loves each and every one of us!

Loved by GodIn the classic children’s story “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White, an unlikely friendship develops between a wise barn spider named Charlotte who shares her home with Wilbur, an unassuming pig. Wilbur loves life and is despondent when he learns that it might be cut short only to end up on a farmer’s breakfast plate. But things turn around when he wakes up each day to a new message spun into the web in the rafters above him, such as “some pig,” “humble,” and my personal favorite, “radiant.” The townsfolk are stumped by Charlotte’s work and attribute the phenomenon to divine intervention. Wilbur grows in self-esteem each day and ultimately his life is spared.

We all could use a friend like Charlotte, someone to tell us – and others – how valued we are and why our life is important. Imagine waking up each day to a banner above your head: “You’re amazing!” Those kinds of genuine affirmations of the gold in character often come from a parent, teacher, friend, or even a stranger, and point to the inherent goodness in each one of us.

Above all, though, God – divine Love itself – wants each of us to know just how loved we are. We see evidence of this in the Bible. For instance, God said to Christ Jesus, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). Of course, we aren’t Jesus, but his teachings make it pretty clear that God is well pleased with each one of us. In fact, God made us not materially, but as Love’s own spiritual, infinitely loved expression. We exist to reflect God, just like a likeness in a mirror. So we all have a natural ability to express spiritual qualities that are valuable and help us be successful.

I saw tangible evidence of this some years ago when my husband called me from work one day. He was worried about his job security because things had become strained between him and someone he worked for. Though he had been working diligently and productively, he felt that he was being underestimated and that his contribution in the office was no longer valued.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org