Sunday, July 15, 2018

Removing Fear Brings Freedom


I was looking forward to enjoying an evening concert when, as I entered the hall, an elderly lady directly in front of me tripped and fell.  My heart went out to her and I felt called to action.  What should I do?  I leaned down and, taking her by the hand, looked her in the eyes and said firmly, "You are all right!".  Immediately, the fear in her face vanished and she let me help her to her feet.  Her friends then surrounded her and I didn't speak to her again until intermission when she came up to me and thanked me for my help.

What had taken place here?  My words "You are all right", weren't a glib statement, but based on my certainty that God is always embracing everyone in His care.  My quick actions of leaning down, taking her hand, looking her in the eye and speaking to her couldn't by themselves change the situation, but because they were inspired by God, who is Love, they had an immediate healing influence.  Mary Baker Eddy, a spiritual pioneer and Christian healer, explained the power of Love-impelled action in her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.  She wrote:
"Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear of patients.  Silently reassure them as to their exemption from disease and danger.  Watch the result of this simple rule of Christian Science and you will find that it alleviates the symptoms of every disease.  If you succeed in wholly removing the fear, your patient is healed."
You can learn more about what Eddy learned about Christian healing from her book.  Read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures online or purchase it from Amazon or any major book retailer.  It is also available for sale or study at the Christian Science Reading Room in Evergreen, Colorado at 4602 Plettner Lane.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Divine Love's Control Over Wildlife


Are you going hiking or camping in the great outdoors this summer?  If this is the case, you're probably giving some thought to what to take to handle the wild critters you may encounter on your adventure - insect repellent, snake bite kit, even bear spray!

I spend a lot of time outdoors every year and one thing that I always take with me for wildlife encounters is this idea from the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy:

"Understanding the control which Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions' den, and Paul proved the viper to be harmless.  All of God's creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible.  A realization of this grand verity was a source of strength to the ancient worthies.  It supports Christian healing, and enables its possessor to emulate the example of Jesus."

This statement was a source of reassurance to me one summer when I was doing geology work in Wyoming.  I had heard that ticks were common in the area and that they were carriers of disease.  My very first day in the field I encountered a lot of ticks.  They appeared to be everywhere!

At lunch time, I did some prayerful thinking about the above statement and reviewed my understanding of the control which Love held over all.  The word "Love", when capitalized by Eddy, is one of the names she uses for God.  I had learned a great deal about Love's control from reading Eddy's book.  With the assurance that God's creatures are harmless, my fear departed.  Because of my new found love for these little creatures of God, I decided to try not to harm them.

Interestingly, for the remaining three weeks that I was working in that area, I found only two ticks on me and they had not bitten me, but were simply walking around.  I can't prove that this was the result of my "understanding the control which Love held over all", but I can say that understanding this control relieved my concerns and gave me the freedom to enjoy many wildlife encounters, not just on this trip, but ever after.

You can read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures online or purchase it from Amazon or any major book retailer.  It is also available for sale or study at the Christian Science Reading Room in Evergreen, Colorado at 4602 Plettner Lane.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Right Motives Give Pinions to Thought


One day, a manager in my organization called me into his office.  He explained that he had promised that some software would be developed to perform a particular task.  This was a new application and no such software had ever been written for this work.  Unfortunately, he explained, the software was due shortly, but the experts in our organization assigned to the task had been unable to write it.  This manager knew that I had some experience in this work and he asked if I would take over the assignment.  I had no immediate idea of how to solve his problem and my common sense told me to not get involved.  I could easily say "No" and walk away, but to my surprise I said "Yes".

Why did I say "Yes" to this request?  I wasn't trying to impress anyone or score points.  I could see that my manager had the right intentions when he promised the work would be done - he was a forward thinker, saw the need for the software, and had great confidence in the people he originally assigned to the task.  For him to report failure would be a missed opportunity to advance our capabilities and potentially embarrassing - not only for him, but for our organization.  I wanted to help.

As I pondered how to solve this problem, I took comfort in a statement from the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  She wrote:
"Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action."
Pinions are the long feathers on a bird's wings that give it the power to fly.  So this statement is saying that right motives give us the power and freedom to think, speak, and act.

I didn't feel any sense of panic or pressure and I didn't rush into the work.  At first, I simply sat quietly in my office and waited for ideas to come.  Very shortly the ideas came!  I completed the work in just a couple of weeks - well before the deadline - and everyone was pleased with the results.  My right motives for being involved gave me the wisdom and freedom to think, speak, and act!

You can read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures online or purchase it from Amazon or any major book retailer.  It is also available for sale or study at the Christian Science Reading Room in Evergreen, Colorado at 4602 Plettner Lane.

Friday, June 1, 2018

"When an Accident Happens..."


What do we do when we're involved in an accident?  If we've simply stubbed a toe, we might just be angry, upset, and hop around in pain.  In a more serious situation we might call 911, apply first aid, and look to family and friends for comfort and support.

The book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy says something very thought-provoking about accidents:
"When an accident happens, you think or exclaim, 'I am hurt!'  Your thought is more powerful than your words, more powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury real."
Thought is more powerful than the accident itself?  That's hard to believe.  But supposing that is true, what should one do about it?  The book goes on to explain:
"Now reverse the process. Declare that you are not hurt and understand the reason why, and you will find the ensuing good effects to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine metaphysics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures declare Him to be."
I experienced the effectiveness of this advice one summer when I was with a group of teen-aged campers a few miles up a rocky, wooded canyon.  We were playing a game that involved running, when one of the campers fell on some stones and cried out that he had injured his knee.  As he lay on the ground with the others gathering around, I reminded him about the statements above.

I told this young man some things the Bible says that could help him "understand the reason why" he could not be hurt - about how God made us, loves us, and sends His angels to protect and care for us.  At this point, I ran out of inspiring ideas to share with this young man.  The thought came to me, "God, not you or your words, is what has power and is healing this situation.  Be quiet and watch."  Obediently, I was still and quiet.  So were the other campers.  It was not an anxious or restless quiet, but a peaceful anticipation.

I don't know what my young friend lying on the ground was feeling or thinking, but after a minute or so a smile spread across his face, his eyes opened, and jumping to his feet he said cheerfully, "Thank you, I'm alright!" - and he was!  The rest of our day was filled with activity and he participated freely.

You can read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures online or purchase it from Amazon or any major book retailer.  It is also available for sale or study at the Christian Science Reading Room in Evergreen, Colorado at 4602 Plettner Lane.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Conflict!


Conflict!  The world seems to be full of conflict between individuals, families, governments, religious movements, societies, and special interests!  These conflicts are caused by opposing thoughts.  A basic premise of human existence is that each individual has a mind or consciousness of his own produced by a material organ called a brain. This condition of individual, independent minds leads to opposing beliefs, interests, and goals and an unhealthy mind can lead to depression and mental illness of individuals.  With billions of minds in the world is it inevitable that there will always be conflict, limitation and confusion?

Mary Baker Eddy, a Christian healer and teacher, proposed an idea that goes against the apparent existence of many minds and offers a basis for hope and progress for humanity.  She writes in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:
"The exterminator of error is the great truth that God, good is the only Mind and that the supposititious opposite of infinite Mind -- called devil or evil -- is not Mind, is not Truth, but error, without intelligence or reality."
This idea of one God, one Mind that is wholly good became the foundation of her healing method and is expounded upon in her book.

I had an experience that showed me the practical application of this idea of one Mind.  Many years ago, another individual and I had differing opinions on how to manage a difficult situation.  I implemented what I thought was the best solution, but the other individual disagreed so vehemently that they filed a suit against me to force me to follow a different course of action.  In the months of legal maneuvering that followed, I thought long and hard about this idea that there was one mind - not my mind or another's, but one divine Mind or God that creates and governs all.  As I grew in my understanding of this idea, it shifted in my consciousness from an abstract concept to a practical reality that I could depend on.  I stopped worrying about how to respond to the legal challenge and instead focused on praying to discern and follow what this Mind was directing me to do.

Prior to the case going to court, we were required to meet with a mediator.  The night before this meeting, a new idea came to me that did not directly involve the issues of the case, but that seemed like a good solution for all involved.  The next day, I proposed this idea to the other party and it was accepted.  Not only did they get something that met their needs, but I found that the resulting arrangement was far better for me than my original course of action.

You can read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures online or purchase it from Amazon or any major book retailer.  It is also available for sale or study at the Christian Science Reading Room in Evergreen, Colorado at 4602 Plettner Lane.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Divine Surgery


Modern surgery has made amazing advances and has saved and improved countless lives.  Over 150 years ago, Mary Baker Eddy, a Christian healer and teacher, discovered an even more advanced form of surgery - surgery conducted by God, or divine Principle as Eddy referred to Deity.  Eddy called her discovery "Christian Science" and described God's "operating" method this way in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
"The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus' time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and sin to reformation."
My father experienced this divine surgery.  One day he urgently called me to his office where I found him holding his head in great pain.  He asked me to call an experienced Christian Scientist to treat him, and I did.  A full explanation of Christian Science treatment is presented in Eddy's book.

After a few days had passed, my father was worried about this condition, so he went to a hospital emergency room for an examination.  The doctors informed him that he had an aneurysm and scheduled surgery for him the next day.  In the meantime, he continued to have Christian Science treatment.

The next day, the doctors did a pre-surgical examination and could not find any sign of the aneurysm.  They saw no need to operate and my father was released from the hospital after another day.

A few years later, my father took a physical examination for his pilot's license.  He told the examining doctor that he'd had an aneurysm.  The doctor said, "No, if you'd had one, I would have detected it in my examination.  My father was completely healed.  All signs of a problem had disappeared as naturally as darkness gives place to light!

You can read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures online or purchase it from Amazon or any major book retailer.  It is also available for sale or study at the Christian Science Reading Room in Evergreen, Colorado at 4602 Plettner Lane.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Prayer


Search online or in a store for books on prayer and you will find hundreds of choices.  The Surrender Prayer, The Power of a Praying Wife, 31 Days of Prayer for My Children, Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference?, The Battle Plan for Prayer, Prayer: The Ultimate Conversation, The Prayer Map for Boys, Pocket Prayers, Prayers That Avail Much, and Prayer: Our Deepest Longing are just some of the many titles that I found.  Clearly, many people have an interest in prayer.

The first chapter of the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy is titled “Prayer” and contains some original and arresting ideas about this topic.  For example, consider this statement:
 “Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual, - neither in nor of matter, - and the body will then utter no complaints.  If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well.”
Could such a thing be true?  Does prayer really have this kind of power?  Yes!  I’ve experienced this!

Last summer, while on a camping trip, I was digging a hole using a spade.  I wasn’t being very careful about this task and I was only wearing sandals.  Unfortunately, I struck one of my big toes with the spade.  There was bleeding and the pain was intense, but I was aware of the statement quoted above about how to pray, so I immediately endeavored to put this into practice.

Turning my thought away from the evidence of the injury, I focused on the idea that my true being was spiritual and was not in matter or controlled by matter.  I wasn’t just thinking about this superficially or applying a rote formula.  I had been carefully reading the book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and contemplating the ideas it presents about man’s spiritual being.  So my prayer at this moment was a deep and sincere effort to understand and apply the truth of what I had been reading.  Very quickly, I felt a sense of peace and the bleeding and pain ceased.  My prayer was answered!

Although my toenail was damaged and it took a year for a new one to grow out, this did not affect any of my activities.  Not only did I finish my digging project, but I had an active summer of hiking and bicycling without any further pain or limitation from this incident.

You can read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures online or purchase it from Amazon or any major book retailer.  It is also available for sale or study at the Christian Science Reading Room in Evergreen, Colorado at 4602 Plettner Lane.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Christ - An Answer for Opiod Drug Addiction?

The drug crisis in our country has been the topic of much discussion in the news.  Rehabilitation and treatment programs, caring and supportive families, medical experts, and law enforcement are all working to free people from the enslaving and often fatal scourge of drug addition.  In many cases these efforts don't seem to be enough.  My experience suggests that something else that can be effective is the Christ.

What is the Christ?  Jesus demonstrated the Christ-power to us in his brief ministry long ago.  He healed physical and mental sicknesses, freed people from their involvement in sinful activities, and even raised the dead.  Although Jesus is no longer with us in the flesh, many Christians believe that the Christ-power he represented is still with us today and appeal to it for help in their prayers.  Can these prayers help?

Mary Baker Eddy, a Christian teacher and healer, in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures describes the Christ as "a divine influence ever present in human consciousness and repeating itself, coming now as was promised aforetime, to preach deliverance to the captives [of sense], ... to set at liberty them that are bruised."  In my experience coaching youth soccer, handling business dealings and personal relationships, and even driving in traffic, I have found that understanding the Christ and silently acknowledging that the Christ is present, powerful, and speaking to my consciousness as well as the consciousness of all others, brings the power of this divine influence into the immediate human experience.  Not only does this divine influence come to me and give me the strength and wisdom to speak and do the right things, I find that those around me are also touched and respond outwardly in positive ways.

But does the Christ influence entering and altering the mundane experiences of my life mean that it can also alter serious issues like drug addiction, and on a nationwide scale?  In her book, Eddy says that because of the scientific nature of God's laws the lesser demonstration proves the greater "as the product of three multiplied by three, equalling nine, proves conclusively that three times three duodecillians must be nine duodecillions, - not a fraction more, not a unit less."  In fact, over the years, more than 30 testimonies have been published in the Christian Science Journal and Christian Science Sentinel of people healed of drug addiction through the power of the Christ!

So I am praying about the drug crisis in our country by turning my thought to the Christ and acknowledging that this divine influence is ever present in everyone's consciousness.  I am certain that this has a healing effect!

You can read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures online or purchase it from Amazon or any major book retailer.  It is also available for sale or study at the Christian Science Reading Room in Evergreen, Colorado at 4602 Plettner Lane.




Sunday, March 25, 2018

Blessings


"To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings."  This is the opening sentence of the preface of the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  My reading and study of this book has helped me to learn about the "sustaining infinite" (i.e. God), learn how to lean on this benevolent ever-presence, and experience blessings.  The specifics of all this are too much to include in this blog post (read the book!), but the descriptive phrase "sustaining infinite" is an introduction to what the book teaches us about God - we are loved, guided, and sustained by this divine power.

The next sentence in the book provides a useful starting point into recognizing these blessings.  It reads: "The wakeful shepherd beholds the first faint morning beams, ere cometh the full radiance of a risen day."  This refers to the shepherds, awake and watchful in the night, which heard and obeyed the angel voices directing them to the manger in Bethlehem to witness the birth of Jesus.  So we learn that quiet and alert watchfulness are some of the necessary qualities for experiencing God's blessings. Reading this book has helped me cultivate this watchful alertness for divine direction.

A small experience I recently had illustrates this.  I wanted to scan some 35mm slides using my computer, but to do this I needed a special attachment to hold the slides in the proper position on the scanner.  Although I owned this attachment, I hadn't seen it for several years and during this period I had moved three times!  I did not have any idea where to look for this item.  Then the idea occurred to me to look in a storage closet downstairs.  I did, but there was only one box of mine in the closet and it was labeled "Sunday School stuff".  I was disappointed, but since I had joined a new church and I was working in the Sunday School, I decided to look at my "Sunday School stuff" to see if there was anything I might need.  I opened the box and right on top was the scanner attachment that I was looking for.  The attachment had nothing to do with Sunday School and I do not know why it was in this box, but I know where the blessing of finding the part I needed came from!

You can read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures online or purchase it from Amazon or any major book retailer.  It is also available for sale or study at the Christian Science Reading Room in Evergreen, Colorado at 4602 Plettner Lane.

The Time for Thinkers Has Come



There are a lot of topics competing for our thought and attention these days - family, careers, politics, the economy, the Oscars... to name a few.  This blog is about a book that people in and around Evergreen, Colorado - and throughout the world - are finding worthy of their thought and attention.  The book is Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.  It was written by a New England woman, Mary Baker Eddy, and first published in 1875.

Can a book written over 150 years ago still be relevant today?  Although, along with the Bible, this book is used in services of the Christian Science Church, it is not merely a denominational textbook, but speaks to all humanity.  In the Preface of the book, Eddy writes, "The time for thinkers has come.  Truth, independent of doctrines and time-honored systems, knocks at the portal of humanity."

This blog will share how people in the Evergreen community are finding this book to be relevant to their health, careers, relationships, and overall well-being.  You can read this book online or purchase it from Amazon or any major book retailer.  It is also available for sale or study at the Christian Science Reading Room in Evergreen, Colorado at 4602 Plettner Lane.