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Footsteps of Truth

What is Truth? The efforts of any ology to answer this question are vain.

Understanding comes through spiritual logic and revelation. Following the signposts of divine law, we comprehend the Truth that is changing the world for the better. In this path we find progress attended by life and peace.

We do not need to learn our life lessons the hard way. We can stop stumbling around in drunkenness. We can stop being consumed by disease. We can stop being shocked at the evil in the world and gain an understanding that leads to productive improvement.

This metaphysical system of healing through truth relinquishes the errors of self-serving obsessions, misleading appetites, hatred, fear, lust, superstition, etc. The progression makes a new creation. The way to uncover and abandon error is to saturate the mind with floodtides of Truth and Love.

The opposite of Truth is error; however, knowledge of error and its operations must precede the understanding of the Truth that destroys error. Step by step we learn error is that which opposes divine Spirit and our spirituality.

As we discover there is one Mind, the divine law of loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded. We experience a relationship with all the attributes of Truth and Love, including wisdom. We become conscious of the existence of Spirit as the source of supply.

If Spirit created sickness and disorder, then it would be wrong or impossible for human beings to try and remove them. Sickness and death are awful deceptions of existence, not put forth by Truth.

The brain, nerves, hormones, and stomach can’t talk on their own. They act because of mind. Sensations of the body are sensations of the human mind. Through Truth you discover your ability to embrace your body and outline it with thoughts of health.

Let us prepare for the supremacy of Spirit—the government and law of universal harmony, which cannot be lost or remain forever unseen.

All the faculties of Mind are intact. No matter where we are, we can use our spiritual senses to commune with God and be governed by Love.

To be controlled by divine Mind is not to be controlled by hypnotism, human cultures, theories, crime, drugs, or fantasies. We learn to utilize spiritual sense—the constant conscious capacity to understand the all-acting infinite Spirit.

The cruel narcissistic tendencies inherent in human mind are always germinating new forms of tyranny and must be rooted out through the action of the divine Mind. To rid the world of terrorists is difficult, but to destroy mental terrorism is even more difficult.

Healing systems must have spirituality in order to be useful. Medicines and religions dictated by money, status-quo, inequality, rituals, and regulations only imitate the old-time opposition that upset Jesus two thousand years ago. “So, he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coin of the money changers and overturned their tables.”

 

Let Truth regenerate the fleshly mind and feed thought with the bread of Life. Food should not be given more power than God. The only diet that works is the diet that follows a mental plan involving honesty, wisdom, hard work, and balance. “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

To be continued…

Briefer narrative of Mary Baker Eddy's "Science & Health"

Briefer narrative of Mary Baker Eddy’s “Science & Health”

 

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 Preface

I discover something new each day. Without science and religion, my discoveries could be very mysterious. But, I’ve also discovered something else very important.

Mysteries remain, if I get stuck in the thinking that science and religion are the sources of truth. Science and religion are not sources, they are methods, approaches, or practices.

Final truths are not found in science or religion. We find truth only in what I call, God, Truth with a capital T, the source and power behind discovery.

We may know our field of science or we may know our religion, but the minute we think we know truth, we stopped knowing truth, because Truth constantly reveals itself due to its infinite nature. From science & religion to God is a strong appeal to keep all methods of research useful by keeping them secondary to truth.

Focusing on God, we can capture fresh views of science and religion.

There is nothing new to this system of surrendering to Truth and further expanding our minds and possibilities. It brings healing to ourselves, our neighbors, and our earth because it involves love.

Truth and Love are one. Basically indefinable, but we know them when true love removes fear.

Truth causes us to be honest and care for ourselves and the environment. Love causes us to better ourselves, to fight for and share in a practical, meaningful life. We eventually realize that the consciousness of love is the only asset worth taking with us whether we move, change our image, or die.

Neither science nor religion have a complete understanding of everything. Arguing for one or the other doesn’t bring understanding. So, with, from science & religion to God, we can contemplate a useful interpretation of God as a force that allows us to stop struggling.

We don’t need to change bad into good, or lack into abundance, or sickness into health. Said in another way, we don’t need to change darkness into light, but can discover how we are one with the light that naturally displaces the darkness.

The ideas in this book are thought based, rather than time- or thing-based. They discuss the practice of divine metaphysical healing.

From science & religion to God is a narrative based on a book written in the 19th century by Mary Baker Eddy, a person who also discovered the force of God and genuinely practiced this system of metaphysical healing successfully.

In the 19th century Mrs. Eddy defined this system as Christian Science. The word Science, capitalized, was applied to Christianity to exalt its meaning from creed and theory to deed and practice.

Subjects in this book encompass everyday life, touching on traditions, relationships, alternative healing, mind-power, the body, science, and religion. Near the end of the book is the chapter, Study Guide, with a Q&A section. The last chapter, Glossary, explains words and terms used.

You can start reading wherever it feels fitting. The message boils down to one sentence, written by Eddy long ago, “All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation.”

The ideas in from science & religion to God explore a tremendous spiritual study, open to everyone, no matter what your background.

Cheryl

Traditions: Prayer, Communion, Marriage

Why then ’tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

Traditions can be healthy. They can be used to advance spiritual good. We have an example of this in the Bible, when Jesus dealt with the tradition of baptism.

Jesus came to John the Baptist, at the River Jordan, to be baptized. John resisted. He felt Jesus should baptize him instead. Jesus said, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”

At this point, baptism became more meaningful. It became a mindful experience. John or Jesus weren’t the primary figures, God was. John and Jesus embraced humility and acknowledged a love and reverence for a Higher Power.

The event in turn was marked with peace and a powerful message from Spirit. “And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’”

Rituals are unavoidable. We eat, we go to jobs, we participate in ceremonies, and we bend to hierarchies. As long as traditions don’t become ego trips or mechanical nonsense, a higher ideal can infuse these practices with holy purposes.

Prayer

Prayer is the faith that all things positive and good are possible to God. Fed by selfless love, faith grows into spiritual understanding and reveals remarkable experiences.

God’s work is done. We reflect the doing. The doing is not busy work reacting to our own personal desires or the world’s demands, but a logical, spiritual, helpful, brave response to God’s work—a prayer.

Thoughts are prayers. Desires are prayers. Sometimes these thoughts and desires are sketchy, but God can be trusted to clarify our prayers.

 

To be continued…

Briefer narrative of Mary Baker Eddy's "Science & Health"

Briefer narrative of Mary Baker Eddy’s “Science & Health”

 

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Electronic bionics redefine physicality. According to Hugh Herr, a guest speaker on Ted Talks.

Hugh Herr climbs mountains and years ago he lost both of his legs in an accident. He was determined that his physical body wasn’t broken but that technology was broken.

As a student at MIT, he initiated what led to bionic legs, with which he has been able to return to climbing mountains and rocks. On the Ted Talks show Hugh Herr also revealed his and his co-worker’s last achievement of helping the woman who lost a leg at the Boston Marathon bombing. She came on stage with a dancing partner and they performed a ballroom dance, splendidly.

Hugh Herr explained how the bionics work, with neuron implants. He said, “For people who no longer want to be disabled, bionics will remove disabilities.”

Bionics can also be used by people without disabilities, to enhance performance.

Amid all this promising talk, I can’t help but see a nefarious mind at work, conniving how to use bionics to enhance hate and fear and theft.

Our spiritual prayers are needed. Ethics and morality are needed. Humanity must unite with truth and love to reduce the sorrows and increase the benefits. Inventions have their place, they teach us a lot, they help a lot of people, but they aren’t a cure-all. Only the rich and lucky will get the high performance bionics. Moreover, bionics can be broken, they can run out of electricity, they can go haywire. Honesty keeps these facts in mind.

Fortunately, ethics and morality can constantly be magnified. They won’t run out. Each day, each minute, we can do the right thing, no matter where we are or what situation we find our self in. No matter how many limbs we have or don’t have, we can be strong in truth and love and mercy and courage.

For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 1 John 3:11 ESV

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One more mention of Corrie Ten Boom, a survivor of one of Hitler’s concentration camps.

As a missionary, she eventually returned to Germany to speak about God. In the audience sat a man, a former guard at the camp where Ten Boom was sent to starve. He was a cruel guard, but he didn’t remember or recognize Ten Boom as she spoke.

After the talk, the guard walked up to Ten Boom and said, “You mentioned Ravensbruck in you talk. I was a guard there, but since that time, I have become a Christian. I know that God has forgiven me for the cruel things I did there, but I would like to hear it from your lips as well. Fraulein.”

Corrie Ten Boom admitted that she struggled. She wrote, “And still I stood there with the coldness clutching my heart. But forgiveness is not an emotion, I knew that too. Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”

After praying silently, she lifted her hand to embrace the hand of the guard. She wrote, “As I did, an incredible thing took place. The current started in my shoulder, raced down my arm, sprang into tour joined hands. And then this healing warmth seemed to flood my whole being, bringing tears to my eyes.” She told the guard she forgave him.

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