Everyday Spirituality

With the growing body of evidence that life existed before human beings, we can admit that even if human beings annihilated one another, life would go on.

With my practice of identifying life with God, rather than functioning bodies and human minds, I catch a glimpse of that which gives us purpose. It is our spirituality that offers purpose in life, the home, and at the work place.

Here is an interesting comment made by Peter Drucker in his book, The Daily Drucker, “The individual needs the return to spiritual values, for he can survive in the present human situation only by reaffirming that man is not just a biological and physiological being but also a spiritual being, that is, creature, and existing for the purposes of his Creator and subject to Him. Only thus can the individual know that the threat of instant physical annihilation of the species does not invalidate his own existence, its meaning, and its responsibility.”

From 21st Century Science and Health, “The infinite never began and it will never end. Mind and its formations can never be annihilated. God’s child is not on a roller coaster, reeling between evil and good, joy and sorrow, sickness and health, life and death. Life and its faculties are not measured by calendars. The perfect and spiritual are the eternal likeness of their Maker.”

Wording to the American Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag has been altered since its inception in 1892. Socialist minister, Francis Bellamy (1855-1931) originally published a shorter version in The Youth’s Companion.

In 1923, the words, “the Flag of the United States of America” were added.

In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words “under God,” creating the 31-word pledge we say today:

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

As a news reporter who covers town meetings, I stand with my right hand over my heart and repeat the Pledge of Allegiance frequently. Some people choose not to. Others choose to say the pledge but not the words, “under God.” That is their right and I’m thankful Americans have that choice.

The word God carries diverse undertones and meanings. God, to me, is love, love itself. With Flag Day, June 14, 2014, I can appreciate thinking on a A nation “under love.”


A powerful concept I’ve pondered is the oneness of cause and effect.

Divine Science is embedded in a unified cause and effect.

Interestingly, the effectiveness of knowing cause and effect as one and the same, offers me more balance in life.

On the other hand, every time I attempt to divide cause and effect, I get off kilter.

What tries to divide cause and effect?

Time, human beings, education, religion, and belief are a few dividers.

The human mind notoriously divides cause and effect and suffers the consequence.

It says, “Prayer causes healing.” Well, yes, and no. Maybe healing causes prayer. The point is not getting stuck on the divided cause and effect.

I practice removing from my mind the attempt to divide cause and effect.

Instead of filling my brain with thoughts of climate causing the effect of a change in the weather, or food causing a change in body weight, or money causing the effects of gain or lack, I think on God as cause and effect.

Indeed, it looks like money, gain, or lack, are connected, but they are measurable units and divided by time and circumstance. It takes time to gain or lose. And, while $100 is a gain for Fred it can be a loss to Sylvia.

Divided causes and effects are not the cause or effect we want to get to know. The spiritual truth of one spiritual cause and effect lightens my mind and I’m better able to give power to God.

Love is cause and effect. The cause of love effects love. The cause of truth effects truth. The effect of life is life caused.

I don’t over-do this practice of cause and effect as one. When it’s cold outside, I wear warm clothes. I will say, “Hey husband, please put more wood in the woodstove.” But, more and more, rather than absorbing myself in fickle causes and effects, I contemplate the cause and effect of mercy, justice, compassion, truth, to discover as I live justice I feel justice.

When aiming for a healing goal, the key clicks when the power of Truth is recognized as the source of healing.

Too often, our human minds get tricked into thinking the source of healing is a thing, person, or time. Maybe because it’s easier for the human mind to believe in a thing, person, or time, rather than believe in and understand the power of Truth.

For example, it’s easier to believe a stove cooked our meal, a blow dryer dried our hair, and a battery charger charged our cell phone. But without electricity, nothing would happen.

True, our healing may entail a thing, person, or time. It may include rest, prayer, healthier food, exercise, or a better job, however healing comes from the power of Truth.

Truth is a power. This truth with a big T, is spiritual truth.

Truth is the power behind spiritual truths such as: Spirit is our substance; Life is ongoing; divine Mind is intelligence; we reflect divine Mind.

The power of Truth, sometimes termed Christ in the Christian faith, is the umph behind healing. While we can appreciate things, persons, or time, we don’t want them to distract us away from acknowledging and living the power of Truth.