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Everyday Spirituality

Six or eight years ago, the time unimportant, our daughter was born. Ah, it was a special time. She came early in the morning on Christmas Eve. It was a bit of a surprise because the estimated birth date was set for later. Estimates can be a bane or blessing, depending on how you look at it.

There was no bane in this case. I clearly remember recalling the nativity story of Jesus’ birth as a promise fulfilled.

Time folded in the presence of an eternal God who made everything good. The job was finished, yet it continues on.

The blessing was a quick birth, a return home before noon, and the strength to attend the family Christmas Eve gathering that evening. The extended family was delighted to see the new baby and be the first to bear gifts.

I always tease this daughter that she was one never to miss a party. She isn’t that interested in gifts, but it tickles her to be with her aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, and anyone else that comes along for the family gatherings.

Two days ago, this very daughter birthed her own daughter. Hmmm, I may be older than I think here as far as being a mom, since now I am a grandmother, Yiieee, that is the first time I typed that…

first pictureAnyway, our granddaughter, taking after her mom, surprised us all.  Except great-grandpa.

For the past few months, great-grandpa has been telling others that a new great-grandbaby will be born in January. People just nodded and smiled as if he forgot the estimated due date, in February.

Again, I felt the impact of time folding. We shouldn’t be so quick to ignore new ideas.

I realized, too often it feels as though my spiritual progress is slow, however, spiritual ideas are being born all the time. Big time.

We can act on the birth of new/old ideas about God as Truth. We can manifest enlightened thought. We can experience the life of God, good. Spirit is our life.

From  21st Century Science and Health, “Consciousness is guided to “where the child was”[1]—even to the birth of a new-old idea, to the spiritual sense of being and of what Life includes. Thus the whole earth will be transformed by Truth as enlightened thought displaces the darkness of error.

“The underpinnings in the temple of Christian Science are to be found in the following postulates: that Life is God, good, and not evil; that Soul is sinless, not to be found in the body; that Spirit is not, and cannot be, humanized; that Life is not at risk to death; that the spiritual real person of God has no birth, no temporal life, and no death.

“Earth has little light or joy before Life is spiritually learned. Every agony of mortal error helps error to destroy error and actually helps us perceive immortal Truth. This is the new birth going on hourly, by which human beings may entertain angels, the true ideas of God, the spiritual sense of being.”

 


[1] Matt. 2:9

Immigration in reverse is depicted in the movie, Shanghai Calling. Starring Daniel Henney, Eliza Coupe, and Zhu Zhu, this film portrays people moving to China from America. Instead of a China Town in New York City, there is an America Town in Shanghai.

One immigrant, however, arrived not by his own free will. An ambitious lawyer was sent to China to promote a law firm based in New York City. The lawyer, played by Daniel Henney, brought with him archaic views of China, only to be dispelled by the 21st century globalized reality.

The romantic comedy couples the lawyer with an American woman, played by Eliza Coupe. This American ran away from a marriage, with her daughter to a place where she does speak the language.

The lawyer’s assistant, played by Zhu Zhu, shows the fierce determination to advance in the world, minus the need to move to another country. Her character finds peace with the Chinese traditions while yet rising in her career.

The lawyer however takes the whole 1 hour and 38 minute film to learn the value of integrity and family.

The film, Shanghai Calling is family worthy. Although the romantic aspect was cheesy, at least it was clean. It cleverly exposed how human beings can dream up presumptions and scenarios that rarely reflect reality. An element of people helping people can also be appreciated.

 

all 3 on tree limb smallDogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole,–Roger Caras

Cats are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

Children are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

Jobs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

Politics are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

Religions are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

Hobbies are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

I can relate somewhat to the Buddhist perspective that the mind is non-physical, formless, shapeless, colorless, genderless, and has the capacity to cognize or know. The basic nature of mind is pure, limitless and pervasive.

For this mind to also produce sickness doesn’t make sense to me though. Too contradictory for a mind to be both healthy and sick. So, I contemplate Mary Baker Eddy’s thought that distinguishes between human mind and divine Mind.

The human mind creates the physical situation. Or rather, the human mind holds within its mental chambers health or sickness and then feels them and calls the feelings a body.

The divine Mind is non-physical, formless, shapeless, colorless, genderless, all-knowing, and infinite. It knows health only. It never changes from knowing goodness and wellbeing. From this basis, healing of the physical can occur when the human mind yields to the divine Mind.

Science confirms the possibility of healing. Divine Science confirms the mental power to know the Mind of God, which includes health and holy purpose. Physical science confirms healing also but unless the mind is realized as a component, the healing is a mystery.

The New York Public Library’s Science Desk Reference notes, “There are between 50 and 75 trillion cells in the body…. Each type of cell has its own life span, and when a human dies it may take hours or day before all the cells in the body die.” Every seven years (or 10, depending on which story you hear) we become essentially new people, because in that time, every cell in your body has been replaced by a new cell.

Though the body changes every 7 years, we basically are the same people, showing that mind must be an element in our figuring. The revision of the body doesn’t change our meaning.

To relate to the meaning of divine Mind even establishes our ability to heal without a lingering mystery.

It was no mystery to me when I displaced fear with appreciation and my skin healed after being burnt.