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Because Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music were two of my favorite movies, I took to reading the book: Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, by Julie Andrews. But, this is after years of preferring to know Mary Poppins and Maria the nun, more than Julie Andrews.

In her book, Home, I was introduced to a hard working woman with great stamina, Julie Andrews. She takes the reader on a journey revealing a difficult upbringing in war-torn Britain to quick fame when in her twenties.

Andrew’s seems lucky, however, she had to work non-stop for her breaks. And, as challenging as it must be to be famous, I commend her straight talk and generous tone. Thankfully, I still regard Mary Poppins and Maria the nun turned mother of the Von Trapp family, my heroes. And now I know, it took more than Julie Andrews’ great voice to bring those ideals to manifestation. The people behind the scenes are also stalwart, bringing positivity to the universe.

So, whether we are in the spotlight, or behind the scenes, we all play a role in life.

An excerpt from the Abridged version of the chapter explaining healing. Click here for full text.

Healers can relate to silence and divine anointing rather than to mind grabbing procedures or treatments. Divine Science inspires the perception of truth. As the truthful perceptions become clearer, error self-destructs. What shall it be, Truth or error? Because Truth is infinite, error should be known as nothing. Because Truth is omnipotent in goodness, error has no power. Do not suppose there is a counterpart to Truth. Confidence in the divine increases, as we realize that Truth is real and error is unreal. Error is a coward before Truth.

Here are a few basic points of awareness in divine Science:

  • -The human body and the human mind are made up of the same thing, errors. This is similar to ice and steam being made of the same thing, water.
  • -The brain is not mind. Mind is not a brain. Mind is immortal Spirit, Love.
  • -The human mind is temporal, fickle, dying. The divine Mind is eternal, constant, alive.
  • -The physical body can’t be sick without the human mind. Divine Mind can control the human mind with health.
  • -Matter or quantum energy is not the medium of existence.
  • -We want to acknowledge Truth and what it has done for humanity.

Our innate spirituality inspires us to be moral and allows us to be alive to God’s healing promises. It is easier to heal sickness rather than sin, because although we don’t like to be sick, we sometimes like to sin. The fear of disease and the love of sin are the main sources of our problems. Love and knowledge frees us from fear. “The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) or Wisdom.” (Prov. 9:10, Amplified) “Full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror!” (I John 4:18, Amplified) To remove the negative effects of fear produced by sin, you must overcome both fear and sin.

Establish the scientific sense of health, and you relieve the inflammation, burn, pain, trauma, calcification, rash, disorder. Truth allows the organs to resume their healthy function. It is easier to heal, than it is to teach how to heal. The truth of being, whispered into the ear of human mind, can bring relief.

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry offers online classes and I decided to join in. The Gospel of Mark is the session I’m currently enrolled in and have to say, it is interesting and simple. I’ve never taken an online class before (must sound like I’m from the dark ages to many of you) but for personal spiritual growth, I gave it a shot.

All participants introduce themselves and answer questions, typing out their text. A facilitator keeps the conversation going and I feel welcome to join in. Participants are from around the world and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading the comments. People are very thoughtful and they shed light on new thoughts for me to contemplate.

The Gospel of Mark is regarded by scholars as the first Gospel written. It is concise. Maybe the writers of Matthew, Luke, and John thought the story of Christ Jesus needed elaboration, because their books are longer.

Already I’ve discovered, I’m guilty of a “homogenized” view of the Gospels. I tend to blend ideas from all four Gospels into one. The online class is forcing me to take a look at the Gospel of Mark alone. I don’t feel compelled to convert to a new radical view, but just be more aware.

The parable of the prodigal son, found in Luke 15, provides nutrient for those of us who feel lost in the world. The story is about a man who has 2 sons. The younger son, full of ambition and ardor, wanted his inheritance early. The father gave it to him, but the son promptly wasted it all, and found himself destitute.

The younger son eventually went back to his father. The father kissed him and brought him home and threw a party for him. The level of forgiveness and joy seem indescribably welcoming as we read the parable of the prodigal son, however, years ago, I also took in another view of the story that helped me in a time of need.

I was pregnant and woke one night in discomfort. While lying in bed, I thought about the parable of the prodigal son. I didn’t relate at first, because I wasn’t feeling like a lost, destitute soul, but I thought further and considered the older brother’s experience.

The older brother had stayed with the father, and continued working, while his younger brother was out goofing off. But, when he saw his dad had thrown a party for the naughty, lazy brother, the older son got upset. Basically asking his dad, “Why do you give him a party, and ignore me, even after I’ve been good this whole time?”

The father replied, “Everything I have is yours.”

If God is my Father and everything of God’s is ours, what does that mean?

A God of Love is full of compassion, sweetness, and mercy, and it is ours.

A God of Truth is complete with honesty, integrity, and self-worth, and it is ours.

A God of Life is expressive of strength, comfort, and purpose, and it is ours.

I became comfortable that night and went back to sleep.