Attitude of Thought – Healthy Thinking

Altitude of Thought - Healthy Thinking

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A guest post written by Noie LaRue from Newport Beach, California

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you kept on blaming yourself or others for the things that are going wrong? I hadn’t really realized that I did that all that often until I was on a trip and at each roadblock or problem my first reaction was to cast that blame:Continue Reading

The Gospel of Mary Presents an Enlightened View of Reality

The Gospel of Mary Presents an Enlightened View of Reality

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A guest post written by Mary Lou MacKenzie, from Lancaster, California.

Someone recently suggested that I would find The Gospel of Mary to be an interesting read. They were so right – partly because of the fact that a woman wrote it, but mostly because it really shows a more enlightened view of reality, matter, and sin.Continue Reading

Mary Baker Eddy: What Christmas Means to Me

Mary Baker Eddy: What Christmas Means to Me

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by Don Ingwerson

 Heartfelt wishes of health and happiness go out to all this Christmas! I thought it would be appropriate to share with you an article titled, “What Christmas Means to Me,” which is 19th-century health researcher Mary Baker Eddy’s inspired thoughts on the holiday, originally published in Ladies Home Journal in 1907. Enjoy – and Merry Christmas!Continue Reading

What if We Celebrate the True Meaning of Christmas?

What if We Celebrate the True Meaning of Christmas?

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A guest post written by Donna Clifton from Whittier, California.

“Christmas is all about getting exactly what you want!”

Believe it or not, those were the actual words in a radio advertisement I heard, and they dismayed me. Although the normal mantra is that Christmas is about giving, not getting, this sentiment is belied by the questions we often hear right after Christmas: “What did you get?” “Was Santa good to you this year?”Continue Reading

Is Quantum Activism Actually From Biblical Times?

Is Quantum Activism Actually From Biblical Times?

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A guest post written by Diana Colarossi from San Juan Capistrano, California

Recently I watched a rebroadcast of the documentary “Quantum Activist.” I appreciated what I understood to be physicist Dr. Amit Goswami’s declaration of the reality of a unifying, perfect consciousness that realizes heaven on earth – that a knowledge and practice of higher consciousness based upon love, peace, and goodness will transform a conventional approach to health and life.Continue Reading

Health Consciousness: Working Together

Health Consciousness: Working Together

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by Don Ingwerson

It seems to me that people’s attitudes are changing as they become more conscious of the need for health goals to be achieved through interrelationships and world connectedness. People are finding that personal health goals like losing weight, eating better, exercising, and quitting smoking, while very important to the individual, also need to be considered in the context of world health issues.Continue Reading

A Bible Scholar Shares Ideas on How to Promote Health

A Bible Scholar Shares Ideas on How to Promote Health

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A guest post written by Madelon Maupin from Newport Beach, California

There is a Scriptural guideline for how we build church – or spread the healing message of Christ – in the book of Acts 13:4 – 11. It’s the story of Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey and their encounter with two individuals that represent the types of people we may meet in our own healing journey.Continue Reading

Listen to an Audio Chat: A Spiritual Approach to Health Care

Listen to an Audio Chat: A Spiritual Approach to Health Care

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Gary Jones, Christian Science practitioner, teacher, and Manager of the Federal Office for the Committee on Publication in Washington, DC, answers questions about turning to a spiritual approach to health care – which was exemplified by Christ Jesus healing multitudes, and by Mary Baker Eddy, who wrote Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which opened the door of health and healing to millions who read it and practice what it teaches.

To listen to this chat, click here: mp3

To find this audio page on JSH online, click here: Health care: a spiritual approach

 

 

Do You Have Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening?

Do You Have Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening?

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A guest post written by Ginny Nilson from Monrovia, California.

This list of the 12 Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening has been posted on many, many web sites for quite a while now, but I just saw it for the first time a couple of weeks ago. A smile came to my heart and complete joy and gratitude filled my day as I thought about what the list meant to me. I had never thought before that I have ‘symptoms’ I would want to have and keep!

Having facilitated a twice-monthly reading club for two years, I have become familiar with spiritual healing approaches from twenty-plus authors and the discussions surrounding the books by a variety of religious adherents and spiritual seekers. The attendees love to talk about spirituality, but at the same time they have admitted that they have health challenges or problems that are resistant to healing.

When I introduced the idea of reading and discussing the chapter on ‘Prayer’ in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the book group agreed. When we met two weeks later, it was brought out in that chapter that “the highest prayer is not one of faith merely; it is demonstration” and that “such prayer heals sickness, and must destroy sin and death.” I felt that many recognized that this type of prayer “…distinguishes between Truth that is sinless and the falsity of sinful sense.” The group discussed the motives for prayer as mentioned in the chapter and the importance of gratitude, which comes as a result of “action more than speech.” The Science (God’s laws) underlying prayer as taught and practiced by Christ Jesus in his healing works stood out to the group when they read and discussed the author’s meaning in this sentence, “Who would stand before a blackboard, and pray the principle of mathematics to solve the problem? The rule is already established, and it is our task to work out the solution. Shall we ask the divine Principle of all goodness to do His own work? His work is done, and we have only to avail ourselves of God’s rule in order to receive His blessing, which enables us to work out our own salvation.” I felt that the group was introduced to a new and very specific, effective way of praying when they read this chapter on prayer.

When I sent the 12 Symptoms list to book club members, I’m happy to report that they have pretty much responded with comments like, “Hooray! I love living with those ‘symptoms’ as a result of living and practicing Christian Science.” I had forwarded the list believing it would be an affirmation of God’s love, power, and ability to reveal everyone’s sinlessness, wholeness, honesty, happiness, and a non-judgmental and non-reactive poise through the understanding and demonstration of healing prayer as taught in that short and clearly explained chapter.

Here are the 12 Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening from Recovery Trade Publications:

1. An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

2. Frequent attacks of smiling.

3. Feelings of being connected with others and nature.

4. Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

5. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience.

6. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

7. A loss of ability to worry.

8. A loss of interest in conflict.

9. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

10. A loss of interest in judging others.

11. A loss of interest in judging self.

12. Gaining the ability to love without expecting anything in return.

Originally published November 6, 2012.

Christmas Gift Viewed With Wonder

Christmas Gift Viewed With Wonder

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A guest post written by Anne Stearns Condon from Santa Barbara, California.

The celebration of the birth of the Christ child is a momentous event in all of history, and it appeals greatly to the childlike thought. The wonder of its happening, the simplicity of its setting, the humble surroundings of the manger, all of these factors capture the attention of children’s sweet innocence.

And a child is naturally drawn to a heroic figure. No one was more of a hero in his brief life on earth than Jesus Christ. He came into the world as the Son of God, and his great mission was to be the Savior, bringing to all, salvation from sin, sickness, and death.

In his day, children easily harmonized with Jesus because he loved them. They felt his tender care and were receptive to it. Infants and children were brought to him for blessing, and he healed them. He truly valued their worth, for he “called them unto him and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Luke 18:16). He obviously knew them well, and in every generation, they also should have the privilege of knowing him.

Children love to learn. This is another reason why they’re a good fit with Jesus. He was the greatest of teachers. The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5,6, and 7) contains some of his most famous teachings: the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Golden Rule. And his two commandments sum up Moses’ ten: love God and love your neighbor as yourself.

As a little girl, I eagerly looked forward to hearing the Christmas story. I especially loved how the angel of the Lord told the shepherds that the Christ child had been born, and they came in haste to bring gifts to this unique child. I used to think about what gifts I would bring to such a special baby.

Attending a Christian Science Sunday School in my formative years, it was there that I learned about the gifts I could give in Christ’s name. In one Beatitude he said that those who were merciful would receive mercy and be blessed. He showed everyone how by his kindness to children, and when others wanted to send them away, he welcomed each one with open arms.

The Beatitude about being a peacemaker is important, because Jesus said the peacemakers shall be called the children of God. And that’s an excellent thing to be!

These early teachings reached my child’s heart, and I discovered that the best gift I could give to Jesus would be to follow him in all that he said and did. When living by his instructions, a feeling of quiet joy and unselfish love would come over me. This helped me understand that Christmas wasn’t about what I would get, but about what the Master gave to the world.

There are no greater gifts to give than to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. This is the essence of Christmas to me and the highest honor that can be bestowed on the man called Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, the Prince of Peace, the Son of God.

Children who are taught these truths can bring great hope to a waiting world.

Article originally published in the Ventura County Star: Birth of Christ Brings Special Appeal to Child in All