by Don Ingwerson
Renewal. Does it come naturally to you?
Or does your sense of renewal itself need renewing?Continue Reading
What’s the best way to feel renewed? Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague and a writer, who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality, health and trends in that field, gives us much food for thought on this topic. Tim writes: Continue Reading
by Don Ingwerson
How often do you find yourself “waiting in line” for God’s goodness to be present? I know that I’ve been in situations where I am waiting for a healing of some inharmony in my life. But I just read the latest Christian Science Monitor’s article titled “The beauty of today” and the author reminded me that – just like her – I don’t have to wait for future harmony.Continue Reading
A guest post written by Elizabeth Nelson from San Diego, California.
Have you ever heard one of these phrases: Being in the moment, Defining the day, Responding with optimization? I like to think of these phrases as representing the spirit of the idea of Living in God’s Day, a phrase I use frequently as I strive to be a conscientious citizen and play a vital role in my community – especially during stressful times.
And what does living in God’s Day include?Continue Reading
A guest post written by Ginny Nilsen, California
Besides my desktop computer, I use a laptop, a notebook, and an iPhone for sending e-mails. Each has a uniquely different keyboard and sometimes my fingers don’t quite adapt to the placement of the keys unless my thought is adapted to the application I am using at the time.
Recently, I ended an email to a friend on my iPhone, “Grinny Ginny” and (bless the Apple’s computer programmer’s heart), the iPhone thought I should be typing “Grumpy Ginny.” It made me laugh. But had I not seen the correction before it was sent, who knows what the recipient would have thought when receiving my message.Continue Reading
A guest post written by Ginny Nilsen
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.
Is Christian Science a form of the Prosperity Gospel? My colleague Keith Wommack of Texas published a response in the Houston Chronicle. Here is what Keith wrote:
Christian Scientists love the Bible. We feel the same love and adoration for Jesus as other Christians do. A recent commentary in the Chronicle (Prosperty gospel may be United States’ new civil religion) left a number of misimpressions about both our values and our understanding of Jesus’ teaching.
Christian Science is not a form of the Prosperity Gospel. It does not teach that “God dispenses material wealth and health based on what we ‘decree’”. Christian Scientists don’t turn to God for money or to somehow get God to do what we want. True prayer as we understand it begins with the humble desire to learn more of God’s presence and goodness – to seek His will, not one’s own.
Read more from Keith Wommack’s response to inaccuracies.
by Don Ingwerson
A patient’s fear is an important consideration in treating disease, and the word cancer brings with it significant fear when used in patient diagnosis. That’s what scientists are realizing and why there is now a push to leave out the mention of cancer in diagnosis of certain precancerous conditions.Continue Reading
by Don Ingwerson
With tomorrow being Valentine’s Day, many are looking for connections and may feel lonelier than at other times of the year. And what I’ve found is that loneliness can directly affect both health and performance in life.Continue Reading
by Don Ingwerson
In this Lives Lived video, we meet Steve. He grew fearful after a large mole appeared on his face, so he began to question what to do. His brother shared a story of someone else with a similar condition having it diagnosed and removed. Steve reflected on all that he had read in the Bible and Science and Health, and questioned whether he believed it to be true. With a resounding “Yes!” he turned to prayer. Within weeks, the mole was gone. Continue Reading