by Don Ingwerson
It’s been coming for a long time – in fact ever since Jesus first raised the dead and healed the sick – the view that health is not a condition of matter, but of mind.Continue Reading
by Don Ingwerson
Stress. We would all be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t had to deal with a stressful situation. But what I’ve come to realize is that a person’s thoughts, beliefs, and feelings are under their own control. Calm, harmonious thoughts, beliefs, and feelings that are expectant of good outcomes are a great stress reducer.Continue Reading
A guest post written by Michele G. Karlskind from Los Angeles, California
Sometimes mention of the idea of “the universe” in books, in the media, and elsewhere seems just too vast of an idea to grasp, let alone demonstrate.Continue Reading
by Don Ingwerson
Have you ever heard the statement, “There are no atheists in a foxhole?” I recently came across this statement and it really brought to mind the idea that although most of us aren’t actually hunkered down in a literal foxhole, but figuratively many of us feel that we are as we fight for health and harmony in our lives.Continue Reading
by Don Ingwerson
I’ve become very aware of the hurried feel of today’s lifestyle and how many tout the benefits of mindfulness to combat this frantic pace. But while this practice of slowing down and being aware of your surroundings may bring some calm, I’ve found that taking mindfulness to a spiritual level is a much more powerful way of bringing calm and peace to life. This spiritual level is a clarity of thought and brings instead an awareness of the unbroken relation each of us has with the Divine. This awareness can be felt as a pinpoint of light, a profound peace, an enfolding love, a comforting message that is from God.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
by Don Ingwerson
I remember a few years ago when my wife and I ended a Disneyland visit without our usual family around us, which had never happened before. Because we weren’t preoccupied with entertaining the kids, we found we had the time to observe everyone else. And even though there were crushing shoulder-to-shoulder crowds, I noticed something interesting. There was no foul language, and no real pushing or shoving. When bumping did occur, there was an immediate apology. Although there was excitement in the air, people treated each other with respect.Continue Reading
It seems to me that attitudes are changing as there’s a realization 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 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.
Many years ago my wife and I began taking the time to study and pray at a local restaurant, where we would not be interrupted by our phones ringing, and we’ve continued this practice. For us this time is absolute heaven. Some curious patrons have asked what we are doing. While some say they approve of prayer and wish us well, I don’t think most of these people have any idea that we’re not just petitioning a God who may or may not answer our prayers of gratitude and appreciation, but instead are praying to a God who created us in His image and likeness.