A guest post written by Ginny Nilsen
Recently I read about Conception Day 2012, which starts a 9-month period of collaboration that’s intended to shift our world to a new era of creativity and innovation. During this period, individuals and groups are invited to join together and contribute their unique talents and gifts to realize this vision. Once Conception Day starts, the rest of the year will be dedicated to harnessing our collective wisdom. This event has already attracted 70,000 people from 107 countries, and the goal is to grow to 100 million people participating in this initiative to co-create a healthier world. A global celebration of all our efforts, called Birth 2012, is being planned for December 22, 2012.
How wonderful that people are committing themselves to these ideals of collaboration and cooperation in creativity and innovation! And yet over 140 years ago Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, discovered the unity of God and man – and the present reality of good as the only existence and expression of being. This discovery shows that what has always been true about life and man doesn’t need to be created, but recognized and demonstrated as the reality it is right now.
Prior to my knowing about Eddy’s discovery of Christian Science and her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, I spent years in doctor’s offices, undergoing psychological therapy, adhering to special diets and exercise, and participating in rehabilitation programs. Most days during this 20-year period were a struggle, (no – more of a battle) to keep going without resorting to despair or suicide. But I simply couldn’t bring myself to do that to my parents. And I thought if I died, I wouldn’t be able to imbibe in the addiction I thought I loved so much and couldn’t live without. Thinking I had to prove myself in education, career, and relationships, I pushed on, but only with the help of the addiction. Subsequent trips to the doctors and therapists naturally followed suit. What an opposite to creativity and innovation!
Today I feel such gratitude for God’s precious love and grace, which led me to a Christian Science practitioner and healer. I was healed and guided in what true Christian thinking and living is, and an understanding that God is the healer, not a person, place, status, or thing. In the Bible, Paul tells us, “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” I love how Eddy writes of this Bible passage (and I offer it as my prayer for Conception Day): “‘Now,’ cried the apostle, ‘is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,’ – meaning, not that now men must prepare for a future-world salvation, or safety, but that now is the time in which to experience that salvation in spirit and in life.”