Thoughts of God

Audio from PLIR Prayerful Living Internet Radio.

Stand Porter at the door of thought.

There is so much going on in our world today that it is hard for me to get focused on one thing to write. So, thinking about that, I decided not to write on things but concepts. I went through a phase in my life when I was reading a lot about Quantum Physics, and I found it fascinating. There are a lot of good, understandable books on the subject written for someone interested but with no technical knowledge of the topic. That was me.

I found that quantum physics-related closely to my interest in the spiritual universe. The more they tried to break down matter, understand it, and find its source, the more they discovered that atomic particles acted in relation to the observer. They started asking the question, “Is this an observer created universe?” We see what we believe, and we believe what we see—what a conundrum.

“To begin rightly is to end rightly.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 262:28 (only)).   If we begin our thoughts and prayers with God, then we end with his creation.

If the universe around us reacts as we observe it, I decided I’d better be keeping my thoughts and beliefs based on who I am as God’s image and likeness, as stated in Genesis I, because that is what I wanted to see. What you put out there is what you get back. WOW! That puts a lot on us as inhabitants of this universe. All this makes me ask the question, “Did the material universe exist prior to thought?” I think not; this universe is thought objectified.

“Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 261:4)

Unfortunately, we live in a universe with billions of individuals with differing belief systems. That means we need to fight to protect our thought, our individual lives, and those around us. We are not here to tell others they are wrong but to be an example and demonstrate what we believe. Everything is a choice, good, bad, or otherwise. I love this quote. Paul writes: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (II Corinthians 10:3–5 )

Those are the thoughts and ideas that inspire me to guard my thought. I am not always successful, there are times when I am drawn away by things I see and hear, but I will eventually hear God’s ‘still small voice’ and get turned around and back on the straight and narrow path. Mrs. Eddy had the same problem but lets us know with persistence, we can succeed, and because I have had success at this, I believe her. She writes: “I enter the path. It may be smooth, or it may be rugged; but it is always straight and narrow; and if it be uphill all the way, the ascent is easy and the summit can be gained.” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 347:20 I)

In this time, when our world is under the guise of this awful virus, we need to be diligent in keeping our thought spiritualized. The best cure-all is respecting the safety of others, and loving your neighbor is the best protection we all have from the virus. Mrs. Eddy explains what Love can do for us: “Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action. Love is priestess at the altar of Truth. Wait patiently for divine Love to move upon the waters of mortal mind, and form the perfect concept. Patience must “have her perfect work.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 454:18)

“Hold perpetually this thought, — that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being.”  (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 496:15)

“This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggests man’s absorption into Deity and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man enlarged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent peace.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 265:10)

 “For right reasoning there should be but one fact before the thought, namely, spiritual existence.” (Mary Baker Eddy)

Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy. Much Love, Michele

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