Well, it is that time again. My last blog did not do well because my boost on Facebook was not working correctly, and it did not get as many hits as usual. So, if you are interested and missed my 9/1/20 blog, feel free to check it out.
I had a challenge to meet in the last week or so. I felt some fear creep in, which prompted me to do some extra praying. As is customary for me, the first thing I do is declare who God is, and my relation to Him as His image and likeness. He is All-in-all, and there is no other power. He is divine Principle, and as His idea, I live and move and have my being IN God, Mind, and we are Co-existent. God, with no creation, and man with no creator, cannot exist.
This quote from Science and Health p. 330:13-15, I find very telling. “Eye hath not seen God nor His image and likeness. Neither God nor the perfect man can be discerned by the material senses.” Well, there it is, that makes sense to me if God’s creation is spiritual. Jesus said, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63) Jesus spoke only the spiritual Truth.
I find that I can see the evidence of God’s creation through prayer. The flesh is where I demonstrate the spirit. That is what prayer is all about, demonstrating the spirit. That is what Jesus did; he proved the power of God over material belief, matter. To do that, I found I had to be absent from the body and present with the Lord.
“Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (II Corinthians 5:5–8)
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)
In the throes of adversity, it is not easy to spiritualize your thought, but it is well worth the effort. I needed to stop thinking I was trying to heal the body. I had to change my human concept of who I am, and the understanding of that changed my experience and resulted in a healthy body. This material existence is a mystery. Even today, quantum physics has been able to measure effects and, in some cases, still not been able to determine the cause. They have called this an observer created universe. As you think, so be it.
I had to put myself in a state where my five senses where completely out of thought. I was not sensing a thing and in a metaphysical state of consciousness, pure thought. In that state, I was declaring only who I was in relation to God. I am a spiritual Idea, not subject to the material senses, such as stress or pressure, etc. An idea cannot experience such things. I live in the eternal now; no past or future can have any effect on me. An idea cannot be separated from its source. So, I, as God’s idea, cannot be separated from Him. As God’s image, I cannot express anything other than health, as it is my natural, God-created state of being.
I had to stay in that state of mind and not allow any other thoughts. I was absent from the body, as I was so absorbed in my prayer. Once I covered everything I could think of, I let go and let God; I was now present with the Lord. I quieted my mind and sat in complete silence for a while. When I felt peace wash over me, I knew it was time to move on. I got up and went about my day, with all those spiritual thoughts still floating through my mind.
I had put the issue so out of my mind that I forgot about it until a couple of days later when I noticed that the issue I seemed to be experiencing was no longer there. I am so grateful for all I have learned about God and my relationship to Him. Not only was I healed of all the effects of child abuse but much more. I have a happy, productive life. I love blogging about what I am learning about God. Sharing with you gives me purpose, and it also helps me grow in my understanding.
Now there are times when my prayer does not seem to work, and I must live through the symptoms and let the issue run its course. I had not reached the understanding I needed to effect the change in my thought. In cases like this, I am not surprised when the issue comes up again. That gives me another opportunity to reach a better understanding. When that happens, I know I will never need to deal with that issue again.
“God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God’s likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal. The Science of being furnishes the rule of perfection, and brings immortality to light. God and man are not the same, but in the order of divine Science, God and man coexist and are eternal. God is the parent Mind, and man is God’s spiritual offspring.”
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 336:25)