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Friday, October 20, 2017

Post-Disaster

October 20, 2017
Post-hurricane, post-earthquake, post-mass shooting,  and soon-to-be post wildfires are situations that need our effective healing prayers.

"He taketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters" (Psalm 23: 2). 

Psalm 23 speaks volumes of the care divine Love exercises over each of us. The Shepherd is the ever-present Love, while each one of us is a lamb under His care (see last page of chapter 16, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy).

This extended analogy, this timeless text (the gift of Spirit) has comforted countless individuals for millennia. It is a power and presence available for each of us at any and every moment -- no matter what language we speak, what culture we claim, what era we inhabit, or what problem we face. 

The shepherd makes the sheep of his care "lie down in green pastures." They will not lie down if they are afraid, angry, or hungry. To eliminate their fear is easy, he just has to walk out where they can see him. "Oh good, there he is," they think -- this calms them and they are no longer afraid. We need to use our innate spiritual vision and see the Ever-present Love, to feel His Presence, and let this reality assuage our concerns or trepidations.

The shepherd creates pools of "still water" so the lambs and sheep are not afraid to drink. They do not like running water. Even if they are perfectly safe, they do not want to drink from that rushing water. They need it to be still. The shepherd may know that they could safely drink from the moving water, but he patiently takes care of their uncertainty, doubt, and fear, by digging a ditch from the moving water to a circular pool that by his own effort is created. The sheep will drink from this still water. God, divine Love, will go to great lengths to take care of you, even if there is no real need to be afraid. Love will make the way easier for you if you look to him and ask. 

So to those standing in a burnt meadow where it used to be their homes, to those standing in stagnant contaminated water where it used to be a sure foothold and clean, to those that find themselves seemingly stuck in the midst of some violence or aftermath of complexities from a disaster (relationship, financial, physical, emotional) -- to those needing help -- "lean on the sustaining infinite" as Science and Health instructs, and "today will be big with blessings" (preface). Lean on your shepherd, the Spirit of Love that is present and substantial, that loves you and cares for you, and He will make your fears go away -- He will give you rest, and He will give you "living waters" (John 4:11-15). 

To help: let your thought rest on these areas post-disaster in reflection of the gentle light of Love. Know that this puts into operation the Law of the Universe -- the Law of divine Mind -- and human needs are met in unexpected and wonderful ways. Give gratitude that our understanding prayers are hands-on help that is manifesting now. 




Thursday, June 8, 2017

Intuition

When you get that little nudge that you cannot quite define, that feeling that maybe you should wait, or a totally "green light" on a decision -- all of that is intuition. Intuition is something literally built into the spiritual DNA or genetics of our Soul -- it is the actual presence of Mind in operation as our consciousness that feels after correct impulses of direction. Intuition in decision-making may push through to you at any time, under any circumstances, but it is best sought in quiet places of solitude, even if for only a moment or two. Habitual meditative times really open the door wide for intuition. You may find yourself with greatly increased discernment in various areas of experience and in relations and communication with others. When we stop trying to tell God, Spirit, everything, stop asking and asking for help, and instead listen and quiet our personal senses, then intuition comes in as a refreshing wave of calm and peaceful awakening. It "restores my soul," (Psalm 23). Wondering if something is right? A decision is to be made? A relationship or job be pursued? Quiet -- listen for angel messages -- ask and they will come. This is your natural intuitiveness -- a gift from Soul. You will know. Be grateful that you will know. Thank You for letting me know what to do, when to wait, when to move forward. Be not afraid and do not hurry. Most of all, do not argue with your spiritual intuitions or try to "logically" explain them away. They are pure and have your best interest to the front. Trust the bigger picture to God and feel His directing. The divine plan is for perfect harmony and happiness. Listen and follow, even if it doesn't make sense at the moment; even if it seems disappointing -- wait. Love wants only the best for you. There is a divine plan and nothing can interfere with it; it is operating in your behalf for your best good and to bless those that you have, or will have, in your experience. With intuition you can be the best help, the most discerning counselor or coach, because it is not the personal you thinking or speaking. You listen to what people say, and at the same time you hear what God is saying because you have nurtured that listening prayer and are always receiving angel messages. You speak what God says to your consciousness and it turns out to be perfect intuitiveness with just the right answer for the one who needs your help.

Once I had the intuition that I should not go so early to pick up my daughter from school -- I usually left with extra time. It didn't make sense to me and I fought off the light little intuition with human logic and left as always. For this, I was stuck for a really long time in a traffic jam, and when I finally arrived at the school, I had to wait because my daughter was held up talking with her teacher. This is just a tiny example, but illustrates how we need to really be obedient to the gentle promptings that come to thought in the form on intuitions.

A time when my intuitions came to the rescue occurred when a woman called me to pray with her. She said she was so weak that she couldn't really get out of bed anymore, and she was just giving up. She was scared. The angel messages that came as I prayed with her prompted me to ask if she lived alone, if she had anyone there, if she had eaten. All responses were in the negative. I was able to get her to call a family member to come assist her -- she was quite reluctant to do so because she was afraid they might take her from her home. This led to practical and gentle steps that took care of her immediate needs, and we continued to pray together a few more times on the phone. She recovered health and strength and was able to stay home safely after a few weeks. I am grateful for the angel messages that came to my thought to ask the right questions.

You can develop the strength of your innate intuitiveness through quiet meditative prayer. Doing this regularly with the purpose of expressing love and bringing healing enables you to receive the intuitions you need to help yourself and others, and have a happier, Spirit-connected life!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Two Barrels of Chlorine Gas Dropped: Prayer Needed for Healing

The question at issue, two barrels of chlorine gas have been dropped on Saraqeb, Syria (late on Monday, August 1), what can we do to help those afflicted? Who is responsible and why it was done are not the urgent questions, rather it is how we can effectively pray to bring healing to the approximate 30 suffering in consequence -- mostly innocent women and children. 


The need of the moment is for healing, for relief, for the saving power of divine Love to rest upon them. Can you help? Yes.

What do we need to include (or exclude) in our prayerful thinking so it is effective in healing? First, prayer needs to be more listening (to God) than informing Him. God knows all and knows the reality of His own infinitude of Good. We need to get on the side of His thought and vision. Right where evil, fear, pain, physical discomfort, threat, and violence appear, right there we must get into the embrace of that intelligent Love who makes us see from His higher view -- makes us see what is actual and real. The Scriptures say that God "is of purer eyes than to behold evil." It is not that He is unable to see everything -- God sees all and "behold, it is very good." We are seeing things incorrectly with a false perception. If we see things as they really are, we can see only Good, for God, Good fills all space "and there is none beside Him." This higher spiritual standpoint goes against all the physical sense presentation. However, holding to the infinitude of God as all good and all-loving, we are knowing truth, and Jesus said that would make us free. It will heal. 

So how to help? Turn thought to realize goodness and Love, like a gentle Light, filling all space and resting as a healing presence on those who have unjustly been afflicted. This is the Christ presence and it heals, comforts, and restores. 

What must we not include in our thinking? Blame, anger, astonishment. These obstruct. Turn so fully to God, Goodness and Love, that it is all that fills your thought. This Christly activity of thought manifests blessings and healing. The little ones in Saraqeb need us. Bring the true Light and behold them from God's eye view, safe in the midst of His Being of Love.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36951783

Friday, June 24, 2016

Floods and Severe Damage Neutralized by Prayer

Thousands need immediate help as floods in West Virginia have washed away homes and left an 18-person death toll with many more unaccounted for at this time. Rescue workers need our prayerful support as they are lovingly compelled to search for and help any remaining victims.



One story, reported by the Associated Press, enumerates the increasingly shocking steps a desperate woman took as water filled her home. Speaking with her husband by phone, she told of climbing up into the attic to escape the water, and then smelling natural gas. She managed to get out through a vent and then hold tight to a tree for hours until finally rescued. Let us pray that any other brave souls who might still be clinging to life are found and saved.

In an effort to comfort and strengthen any one in a similar position as the woman holding to the tree, please take a few minutes with me to affirm the presence of the gentle Love of God, the universal I AM. Love "casts out fear," the Scriptures assure us, and "God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and a sound mind' (II Timothy 1:7). God, Love, is present; fear is abated, gone. Let the gentle presence of Love enfold all those holding on who are in scary circumstances, never expected, and give them comfort and strength. Let the divine Intelligence guide the rescue workers to go exactly to the right places and have power to successfully help.

Let us also prayerfully affirm that the hand of God, Good, is over each county that has suffered from the flooding, and that restoration be quick.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Egypt Airline

With a spiritual eye on the news, two questions must be addressed concerning the Egypt Airline tragedy. 1) How can we best console those who have lost loved ones? 2) How can we pray effectively to prevent further catastrophes?

Both questions are complex, and each will most likely be addressed inaudibly and from a distance. These factors do not interfere with the application of the power of God to comfort, heal, and protect.

First, there is always shock when such things occur -- and intense sadness. It affects everyone, but those with close family or friends are most devastated. The best comfort I know comes as a gift from Christ Jesus whose cross-and-resurrection lesson demonstrated the reality of continuous life in a very substantial way. There is no doubt that each individual continues his or her experience of life, and that in reality, there is no separation but what the material senses suggest. The truth (that makes free) is that we "live, move, and have our being" in the One Infinite I AM. No one ever loses Life (the one true Life is God). Each one of us is the expression of his very Being, Mind, Love.

Preventative prayer? God is All there is and He fills all space. He is the one Intelligence and is all good. In reality all is God, Spirit, and the spiritual universe (timeless and eternal) is all there is -- we are in it and it is in us. The Scriptures say that God is "Light in whom is no darkness at all," all good in whom there is no evil at all. Realization of the everpresence of Good precludes bad things from occurring. It is where we go for true safety. We are always under the shadow of His wing, safe. These truths, realized, are a law to the case for you and will protect and defend you perfectly.




Sunday, May 15, 2016

Worst air pollution in the world

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36283743


BBC News reports on the cities that are the worst polluted in the world, Zabol, Iran, being number one. The next are in India. They report that plans are in place to deal with this massive problem that causes premature death, "more than seven million premature deaths occur every year due to air pollution."

What spiritual antidote can we bring to this problem? What do you think of the atmosphere of Spirit? In the allness of God, in the infinitude of Spirit, there is certain purity. Breathing in the atmosphere that is all Love must have a healing effect.



In the documentary of "The Secret" you can find Mr. Emoto's work on water and the effects of thought on its quality. There is a book available that shows how projected emotions toward water in bottles labeled such things as "hate," "fear," "love," "peace," and so forth. Mr. Emoto then takes the water drops and freezes them to crystalized forms. The positive thoughts create beautiful crystals, while negative ones create ugly images. In this documentary there is an extremely polluted lake. The water crystal from that lake was monstrous. Then a monk came to pray over the water. The change after that prayer was magnificent. The water cleared and the new image of the crystal was amazing and beautiful. This power of thought over water surely must work over air quality as well!

Then let us unite in prayer for the air quality that will result in saving lives in these cities. How can we do this? Jesus said that we would know the truth and it would make us free. The truth of the pure atmosphere of Spirit filling all space -- realized -- has that same kind of power seen in the monk's prayer over the polluted lake to cleanse it.

All space is filled with God, Soul, Spirit -- Love that brings life. Let's affirm the safety of God's children and the omnipresence of His pure Being.




Monday, May 9, 2016

Hopes are Up for Canada's Wildfire Crisis

Our last blog asked for prayer that realizes the presence and power of divine Love in regard to Canada's wildfire in Alberta. BBC News reports that a "turning point" has been reached "partly thanks to drizzle and favorable winds," and, we might add, thanks to the omnipresence of the dear One, Spirit, Love Itself, doing what it does in the way of expressing care.

The Scriptures describe God as "[holding] the wind in His fists," -- hence favorable winds manifest as we unite in realization of the power of Good right there where the disaster appears to be.



BBC reports that over 80,000 people have evacuated -- let's see them in the care of the Mother-Love of the universe, supplying all that is needed very moment. Let us transfer all gratitude to the omnipresent One whose presence manifests in helpful winds and bits of rain  -- commonly called "Mother Nature," but rightly known as the Mother-Love. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley happily announces that "the firs had not spread as fast as had been feared."


The Bible gives us rules, instructions, and laws that we must know -- often affirmed as the exact opposite of the evil being witnessed or reported. It is the law of Love that knowing its presence and power brings help in unexpected and wonderful ways.

Many rescue stories and encouragement one of another permeates this scene. Much bravery, boldness, and courage is manifested by the firefighters, by those who are helping despite the danger, by those who have to continue to endure this threat, and by those who have been evacuated. Peace be to each one. Peace and calm be to everyone.

Full story: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36249083