Our oneness with a divine consciousness is the key to being a factor for good - in our surrounding, our world. I have been giving a lot of attention lately to this counsel by Mary Baker Eddy:
"You have simply to preserve a scientific, positive sense of unity with
your divine source, and daily demonstrate this. Then you
will find that one is as important a factor as duodecillions
in being and doing right, and thus demonstrating deific
Principle. A dewdrop reflects the sun." (Pulpit&Press, p. 4)
This is not difficult when we put the needs of others ahead of the needs of our own and strive to get to know intimately the fruits of Spirit, Paul talks about. I am including them through an artwork which you can see below. To know about the one Life, the one Love, the one Truth which binds us all together shows the fruit of the Spirit to be part of the consciousness of oneness. Kindness and patience are not merely a question of human behaviour - they are expressions of God.
In line with my yearning to daily demonstrate "a positive sense of unity" with my divine source I observe a wonderful flow of daily affairs, and I would like to share one moment - this moment standing for similar ones. I had ordered for our son and myself two small Italian storage containers, and without any particular information they were sent to a post office in a very busy street without a parking spot. I parked my car in second row, as everyone there has to do, and went inside. The hall was packed with people. When it was my turn an employee returned asking me whether I was prepared for what was coming. No, I wasn't. The actually quite small pieces of furniture were packed in one huge box with extra heavy stuffing, the box being about 6.5 feet long and really, well, heavy. He pushed the box with a lot of effort towards me and helped the next customer. At this moment I had only one question in my mind - "Not if, but how". I was curious to learn how God would solve this riddle, not if. Really curious. I know that God is the source of infinite intelligence and I trust that without reservation. I turned around and saw a man at the side with a trolley and looked at him. He came over and asked whether he could volunteer and bring the box to my car. He and I together tried to stuff the box into my tiny antique car, and he didn't stop his efforts until it was done. I thanked him very much and he mentioned that he saw I needed help and wanted to help in the most kind way. At home I parked the car in my parking place (a real luxury in a city) and I cut open the box in order to get out the individual pieces one by one, which worked perfectly well. This complete incident took place in about 20 minutes and I still see myself standing in my parking lot and smiling.
Kindness is a quality of God. This man expressed God's goodness in the most unselfish way. And I knew that I was cared for because of my trust in God, not necessarily my trust in man. Trusting people is the effect not the cause. Kindness doesn't belong to anyone, it is not really a social skill - it is the expression of God. The fruit of the Spirit grows at the beautiful tree of Spirit. And we stand under this wonderful tree of Spirit, harvesting what we need. Whereever individuals preserve "a scientific, positive sense of oneness" in whatever modest or specific way, they will express kindness but also experience it. Not because of reciprocity - that is the point - but because of the oneness of being, because of service to a higher aim. Moving in the realm of kindness enables one to see kindness and to reveal kindness everywhere. Because kindness is where God is.
It is foundational for all of us to see the whole picture - the grander view. We are made for a reason and we are made whole, safe, and free. Life, pure good, is so very noble and generous and takes care of an infinite universe with full commitment and dedication. The result is the noble nature of man and the universe, so beautiful and kind. Spiritual sense sees this whole picture, the grander view --- as always knowledge is the solution to any challenge we have to meet. Knowledge enables us to rise. True knowledge is spiritual, it is fact-based, solid, realistic and testable. Because we base our lives - unknowingly or with intent - on what we know, truly know. And we can only work with what we truly know, and with that we can work.
In an interview with Maya Angelou she transforms the question "What do you trust?" to "What do I know?" Here is the excerpt.
"David Holmstrom: After so many different experiences in your life - early poverty, living in Europe and Africa, awards for writing, international recognition - what do you trust?
Maya Angelou: (after a long pause) I have to translate that into the question ``What do I know?'' I can only trust what I know, and the only thing I trust is the love of God. That is all, and even though my knowledge and understanding of that sometimes wavers, that is the rock in my life.
I believe I can do three things: I can cook. I can write. And I can drive. Given an assignment in any of those three areas, I believe I will carry out the assignment with grace and maybe even some flashes of brilliance. I trust myself in the kitchen, in a car, and with the yellow pad. But the big trust is that I am a child of God. That is the most amazing thing to me and [it] still brings me tears of joy." (Interview with David Holmstrom. The Voice of a Writer in Process. The Christian Science Monitor. October 1993)
Now is the time to check what we know, really know. And as there is no complete knowledge without taking into account the spirituality of God and man, we should ask ourselves, what we spiritually know, really know. It is a truism that whatever we inhale we exhale. In proportion as we welcome Love and its spiritualizing power into our consciousness and experience it is felt in the mental atmosphere we exhale. An atmosphere of generosity and magnamity. Like Maya Angelou and other individuals you may encounter. Like the one you are being yourself.
My husband shared often within his work a list of observations, which I am now sharing with you. They are from the article "The need of spiritual consciousness" by George Channing in the Christian Science Journal, and it can be found on JSH-Online easily.
He who spiritually knows he is triumphant
sees only the evidence of triumph.
He who spiritually knows he is whole (healthful)
sees only the evidence of health.
He who spiritually knows he is righteous
sees only the evidence of righteousness.
He who spiritually knows he is wise
sees only the evidence of wisdom.
He who spiritually knows he is loving and beloved
sees only the evidence of love.
He who spiritually knows he is harmonious
sees only the evidence of harmony.
He who spiritually knows he is free
sees only the evidence of freedom.
He who spiritually knows he is alive
sees only the evidence of life.
He who spiritually knows he is useful
sees only the evidence of usefulness.
He who spiritually knows he knows
sees only the evidence of knowledge.
Who is writing?
In my work as Christian Science practitioner and writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.
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