I woke up in the middle of night with intense pain in my body. So intense that it absorbed my thought and was the only thing I could, well, think about. But very soon I was mentally calm enough to start praying - listening for an answer and being unwilling to take physical evidence more seriously than I take God. Is God a continuing presence? Absolutely.
It came to me with much clarity that man as God's child, is always and under any circumstance linked to the creator, the source of all being, the center of Life. And because of this link I could immediately gain access to painless good, that is always there, always where we are. Pain is a distressing feeling of discomfort - emotional or physical - in consciousness, I realized quickly, and in consciousness alone. Since I have access to good, I have access to peaceful feelings of God's care and support, of harmony and health. This access to good overrides the physical access to pain - because instead of having a link to mortality, man is eternally linked to immortality - here and now and always. We have open access to good. It is like being a house guest - you are entitled to be where you are, instead of standing in front of the closed door. You don't ring the doorbell - you are already in! Man has access to good, always! I could not only understand this truth, but feel its impact as God's goodness expressed itself beautifully in my thought. The pain disappeared immediately and I went back to sleep.
Waking up very early I was led with intensive gratitude to ponder some ideas Mary Baker Eddy shares about consciousness. Because consciousness is key to understanding the art and science of healing. What a gift to know our individual consciousness as a place in which God rules and peace is the norm. I found these quotes about "consciousness" especially inspiring, explaining to me the experience of the night:
Entirely separate from the belief and dream of material living, is the Life divine, revealing spiritual understanding and the consciousness of man's dominion over the whole earth. (SH 14:25-28)
Spiritual, not corporeal, consciousness is needed. (SH 67:27-28)
Material sense does not unfold the facts of existence; but spiritual sense lifts human consciousness into eternal Truth. (SH 95:30-32)
Often in the Bible the word "place", "court" or "house" means really consciousness. After all, it is a spiritual God speaking, dwelling in a spiritual creation - everywhere, omnipresent good. So in this light I find this Psalm very inspiring, proclaiming the painless presence of God right where we are - in our own consciousness:
"I've always longed to live in a place like this, always dreamed of a room in your house, where I could sing for joy to God-alive!" (Psalm 84: 2, The Message)
For additional inspiration you will enjoy this interview with Marian English, a Christian Science practitioner and teacher. The topic of the interview is "No more pain - that's a promise".
God is thinking all the time. All the time - for eternity God is thinking thoughts and this will never stop. You can call these thoughts ideas, and they are powerful stuff, because God's thoughts are what is real. They are everywhere.
How do you know that thoughts are God's thoughts? We think a lot of thoughts, too. And some thoughts are itchy and prickly, some feel strange and some hurt. These thoughts are not God's thoughts. Thoughts from God are our friends, and if thoughts are not our friends they are not from God.
So thoughts that are our friends are thoughts from God. They love us and love everything in God's world, full of thoughts. God is Love, pure, warm Love, all good. So here is a little help for you. You know that thoughts are from God, Love, when they feel...
- curious like a little fox
- quiet like someone is listening
- generous like you have enough
- good like a promise kept
- beautiful like a reflection in a puddle
- comfy like a warm blanket
- happy like a day by the sea
- grand like the big mountains
- giggling like children in a tent
- elegant like a whale in the ocean
- tasty like hot chocolate
- swift like a bird flying high
- funny like a butterfly on a frog
- together like people singing
- patient like children waiting
- silly like a happy kangaroo
- big like a world
- courageous like a new image and
- healing like a heart saying "yes"!
In Psalm 139 you can read:
"Your thoughts are of great worth to me, O God. How many they are!"
You have the right and might to live within God's thoughts. You can think God's thoughts and feel God's love, every day. God's thoughts are really of great worth - and so are you!
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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