An answer is a mental door - and truly, we need this open door when tragedy strikes. Is there an uninterrupted authority of divine Life over any material interference however brutal? Is there comfort in the face of heartbreaking loss and senseless brutality? Where is the "available superiority of divine Mind", Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of the Allness of divine consciousness, speaks about in her wonderful book Science and Health (p. 143)?
An answer is a mental door --- and this door was opened for me with removing myself from staring and instead to start making use of divine intelligence, the only intelligence there is. We cannot afford to trust this world to make sense. I don't trust this world an inch, not one inch. This world does not deserve my trust and thus my entire trust lies in the goodness of Life, in the Principle of being, which is so above everything, everywhere around us, in us, above us --- everywhere. We can trust the goodness in everyone, everywhere. We learn early on in the education of spiritual sense that Principle is never in its ideas but always remains above them.
An answer is a mental door and, by persisting to turn away from staring at and asking the world for true meaning, I realized the glory of contemporaneity. It is totally wonderful to know about so many individuals being in our world at the same time, within this moment of infinite being. We are contemporaries to, for example, millions of fabulous thinkers, activists, inventors, discoverers, artists, being synchronized with billions of wonderful people expressing the same one Principle. This knowledge is invigorating, because it is true. This feeling of contemporaneity immediately enables me to feel the contemporaneity with God.
Spiritually we are neither behind nor two steps ahead of anyone. We all are synchronized with divine Mind. I can see that this is wonderfully true for everyone, regardless whether I see "her" or "him" personally - which I can't in this sphere of existence. It is enough to know them to be there. How much more so in the true and revealed being? If divine Mind didn't remember us we would not be immortal. An idea, which we essentially are, must be held in mind, thought about and this one consciousness is God, holding us eternally close, dear, right where we are. Yes, this is the true understanding of what is going on.
In a most exquisite, beautiful Psalm we read:
I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night--
but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
(from Psalm 139)
In the calm and unselfishness of leaving the answer up to the supreme judgment of the Infinite we can get a glimpse that everyone is safe in Spirit. It is not up to us to make this happen, because we are already synchronized with Life. In astronomy, long-time exposure ensures that we get the whole view, so we need to patiently and trustingly ask the question to unfold an answer we can live with. To reveal the real view.
An answer is a mental door, an answer everyone deserves and everyone will have. Elisabeth Salm wrote in the most magnificent manner about "Life-never interrupted", and as you honor the author and the insights she shares, you can see the ideas being true for her and for you. We are all one, being synchronized with God. The article you can find here.
A guest blog post by Anna-Lena Hathaway
As many families around the world prepare for Christmas, by playing music, putting up lights, or decorating a Christmas tree, I am reminded of a family tradition of celebrating the advent season. One definition of the Latin word “adventus” means “coming.” In many Christian churches, advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the coming of Christ and the celebration of the Nativity at Christmas. The advent season provides the opportunity to share the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah. Today, this countdown can be found in advent calendars with chocolate, socks, or other treats, and many families, churches, and cultures light a candle for the four Sundays before Christmas.
Years ago my grandmother Dorette Kreutziger, a Journal-listed practitioner of Christian Science, created her own “Christian Science advent calendar” by reading through the twenty-four questions and answers in the chapter “Recapitulation” in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. The discoverer and founder of Christian Science laid out these twenty-four questions and answers to explain the principles behind her discovery. Mrs. Eddy begins the chapter with the most fundamental question: “What is God?” to which the author writes: “God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love” (Science & Health, p. 465: 8). In her second question, Mrs. Eddy calls these terms synonymous with the “one absolute God” (Science & Health, p. 465: 12). Through these twenty-four questions and answers, she explains how to address and overcome challenges by affirming the ever-present power of God, our relationship with God, and how to apply these truths to our daily lives. She concludes her chapter with the “important points, or religious tenets, of Christian Science” (Science & Health, p. 497: 1). These twenty-four questions sum up the philosophy of Christian Science, whose purpose, Mrs. Eddy explains, is to “reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing” (Manual of the Mother Church p. 17: 12-13). My grandmother’s exercise makes for a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the divine Principles governing the universe as set forth by Christian Science, whether the reader is new to Christian Science or has been a student for many years.
Pondering the seven synonyms: Principle, Life, Love, Truth, Mind, Soul, and Spirit offer a daily opportunity to express God in unique and new ways and to find our own completeness as God’s infinite expression or reflection. As I look forward to diving into these questions and answers again this December, I am reminded of the true meaning of Christmas and greeted with an immense sense of gratitude for Christ Jesus. We can all increase our spiritual understanding by expressing and witnessing those synonyms for God in our daily lives.
Some further reading?
Our first real Christmas (by Scott Preller)
The Christmas season or Christmas: Which shall it be? (by James Spencer)
"...and I want to remember..." (by Kate Robertson)
Quiet anticipation in 24 steps (by Annette Kreutziger-Herr)
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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