In this audio program I share some thoughts about the Christ and how it helps and heals us.
In this audio program I share some thoughts about the Christ and how it helps and heals us.
In this audio program I share some thoughts about the Christ and how it helps and heals us.
Deborah Huebsch says: Suppose that last night, you had a dream. In that dream, your beloved pet was stolen. It was heart-wrenching and distressing. When you woke up, a great
Deborah Huebsch says: Suppose that last night, you had a dream. In that dream, your beloved pet was stolen. It was heart-wrenching and distressing. When you woke up, a great sense of relief washed over you. You knew it wasn’t real; it was only a dream, so it never happened.
A dream is something that is fundamentally unreal. It is fictional. So with our question, if we can consider accidents and all evil as dreams, we can get a handle on understanding the unreality of evil. Our basis for doing this is the allness of God, the allness of good. Allness doesn’t allow for anything else. So there can be no room in God’s universe for evil or accidents. Just as we know the difference between being awake and being asleep and dreaming, we can distinguish between the all-encompassing reality of good and therefore the unreality (dream) of evil
While dreaming, the dream seems to be the only reality. In the dream related above, the distress was intense, seemed very real. But it wasn’t based on what was actually going on. When the understanding of what is true comes to light, any effects from the dream disappear.
If the dream is particularly emotional or scary, you might have to remind yourself of the facts: The pet was never stolen, so there’s no reason for grief or anger. In the same way, when we seem to have, or witness, an accident, we can remind ourselves that in God’s universe, which is the only universe, nothing could happen that is unlike good. As we remind ourselves of the facts, the effects of the dream (accident) lessen until they finally disappear. We call this healing, but it’s really an awakening.
In God’s universe, which is the only universe, nothing could happen that is unlike good.
Once, one of my horses tripped over a wire and severed her thigh muscle completely. The vet said she would never be sound again. Because I was there when it happened, I had to wake up from the dream of an out-of-control horse getting seriously injured. I prayed hard, and the basis of my prayer was that God didn’t allow an accident, didn’t know evil, pain, or injury, and therefore it never really happened. Within a month, this horse was totally sound. The vet called her a “miracle horse.” Some 28 years later she is still sound and loves to go to horse shows. It’s impossible to tell which leg was injured because in reality, no accident occurred. God’s allness couldn’t and wouldn’t allow it, and when I woke up to that, the horse’s forever wholeness became apparent.
Are you responsible for dreaming that your pet was stolen? No. In the same way, God is not responsible for the dream of evil. God allows neither evil nor its so-called effects. The understanding of this fact has enormous implications for healing globally. If each person reading this column would say one quiet prayer that recognized the allness of God as the only reality, think of what an impact that could have. It would help us all wake up from the dream that evil and accidents have reality and power. Because the truth is they do not, and this can be proven.
Deborah is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher of Christian Science in San Juan Capistrano, California.
There’s no denying that being a one-person, forming CSO on a campus of about 2,000 students certainly has its challenges. Yet it has also provided the perfect opportunity to grow
There’s no denying that being a one-person, forming CSO on a campus of about 2,000 students certainly has its challenges. Yet it has also provided the perfect opportunity to grow in my faith and become stronger as an individual and as a Christian Scientist. I’d like to share with you some of my experiences.
My time in forming the CSO has also coincided with my school being investigated for claims of mishandling a sexual assault that took place a little over a year ago. In the aftermath of that horrific experience, the fraternity where the incident took place was put on surveillance, grievances against student athletes grew more intense, and the general campus atmosphere became increasingly vitriolic.
My prayers for this period became not only about supporting the mission and purpose of CSOs on campus, but also about how to address and encompass my campus community with more love and less aggression in my thinking. It became essential to view both victim and perpetrator as ideas of divine Love: not to excuse the actions that were done, which were inexcusable, but to see both these individuals, and the campus community and culture at large, as held in divine Love’s embrace, which upholds, transforms, and forgives.
I noticed a gradual shift in my own thinking and that of others, as well, when I held onto Mary Baker Eddy’s idea of Love being reflected in love (see page 17 of her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures). Nothing could take me away from being the image of God’s idea, and nothing could prevent me from seeing others that way, from doing as our Church Manual instructs—to avoid prophesying, judging, and condemning (see page 40).
Rather, by letting my thoughts and actions be led by God’s idea, I saw more clearly how the Parent Mind shows His Care. This was shown most readily in the immediate and compassionate outcry to the issue when it was first addressed, and the formation of new task forces that arose to combat all forms of sexual violence. I’m humbled by the wide variety of actions that were taken to combat rape culture on my campus, and I am grateful that I was able to participate in a prayerful response to the issue.
Dear Sarah, You are alone, on a vertical rock face coated with ice and several feet of snow. You can feel your fingers losing their grip as they grapple for
You are alone, on a vertical rock face coated with ice and several feet of snow. You can feel your fingers losing their grip as they grapple for the thin saplings that protrude from cracks in the rocks. The other three members of your group are only 20 yards to your right, but you can’t see or hear them in this cold, terrifyingly stagnant Minnesota air. You had agreed before climbing that you would stay with the group, but the other climbers had taken a different route and you had not followed.
Any direction you try to move, you are faced with the likelihood of losing your grip and falling several stories through sharp rock outcroppings and sheets of ice. You are not wearing a harness, are not roped to a piton above you, are not wearing any climbing gear at all, in fact. You have almost lost all feeling in your face and fingers.
This was not exactly how you had imagined spending your winter break when a couple friends invited you on a hiking trip in northern Minnesota. And this was not the first time that you had overstepped the boundaries of what you were capable of doing, especially after your semester of “experimentation.”
You had gone into the year with your mind wide open…maybe a little too open at times. You thought it would be good to give everything a try. This attitude had landed you in some unexpected situations—some good, some bad. Back at school, though, at least there’d always been the familiarity of classes, the Internet, and friends to bring you back to yourself. Now, there’s nothing between you and a fall down a sheer rock face.
Your mind races with panic. You take several deep breaths, and try to calm your thoughts. You grab onto a branch and think. Why did you climb up here? Were you trying to show off? By this time, the other members of your group have gathered beneath you. You realize how crippled you had become by your human will.
In an instant, a wave of clarity washes over you: you are not alone, stubbornly persisting to get yourself out of a mistake. Rather, you are connected to something bigger than yourself, God, and are capable of expressing the full potential of your dexterity and strength.
You call down to the others, asking if they see any way that you can get down. They begin to shout directions up to you.
Following their directions, you find a foothold that you had not seen before. You edge your way into a large crevice and lower yourself onto a shelf of ice. You are then within reach of a root that you grab to swing down to another ledge.
The dark, overbearing worry that had filled your mind before has disappeared. With each careful step and slide down the steep rock face, you trust that you will hear the right directions and find the right footholds. You eventually make it down the rock face and follow the others back to the trail. All the way down, you feel yourself being led by something outside of yourself, some divine power that has a path already planned for you.
In the months that follow, you will maintain your independence, but you will also remember the lessons from this day. Mere human stubbornness is quite different from true independence. And being willing to reach out for direction isn’t a weakness—it’s a strength.
by: Linda Mardi A family friend was worried about my two sons who were going to visit their father’s relatives in Iran over the summer. Although their dad and I were confident about their safety, we understood that others might … read more
by: Linda Mardi
A family friend was worried about my two sons who were going to visit their father’s relatives in Iran over the summer. Although their dad and I were confident about their safety, we understood that others might be apprehensive. I understood her concern. However, I have learned a way to think spiritually about the universe through my practice of Christian Science that transcends thoughts of fear, worry and limitation.
As she and I sat together, we discussed a way to help promote peace and safety in their travel experience and also how she could find peace in her own thoughts whenever my boys came to her thought. It helped that we were looking out an a beautiful and very large American flag waving in front of the bench where we sat. “Do you see that flag?” I asked. “That flag represents freedom. Freedom is a spiritual quality – a God idea of thought. It’s not limited to a certain country, geography or circumstance.” She readily agreed.
We talked about other qualities the flag stands for – strength, safety, courage, happiness. Because these qualities exist in the infinite now and the eternal presence of God – it means that we can each choose to uphold these qualities in our own thoughts and experience. When thoughts of fear and worry come to mind, we can actively and conscientiously choose to yield to God’s thoughts of goodness. This means replacing fear with the affirmation that God’s goodness is supreme. We can know that God’s government rules everyone and everything and that evil has no place or power in the kingdom of heaven. Our holding onto these spiritual convictions in thought will contribute to world peace and demonstrable freedom for all of mankind.
As we yield to God’s government, we’ll find that spiritual ideas from the One universal intelligence (God), will provide us with spiritual solutions to exemplify this peace and freedom everywhere. So, during this week of celebrating America’s day of Independence, I’m also celebrating that freedom is a gift from God and embraces all mankind. My friend is more at peace and I am enjoying the reports from my boys about their very happy visit with family in Tehran.
“Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.” Mark 5:34 Christ Jesus said these words to a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. She did not have
“Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.” Mark 5:34
Christ Jesus said these words to a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. She did not have the courage to approach him to his face and ask for healing, but everything else she had tried hadn’t worked and even left her destitute. So she snuck through a large crowd that was pushing and pulling on Jesus, and just touched the edge of his clothes. Immediately, she was healed. Can you imagine that kind of faith?
In Oklahoma, towns, homes, and families have been devastated by tornadoes recently. Children have died while cowering at school. The images on the news can be too much to bear. It can seem almost unkind to tell people who have lost everything, including their children, to have faith. But over and over again, throughout history and right now, faith has given comfort, and even healing to those in need.
Hebrews (11:1) says that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” As we mentally wrap our arms around those suffering, we can be keenly aware that there is real substance to hope and faith—a tangible, practical, substantial good. And we can watch for that good to appear in honest evidence of goodness, tenderness, kindness, mercy, neighborliness, and more. When we turn our whole hearts to God, like the bleeding woman from the Bible, we can and will find strength, courage, peace, and healing.
What gives you faith in hard times? Have you seen it come to fruition in substantial, visible good? And what would you like to say to to those who have lost much, and those who are afraid they may lose more?
The news out of Cleveland is a somber kind of celebratory. Three women, held captive for a decade, have finally found their freedom. Their alleged captor has been arrested and
The news out of Cleveland is a somber kind of celebratory. Three women, held captive for a decade, have finally found their freedom. Their alleged captor has been arrested and awaits his trial. The women have been reunited with overjoyed families and can finally start healing.
But reports say that the effects of this experience will be with them forever. Certainly the details emerging about the horrors of their captivity make it clear that what they’ve endured is beyond what most of us can even comprehend. These women will need all the love and support they can get—even from us, from strangers.
As I’ve prayed about these women from Cleveland, I’ve found myself returning to an experience my own family faced that involved the abuse of a woman. In college, my sister was raped. The news shattered us. I didn’t even know where to begin praying. I was angry, devastated, and deeply concerned about my sister’s well-being.
I felt like I kept asking God one question: How could this happen? I think it’s a question a lot of us have wrestled with, especially in the face of unspeakable horror. Now, I’m not comparing my sister’s experience to what these three women endured. I’m only saying that I understand how it can be hard to reconcile excruciating situations with the idea of a loving, caring, all-powerful God.
Through this experience with my sister, though, I did come to see more clearly that God does love us—that He, that She, loves each of Her dear children with a depth and breadth that’s as beautiful as it is powerful. I know this because I experienced that love, and my sister experienced it. It came in the form of ideas and reassurances that, gradually, broke through the horror of what she’d been through.
It wasn’t easy to agree with these spiritual messages at first. I felt like I was being asked to see that in spite of what seemed to have happened, this was a misperception about God and His creation. God was showing me that He has an unbreakable, inviolate relationship with each of His children. God was reassuring me that this relationship prevents any harm from ever coming to us. Ever. And God was telling me, with relentless but tender persistence, that my sister was intact, loved, whole.
For me, turning away from the rape and turning toward God wasn’t about putting my fingers in my ears and pretending that nothing had happened. It was about following Jesus’ example—an example that showed us that we can experience the kingdom of heaven, right here and right now, no matter what we’ve been through or what the five physical senses tell us about our life and identity. God’s version of events isn’t just the most compelling version; in fact, it’s the only reality. To the degree that we accept that reality, we experience it. To the degree that we embrace it, scars disappear, pain vanishes, Love reigns.
Slowly, I did accept these facts of creation and they took root in my heart. And one day, a day I’ll never forget, a conviction of my sister’s wholeness dawned on me. I knew, in a way I’ve never known anything before, that she was intact, untouched, and beloved. Shortly after that, I learned that she was feeling like herself again and able to move forward with her life—unscarred.
As I think about Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, I’m convinced that the same facts of spiritual existence—our one true and only existence—are true for these women as well. Let’s join together and hold them up in our prayers. Let’s ask God to show us how She is loving them, how She has always loved them.
And most of all, let’s commit to seeing them as they deserve to be seen: Unscarred, untouched. Yes, whole.
Late one night I received a call from my dad. He said that my brother had phoned him and was in trouble. He was out in the ocean in a
Late one night I received a call from my dad. He said that my brother had phoned him and was in trouble. He was out in the ocean in a friend’s boat and they had run out of gas. Dad said he first tried calling other friends with boats, but because of the late hour, no one could access them. One friend, who was very familiar with the waterways and could navigate through the inlet into the ocean in the dark, had offered to come. The reason I had been called last was because my boat was an antique 18-foot runabout with 45-year-old engines that usually stalled at low speeds and was never in the ocean. But of course, I prepared the boat and left to pick up Dad.
While waiting for Dad’s friend to arrive, my mom said she had been praying with a few verses from in the Bible. We discussed the comfort, assurance, power, and presence of God that these verses brought out: “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee” 1. Mom and I agreed to keep in touch throughout this rescue mission.
On the way to the boat ramp, Dad explained that since my brother’s cellphone battery was low we would not be contacting him until we were out in the ocean.
I could see the powerful effects of prayer at work when we launched. The boat engines started right up and ran better than ever, no stalling, spitting, or sputtering. They were in sync and very responsive to throttle control, which is an important factor to maintain control through inlet currents. My dad’s friend (the skipper) was very impressed.
We reached the ocean after midnight, and my dad phoned my brother, but it went right to service. After repeated attempts it became obvious that his phone was out. I called my mom and explained the situation. We reaffirmed the Psalmist’s message of God’s ever-presence and saving grace, and Mom said she would continue praying. My dad said that when he spoke to my brother a couple of hours before, they were south of the inlet and within a mile of the shore. They also said they would be flashing the boat lights so we could spot them.
The prospect of finding my brother and his friends became grim, but Mom and I were working metaphysically, beyond human reasoning. My dad and the skipper plotted a search pattern and began tacking, redirecting the boat. I looked out into the wavy ocean and there just seemed to be a thousand blinking lights everywhere I looked. Every wave was reflecting starlight, city lights, and our own boat lights. But I got still and prayed while dad and the skipper were doing their thing.
I put out of my thinking the fear, anxiety, and uncertainty that was trying to suggest this rescue mission could fail and my brother and his companion would be left in danger. These false suggestions were replaced with the peaceful assurance of God’s ever-presence and care, as the Psalmist so beautifully described.
After a while, I did notice a more distinct blinking among the rest. I pointed to it, but no one else could see it, so the skipper just followed my directing. As we got closer, the silhouette of a boat began to appear, and it was them. As we maneuvered close enough to communicate, I said to my brother’s friend: “Good thing you were flashing your lights.” He responded, “I haven’t flashed the lights for hours, I was afraid it would kill the battery.” Wow, the Psalmist was right, “even the night shall be light about me.”
We found my brother curled up on the floor, shivering, barely able to speak. He had fallen overboard, which also explained the loss of phone contact. The sea was a little rough, but we managed to get my brother into my boat, get him warmed up, and give gas cans to his friend. We got under way with both boats headed for shore, and I phoned my mom with the good news. The Psalmist was right, nothing can hide us from God, not even a dark sea. We were all very grateful. Through her writings, Mary Baker Eddy has shared the power of the Scriptures to meet every human need. My study of Christian Science has inspired a great love for the Bible and has given me a spiritual understanding that enables me to apply laws of Truth, Life, and Love that is God in my daily experience.
In Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy gives the reader courage to navigate through life: “Acquaintance with the original texts, and willingness to give up human beliefs (established by hierarchies, and instigated sometimes by the worst passions of men), open the way for Christian Science to be understood, and make the Bible the chart of life, where the buoys and healing currents of Truth are pointed out”. 2Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 24 3 Next to this passage is the marginal heading “Life’s healing currents.” I am so grateful to be learning and proving this blessed truth.
Notes:Psalm 139: 7-12 ↩
That’s a very tough question. The news and everything we see would say, yes, definitely. And what’s more, evil is present and very active. But one man more than anyone
That’s a very tough question. The news and everything we see would say, yes, definitely. And what’s more, evil is present and very active. But one man more than anyone else proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that evil does not have the power or presence it appears to have. That man, of course, was Christ Jesus.
Think with me for a minute about how he proved that God is not absent and that His power of good prevails right in the middle of evil. Jesus healed incurable diseases, stilled a destructive storm, and fed tons of people when there were few resources, certainly not enough to feed all the people. He brought complete peace and healing to people who were possessed with devils. And he raised the dying and dead to life, including himself.
I’ve often wondered what the point was of all this. Mary Baker Eddy, a world renowned religious leader and radical Christian thinker helps me see that Jesus was showing us the love of God that’s always present with us, even right where evil appears to be present and powerful. He was showing us a reality - or the reality - a power, a presence always at hand, always available, no matter what evil situation we encounter. Jesus proved evil to be powerless when God’s almighty, everpresent power was understandingly relied on.
Jesus viewed things through his innate God-given, Christly spiritual sense and told us we could do the same, through our own innate spiritual sense. He was the Wayshower, showing us the way to think and pray. He proved that there is hope and peace and good and healing right where evil appears to have power and presence.
What happened yesterday at the Boston Marathon will not make me lose hope in God. I am holding even tighter to the reality through prayer that God is here and now to bring healing (physical cure) to anyone injured, hope to those who feel hopeless, living waters of blessing to those who need shelter from the fear of a changed world. God is here bringing peace to those who might feel hate or anger and transformation to those who would be used to do evil acts. I pray to know that God, who is everlasting Life, maintains the eternal life of His creation, and is providing the balm of comfort, peace and strength to those hearts who have lost loved ones.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35, 37-39)