God, grace, Love

The journey begins with lessons on love

I’m on a journey for a few months to take my healing practice on the road… it has felt like an inspired idea, but for a while I didn’t know the “why” of it all… but I realized just before leaving and embarking on this adventure that the “why” of this journey is simply the “why” of life in general… our entire purpose… to learn more about God / Love… to learn more about grace… to learn to express more love… to live love more abundantly, more generously, more selflessly… 

I’m currently in Virginia just outside of Washington DC, my former home for 13 years… after an awesome stop in Pittsburgh with a dear old friend… My favorite thing so far about this trip is hearing what is inspiring others and sharing ideas about the power of love to bring healing to our lives…

My sweet dog Tillie and I left a few days ago, departing St. Louis, MO at 5am… and we drove through IL, IN, OH, WV, PA, MD, VA and DC… we will be venturing to NJ, NY, MA in the coming weeks/months… 

And despite the past few absolutely incredible few days of reunions with friends, lots of times for reflection… incredible inspiration from art, nature and community…  despite all of that, I just had a moment, where I felt super lonely and alone.  

But it only lasted a brief moment… because I remembered something a good friend recently told me… we were talking a few weeks ago and I had left him a message that I was feeling on top of the world, so alive and filled with love because I was having fun sharing love with friends and community members … and then two hours later I was in a funk and reached out to him for help getting out of it.  He laughed and said – “What changed in 2 hours??  You literally left me a message 2 hours ago about all the good you’re doing and experiencing and all the love you’re sharing…. What changed in 2 hours?!” Well… nothing.  Nothing had changed… I laughed because I could see what he was saying.  He was not being insensitive… he was helping me see that I was and always had been the loved of Love… both the recipient and the expression of Love itself… and nothing had or could ever change that fact. Nothing can ever separate us for a moment from Divine Love.

So I recalled this conversation just now as I started feeling a bit low…and snapped out of it in a matter of seconds…   because 3 hours ago I was sharing with a friend with whom I was visiting that I’m so in my element on this divinely directed journey, sharing love and exploring ideas about healing and the power of Love with friends, sharing a meal… exploring a city I love and seeing the many, many diverse expressions of beauty and soul… from festivals on busy streets to drum circles and jams sessions and yoga classes in one of my favorite parks to people play chess listening to jazz and smiles of passers by…It was an incredible day filled with abundant good!!!

I realized that like my friend had pointed out in the first instance… that is how it is… call it evil, the devil, error, mortal thought…  whatever… it tempts us to feel down… suggests that we are not whole and complete, but rather lacking or missing someone or something… tempts us to compare ourselves with others on social media… or to where society says we “should” be…  but we don’t have to buy it…  and when we pause for a moment and instead fill our thought with gratitude for the good that is present… for the love that is present… for the generosity of spirit that is present… the seeming lack is minimized until it is nothing… when we realized that nothing has actually changed…that we are and always have been the loved of Love… and that it was merely a suggestion of a thought of lack which we can know t doesn’t need to cloud our thought … We can continue to basque in the goodness and the grace of unconditional, every present Love.

I’m so grateful for these moments of learning and growth and recognition of the abundant good and grace of the Divine.  That is what this journey is about… Learning about love… as my favorite author, Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures – Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. (page 494)

That is so true… Love is ever-present… we just get to tune into it! It will meet each and every need…

More on this journey and the inspiration and lessons to come…

blessings, future, Life

To bless and be blessed

Through my work in the healing ministry I often get the opportunity to talk with college students and recent grads.  At this point in life (as well as perhaps many times throughout our lives) there is the question of what’s next?  It seems that with this question, there comes with it a lot of worry or fear about finding one’s right place including – right employment and place to live.  Sometimes this fear can lead us to some self-focused thinking, and a lot of “I” statements and questions…  

  • I want “x”… and I don’t want “y”.
  • What can I get out of this job or what can I gain from it?
  • How much will I make?
  • What’s in it for me?

In these conversations, I’ve sometimes been lead to pose the question – “Have you thought about it this way perhaps – “how can I be a blessing?””  In other words, how can I best serve… God, my fellow man, my community, the world, etc.?  

Often I find a light goes off for the person I’m chatting with… you can see the light break across their face and a weigh lift of their shoulders.  Sometimes I’ve been met with the response – “Wow, I never thought of it that way.”  Or “Hmmm, you know, I’ve really only been thinking about what’s in it for me, but that’s a good way to look at it.”

I found in one case, when the person and I chatted a week later, new possibilities were unfolding in a harmonious way that had not been there before or hadn’t been considered.  And when one considers how one can be a blessing, then thought opens to new possibilities and ideas and a willingness to consider options that at face value may not seem in line with personal benefit.  But the thing is, when we are willing to be a blessing, we cannot help but be blessed in return – as Mary Baker Eddy puts it:

“…whatever blesses one blesses all…” 

Science and heatlh with key to the scriptures

This was certainly the case when I lead a study abroad program in New Zealand with a group of college students.  One of our goals of the trip was to be a blessing wherever we went.  We found that in doing so, our thought was more open and aware of the people around us, and not so inward or self-focused.  It allowed us to engage with others without thinking about what we might get in return.  But the result was that people were more open with us and willing to share of themselves, and how can we not be blessed by that sharing?  

In another instanced, I was helping a friend, who was moving back to the US from another country and needed to sell her car.  We talked about how the car had been a blessing to her and her family and would be a blessing to the next family, and that seeing it as a blessing to be share rather than a mere transaction to get done and checked off the moving to-do list, we would see the situation unfold harmoniously.  Well, it was getting down to the wire, time-wise, but we persisted in knowing the car would bless someone else.  One night, just a few days before departing, there was a big storm that brought down trees and branches.  The next day, we got a response to the add.  A family was very much in need of a new car, because theirs had been crushed by a falling tree in the storm.  My friend’s car was a perfect fit for this family’s needs.  And in fact, the woman who was interested in purchasing the car said her father had worked overseas when they had been growing up and she was aware of all that needed to happen in a move such as my friend was doing.  The woman offered to take the car “as is” without my friend getting it cleaned and “detailed”, as she had planned to do upon sale, for a slight reduction in the cost.  It was certainly a blessing all the way around because it freed up much needed time on our end as well.  The woman also offered to let us keep the car a couple more days, right up until the night before we were all headed to the airport.  It all couldn’t have worked out more perfectly if we had planned it, and in fact even better than we had imagined, and everyone was blessed by the entire situation.

So how can you make decisions based on being a blessing or seeing the blessings all around you?  And how are you going to be a blessing to those around you today?  

abundance, blessings, Love

Awe and Humility

This morning the following Bible passage was in my email, and when I read it I was awe struck…

Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.[

I Chronicles 29:11

After reading this I felt just in awe of God’s greatness and power and felt so utterly humbled before God. All sense of ego on my part just dissolved, and I as I began my morning prayers I felt like I was truly on my knees, mentally.  I pondered what does it mean to be a humble servant of the Lord?  Does that mean that we have or are nothing?  I then remembered part of the Golden Text, or theme, of this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson on the subject of Substance, from the book of Luke: 

. . . it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. . . .

Luke 12:32 it

I was recently asked “what does it mean to have the kingdom?  Now that we’ve been given the kingdom, now what?”.  Well, we get to have the confidence that God is providing all that we need, and there is never any lack or limitation when we put God first.  We live out from that kingdom and have dominion over temptations to doubt or fear. In fact, the first part of that passage states: Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

If we have the kingdom, we have all the richness and good that it comes with, and we can proceed in life knowing that Love, another word for God (according to 1 John), is providing for every need – including health and wholeness, belonging and community, steady supply.  So we don’t need to fear, and we can live completely unselfishly knowing that there is an endless supply of good, not only for ourselves but for each and every one of us.  There is no “us and them” in the kingdom.  We are all given equally and abundantly.  

 If we have the kingdom, we have all the richness and good that it comes with, and we can proceed in life knowing that Love, another word for God (according to 1 John), is providing for every need – including health and wholeness, belonging and community, steady supply.  So we can live completely unselfishly knowing that there is an endless supply of good, not only for ourselves but for each and every one of us.  There is no “us and them” in the kingdom.  We are all given equally and abundantly.  

As the next verse of the first text I shared states:

Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.[

I Chronicles 29:12

So we can have it all, when we humbly acknowledge our true source of all good.  But you may say, wait a minute, that’s not what the world looks like… there are some that seem to have it all and some that seem to have nothing or very little.  Well, when we align our thought with Love’s divine provision, we will find that it is there for us, even in the toughest circumstances.  I find that in those moments when I give gratitude for what I do have, and lean into Divine Love, and trust, humbly acknowledge Love, God as the true source of all good, all harmony, all strength and provision, and get self out of the way, that the way opens up to answering each and every need. 

And then I get to sing – How Great Thou Art…  a song that always makes me feel a sense of God’s greatness and a deep sense of humility and awe.  I love this version especially because of the beautiful, awe inspiring setting where they are singing.