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  • Am I on the right path?

    How can I be sure that I am taking the right path?

    Often I hear of an adult still hearing the voice of a parent, or some other significant figure constantly invading his mental household. Although I cannot say I have "that problem," I have no doubt the voices are there at some level.

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  • Am I willing to change?

    I want a better life; I want to be well; I am tired of being depressed...  But am I willing to change?

    It seems that too often folks pray for things to get better because they do not want to change! The penchant for staying the same is one of the deadliest forms of self-imposed enslavement.

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  • Are robots driving us to Spirit?

    It is said that robots will be replacing humans in a large portion of jobs in the next few decades years, everything from bank tellers, to anesthesiologist and other physicians. What's with these robots anyway? Will I soon be superfluous?

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  • Can we progress with a concept of God unchanged?

    The First Commandment is clear: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." We may have learned that there is only one God, but seldom do we consider that we all have a different concept of God! What blasphemy, they say. We have one, and only one Lord. But since we are all in different states and stages of consciousness... And since God is generally considered infinite, that is a rather large concept for each and every mortal to grasp uniformly!

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  • Change is constant - why resist?

    The only thing that is constant is change, said the ancient philospher, Heraclitus. And certainly nothing has changed since then!

    And yet we expend enormous energies in resisting change. Generally, risk is assigned to and evaluated based upon change, while avoiding change is assumed the safer option. What a profound contradiction of the nature of things.

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  • Effortless progress?

    Inspired by last nights lively discussion on yesterday's posting:

    Is it possible to make progress effortlessly? Who says we have to progress anyway? Is it just cultural conditioning?

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  • Getting rid of storage units and obesity

    There is a growing awareness that collecting “stuff” is costly, even detrimental to health. Is it a coincidence that our country has become saturated with storage units at the same time that obesity has become epidemic? The Bible admonition, “God requireth that which is past” could very well be the answer to the rampant obesity.

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  • How can thought drop?

    You're feeling really good about things, and then someone comes along and says something that really hurts. All of a sudden thought drops and everything loses its lustre, and now you are feeling bad about things.

    What happened? Is there some kind of mental gravity at work here - as long as you are flapping your wings or pedalling or rowing or... expressing joy - you are fine. But something comes along to take away that joy, stops the activity, and down, down you go. Seems like it.

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  • I did not choose to be here. Now what?

    The petulant child may justify himself with “I did not choose to be here.” Truer words could not be spoken. None of us chose to be here! But here we are. Now what? 

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  • Smooth sailing is anathema to progress

    Many hold smooth sailing, or easy progress, as the goal in life. The Socialist ideal is caring for people from the cradle to the grave, minimizing the bumps along the way.

    In business, in sports, in the arts, in research, in education, etc. smooth sailing is a recipe for failure - and it is an anathema to spiritual growth, to true Christian living. Why is this?

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  • Studying to unlearn - progressive mistakes

    This session on very short notice brought forward some pretty profound stuff - the recording includes just the highlights:

    1. Finding revelation while sorting through the Christmas materialism - relating it to studying in order to listen better.

    2. An answer to a tough question re studying - Mrs. Glover (Eddy) in 1871, prior to writing Science and Health, describes the process of studying as necessary only to unlearn the misconceptions. It's a deep read, but is consistent with the Bible declaration "And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest." (Jeremiah/Hebrews)

    3. From "Spiritual Footsteps", Chapter 24), the point is made that mistakes made as a result of striving to listen for God's guidance are progressive/bring spiritual growth, much to be preferred over striving to get it right based upon the human mind.

    Listen to Studying to unlearn and Progressive mistakes    

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  • Supremacy of Spirit today

    TEXTS from S&H:

    "From beginning to end, the Scriptures are full of
 accounts of the triumph of Spirit, Mind, over matter."

    "The central fact of the Bible is the superiority of spiritual over physical power."

    "It is only by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls
 the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and
 find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator."

    "There will be greater mental opposition to the spiritual, scientific meaning of the Scriptures than there has
 ever been since the Christian era began."

    DISCUSSION:

    1. Bring an example from the Bible of "the triumph of Spirit, Mind, over matter." Identify any sacrifice of material things behind the example.

    2. Bring an example from your own experience.

    3. Bring an example of where you failed to acknowledge the supremacy of Spirit in your own experience.

    4. Why might there be such "mental opposition to the spiritual, scientific meaning of the Scriptures"?

     

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  • What is our end game?

    "EVERY step of progress is a step more spiritual." Who said that? Does it matter who said it? Could there be a more pristine statement, assuming that death is not our goal in life? Surely it would be progress to get to know our Maker better, to more ably fulfill what He made us for?! A step more spiritual - would it be safe to say, more in line with Spirit, God? - more universal in one's love? less enamored by material, temporal things?

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  • What's my purpose?

    How often do we hear something like: I just want to know my purpose. What am I here for? 

    This morning I opened to this in Isaiah: "The Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it?"

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