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Self-awareness

  • A Guilty Conscience - the ultimate psyche-out?

    "It were better to be exposed to every plague on earth than to endure the cumulative effects of a guilty conscience. The abiding consciousness of wrong-doing tends to destroy the ability to do right.” (S&H) Pretty strong stuff!

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  • Good people beware!

    "The so-called good person might be and probably is much more material than a bad one. The materiality of a self-righteous person is more difficult to heal than the materiality of the so-called sinner. Righteousness is never self-righteousness." (Bicknell Young, "1937 College") 

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  • Possession nine tenths of the law

    Too often we carry around a list of character traits and habits which we own. The undesirable ones we may even hate and make sporadic attempts to get rid of, but all the while we are in a state of possession. Is it any wonder they cling to us so tenaciously? "Possession is nine tenths of the law" applies here!

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  • Self-awareness just does not work here

    Self-awareness receives a severe rebuke in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus specifically calls out three activities commonly associated with "good" people, alms-giving, prayer, and fasting. In all three cases, he makes it clear that if you are aware of how you look, how righteous you look, you will have your reward, self-satisfaction? But in order gain God's ear, so to speak, to align yourself with the Principle of being, self-awareness must be gone!

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  • The genus of error

    TEXT: from Science and Health p.103

    The genus of error
    As named in Christian Science, animal magnetism or
    hypnotism is the specific term for error, or mortal mind.
    It is the false belief that mind is in matter, and
    is both evil and good; that evil is as real as
    good and more powerful. This belief has not one qual-
    ity of Truth. It is either ignorant or malicious. The
    malicious form of hypnotism ultimates in moral idiocy.
    The truths of immortal Mind sustain man, and they anni-
    hilate the fables of mortal mind, whose flimsy and gaudy
    pretensions, like silly moths, singe their own wings and
    fall into dust.

    DISCUSSION: be ready to share how the following seem to appear in your own experience, and what you can do about it.

    1. "mind is in matter" 

    2. "mind is both good and evil"  

    3. "evil is as real as good and more powerful"

    Playback: 

    Hi-lites of session on Genus of Error  

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  • Tit for Tat is not of Love

    This morning I read another challenging passage in the Bible (I look for the challenging passages!) Jesus taught that when you have guests over for dinner or whatever, don't invite your friends, family members or "important people", lest they reciprocate. Instead, invite "the poor, the lame, the maimed, the blind," those who cannot give back - and you will be blessed and rewarded "at the resurrection of the just." (Luke 14)

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  • What does it take to be receptive to the healing Spirit?

    "The heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them." (Bible)

    Has anything changed in the thousands of years since this was first stated? What is it that is required for receptivity? Considering the tenacity of the dullness in the human condition, don't expect a worldly reasonable answer!

    Audio of explanatory selections from S&H  

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  • Which is more real to you? The material or the spiritual?

    Jesus said he came so that the blind could see and those with sight would be made blind. Really? Some Pharisees asked if that meant they were blind. Jesus answered, "If you were blind, you should have no sin: but now you say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.” (John 9)

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