A Student’s Testimony – Saved By the Power of “Hope” and Mother Love + A Warning to Parents Before It’s too Late.

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“Belief and expectation — the key elements of hope — can block pain by releasing the brain’s endorphins and enkephalins, mimicking the effects of morphine. In some cases, hope can also have important effects on fundamental physiological processes like respiration, circulation and motor function.”

Shane Lopez, author of the new book “Making Hope Happen,” … emphasize that hope is not about positive thinking. Hope is half optimism, Lopez explains. The other half is the belief in the power that you can make it so.

There is a profound difference between hoping and wishing, he continues. Wishing encourages passivity, whereas hope represents an active stance.  “Wishing is the fantasy that everything is going to turn out OK. Hoping is actually showing up for the hard work.”
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By Amanda Enayati, CNN Contributor
 

 

After discussing “Hope” in a presentation with my Conversation Class I asked them the following question.  How important do you think “Hope” is in getting through the difficult times in life?  Can you give a specific example of a struggle or adversity you or a friend/family member overcame with the power of “Hope” and by not giving up?  They were instructed that they did not have to share anything they did not feel comfortable sharing.

I had a student who spoke first and shared the following story.

He stated he really wanted to share this particular story with everyone.

He told the class his sister was in an accident and was left with severe burns over her body.  As a result, his father abandoned the family because he could not deal with this tragic event.  My student has not spoken to his father in years.

As a result, his mother had to step up and get the rest of the family through this crisis.  She lifted my student out of depression and had to support the family and his sister during their most desperate hour of need.

Thus the family, minus the father, had “Hope” that they could work through this and stay together.  As a result, my student said he is now slow to anger and very tolerant which was a lesson he learned after this tragedy.

He went on and expressed his gratitude and love for his mom.

My student stated his mother “never gave up on us and saved the family”.  Thus hope and love from the mother and siblings helped his sister to heal.

The class was moved profoundly as you could have heard a pin drop.  The intimacy was amazing as we could all feel the love and gratitude in the classroom.

Hope, never give up.  Right teacher?

you are the best English teacher I have ever had (March 2017).

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A Message From Mrs. Eddy, the CSPS & Meryl Streep – Stand Up, Speak Up, Correct Mistakes – HRC 2017

As in mathematics so in Metaphysics you cannot obey the Principle through mistakes, and so must correct your mistake.

Mary Baker Eddy – From A Letter Dated 1894

 

Published on Feb 19, 2017

MISTAKES

From the September 1884 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Somewhere we have read, that there are two ways of treating mistakes.

One way is to let them alone making no attempts to correct them or learn any thing from them. The other is, to study carefully and learn the secret of them that they may not he made again. The latter way is the one we propose to adopt as student-editor pro tem of this Journal.

As in the best regulated families errors are made, it is hardly probable that the management of a periodical taking a stand against the prejudices of the ages will carry itself invariably wisely.

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Sometimes even Jesus gave a little “PUSH” rather than just “let” it be. Responses from the field regarding the CSPS antigay articles.

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Love is not something put upon a shelf, to be taken down on rare occasions with sugar-tongs and laid on a rose-leaf. I make strong demands on love, call for active witnesses to prove it, and noble sacrifices and grand achievements as its results. Unless these appear, I cast aside the word as a sham and counterfeit, having no ring of the true metal. Love cannot be a mere abstraction, or goodness without activity and power. As a human quality, the glorious significance of affection is more than words: it is the tender, unselfish deed done in secret; the silent, ceaseless prayer; the self-forgetful heart that overflows; the veiled form stealing on an errand of mercy, out of a side door; the little feet tripping along the sidewalk; the gentle hand opening the door that turns toward want and woe, sickness and sorrow, and thus lighting the dark places of earth” .

Mary Baker Eddy

Video – Jesus came in peace not by the sword.  But he had to give things a little “push” rather than “let” the status quo “just be”.  We are ALL God’s children.  If the reason for not writing a neutral article on marriage equality is fear of lost funds for the Church then it renders their healing ability powerless due to a false motive.  We shouldn’t have to just “let” it be in regards to inequality.  Look what happened when we let that happen with Hitler.  We must uncover the error and take action as Mrs. Eddy stated in her quest for love.  Without it then it is a shame as she stated.

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Thank you Rob for your recent article/comment.  I am still a member of a branch church, but those articles in the 1970’s-90’s did a lot of damage to my self-worth; I still struggle even after I have come out as a gay man (in my late ’50’s).  I have had no intimate companionship during all those decades, while I watched my ‘straight’ friends getting married, having kids and forming families.  It’s been lonely out there.  So Rob, thanks for bringing this to the attention of the CS movement and hopefully, the CS Board of Directors.  I wrote them a couple of years ago and received no significant answer other than a quick pat on the head “everyone is loved by God”; true, but what about the human institution?

Name Withheld

03/26/2017

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… when repressed homosexuality reared its head after I had Class Instruction, there was no one in my Father’s House to take up the slack or meet the need. But Life has a way anyway!

My teacher could not make gay go away! I spent a lot of time beating up on myself. I was saddled with a lot of false teaching and false human opinion about gayness and, for that very reason, unclear views of Christian Science.

For this very reason I am still not very keen today about the human organization called church. Even the CS Board of Directors screwed with Mrs. Eddy’s explicit wishes and dictates, which has resulted in a church more like Laodicia in Revelations, in my opinion.

The present manifestation of church is not at all what Mrs. Eddy intended it to be!

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 Rob…the timing of reading YOUR story couldn’t have been more perfect for me. Just got off the phone with a reporter asking what we thought of reparative therapy, and I told her JUST what you said…I could have copied your words. Thank you for sharing…you’ve encouraged me GREATLY to continue to speak up…even when others don’t like it.

Linda Robertson

To Post author – Rob Scott

August 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm

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rob-photoI was heart broken several years ago during a visit to The Mother Church when a reliable source high within the movement informed me of his close friend and student of Christian Science who committed suicide after class instruction while trying to pray away the gay.  He had a parent who worked for The Christian Science Monitor/The Mother Church.  Perhaps the Church could learn from this sad plight and stop the use of badly applied Christian Science as tool for “reparative therapy” and take down those harmful antigay articles posted on JSH Online.  Could this be one of the many examples of malpractice that are out there?  What if this was your child?  This is for all those who never had a voice or suffered in silence.  This is for him and the ones who didn’t make it. 
                                                   
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HRC + Message to the CSPS & CSBOD’s on healing bigotry.

 

The Manual of The Mother Church by Mrs. Eddy, under the heading “Church Periodicals,” states (Art. VIII, Sect. 14), “And it shall be the duty of the Directors to see that these periodicals are ably edited and kept abreast of the times.”

Mary Baker Eddy

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Several articles and editorials have been written explaining why homosexuals cannot be admitted to membership.  One of these I wrote myself, the title: “Homosexuality Can Be Healed.”  All I can say in defense of myself for writing it is that it was based on information I thought was authentic, but which later was disproved …  If I were to write another article on the subject now, I would probably entitle it, “We’re ALL God’s Children.”

by Carl J. Welz,  C.S.B.

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Those outdated, antigay CS articles (based on human opinion and not the writings of Mrs. Eddy) have destroyed careers and ruined lives.

I approached the microphone and addressed over 800 people at Midwest Church Alive in 2014. Several members approached me later and stated some of their children have left CS altogether because of those articles.  Some were even gay them-self and stated either they or their children were harmed as they struggled with their sexuality because of those anti-gay articles.

We are all loved unconditionally and never separated by our Father-Mother God.  

Why a label you ask?  Exactly, as it was those who were told by the Church to write those articles who labeled us “less than” or “unequal” and in NEED of healing for being different which is a lie.  None of the people who wrote to me found love in those articles or the damnations against the LGBT community given by some CSBs in their association addresses. None.

My parents mailed copies of those anti-gay articles to me years ago in the mail which had a negative impact on my mental health and well being.

Perhaps somebody could write a new article on marriage equality to neutralize the damage being done by those outdated articles that are based on human opinion and not the writings of OUR only Leader, Mary Baker Eddy.   They were written years ago and published by the CSPS.  None of those aticles are timeless or universal.

Perhaps the message is that we are all more alike than unalike.

But I urge caution in finding the right person to write the article.  Just because somebody is LGBT and has a so-called story doesn’t qualify them to have their article chosen for publication.  Perhaps we need to watch and pray like we do when  finding the right CS practitioner.  Perhaps it could be written by an LGBT ally within the movement.

We are ALL equal and loved unconditionally by God.  Should’t this be reflected by the structure of Truth and Love?  Shouldn’t this be reflected by our human families?  Perhaps we need to look at our past to uncover our errors.  

Yes, Christian Science is Perfect.  But the people speaking on its behalf not so much.  I honestly believe Mrs. Eddy would respond to them by saying – NOT in my name!

This is for all our yearning brothers and sisters who love (or feel drawn to love) that Science that is so healing to every heart.  Perhaps some who were attracted to this healing Science left once they can across those anti-gay articles or bigotry from church members performing badly used Christian Science as reparative therapy.  I wonder what happened to some of them?

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Our branch church closed recently because we focused on us and not on our community.

Attendee, Midwest Church Alive

2014

 

Video – America Ferrera HRC 2017 speech – 

Published on Mar 20, 2017

My high school drama teacher created a safe space for me when I was struggling with feelings of depression and isolation.  It was the first time I felt like I was going to make it.  She opened a dialogue of equality and she has transformed her campus into a safe one for all her students and colleagues.  I am proud to know her and grateful for the role she played in helping me find my voice.  Something bigger than myself is helping me show up with a voice for what I know is right.

America Ferrera, HRC 2017 Speech

Rob, The Church must atone for its sin to people of color (1926-1955) as well as its ongoing sin of exclusion and discrimination toward the LGBT community and read seriously what Mrs. Eddy wrote about the essence of identity, and what Jesus pointed toward in Matthew 19:12 that social and gender conditions are things we should observe but not judge. If we apologize not for our past and present “hardness of heart” any article lacks meaning.

… CS Practitioner, USA

July 13, 2016

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…the prejudices associated with Lady Astor go against the grain of Christian Science, the faith she leaned on. If it were otherwise, I’d never have embraced Mary Baker Eddy’s writings.

I took to Eddy’s ideas precisely because they teach of God’s love for all and challenge the deep-rooted resistance we might feel to expressing such universal and impartial love. I badly needed that help as a Jew facing anti-Semitism in 1970s London, because my fear had turned to hatred.

Like Astor was, I’m working out my salvation step by step. But that healing idea of an all-inclusive, divine Love is central to the Christian Science practice I know and love.

Nancy Astor – letter and article on a unique glass … – TonyLobl.com

Tony Lobl, CS/COP

August 1, 2016

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Would you care to mention any personal experiences you’ve had in coping with racial discrimination?

Alton A. Davis:  I’ve had many, and I hope I have learned more of the meaning of love from each experience. I once visited a Christian Science church where I was told that the custom of the community did not permit the races to mix in church services. Seeing that I was a black man, an usher met me on the sidewalk and asked what I wanted.

“Is this not a house of God?” I answered.

“Yes, it is,” he said somewhat sheepishly.

“The invitation read by your First Reader at each services, ‘All are welcome’—is it real?” I went on. “I am a weary traveler seeking a cup of cold water in Christ’s name.”

From the August 30, 1969 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

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(CS Journal Interviewer): It’s amazing to me to think that in the Christian Science church, prejudice could ever have taken such a foothold as to cause a need for specifically black churches. Such prejudice seems to go entirely against the ethics of Christian Science. I’ve heard stories of blacks sitting on one side of the church, and whites on the other side, but you weren’t even at the same church!

Bettie Thompson (Christian Science practitioner and teacher Bettie Thompson is a black woman who witnessed the civil rights movement):  

Well, let’s move ahead a few decades. In 1980, I was appointed the first African American lecturer on the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. I was just about to go on my first lecture tour. It was a Friday, and I was leaving home on the following Monday. But then I got a call from The Mother Church, saying, “Bettie, we’ve got some sad news. There’s a church in Oklahoma that has canceled.”

Here I was all excited, and I had butterflies in my stomach as I was about to leave on my first tour. But I was just told, “A lady called and said when the church got your material in the mail, they discovered you were black.”

From the August 2013 issue of The Christian Science Journal

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I believe the time has come to end the harmful teachings by some religious denominations that being gay (LGBT) is a sin, or whatever words they use to demean, call evil, and cause enormous pain to LGBT people, especially our youth. More and more people are changing their minds….from evangelicals to Presbyterians to Catholics to Conservative Jews.

History has proven that using religious teachings to cause enormous harm to innocent people is wrong. I have faith in America to be better to all its citizens – but especially innocent, vulnerable youth.

Mitchell Gold
Founder, Faith In America

September 15, 2015

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1001669_1_amelia-newcomb_standardAnd take a look at our graphic below. You might not have thought that marriage equality legislation could drive down youth suicide rates. But it looks like it has, particularly for sexual minorities. Check it out – and be reminded of what a “you are welcome here” sign can make in a young person’s confidence and desire to excel. 

Amelia Newcomb

Senior Editor with The Christian Science Monitor‘s EqualEd section

February 23, 2017

A Blessing for London – by Tony LOBL, CS/COP

A Blessing for London – A SATURDAY THOUGHT (plus Sunday webinar)

by Tony Lobl, CS/COP

This is a message from a letter Mary Baker Eddy wrote to a branch church in London in the early days of the Christian Science movement. The brief letter is reproduced in The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany (p. 198).

The occasion was the dedication of their “magnificent church edifice”. Mrs Eddy wrote several letters to the London branches of the Church of Christ, Scientist and to British Christian Scientists. She was aware and appreciative of the spirituality of the British people and took a keen interest in the growth of her movement on the other side of the Atlantic from Boston.

In light of the events in London this week, I am thinking of this as a blessing for the whole, global city of residents and tourists, living in and visiting what I affectionately call “the hub of the universe”.

And as Londoners said on social media…

For those of you around the country and around the world who have been praying for our fair city this week, we thank you for your love and care!

Talking of Mary Baker Eddy, Seventh Church, Houston have invited me to give a webinar talk on “Mary Baker Eddy’s legacy: 150 years of practical spirituality”, which will take place at 12:00 pm Texas time, 6pm UK time, tomorrow (Sunday, March 26). The talk will last about forty minutes and then there will be another twenty minutes or so if you wish to post any questions.

If you wish to register for this free webinar you can do so at: https://app.webinarjam.net/register/35990/449d068f0e

If you wish to attend, you can register for free here.

For more information, please visit the events page on the website of Seventh Church, Houston, click here.

Peace, Home and Safety with Laura Moliter

Video – He gave up on his life dream due to the death of a family member who was the strength of the family.  Jodie Foster, his childhood friend, commits suicide and isn’t around to bring him back.  Perhaps he had to find his way back himself.

 

e-inspire, March 23rd

by Laura Moliter

 

“Behold, I am with you and will keep [careful watch over you and guard] you wherever you may go, and I will bring you back to this [promised] land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

(Genesis 28: 15, Amplified Bible)

 

Our life journey seems to take us all over the place and we can often feel very unsure and apprehensive. Are we heading in the right direction? Do we even know what we want to achieve? Is the expected end result worth the effort along the way?

Lay those fears and questions down at the feet of God and take His hand. Wherever we go—whether wandering or with a clear view of the path to our destination—we are being daily, hourly, in every moment, watched and guarded by our loving Father-Mother, the very Love that is our Life.

You will never be alone. You will always be accompanied by God’s power and His promise. He has made us to thrive and given each of us a special purpose to fulfill. This is not simply our aspiration. It is the Almighty’s demand. And His goodness and wisdom and love come with that intention and assure its fulfillment.

Our promised land is that pure sense of peace and home and safety and joy and life and well-being and energy and satisfaction. This state of being is in God’s sights and so are we. We won’t miss the destination. We can rest easy, because, in Truth, we are already in that promised land that is God’s own Life, approval, and abundant Love.

Laura Moliter

lauramoliter@gmail.com
www.poeticandpowerfulliving.com
https://www.facebook.com/poeticandpowerfulliving/

Germany to clear gays convicted under Nazi-era law.

 

“Justice waits, and is used to waiting; and right wins the everlasting victory”

Mary Baker Eddy

(Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 277).

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Germany to clear gays convicted under Nazi-era law

Deborah COLE
AFP March 22, 2017

Berlin (AFP) – The German government Wednesday approved plans to quash the convictions of 50,000 men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the war, and offer compensation.

The measure marks a triumph for activists after a decades-long struggle to clear the names of gay men who lived with a criminal record under Article 175 of the penal code.

An estimated 5,000 of those found guilty are still alive.

The legislation was passed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet and will soon head to parliament, where her ruling right-left coalition enjoys a large majority.

“Article 175 destroyed careers and ruined lives,” Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement. “The few victims who are still alive today deserve to finally have justice.”

The measure follows Britain’s so-called “Turing Law” approved in October, which offered pardons to thousands of men convicted of homosexuality before its decriminalisation in 1967.

The legislation was named after World War II hero Alan Turing who was prosecuted under the law in 1952 and forced to undergo chemical castration treatment. He committed suicide two years later at the age of 41.

However the British measure, unlike Germany’s, only automatically pardoned dead people while the living must still make an individual application to have their names cleared. It also failed to provide compensation.

– ‘Contrary to nature’ –

Germany’s Article 175 outlawed “sexual acts contrary to nature… be it between people of the male gender or between people and animals”.

Sex between women was not explicitly illegal.

Although the law dated from 1871, it was rarely enforced until the Nazis came to power, and in 1935 they toughened the legislation to carry a sentence of 10 years of forced labour.

More than 42,000 men were convicted during the Third Reich, and sent to prison or concentration camps.

In 2002, the government introduced a new law which overturned their convictions, and also applied to those convicted of desertion during Nazi rule.

But that move didn’t include those convicted after the war when Article 175 was still in force.

It was finally dropped from the penal code in communist East Germany in 1968.

In West Germany, it reverted to the pre-Nazi era version in 1969 and was only fully repealed in 1994.

The compensation scheme under the new legislation includes a one-off payment of 3,000 euros ($3,200) for every man convicted and an additional 1,500 euros for each year spent in prison.

If the person in question has already died, his family may put in for the certificate to clear their relative’s criminal record.

Convicted under the law as a teenager in 1957, Fritz Schmehling, 74, said time was running out for victims to see justice.

“I don’t want to die with a criminal record,” he told AFP in a recent interview at his Berlin apartment.

“I’ve had cancer twice and was operated on but maybe I will still get to enjoy the moment my name is cleared. As sad as it is, in the time it takes, many of the older ones among us are going to die.”

– ‘Guardians of virtue’ –

Noted historian of the Nazi period Wolfgang Benz said in a 2016 book that, although it was less brutal, the subjugation of gays continued seamlessly after the war.

“The authorities and other guardians of virtue in the post-Hitler era differed from the Nazis in that they tended to believe people were seduced (into homosexuality) rather than being born that way,” he wrote.

“But their rage against the unwanted minority was no smaller.”

Gay rights groups had long pushed for the post-war convictions to be annulled.

But until now, their demand had been refused on the grounds that the sentences were handed down by a court in a democracy and confirmed by a federal tribunal on appeal.

Justice Minister Maas, a Social Democrat (SPD), spearheaded the legislation and fought for its passage before a September general election.

Merkel’s main rival, SPD candidate Martin Schulz, who is enjoying a surge in the polls, has vowed to campaign on a gay rights platform.

Germany has permitted gay and lesbian couples to enter into civil unions since 2001 but Merkel’s Christian Union bloc has opposed same-sex marriage with equal treatment on matters such as adoption.

A poll commissioned by the federal government last month showed that 83 percent of Germans support marriage equality.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/germany-clear-gays-convicted-under-nazi-era-law-111553495.html

Dissecting thought by Tim Mitchinson, C.S.B/COP

 

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A few years ago, my son took a college class in anatomy for his education degree.  One of his three-hour labs entailed dissecting a cat to review the parts and systems of the body for confirmation of what they had studied in class.  Although he’d been queasy, my son spoke with confidence that he had accomplished this task successfully.

Dissection gives the student a picture of the physical being.  But there is another way to look at anatomy–one that relates to our thinking.

More and more physicians are coming to the conclusion that physicality alone does not determine one’s health.  Emotional, psychological and even societal forces are being increasingly considered when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of disease.  Dr. Christina Pulchalski, Dr. Larry Dossey, Dr. Harold Keonig and others have made landmark strides in bringing mindfulness, spirituality, prayer and faith into the discussion of effective health care.

Still, these mental and spiritual methods are often denigrated to a secondary status – helpers – rather than considered as a primary way of treating disease.  That’s because prevalent health theories insist that man is biological, therefore disease is biological and we need something pharmacological to control or alleviate it.

Health researcher and Christian healer Mary Baker Eddy came to a different conclusion.  After years of being treated unsuccessfully through allopathic medicine, homeopathy, hydropathy and even hypnotism, she came to the conclusion that disease was not biological, but mental.  She then probed the Bible to find how Jesus healed mentally.  This search unfolded to her the reliable power of the Christ that Jesus taught–the power of God to heal.

Then a whole new train of thought opened for her.  She recognized that man as God’s likeness must be spiritual, not material or biological.  This realization brought her to a new definition of anatomy.  She wrote, “Anatomy, when conceived of spiritually is mental self-knowledge, and consists in the dissection of thoughts to discover their quality, quantity, and origin.”

She taught that all dissecting of thought should be done with tenderness and love, and then showed how this knowledge could be helpful: “The anatomy of Christian Science teaches when and how to probe the self-inflicted wounds of selfishness, malice, envy, and hate….It urges the hallowed influences of unselfishness, philanthropy, spiritual love.”

She further found that when one’s thinking is permeated with the Christ –with the understanding of God’s unconditional love and power — the cure of disease occurs.  As she gained this understanding, her own experiences of healing herself and others taught her the effectiveness of prayer in the treatment of pain and illness.

I have often found this understanding helpful to me when I’m ill.  For instance, a few years ago I began to manifest symptoms of a painful internal disease.  It became increasingly worse until certain functions of my body began to slow down to a marked degree.  As I continued to ask myself “What is wrong?”, I remembered Eddy’s passage about anatomy.  I realized how afraid I was.  I had trusted spiritual healing in the past, but I discovered that this time doubt had crept into my thinking.

I turned to this Bible passage for guidance and support, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isa. 41: 10).  It gave me the courage I needed to continue praying to acknowledge the supremacy of God that reaches human thought, dispels fear and consequently heals disease. This was the power of the Christ, Truth, at work.  For the next few weeks, I continued probing my thinking and replacing fearful thoughts with assurances of God’s supremacy and man’s ultimate spiritual identity.

This dissecting prayer quieted the pain and eventually brought complete healing.

Since then, when facing illness I am less apt to ask, “What have I eaten? or, Did I do too much today?” than I am to ask myself, “Is my thinking toward others, as well as myself, more angry or kind, more hurtful or blessing, more fearful or loving?  In other words, Am I letting human speculation and will or the Christ influence me?”  As I have succeeded in displacing the fearful, angry, materially-based thinking for thought filled with divine goodness, I have found this an extremely practical way to health.

©2017 Christian Science Committee on Publication for Illinois

http://www.csillinois.com/2017/03/16/dissecting-thought-2/

 

Honesty Levels Wealth. Stop Corruption in Schools.

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Honesty Levels Wealth.

Mary Baked Eddy

Monitor Editorial

‘To Bless All Mankind’

Global drive on corruption should start at home

From the September 28, 2015 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Originally printed in The Christian Science Monitor, July 28, 2015.

 

In June, British Prime Minister David Cameron was quick to cast the first stone following the bribery scandal at FIFA, the world soccer governing body. He urged other world leaders to end the “international taboo over pointing the finger” at corrupt organizations. He cited an estimate that graft adds 25 percent to the cost of aid spent in poor countries.

Many developing countries need encouragement to tackle corruption. Brazil’s politics are in a twist over a probe of bribery involving the state oil company. Both Nigeria and India have new leaders with a strong reputation in fighting corruption. Mexico has recently passed new anticorruption measures. And China’s rulers are in the midst of a crackdown on bribe takers in the Communist Party.

In his recent trip to Africa, President Obama emphasized that the continent’s economic potential could only be unlocked if it clamped down on corruption. “When someone has to pay a bribe just to start a business or go to school, or get an official to do the job they’re supposed to be doing anyway—that’s not ‘the African way,’ ” he said.

But Mr. Obama was quick to add that “corruption exists all over the world, including in the United States.”

Ensuring honesty and openness in business and government is a global task. And a country’s humility to recognize—and remove—corruption within its borders will inspire others to do the same.

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Adele + My Students – When We Were Young – Live at The BRIT Awards 2016

Something in her voice that makes you believe in love in a world of hate, hypocrisy and lies .

Zie El Ham

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Adele – When We Were Young – Live at The BRIT Awards 2016

Excerpt below from the song.

[Pre-Chorus]
You look like a movie
You sound like a song

My God, this reminds me
Of when we were young

[Chorus]
Let me photograph you in this light
In case it is the last time that we might
Be exactly like we were before we realised
We were sad of getting old, it made us restless

It was just like a movie
It was just like a song

[Verse 2]
I was so scared to face my fears
Cause nobody told me that you’d be here
And I swear you’d moved overseas
That’s what you said when you left me

[Refrain]
(When we were young)
(When we were young)
(When we were young)
(When we were young)

[Bridge]
It’s hard to admit that everything just takes me back
To when you were there, to when you were there
And a part of me keeps holding on just in case it hasn’t gone
Cause I guess I still care, do you still care?

[Breakdown]
It was just like a movie
It was just like a song

My God, this reminds me
Of when we were young

 

Photo (below) Students from my Class:  

I had half the class before and most of them failed their exam but requested me again as their teacher.  Most all of them then went on to pass the second time around.  I asked them why they chose me as their teacher again.  One of the reasons stated: “Because we grew with you as our teacher and we got better at speaking English.”  

Some wanted to drop out mid way through the class. But I empowered them to stay and not give up as they were gaining momentum and I believed in them.  Also, there were some older students in the class who seemed to have a grace and wisdom that can only come with age.  

Perhaps the song is not just about being young.  But seeing promise, potential and hope in our youth.  There is a sacredness in it that I could not see in myself at their age.  Perhaps the lesson is that same sacredness exists in all ages right here right now.

I will miss them all.