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Monday, 17th November 2014 is World Prematurity Day, designated to raise awareness about babies born too early.
Premature births can be traumatic, as I discovered when interviewing Lynn. Happily, she and her husband are very grateful today because their son, born at 3 pounds and 4 ounces, is now a 22 pound healthy baby.
Experts don’t understand the mechanism of preterm birth enough to come up with safe, effective ways to prevent it, however people are working together to try to turn the tide of an increase in premature births in the world.
Past my child bearing days, I still can appreciate listening to Lynn tell me her story. I even know that we birth new ideas all the time. And, I see the importance of keeping these new ideas safe in the womb of Love and Truth.
I shouldn’t force the conception of a new idea and whether in the process of conceiving a child, a book, a movie, a piece of art, a dance, a new job, I can do so with patience and quietness.
“Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
all the remnant of the house of Israel,
who have been borne by me from before your birth,
carried from the womb;
4 even to your old age I am he,
and to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear;
I will carry and will save.” —Isaiah 46:3-4, ESV
“As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.”— Luke 8:15, ESV
From 21st Century Science and Health, “As a physical, theoretical life-basis is found to be a misinterpretation of existence, the scientific and divine Principle of our spirituality dawns upon human thought. Consciousness is guided to “where the child was”—even to the birth of a new-old idea, to the spiritual sense of being and of what Life includes. Thus the whole earth will be transformed by Truth as enlightened thought displaces the darkness of error.
“Mortal birth and death comes across as irresistible or untimely, however God’s people aren’t mortals. Mortals are unreal and obsolete. The truth of being is perennial. We are God’s image and likeness.
“To attend properly the birth of the new child, or divine idea, be sure to detach mortal thoughts from the human conceptions so that the birth will be natural and safe. As the child gathers new energy, the divine idea cannot injure its useful surroundings in its spiritual birth. There is not a single element of error in a spiritual idea and this truth properly removes anything that is offensive. The new idea, conceived and born of Truth and Love, is clothed in white garments and includes a humble beginning, a sturdy growth, and a renewing maturity. When this new birth takes place, the infant is born of the Spirit, born of God, and can cause the mother no more suffering. By this we know that Truth is here and has fulfilled its perfect work.”
 Matt. 2:9
This post was originally posted on Beliefnet
In our sex obsessed world, the propaganda of twirling human gender and identity can’t help but alter language, views, laws, and religious creeds.
The terms “non-binary” or “gender fluidity” have recently been added to the more newly established titles of: gender neutral, gay, lesbian, and transgender.
Then we have people who believe their views on gender have not altered, although their response resembles deeper entrenchment in the time-honored definitions of maleness and femaleness; their reaction markets physical laws as if they never can be broken. Mona Charen, American columnist and political analyst, wrote in her column, ‘Gender fluidity’ is nothing more than fantasy, “Maleness or femaleness is imprinted on every cell, influences every muscle and fiber, affects every body system, and colors every thought.” Is human gender of any kind fantasy?
No question, when menstruating, it feels as though femaleness influences my body and mind, but I’ve discovered I can turn away from the body and focus on spiritual truths of courage, wisdom, and divine authority. The result? My body quiets down and I’m influenced by a greater strength from outside myself.
No question, issues and decisions surrounding sex and sexuality come up in life, right along with travel, talents, and jobs.
It looks as though we can choose what sex to be, where to travel, and what job to pursue.
But, the flesh, our travels, talents, and jobs, do not comprise our life. To argue with others or argue within our own mind as to how the flesh defines us is to argue for mortality and against spirituality.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. (II Cor. 5:6-8, ESV)
Being away from the body (flesh) is not synonymous with ignoring the body, but is in line with controlling it without the need to justify our mortality or flesh all the time. The fascination and preoccupation with sexuality progresses humanity not at all, unless we can get past the fixation.
I don’t love or hate my body, my travels, or my job. I may sound passionless, but I chose rather to live, move, and be active, and I find a greater power beyond the flesh. I find a future of widening possibilities. I find spiritual Life, Truth, and Love.
From 21st Century Science and Health, “Human mind and body are one. Neither exists without the other, and both must be replaced by spiritual Mind. A material body is an embodied concept of human mind. This mortal mind builds its own superstructure of which the fleshly body is the denser portion. From first to last, the body is a sensuous mythical human concept.
“The sensations of the body must either be the sensations of a human mind or of matter flesh. Nerves are not mind. It is provable that Mind, God, is not mortal. Is it not equally true that human mind and its matter flesh do not appear in the spiritual understanding of being?
“Do not believe in any supposed necessity for failure, adversity, or ruin, knowing (as you ought to know) that God never requires obedience to a physical law because no such law exists. Linear thinking is destroyed by the law of God, which is the law of Life eternal instead of death, the law of harmony instead of disorder, the law of Spirit instead of the flesh.
“In Science, Mind is one, including noumenon and phenomena, God and Mind’s thoughts.”
“We progress out of the thinking that life and sensation are in the body by understanding what constitutes ourselves as the image of God, and then Spirit will have overcome the flesh.
“We are learning to lay down our fleshliness and gain spirituality by ridding our self of a mortal identity. Universal Love is the divine way.”
From the Bible, Mark 10:49, English Standard Version
49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.”
The call to “get up” catches my attention. When seeking God’s reality, I need to get up and out of the human reality.
I have more in common with people who practice Islam than I realized. After getting to know some new neighbors who are Muslims, I’ve been more open to learning about the faith.
Many views afford clearer views, so I not only speak with Muslims but also read about the faith.
The book, The Qur’an, by Bruce Lawrence has been interesting. Lawrence explains that the Qur’an was first enunciated by the Archangel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad in early seventh-century Arabia. This fact portrays the feeling that the ideas in the book were inspired.
Therefore it is up to readers to read those words with the same inspiration in order to identify with correct meanings. The same goes for my Bible reading. I need to read the Bible through the lenses of love and spirit.
Lawrence also wrote, “Contexts are crucial. Although the Qur’an as a whole is authoritative, its content must be applied to particular contexts. Which aspect of the Qur’an applies and where? When does it apply and for whom?”
Unless the contexts in inspired writings of any kind are read correctly, the rhythm and spiritual power gets lost.
Readers can misinterpret the words and find misgivings and misfortunes. However, over the centuries, more good than bad has come out of reading scriptures. I’m thankful for the people who strive to read and practice faith with inspiration.
As an advocate for both thinking spiritually and for faith, I was taken aback the other day when a person referred to thinking and faith as two separate entities. He stressed that “faith” not “thinking” was key to getting to heaven because it is God’s doing, not ours.
First off, I don’t think we die and go to heaven or hell. We don’t really die. Our consciousness of love goes on to live no matter what the physical body does, however in the meantime the consciousness of hate does die.
But, this proposed disconnect between thinking and faith at this level of earthly experience intrigued me. It seemed to assume my thinking wasn’t all that important because God does all the work. God will make me think better if I only have faith.
There is some truth to this, when faith is true to God.
Sometimes, I do rely too much on my “thinking” and prayers become intellectual exercises. I try to self-medicate myself with godly cliches. But, faith is an intellectual exercise. We have to think about faith, what we have faith in…
Thinking and faith can’t be divided. I think the key is checks and balances.
Too much thinking and psychobabble takes over.
Too much faith and stupidity takes over.
The main core of Christ Jesus’ teachings is aimed at thinking better, thinking spiritually, yet he commended faith on many occasions.
Instructing ourselves to think better or have more faith misses the point. We can instead get to know spiritual thoughts and faith.
When I was a young mother, I was so afraid for the children. The fear lessened when words in Science and Health charged my thinking to new thoughts.
It was a definition in the Glossary.
“Abraham…faith in the divine Life and in the eternal Principle of being…This patriarch illustrated the purpose of Love to create trust in good.”
Abraham’s thinking improved during his life, as it was grounded on a faith in good that showed thoughts of eternal life.
Our culture avoids it, fears it, is attracted to it, and uses it as a threat.
But every now and then, an anomaly shows up. I met a couple who raised 7 children, successfully, on a farm. The mother told me, “The farm life taught the children about life and death.”
Interesting. She spoke of life and death as equal, mortal elements that shouldn’t absorb so much attention when the true task is to live.
How can we live life and death?
By not making life and death something they are not.
Mortal life and death are not immortal or lasting.
Life isn’t a competition for wealth and fame and human approval. Death isn’t something we escape or dodge.
Life expresses itself through us as spiritual beings. Life is God, manifesting itself, in countless individuality, through us.
Death is the human interpretation of spiritual life unattached to mortality. Someone dies and we realize they are still alive in consciousness.
Human life and death can be beautiful, but it can also be ugly. We read in Matthew 16:21-23:
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
I bet it was somewhat of a struggle, but Jesus didn’t focus on human life and death. Christ Jesus lived immortality; he expressed integrity, forgiveness, courage, and wisdom.