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Tips on joy

As defined by the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is a common but serious mood disorder.

The website reports that “Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S. Current research suggests that depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors.”

Medications, psychotherapy, and brain stimulation are discussed as options to treat depression. Other tips include staying active and exercising, setting realistic goals, continue to education yourself about depression.

I’d like to add my own tip: educate yourself about joy, motivation, and spiritual worth.

Even if these attributes feel distant, they do exist. We see joy in other people. We feel the earth constantly motivated by renewing springs. We hear about the spiritual worth of finding peace and confidence within.

What if joy, motivation, and worth were created before us? What if joy, motivation, and worth didn’t need human beings, human personalities, or money to exist? What if joy, motivation, and worth were sustained by an unseen force that exists everywhere? What if we didn’t “get” joy, or own joy? Could it mean that we can’t lose it?

Is joy helping others? Is motivation the drive to share goodness? Is worth estimated by spiritual qualities of honesty, modesty, and letting go of materialism?

Quoting from science & religion to God

We must spiritually think for ourselves and image forth divine knowledge; otherwise, indifferent, self-destructive, and depressed behavior is believed to be our own thinking and it will be exhibited. We also need to encourage in others their right and responsibility to know and act on divine thoughts.

Don’t build up evil.

This human way of life can be awful to contemplate. Mortal existence can be the drudgery of pro-creating without love or building up false images rather than being an image of Spirit. Though mortal existence can be fun sometimes, it’s the blind leading the blind. Our passions and appetites end in pain. Superficial joys cheat us. Our gratifications get prickly. Then we die.

What do we gain through toil, struggle, and sorrow? We can gain the strength to bury our beliefs of perishable life and happiness, and reach for the immortal.

Truth causes us to be honest and care for ourselves and the environment. Love causes us to better ourselves, to fight for and share in a practical, meaningful life. We eventually realize that the consciousness of love is the only asset worth taking with us whether we move, change our image, or die.

Silent prayer, spiritual awareness, and obedience come with the grace of Love. We are worthy of Love’s grace. We can be patient with ourselves and with others, because in this complicated world most of us are rookies at internalizing the divine character.

Divine knowledge exists, is in force, and has ultimate power. Divine thoughts are intelligent, fruitful, unified; they belong to us.

 

 

 

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Individuals within the collective

A dance teacher told me, “When I teach a class, I teach each student individually according to their talent and skill.” Yet, she teaches a class, a collection of individuals.

This topic fascinates me.

I know I am an individual separate from other people, however, I also know we all are connected.

The fact we are connected shows me that unity or compromises are possible. The fact we are individual shows me we all are important and conform to God, good, not to other human beings.

The fact we are separate also shows me I must take each individual step to reach the goal of unity and peace.

When I only think about how we all are connected, I get fantastical notions and try to take on the world. I try to solve all the problems at once. It doesn’t work. I must respect and take each step on my life journey. I can’t expect someone else to take a step for me, although I can use their example to follow.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Smothering Jesus with emotional affection, or claiming to be a devoted follower, will never alone make you like him. You must “go and do likewise,”[1] or you are not improving the great blessings that he worked and suffered to offer you. The spirituality of the Christ was made manifest in the humanity of Jesus.

“Spiritual harmony constitutes individual and collective happiness, strength, and permanence.”

[1] Luke 10:37

Truth never absent

An excerpt from my new book, from science & religion to God: a briefer narrative of Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health:

Overcome beliefs instead of restrict yourself to them. We can uproot disease and throw it out of the mind. We can comprehend that disease is not a fixed fact. We can feel the influence of divine Love casting out fear. Spiritual consciousness masters fear instead of avoids or cultivates it. The more that is said about moral and spiritual law, the better will be the quality of life and the further mortals will be removed from mental illness or disease.

Spiritual consciousness guides us to locate and employ physicians who see us as more than just a physical body. Honest conversations with practitioners are appropriate.

We don’t need to be negatively affected by advertisements paid for by pharmaceutical companies. It’s beneficial not to give time and attention to selfishness, coddling, or fear-based guessing about our minds and bodies. It’s beneficial not to discuss our maladies with others as if it’s a competition to see who is worse off…

Every human being must learn that evil has neither power nor reality in Spirit. Evil is a denial of truth, as if Truth could be absent, but it can’t. There is no absence of God, omnipotent and omnipresent good.

Evil is self-assertive, but its only power is to destroy itself. Evil is not immortal; if it was, goodness would be a myth. Every attempt of evil to destroy good is a failure and only aids in punishing the evildoer. Do not concede reality to disorder while dealing with it realistically…

Incomplete human beings get flustered when following Truth, but don’t give up. Be practical when abandoning the material for the spiritual. Eat healthy food, exercise wisely, work with integrity, use common sense, and be law abiding while you discover your spirituality.

The human footsteps are indispensable. Truth seekers are consistent who, watching and praying, can “Run and not be weary…walk and not be faint.”[1] We can gain spirituality rapidly and hold our position, or we can attain slowly and yield not to discouragement. God requires our due diligence. The battle between Spirit and flesh is fought and the spiritual facts of existence are reached step by step before the victory is won.

[1] Isaiah 40:31

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Gene editing

Recently in Britain, a landmark decision gave scientists approval to conduct experiments in which they will try to edit the genes in human embryos.

Critics fear the move will lead to “designer babies.” Even the notion of “playing God,” rankles some.

Gene editing allows scientists to delete, repair, or replace DNA, inside a living cell. Cut and paste method basically. The editing in the recent British case is for research purposes. Embryos are to be destroyed when they reach 250 cells.

This sensitive, contentious issue of gene editing isn’t new. Most of us have seen it coming. It’s already happening to different degrees around the world. Genes are edited in plants.

While physical experimentation is going on, I will personally work with “thought experimentation.” My mental treatment will involve a healthy spirituality, a healthy honesty, a healthy credibility.  It is an increase in spirituality that keeps ulterior motives from seeping into the thoughts and actions of human beings.

I’m not looking for a healthy physical gene or body. But healthy spiritual qualities.

A healthy intelligence must include correct knowledge, not just an assertion of truisms. We need to be pro-active in this world and wisely negotiate the path of progress. We don’t need to fall into the trap of believing gene editing is a cure-all. But we also don’t need to fall into the trap that repeating spiritual cliches is also a cure-all.

We all know that if a perfect human child was created through gene editing, and was plopped into this world, that within nanoseconds those genes will start to change and mutate according to their circumstances and environment. We all know that repeating past behavior and prayers isn’t fruitful. The successes of yesterday are not the success of today.

From 21st Century Science and Health:

Reports in psychiatry, physiology, and genetics, sustained by what is termed material law, promote sickness and disease. It should not be true, that so long as you read medical reports you will be sick.

This constant thinking of something other than Spirit can inadvertently sow seeds of reliance on matter. Take a persistent healer who utilizes complementary alternative methods. They intently study the latest homeopathic remedies and automatically recommend doses for every itch, twinge, or burp. Clients may reap the effect of this mistaken reliance if healers impulsively endorse counselors, homeopathic powders, acupuncture needles, or magnets as a cure-all.

Descriptions and advertisements of disease, given by physicians, pharmaceutical companies, genetic engineers, and Health Departments, are prolific sources of sickness. The human mind is the agriculturist of error, but we can teach the human mind not to harm the body. We can root out of human mind all the weeds of sickness.

 

What really is connected?

Technology has allowed human beings to be more connected than ever before. Until the batteries die.

But, the idea of connectivity has taken hold on consciousness. It’s logical to believe to we all are connected by something. What I do or think affects others, what they do and think affects me, and so on around the world. Most of the time.

So, in thinking about this, I’m concluding that connectivity isn’t between material particles and quantum energy, but between truths.

I think the ideas of honesty, health, holiness, and harmony are all connected.

I think the ideas of dishonesty, disease, hate, and disorder never connect. At least not for long. They seem to always self-destruct.

I watched the film, “I Am,” directed by Tom Shadyac, the other night. “I Am” is a documentary about Shadyac’s pursuit of truth. After an accident, he realized there was more to life than money and fame.

Shadyac interviews prominent thinkers, including Howard Zinn, Desmond Tutu, Lynn McTaggart, for their insights into truth. It becomes obvious to him that there is more good going on in the world, than bad.

An experiment with a bowl of yogurt demonstrated how our emotions and thoughts can influence living beings and things. They discussed the mounting data being collected to verify the power of the human consciousness.

I think the data is only a symbol of the greater reality. The consciousness of good will maintain connectivity, while the consciousness off bad, will disconnect and self-destruct.

Isaiah 55: 8-9, ESV

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Pioneer a healthy conscious

The word pioneer has the same Latin root as peon. During the 16th through the 19th century, pioneer was a military term referring to low-status pioneers who labored to clear paths, build roads, and dig trenches. In America, it wasn’t until the 19th century when the word pioneer was applied to the land-clearing settlers as they transformed the width of the Continent into settled territory.

Paradoxically, pioneers entered land that was already settled by Native Americans. What was discovered was already discovered, just in a different form, no longer attractive to the majority of the population. It is therefore no surprise that pioneers follow pioneers to reestablish the spirit of discovery and universality—an ability to include a greater magnitude of thinkers and doers in an infinite plan.

Oftentimes, other people can be suspicious of pioneers who throw off the restraints of tradition, and the old-guard will protect themselves from the pioneer’s discoveries, even classifying the new as religious quackery. But, that which doesn’t change and develop becomes obsolete. However, the old-way is inadequate and petty as new spiritual solutions are developed. Amazingly, pioneers do not demand a radical conversion and rejection of the familiar rites but provide a fresh and inclusive outlook with a sense of a wider world.

We can pioneer a peaceful consciousness, a strong family, or a healthy work place.

Let the pioneer spirit flow freely.

Moving an Alzheimer’s patient

Instead of trying really hard to heal spiritually, I’ve learned to stop myself. I’ve decided that If God is healing, then God is healing all the time. Nonstop. I don’t make healing happen. I don’t need to look for something to heal.

Instead of praying for healing, I pray to see God healing. It is right in front of me, part of my experience.

As the cloud’s shadow passes over me when out in the woods walking, or as an idea enlightens my thought, healing results.

???????????????????????????????Months ago, I’d planned to help husband/wife friends move from Arizona to Washington State. The husband has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and was in a wheelchair. The wife told me, “Cheryl, he responds to you without confusion.”

The morning before I needed to fly to Arizona, I got sick. Food would not stay down. My husband told me, “This healing is here because you are the one for the job.”

We were staying at my husband’s sister’s house and she nursed me with mother love. By that afternoon, an hour before my scheduled flight, I was well enough to pack. My brother-in-law took me to the airport early and we both agreed that if I felt I should cancel my traveling that he’d return to pick me up at the airport and take me back to their house for rest. “I don’t mind one bit,” he said. His trust in God, through his Latter Day Saints faith, held a purity I could feel.

Healing continued and I traveled to Arizona. The husband and wife were ready and waiting to travel and move to Washington. The flight went without a flaw.

I was grateful that the husband did respond to me. Though the airports were hectic and loud, he was calm and hopeful.

I pondered “spiritual Alzheimer’s,” living in the past with confidence, yet easily angered when asked to do more than what the limited perspective expects.

Then I read from Matthew 4:1, 8-10:

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry…[Then[ the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”

Though I believe that in spiritual reality there is no devil, there is a devil to contend with humanly. The devil of Alzheimer’s will be cast out and until then we can prove it step by step. The devil was rebuked during our travels and we did worship God, Love, resulting in a gracious experience. We hope to continue.

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