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Reason and Spiritual Revelation

Divine Science is a metaphysical system of spiritual healing, the concurrence of reason and revelation. Logical reasoning supersedes the reactions of emotions and superstitions. Revelation interplays by releasing the human reasoning from sense and flux and advancing consciousness to a level of reality connected to ongoing wellbeing, both mental and physical.

Although language is not equipped to deal with a reality that lay beyond human concepts and reason, concepts and reason are not denied, but used scientifically to prepare the mind to receive a revelation, such as the revelation that health is a state of mind, not matter.

A spiritual revelation is not to be confused with a human revelation. A disclosed tidbit of interesting history, or piece of gossip, is not a spiritual revelation, but human knowledge remembered.

A spiritual revelation stays connected to reason. For example, the paradigm shift that causes us to seek health in consciousness, rather than in matter, is effective only as decisions are based on common sense. We will be savvy. Savvy, as to proper food and exercise, has a presence. Even the ascetic 4th century monk, St. Onuphrius, who lived on one date and spring water every day, for 70 years, used common sense. He wasn’t out digging ditches during the day.

The consciousness of harmony is reached as reason and revelation agree.


Joining the Force of Spiritual Consciousness

The study of mind makes headlines, however, the preoccupation with biological surface activity predominates and matter is given precedence over mind, or the human mind is given precedence over the divine Mind.

But we can join forces with thinkers throughout history who have discovered conclusive evidence of a spiritual consciousness that can positively affect mind and body.

In 1946, T. Brosse wrote in A Psychophysiological Study: Main Currents in Modern Thought, “Thus [concludes the French scientist, who had gone to India especially to study and verify the yogi control of these processes] we find these yogis are masters over diverse activities. Knowing nothing about the structure of their organs, they are however the incontestable masters of appropriate functions, moreover, they enjoy a magnificent state of health.”

In the 19th century, Mary Baker Eddy wrote this idea in her book, Science and Health, “Divine Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies. Christian Science acts as a medicinal, neutralizing error with Truth. It balances the chemical reactions, expels abnormal body fluids, dissolves humors, rehabilitates degenerated or injured muscles, and restores bones to wellness. The effect of this Science is to adapt the human mind to a change of attitude from which it may yield to the peace of divine Mind.”

Streamlining a multilateral vision of inclusivity sheds light on the force of spiritual consciousness.

Hard and Soft Sciences Affected Positively by Divine Science

Discoveries made in the physical “hard” sciences have no doubt changed the way we think about our universe and bodies. We no longer are stuck on a flat earth, but can fly. Discoveries made in the social and behavioral sciences have also changed the way we think, especially about cultures, religions, and even ourselves as a person with relationships. A thoughtful purpose can guide an event instead of events being caused by genes or habits.

In a third realm of sciences, divine Science, has also been found to change the way we think. Divine Science is synonymous with spiritual science or Christian Science or Mind-science. The factor that distinguishes divine Science from the hard or soft sciences is that the human mind surrenders to divine Mind, an infinite universal spiritual Mind. The hard and soft sciences never get out of the fluxing materialist virtual reality whereas divine Science reveals an unchanging reliable spiritual reality.

We read in a textbook of divine Science, Science and Health, “The effect of this Science is to adapt the human mind to an improved attitude from which it may yield to the peace of divine Mind.” For the interrelated human mind and body to yield to divine Mind does not mean we lose our identity or our sense of reality and discovery, but does mean the way we think will change according to a universal reality. As the human mind adjusts to spiritual thoughts, it opens up to clearer discoveries of health, holiness, and harmony.

Divine Science can be studied just as the hard and soft sciences are studied. We can apply principles that were discovered during a long history of empirical research, such as experiencing a less stressful mind and body after forgiving people who piss us off. We can feel divine Mind, Love, at work in our lives, instead of rankle at conniving and conflicting human minds. We can express divine Mind, Soul, on our life journey and find an ability to circumvent obstacles much easier. We can become more and more familiar with divine Spirit and spirituality in others and in ourselves and change the way we think about life and love. We can discover ongoing life and love controlled by intelligence.

Introduction to the Tibetan Buddhist New Years Day

The adage, I can learn something every day, has definitely been alive this week. The two prominent lessons are: one, brown eggs and white eggs have the same nutritional value; two, March 5th is the Tibetan Buddhist New Year this year.

The egg lesson hasn’t affected my day-to-day business, it only cracked me up!

But, the Tibetan Buddhist New Year has embraced me in a circuitous fashion. I have been VERY quiet today, Saturday the 5th, due to a request. Okay, being quiet is pretty much the norm for me, however, for my recent roommate, quietude is very important today.

You see, a couple of weeks ago, I put notice in a local online newspaper that I had a quiet extra room in my home and a lady called me from Florida and asked if she could check it out. She was flying into town Wednesday.

Sure, I tell her. And, if she comes late, just come in the house, I will leave on the lights.

She came in late, found her room, and went to sleep.

I woke up early and went to work, as usual.

After work, I came home to an empty house. Wait…not an empty house as if everything was gone, but the new roommate wasn’t here. She respectfully explained in a note that she had to go somewhere.

Then, my friend, Liz, called and asked me to come to a Stephen Wrembel musical presentation north of Cooperstown, so I went with Liz. The event was spectacular. But, I got home late and my roommate was asleep.

No biggie. Although I hadn’t seen a physical body, I knew someone had been in the house and cooked with garlic.

I slept a few hours and got up to go to work.

After work and running errands, I finally met my new friend in the late afternoon.

We got to know each other as well as you can in an hour discussion, however, she informed me of the Tibetan New Years Day and was hoping I would understand her commitment to practice honoring it.

Oh, okay, I thought, realizing I was ignorant of this lunar calendar holiday. However, I agreed to respect her practice.

There is no partying. No talking. But a lot of meditation and offerings. She is wearing new, ironed clothes, and prefers cleanliness. She also asked if burning incense would be acceptable. I answered, Yes, as long as it doesn’t stink.

This afternoon, I researched this Buddhism path a bit and the elements that seem to correlate to her experience are, retreating to explore the entire Buddhist path and deepen understanding, and accessing the self-perfected state of our primordial nature.

Maybe I’ll have more to tell you later about Tibetan Buddhism. Or, maybe you can post a comment on what you know about Buddhism. Either way, I’ve learned more so that I can trust goodness, and people can find similarities in their unique paths while searching for love and truth.

“We become more respectful and caring as we get to know the divine nature better and love Soul understandingly. The struggle over physicality will be replaced by a rejoicing in the affluence of our God. Religion will then be of the heart and not of the head.”–21st Century Science and Health

“There is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.”–Colossians 3:11

Feeding the Wolf

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.
One is Evil- It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good- It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”

Bulimia: A Series on Food and Eating IV

I interviewed Liz DeHaven, who was bulimic during her younger years. Most of us can identify with Liz, doing something we thought was smart, at first, only to find out later it was self-destructive. Bulimia was Liz’s secret until she realized she had the God-given ability to face the bulimia and put it behind her.

Me. Did you have a weight problem in your younger years? Liz. No. After High School the goal to become a model stuck in my mind and because body size is stressed with modeling, my best friend told me throwing up my food would keep me thinner than I was already. I think back and wonder why I thought throwing up my food was a good idea. I can reason through the fact that my mom was in the midst of her 2nd divorce and the bulimia was a sign that I no longer could stomach life. But, that didn’t give me the energy to finally admit throwing up is a twisted idea of control.

Me. At what point did the bulimia become out of control? Liz. Exactly at the point I thought I was in control, in other words, it became out of control once I started doing it because I was really good at it. I had “control” and made myself throw up for 5 years. But, my “being in control” was a lack of spiritual self-control.

Me. When did you realize you needed help? Liz. After 5 years I realized I could not stop myself from throwing up. And, I met another friend, a recovering drug addict, who suggested I join Overeaters Anonymous. I gladly attended the meetings because they acknowledge God and found another person to sponsor me. I did try psycho-therapy, but it didn’t work.

Me. Do you turn to God? Liz. Yes, I pray every day to God. However, my prayers change. When I was bulimic, I prayed for my teeth and stomach to remain healthy, and they did. Then I prayed for the strength to learn how to eat again and not obsess over what to eat. It took me 2 years, on and off, to stop throwing up.

Me. Do you eat healthy foods now? Liz. Yes, at first I kept my eating simple, I was even a vegetarian for 7 years, now I eat what I feel drawn to eat. I limit my sugar and alcohol intake, and I pray not to beat myself up if I eat a candy bar! 

Me. Are you an energetic person? Liz. I am a very energetic person. My life is always uncovering new spiritual growth, as I get past one hurdle, there is another hurdle in a different area. Food isn’t an issue now, however, I am learning to be wise with my mental energy, to share it appropriately with other people so we don’t drain one another, but help one another. And, I love to surround myself with humor!

Liz and some of her artwork


Liz in her Jewelry Shop

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