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Taking strong mental stands

Movies have to be really good for me to remember them.

First off, if the movie is bad, foul, or idiotic, I turn it off and find something better to do.

But, I can watch a humdrum movie on Tuesday and 2 weeks later rent it again because I forgot it already. Ten minutes into the movie, I remember it and turn it off because I don’t typically watch a movie twice. Maybe, I will watch The Matrix a second time someday, because that is one cool movie.

In The Matrix, Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, learned the power of thought, and used it for the good of humanity.

The power of thought isn’t a new idea. Most of us know that when we put our mind to something, it gets done. The trick is learning how to do it for good and on a consistent basis.

Christ Jesus had a rare take on the power of thought. His strong mental stand can’t help but grab our attention.

I’m curious when reading in 21st Century Science and Health, “It is believed by many that Jesus’ rebukes were serious; he used strong language. The only polite comment Jesus had for error was, “Get behind me, Satan!”[1] His words support the necessity for a sharp, penetrating, mental stand when driving out devils and healing the sick. Does the evidence show us that downward spiraling thinking is reversed due to a forceful and direct mindset, backed by Spirit? Error must be compelled to quit itself. The false human perceptions must be replaced by true perceptions.”

I’ve met people who follow Jesus’ example. My husband’s grandmother lived to be over the age of 100-years. She was amazing. On her 95th year, she gave her great granddaughter an afghan she knitted herself.

Years before that, grandma told me a story when we were discussing the power of thought.

During her middle years, she went to the doctor. The doctor looked her over and said, “You have arthritis in the hands and won’t be knitting much longer.”

As if the doctor had accused of her holding pornographic materials, Grandma retorted, “I most certainly do not have arthritis.”

“And, sure enough the arthritis never came about. So, Cheryl there is power in thought,” Grandma said.

Writer, Jim Tankersley, wrote, Science fiction come true: Moving a paralyzed hand with the power of thought, in The Washington Post, June 24, 2014. It tells about Ian Burkhart, paralyzed since 2010. Scientists and doctors, using a brain implant, electrodes, and wires, worked with Burkhart to see if he could use his thought to move his hand.

We read in the article, “Ian Burkhart thought about his hand. ‘You really have to zone everything else out,’ he would say later, ‘and focus on that movement.’”

Burkhart was able to move his hand, again showing that thought power exits. It’s not a matter of “if” but “when,” says the article, a fact that includes us all, with or without the technology, we all can practice focusing on thought power or strong mental stands.

The key is zoning out distractions and focusing on the movement of good. I think mental stands for integrity, equality, and accountability is naturally strong, when grounded on divine Mind.

Granted, we see strong mental stands from hateful, fearful people, however they aren’t strong, just loud, obnoxious, and persistent. They are distractions.

We are capable of standing strong mentally and utilizing divine Mind’s power of thought to move in harmony, be responsible, and act for the betterment of society.

[1] Matt. 16:23; Mark 8:33; Luke 4:8



The History of Spirituality II

Voute Hall, the dorm I stayed in

Voute Hall, the dorm I stayed in

Continuing my Boston College experience, our class went on to study Julian of Norwich. A 12th century figure, Julian gave images of hidden things and expressed the inexpressible through language. In the book, Julian of Norwich, we read what can be classified as “revelatory texts” rather than “illuminating text.” Often referred to as a mystic, Julian tells about her 16 visions and because truth can’t be pinned down, her prose meanders. Personally, I had to laugh because it reminded me of Mary Baker Eddy’s writing which can also meander.

Within two class period however, we broke down and analyzed Julian’s thoughts and came up with insightful facts. Julian glimpsed the nothingness of sin. She was optimistic and encouraged readers not to be obsessed with sin. Don’t live your life in a sense of failure. Contrary to the desert fathers who seemed depressed all the time.

By time the 12th century rolled around, the Catholic Church had grown some fairly straggly and bushy church creeds. A couple of Popes were fighting for the throne. Julian ran counterculture to the church, but yet didn’t condemn the church. She knew her visions came from God, not hierarchy in a church.

Her imagery of God highlighted the characteristics of: Father, mother, powerful, loving, courteous, willing, forgiving, devoted, and all-aware. She brings out a dynamic, rather than structural concept of God and church.

Next is my weekend venture.

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