And,.. If I be Lifted up–

I’ve been dwelling on this phrase from Christ Jesus a lot lately. It came to me, oddly, after watching an Adam Sandler movie a week ago while on a business trip in San Jose, California.

In one scene, Adam is challenged to battle a competitor. Unusually, it was set in a fantasy future with antigravity effects. But first, he steps onto a small flying disk— which lifts him upwards. Then, it hit me…

“If, I be lifted up…I will (in a spiritual state), see all others, that way too.

Mary Baker Eddy wrote once, ‘Jesus beheld, in Science (sic: or, in Truth), the perfect man– where sinning, mortal man appeared to others. In this correct view of man, the Master healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, restored the dead to life, thus proving the Kingdom of Heaven intact, and man, pure and holy.’

It explains how Christ Jesus could put his arm around the leper, because leprosy does not exist in the divine consciousness. It also explains why he could call Lazarus forth, because, he was very much alive to Jesus’ thought.  He could never have called him forth if he thought otherwise.

It also explains the necessary time Jesus spent alone, in prayer, in quiet meditation with God. Lifting himself up…up from the struggles of daily first century life. In realizing his own divinity, he brought others to theirs. The illusion of anything less?– Shattered, dissolved.

This is ours to do as well; Our work in the world, our way of being-undivorced from good, God. It can be as simple as dropping judgmental labels, or reconciling with someone…as dramatic as speaking truth to error, or giving your life to helping others,….and always lifting ourselves up. Get on that ‘high flying disk’, as Abraham Hicks has said, and stay there, as often as you can.

Then, you too will be lifted up, and those around you, or in your thoughts and prayers, too. And THAT is the practice, isn’t it? That’s all it is.

See John 12:32: “And if I be lifted up, I will draw all unto me.”

Love to you, this Easter morning, 2015.
Alexis

 

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Enthusiasm does not know age–

Quick insight to share….

I was leaving the office early, just a few days after Christmas. It was my son’s birthday and I had some things to finish up before having friends and family over to celebrate. My computer was being upgraded, and I couldn’t really work without a CPU on my desk. I am an architectural designer for a large firm, here, in Portland.

I felt especially gleeful. I exuded enthusiasm as I said goodbye to coworkers and receptionists. Then, it hit me.

Enthusiasm doesn’t know age!

These office friends were seeing ME as enthusiastic, happy. And, that’s what they responded to… not to my size or shape, or how slow I walked, but just to the enthusiasm. I walked out with enthusiasm, at a normal, pace.

We are ‘made of qualities’, really.

The same rule could be said of joy, honesty, loyalty, hope, confidence, caring,… none of these know age. Whether three years old or three-times-thirty– If we ‘live out’ of these qualities there really is nothing for age to attach to. We are ageless. We are full and overflowing of God.

I learned this as a little girl from my parents, from my wonderful Christian Science Sunday School teachers ((forever grateful)) and again, in Christian Science Class Instruction… this time, an Angel whispered in my ear.

“Enthusiasm does not know age”.

Play with it some:

Joy does not know age. Courage does not know age. Strength does not know age….

Joy does not ‘know’ pain. Courage does not know fear. Strength does not know lack. Love does not know disease….

The permutations of this concept are infinite, are Life itself.

God IS good… in Him, we live and move and have our being. “Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual, —neither in nor of matter, — and the body will then utter no complaints.” Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scripture.

Love to you right now.

Tiny flower

Tiny flower

 

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A ‘Treatment’, or Better Still… ‘A Treat’-

A Treatment, or a Treat?

Sometimes it helps to write down your prayers. I have to admit I am not in practice… a bit rusty. Today, I start with a heavy sigh like one preparing to sit in meditation.  In my thought there is a catalogue …ills that need addressing. I could go there, make a list. Check it twice. But today, my question is:  Treat or treatment? This is the question I go to God with.  It occurs to me today  for the first time, that a real treatment is truly a treat…one in which, Christ enters in. Now, that’s THE  treat, agree?

We are told to ‘Enter his courts with thanksgiving and praise’.  That’s a clue.

One could view metaphysical treatment as a love letter to the ‘one and only true God’ as I think Moses may have said.  Here goes….

 

Dear One, God–

I know that you God, are the only One in my life. I ‘have no God’s before you’. Your creation appears in the world around me. But, you, the creator, are reflected in every aspect.  You continue to create. Mary Baker Eddy: ‘Creation is ever appearing and must ever continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source,’.  First, let me say, I love you, your world too. I am happy in it…   Everything is good, very good. That includes man, who you proclaim in Genesis 1, ‘Very Good’. That includes me, too!  As though that is what all our names  are:  Alexis ‘Very-Good’ Wittman, Child of God.

I’m thinking this love letter needs to be a daily thing, right?  So, to recap, I have acknowledged God and secondly, man as God-created. Perfection.

God is the power, the intelligence, the love… like a diamond with many facets, God’s facets are infinite, powerful and good; All part of the diamond. Mary Baker Eddy, author of ‘Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures’ back in 1875, liked to think of God in terms of qualities, specifically seven synonyms: Life, Truth, Love, Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Mind. Taking one of these into thought, Life, for today…. brings Divine Life more clearly into focus, let’s me explore God. Think of that as a definition of treatment.

Humanly, I am suffering. I am having what I euphemistically call ‘mobility issues’. That could mean, car troubles? But, no, today there’s some pain I am facing as I move through my day. It’s truly uncomfortable and limits me, too much. This is hard to share, with you, with God even. I feel like a failure.

Those words, I’ve italicized, ‘pain’, ‘uncomfortable’, ‘limits’, ‘failure’… express the erroneous ideas I seem to be experiencing. I have taken them into thought. I want to be free of pain, comfortable, unlimited, a success!…. that’s the course I am charting here. Life (God) is too good to behold evil, pain, uncomfortable limbs, limitation, failure. They are unreal and unnatural in God’s creation. The only power they have over me? None, really.

Eddy again: ‘Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusion as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.

Eddy says that, ‘man is not brains, blood, and bones’.  We are not our bodies. We are something else entirely…. spiritually made beings. ‘in the image of God’. Christ Jesus states that ‘in Him (God) we live, move, and have our being’.  Mrs. Eddy’s words to the world were, ‘God is my life.’ This for us…

Christ Jesus states in John 10: ‘ I am come that they might have life; and that they might have it more abundantly ‘. This is really the message of Christmas, isn’t it, by the way? Abundant life, for us.

God is my life too. I am the ‘man’ of God’s creation. Any other claim, symptom, distress, is obviously a false clam, a lie against this established truth, fact. I can correct any, let me repeat, any lie… by knowing the Truth.  Once I understand, through lesson and demonstration, that two times two is four, I don’t have to conjecture about five, six, or three.  It’s true sometimes it helps our thought make the necessary course correction by ever so briefly, acknowledging, what is not.  The science of Christian healing can work like a mathematical proof, demonstrating so clearly Truth overcoming error, that only health remains standing IN OUR EXPERIENCE. Creation is perfect, and it our divine right to experience God’s creation here, now. We are not changing anything but thought. Eddy says, ‘Thought must MOVE”.

Eddy put this ‘proof’  into what she termed a Scientific Statement of Being….(in part):

There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. (The lie)

All is infinite Mind (God) and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. (The Truth)

So, this includes ‘my life’.  I have now taken a particular aspect of God, Life, into my thought, or love letter. And, wrapped my own life up in it.

What’s missing from this treatment? There is an element of healing so crucial, that it alone heals. Even without the affirmation and argument that a treatment may represent. It’s the ‘treat’ I hinted at earlier.

Thinking about God, as principles or qualities, can leave us ‘in our head’ as you might say. But what brings these healing thoughts into our lives in a way that secures them, that anchors them in our very being?

What is it that God acts through? What is the activity of God in our human experience? Simply put, the Christ.

The Webster -Merriam Dictionary includes this idea in defining Christ: ‘the ideal truth that comes as a divine manifestation of God to destroy incarnate error’. It’s origin is from the Greek Christos, literally, anointed.

So more than only being immersed in Truth, I ask for the anointing. The presence of God, God’s blessing in my life. THE Christ.

This healing treatment IS a treat. It operates through the Christ, in accordance with God’s law. I can rest knowing that it is active in my life, and true for the world as well. It is sealed by God’s great infinite love. Amen.

Blessings–

 

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“How long did it take this time”?

Clear sky Pix by AW

Clear sky
Pix by Alexis

I am frequently amazed at how long it takes for me to turn to God. If you note the time between recent posts, it’s been months… literally. I have been in a desert place, (or is it a dessert place)? Could be. I have been feeling fat, undesirable, unattractive, and honestly, unhappy. I could blame it on the weather, dreary drizzle here in Portland; the place, I’d rather be in Northern Michigan for the snow and companionship of old friends, my diet–one too many cheese sandwiches…. but, really… really, it’s feeling turned away from God.

This is not in some intentional decision based way. It’s not exactly laziness. It’s something else. A vacation away from God. As if. God waits patiently. Always here, living me. Loving me.

But, often, it takes me while to warm up to God. To think, “There is a solution”.

Slowly, I have been thawing out of this frozen state of consciousness. And I’d like to share a simple, goofy, story that occurred a few days ago as an illustration of this. Sometime in the night, I had taken off my wedding rings. I remember putting them both on the broad table beside the bed. The next morning, there was the wedding ring, but not the diamond engagement ring. Huh. I looked all over, checked the floor, under the dresser scarf,.. no sign of it. Not a big worrier, I went ahead with my day. Later that evening,… still no ring. Next morning, and one or two morns after, again, no sign of it.

Well, I had just gotten back into reading Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Prose Works. Just a dabble of inspiration for my cloudy thoughts. And walking into my bedroom, a bit later, I thought (like a lightening bolt) as I turned to sit on the edge of my bed, and look once again for this ring of mine, ‘God knows’ (where it is)… and ha! As I turned my butt to sit, THERE IS WAS SHINING AT ME UP FROM THE BED. The same place and side I’d slept for several nights without feeling it. It was comically laughing at me. Right there, twinkling. One way or the other, it was restored to me. Logical explanations aside, it was important to me.

I did one of those, V-8 Juice, head slaps. You know, “I could have had a V-8!”……….. I could have had God. This is an expression that I have shared with clients. Thinking, asking myself, this time, ‘How LONG did it take this time to turn Godward?’ You get it, right? We go along in our cloudy stew of issues, problems. Happy enough, sad enough. But finally the little stirring inside awakes and we remember God’s power, love,  and authority over our lives. In all ways.

So, ask yourself, as you turn toward God: “How long did it take THIS time?”

The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof’ Psalm 24:1

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Quick update–

After a lot of very supportive prayer — my own and others, I have a job for the summer working for CH2M Hill.  It’s a great company and right next door to Portland State University where my graduate classes take place evenings.  Couldn’t be better –… well, it could, and continues to unfold in an upword direction.  I want to encourage anyone in the same situation of long term unemployment…. hang in there and look up!

 

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