Being a life coach…or, a Life coach? [with a capital ‘L’]…

Sometimes friends say I should be a life coach.

A life coach is helpful to those trying to figure out a next step, a career path, relationships, money strategies, and much, much more.  I know some who practice helping others as a life coach.  In fact, in Portland, Oregon, USA where I sometimes hang my hat, there’s one on every corner — or every bulletin board at least.

Friend to friendIt’s a real complement to me, and I hear what they are saying.  I could add that to my shingle.  BUT, I really am more of a Life coach; with a capital L. Capitalizing like that is often a reference to divine Life, or God…  That’s the kind of coach I am as a Christian Science practitioner.

You see, I have been trying to live with God in my life for so long, that God is my life coach — or, really, my Life coach.  The divine life.  I am trying to live a divine life.  That takes guts to say, but there, I said it!  When I work with others, THAT is what I’m trying to do – guide them to God, to Life.

In Him, [God, Divine Life] we live and move and have our being.

God is All-in-all.

God is Love.

Think about that for a minute.  If you took nothing but those simple, dear, phrases from the Bible into your prayer and mediation, you would have the wealth and health of the world in your lap!

I find that turning to the divine Life solves my problems far better, quicker and gracefully than any human advice could.  That’s why I love to say: “God is living me!”   The instruction book that we have?  The Bible.  My references all tie back to the Bible in one way or another. I discover new ideas and fresh concepts to work with just in opening it.  Very often, right on that very page, is the very answer I need.  I REALLY encourage YOU to try it.

Mary Baker Eddy said in reference to her life-long healing practice, and the discovery of a Christian Science: “The Bible was my only textbook.”  Science and Health, p. 110.

Her desire was to understand God, Christ Jesus, and healing.  Simple, grand desires.  She stayed so close to the bible, was immersed in it as a child in the early 1800’s, that healing came naturally to her.  And, then, when faced with a life-threatening moment, asking for her Bible…. she opened to a section in Matthew, that so illuminated Christ’s healing presence, that she herself was healed.  Not only of the effects of an accidental fall in her 50’s, but also of a life long sensitivity to a painful spine and nerve related condition.

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Mary Baker Eddy
Look at that sweet expression–

She lives a second half of her life so full of accomplishment, freedom and success that the first half’s struggle was fully compensated.  At an age when many would sit in a rocker lamenting their declining years, she founded in 1908, an international daily newspaper of great renown and Pulitzer Prize achievement [7 of them!]: The Christian Science Monitor.  The Monitor’s mission?

 ‘To injure no man, but to bless all mankind.’  Boy, say that three times.

Christian Scientists study a Daily Bible Lesson, and this same lesson forms the central message of the Sunday sermon in Christian Science Churches around the world today.  The Wednesday Testimony Meeting also contains readings composed of the Bible, as well as testimonies of healing shared by congregants.  Her textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scripture is shared as well.  Together, The Bible and Science and Health,  constitute the pastor of the church today.  Much like a pastor exposing on a biblical point through sermon.  However, these lessons actually have more of the Bible read than ANY sermon I’ve ever heard preached from a pulpit or podcast.

So, to get back to my premise – that of being a Life coach with a capitol ‘L’.  Be a Life coach to those around you today.  See if there might be guidance from the Bible that enriches your experience?  Try to crack the book open and really see what’s there.  Truth is a living, real power in the Bible.  Start with the book of John in the New Testament of the Bible, if the whole concept is foreign to you.  But really, anywhere you seek inspiration and fresh ideas, it’s in there!

“As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life.”  Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p. 497

See also this page with more of her references to the value of this great book:  http://www.glenmontcsn.com/christian-science-and-the-bible/ and some great info.

 

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Christian Science is not just another ‘complementary health care practice’.

Many friends ‘pile on’ their regime of health care practices.  Try this, try that…supplements, nutrition, acupressure,  acupuncture, reike.  Thinking that maybe I have something up my sleeve as a Christian Scientist, they want to give it a try at times.  And, THAT’S great.  I understand that step by step we find it.  But I want to explain something, why there is such a turn-around in a new and different direction when you start studying Christian Science.

(One studies Christian Science by reading Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Rev. Mary Baker Eddy which was originally published in 1875 alongside the Bible.)

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It’s hard not to grasp at straws when one is suffering, isn’t it?  But I DO know that having a Christly consciousness will bring relief and healing to any situation.  It’s the same spirit that prayers are offered to those in the hospital, or someone who just crosses your path. It’s really your duty to meet any need with that same Christly consciousness.

While I study, pray, and work, as consistently as I can, to maintain a clear, direct understanding of my own spirituality, it is not always the same when you just ‘dabble’, or pile on.  One foot in this or that school of thought, another in trying Christian Science.  (And, I am someone who is always open to seeing  Christian Science ideas finding their way out into the world, in other denominations and practices.)

I am talking about something more – the nitty gritty of getting in and doing the work.

Mary Baker Eddy wrote that it is the ‘radical reliance on Truth‘ that heals.  What does that mean?  More than just turning from other systems of healing, she is talking about Truth, another synonym for God.  Eddy gave us seven synonyms for God, and I find them helpful when talking with people who are even hesitant to say the word ‘God’ outloud:  Life, Truth, Love, Spirit, Soul, Principle and Mind.  All facets of the same diamond, you might say.

There is such a fundamental difference in Christian Science to other approaches, that it isn’t really fair to mix them.  The medical model relies on your whole fledged buy-in to the materiality approach, even if we are talking nutrition or homeopathy, or energy work.  While seemingly a step away from the medical model, these approaches are still working from a different basis.  One is like applying a patch vs. ‘the whole cloth’ if you know what I mean?  You Christians may get that reference to the whole cloth – like the robe Christ Jesus wore.

Christian Science is based on spiritual-truth-telling, by transformative thought.  Not by studying disease, but by studying health.  And not in a material sense either.  They contradict one another, don’t they?

In fact, they can sometimes seem to work against each other.  And it’s important to understand why –

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Eddy discovered years ago that the ‘atmosphere of thought’ surrounding the patient/client was crucial.  Even medical researchers today study the placebo effect to understand expectations, the power of thought.

Just as Christ Jesus did in healing the young dead girl;  Jairus’ daughter [Mark 5]  He had to ‘put out’ those who were not present to faith, to healing; those who laughed when He said, ‘She but sleepeth”.  He wanted to keep the atmosphere around her pure, and focused.  Focused on healing.  Focused on life, not death.  And suddenly in that healing atmosphere, with Christ Jesus, she was alive, not dead.

There is such a fundamental difference in the frame of thought associated with spiritual healing than with medical, nutritional, oriental, energy models.  They don’t mix.  Not really.

I attended a Christian Science lecture last night in Glen Arbor, MI by Robert Gilbert, CSB [Christian Science Practitioner and Teacher].  He explained in a way I’ve never quite heard it, Eddy’s understanding of matter and thought.  Matter and thought = the same stuff!  Just as ice is a form of water as is steam, matter is thought taking form.  Wow.  That’s pretty clear isn’t it?  (It even has some parallels in the way quantum physics looks at particle and wave.)

And, why is SO important to guard your thoughts!  To keep them pure and centered on good.  “As a man thinketh, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7.  Eddy wrote:  “Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 391)

But,what I want you to get, … even more important than what our individual (or collective for that matter) thoughts are, consider God’s thoughts.  Consider how God regards you.  From the beginning we are taught:  ‘Man was made in the image and likeness of God.  Very good.  Perfect. Jeremiah 29:11 says…

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

– King James Bible “Authorized Version”, Cambridge Edition

God is ever active.  S/He didn’t create the world one day and leave it — No way.  God is active, thinking, loving us all the time; always.  That activity of God is another way to think of the Christ:  The action of God in the world.

That Christ, is what heals.  The Christ is what reveals.   That thinking, that knowing, that activity, that God, that perfection, is the Life of the world.  When we realize, become conscious, of God’s thoughts — they become our own.  Our world experience becomes one of joy, peace and health.  Wholeness.  “…There is no room for imperfection in perfection.” (S&H, page 205).  Like when you turn on the light in a dark room, there is no room for darkness anymore.  There is no room for disease, in the consciousness of God.  So it’s not human thought that heals – it is God thought.

Then you can say with me, ‘God is living me’.

That’s how Christ Jesus could say, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand“.  It really is.  God’s thought is accessible and practical.  And in II Timothy 2: 15, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

So “Dig in”….

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The First Church of Christ, Scientist
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