Christian Science, Kilbirnie / North Ayrshire, Poems, Uncategorized

The Rowan Tree – A Poem

This one is about the Rowan Tree which was in my Grandfather’s garden in Castle Drive, Kilbirnie It is likely still there.

I wanted the poem to catch that idea that some people  relish the shade but then complain about the darkness 🙂

In the shade of Grandpa’s house
There stood a Rowan Tree
Where my Brother tried to climb
With Rosalyn and me

Every day my Grandpa came
Admired it´s towering boughs
While we as children playing there
Saw darkened twigs and crows

Shadows hung upon his life
With towering darkened power
Yet we as children plain could see
Their withering every hour

Its leaves held back the sunshine light
Its branches stern with years
Sitting with his chair and pipe
It calmed away his fears

Yet we as children playing in sight
Saw only twigs and leaves
Revealing more of sky to us
Than he could ever see

We pointed up at shafts of light
Throughout the darkened power
Whilst he preferred the shaded glade
To pass the wakened hour

We saw sun and endless days
Upon his chair he sat
Despite the passing years it stood
The tree was sound at heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Science, Uncategorized

Universal Hypnotism

One of the most disturbing aspects of the Corona virus scenario has been the daily and sometimes hourly presentation of numbers. Headlines such as “30,000 people dead”, or “another 1000 people died overnight”.  I have to say that even though I knew that these figures were a bit misleading, they still troubled me.  It was not until after some days that I chanced across a few reports reminding me that these figures were not actually accurate. They were based upon mathematical models of likely causes and infection rates, recovery rates and testing numbers. Yes people had died but that is part of our daily life – its just that we are not usually confronted with it. If I received a daily report telling me how many people had died on any given day in the UK or US even before this virus then it would have been no more troubling and the numbers would have been more or less the same. (was it not this that started the Buddha on his way?) And death rates fluctuate in any given year.

Thankfully there seems to be an awareness now that these numbers are simply common death rates, not necessarily Corona virus death rates or evidence of a monster with us. But combined with additional people needing medical assistance – there is confusion and fear within the health system.

Yet the panic remains over death – why?

We all have our different ways of seeing illness. In some circles metaphysicians argue with it with a “You, John Smith cannot have tuberculosis because there is no tuberculosis and God made you perfect” which although effective is a kind of hypnosis – simply assuring the carnal mind that the symptoms are not there. Others simply turn to God in silence without making demands and watch as healing comes.

Is this really laying the axe at the root of the tree? It sounds more like John Smith (the human by that name) is having his identity affirmed and his disease is being denied. If anything his ego is being massaged a bit. Naming diseases and people rarely works and lowers things down to ritualistic exorcisms.

The creation of any virus or disease comes first from us allowing space in our minds for it.  By hearing a number, a presence or talk about the symptoms or perhaps a passing cough on the bus that we thought we had not noticed. Or sometimes it just comes from other´s thoughts and fears. We do not need to deny that but we do need to see what is happening.  It is allowing ourselves to be lowered down into a scenario where we define ourselves as little minds with a brain and skull which can be infected. That can happen on a worldwide scale as well as a personal one. But is that who we really are?

It is at this point there is not a need to treat “John Smith” of “Coronavirus” because firstly John Smith is not the Man that God sees  – he sees Man which has the same relationship as the vine has to the branches on a tree – inseparable, indestructable and part of the whole bigger picture of the tree –  never separate. So why would my prayer be “I am hanging on a vine (but my name is still John smith and I yes I have an identity in God but I feel threatened). Its a little bit of double thinking and wanting to remain in two worlds.

God does not send disease and he does not sweep in with a bag of sickness for humanity. He does not know sickness and no affirmative words or pleading with Him will change anything whether its via the ears or brain.

The presence of a virus does tell us that there is something wrong with our view of the Vine and vine tree scenario otherwise we would not all be panicking at the idea of any kind of death. Can any of us say we truly know who God is?

Again, the presence of the virus can be used as a sign to say “where is your God?” and it is at this point we should be realising that God is not our personal slave to simply heal disease. He is a loving entity with whom and in whom we have our being. That means daily contact – to stay healthy, not waiting until we get sick.

To get to know this Entity better is our way, not to plead with It or use words to demand from It. We need to find silence for daily commune with Him, to listen, to hear and to be assured. This commune should not be filled with any kind of demands or desires. It is simply “being” and can be for 1 or 2 or 10 or however many minutes a day you have. simply to say a verse from the Bible like “The Father and I are one” or “He is in Me and I in Him”

As you learn to trust Him – you grow and as you grow you can expect to see him more in your life and as he appears things like disease and fear just fade.

 

 

 

 

Christian Science, Uncategorized

Love in the Time of Corona

A few people have sent me questions asking how to pray about Corona virus.

In short you don´t.

That might seem a bit strange but let me explain.  We have the belief that Father Mother is not present in the human realm – not because He has given up on it (God is not a person – he is a Force described in many different ways) but because the human realm is a world of simply wrong thinking, a world which is formed by man creating his own lusts and desires – holding the view that he is the starting point of everything and that what he sees with his eyes and his touch is real and is effectively his world. It is an illusionary place with its own rules and desires (and 24 hour reporting). It bears no comparison to reality except perhaps when man catches sight or an idea of eternity and even then it is usually seen within the sensual realm of the potential of the human existence.

It is not possible to pray about something which doesnt exist – and it is not just about Corona, it is part and parcel of this whole wide belief system that Love/God, Father Mother is not present in our lives and what we see with our eyes is what we get. In this case 60 years and death.  I believe it was the Buddha who said “With our thoughts we make our world”. So a world based on investment return or what Tom Hanks is doing today is simply not sustainable, at some point it will fall. But have no joy or sadness over this because it will reinvent itself – illusion generally does that.

  1. God does not see this – so you cant beg him to take it away – and if he is Love (instead of a guy on a throne) – your prayer can´t reach God as a human mind.
  2. God is not your slave – why would he (even if he had a human mind) listen and decide to obey you? Human prayers have a wrong starting point – the human realm.

The way to deal with this issue is to displace the whole system not just a perceived virus within it. 

Closing your eyes, even for one minute, quietening your mind with a scripture like “I and my Father are one” or “He Leadeth Me” – without any kind of desire is enough for you to hear the voice of Peace – quietly listening and to let God get into the picture. The best thing you can do right now is to switch off the roaring lion telling you that we are all going to die and simply close your eyes even for 2 minutes. When you feel the Peace, you will know that God is on the scene – that is enough to bring change. Try to do this hourly – you will be amazed at the results.

When your whole identity becomes that of Gods, your world changes, including your perception and what you see around you.

 

 

 

Christian Science, Uncategorized

Coronavirus

I´m remembering a woman I knew some years ago. She lived in the apartment next to mine. She owned a snake which was. poisonous. I was terrified of her and the snake which in my mind could kill me. Yet the woman loved this snake, it was her best friend.

It was not until I learnt not to judge the snake as good or evil was I able to learn to live with it next door.. The fear and overthinking of this snake made me ill. I saw it on every corner and it had an aim to kill me personally in my mind. I blocked up every hole in every wall I could find. I left the house with plastic over my legs, searching outside my apartment before I left. The woman in my eyes must have been evil as well.

These days another neighbour has a pet tarantula and I have no fear or judgement. I live in peace.

I remembered that story last week when my cat chewed through my modem cable and I declared the cat the biggest evil of the day whereas my family’s response was simply “awwww he is so cute, finding his teeth”

In those days snakes were not the only evil:  menopause, sex, and drugs were medically classed as causes of insanity. Satan was out to trick all of us as well. Woman with snakes were not culturally ok either. Certain laws dominate us, and tell us what is good and evil. Roses for me are beautiful yet for a friend they are allergic and evil.

In these days a microscopic entity has been declared the greatest evil in society. Perhaps the worst in modern times. Just like witch hunting in medieval times, we see it on every corner and declare every person with a cough the biggest threat to us. Yet nothing is good or bad without our minds input. The little mind and not the bigger Mind as God.

Spirtual living teaches us that judgement of another is judgement of self. We dont need to know what this virus is, we just need to know theres another mindset where it has no power. A mindset which is Godly.

We need to arrive at a mindset of knowing we cant judge and then fear. Fear and judgement are best handed to God. Only when we relinquish judgement will we find peace from this.

Whatever we do or think about this virus and others we can expect to find those thoughts forming in our own minds and bodies.

Lets rise above this.

 

 

Christian Science, Uncategorized

The Entity

One of the saddest things about modern day living is that we no longer have a language or indeed permission to talk about God as any kind of useful force. In the 1970s and 80s there were still people around from Victorian times but sadly they have all passed.  In the UK, talk of God, Bible or religion immediately means barriers,  insults or people simply responding with:

“I am not religious – sorry” and the subject is quickly changed”.

I have in the past responded with:

“I would like a moment to explain –  I likely don´t believe in the God you are rejecting either, I don´t mean a guy with a beard on a throne”

It is not that I´m out to convert anyone, its just that most of the people I come across in daily living are deeply unhappy, are in crisis of an existential nature and they have approached me for advice.  But religion is not on the menu as a solution – its more likely to have contributed to the cause.  The irony is that I never actually wanted to talk about religion anyway, but I did want to tell them about the Entity.

“The Entity” is my new way of discussing God. The word doesnt carry any baggage and can be used to describe different aspects of God´s being without eyes rolling. Yesterday, the subject of “evil” in the world came in conversation. We spoke about it for a moment and here is the transcript:

“bad people do bad things”

“no, people often have bad opinions thats all – its not evil exactly and technically its not really personal – it doesnt belong to anyone, its like a power which pervades humanity as a whole because it is believed in. .

“so you think there is no evil then?”

“yep – but you agree there is some kind of power in the universe?”

“yes – but it is neither good nor evil and it doesn´t do anything”

“Im OK with that – but as a power, it must do something”

“Like?”

“Well if its an Entity and just “is”  – it likely doesnt know anything of human experience – it only has knowledge of itself” – that would explain how evil in the world has nothing to do with it”.

“that sounds like something I could believe in but its not practical – that knowledge cant make me a better person but could explain an infinite existence”

“I believe you can interact with It via times of quiet and listening – that silent moment of nothingness brings you right to it. If it knows no humanity – there is no mind to beg it for things and even conscious mental argument is futile. “

“so who are we?”

“we live in the Entity – we ARE the Entity in the sense that we reflect its great power and theres no room for evil acts there except in your own small mind which thinks it runs everything”

“Doesn´t that seperate you from friends – if you think your existence is not in anyway physical? I mean that sounds like you don´t need anyone – only to know the Entity”

“Not really, we can see other people as affirmations of the presence of “the Entity and besides it also means we can redefine who we are”

“So we are living in a Mind greater than us but we dont know it or interact with it”

“Yes – kind of – we have a purpose to reflect its entire catalogue, that includes provision, love, goodness and Health – If we learn to trust it, it will enrich our lives and give us clarity about who we really are.”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Science, Uncategorized

Question and Answer regarding Prayer

Question: What is Prayer and what is the point of Prayer?

Answer:  In historic and mainstream Christianity, Prayer meant simply asking God (Spirit) for things. If you felt a lack, caused by you, by evil or caused by nothing, then you approached God and then he decided if you were to get the desired object or not and then you accepted what you thought his will was for you. That simple description sums up the usual view as well as rising early, singing badly to a God that was somehow present and hearing your daily life. That view is beginning to vanish and Churches, like many others are slowly beginning to change their opinion in favour of a more psychiatric God who is your friend and is reached through a brain instead of a mouth.

If we define God as a science or a set of universal laws which holds our existence then there is no Godhead to decide whether he will grant your wish in an Aladdin´s Lamp kind of a way. In this viewpoint, all which is of Spirit, is with us as well.  If we accept the idea that Spirit cannot see lack, has no sense of time, space or human life and that our existence is in It (Him) completely then we can reform our ideas of how to pray.  It should be noted though that there is no point in bringing “human things or issues” to It, for It cannot see them. Why would It? Human Life belongs to the world of dreams and is a law unto itself created by small minds which think they are the centre of their universe.

Prayer then is a commune with that Mind, a daily rerouting of ourselves and the little “I” to the big “I” which is God. This is achieved by silence and listening for set periods every day. Realising that the ego, poor health, sin sickness, death and lack  are not God´s problems, they are ours and only exist in our own perception. In today´s world, silence  is often called meditation although its simply a communion with Spirit for a few moments. In this space, we can redefine ourselves and our thinking about our existence. We can remember that the World is “good” and all of the qualities of God are our qualities too for He (It) made us. So Prayer is a realignment of our thought into what is real. In that place there is no room for illness hatred, sin, sickness or death.

It can also be noted that simple affirmations like “my Father and I are one” or oher illuminatory affirmations from the Bible or otherwise help us to see that we are not separate from God. As we grow in this practice, we learn to trust God more and not to panic about world affairs or personal issues. As that happens things like poor health and lack, vanish.

There may also be times when we need to “argue” mentally against opinions which are affecting us or those we know. Spirit however remains unchanged.  These arguments are for our benefit to enrich our life experience.  It should be noted that these “arguments” are not really about who we are but should be arguing about what  God is “I am Gods perfect Child and cannot be sick” is rather futile since it goes no higher than the “me”. A better Prayer is “God is perfect, God is good , whole and healthy, therefore so am I”. All Prayer needs to be aimed at God not our own sense of sickness. Fear can feel very depleting at certain moments. So Prayer brings us into line with Spirit but does not change anything except our views and with that, comes peace, trust, joy, healing and love to a particular situation.

There are some people who prefer religious rituals and who likely will never leave those. For all people though,  Spirit speaks to humanity daily and directly at every moment without Priest or Practitioner or intermediatary and It is there if we listen to It calling us to Love and to reflect the big “I” to establish God´s KIngdom on earth.

Prayer then, can be defined as not rushing to fix a situation, but learning what God would have us to do in a particular situation and learning how to hand things over to him without rushing to add human opinion, medical opinion or final judgement to an issue.  When faced with a very strong imposing issue, like health or perceived lack,  to eliminate the fear is always a good place to begin.