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Strength and Sweetness

Judges 13 King James Version (KJV)
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Strength and Sweetness
From Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Precepts, Vol. 3, by Gilbert Carpenter, page 205 (letter dated Feb. 12, 1895)

 

Judges 13 King James Version (KJV) 13 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not.
3 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name:
7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.
8 Then Manoah intreated the Lord, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.
9 And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her.
10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day.
11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the woman? And he said, I am.
12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?
13 And the angel of the Lord said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware.
14 She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe.
15 And Manoah said unto the angel of the Lord, I pray thee, let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee.
16 And the angel of the Lord said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the Lord. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the Lord.
17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the Lord, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?
18 And the angel of the Lord said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?
19 So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the Lord: and the angel did wonderously; and Manoah and his wife looked on.
20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground.
21 But the angel of the Lord did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the Lord.
22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.
23 But his wife said unto him, If the Lord were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these.
24 And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him.
25 And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Strength and Sweetness
From Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Precepts, Vol. 3, by Gilbert Carpenter, page 205 (letter dated Feb. 12, 1895)
It is the masculine thought that feels free to run things with justice, and to forget mercy. It fancies that love is a temptation against which it fancies it must harden itself, that it must rule love out of the heart before it can judge righteous judgement.

It is interesting to consider Samson’s riddle as found in Judges 14: 14, where he said, “Out of the strong came forth sweetness.” Christian Science proves that strength and sweetness must go hand in hand. History proves that every so-called great man that has flourished for a time, and finally been dethroned, either lacked sweetness, or else he had it but lost it. When you find a man in authority losing his sweetness, it is inevitable that he will go down. Mrs. Eddy was the Leader because she had both wisdom and love, strength and sweetness, and she never permitted one to be overshadowed by the other. She taught her followers to distrust any individual, or committee, who found it necessary to bury their sweetness before executing justice.

When students learn the Science of reflecting the power, wisdom and justice of God, they must never forget that it is equally important to reflect divine Love. The Master combined these two qualities. He manifested a wisdom that enabled him to overthrow his enemies. What he asserted to them proved that he was motivated by a wisdom that they did not possess; yet he never forgot to manifest divine Love at the same time. The very name given to his doctrine, namely, Christianity, has come to mean a type of spiritual love, to which Mrs. Eddy added the wisdom of Science, so that no one can truly call himself her follower who does not act up to his highest understanding of justice and mercy.

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The Secret.

What is the secret of life, without strife, Corona Virus, human relationship issues or war?

The answer has been revealed time and time again: the attainment of a higher consciousness, call it what you want: Christ Consciousness, or 4th dimension, Enlightenment etc. It is not something new, we have always had it,  it may be illumined   free us from a material sense of life.  But it needs a bit of practice.

This freedom from the material sense is indeed the only Life. If we believe that Life is dependent on a vaccine, a heart, money, muscles or indeed any mental thought, then we remain ignorant. it is only ignorance which can believe that our lives are dependent on the external realm – when in fact, our internal Life is that which governs our external Life. That is the big “I” Mind not little minds.

So how do we find this self complete being “I”? We find it in our oneness of our source. Until we are aware of the “I” in the big sense, the more we will be dominated not only by our own thoughts but by those of others in the believed collective rather than the big “Mind”.

The books are only steps leading us up to those moments when the veil is dropped from the face. In that other consciousness we no longer believe materially, we simply see through the facts which are presented to us.  Where the human mind sees basic fact, the higher calling says “I see through this to beyond”.

Demanding that you are “in” that consciousness by denying disease does not help.  Anything beginning with the smaller mind pointing outwards is no better than asking Mickey Mouse to intercede – the starting point is completely wrong which is where the Prayer has been very misunderstood over the centuries. To be Biblical about it “ye ask amiss” so your prayer remains unanswered.

Sitting for a few moments every day simply taking a Bible verse like “I and my Father are one” and with eyes closed gently waiting for God to be realized is more than enough to change your universe – but don´t wait for a calamity like Corona to come of the scene before you start doing this – do it now as as you begin to enjoy the wonders of the presence of God – everything else falls into place.  One of my favorites are the Hebrew words:

“Mi Kamocha” (who is like You?)

and

Ein Kamocha (There is none like You )

You don´t need to repeat these as a mantra, just contemplate them and do not demand that they heal you – just allow communion to take place – no more words are necessary. In fact these words are just preparation.

Try it.

 

 

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Redemption Songs Hymnal

From my early days in Evangelical Christianity, I always loved religious music and back then one of my favorite hymnals (and still is today) is Redemption Songs. It incorporated the Victorian feeling of joy at the idea of “Jesus” defined as a spirit or Spirit man, entering the human heart and convicting you of your sins, leaving you in a state of mixed emotions, fear, superiority, joy and at times controlled ecstasy. I often wonder how much they knew of Science – clearly nothing by the amount of arguments and politics in these little churches but the songs gave a very clear message that somebody knew something about life changing experiences. Or perhaps just a thing hoped for after death. Continue reading “Redemption Songs Hymnal”

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The Supernatural or Natural God?

Last night I was watching to a speech which was called “Kaplan and Reconstructionist Judaism” by Emmanuel Goldsmith

It was a very nice presentation about how the founder of  Reconstructionist Judaism wanted to end the separatism of the past and embrace new things from non Jewish cultures as well as export the good things and ideas to others. In other words to promote unity and adjustment to the modern world. He goes on to say that Zionism today should motivate others to perpetuate the same wherever they are – as one people. Not to see Zionism as a land battle but as a sense of corporate unity and destiny.

The speaker points out another Jewish opinion which he defines as ultra orthodoxy which seeks to destroy democracy and then defines democracy as a purpose of kindness and goodness, to raise harmony, to free the human mind to use the most Divine Power which he or she can grasp or possess. Further defining God as a “good” force demonstrated by good acts – not a supernatural man on a throne who lives the bonds and shackles of organized religion.  To reach his potential man must align himself with that of the cosmos and realize that Good is a synonym for God thus we should demonstrate that by realizing and working with Good in our lives and not seeking to please a human style God in obedience only from fear or ritual.  He further asks us to consider the word God as a verb or functional noun rather than as a noun proper. To rid ourselves of this “supernatural” idea of God – the man on the throne concept in favor of “naturalism” that God is naturally a force – of the cosmos without a godhead.

In Christian Science Zion is the name given to the city foursquare a “consciousness” of the full understanding of God rather than a land or country called Israel. Mrs. Eddy wrote in 1896: “God hath indeed smiled on my church,—this daughter of Zion: she sitteth in high places; and to deride her is to incur the penalty of which the Hebrew bard spake after this manner: ‘He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision'” (Miscellaneous Writings, p.126). 

In the CS Sentinel dated March 20th 1956 we read the following : “A vehicle to carry these benefactions to mankind was necessary, one which would guard, perpetuate, and faithfully express the revelation. The Mother Church is that vehicle. A careful study of its rules of membership, coupled with continued observation of the effect of these rules upon many individual members, forces home the conviction that in obedience to these rules lies the antidote for the ungodly qualities of the so-called human mind; that what the human mind most needs for its evangelization is the discipline afforded in more clearly understanding and more fully obeying the rules governing membership in The Mother Church. These By-laws were written by Mrs. Eddy, the one who in this age most accurately knew the elements of the so-called carnal mind and their cure, the divine Mind. (Laura Dunbar Hagarty)

From the above, it is clear that there was a time when God, Church and organised religion were more or less synonymous. Mary Baker Eddy wrestled with this concept many times and at least once completely dissolved her Church in favor of having a group instead. Jesus did not begin a Church despite the Catholic interpretation that Peter was the first Pope. It was a mindset within Judaism which eventually had to move out to survive as it organised and changed itself over the first few centuries. Joel Goldsmith, the ex CS Practitioner who founded the “Infinite Way” movement refused to organize his movement to keep it pure and Ernest Holmes often battled with the idea of whether he should set up a Church or simply centers knowing the perils of God and Human Institutions being mistaken for each other using human sentiment and caste.

As a child I was taught that organised Churches had “free reign” over God and it seemed to me that some of these Churches felt that God only belonged either in the tabernacle (the box at the front) or to the hierarchy – imparting blessings, allowing the kissing of Bishop rings and leading services with nice long robes (or suits). Indeed a view which seemingly has continued. So my question then is  why in the time of the virus were these men the first to “run” close their doors and hide? After all – they felt they had exclusive access to  God  – they didn´t even engage in dialogue with the Governments. The Vatican in Rome is closed The Mother Church and Branch Churches were the same – many  immediately disbanding long before there was any requirement to do so –  where was God then and now? Locked until the men are available again? So Government law can displace God now? Now that these men have been removed with their god – do many of us care – would it matter in the grand scheme of daily life if they    didn´t reopen?

We need to work hard to overcome this idea of the punishing God who waits for the right moment or the devil with the fork who prods our hips with a fork chasing us like some kind of Benny Hill cartoon in favor of a scientific entity who can be seen in pure unselfed Love and accessed by everyone everywhere and at every time. To mistake this for a church is fatal unless we redefine the word Church itself as Mary Baker Eddy did.

To simply ask people to close their eyes for a few moments daily with a verse like “I and my Father are one” to gently bring them to a child like trust in a greater power and to foster a trust in it is all that is needed to begin to  see healing and to reshape our world.

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.