This Sunday, one of my favorite musicians sang of my favorite songs, It is Well With My Soul. I love my friend Louise Park and her talented voice brought tears to my eyes. I love the song because it is beautiful music and the lyrics speak of an eternal Truth that has carried me through a lot of “stuff”.
New Thought is a wonderful teaching with a lot of useful ideas. Like most people, I was attracted to it because it helped me control my life at a time when things felt completely out of control. I learned how to change my thinking and change my life.
Learning how to do affirmative prayer or spiritual mind treatment opened so many doors to success that I usually want to talk about that aspect of the Religious Science philosophy. I am very grateful for the gifts it’s brought me over the years. I can’t imagine what my life would have been like if I had not found it. I’m almost certain I wouldn’t be here. I’m very certain I’m much better off than I would be without it.
Science of Mind gave me control over my life in ways I didn’t believe were possible. I was able to drop the victim role, celebrate choice and go after the things I wanted in a successful, direct and exciting way. I live my life in gratitude for my teachers, my colleagues and my New Thought practice.
Despite tremendous gains in control, the truth is, I am not in control of the whole Universe, I cannot rewrite the past, and I cannot control other people’s lives. While I can nearly always control my reactions, “stuff” continues to happen. It really does rain on the just as well as the unjust. There are times when the sun does not shine at all. Not everything is within my control and it’s not all good news.
Especially in the out of control times, it helps me to remember the underlying principles of New Thought. I have studied for many years and I continue to review the basics. I learned in those studies that no matter what is going on at the surface level, there is a transcendent truth where all is well with my soul.
I am deeply grateful for the underlying philosophy that New Thought, especially Religious Science is built upon. When things I do not wish for happen anyway, I depend on that basic philosophy. In those times, it is really important to have completed my studies. It is also important to have friends to remind me of the truth that sets me free.
Yes, even though I’ve been in this teaching a long time, there are still rough patches. People die. Bodies age. Illness hits. Loved ones get into trouble. Jobs disappear. Worry about the future persists. While most things can be changed with prayer, some things have to be accepted. Knowing that I am a spiritual being who was created in the image and likeness of God helps.
Of all the religious concepts in Science of Mind, the idea that I am a spiritual being having a human experience is the greatest gift. I have come to believe that I was created by a loving God, and that the spirit of God living within me can never be harmed, changed, destroyed or disturbed. At the level of Truth, I am perfect, whole and complete. What’s more, I came to this life in perfection, wholeness and completeness and I will leave the same way.
In the dark of the night, when the heebie jeebies or the blues in the night hit, I can hold onto and believe basic truths. Here are a few things I can usually remember; I know that God is Love. Love created me and is always with me. Love surrounds me. Love enlightens me. Love is the wisdom that guides me. The Love of God lives in me and through me. God and I are One.
These days, I am a happy person nearly all the time. I have come through difficulties in one piece, to live life at an even higher and more satisfactory level. I can nearly always believe that there is something within me that knows itself as Love and yearns to express as Love. That something is what I might call Soul.
No matter what is going on, all is well with my soul. That can sound deceptively simple or even like a cliché unless you are in trouble. Then it is a lifesaver that you can catch in even the roughest waters and cling to.
I love the deeper aspects of the Science of Mind teaching so much because they are so helpful in life. The first two steps of spiritual mind treatment say that there is only one God and that God lives in us. We are unique, indivisible expressions of god. Those two steps are basic wisdom to really focus on and try accept at a deep level. They are the truth that sets us free.
In many ways, they are much more useful than just learning how to manifest our desires. When we really get it that life is made up of temporary experiences and eternal Truths, we will handle life better. No matter what the temporary experience is, there are eternal truths to rely upon.
Let me give you an example. I went to the hospital for the first time, about ten years ago, and I was in so much pain I couldn’t even remember how to do prayer treatment. All I could remember was that this was just an experience, not the truth. I kept telling myself that I was perfect, whole and complete over and over. I recovered very quickly and returned home to live happily again.
If you want to deepen your consciousness of connection to the Love of God, spend some time each day with the truth that sets you free. It is time well spent.
Does my spiritual practice include attention to spirit?
Do I want to spend more time on the first two steps of treatment?
Do I want to read basic spiritual books?
Do I want to I meditate daily?
Do I want to spend more time listening online to talks from spiritual teachers?