Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Circumstances or Thoughts? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Circumstances or Thoughts? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Not long ago our little daughter taught me something right in the middle of the night. She'd had a bad dream and came to wake me up because she was frightened. I assumed that she was afraid of imaginary faces, noises, or critters in her room. I assured her that everything was all right and that there wasn't anything in her room that could harm her. But she insightfully replied, "Mommy, it's my thinking!"

This caught my attention. It's not often that children recognize it's actually thoughts that frighten them rather than critters. She showed me she knew that if her thought weren't agitated, she obviously wouldn't be shaking me to wake me up. I comforted her accordingly.

And I've since realized even more how we're not scared by outside circumstances but rather by our thoughts and reactions. It's mentality that determines how we feel and act. Sickness, poverty, and hatred must be uprooted from thought if we want them to come to an end in our lives. This can't be done through mere positive thinking or mental suggestion. Rather, it must be done on the basis of perceiving our relation to God. By learning more of the inseparable relationship we each have to God, our creator, we can turn to Him to purify thought. This destroys fear. It heals physically. It improves lives. Christian Science presents seven prominent synonyms for God, derived from the Bible: Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Life, Truth, and Love. Understanding God through these synonyms helps elucidate the divine nature and character. Mind expresses God as supreme intelligence. It shows that God is all-knowing. We can learn spiritually that, in fact, what God knows is His creation. He knows us because He creates us to express Him. When our thinking expresses the divine Mind, our thoughts can only be good. Why? Because God is only good. Obviously, though, human thoughts aren't always good. It may seem that something evil or dangerous is controlling our thinking. But by learning to understand God as divine Mind, and ourselves as man, Mind's immediate idea, or creation, we then discern that true thought, good thought, is always from God. …

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