Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Somersaulting to an Understanding of Creation ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Somersaulting to an Understanding of Creation ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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When I was young, our home was unhappy. I was sensitive to the tense, quarrelsome atmosphere, and I suffered recurring bouts of asthma.

But during occasional visits with my grandparents, whose home had a loving atmosphere that gave me peace, my health would temporarily improve.

"How was the world made?" I asked Grandma.

In reply, she opened her big family Bible and read to me the first chapter of Genesis, including the words "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.... And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good" (verses 1 and 31).

My grandmother's simple response convinced me that the Bible was a very special book that could somehow answer my questions about creation. What I didn't know was that, when I'd eventually begin to understand the full answer, I would find not only peace but healing.

Some years later the question of creation again preoccupied me. Some people said the world was made through atomic power. But to me, this theory only led to another question: who, what, created atomic power?

I reasoned it out that only a supreme power could exceed atomic power. That in order to understand creation, it was necessary to understand God. So I began to search for God.

When I was about 20, I had an unusual experience. One day, for a few brief moments, I found myself picturing the physical universe in an entirely different light. On the surface it looked unchanged from the creation I was used to seeing around me. Yet, in one significant aspect, there was something different about it.

I glimpsed a universe in which intelligence was not split up into millions of separate minds, but had its source in one universal Mind. I saw that what we see as a physical creation is a false impression - for Mind creates ideas, not material things. So, despite appearances, the universe must be mental, spiritual. It was as if I suddenly took a somersault in my thinking - in that the physical creation, which seemed to be the real one, became just a belief, and the spiritual was the real. …

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