Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

We're More Than Our History ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

We're More Than Our History ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Most pictures I have from my childhood show a little girl with furrowed brow, watching with resentment or curious bitterness other children licking bigger lollipops or sitting on the laps of friends and family where I was supposed to be.

Not that I always had the smallest lollipops or the fewest sweets and not to imply an unhappy childhood. I simply felt dethroned when my siblings arrived and didn't know who I was. This unsightly outlook accompanied me into my teen years until something significant happened. I realized at one point that my life had to be and was to be different, moving away from past behavior, actions, and character traits. My life from then on became a quest.

Where we come from, how our childhood has been, the experiences we've had, shape how we view ourselves until a certain point. It is this "until" that makes life interesting.

The moment we start knowing ourselves, we can do something with this knowledge. It opens two possibilities: to live a life tied to our history, or to live a life geared toward development. Heart and mind part with the past and separate history from present development. This is the quest.

Mary Baker Eddy, who founded this newspaper, wrote the thought- provoking book,"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." In it there's a sentence that confronted my thinking on this subject in a fundamental way: "The true theory of the universe, including man, is not in material history but in spiritual development" (pg. 547).

This is what I gleaned from that statement: 1) The universe is not a static state, but a process. It moves, it develops, it unfolds. 2) Material history does not represent the unfoldment and development of the universe.

I am very interested in the true theory of the universe, not a false one, and because of that, I study and ponder spiritual development: What is it? How can I experience it? Who am I if material history doesn't determine me? I am not finished with this kind of reasoning, but I see the glorious possibilities already unfolding.

Since I started to glimpse that my life is spiritual and developing rather than determined by physical factors and history, my health has improved considerably. …

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