Jul 14

What is the Purpose of Human Existence?

What is the Purpose of Human Existence?

Have you ever asked yourself that question?  I hadn’t . . . that is, until viewing Super Soul Sunday  on the OWN CHANNEL .  Oprah had asked this question of many of the world’s spiritual leaders when they appeared on the Show, later compiled the responses, and played  them as one Show.

 

As I listened, I wondered, “How would I answer that question?”  Hmm-mm, not a clue.  What did I do?  I asked God for an answer.  Here’s what he told me . . .

 

Human existence has no purpose, because it has no reality!  Yes . . . that was the answer, and I am sure many who read this will say . . . “You  need a spiritual hearing aid!”

 

Human existence is a false sense of what is real. Therefore, it’s only reason for supposedly existing . . . and I emphasize, supposedly, is to reveal the opposite of what is real. The question then becomes . . . what is real?

 

God is real, and God is not human.  He is Spirit.  Everything real comes from Spirit, and everything unreal or ungodly, is not made of Spirit, thus cannot be spiritual or real. John says in Chapter 4, Verse 24, “God is Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”  

 

How does one worship God “in spirit?”   By mentally allowing the Christ to transform thinking . . . rooting out of thought all negativism: such a prejudice, hate, anger, bigotry, disrespect, fear and all the etceteras that go along with them.  The Christ is that which expresses or manifests God, and when we connect with this godliness, righteousness and perfection, all human thinking is expunged.

 

When you are able to do this, human sense disappears, and spiritual sense appears.  What is spiritual sense?  Mary Baker Eddy gives this answer:

 

 

“Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to understand God ” (Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 209).  Maybe you read that definition, but have no idea what it means . . . join the club!  I wrestled with the meaning for many years, and have only begun to understand it.  Our spiritual sense is that which truly defines us–our ability to constantly and consciously seek an understanding of God.  We reach out to God mentally, listen . . . and obey the angel messages that speak to consciousness.  In so doing, consciousness rises above human interpretation and knowledge.  The physical senses are muted, and one is only aware of God’s goodness and love.  Have you ever been there?  I have . . . many times, and nothing in the human experience equals it!  Why is understanding God necessary?  One cannot have faith in God if he does not understand who He is.  Understanding is the mechanism for faith.

Daniel had a knowledge and understanding of God, and that knowledge caused him to quiet the fears and doubts that told him he could not interpret King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.   Leaning on his faith in God, he found not only the meaning of the dream, but the precise words to express it to the King.

 

That same faith and understanding made him safe in the lion’s den, and that same faith is available today.  When the physical senses told me I was blind–one eye completely closed and the other barely open, faith caused me to “lift my eyes to the hills, from whence (came) my help,” (Psalms 121: 1).  After two days of constant prayer, my vision returned.  No medical help was sought . . . only God.

 

When my faith in God is attacked by cruel words and harsh treatment, divine Love embraces and comforts with “Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalms 46:10).  Communicating with God, provides the understanding and knowledge to handle any human situation or experience.  The divine law, Principle, is ever operative, and protects, governs and guides.  We have only to avail ourselves of it.

Human existence serves only as an opportunity to prove that law exists, and not the laws of mankind.  God does not sink to human understanding and experiences, but is ever-present, and that presence is peaceful, righteous and perfect.  Living in the depths of human existence, mankind is blind to the presence, power and knowledge of God.  To acquire this knowledge and power, he has to separate himself from mortal thinking and unite with spiritual wisdom and understanding.  Truth is unchangeable . . . what changes is our perception of it.  Human existence defines “truth” as that which is perceived by the five senses: our eyes, ears, touch, smell and taste.  True vision, hearing, taste, smell and touch, are perceived mentally, and thought that precedes them, is spiritual existence.

 

When my mother passed away last year, she left a Will that selected me as the person to execute (executrix) it.  The Will gave extended powers to the executrix: the ability to buy, sell, decide what to do with the house, land and use available funds to divide all resources equally.  It clearly stated that after all divisions had taken place, any remaining funds were to be dispersed equally among her children.  However, many years prior to her death, she decided to place a co-signer on her bank accounts.  I was asked, but was already handling all of her legal matters, and detected that would not “sit well” with my 13 siblings.  I told her to ask another child . . . she asked others.  My oldest brother agreed to become the co-signer.  He knew she never intended ownership, but because she did not specify that as a directive to the bank, (she was not aware of it), Mississippi bank laws gave him ownership at her demise.

Over my objections, my brother dispersed the money among 14 children (including myself . . . I did not cash the check) equally without knowledge of what it would cost to execute the Will.  All 13 siblings banded together, and cruel and accusatory words were spoken and written to me.  The ones whom I trusted the most did the most damage.   Mortal thinking urged me to get an attorney and sue them, but I knew the first step was to handle the hurt and pain I was experiencing and remove all desire to get revenge . . . so, I distanced myself to do so.  That took a few months . . . now I feel I am back on track.  An attorney has been hired, and all I wish to do, is follow the instructions of a judge and get the matter settled.  If that means accepting my share and moving on, without prejudice, pain or revenge, I can do that.

How did I get to this place?  Many days and months of allowing truth to wash over my consciousness, replacing angry, hurt thoughts with pure and loving ones, seeking over and over to see each sibling as “made in the image and likeness of God,” and endeavoring to hold to my own true identity . . . as a “child of God,”  was how I got to this place.  It is never easy to overcome the human with the divine, but if we are to prove that human existence is a myth . . . it must be done.  Jesus was the Exemplar, and showed us how to do it.  We have to really love unconditionally . . . not by words only, but with deeds, and these deeds must grow out of faith, hope, honesty and humbling ourselves to God’s will . . . not human will.

 

 

The “kingdom of God” is in each one of us.  Becoming aware of it, coupled with a constant alertness to the unreality of evil and proving such, is the only way to demonstrate that human existence has no purpose.  Most of us will not achieve perfection before this so-called human existence disappears, but the steps we take here, will shorten the journey when we arrive at the next level of consciousness.

Human existence is not a creation of God, it’s a false sense of who God is, and the man He created.  Once we understand this, we are ready to begin the journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 30

Open Thought to: Choosing Wisdom over Foolishness

“The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness” (Proverbs 15: 14).

Many times in life, we are presented with two pathways:  the pathway of knowledge and the pathway of foolishness.  Which do we choose? Sometimes, it is very clear to us which one to choose, and we choose wisdom.  Other times, our greed, selfishness and pride cause us to veer into the path of foolishness, and then there are times, we would love to choose the right path, but our lack of spiritual understanding guides us to the wrong one.

The experience I would like to share with you walks in the third pathway–my seeking wholeheartedly to choose wisdom, but missed the mark.

Years ago, I had severe dental problems and had on combined dental visits, extracted and replaced several teeth with fixed bridges, retractable bridges, covered some with crowns and left one space open because I did not want to connect a bridge to an unsound tooth, nor receive an implant.  Instead of solving all of my problems, the treatment solved some, but also created bigger problems, one which caused my teeth to shift from side to side, grind against each other and produce soreness.

 

I struggled with the problem for many years, but decided I would not let anyone “inside of my mouth” again except to clean my teeth–using a periodontist instead of a dentist.  Any pain or suffering was dealt with metaphysically. However, as the years passed, the space that had been left open grew wider and wider and my re-tractable bridge did not seem to fit, and along with the shifting and grinding of teeth, the pain became unbearable at times. Turning to God for a solution, led me to believe that either new teeth would appear to fill in the gaps, the gums would adjust to the changes my teeth were undergoing, or everything would stay as it was, but all pain and suffering would disappear.

 

Before you say, “What a stupid decision,” let me tell you that as a Christian Scientist,  I have experienced many healings–healings that can only be defined as “the work of God and His glory.”  Among those healings are blindness, yeast infections, broken wrist (the only treatment being to set the wrist and put a cast on it), disappearance of colds, flu, strep throat, migraine headaches and many more illnesses.   So, placing my faith in God, is a normal reaction and process.  No medical treatment has been administered to me in over 40 years.  “When Jesus said, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free,” he spoke true words that can be proved today.

 

Now . . . back to the unbearable pain with my teeth today . . . which incidentally has plagued me for several days. This day however, I was going to put all of that stuff to rest, so I placed the Bible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and concordances for both books around me and began to do the work I knew I had to do.  I read numerous citations, on “fear, mouth, love, conscience, trust” and others I cannot recall–pondering and listening to the meanings of all.  At the end, I was directed by God to call a dentist.  I was astonished!  So, I began to have a “question and answer session” with God.  What does that mean?  It means asking God a question, waiting for an answer and then asking Him another question based on the answer received.  This went on for more than an hour.  At the end of the session, I was more confused, and kept thinking, “Why would God who is Spirit, tell me to do something un-spiritual?”

Slowly, a citation by Mary Baker Eddy emerged in thought . . . “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,  p, 494).  What was God revealing to me?  I wasn’t sure, but after having been at this study for many hours, I decided to “wait on God ” to make it clearer at another time.  I knew he would, I just did not know when it would happen.

After preparing breakfast, I sat down to eat and watch “Soul Sunday” on the Oprah Channel OWN.  Her guest was an inspirational young man sharing his view of religion and spirituality.  As I listened, it became very clear to me what and why I had been directed to call a dentist.

 

When divine Love meets a human need, it does not mean the need is spiritual . . . it means the pathway to receiving that human need is spiritual!  Wow! What a revelation for me . . . maybe not for you!

 

With hope, sincerity and a deep faith in God, I had sought an answer to my “teeth dilemma.”  The pathway to God was spiritual, because the numerous biblical and spiritual citations readied my thought, moved my consciousness upward and gave me a level of understanding I did not have.  The confusion came about because the answer I heard, did not “jell” with the answers I had concluded (human will).  I was trying to direct God instead of allowing Him to direct me.  I expected God would give me a miraculous healing message, but all I heard was, “Call a dentist.”  That simple answer could not be God talking!  Plus . . . everybody sees a dentist!  What was godly about that?

 

What did I need to learn?  A human need is not a divine need . . . God didn’t need a dentist . . . spiritually, I didn’t need one either . . . but humanly I did.  And since my spirituality had not reached the level of understanding where I could affect the appearance of new teeth, or keep things as they were, but experience perfect harmony on all fronts, the answer was “Call a dentist and get your human need met.”    Also, I realized that if my spiritual understanding progressed . . . when I get to the dentist, putting in an implant and filling a space between two teeth, may not be the human solution.  This is where my understanding is NOW, but does not mean this is where it will remain,  and being obedient to God is a necessity wherever it is,  You got it . . . I called a dentist (on a Sunday) and left a message for an appointment.

 

What is different about my enlightenment and where I was before the intense study?  My faith and trust in God are stronger, and an acknowledgment that performing a human act directed by God, does not make the act spiritual, it makes the process spiritual, thus giving me a higher level of thought and spirituality.  Also, it taught me another lesson . . . that human will has no place in the divine economy.

Listening to God with the innocency and faith of a little child, paves the way for spiritual growth and ascendency . . . listening to human will, leads one down the pathway of failure, suffering and discouragement.  Which will you choose . . . a path of wisdom, or a path of foolishness?

Your success depends on the one you select!

 

 

Jan 22

Open Thought: “Loneliness” by Dr. Mamie Smith

 

Loneliness

 

Loneliness

Written by Dr. Mamie Smith

 

There are many days we stand alone

With only faith to keep us strong,

Words are spoken that cut so deep

And being misunderstood, makes us weep.

A voice whispers, “It’s alright!

The star of truth shines very bright,

Darkness comes before the dawn

Let words of wisdom keep you warm.”

The world out there seems bleak and cold,

But outstretched arms are there to hold,

Christ is ready to point the way,

It does not matter what people say.

Bind up your wounds, stand on your feet,

Do not falter, do not sleep,

Long ago the path was laid

So, walk alone, I’ll give you aid.

Raise your thoughts to God on high,

Who lifts us all above the sky,

Never a moment, leaving us alone,

As we travel the road . . . that takes us home.

 

Rising Above Adversity 

 

 

 

The light of truth shines very bright,

Lifting you above the night,

Let each ray absorb your touch

With healing words, “I love you much!”

 

Darkness seems to cast a shadow

With earthly things that do not matter,

The hand of God is always near,

Erasing doubt and shattering fear.

 

Your path to life is just ahead,

Void of doubt and free of fear,

Embrace it now with all your might,

It never travels from your sight.

God is All-in-all today,

There’s nothing else for me to say! 

 

Written by Dr. Mamie Smith

 

 

 

Jan 12

Open Thought to The “Greatness” of America! Vol. I

Keeping America “GREAT!”

We have heard the phrase “Let’s make America great again!” tossed around by many people.  Most Americans believe that America never ceased to be great … here is why:

The reasons for this greatness are embedded in our Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Of course these sentences are open to many interpretations, but one can gather that our founding fathers believed that God equipped each of us with unchangeable rights–rights that no one can take away from us, that no citizen is more equal than another, and there must be justice for all.  How can we achieve that in the world we live in today–a world filled with fear, poverty, anger, blame, corruption and hate?  The answer: “Start with yourself!”

Ask questions like “What does it mean to love my neighbor as myself?”  Listen for an answer.  You may find a simple answer like “Try walking mentally in your neighbor’s shoes.”  When you sit down with your white friend, neighbor or any white person you are in a conversation with, ask him/her what it really means to live a life as a white person in America?  Do you believe you have privileges a person of color does not have?  Do you believe you are better than a person of color?  What do you think I have taken from you because I am black?  Do you believe most black people are lazy and do not want to work?  If so, why?  What would you like to see happen to all people of color in America?  Do you believe America is free of racism?

If you are white and sit down with your neighbor of color, ask him what it means to live as a black, brown, woman, native American or LBGT person in America?  What are some of the prejudices he/she has lived with, his parents lived with and are still faced with?  Why does he believe all white people feel they are better than people of color?  Why does he believe “being white” makes life easier than life as a person of color?  Why do you always say criticism of you is based on racism?  Why do you believe you helped make America what it is today when it was the white man that came over and have basically moved America forward?  These are tough questions, but they demand honest answers!

If you seek these answers with cynicism, dishonesty or selfish motives, you will not get the results that will make you grow, but . . . I say, start the process, listen and try to understand . . . try to see yourself doing the things or having the things done to you the person describes, and you will walk away with a better understanding that you started with.  Doing nothing or saying nothing, gets you nothing! 

Another important principle to place at the forefront of your mind is “Thou shall have no other God before me!”  Seeking greater understanding of that Commandment, opens the door to empathy, kindness, humility and a respect for other people.  Why?  Because you realize that placing wealth, poverty, racism, re-verse racism, anger, bitterness or deep-seated, unhealed pain, means you are giving God a back-seat in your thoughts and problem-solving abilities, and . . . you are doomed to failure.

The “things” that make America great, are the people who live in America.  Our greatness comes from how we view the least of those in society, the kindness and respect we share with one another, the willingness to keep examining what we think, say and do, and the value we place in living or exposing the truth we keep secret from everyone else.  If the truth we hold in our hearts is too shameful to share, do something to change it!  If the hate, anger and bigotry spewed from our hearts and mouths cause others to do the same to us, let’s change what we are thinking and doing!  Evil begets evil–good begets good!  

I love America!  It is the greatest place to live on earth, and I believe you feel the same way, no matter who you are or where you came from.  Let’s find our commonalities, and that will help us unravel our differences.

As we watch the transition of one administration to another, let us honor and hold true to the principles this country was founded on:  love for God,country and equality, impartiality and justice for all . . . irrespective of race, color, religion and gender.  When “telling a lie” seeks to become “the norm,” let us rise up spiritually and practically to denounce it in the strongest terms.  When “trashing” the next guy seems to indicate power, let us replace it with divine power, and when human wealth glitters like gold, let it fail to tarnish us with dishonesty, lack of integrity and “business as usual.”

  Everyone of us must take a stand to keep our country great with the moral values that made us great.  We grew as a nation because of those values, and will reach stagnation and wither away, without those values.

 

 

Dec 14

Open Thought: Peace Comes to the World

The Lord Bless Thee and Keep Thee:

The Lord Make His Face to Shine Upon Thee and Be Gracious Unto Thee,

The Lord Lift His Countenance Upon Thee, and Give Thee Peace (Numbers 6: 24-26).

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The world is reeling from chaos, war, destruction, hate and human suffering.  Where is the peace that most of us seek and desire?  It seems to be so elusive . . . but is it?  Is there a light that is shining somewhere in the distance that we can find and cling to?  I surmise that there is.  It is within each one of us.  How do we find it?  How do we ignite it?

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Join a special program on “Talk to the Author” with Dr. Mamie Smith Sunday, December 18, 2016 @ 5 pm on eamtradio.com and discover the pathway to that peace.  You will feel it at a level you have not experienced before . . . but only if you “have ears that hear.”

mamie-setting-up-an-interviewDr. Smith is an educator, musician, talk show host and inspirational speaker who coaches all who desire to “listen and hear.”  She joins other talk show hosts in bringing uplifting messages to the world–a world in search of freedom from fear, disease and death.  Her topic will be “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” and Let It Begin with Us.”

Tune-in Sunday and hear words and music that govern, guide and inspire!

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