Sep 04

Soul Sense or Human Sense

Many people read the title and think, “What does she mean ‘Soul sense or human sense?  There is only one kind of sense–the human senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste.”  Ah-h-h, but there is another kind of sense, “Soul sense.”

It also gives you the capacity to see,  hear,  smell,  taste and touch. You just do it mentally!

Soul sense and human sense are opposites!  The human being has the capacity to express one, and give in to the other.   One lies within the true self, and the other is a belief in the false sense of self.

What authority do I have to make such statements? One word, demonstration–demonstration of divine Law.  This law holds that man is created by Mind, soars above human frailties with Soul, and  expresses the substance of Spirit.

As I, or anyone else, practice this law, one’s true identity is discovered.  This allows that person to exist in the flesh, but yield to divine direction and guidance.  Contemplation is always seeking comprehension beyond sensualism–beyond what the five physical senses are entertaining.  Many people identify this as “conscience,  intuition,” or “the Holy Spirit.”   I call it demonstrating my true identity–my true being.

All ideas of harmony emanate in Soul, and all beliefs of discord spring from sense.  The human experience, when governed by Spirit, Soul, consists of daily moving from sense to Soul in thought and action.  We are constantly walking through the mists of error into the sunlight of truth.

A verse from one of my favorite hymns expresses the idea with supreme clarity:

From sense to Soul my pathway lies before me,

From mist and shadow into Truth’s clear day;

The dawn of all things real is breaking o’er me,

My heart is singing; I have found the way.

(The Christian Science Hymnal, No. 64).

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Aug 11

Complaint Is Poverty!

“Complaint is poverty!”  What would you say if someone spoke these words to you?  One reaction might be, “Yea, so what?”  The first time I read the words, they were attached to but, “Gratitude is riches!”  Why would I choose to write an article on just these three words without the attachment?

News Reports!  Social Media Networks!  Social Gatherings!  Family Gatherings!  Husband and Wife Relationships!  The American Populace!  World Communication!  The list is endless!  Complaint . .   Complaint . . . Complaint!

NOT A PRETTY PICTURE, IS IT?  Yet, we live with it in some form, everyday.  How do you stop the noise?  How do you stop the destruction?  How do you stop the pain?

That is what this article is about–getting rid of complaint!  What can you expect to mentally walk away with by reading it?  Three things:

A deeper meaning of complaint and poverty.

The impact it has on the complainant and the recipient of the complaint.

The ability to determine  if my theory that ” Every statement of complaint matched with the same element of praise, will lessen your desire to complain” is accurate of false.

In order to get to the core of why complaint is poverty, it is necessary to gain a workable knowledge of both.

What does complaint mean? It means finding fault; expressing rage or resentment.  Poverty is a powerlessness and lack of representation and freedom. To paraphrase, when one complains about something or someone, he is expressing his own powerlessness, his own sense of the inability to represent, control or remedy the situation or condition.   Since he feels helpless that his freedom and control are compromised, he resorts to criticism or complaint of the person(s) he feels responsible.  The problem with this mental environment, is that it destroys the spirit of man, corrupts the capacity to reason, and lessens the ability to discriminate between good and evil, and right and wrong.

What are some of the pitfalls of complaint?

Unpleasant demeanor or disposition.

Deters friendship or companionship.

Promotes negative responses.

Robs one of good or progressive ideas.

What are some of the pitfalls of poverty?

Breeds inferiority and inadequacy.

Robs one of self-respect.

Causes deficiency of thought.

Eliminates one’s mental state of excellence.

An example of this can be seen in what motivated me during many years of my adult life.  I had a deep sense of what I perceived to be right and wrong, fair and unfair, equality and inequality, and when one crossed the line relative to this sense, I would spring into action!  Granted, in most cases, human logic would agree that a wrong had been committed against me, but reaction to it was always combative.

Long detailed letters, accentuating each complaint would be sent to CEO’s or presidents of corporations, congressmen, lawyers, school superintendents, or whomever I felt would correct the situation, I wallowed and rolled in anger, resentment, and revenge until a solution was reached, and sometimes, even after it was reached.  However, as my understanding of divine law increased, and I was able to see that there is an underlying principle that governs all human activity and experience, those complaints or lawsuits have diminished to practically non-existent.  Today, I take my case to a higher power, a greater sense of justice, and know that the solution will bless all participants.

What I found is that even though the resolution does not always meet my initial expectation, I learn lessons that I need to learn, have less stress in my life, and actually learn to express unconditional love to those who have hurt me the most.

Unconditional love does not mean that one always gets human fairness and equality, it means that in spite of whatever happens in human situations, love must prevail–not necessarily love for that person(s), but love for the true nature of man–the perfection of man.

WHAT IS THE OPPOSITE OF COMPLAINT AND POVERTY?  The opposite of complaint is praise, adoration, and approval.  It is heartfelt humility, trustworthiness, joy and servility.  Poverty’s opposite is obedience to divine law, purity of thought, gratitude and infinite unfoldment of spiritual ideas.

We have talked about what it means to have an attitude of complaint and poverty, let’s talk about what it means to be free of them.  Since poverty and complaint are sensual–that which is only perceived by the senses, freedom comes when man dwells in the sanctity of Soul, God.  Soul releases you from the hardships of life, a focus on worldliness, and a haven of sense.  This is not a state of mental, human escapism, but a divine correction of thought, a removal of a false sense of reality.

“Bless my soul” means shower me with goodness, keep me in a state of excellence, and grant me the ability to discriminate between right and wrong, good and evil.   Let the fragrance of Soul embrace me, the perfume of joy surround me, and the voice of praise sustain me.  The presence of Soul keeps one from seeking false tastes, poor vision and selective hearing.  In so doing, the world receives the warmth, mercy, grace and security that it brings.

How can you benefit by choosing praise over complaint, or abundance over poverty? Every time you complain about something or someone, make a conscious effort to follow it with a word of praise, or a statement of approval.  It will be difficult the first few times.  You may even feel silly.  Keep doing it as often as you can remember each day, each hour, for one month, and  I guarantee that you will have a more restful hour, brighter day and the promise of a peaceful tomorrow.  How do I know?  I have demonstated it in my life!  Praise is power!  It gives comfort, joy and a sense of peace.  Approval brings harmony to the heart, freedom to growth and understanding, and an expression of love that embraces and expands day-by-day.

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Jul 24

The Seven Keys to a Successful Prayer

As a twelve-year-old listening to a Baptist minister exclaim, “You need to get down on your knees and pray,” I thought that the first step to prayer was kneeling somewhere.  Then after I assumed this position(which I felt was required of me by God), the words would come to me to tell Him what I wanted.

There are two things wrong with this assumption: (1) You do not have to kneel down on physical knees in order to communicate with God–only yield your negative thoughts and (2), You don’t tell God anything, you only acknowledge and affirm.  God is all-knowing, all-seeing and all-acting.

This brings us to the subject of this post: What are seven keys to a successful prayer, and how does one define a “successful prayer?”

A successful prayer is one that causes a person to yield his  thoughts, plans, hopes , desires and faith to God.  He turns whole-heartedly to God with the idea that “I am nothing, know nothing, and can do nothing without You.”  Let thy will be done.

Remove human self from the picture.  Having these words fall from your lips without being heartfelt, gets you nothing.  It is as Jesus says, only the “pure in heart see God.”  It is not words that bring success, but the true meaning behind the words.  Once this is achieved, how does one measure success?

Success is having the burdens that one is carrying inside lifted, whatever they may be, and feeling a sense of calmness, peace, and hearing messages that tell you that all is well, even though to human sense, things remain the same.  The success comes from within, not without.


Humanly, you may not see a way to get food for your hungry child at that moment, but know without a doubt, God is controlling the situation; you may not know how to keep the man holding the gun in your face from pulling the trigger, but you know God’s hand will direct the bullet; and you may not know why your child passed away before you, but you trust God to give it eternal life. These measure the success of prayer.  Prayer does not answer human will, but divine will.

The seven keys to prayer:

1.  Recognize that intelligence, wisdom and understanding have their source in divine Mind, God, not your mind.

2.  Know that the quality and quantity of everything that you need (not everything that you want) have their foundation in Spirit, never in material things.

3.  Realize that the happiness, beauty, and harmony in your life must be determined by the spiritual senses of Soul, not your physical senses.  In other words, you cannot always believe what your eyes see, or your hears hear.  Seek a higher level of vision or hearing.

4.  Determine that justice, power, impartiality, persistence and mercy, come not from human institutions, but from divine government.

5.  Become convinced that your daily activity, courage, strength and joy, are gifts from God, that define who you are, and how you will handle every situation that you are faced with.

6.  Strive to let honesty, integrity, honor and genuineness guide your thoughts, words and actions.

7.  Set aside finger-pointing, unjust criticism and implicit love for yourself, and yield to humility, compassion, kindness and gratitude.

Following these steps daily will open up new ways of thinking, speaking, and acting, and will bring more peace and harmony into your life.  Doors will open, situations will present themselves,  and problems will have solutions unimaginable.

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Jul 18

Video: Spiritual Qualities in Daily Experiences

Maintaining a calm, hopeful and expectant demeanor reduces stress, increases productivity, and makes you a happier person.  This video will help you do that!

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Jul 17

Open Your Thought to the The Fruitage of Prayer

. . . the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee” (Deuteronomy 28: 11).

Moses makes it clear in the Fifth Book of Deuteronomy that it is God who is the source of supply–it is God who is the one Provider.  Do you believe this?  How often do you look to God for goodness, abundance and supply?  Do you look to Him in the first instance, or do you look to Him when you believe you have no where else to go?  How many times have you really put God first in seeking supply?  Many of us either look to ourselves, or another human being to meet our needs.

Let’s talk about what “fruitage” really means.  If you check out Webster, you will see words like “productive, bearing fruit”, or “getting results.”  In the light of spiritual understanding, such definitions pale.

During the early stages of my study of Christian Science, I delighted in reading the last chapter of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, appropriately titled “Fruitage,” because the entire chapter is devoted to testimonies of people who have experienced the healing of diseases from colds to cancer.  All of these healings have been well-documented to prove their authenticity.

I longed to be able to say “I have healed this” or “I have healed that!”  The greater the disease the better!  I wanted to be like those people I read about; like Mary Baker Eddy;  like Jesus!  I wanted to heal!  I was not too concerned about what gave them the ability to heal, I just wanted to do it!

What did I do to achieve this?  I studied!  I prayed!  I tried to obey without understanding!  However, no matter how much I prayed, sought to live the statutes and commandments of Jesus and Moses, I could not achieve that level of healing.  There were healings that occurred, but I had no idea how they occurred, so my progress was slow.

As I grew in my understanding of Principle, divine Law, I recognized that the fruitage that I so desperately desired, had already been given to me–for the fruitage was not the healing of the numerous diseases, but the increased understanding of God. That was the fruitage!

Wow!  What a revelation!  The healings are the effect of that understanding.  Jesus, the prophets, Mary Baker Eddy, and those early Christian Scientists, healed effectively because they lived, gained, and practiced higher levels of thought by establishing a daily closeness with God.  They became as Jesus stated, “at one with God.”

It took years for me to even begin to understand this level of thought, how to get there, and what I have to do to stay there.

What does prayer bring to your thinking? True prayer takes us beyond the human realm of experience into the conscious awareness of God as the only Presence, Power, and Knowledge.  Comprehending this, we are led to make the right decisions, pursue the right course of action and gain dominion over sin, sickness and death.  One cannot demonstrate what one does not understand.

As a college student majoring in vocal music, I read books on the mechanics of voice production:  vocal projection, enunciation, and lyric interpretation, but it was the day-to-day practicing of these elements  every time I sang songs, that enabled me to demonstrate what was on the printed page.  Reading may reveal knowledge, but demonstration gives understanding.  Healing works the same way.

The basic foundation of healing is “changed thought,” not changed physical body, or changed human experience.  These result from change of thought.  Unless one understands this, he works against himself, thereby causing his success in healing to be ineffective.

I approach all aspects of my life through prayer:  work experiences, business decisions, human relationships, illnesses and emotional stability.

Prayer is not a mechanism that we run to when life becomes challenging and get an “emotional high.”  Prayer leads us into “the secret place of the most high”—a place where the human yields to the divine.  In this yielding, we give up what we want, and accept the will of God.  We give up being mad with the  neighbor, even though he is one hundred percent wrong; give up lusting after money at all costs; give up accepting disease as God bestowed, and asking Him to heal us of this bestowal.

God is Love.  He does not inflict His creation with anything that He does not experience Himself.  Why would He create us in His “image and likeness,” and then seek to destroy that likeness?  It really does not make spiritual sense.  A sick person is not the image of God, he is the likeness of someone expressing mortal beliefs and human concepts.  God is Immortal.  He is never mortal!

Prayer leads us to new ways of seeing things–spiritual ways.  This vision is not sensual, but mental.  Achieving this level of thought, we find ourselves doing things we were too angry to do before, suddenly well of an illness, or wondering why that total stranger gave us exactly what we needed.  Even though God is Spirit, your connection with Him meets your human need.  Notice I said “need” not “want.”

Our goal then, becomes to use song, prayer and study of the Word of God, to bring about a change of thought.

For the past five years, I devoted my work to gaining a greater understanding of God, for I knew that if I did so, everything else will take care of itself.  At times, this proved very challenging, but patience, persistence and perseverance enabled me to continue the journey.  My understanding is blossoming!  My faith is increasing, and each day, I seek to yield everything to God.

Each  challenge, each struggle, each hardship has allowed the journey to be productive, for I have learned that fruitage is the journey we take, not the reward at the end.

This journey helps us develop faith, intuition and spiritual growth.  If fear or sin cause you to shrink from taking your journey, remember that you give up the blessing that reaching your destination brings.

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matt. 5: 8).

“Human hardships are often the pathway that lead mankind back to God.”

Mamie Smith

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