Jun 30

Open Thought: Spiritual Healing in the 21st Century: Outdated or Under-rated?

Disease is rampant today.  It touches the babies, men, women, animals; everywhere you look there is sickness, disease and death. Yet, if you turn the television on day or night, within minutes, someone is talking about a cure for this or a cure for that.  We are bombarded, lambasted, and beaten over the head with pills, surgeries and medicine!  If medicine heals, why is there so much illness?

This post will take a look at healing and the effectiveness of it in the 21st century.  Why this topic now?  Who will gain by discussing it?

You will gain.

A common response to this statement is “What will I gain by talking about it?  I can’t do anything” but you can! Here are four reasons why you should continue reading:

  1. You will discover an alternative way of overcoming disease, and if followed, bring healing results.
  2. Gain insight into why material medicine does not heal.
  3. Recognize that there is a relationship between evil thinking and physical disease.
  4. Open thought to the idea that there is no connection between the action of the human mind and spiritual healing.

What constitutes spiritual healing?


Spiritual healing results when human thinking loses all sense of reality and unites with divine revelation.  Is this possible?  It is.  As a person who relies on practicing God’s laws to “heal all thy diseases,” I can emphatically say it is possible.  What do you do?  How do you get there?

There are many ways that one can connect with God.  One way is to mentally hold in your thought that nothing or no one exists but God.  This God cannot be some distant, giant, superpower that you don’t or can’t understand.  God is Love, Spirit, Truth, Life and Soul; and He gave all of His creation the capacity to understand Him because we reflect all that He is.  His love is pure and eternal.  It is always there–just waiting for you to reach out humbly and trustingly to Him.  To the extent that you do so honestly and truthfully, healing takes place in thought, and that is the only place that healing occurs.  Once thought gives up the anger, fear or lust, the human body responds to it.

Trying to heal a sick body gets you nowhere, because your thinking is on that—healing the body, and not on God.  God has no sick body, so telling Him of your sick body is not aligning your thoughts with God.  His thoughts must become your thoughts, not the other way around.  Connecting with God fills your consciousness with thoughts of peace, harmony, joy, health, purity and forgiveness.  These are healing thoughts that heal the body.

Material medicine cannot heal.

Medicine operates from the premise that the body is a material organism.  Spirituality says the body is conscious thought, made up of divine concepts and ideas.  These are two opposite modes of thought.   One will never blend with the other.  Therefore, the best that medicine can do for the betterment of mankind, is give the physical body temporary relief.  True healing begins and ends with correcting erroneous beliefs—beliefs that man is not the “image and likeness” of God, but a material man conceived in sin, and needs doctors to keep him well, and ministers to save his soul.

The man of God’s creation is spiritual, immortal, pure and righteous.  Daily maintaining such thinking, keeps the physical body well and the spiritual body perfect.

Perfection yields perfection.

Diseased thoughts yield a diseased body.  Destructive thoughts produce destructive actions.  Jesus’ works challenge us to become aware of this.  He calmed the tempestuous seas by saying, “Peace be still,” not “Destruction go away!”  He told the diseased man, “Stretch forth thine hand,” not “Your hand doesn’t work, let me fix it.”  Had Jesus seen the human frailties that seemed to plague mankind as realities, he could not have healed them.  We have to do the same.


Human mind versus divine Mind

Another name for God is Mind.  Mind is divine intelligence.  The key word in this sentence is divine. Human logic has not a semblance of divine intelligence.  It cannot reach the heights of inspiration, revelation and divine understanding.  Thus, it has not the capacity to heal.  It only operates at a human level.  This is the basis of medicine’s incapacity to heal—it simply cannot comprehend divine law.  Once we reach this level of understanding, and practice it in daily activities, disease will diminish until it finally disappears.

I speak not from belief and faith only, but from demonstration.  I have been healed of numerous diseases: colds, loss of feeling in limbs, limited vision to blindness in one eye, stomach problems, bodily imbalances, lumps in breast and many more.  This is not to lift up Mamie Smith, but to acknowledge the power and presence of God—to be a witness to the fact that spiritual healing is not outdated, just under-rated!

Voices of ministers of the 21st century       

“ God’s Word is a healing agent, just as natural medicine is a healing agent or catalyst. In other words, the medicine itself contains the capacity to produce healing. Inherent within God’s Word is the capacity, the energy, the ability, and the nature to effect healing in your body.

We might say that attending to them, inclining your ear to them, and keeping them before your eyes causes the Word to get into the midst of your heart. Notice this: It is only as God’s Words get in the midst of your heart and stay there that they produce healing in your body. Head knowledge won’t do. They are going to have to penetrate to your spirit through meditation – attending, hearing, looking, muttering, musing, pondering – to produce healing in your body. But once they do penetrate, they will surely bring health to all your flesh. … let them penetrate deep within your heart. (Living Bible)  Joyce Meyer

“Have you ever wondered why some people seem to get healed and others don’t? It is God’s will for you to be healed and His Word promises you that right. “  Creflo Dollar


“ One of the greatest stress relievers God has given us is laughter. It not only makes us feel better, but it actually releases healing


throughout our system. When we laugh, it restores and rejuvenates what the pressures of life have taken out. Proverbs 17:22 puts it like this, “A happy heart is like a good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing.” Notice, when we’re good-natured and full of joy, taking time to laugh and play, it’s like taking a good medicine. That’s what helps us to stay healthy. People that laugh regularly are 40% less likely to have a heart attack than people that don’t laugh regularly. Laughter triggers the right side of the brain, which helps release creativity and helps us to make better decisions. There is too much sickness in our world today. Much of it is related to sadness. It’s directly related to the fact that we don’t smile enough. We live uptight and stressed out. But even during trials and hard times, God says to us, “I’ve got a solution. In difficulties, cheer up. In famine, laugh. Keep your joy.” You can laugh your way to victory, to better health and to more energy”    Joel Osteen


Spirituality is an experience involving an awareness of a relationship with a power or force that transcends human self and connects with a divine power—namely God.  Our Father-Mother God has created us to express this power in daily thought, word and deed.  Let’s do it!

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Jun 29

Can Good and Evil Exist at the Same Time?

Evil disappears under the microscope of goodness.

Wow, what a statement! What does it mean? I am sure it means different things to different people. Let me see if I can put it into perspective.

Let’s find a workable definition for evil?  Webster defines evil as that which is “immoral, wicked” or “bad.” I like to think of evil as that which is erroneous, and erroneous is defined as “a supposition that pleasure and pain, that intelligence, substance, life, are existent in matter” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.472). A simplistic way of saying what the author Mary Baker Eddy maintains, is error is a belief or assumption that flesh and blood contain life and intelligence, and this life can be pleasurable or painful. I hear you saying, “Well, it does!” In reality, it does not! True life is not in a physical body, it is the spiritual qualities that one expresses, and because these qualities are spiritual, they do not exhibit physical pain or pleasure.

Evil itself is only a belief–a belief of a mind separated from God. Because it is not a part of God, makes it evil. This leads to the definition of “good.” Good is everything that is in, or of God. It cannot be bad, and be part of God, Spirit. Since another name for God is Spirit, flesh and blood is not the substance of God. Man, (you and me), is a reflection of God–that which is made in His image and likeness. Therefore, our true identity is not brain, blood and bones, but spiritual concepts and ideas. Wow, again! In fact, double wow!

Now, let’s go back to what started this blog–“evil disappears under the microscope of goodness.” Evil and good are opposites. One cannot exist in the presence of the other. When one is present, the other is absent. I hear you saying again, “That is not true! I have been in the presence of two people, one good, and the other, evil!” This is untrue only if one accepts the premise that evil exists in a person.

My premise is that it does not exist in a physical being, it exists in thought. For you to see evil, you must have it in thought. That thought may be conscious or unconscious, but it is in thought! Destroying evil in thought takes conscious effort. It means working daily–all day to keep one’s thinking pure. A person cannot think evil and good thoughts at the same time. You either hold a good thought in mind, or an evil one, and the second that you let go of one, the other takes over.

The good thing about all of this is that good will always be triumphant over evil. It may not happen for you or me in this world, but it will happen! Why? Because God created good, and did not create evil.  All that He created is eternal and unchangeable. The only thing that changes, is our perception.

You may or may not agree with the viewpoint of this post.  Let me know what you think.  Leave your comments below.  Also, tell a friend by sharing this post.  See what he says!

Jun 21

Are Spirituality and Religion the Same?

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Spirituality-Yours and Mine



Have you ever asked  yourself the question above.  More importantly, did you answer it?

I’m going to give you specific information that will help you decide if they are the same, different, or have similarities.  It will challenge you to look within yourself to find an answer.  If you have never considered the question, this blog will open your thought to reasons why it is important to do so.  It will show you that clarification on this question can contribute to spiritual growth , or spiritual stagnation.


  1. The difference between spirituality and religion
  2. What factors must be present for you to be spiritual
  3. Is “spirituality” a term that can be applied to anything: why or why not?


Religion is a set of beliefs, practices, and ethical values concerning the existence and nature of a deity or Supreme Being.  These practices or beliefs are suppose to give meaning to the practitioner’s experiences of life, and are generally agreed upon by a number of individuals or sects.  Some religions teach that the path mapped out by them, is the only one leading to God.

The meaning of the word “religion”  should not be confused with one’s particular relationship with God, because that is determined by one’s understanding of the specific beliefs and practices, and the extent to which he is willing to practice them.  Religion’s root word can be traced to the Latin word “religare” which means “being bound.”  The question then arises, “What is one bound to–the beliefs or the deity?”  I would surmise that the beliefs, practices and ethical values point to and define the deity, and one’s understanding and devotion to obeying these beliefs and values, constitute the religion.   The religion then, of itself, has little, or no value to the person unless strictly practiced.


Spirituality is the divine connection with God–not A connection, but THE connection; because there is only one.  God is Spirit.  Therefore, to express spirituality, one has to think, say and do things that are spiritual–of God.  Words that express things of Spirit are: perfection, purity, goodness, love, peace, long-suffering,  awareness, integrity, equality, impartiality, obedience, humility.   The list, however, is endless.  There are many ways that lead to a “oneness with God,” but only one way to actually connect.  It is a state of mind where thought has been elevated to feel, hear and see only that which is divine, therefore, leaving behind everything that is human.   I lived many years before experiencing it.  This precludes the idea that “anything can be spiritual.”   Only things that relate to God as Spirit, Mind. Soul, Principle, Life Truth and Love can wear the spiritual label.

A few days ago, I heard a person say, “spirituality is that which is inside of your body– how your body connects with the universe.”  In reality, it has nothing to do with the physical body, or the physical universe, because neither connects with God.  Everything that connects with God is mental, not physical.  It is ideas and concepts–divine qualities given to man and the universe by God.  These qualities are innate–the kingdom of heaven within us.

The Scriptures are filled with states of thought and divine qualities expressed by people like Elijah, Elisha, Moses, Jesus, Paul, and many others.  Some of these had a greater understanding of God than others.  I see Jesus as having the greatest of all connections, primarily, because he did not have an earthly father– only an earthly mother, thus giving him an infinite capacity to understand and relate to God.   He read  the Old Testament,  related to the words of Isaiah, observed the doctrine espoused by religious groups, but drew a fine line between false doctrine and divine reality.  It was because he could state emphatically that “I and my Father are one” that he is the greatest teacher and demonstrator of divine law.  It is not enough to claim a religion, pay tithes, go to church and state that you “have been saved,” one must seek understanding of the laws of God, and practice them in his daily living.  To the extent that one does this, defines his spirituality.

To reach this state of harmony is the challenge.  It can be achieved through prayer, reading and studying the Word of God, song, but mostly, by practicing daily everything that you understand of God.  The more you practice, the more you understand.


Spirituality is present if you:

Find meaning in your life.

Feel fulfilled rather than empty.

Find purpose beyond today or of this world.

Rise above a limited ego, and connect with the One Ego–God.

Triumph over fear, death and destruction.

Recognize that there is a greater presence and knowledge beyond human capacity.

Realize that religion is simply a means of achieving spirituality.

Recognize that everything physical is imperfect, only the divine is perfect.


The out-stretched hands pointing upward, illustrate the upward movement of thought–thought that  leaves the human and approaches the divine.  This harmony, or state of consciousness, is not found in the sky, but within the consciousness of each one of us.  Look for it–it is there!

The second picture illustrates the idea that simply joining a religion, is not the answer to human suffering, building a relationship with God , or understanding and demonstrating God’s laws.  The ticket to doing this, is seeking and  finding divine guidance, and living through the human sacrifices required to practice it.

If you gained a deeper meaning of religion and spirituality by reading this post, let me know it by leaving your comments below.   Also, email it to a friend or family member.

Jun 10

Coping with the Loss of a Child

Radio Interview: The Unfolding of a Rose

Listen To Mamie Smith Talk About Her Book

Author, Mamie Smith gives the listeners insights into why she wrote The
Unfolding of a Rose, the impact it had on her life and how she arrived
at the title. She also explains what the words “Christian Scientist”
mean. This interview captures your interest, inspires and elevates your
thoughts, and touches your soul.Click on the link below, or copy and paste it to your browser:Radio Interview: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mamie-smith/2009/11/01/mamie-smith-aut… Unfolding-of-a-Rose

Coping with the Pain of Losing a Child

What to Do and How to Do It!

Two headlines evaded my thoughts, threatened to take away my joy, and caused me to re-examine if the existence of many human beings is merely
to have a negative impact on the world. The precise headlines will not
be used, but the version below will tell the story.

“Five-Year-Old Child Raped and Murdered” and “Young Male Shot by Father!”

Headlines of this nature are almost impossible for the human psyche to
comprehend. The first thing that comes to mind is What occurred in a
person’s mind to allow it to think in such a manner? How does one get
there? and How do you fix it? Horrific examples of man’s inhumanity to
man have existed since mankind staked out a claim in the world.

One has only to reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus, the mutilation of
Christians, and the burning at the stake of women; but when innocent
children feel the evil of such a distorted mind, it becomes most

Lust, gluttony and escape from punishment caused the raping of the
child, and the inability to cope with human frailties caused the death
of the son. Evil uncontrolled and unstopped expands and explodes into
more and more vicious and deplorable acts. What does one do?

Coping with the death of a child is heart-wrenching–a death like no
other. It rips the foundation of existence from its base, and tears
away everything that one holds dear. The scene is played over and over
in the mind.   Blame. guilt and helplessness overshadow any sense of
faith one has–yes faith in God. You feel somehow that God could have
prevented it, and you wonder why He didn’t. There is only one solution
that heals–replacing the deep-seated pain with love. Yes! How do you
love the person who killed and mutilated your child? You don’t! You
love the opposite of the guy who harmed your child! You heard me
correctly! When anger, bitterness, hate and the desire to do something
unimaginable to that person tries to fill your thoughts, you
counter it with: “There is only one person that God created, and
that person is kind, loving and supportive. He would never do anything
to harm a child.”

It is essential to point out that you are not saying
the act committed by your child’s assailant was kind and loving. You
are re-focusing your thought on the one man–the only man, the one God
created. This will be the most difficult thing that you have ever done
in your life, but it has to be done. Why? To free yourself from hate
and bitterness. You say, “I want to hate him! He hurt my child!” You
don’t! Hate only destroys the person carrying it around.

In order to free yourself from this horrible act, you must constantly replace
mortal thoughts with immortal ones. The more you do it, the easier it
becomes. Will you forget what happened to your child? Probably not.
Forgiving and forgetting are two different things. Forgiving helps one
to remove the human emotions such as guilt, pain, grief, hate and the
desire to destroy, whereas forgetting removes the experience from
memory. Sometimes both occur, but in a case such as this, the memory
may remain, but the pain evaporates. Am I speaking theory? No, I am
speaking from experience. There are words that can fill your heart with
love when it appears to be breaking. Learn these words and use them at
the times you feel the greatest hate, pain and suffering. It took two
years, working daily, for me to remove the anger that I felt for the
doctor whom I felt made a mistake that resulted in the death of my
daughter. When I think of him now, I feel love for God’s perfect
expression of Himself. Every man, no matter the act, in reality, is a
child of God. The mistake people make, is trying to love the human that
committed the act. Evil should be condemned, but hate reversed with

In my book The Unfolding of a Rose, I give a day-by-day, blow-by-blow
account of how I gained dominion over sin and death. Healing does come,
and when it does, you will glorify God for giving you the strength and
courage to find it.

Thoughts from parents who have lost children:

“A wife who loses a husband is called a widow. A husband who loses a
wife is called a widower. A child who loses his parents is called an
orphan. But . . .there is no word for a parent who loses a child, that’s
how awful the loss is” (Neugeboren 1976, 154)!

“Children are not supposed to die…Parents expect to see their children
grow and mature. Ultimately, parents expect to die and leave their
children behind. . . This is the natural course of life events, the life
cycle continuing as it should. The loss of a child is the loss of
innocence, the death of the most vulnerable and dependent. The death of
a child signifies the loss of the future, of hopes and dreams, of new
strength, and of perfection” (Arnold and Gemma 1994, iv, 9, 39).

“When a parent dies, you lose your past; when a child dies, you lose your future.”  Anonymous

“This space is with me all the time it seems. Sometimes the empty space
is so real I can almost touch it. I can almost see it. It gets so big
sometimes that I can’t see anything else”  (Arnold and Gemma 1983, 56).

In the life that we live, expectations are like footprints in the sand,
they blow away with the wind, but the memory of their existence does
not have to be painful. Love yourself and be free!

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Birthdays That Come After the Child Has Gone

Coping with Your Deceased Child’s Birthday

The day approaches!  You know it’s coming, but you dread it!   Why?  It’s your child’s birthday, but you have no child.   It’s gone.  It’s only a memory!
Death snatched it from your view. It does not matter if it were taken
by disease, crime, accident, or suicide. The pain is the same. The
tears fall just as long, and just as hard! How do you cope?

My day is today–February 4th!  The birthday of my deceased daughter–once a day of joy, now a  day
that is easy to dread.   How am I doing? Very well! You see, I
learned a few years ago that it is fruitless to try to learn about
death, when learning about life brings more happiness.  My husband
asked, “Do you know what day this is?” I answered, “Yes!” It is a day
where life has no beginning, therefore, it can have no ending. My
husband did not respond, so I left for work. During the long drive, I
contemplated how I arrived at giving such a response.

Through prayer, inspiration, and revelation, I discovered that a
person’ life is measured by day-to-day expressions of Life, Truth and
Love. These are synonyms for God, and since God is eternal, all life is
eternal. How is divine Life expressed humanly? With a smile that
brightens the day, words that foster joy, and a heart that over-flows
with tenderness.

My daughter had a dazzling smile, a warm heart and
words of laughter! She was the center of our world, but a connection to
God’s world! Her expressions of life are reflected in the self-portrait
she gave me, the store she designed, and the flower arrangements that
warm our home. Her beauty, joy, love and dominion are everywhere,
because they dwell in the infinite Mind, God.
I smiled as I remembered my daughter’s life. I hear her saying, “Mom, do not cry, do not weep,
I am not dead, I do not sleep., My smile is just as bright today as it
was the day I went away.” I believe that! She, as well as your child,
lives in a consciousness different from ours, but nevertheless, THEY
LIVE!  Their lives are not desolate, lonely and sad, because they are
holding the hand of the only Dad. That Dad is God.  Being is Spirit, and
they are infinite spiritual ideas, living in the consciousness of Soul.

Many parents try to forget that their children are gone, because
remembering is too painful. Healing takes place by living WITH you
child, remembering the times that you shared together, not by trying to
forget them. There are websites that allow you to talk about your
child, share your love, and deal with your pain. I would like to list a
few below:

You may need to copy and paste it in your browser.

Excerpts from the site:

“Parents remember their deceased children at holiday candle-lighting ceremony.”

RACINE – Tara Fisher lit two candles Sunday night, one for each of her dead sons.

Fisher, 34, of Racine, lost a 7-year-old son four years ago to a heart
condition, and Saturday she experienced a miscarriage and lost another
son, who was 4 months in the womb.

For parents like Fisher, feelings of loss and grief are all too common,
especially during the holidays, typically a time of family
togetherness. That’s why the Racine/Kenosha Chapter of The
Compassionate Friends held a candle lighting memorial event Sunday
night for the parents of deceased children.

“They need to include the child in the holiday and this is our way of starting it out,” said event organizer Peg”

Another site urges parents to talk about their deceased children:

They talk:

“Its hard to be on here anymore I don’t get to see my grandchild and my
daughter is gone and its been two and a half years and it seems like no
one remembers her anymore. she was a beautiful person and would help
anyone, she proved that by not thinking of herself when she was sick. I
don’t get to see my grandson anymore his dad has moved on with his
life. I wish I was able to move on but she was my little girl and
always will be. I know I’m rambling but I’m a little down today have
tried to forget with Facebook and my space games, but reality hits me
once again. She’s gone!”

Could you take a moment out of your days and elect Beyond Indigo for
the spotlight program for American Express? You have to register but
then you can vote for us. We need 50 nominations by tomorrow night
Midnight!! If we win then we receive 100,000 dollars which I want to
put towards a site administrator for this website. Can you please help
and pass the word to the others?”

“Just go to http://shinealight.ivillage.com/, click nominees and type
in Beyond Indigo and our name will pop up. The direct link to the page
is here at
Let’s shoot for 50 plus nominees by tomorrow night! Thank you for your help.”

“So sorry you had to visit this site, but what a wonderful site it is.
Your son looks young. My Brian was 16 when he died 6-19-08 from a car crash.”

“Be kind to yourself. My father and I are estranged and my mother passed on 2-7-08.
I have one sister and my Husband has 4 sibling, only 2 involved with our lives.
We visit when I am able to. Not so much physically, but emotionally. I
used to get panic attacks and realized I was forcing myself to do
things my body and mind were not ready to do.”

These are a couple ways many parents are dealing with the death of
their children.  During the darkest moments of my life, I clung to God.
It was during one of those moments that a mental voice urged me to
write down my daughter’s story.

Two years of struggling yielded a book
entitled “The Unfolding of a Rose.”  Not only was my daughter’s life
unfolded in this book, mine was also.  Every person’s life is like a
flower, it unfolds day-by-day through the expression of the divine
qualities of life. Reach out and pluck your child’s life, embrace it,
and love will find a way to dissolve the pain, guilt and sorrow.

If you received comfort and a sense of peace as a result of reading this blog, share it with someone you think can benefit also.  Send them an email.  Also, visit the site again when your child’s birthday comes around.

We are doing it together!

Mamie Smith is a writer, retired vocal music teacher, and businesswoman. Dr. Smith is currently writing her second book and lives Michigan.

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May 22

What Does It Mean to See the Face of God?

What does it mean to see the face of God?  Have you ever seen it?  What does it look like?

As a child, I imagined God to be superhuman, bigger than man, but looking very similar.  After all, aren’t we made in His “image and likeness?  As I grew older, I stopped trying to figure out the appearance of God because it was beyond my comprehension.  However, as my understanding of God grew, it became less important what God looked like.  Recently, the subject became the focus of indepth thought, and I knew I needed to find an answer.

Today, I attended my annual Christian Science Association Meeting, and I saw “the face of God.”  I saw it during the readings prepared by my teacher, in the soloist’s rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer” and in the ten-minute silent prayer session, where each member reached out with heart-felt love to connect with Him in a way perhaps, as he had never done before.  WHAT DID HE LOOK LIKE?

He looked like Soul.  Soul is one of the seven synonyms that define God.  The others are Mind, Spirit, Principle, Life, Truth and Love.  Understanding God as Soul can be challenging; Soul is the opposite of sense.  What does that mean?  It means that whatever the five physical senses determine as reality, Soul says, “No, it is the opposite of that!”  For example you say, “I saw a car accident today and the driver was killed.”  Soul says, “Accidents never occur, and man never dies.”  God is Spirit, therefore, He never sees through the lenses of material sense.  His vision is perfect, unchangeable and eternal.  As perfect Principle, God only sees, hears, and feels Himself, and all that He creates.  Spirit never sees matter; Life never experiences death, and good never drops to the level of evil.  Since man is made in the image of Spirit, God, he is spiritual.  Therefore,  he reflects all that God is, and patterns himself after that which is divine.  Mortal man cannot behold the face of God.  It is only when one mentally rises above the material sense of things, can he comprehend the spiritual.  During my Association Meeting, the Word of God was so powerful, that my thought rose above sensualism, and I became “at one” mentally with God.   God has no human features, for he is Principle–divine law.  Vision is perception, inspiration and revelation.  Not only did I see God, I felt His presence, heard His message, and tasted His goodness.

Mankind must rise above the education of mortality into the realization of immortality.  It is only then, will He behold the face of God.  God is not made in the “image and likeness” of man; man is made in His likeness.  That likeness is spiritual, since God is Spirit.  There is one God, one Spirit, and everything He created expresses Him, thus all is immortal and divine.  Reaching this level of thought comes minute-by-minute, day-by-day, not in leaps and bounds.  I have spent about forty years listening for the voice of truth, reaching for the hand of God, and seeking the vision of Soul.  Many days I do not get there, but those days are becoming less and less.  Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you” (Matt. 7: 7).  We either believe these words, or we don’t.  When we truly believe, healing takes place.  It must first take place in thought, and everything else follows.

Look for God within divine consciousness of thought, and you will behold “the beauty of holiness.”  After all, “the kingdom of heaven is within us,” and that kingdom places us face to face with God.