“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:6)
If I don’t believe in God but in the natural functions of the universe, that leaves me with questions. How did the universe get here? What is its purpose? Why is it that everything in the universe operates according to rules and laws, and to break them causes discord? The only conclusion I came to is that there is a supreme intelligence in the universe that mankind chose to call God, and He is the Universe. I love how John puts it, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being;” Acts 17:28. That is the spiritual creation as stated in Genesis I. We are His idea, His image, He is what caused us.
As I look around my little part of this universe, those who honestly believe that with God, all things are possible seem to move through life with more ease. Even the problems that come up in their lives are solved with less trauma. When I noticed this, I wanted to know what they knew, that I didn’t. I began to see that those who humbly and earnestly seek to understand more of God, receive His approval and blessings in noticeable ways.
“And God saw everything he had made and behold it was very good.” That tells me something important. If everything is “very good,” then how do we account for this material world we live in. I was beginning to learn that God is Principle, and if I live from that point of view the material world takes on a different look all together. Principle is a motivating force, and every thing starts with God. I found that when I was in my right place mentally, when I was reflecting God’s qualities, the qualities of Principle, my life in the flesh was harmonious. Though I walk in the flesh, I am God’s spiritual idea.
Most things in this material world are reasoned from effect back to cause, it is ambiguous and backwards. When I stopped trying to find the cause in matter and looked to God for the cause of all things, remembering they are good, then my life took on a divine hue. There is only one Principle, God, the source of man and the universe, and when I apply Principle to my human experience, change takes place. This is me seeking first the Kingdom of God.
I began to see that there is in God’s creation nothing to heal; it is all good. This is His creation, and humanly I am a misconception of what He created, and I am misconceiving His world. As I began to understand who God is and my relationship to Him, my consciousness was elevated to a higher level, where I started to see that good creation talked about in the New Testament of the Bible.
This is what I was confronted with in my search. Everything in the material creation has birth and death. His creation is not only good, but has no beginning and no end, it is spiritual. When I humanly personify the Christ, the spiritual idea of God, and show forth His qualities, then I am demonstrating my divine life here for all to see. That is hard to do 100% of the time, and I need to keep reminding myself that I live and move and have my being in God, where I, my consciousness, is not subject to material laws, but to Principle, the law of cause to effect, God’s universe.
The only place sin and disease reside is in the human mind, and that is where healing takes place. Whatever I hold in thought is imaged forth on my body and in action. When I remove it from my thought, I have removed it from the only place that it exists, and my body image conforms to my thoughts and beliefs.
Now, removing it from my mind isn’t just an exercise in not thinking about it. I needed to replace those thoughts and beliefs with the truth about God, and it took seeking. Then I needed to hold steadfast with the new understanding I had gained, until the change took place. I had to know, not just hope, but know, that God was in charge, and my new understanding removed all doubt and fear from my thought.
I’m going to share an experience I had about five years ago. Faced with a life-threatening condition, my daughter took me to the emergency room at the closest hospital, where the doctor told her that I would not live without surgery. I refused to listen to such predictions because I knew that God was the source of my life. But since my daughter did not believe the same as me and was quite distraught, I agreed to let her take care of my body while I took care of my thought. They said this was a rare and unusual condition, and they rushed me to another hospital where they surgically remove a blockage. But they were unable to remove the source of the problem, as they said it would be too risky, as it was stuck to other organs and might damage them.
While this was going on, not once did I fear for my life. I knew I was a spiritual idea, and I lived and moved and had my being in God. No matter what happened to this body, it didn’t change that. I knew I was inseparable from my source. Respecting my beliefs, my daughter always took the doctors in the hall to talk about my condition. I knew if I let their comments into my thought, I would have to fight to get them back on God.
After five weeks, they released me and said they would keep their eye on what was going on. There was nothing further they could do and no pill that could fix this. During my regular study, I ran across a statement in Science and Health that inspired my thought and removed any negative feelings I had left. “A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive.” Science and Health.
Three months after I was released, they did a scan and discovered that part of the problem had vanished, but the source of the problem was still there. Several months later, they did another scan, and the organ that was the source of the problem was no longer there, it also had vanished. It was one of those organs, in belief, that can cause you trouble, but you can live without it. Go figure! So why have it? 😊 I do have copies of those medical reports that state the absence of that organ, with no record of it having been surgically removed.
While in the hospital, I did get a bit down several times and fought to regain my divine point of view. I did my daily study and frequently got “blips” of understanding that would brighten my day. It took me about a year to fully recover from this ordeal. I was told at my age I may never regain my full strength. I held to the fact that the source of my strength is God, not the muscles in my body. Divine energy flows from God, not from my mortal condition or age. And guess what, I am healthier and stronger than I have ever been. By keeping a divine point of view and not wavering from it, I was blessed with demonstrating who I am as God’s reflection.
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:6) The closet is a place of peace and quiet, and the door shuts out all worldly distractions. I found it a place where I can be still and commune with God.
I learned through this experience that success depends on persistent effort and the improvement of moments. It has given me a sense of my divine life. I know that the time will come that my journey here will end, but since I am an eternal being I will pass on to my next experience, to learn more of my heavenly father, ut this was not the time. When my time comes, I do not need to suffer and pass tin trama. I have known people that have passed peacefully, and that is the way it should be.
“I do not maintain that anyone can exist in the flesh without food and raiment; but I do believe that the real man is immortal and that he lives in Spirit, not matter.” Science and Health.
And from Psalms 56:4, “In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”
So remember, “…seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Have a glorious day. Michele