I was surprised that our balloon had no sandbags attached to the side. I later learned that it is gas balloons, not hot air balloons, that use sandbags. And the removal of even a little bit of sand allows the balloon to rise.
I think the relation of sandbags to gas balloons provides a good metaphor for spiritual growth. Every handful of earth-weight (a material sense of persons and things) that we let go of, allows us to go higher and to experience true being as God knows it - resulting in steady ascension.
One of Mary Baker Eddy's pupils who was an editor of the Christian Science Journal, Annie Knott, once wrote:
Well dear one, you have no cause to doubt God's love for you and your child. And if He loves you He doeth all things that is (sic) for your good. But He does not destroy the work of His hands. You alone and all mortals are responsible for mortal conditions. They make them and they yield them up. Why do they give up what is so dear to them? Because they know not yet how to retain them as reality.
(From a letter to Annie Knott sent by her teacher, Mary Baker Eddy, on June 16, 1896. Knott typed a duplicate to the letter, to which she added and initialed the comment: "This I value more than any other. A.M.K."
The Mary Baker Eddy Collection, L04744):
That is something I am learning from blogging every day. A few days ago, I had a little time in the evening to get a jump start on the next blog post. I sat in front of the computer screen and... Nope... Nothing. But I didn't worry about it. It wasn't time to post. So I went to bed.
The next morning I awakened at "the blogging hour" - 4:30 - and thought, 'It's time to write!"
Then I thought, "Do I have a subject now? ... Hmmm... Not really... Nope... Nothing. But that's OK. The computer isn't on yet."
_A blog reader asked, "How does someone move forward, or set goals to achieve something, while allowing life to unfold according to God's direction? I have often found myself doing nothing, because I am waiting to let God do His work."
With her sweet story-telling and clear metaphysics, guest blogger Kay Olson, CSB illustrates that pausing AND moving forward are both important aspects of achieving our goals!
It was just a little problem. But I figured if God really is a “very present help in trouble” (Psalms 46), He is where I am and helps in matters large and small! The problem? My young son couldn’t find his new shoes. I had asked all the children to bring their shoes to the kitchen for polishing in readiness for Sunday School the next day. Where could those shoes be? We decided to look everywhere in the house, but no shoes. It was a sunny Saturday, so I sent him outside where he had been playing barefooted. He came back empty-handed.
_Moving from a 2000 square foot (186 m2) home in New Jersey, USA to a 700 square foot (65 m2) apartment in France wasn't so tricky. I left pretty much everything behind. And in doing so, I discovered that all those lovely appliances I thought I couldn't live without (which all had the wrong plugs anyway) could be replaced by a big spoon and a sharp knife.
Now, almost seven years later, I am dealing with all that stuff I apparently don't need as I empty my house to get it ready for sale.
Funny thing though. While logic says I don't need these things, I am having to deal with an emotional argument that says "I want them!"
But do I really? What is this tendency to hang on to stuff that no longer fits in one's life?
What is the common line to be crossed between hope and the achievement of some goal? Very often there is a need to give our consent. Notice, I didn't write "get the consent of others". The front line in the battle for progress is always within the precincts of our own inspired thought. "The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible," says Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. (Mary Baker Eddy, p.199)
To consent is to permit, approve, agree, comply or yield. Forward movement on a project, a relationship, a career move, or any other subject, often involves a bit of all five...
I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no