Seeking out and finding God isn’t a one shot deal. Just like the true sense of being "born again" happens over and over on the spiritual journey. Spiritual rebirth, coming from a new view of God and His creation, is continuous.
Looking for God involves more than becoming spiritually centered. It's not just the search for spirituality, but the search for Spirit - the divine Source of all spirituality - that moves us forward. Spirit is the center and circumference of being - of all true being. Find God, or Spirit, and you find yourself as the wonderful, spiritual reflection of God.
I teach Christian Science, giving a course on the true nature of God and the nature of man. Of course it is also a course on healing through prayer. But I often find there is a struggle to pay attention to what God is long enough to really get anywhere. And yet, finding God is fundamental to healing through prayer. It is like the human mind has already consented that God is too much to know, too difficult or ultimately unknowable.
Attempts to find God are often made through looking to the reflection, instead of finding the reflection through God; in other words, through looking to man and creation to have a greater sense of what God is, instead of looking to God to understand what creation is – which is a more scientifically Christian method. Jesus always started with what the Father - his Father, our Father - was seeing, saying or doing, in his instructions on prayer.
It is believed that looking at God is like looking at the sun – one can’t do it for very long - if at all. It’s easier to look at what the sun is shining on and to appreciate the beautiful sunny day, than it is to look at the sun itself.
Now I am not suggesting that we all go out with bare eyes and look at the sun, but I will suggest that through a proper lens, scientists are able to look at the sun, to study that sun, to research that sun, to see and know details of that sun perfectly safely and for prolonged periods of time, without damage.
Well, the lens through which we can safely, surely look at God, and really see the depth and breadth of what God really is, is the lens of the Christ - the Science of Christianity that details God's infinite power and goodness. There is no risk, no danger in exploring the outer reaches and inner depths of what that God is, through the lens of this Science. There’s also no risk of missing out on discovering the perfect reflection because you are working out from the Source, rather than up to it.
Sometimes finding God boils down to a simple question of vocabulary. In the Glossary of Scriptural terms in the Key to the Scriptures part of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy gives a definition for God that exposes the divine from many angles. She wrote: “God. The great I AM; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence. (587:5)
That one definition alone gives everyone a jumping-off point to exploring the true nature of God.
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