Newsletter – May 2024

Dear Friends,

“The Still Small Voice”
In our early education we are taught the alphabet; we are taught how to read and write, to add and subtract.   What we are not taught, is how to think. We are not taught from an early age how very important awareness is, regarding our thoughts.

We read in scripture: “As a man thinketh, so is he.” And this includes each and every individual.  Are our thoughts lifting us up in consciousness, or pulling us down into a depressed and unhappy state?  And as indicated by Marianne Williamson: “The suffering of the world is not the point of human existence; the point of human existence is that in God all suffering ends.”

You many wonder what this has to do with our thoughts.  Well, everything, actually: and to borrow from Gary Zukav’s book, Seat of the Soul, he indicates: “Competition for external power lies at the heart of all violence.”  We are aware that at this time, all around the globe we are hearing (and seeing) reports of violence in so many different countries, including our own.

Intention relates to daily living and each and every choice we make.  Every thought we think has a consequence; every choice we make has a consequence.  It is awareness that brings us to a point of asking ourselves:  “do I really want the consequence of what I am thinking now?  And are my current thoughts bringing me joy?

Thoughts carry an energy – a vibration – and what we think (and how we think) shines through.  Our thoughts can be seen and felt.  Thoughts have impacted mass consciousness to the degree that we are now seeing the consequences all around us.  We really do need to return to the realization that in God, all suffering ends.

It is in our responses to the day to day challenges that we either choose trust and love, or let fear diminish us.  And I believe that we are being challenged, perhaps more than before, to realize the divine Presence in all of creation.  We come back to the principle of Omnipresence.   God, in, through, and as all!

How do we bring ourselves “back” to the understanding that there is no place where God is not?  How do we move beyond the intellectual idea of this truth?  By becoming still—having no expectation, and just listening for the STILL SMALL VOICE.

Instead of seeking power in the outer things of the world let us heed and follow an inner path that so many wise souls have given us direction toward, over the many, many years, having proved the Inner Presence for themselves.  And of course the directive is to BE STILL.  An absolute last resort for so many as we continue our struggles in the world.

It is interesting to point out that ultimately we all share One God.  Our point of origin in Life is the same.  An interesting way of stating it comes from Joseph Campbell in these words from Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor, and I share his words:  “Apocalypse does not point to a fiery Armageddon but to the fact that our ignorance and our complacency are coming to an end… The exclusivism of there being only one way in which we can be saved, the idea that there is a single religious group that is in sole possession of the truth—that is the world as we know it that must pass away. What is the kingdom? It lies in our realization of the ubiquity of the divine presence in our neighbors, in our enemies, in all of us.”

In Closing…….

 22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
 23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
 26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
 27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
 28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
 29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
 LUKE 12:22-32

Bountiful blessings,

 Mallory

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter – April 2024

Dear Friends,

“Recognizing Our Spiritual Identities”

On the ACT website the following words are to be found:  “ACT is a touchstone for all those seeking a deeper meaning to life.”  Here the word touchstone is of vital importance, as it indicates that individuals are not expected to swear “allegiance” to ACT, or be held accountable in any way, except to themselves and their own soul-growth.  There is a sense of “freedom,” if you like in not being bound in any way.  As a Centre for Spiritual Awareness, a sense of achievement arises, when it is perceived that those who have connected with us, or come through the classes, are using the Principles of Truth, that ultimately are available to all.

Divine Science has given us a wonderful platform from which to work and teach, understanding that it is A WAY to understanding Truth, acknowledging that Universal Consciousness, the One, operates via many avenues in Life. These Truth Principles, taught and shared through the consciousness of mystics throughout the ages, remain; yet we, specially in the world today, need constant reminders.

Life at the moment is full of challenges and real uncertainty – and that could be considered to be an understatement.  Are we paying heed to what is going on at the world level?  Not denying it, yet perhaps giving it all our attention, and thus forgetting these Principles that we have learned and ultimately do know?  When Life is changing as rapidly as it has and is, do we still remember?

You see, it depends on whether we are viewing life from a spiritual knowing, or from a merely human perspective.  This knowing takes practice – it takes work – an inner knowing and trust.  Our work is to access that which IS, and has been, from the beginning and always will be.

One of the points that has always been stressed, is that TRUTH CANNOT BE WATERED DOWN, to fit in with mass consciousness and understanding.  Our only true need in fact, is to become aware of Spirit.  And when we awaken to the One – One Source of all Being; all creation; from this consciousness of deep realization will come the solution to any problems or challenges; because what we are doing then is allowing that which is, the All in All, to manifest through us in every aspect of Life as it is destined to do and be.

Our purpose in Life is to KNOW God.  To Be Still, and Know. It is not a forced knowing – we do not have to TRY.  It is the most important thing we can do for ourselves; and when the knowing arises and is recognized, it is followed by a deep sense of gratitude.  More than ever it is time to embrace the truth of our being, accept our spiritual identities, embrace the teaching of many who have gone before us, and prove it for ourselves.

In Closing…….
 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, and he leadeth beside the still waters.
 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
PSALM 23

Bountiful blessings,
 Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter – March 2024

Dear Friends,

“Who we are in Truth needs to be experienced”

Years ago, I treasured a little booklet entitled, “The Mental Equivalent,” by Emmet Fox, and I quote very briefly:  “We are all supremely interested in one subject.  There is one thing that means more to us than all the other things in the world put together, and that is our search for God and the understanding of His nature.  The aim of the metaphysical movement is to teach the practice of the presence of God.”

Emmet Fox was an Irish New Thought spiritual leader of the early 20th century, primarily through  years of the Great Depression, until his death in 1951.  His large Divine Science church services were held in New York City.  We might ask ourselves today: “have we come any closer in our understanding of this Presence that is with us always, and that the deeper meaning of Life is Spiritual?

In the world, we appear to be stuck in a groove.  And we seem to have recurring issues involving man’s inhumanity to man.  Has the groove  become deeper through our own constant attention to what is not serving us; not serving the whole of humanity in fact?  The door to peace opens inward, as does a deeper understanding of Life.—time taken to Be Still, is of the utmost value.  We cannot understand Truth at the level of the world;  and as Fox states in the booklet: “we are operating at this level when we constantly hold mental equivalents of what is not true!”  Who we are in Truth needs to be experienced by each individual; and then to live our lives from that experience.

In the booklet, Fox states: “We are all living in some kind of prison, some of us in one kind, some in another; some in a prison of lack, some in a prison of remorse and resentment, some in a prison of blind, unintelligent fear, some in a prison of sickness.  But always the prison is in our thought and not in the nature of things.”

We might ask ourselves what it is that we may  be allowing ourselves to be “imprisoned” by, and then ask the question of ourselves: “why?”  Spiritual law works—works through consciousness when we are aligned with the truth of our being, and realize that God is all.  Our real need is for conscious union and communion with God—this Inner Presence that is with us always.  Silent Communion is indeed the highest form of prayer.  We need to remember and take time to BE STILL, IN THE PRESENCE, without any expectation …Just to BE.  This in fact, is our only need in Life; and so often is the one directive on the spiritual map that we avoid or turn to, as a last resort.

How can we fulfill our part or reason for being, if we are not opening ourselves to be the channels for receptivity to God’s directives? And in the words of Emmet Fox:  The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself.

In Closing…….

 Divine Science sees God’s creation like its Creator, eternally perfect, and untouched by human thought.  The creation of God is eternal; the misconception about it is temporal. Spirit is always expressing in terms of perfection; there is nothing that needs healing in God-Life.  Where God is, there Substance is, whole and perfect, and God is in all places at all times.  There is no place where God is not.  What is it, then,  that is ill and sinful?  It is only our thought of the body; it is not the Body, the temple of the living God; and remember there is only One Body—the God-Body.  Divine Science knows one Substance—Spirit—and one Mind—Universal Intelligence.  You and I are included in this Mind.  All that we see with true vision is Spirit brought forth.   NONA L. BROOKS—MYSTERIES

Bountiful blessings,
 Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter – February 2024

Dear Friends,

“We Bring Upon Ourselves the Penalty of Our Own Thoughts.”

We  begin with a question: “Is what I am thinking now, upholding the truth of my being?”  If it is not, then I am actually penalizing myself by my own thinking.  Coming into the now moment, let us realize that in this moment, we are alive and have been given the opportunity to think, live, and be, what and who we are in Truth.  Are we making the most of this opportunity?  Are we understanding the gift in this moment?

There are times when we are faced with situations and challenges that we would rather avoid at all costs.  And then we may remind ourselves:  this too shall pass.  Perhaps we could be mindful and know that there is Something which does not pass: the deep-seated Truth residing within each individual, and nothing we think, say or do, can change that underlying Truth.  It is the same today and forever—let us be aware of IT in stillness.

Those who have taken part in our Divine Science Basic Principle Class will remember that there is an inevitable consequence to what we think and believe.  This is the Law of Expression, and it is working in every single life, continually.

We read in scripture: “The land that thou seeist, to thee will I give it.”  In other words, how we see life is what our experience of it will be.  Each and every day, we are projecting our thoughts, our beliefs and our desires—we are sending these out into the universe, and may be quite upset when we receive what corresponds to what we are holding to be true.

We do not have to be predictors in life.  There is another option … refer to the poem below.  We see all around us, evidence of the “road most traveled,” which seemingly leads from fear, to greed and wars and man’s inhumanity to man.  How futile, when after all is said and done and we leave this earth plane, and realize that we cannot take earthly treasures with us; we cannot ultimately be measured by our worldly achievements.

Time and time again, we are given the opportunity to BE STILL AND KNOW.  How often do we ourselves delay our own discovery of the true treasure of Life?  In taking the road less traveled by, we are realizing an opportunity to be a pioneer, a leader, a guide, as we venture forth in Life.  It is not about conquering the highest mountain peak, or achieving  status in our work positions; it is about leading and guiding by example; by our uplifted consciousness.

Emmet Fox stated in his writings, “Life is Consciousness,” and it is!  We nurse our worries and concerns; we hold them  close to our chests.  Is this what we are doing or are we aware of that other “road” – the one less traveled by? The road seemingly most traveled by, in the world, has brought about what we are all experiencing throughout the planet today.  And it can change!

Scripture and the teachings found in all the major traditions and belief systems have the “golden rule” philosophy:  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  When are we going to wake up to the Truth that in Spirit we are One and that all solutions come through our knowing and abiding in the Truth of All Being.

As a man thinketh, so is he.  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap.  Yes!! We bring upon ourselves the penalty of our own thoughts.  It is time to wake up and  nurture the Christ Consciousness within.  As we become Still and Know, we are knowing  for All.

In closing……………

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
 
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down on as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

 And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
 
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Bountiful blessings,

 Mallory

(Photo by Samantha Barris)

 

 

 

 

Newsletter December 2023/January 2024

Dear Friends,

There is a Spiritual Foundation in Every Circumstance

Divine Science bases its teaching upon the principle of the Omnipresence of God; the changeless and eternal divine truth of the omnipresent God; no matter what name we know IT by.  This is God, in, through, and as, all!  We can never be separated from this truth of our being and the principle of omnipresence—it is in, and forever, expressing through all creation.

We have been given the gift of LIFE that continues to LIVE us; yet are we ever fully satisfied?  We have been told to “seek first the kingdom…” and we know it is not a kingdom of worldly things, material objects that do not last, but in realizing the truth about Life, is our discovery of that very kingdom—it is an experience in consciousness—a deep knowing.

In his essay entitled, The Station, Robert Hastings mentions how, in our minds, we hold an idyllic vision of how things should be. On a long train ride, instead of embracing each moment, seeing the beautiful landscape, our focus is on our destination.  We are thinking of arriving at the station where all will be as we have envisioned it, so we are restless to get there.  Well, Hastings states that there is no station, no one place to arrive at, and that the true joy of life is in the trip.

Ian Howard Marshall, a Scottish New Testament scholar, said that the rich fool in Jesus’ story isn’t covetous just because he wants a pleasant retirement.  His folly is that he believes the storage of grain solves the problem of his human existence.  He worships at the shrine of the bulging barn.  The story can be found in Luke 12:13-21.

Human beings, it seems, will never be happy with what is available in the world.  There will always be the desire to have more, followed by fear of  not having. Much of life is lived at this surface level that ultimately does not satisfy.  Our thoughts and beliefs emanate from us at all levels of frequency and cannot not have an effect.  We need to ask ourselves: are we part of the human turmoil in the world right now, or are we holding that calm that forever resides within, in truth?  And of course this calm is our Spiritual Foundation in every circumstance.

Every change and challenge in life brings with it a gift.  In fact the challenge contains the gift so we need to go beyond the surface stuff that many cling to, and find the treasure—that kingdom in consciousness.  And more than that, find it not only for ourselves, but take the hands of those around us so that together we move into a new understanding of Life.  It is the understanding that way-showers who have gone before us, knew for themselves and shared with us all.

Let us create a meaningful draft in our community, in our country, and on this planet, as we embrace the principle of Omnipresence. We are never separate from our Source; IT is our very Life—the Life force within each of us. IT has been and will be so, eternally.  When we really and truly, awaken to the principle of Omnipresence then we will understand that there is indeed a Spiritual Foundation in every circumstance. It is not about arriving at a destination, but through awareness, living our truth each and every day.

And we proceed in the consciousness of the One Presence, knowing as we do so, we are blessed with infinite Peace, Love and Understanding.  And so it is!

In Closing…….
 We mindfully bring ourselves into the awareness of God’s Presence….
And in the stillness, we feel the response of Spirit.
As we receive the Christmas message, meant for each individual,
Divine Love pours forth through every heart…..
Dissolving all barriers, touching all souls.
Our faith is in the radiant Spirit that is everywhere present.
And the wisdom that illumines us with the light of Truth, provides a greater understanding of the gift of Life.
We become aware of the power of Creation moving through us, and ….
We are filled with an overwhelming joy.
As radiating centres for divine activity, we gratefully receive the gift of Spiritual understanding…
And there is Peace… there is Love… in gratitude  we say: 
Thank you, O most gracious God, Thank you!

Bountiful blessings,
Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter – November 2023

Dear Friends,

“Conscious Alignment”

On many occasions we light a candle—maybe to remember someone, to celebrate a special event. The candles themselves do nothing but serve as a focus and remind us of the Light that is.  Within each of us is the Light, waiting to be recognized.  The potential of waking up to our Truth is within each soul.

Years ago I came across a statement on a company website which indicated their intention as: the ultimate alignment—between investor and the investment.  Who or what, is the actual Investor of all life? God—the originating Creator of all.  And each of us; all creation in fact, is the investment. Generally in life today, we are invested in “getting;” getting paid each month for example. Do we perhaps invest in the body and not the mind? Each has come forth from the One Investor  in all the universe. IT is invested in each soul—it is up to us to align with IT.

Interestingly, we are always aligned but usually with our own human thinking, our worries, hurts and fears and then we reap accordingly in our daily experience…..and we wonder why?  Two aspects of life need to be noted: Firstly, Perception; and  secondly, Reality.
Perception—the human aspect constantly changes due to our circumstances, age, and other reasons on the human level.
Reality/Truth, is fixed. It is only our viewpoint of it that changes. We have a choice—which do we trust?  Humanity focuses on a problem, talks about it, and it grows right before our eyes; the very thing we do not want. Why is this? Well we all know that where attention goes, energy flows.  In Spirit there is no excuse. How can there be? In 1 John 4:17, we read: “As he is, so are we in the world.”

If we do not know, or realize  who we are in Spirit, then how can we have real purpose? Our purpose is rooted in the truth of our being. As he is, so are we in the world. This truth needs to be embraced by each one, and only then can we realize in consciousness, that right where I am is Everything and it is ready to manifest in my experience.

Often we try too hard to make things come about; like putting our human shoulders to the wheel, and in this way we are actually honoring, though through our effort and focus, the very situation or experience that we are trying to avoid.  Our practice requires that we remain focused on being aligned and when we do this we are receptive to the solution, the way forward to all possibility, and ready for the unfolding of Spirit’s work in and through us.

At times on the human level, we try to be fixed; physically and mentally; but there is only one true path to wholeness of spirit, and that is when we turn back to our Source.  That is when we experience the ultimate alignment between Investor and  investment.  We need to remember  that the Investor, (God) is always aligned with IT’s created investment; therefore it is up to us to know and embrace this Truth..

This is our contribution to life; and through being mindful of our true heritage, and living accordingly, we are trusting Life. We are trusting the unchanging REALITY, and by letting go of our human perceptions, we are able to realize and experience our true value—knowing and seeing the same for all.  Let us drop our human perceptions now. They do not serve us. Our true and only purpose follows when we are able to BE STILL AND KNOW…. From a place of deep, and inner gratitude.

In Closing…….  Jesus, the master teacher and not a ruler,  experienced  great animosity, great negativity, and the ultimate in man’s inhumanity to man.  But did he ever accept these things as the Truth of his being?  Absolutely not.  In every adversity, in every experience he found new channels for growth in his awareness of the One Presence, the One Power, the I Am Presence in the universe.  He accepted the experiences as guides and chances to move forward in understanding and development.  He recognized his temptations for what they were: experiences to demonstrate, through recognizing the God within, that he could overcome all.   Dr. Jack Holland

Bountiful blessings,

 Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter – October 2023

Dear Friends,

“The Experience of True Realization.”

God, Truth, Life, can only be known through experience.  However, once experienced, that experience, having found a niche in our consciousness, remains with us.  And even in our seeming forgetting, it is still there and accessible at any time when we choose to be still.

In his book, God Believes In You, Francois du Toit states the following:  “Nothing makes you more vulnerable than to be driven by a sense of need or lack.  Nothing makes you more beautiful than a sense of total fulfilment.  The awareness of who we really are and considering the greatness that dwells in us is out of all proportion to the lie of lack and need.”  This ties in so well with the well-known words which we have heard often from Genesis 1:31: “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”

Very often we hear folk question why God is allowing all the strife, the starvation, the difficulties of life on earth.  Well, the response is: What is happening on earth amongst humans is not what God created.  We teach in Divine Science that like begets like, so it follows that what is happening on earth among the inhabitants of our beautiful planet, has nothing to do with God.  What God created out of Spiritual Substance (ITSELF) is still that.

All in creation has come forth from the One Invisible Source – First Cause – God.  In our humanness, we are inclined to focus on what we see (with our human eyes) and relate that, which is seen, to be either good or bad. What idea is uppermost in our minds?  The Truth of all Creation, or the doubts and fears that we are faced with on a daily basis, here in world?  Joseph Murphy stated:  Your subconscious mind accepts the dominant of two ideas, this is the law.  So we might need to check out what we are holding to be true, not only for ourselves, but for the world and life in general.

We are told over and over to: seek first the kingdom—the kingdom in consciousness—not a place to be reached physically—rather an understanding of truth in consciousness.  And of course we may try, with expectation, to be aware of this kingdom within; we may anticipate how and where we will find it.  It occurs when we are alone; when we least expect it; when there is no human expectation.  When, perhaps without realizing it, we are aligned totally without effort or human thought, to the truth of our being.  And suddenly we will know, as did Jacob: “The Lord is in this place, and I knew it not!”

The words Jacob spoke, proclaiming God’s Omnipresence forms the basis of  our Teaching in Divine Science—the practice of the Presence of God.  In this way we turn away from the physical and mental aspects of life and lift our consciousness to embrace Spiritual Truth.  It really does not matter which path or tradition we follow or resonate with as after all, we are One in Spirit anyway.  This brings us back to what was mentioned earlier—the awareness of who we really are.  This awareness already indwells each of us.  We do  not have to strive or try.  Yet in order to experience this truth, all our human thoughts, fears, needs, must be set aside and understanding will evolve when we least expect it.

We are part of a beautiful, unfolding purpose.  Let us be aware and embrace it. And as we do so, in an easy and accepting way, we are giving way to an experience of true realization.  God saw all that he had made and it was good.  Let us see with the eyes of Spirit!

In Closing…….  This principle applies to the solving of a problem whether for ourselves or for another.  The solution of a  problem is accomplished in proportion to the amount of effort we can bring to relaxing from effort.
In other words, it is very much like waiting out a storm instead of going into it head on.  It is a constant remembrance that “this too shall pass,” and then sitting quietly, or moving about carrying on one’s affairs in the realization that whatever the name or nature of the “this,” it will pass, not by any concerted efforts of our own, directed toward the achievement of some specific purpose, nor by human will or  supernatural powers, but by virtue of the nothingness of this “it” which we have been honoring by fighting.
“The battle is not yours, but God’s…..stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord.”  this can only be described as the effort of effortlessness, the effort which is necessary to be quiet in the face of a storm or in the face of the discords of human experience so that these, too, may pass.
Joel S. Goldsmith

Bountiful blessings,

 Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter – September 2023

Dear Friends,

“Let The Will Of God Be Done On Earth.”

Contained in the Lord’s Prayer we have the words: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  As most of us already know, the Lord’s Prayer, uttered in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke, is always in the present tense.  Years ago, at the start of school assembly, I remember we recited the Lord’s Prayer. It was rattled off parrot fashion, really without thought or meaning.

Perhaps today we need to be taking stock, not of religion per se but of the philosophy of the teaching of Jesus and others.  In fact we teach Divine Science as a practical way to live life, following the laws of Spirit that are not dogmatic, but applicable in all aspects of life; therefore they are “user friendly.”

It is no good merely having the theory of how to live life, and then not apply it.  Much the same would be to learn how to read music and then never pick up an instrument……what good would that do? It is important that we align with the principles of living life—if we knew notes of music and played them haphazardly, there would be no rhythm.

We are told in scripture to “take no thought,” and of course as we investigate life, we will come to realize that ultimately, every thought is a prayer—as a man thinketh, so is he!”  In our Statement of Being the focus is on the Omnipresence of God.  God—present in all IT’s Creation; in every blade of grass, leaf on every tree, in and as every soul on the planet, as well as the animals.  Every aspect of creation carries, and is part of, this Originating Intelligence.

Why do we not trust it? All struggle and strife is at the dual level of the world, where we experience good, bad, etc. Do we let the “stories of the world” affect us?  The new “buzz word,” artificial intelligence, also referred to as AI, appears to be taking the world by storm, and some folk are concerned about this. While I do not profess to even understand any of this, we could, from moment to moment remember who we are in Truth, and refer instead to OI—Omnipresent Intelligence.

As we recognize where our thoughts are taking  us, let us remember that each day can be a new beginning, and that we live our lives, whether we realize it or not, in the omnipresence of the One Creative Source of the universe.  The most important aspect to realize is that heaven is a state in consciousness, and only when we are aware and ready to observe what it is we habitually carry in our own consciousness, can we transcend the ups and downs of this world, and merge with the Presence.

There is order in the universe; a flock of birds will rise up en masse into the sky and not collide with each other.  We look at a beautiful moon, cloud formations, green valleys, our country, populated with amazing animals and wildlife and then we still, at times, have the audacity not to trust.  Prayer is union and communion with God, in the Silence.  We deny this Presence when we pray to God to do something for us, when all that is required is that we BE STILL… and take no thought.

Meister Eckhart, the 13th century mystic, indicated the following:  “The most powerful prayer, one well-nigh omnipotent, and the worthiest work of all is the outcome of a quiet mind.  The quieter it is the more powerful, the worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the prayer is.  To the quiet mind all things are possible.  What is a quiet mind?  A quiet mind is one which nothing weighs on, nothing worries, which, free from ties and from all self-seeking, is wholly merged into the will of God and dead to its own.”

In Closing…….  There is no higher goal attainable on earth than an inner communication with this Presence that never leaves us nor forsakes us.  It does not send us food, clothing, and housing.  It does not lead us to a fortress or a high tower; it literally is the fortress and high tower.  There is no sending of anything; there is no giving of anything, except the giving of Itself.

 When the realization of the omnipresence of God is attained, there is freedom from worry, fear, lack and limitation.  If a need appears, we retire within and tabernacle with this Presence, and in due time, It will appear outwardly as the very form of our experience.

 As we come to this place in consciousness where we are able to relinquish human might and power, human opinion and judgement, a divine Grace, invisible, yet perfectly tangible to the person experiencing it, takes over.  We cannot see this transcendental Spirit, hear It, taste It, touch It, or smell It, yet It is here and It is now—we feel it and we know It. 
JOEL S. GOLDSMITH

Bountiful blessings,
 Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter – August 2023

Dear Friends,

“Are We Living in States of Perpetual Anxiety?”

Truth is the common denominator in all of Creation.  The I Am of each one of us; the I Am of each individual on the planet is the SAME TRUTH, realized as per the understanding of each.  Having just stated this, and when we look around at the seeming chaos in most facets of life, we might ask: “how can this be?”  The same truth residing within each soul……?  Well, it would seem from the evidence all around us, that we still have to wake up to the truth of our being.

Life in our day-to-day earthly experience is filled with challenge; filled with issues, or lessons to be learned.  Essentially these are opportunities.  We might then ask: “opportunities for what?” Generally, we seem to be living life in a state of constant anxiety. More seems to be  unknown than known; and there are no guarantees about anything anymore. It seems the earth is currently peopled by individuals who are part of a common anxiety.  So what is the stabilizing factor; where is the balance; and how do we deal with the issues of life as they seem constantly to appear before us?

We teach the Bible stories, understanding that these are our stories too. We face many of the same challenges of the various characters portrayed. And it came to me that at this time, on this planet, are we not all in the same boat (so to speak) as the Prodigal Son, when it seemed he had hit bottom—taking care of pigs in a pigsty? It appeared he had lost all.

Right now, if we consider each country; every continent, and all the people living today, have we not fallen into that same place of despair, having “used up” all on the material level of life?  As participators in mass consciousness—forming part of the make-up of general belief and focus, can we continue to “go along” with the way things are in the world, or are we beginning to be aware?  Are we ready to wake up to who we are in Truth, knowing that this is the reality of each soul on the planet?

In the story (found in Luke Chapter 15) there is a break-through when the young man hits rock-bottom—where we read: “He came to himself..” And once we truly realize an aspect of Truth, we cannot un-know it.  We are told in the story what happened to the young man when he denied his truth and sought satisfaction and happiness outside of himself.  And are we not seeing evidence of this all around us in the world today?

There is a consequence, which is inevitable, when we try “going it alone,” and move away from the truth which is the common denominator in life. We can never actually move away from the Omnipresent Presence.  The truth of who we are, spiritually, can never change, but we move away from it in consciousness.

We are told in the story what happened to the young man when he denied his truth and tried finding satisfaction and happiness outside of himself. Well are we not seeing evidence of this all around us in the world today? There is a consequence, which is inevitable, when we try “going it alone,” and move away from our spiritual heritage.

There are many souls throughout the planet, who, through awareness are knowing and living Truth. We are united in moving forward in uplifted consciousness—this is our purpose.   Why live in perpetual states of anxiety when instead we have the opportunity each day to:  BE STILL, KNOW, AND TRUST!

In Closing…….
 “Various impulses, not all of them meritorious, impel to the search for God.  These impulses are as diverse and contrary as the convictions of the disciples about the ministry of Jesus.  Some believe that spiritual achievement will bestow temporal authority; others, that it will compensate for weakness of character; and still others, that it will make available to them the material objects of their desires.  While ulterior motives are present, true faith is not possible.  The heart which is established in righteousness seeks nothing for itself, requires nothing, and demands nothing.  When we attain to a sufficient faith, all things that are needful are added.  Miracles are wrought, not as the result of faith, but by the very fact of faith.
 Manly P. Hall – The Mystical Christ

Bountiful blessings,
 Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Friends,

“Are We Living in States of Perpetual Anxiety?”

 

 

Newsletter – July 2023

Dear Friends,

“The Heartbeat of the Universe.”

We do not have to travel to a particular place, or wait for a special time of the day or year to enter into holy communion with Life.  It seems (generally speaking) that fewer people are attending churches and membership appears to be on the decline. Recently in class there was mention that when googling the word, “church” the first definition that came up was: church is a building where Christian worship is held.
 It seems that understanding is evolving to the degree that no longer is God being confined to a particular space, but being recognized and acknowledged in all of IT’s creation. And this is where Omnipresence comes in; and the realization is dawning that there is no separation.  Wherever God is, I am.
Church is not a building – but perhaps we should ask ourselves what the purpose of church is.  We have known it as a meeting place for those who wish to connect in spirit and maybe to learn more about how to live life.  Yet Truth, no matter if given from a pulpit or not, is available to all.  And whether an individual attends a formal church gathering or not, does not change the truth of who he or she is.
Despite the seeming decrease in church attendance, many more seem to be turning to a spiritual way of living.  A way that does not box one in to certain dogma or creeds – a way that perhaps opens wider avenues that lead to deeper understanding.
With any shift in life, a draught is felt somewhere, yet we seem to be moving rapidly toward Oneness in Spirit.  And when boundaries blur, as they seem to be, we may tend to hold on for dear life, to what is familiar now.  Change is constant, yet many times challenging.  This is when we need to turn to what is constant and unchanging – the promise of God’s eternal Presence.  Whether we know this Presence as God, or by another name, is not important.  When our intention is to know God; to know Truth; we find it.
There is no separation in Truth, in Spirit, and Oneness of Being is emerging.  Boundaries are blurring, yet how we hold onto some of them.  God is now – Life is now – Love, Trust, Peace, all now!!
God is the heartbeat of the universe – IT is what makes seeds germinate; new birth, the tides, the seasons; all these things over which we have no control.  Each of us is being “breathed,” right now, and our hearts are beating. And, when intentional, we are One with the Creative Source and Intelligence of all life.  This is something that can only be discerned when we rest from our reasoning minds that are most often concerned with issues in the world; this is something that can only be EXPERIENCED when we drop all thought and come into the Silence.
We do not need a building for this experience. It is of course wonderful to have a place where one can be in the company of others who, like us, are intentional in our quest for that which is beyond the material experience of living.  So, coming together in person is also valuable.
In 1 Corinthians 13 we read that love is the greatest gift.  We need to be reminded that it is God’s love, using us, expressing through us.  This love that is the absolute attribute with no opposite.
We know that what we hold in consciousness, we do get back in our experience of life. Are we holding on to the way we feel life should be, and thereby resisting change, when, if we take a moment and BE in the Presence, we will ultimately assist in bringing about trust, faith and peace.
It is all about intentionally tuning in to Life—aligning with the Heartbeat of the Universe—the very Life of God, living each one of us now.
We can be in nature, in the garden, looking up at the heavens at night, the clouds during the day, feeling the wind, and in one moment of stillness, of deep realization, know: all is governed by the Isness of God—present in, as, and through, all creation.

In Closing…….
 “When the realization of the omnipresence of God is attained, there is freedom from worry, fear, lack and limitation.  If a need appears, we retire within and tabernacle with this Presence, and in due time, It will appear outwardly as the very form necessary to our experience.
As we come to this place in consciousness where we are able to relinquish human might and power, human opinion and judgment, a divine Grace, invisible, yet perfectly tangible to the person experiencing it, takes over. 
We cannot see this transcendental Spirit, hear It, taste It, touch It, or smell It, yet It is here and It is now – we feel It, and we know It.  When we let go of our human rights or human will or desires – even the good desires – and absolutely resign ourselves to God’s will, It rushes in as if there were a vacuum, and when It takes over, we can feel Its every movement coursing throughout our body, right through the muscles and vein down to the nails.  We are one with the rhythm of the universe, and all is well.  All that the Father has is now flowing through us out into this world as a divine Grace, bringing us to all that is ours and bringing us to all those to whom we belong.”
-Joel Goldsmith-

Bountiful blessings,
 Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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