Newsletter – October 2020

“Our Call To Surrender To What IS!”

Dear Friends

I begin with these words from Joel Goldsmith: “Self-surrender does not mean one-half the things most people think it does. It only means surrendering the things you think you want. Whatever you are looking for in life, surrender it, because it is a barrier to major attainment.”

The directive in Jn 8:32, is really indicating the same thing: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Generally, we may find resistance to the above as mostly we see a world that needs fixing; people we think need fixing; a virus to overcome.  How do we surrender, and not do anything?  Well it seems that souls all around us are slowly waking up to the idea that the most responsible time in Life is this now moment.

And in this moment, we need to give up the idea of a ‘messiah’ coming to save us; no-one else is going to do for us, what we are already equipped to do for ourselves. And this is by virtue of our true heritage where through shared origin, each of us has come forth carrying our perfect, God-given, un-contaminated blueprint.

The more we see a ‘need’ in our daily experience; and it may be a need for peace, for prosperity, for health…. whatever the need—it is already here! Going back to Basic Spiritual Principle: there is no absence of anything—only Omnipresence.

As stated over and over in our classes and Sunday Lessons, each one is here for a purpose. Jesus indicated: “for one cause was I born, for one cause have I come to earth: to bear witness to the truth, that the works of God may be manifest through me and ultimately through each one.”

Consciousness is the controlling principle. So then, being aware and understanding our purpose, or duty even, to Life; what are we bringing into being with our thoughts? It cannot be stated enough that we are the ones who at this time are responsible. Are we prepared for the responsibility?

All around us things are breaking down—life as we knew it is no longer the ‘same’, and let us thank God for that, because in many ways (and I generalize) we have been on a path to self-destruction.  Now things are breaking down and I trust we are being broken open to Truth. Until our hearts, our minds, our souls break open to receive the Truth that IS…. for each soul; realized by all, we will not experience IT.

John 8:32:  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. An extremely important statement in scripture and so necessary to be fully understood. It is not to do with knowing about truth; it involves the experiencing of truth.  As with Jesus, we too, are here to bear witness to the truth and this is truth based on experience.

So, it is not something to be read about; no-one is going to do it for us. We are not going to be saved—there is nothing from which to be saved.  What God has created is already perfect and complete and creation is continually evolving as God is evolving through It’s creation.

And this is where surrender comes into the picture. We need to give up and let go of our old ideas and beliefs in order that we experience who we are in truth. We surrender to our true heritage and call nothing on earth our source. In this we realize we are not here to perfect the human but to know and prove our spiritual heritage. Are we ready to do this? Are we ready to surrender to WHAT IS, and discover the most freeing sense of being? Know the truth and be free…. as you surrender to what IS.

In Closing….

 The past must be left to God’s measureless mercy, the future to his loving providence; and the present must be given wholly to his love through our fidelity to his grace.

 Let us understand clearly that we shall not acquire true conformity to the will of God until we are perfectly resolved to serve him according to his will and pleasure, and not according to our own.

Jean Pierre de Caussade

 Bountiful blessings,
 Mallory

Newsletter – September 2020

“Are We Ready for All Things Made New?”

Dear Friends

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who sat upon the throne said, “Behold I make all things new.”

These words taken from Revelation chap 21, carry a message of promise. Yet we need to be ready to believe and embrace in consciousness, the “new” – most importantly with new understanding. Many, many years ago, we were presented with new principles—a new way of understanding and living life.

Maybe instead of fully embracing these spiritual principles, we still, after all the years, merely pay lip service.

The question arises now: are we ready for the New Testament teachings yet? In other words, are we ready for the universal principles of Truth, given to us by Jesus who pointed the way in which all may walk and know the truth of their union with God?  Or are we still judging; at the point of an “eye for an eye,” and holding onto the old laws?

We are living in a spiritual universe. The material world that fascinates us and grabs most of our attention is temporary.  As we realize our oneness with our Source, God, our experiences in the world will change. How long it has been that spiritual leaders and others have indicated that we are on the brink of a breakthrough to peace and harmony. Well we first need to remember that we are all one in God, and from this knowing….embrace the infinite spiritual nature of which we are always a part.

There are three steps in the understanding of any principle that is new to anyone’s thinking: first it must be perceived (given consideration); then it must be accepted; and finally, it must be applied. A theory or principle is of no value at all if it is not applied. We want something to work in our lives…we need to work it, and work at it.

The following anonymously ascribed words say it all:

While much has been said and written about spiritual truth, it seems that few people have been empowered by the reality of the experience. This is clear from the two main clues that demonstrate the poverty of spirit in the world today.
First there is an abundance of fear, evidenced by the amount of conflict and violence in our world. And secondly, everyone is searching, although they might not be aware of this.
Behind our consumption of the movie, the music and the exotic meal, behind our striving for position, power, pay and possession, behind our desire for attention, acceptance and approval… every human is searching for the three most important experiences of its existence: love in our relationships, happiness in our  everyday  experience, and peace in our fluctuating and peace less natures.
But the search is almost entirely externalized, which is why most of us miss the spiritual paradox of our times—we already have what we seek.
When we experience ourselves as we really are…soul not body, spirit not matter…we wake up to our innate spiritual qualities. Love, happiness, and peace. These qualities of spirit are the source of all real wealth and true joy, and the greatest gifts we can give to each other.

Let us in consciousness acknowledge our readiness for ALL THINGS MADE NEW.

In Closing….

We are ever in contact with Life, Truth and Harmony as an indivisible Whole—everpresent. The entire Presence of the Infinite exists everywhere equally.  Thus, in our experience of Spirit, we are no longer ourselves as personalities, we are that Consciousness which is Spirit.  We have distinctness without sense of separateness.

Existence is thought a problem only when one sees or considers his life as separate from the Whole, with mind, thought and will of his own, living in a human state.  From this viewpoint problems can never be solved.  The heart only can know spiritual things.  The heart asks its questions of God and receives its answers from God direct.  When one is willing to give his heart in full abandonment to Spirit as his only Life, Being and World, he is then the Way unto himself.

Extracted from “The Voice of Revelation”
Lillian DeWaters

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Newsletter – August 2020

“The Kingdom of God is Within You.”

Dear Friends

At the beginning of the March letter earlier this year we were reminded that Divine Science is really a practical teaching, and that through participating in the classes and attending the Sunday Services, the principles of Life begin to be understood more fully, and we have the opportunity then to put the Teaching into practice.

Well, little did we know at the time, how the opportunity would present itself; or even how soon, in fact.

In Luke 17:21, we read:
“Neither shall they say, Lo here! or lo there! for behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
This same directive is also indicated in Chapter 71 of the Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ; and we find in both instances it is stated in the present tense.

So….we might check as to how we are responding to Life at the moment since ( in South Africa at any rate) we have been under “lockdown” since 28 March—virtually 4 months. Are we living each day mindfully, aware of the One Presence and Power?

Or are we becoming agitated at the prolonged, seemingly uncontrolled way of  living each day?

I came across these words in an e-mailed message dated April 2008; an Inner Journey posting from Rev Jim Rosemergy of Unity:  “One of the paradoxes of life is that if you focus on results rather than the current moment and the actions you are required to take to reach your goal, you may not achieve what you want to achieve. Certainly, setting a goal is a constructive thing to do, but then you must let it go and give the gift of your attention, not to the future, but to the moment. There is no power in the future. Power flows from the moment. Rest in the moment with no thought of tomorrow, and you will feel a great calm that enables your actions to easily flow……”

When we come back to the reminder that the kingdom of God is within, we realize too, that this can only truly be fully realized in this moment now. The kingdom is not known or experienced, in the past or future, it is eternally in the present moment.

We might discover perhaps, that  with no clear idea of what the future in the world may hold for us, this is the perfect moment to practise being in the Presence. The future will always be uncertain, so let us be aware of the gift in this moment now.

The breaking of the pattern of materialism is now taking place and  whether we like it or not, whether we are even aware or not, we are all a part of this process.

Our part is to understand and realize that the purpose of each individual is to know who we are in Truth; and knowing it for ourselves, we know it for All!

By aligning with Truth, in our quiet meditations, we let the Wisdom within, the Peace within, use us as It flows through us. We become an open conduit, as in trust, we let It go before us to make the crooked places straight.

The world is not a reliable critic; follow instead the inner guidance that comes from Being Still…….

The Divine Science Text Book states it this way:
“Although Truth is omnipresent and changeless; although man lives, moves, and has his being in God, the All Good; although he dwells in the kingdom of heaven, if he is not conscious of it,  he may go on his way lacking many things and losing the blessedness that IS his.  It is KNOWING the truth that makes man free.”
The kingdom of God is within you!

In Closing….

 I share these words from Joel Goldsmith:

 “We do not need God-power to overcome something that was not made in the beginning, never had existence, and represents only our ignorance of Truth. Your healing power, then, which is your spiritual power, rests only in your knowing the truth that God is the All-creating, maintaining, and sustaining power and that what He did not create does not exist. Therein lies your only spiritual power.

 Bountiful blessings,

 Mallory

Newsletter – July 2020

“Being Led by the Spiritual Directive of the 23rd Psalm.”

Dear Friends

I begin this month with these words from Grace L. Faus: “Where are our problems leading us?  Are we rising through them to a higher level of understanding, or are we letting them defeat us?  We know that they have no power except the power we give to them.  We do not look to men or money or places or circumstances for our good.  We look to God. He that is within you is greater than he that is in the world.”

In much the same vein philosopher and economist, David Korten wrote: “The deep moral and spiritual issue of our day centres on the defining choice evoked in the biblical admonition that no one can serve two masters. We must choose between God (the spirit of life) and money.”

There is a law, a spiritual law, always at work. It is a law that supersedes any laws of the world, be they mental or physical. We know about karma—the law of cause and effect; well spiritual law is above and beyond this, and we are either serving God or mankind. In the 23rd Psalm, which we have investigated briefly in a previous letter, we find that throughout there is no “asking God for anything.” It is an acceptance of what is—a confident knowing.

When we pay heed to the words: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me……we are reminded that we are never alone.  Any fear we may be feeling during these challenging times is diminished as we remember and experience the Omnipresence of God.

Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.  The staff of Truth to lean on and the rod of discipline to remind us that we are either relying on God or we are not. And it is a reliance with trust; no demand or expectation; just a knowing trust.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil.  My cup runneth over.  This is a statement, not a wish for it to be true—it is.  This is followed by:  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. Again confirmation that when we are aware of the Presence of God; Thou art with me; then it is so all the days of our lives.

Concluding with the words:  And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Another way of understanding this statement is: “And I will dwell in God consciousness forever.” This of course, is through awareness. We do not have to get God consciousness; we do not have to get Truth. What is required is that we become aware that nothing can change what God created.

According to Joel Goldsmith: “Where lack and limitation threaten us (the enemies) God’s grace prevails; my soul is filled with inspiration and my heart overflows with joy and gratitude. This evidence of abundance, through Grace, fills me, satisfies me, and my heart sings for joy in his Presence.”

When we acknowledge God, not seeking anything, we are coming from an understanding that God is All, and it follows that I shall not want!

What is being indicated so clearly in the directives given in the Psalm is that we do not look to mankind, money, places or even circumstances for our good.  It is really, so simple, so easy, yet how often we take responsibility upon our shoulders when there is One who has already made all provision. THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD I SHALL NOT WANT…

In Closing….

NEWS FROM THE BOARD

As the custodians of the ACT Centre the Board (Mallory, Chris and I) are humbled by the message contained within the generous and ongoing donations that have sustained our operations from the onset of the prevailing COVID 19 experience.

The loving kindness of our community has been demonstrated by the membership and friends,  both near and far, through uplifting messages on email;  “likes and sharing” on Facebook; phone calls just to chat and financial contributions to  help “pay the bills”.   These caring acts constantly remind us that we (the Board) are not alone in upholding the  physical gathering space of our community and that the  practice of the Teaching by our members  – turning always first to our Father is the greatest Gift of all.

The Board at its weekly informal meetings have been discussing various ways to serve the membership – through virtual as well as ‘in person’ ways. Members who would like to access past Sunday Service Lessons may apply to have these copied to their own USB Flash Drive.  A list of lesson topics is being prepared.  A nominal donation is requested.

The Library as always, awaits the enquiring readers to enjoy the bounty of its contents. The Centre is open by appointment from 9:00 to noon on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. Masks must be worn; hand sanitizers are available and social distancing is strictly observed. Those unable to visit may call us by telephone.

We close with Gratitude to the Angels and Blessings that sustain us

“Divine Love, through me, blesses and multiplies all that I circulate and all that comes back to me.

 Bountiful blessings,

 Mallory and Sylvia

Newsletter – June 2020

“Dependence On A Power Greater Than The Human Self.”

Dear Friends

At a time such as this in the world, when we are all immersed in basically the same issues; when we are facing a crisis common to all, it is with a deep, deep sense of gratitude that I turn to our  Teaching of  Universal Spiritual Principle.

It is my anchor in daily life anyway, and now more so than ever. I also feel privileged to share this message with you. When the “chips are down” so to speak, there is only one way to turn, (or return) and that is to the Source of all creation.

Now is the time and this is, I believe, the testing ground; where we put our Teaching of Truth into practical application. Over and beyond all that we see and are told, we are being offered a great opportunity to prove Truth for ourselves and share It with others. An opportunity, through our deeper understanding, to rely on the One True Power.

Daily when activities of many kinds are curtailed, we have time to BE STILL. AND KNOW.

We are told that mankind has been giving dominion yet we have allowed ourselves, generally speaking, to be dominated by the very things that bring  us to destruction of life as we have known it; destruction of values, of the air we breathe, of natural resources, and much more.  As humans, we are not in control—true dominion is in knowing that essentially we are spiritual beings.

To quote Wordsworth:
“The soul that rises with us, our life’s star, Hath elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar. Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory, do we come from God, who is our Home.”

What the poet is saying, and what we teach, is that man is the son (idea) or expression of divine Principle, come forth as a perfect thought from God. And this is true of each of us; you and I are perfect manifestations come forth from the One Source of all Being—God. Yet the perfection is not according to our humanness, it is the fulfilment of consciousness. We could even describe it as God expressing Itself through us, and we own It in consciousness.

The only thing we can control is our response to Life, in our daily living.  When we know that in Spirit we are One; in Spirit we are eternal, then this understanding assists us with our response.

The teaching of Jesus was inclusive in that he indicated that all are eligible to divine sonship and the central truth of his message as emphasised in the Divine Science Text Book is that…  “the destiny of mankind is to express the Christ, for this cosmic principle within each individual soul is ‘the way, the truth, and the life.

Christ is the divinity, ‘the light that lighteth every man,’ and being universal, and formed in all, makes everyone a son. This does not lessen the divinity of Jesus but reveals the divinity of all mankind.”

 The call to us all, perhaps now, more than ever before, is to let go of dependence on human health, human wealth, and human assurances. And then we are lifted to a new view of Life where, in our dependence on a Power greater than the human self, we know true joy, love, peace, wholeness, as we glory in the Truth that has been, and always will be.

Solving problems is not the issue—knowing God is the true purpose of every soul.

In Closing….

 SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD

We welcomed the recent announcement by the State President that Churches are viewed as essential services and, that from level 3 onwards, religious organizations may open their doors to their followers.  The office at ACT will therefore be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays starting from 2 June 2020. Members and Friends are invited to connect with us or visit us on these days, by appointment. Those unable to visit may call us by telephone.

We have decided not to open for Sunday Services as yet. This will be reviewed at the end of June.

The response to our appeal for financial assistance to bridge the first two months of the COVID-19 National Lockdown  has been heart-warming and we extend our sincere gratitude. On the level of Spirit, in many ways, our activity has increased as we individually place God first in everything that we do.

May your consciousness of the Infinite Presence, who is the Father of all, be awake in you as peace, health and abundance, wherever you find yourself.

 Bountiful blessings,

 Mallory and Sylvia

Newsletter – May 2020

“The Promised Land is Now.”

Dear Friends

A recently received e-mail included the following quote from A Course in Miracles: “Trust would settle every problem now.”
The words: trust and now, really stand out as practical reminders.

No matter what is going on around us, Life is always according to our perception of It; always according to where we are in consciousness at any moment. We are offered so many opportunities through Life’s lessons to prove this for ourselves by how we respond daily, remembering that our responses come from within.

We come now to the idea or concept of the Promised Land, and when one thinks about it, is it not much like having the carrot dangling on a string in front of us, just out of our reach? Does this perhaps cause us to think… “when I have that degree….” or “when I have landed that job…” and there are many more examples. At these times it would seem to many that this Promised Land is out of reach.  Perhaps we pray to God to fix things that God knows nothing about; things that have nothing to do with what God created.  After all He stated that what He had made was good and still is good. Do we perhaps look upon heaven as the Promised Land; something to strive for, seek, or gain access to? And when we think about it, are we not praying for, or even striving toward that which we already have?

Prayer in Divine Science means to experience God—BE in the Presence; not get something from God or have Him do anything for us.

Remember, Jesus indicated that “my kingdom is not of this world,” and this was his message as the Christ. Christ being the spiritual reality of each and every man, woman and child on the planet. Yet the kingdom (the Promised Land) is available to all as we pay heed to the words of Paul when he said: “I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” (Galations 2:20).  And, in Acts 17:20, we find: “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.”

When we take time in stillness and meditation, we become absorbed in the experience of God; the Father and I are one; in union and communion. God in me and I in God.

This calls for our trust, our practise of the Presence, a way of living—consciously!

Coming back to that statement: “Trust would settle every problem now,” we can only live one moment at a time and each moment when in the Silence, when aligned with Truth…, there is no problem.

According to Joel Goldsmith: “That which we are seeking is the divine reality of us, the son of God in us, the Holy Grail within our own consciousness.”

I conclude with these words, recently received in a newsletter from Alan Cohen…

“The highest in us is the truth about us, and the brightest vision for the world around you is closer to the truth than fear would show us.  Yes, continue to work for a better world, meanwhile holding in mind that in a greater mind that world already exists, and we are stepping into it by trusting that the greater plan is in progress.”

Very heartening words…. that the greater plan IS IN PROGRESS …NOW.

Always now—God is now, the kingdom, (Promised Land) is now….

And when it seems we have nothing left but God, then in trusting, really trusting, we find that God is enough.

In Closing….

 I share these words:  a beautifully worded reminder, from her book, “The Voice of Revelation,”
by Lillian DeWaters……….
“Our Life is Spirit, our Being is Spirit, we are Spirit.  Our hunger and thirst for Knowledge has ceased. Until one has tasted of Reality his understanding of Life is necessarily intellectual. The spiritually minded can know Spirit.

 If one would experience Revelation then he must part with whatever keeps him from it. The greater our love for and devotion to our perfect Self as  already our very own, the more frequent will be the times lived in Illumination. One can make as many changes in his consciousness as he will, but none of them will bring him direct divine Light, because Truth is known by Truth, and not by change of mind.

 Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Newsletter – April 2020

“Are We Listening?”

Dear Friends

“In order that we may hear this inner voice and may receive this highest form of teaching, which alone can open the eyes of our spiritual understanding, the mortal self must cease its clamouring even for Truth; the human intellect must become absolutely still, forgetting to argue or discuss.  The Father can lead into all Truth only when we listen to hear what He will say—not to what others will say. We must learn to listen—not anxiously and with strained ears, but expectantly, patiently, trustingly. We must learn how to wait upon God, in the attitude of “Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth,” if we would know Truth.”

These words from Emilie Cady, particularly in our world today, ring true for me. Let’s go beyond just the listening, to the point where we apply in our daily lives, what we learn through the listening. The Father can lead into all Truth only when we listen to hear what He will say—not to what others will say. How we should heed that advice and really check out our responses to life.

We have plans (humanly) and it is good to begin with a plan; yet we need to allow ourselves to be guided, and this happens when we take a moment to stop and just “listen.”

Our challenge often today,  is that our minds are filled with so much information, that we are everywhere else except paying attention to the present moment.

Edward Everett Hale—a theologian who died in 1909  said: “Never bear more than one trouble at a time.  Some people bear three kinds—all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.”

More than 2000 years ago there was a Teacher who spoke to the people of that time. Many gathered to listen to hear what he had to say. I dare say that most heard the words uttered but did they truly listen?  In truly listening, not just to the words, but to  the deeper meaning behind the words, we have the tools with which to live life in a different way.

In fact, we might question ourselves today……have we listened  to the true message available to all equally, no matter what our situation in life? The message is telling us who we are; how to identify ourselves in Truth; and how to overcome the world. Yet we look around us, and see quite clearly in some instances, that the message has not been heard.

And a crisis occurs on the planet, and where do we turn? Back to our Source. It is a natural-born instinct to turn always to that from which we originate.

One of Jesus’ statements was: “I come not to destroy, but to fulfil.” and throughout His teachings, He tried to show those who listened, how He was related to the Father (the Source) and to teach all that they too are related to the same Father in exactly the same way; in fact he explained that God is the living Presence within each one.

In His teachings Jesus stated: “You have heard it said, but I say unto you….” Well in the world today there are daily, numerous examples of “hearing things said,” and when this happens we need to turn to, and remember, the “I say unto you,” teachings.

We are either accepting Truth, as we stop to listen with the inner ear; or (in a state of separation from truth in our own minds) we are accepting what we hear said, in the world. Are we spreading Truth? In silence the message is transmitted to us and through us to all. Are we listening?

Yes!!

In Closing…..

We are uniting in the Silence each day at 12noon local time, for 10 minutes (or longer) as participators in the upliftment of consciousness.

These words from Chapter 40 of the Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ are so valid:

  1. And Jesus said, There is a Silence where the soul may meet its God, and there the fount of wisdom is, and all who enter are immersed in light, and filled with wisdom, love and power.
  2. The magus said, Tell me about this Silence and this light, that I may go there and abide.
  3. And Jesus said, The Silence is not circumscribed; is not a place closed in with wall, or rocky steeps, nor guarded by the sword of man.
  4. Men carry with them all the time the secret place where they may meet their God.

Let us Be Still together through the days and weeks ahead!

 Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Newsletter – March 2020

“The Lord (Law) is my Shepherd.”

Dear Friends

Divine Science is a practical teaching. And as we participate in the classes, and attend Sunday Services, the principles of Life begin to be understood.  The next step is putting these universal spiritual principles into practice.

Initially our understanding may be intellectual; we begin to resonate with the Teaching as a way to truly live life; and then we move beyond to where we embrace what we learn by applying it in our daily lives.

I am sure you all know the words of possibly the most well-known, and referred to, psalm: Psalm 23.

The whole theme of the psalm, when we are mindful of the words, tells us that we constantly have God’s guidance.  And for the purpose of the message this month, I am changing the word “Lord” to “Law.” The reason for this becomes evident when we look at the metaphysical interpretation of the word Law:  ‘the law of God is the orderly working out of the  principle of Being, or the divine ideals, into expression and manifestation throughout creation.’ So it becomes: The Law is my Shepherd.

 Much of the time in life we are looking for guidance, needing direction, seeking answers, needing the crooked places to be made straight. Well, when we are working with the law of life, then we are following the shepherd and the path is clear and the way is made straight.

There are laws and nature follows them…!  There are laws and mankind fights them….!  At times our main struggle in life is our inability to trust—trust the shepherd—trust the law.

The shepherd leads us along a narrow pathway that requires our living life mindfully.  A way that calls for us to pay attention and be constantly aware. It is a way that calls for self-discipline, yet that same self-discipline shifts us into a new sense of freedom.

We read at the end of the psalm: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” When we are guided by Spiritual Law, then we are also aligning ourselves with the admonishment: “Seek first the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” (Matt.6:13)

It is not enough to read, memorise and know these teachings of the Christ.  We need to implement them in our lives daily, because no matter what the question….. God is the answer.  No matter what the need, or how desperate we may be…. God is the fulfilment.  No matter how empty we may feel at times…. God is the fullness of Life.  And no matter what appears to be lacking… God is the abundance.

Are we basing our belief and trust in a world that is transitory and temporary? Or are we ready to identify with Truth?  What we see around us, seeing with the human eye, is result—not cause!  The result of our human thinking and believing, about ourselves and our world.

Whenever our thinking separates us from our true identity in God, we will experience turmoil, confusion and difficulties in life. According to Emerson: “Law obeyed or disobeyed brings opposite results.

There is much to embrace and follow in Psalm 23.  It illustrates so clearly, a Universal Spiritual  Principle at work in our lives constantly; a way to live life.

Let us work with—align with—and be guided in awareness, as we consciously trust, with deep gratitude, the Law that is our Shepherd in Truth.

In Closing…..

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 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.

 Bountiful blessings,

 Mallory

Newsletter – February 2020

“The Joy of Waiting upon God.”

Dear Friends

Joy is what happens when we find and connect with that core of truth that resides within each and every individual.

We may at times think that joy comes from something outside ourselves when something wonderful happens—maybe receiving a  present, seeing a baby’s first smile, winning a prize and so on. Yet, joy has to recognize joy; or we could say that the joy within connects with the joy to be found in all of Life, when we are aligned with It.

When we are aligned with Spirit, each of us comes to that place or point in life when we are ready to prove truth for ourselves. We can only prove it for ourselves, over and over again, as we practise living in the kingdom not of this world, because ironically truth is beyond the world.

As we wait upon God (serving Truth) we experience that which is beyond the human mind, beyond the world; an inevitable joy that rises up from within. And it is all about connecting with the Presence in the present moment.

In life today it seems we are so busy and occupied with achieving. How many of us have possibly reached the end of the day feeling that we have not achieved much?  We are so keen to speed through life, always on and on, moving forward.

Eckhart Tolle states in his writings that our primary purpose in life is not about time, but rather where we are at the moment; and states the need to be fully present and align with this moment internally and fully. In the  present moment we are not part of a conceptual universe, and our primary purpose has nothing to do with how old we are.

Presence is the rising of something new; a timeless dimension of consciousness, because the Presence is formless; it is the eternal I AM, which Jesus called the kingdom of heaven.  It is the Consciousness Itself before the Consciousness becomes form.

In his book, “Stillness Speaks,” Tolle states:  “The moment you enter the Now with your attention, you realize that life is sacred.  There is a sacredness to everything you perceive when you are present.  The more you live in the Now, the more you sense the simple yet profound joy of Being and the sacredness of all life.”

From each  moment we rest in the Presence—the Presence that never leaves us nor forsakes us, we are filled with the joy of knowing; and it is a knowing  that  is beyond the human mind.

So essentially when we drop our fixation on perhaps rushing through the day to achieve and achieve;  or letting our minds be captured with difficulties of the past or future, we come back over and over again to the now moment and with joy, wait upon God.

Nature always, is a wonderful teacher and just being in nature, even in the garden, being one with the rhythm of Life, is in its way “waiting on” the creation of the Lord.

Joy rises within us then as an inevitable result and we prove in that moment of oneness, Truth for ourselves. And we know; and the knowing brings forth from within, true joy that bubbles up as if from a fountain, infinite and deep. And then we can truly know………………..

“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 118:24

In Closing…..

 “What should be the object of our lives after we take up the study of Truth?  The object and purpose of every life should be to live in accord with Good, God. That is what we are here for. Jesus said: “For this came I into the world, that I might bear witness to the truth,” and each soul can make this same statement.

 We are not here to get, but to realize the eternal truths which are in God. This should be the main object of our lives from this moment.  As we do this; as we realize God-Presence; as we bear witness to the Truth of our real nature, we shall come into peace.

 The fullness of Good is potentially in every living soul. It is not absorbed from the external; it is unfolded by the universal law of growth. We have the Christ within us; and we are to unfold that Christ. We in our true eternal state are perfect. The Christ within us is Truth, and when we know this we shall go forth from glory to glory.

Studies in Divine Science:  Mrs. C.L. Baum

 Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Newsletter – December 2019 / January 2020

“What stands between you and God?”

Dear Friends

The valuable teaching of Divine Science is not exclusive and includes a practice of spiritual principle that embraces all traditions. This will become evident in the message this month which involves two stories, culminating in a new way of: BEING – LIVING – EXPERIENCING LIFE – IN THE PRESENT MOMENT.

The first story is our own perception or outlook on life, and what we carry in our conscious minds as being true for ourselves. At this point our stories (individually) would pertain to no-one else but ourselves.

Holding to this first story we often focus on our seeming incompleteness. There is something we still need to get; there is some achievement to which we still aspire; and something to “beat” or resist and overcome.

We may even think: “If only I had this or that, things would be different.” Perhaps we are alluding to more time in the day; better friends, better health, or even money. And when we bring any of these issues to mind, we are not able to remain clinical and unfeeling, so emotions surface and actually support, and to a degree, can keep us locked-in to that which we are keeping in mind.

What is most important to mention at this point is that any emotion, feeling, or thought we have is in this present moment. We cannot live yesterday today; we cannot live tomorrow today. This moment now is our gift.

And these (our stories) are what stand between you and God; between me and God. These thoughts of anxiety, lack, and doubt and “what if’s” capture our attention, and we remain stuck in a place (in consciousness) that we do not find comfortable or comforting.

Now…………..we come to the second story, which paradoxically is really the first story! And here we have a big proviso! We cannot grow spiritually while we are imprisoned in our stories.  Are we holding on to our own view of who we are perhaps, and mired deeply in what has happened to us?

What transpires when we give up, or let go of our stories? Take note that in every aspect, we are dealing with the present moment. The whole of Divine Science is the PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD…in every moment.

It all comes back to the present moment. Jesus spoke of the kingdom that is not of this world – in the present tense, as an ever-present reality, while the Zen tradition asks the question: “What in this moment is missing?” And the Sufis declare that one clear moment is all it takes.

The French Jesuit Priest, Jeanne Pierre de Caussade said: “If we knew how to greet each moment as the manifestation of the divine will, we would find in it all that the heart could desire.”

Jesus stated that it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom; and your Father knoweth what things you have need of.  Not in the future but in the present moment. We are being alerted to awaken to “what is”, the “what is” common to all traditions.

While the “noises” of our own stories are going round and round in our heads and hearts we will miss out on what is truly the gift of God to (and within) each and every soul created.

When we do align with It, then we are making way for It to work through us. And in those moments of full awareness, our story is dropped, and does not come between us and God. And when we are aligned in the present moment with Truth, we are under no laws but God’s.

 In Closing…..

“Why will we always substitute our own action for that of the Divine Worker in us, ceaselessly working in us to achieve God’s perfect plan? What progress there would be if we made it our study not to get in the way of His Action, but rather to abandon ourselves to Him and await His guidance.”

Jeanne Pierre de Caussade

 Bountiful blessings,

 Mallory