Newsletter – November 2017

“The Ultimate Alignment; between the Investor and the Investment.”

Dear Friends

We light a candle in our Sanctuary when we are here, Tuesday to Friday. To some it may seem ritualistic, but it is a mindful exercise – a “starting point” if you like, at the beginning of our work day. A day of service to Truth and a reminder of the Light that is.

On these days, we usually use (up) any crooked candles and as I was lighting a slightly bent one the other day I realized that its shape did not affect the light it gave. And it is the light that counts; that should be our focus really, and not the shape holding that light. This brings me to the purpose of my message. Within each of us is that light, waiting to be recognized and lit – it is not about our status in the world; our age, or human heritage, country of origin etc. The potential of waking up to our truth is within each one.

Now interestingly, I got the idea and title for my message from a business website. When I heard the words stated that that particular company’s intention is: “the ultimate alignment – between the investor and the investment,” it really got me thinking.

Who or what is the Investor of all life? God, or whatever name we are comfortable with, in reference to the originating Creator of all. And who or what is the investment? Each of us, and in fact all of creation.

I recently read a story about a beautiful pipe organ in a church, that after many years suddenly gave trouble, and no matter who was called in, and how expert they were with pipe organs, it could not be fixed.

One day a rather doddery old man walked in and made his way toward the organ. Some were rather suspicious of the man even when they were told that he was the maker of the organ. He spent quite a while going over all the workings, and finally the most beautiful music was heard. He, who made the organ, knew what needed fixing. The man had invested his expertise in the building of the organ which was proved when he played and brought forth such beautiful music. He, the investor, was aligned with the investment.

Interestingly, each of us has come forth from the one originating Investor in all the universe – whatever name we choose to know It by, yet it is up to us to be aware of this, and align with It.

You see, the organ had to be fixed; we do not need fixing – or perhaps the better way to state it would be that we, forgetting who we are, do not live according to our truth. Maybe we think or believe that we are more susceptible to all that happens around us, and we forget to align with the original plan or blueprint. Paradoxically, we are always aligned, but too often (we could even say mostly) we are aligned with our own human thinking, worrying, concerns, hurts, fears – so we reap accordingly in our life experience. We are in fact investing ourselves in what we do not want.

The foundation truth of Divine Science is that limitless Being, God, is equally present everywhere and is the ALL of everything. God is pure Spirit, absolute, changeless, eternal, manifesting in all creation. (text book page 28)

We are unique expressions come forth from the One Source of all creation. Sometimes on the human level, we try to be fixed; physically, mentally; but there is only one true path to wholeness of Spirit, and that is when we turn back to our Source.

And then we experience the ultimate alignment between the Investor and the investment; an Investor always aligned with Its creation; we need to align with It. This is our contribution to life; and through being mindful of our true heritage; we live accordingly, as the investments of the One Source of All.

In Closing……….

We share the following very meaningful aspects of prayer taken from:

 The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus The Christ. (chapter 94)

 Verse 2— “Prayer is the deep communion of the soul with God.”

Verse 5— “But when you pray, go to the closet of your soul; close all the doors,

                   and in the holy silence, pray.”

Verse 16— “A fast is deed of soul, and like a prayer, it is a function of the silence of

                   the soul.

Verse 17— “God never passes by unnoticed any prayer, or fast. He walks within the

                     Silence.

 No matter what seems to be happening in our lives, it costs nothing but awareness, to stay aligned with Spirit.

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

 

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Newsletter – October 2017

Dear Friends

This is the Day the Lord Has Made

We experience the upliftment in our hearts, minds and souls, at this time of new growth in creation, when all plant life here, in the southern hemisphere, seems to be bursting forth into new expression. This season of Spring is a good time to remind ourselves perhaps of the intention of our Centre.

Here at ACT we do not cater to the human condition. If we did, we would be “short-changing” you all. No…………we are about Truth – undiluted truth that recognizes each soul as an expression come forth from the One Originating Creator.

This is the day the Lord has made – created – and each one of us resides in this day as a purposeful part of creation. We know this; you have heard this before – we cannot water down truth.

And now…………maybe, as we proceed, we will begin to understand, that although the message of truth touches each one of us, why we remain a small community. Undiluted truth is not for everyone, yet I am going to contradict myself and say: YES IT IS! For everyone who hears!

We are told that when Jesus walked the earth after the crucifixion, only a few more than 500 people saw him. Now there were apparently thousands who walked the same road in Jerusalem but only 500 saw him; saw beyond the man to what is invisible, intangible to human sense. (You can read about this in 1 Cor.15:6)

So, this message may only touch a small group of people who see beyond the tangible and visible – in other words, it is for you, the remnant.

Isaiah, the prophet had been inspired to offer himself in service to God at a very difficult time in Judah. He was warned that his message would most likely fall on the deaf ears of the masses but that he was to take heart as there was a remnant that he knew nothing about, but it was his job to take care of the remnant. Isaiah was to expect nothing from the masses but any substantial changes would occur through the work of the remnant.

The meaning of the word “masses” means the majority and, in order to appeal to the majority, it can mean that adapting the terms of a message is necessary.

Both Jesus and Isaiah may have been perceived as preaching to the masses – even so their messages given to the public were not altered in any way, and only a few of the many would truly listen and understand

We know that when Something within urges a deeper seeking, we are guided. And the remnant ultimately place their reliance on Something completely invisible, which to the masses seems absolutely crazy. It is placing reliance on Something that is beyond tangible assets, beyond common sense; it is relying on that which is not of this world.

Are we part of the remnant that understands the message of Jesus when he said: “It is not I but the Father within who doeth the work”???? And that this is true for each one; all come forth from the One Creative Source? Individuals make up the masses (majority); individuals make up the remnant. Which do we choose to be? Let us stand together and through individual participation and purpose, mindfully, be the instruments (the consciousness) for greater spiritual understanding. Let us follow in the footsteps of Isaiah and Jesus who aligned with, and served Truth.

We turn to God for God. This season, this time of year when creation bursts forth in all its splendid

expression of new growth, let us be renewed in faith as we seek the kingdom in consciousness, and know that all else is added.

This is indeed the day that the Lord has made.

In closing…..

“Early in the morning, we begin our day with a sense of expectancy of what the Father will present for us to do. Once the work is given us, a quiet smile comes in the remembrance that He that has given it to us, performs it. The entire day is filled with joy in watching the glory of the Father unfold as our individual experience.”

~ Joel Goldsmith

 

Bountiful blessings

Mallory

Newsletter – September 2017

Dear Friends,

We Live in a Completed Kingdom

There are certain things, directives if you like, that we hear over and over and over again, and they will mean nothing whatsoever to us until we investigate what it is they really mean; and then put them into practise in our daily lives. And it is by putting them into practise that we finally break through and understand their value.

I am using the passage found in Luke 12.22-32 – it is one of the passages in scripture that I turn to frequently. At this point I just want to emphasize that these lessons from scripture apply to each and every one of us.

“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. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.”

 We are being directed to move from the bonds of the material world; to drop our human anxiety and doubt and to shift in consciousness – to gain a higher perspective of Life. Because of our heritage, we are all so much more than we seem; we cannot be confined, and limited to just what we perceive with our human eye.

 “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? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?”

This so plainly illustrates for us how often our human doubt and worry prevents us from the realization of where we fit in creation. And not one of us through thinking can change the truth of who and what we are. Each of us an expression from the one Creator; sustained and maintained in our faith and trust.

 “If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? 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.”

Again, we are reminded that the birds, the flowers, are being what they were created to be, in all their beautiful and glorious colours. And the birds express their joy at life; the flowers open up to greet life each day and we see evidence of the Creator in creation, all around us.

“If 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?”

We seem to have faith in possessions: money, material assets and so on, in the world; is this where our faith is? On what is temporary?

“And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.”

So often we are not looking at our sustenance being a daily experience, but a gathering for the future. When we take time in the Silence, in Meditation, we are sustained in mind, body and soul.

 “But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Human thought cannot change truth. Contemplate these promises in this beautiful passage and be reminded that indeed we do live in a completed kingdom!! It is to be found in consciousness.

 In closing, we share these words from Dr. Max Ballard….

 We do not have separate lives.
We do not have minds apart from God.
Whatever mind there is, is God Mind, and we are the expressions of that Mind.
Since God is LIFE, then we are the individualised expressions of the One Infinite Life,
and we live and move and have our permanent existence in the One.
The most marvellous news of all is simply this:
Because we are included in God,
and we are expressing the God nature,
we already have dominion over the ‘outer’ world.
Aren’t you glad we do not have to sit around waiting for some miracle to take place?
God has already made perfect everything for His man (woman), and you are that person.
God gives man, male or female, dominion and lordship.
It is written into the very constitution of our being.
Even the cellular structure is geared to manifest harmony and love and well-being.
As long as we do not interfere humanly with this God intent,
then we radiate the harmony and the love and beauty of our true heritage.

 

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

 

Newsletter – August 2017

“Are We Valuing the Experience of Each Day?”

The message this month, is based on the above question. Someone called in to a radio programme the other day and stated how glad they were that it was finally the weekend. Are we trying to rush to a “finish line” in life? It would seem so when we take note of how much we pack into one day. It seems that we forget who we are in Truth; as we try to achieve, yet still remain unfulfilled.

Francois du Toit, in his book, God Believes in You, states: “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.”

I find this ties in so well with the message from Nona Brooks, see below.
You see we are working with law. In Divine Science, we call it the Law of Expression; like begets like; first in mind and then in manifestation. We have all come forth as expressions from the One Source of All Creation. Nona Brooks states that Success has brought us forth; and du Toit speaks of the greatness indwelling us.

Until we really know and believe in our true heritage, we are going to be experiencing the result of our un-knowing or un-belief. It is law—spiritual law that supersedes any human laws. To illustrate the Law of Expression: We turn to God with a need; we focus on our need; we bring forth that on which we focus…more need.
Another example: We turn to God, to know God; we become still in the Presence; and we experience the peace, and understanding which is then inevitable.

The method of success given by Nona Brooks, is: “seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you.” Most important to realize here is that if we are seeking the kingdom of God for the added things, then we are indicating clearly that we do not have, and according to the law, this will be our experience. Look at the world around us: it is the way it is because of the way we have been in it.

Over, and over again, in our current Old Testament classes, which we are investigating at the metaphysical and mystical levels, we are coming across the Law of Expression. We have been working with the story of Moses, and where previously, it was concluded that Moses himself, never reached the promised land. Well, when we discover through metaphysical interpretation, that the promised land is not a geographical place, but a state of consciousness, it changes the outcome of the story.

These stories are our stories too. Seek first the kingdom, not a place to be reached physically; rather an understanding in consciousness. Whatever your experience each day, check your faith. Is it based on the Infinite Truth, or on illusions—the appearance, according to the world.?

In Closing…………

“We are born to success; that which is Success brought us forth. We are included in the universal Spirit and its great power surges through us. What is the method of success? “Seek ye first the kingdom for God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Some interpret this to mean, “Serene, I fold my hands and wait.” Not so. God has given us everything in the universe, but we have to accept our good and use it. We cannot sit still and accomplish. The kingdom of God means alertness, energy, the very highest activity possible. The kingdom of God includes law and order, system and accuracy. So the moment we realize we are in this kingdom we begin to be active, systematic and powerful.
The task that seems hard at a certain time is exactly what we need for the development of character. This leads to the greatest happiness. The sense of having accomplished always brings happiness. Have faith in the experience of the day. Do not resist. Put your best into your work and get the best from it. Be reliable in your work whether you like it or not. Work as if each task were your chosen work. The Spirit knows what you can do and should do. Trust the Spirit and be willing to do whatever work it gives you.”

– Nona Brooks

 

Bountiful blessings,
Mallory

(Image of Port Elizabeth beachfront by Leigh-Anne Jacobs)

Newsletter – July 2017

Living in, and as, the Light

This month, we launch our new logo. The design has been in process for a number of months and after much thought, discussion and dedication from Louise Luders, Kerry Abramowitz, Roland Luders and Derrick Nesbit, we are happy with the outcome. In the initial stages of deciding on a new logo for ACT, it was realized that in the community we have always been a Centre of Light—a Pillar of Truth.

Most of us know the story of Elisha helping the widow who was left in debt after her husband died. She had been threatened with the sale of her two children into slavery if she did not settle what was owed.

She approached Elisha for help, and most of us know the question he asked of her: “What have you in the house?” What have you in consciousness? The widow metaphysically represents a state of mind that lives in duality, or separation from truth/God. She had one bottle of oil. Oil symbolizes the oil of life, the vital fluid that renews and reanimates the body in the regeneration. (taken from Metaphysical Bible Dictionary).

The story then continues that the widow had to beg more empty vessels, lamps, from neighbours because the oil kept flowing; and from the sale of the oil, she became debt-free.

The leading question in this story is: “what have you in the house?” in other words, “what have you in consciousness?” What is it we hold in consciousness? Do we have faith in our connection, our union, with the One Infinite Source of all supply, or do we, initially like the widow, believe that all we have is what we can see with our human eyes… the one bottle of oil?

We begin with what we have (even if our realization of truth is as small as a mustard seed); we begin with what we hold to be true in consciousness. Truth cannot be known anywhere else but in consciousness!

And when we have the conscious awareness of the oil already in our lamps, then we can let truth shine forth.

Our teaching of truth principles through Divine Science has proved, and continues to prove, a most valuable platform from which to offer individuals the opportunity to investigate and ultimately experience a God-filled life. So from this Centre of Self-Awareness, realizing that we are the carriers (lamps) through which truth shines our into the world, our purpose becomes more meaningful.

The oil in our respective lamps is Consciousness of God. And our main purpose is the practise of this Inner Presence that is with us always. It is only from a place of conscious union and communion with God that we can effectively bring about change.

With the widow, Elisha was able through his own embracing of truth, to bring her to the point of having faith in the continuous flow of life from God.

We know that truth is constant, and with God, there is always oil in our lamps.

In Closing……

If you are a disciple of the Master, it is up to you to illumine earth. You do not have to groan over everything the world lacks; you are there to bring it what it needs. There where reign hatred, malice and discord you will put love, pardon and peace. For lying you will bring truth; for despair, hope; where there is sadness you will give joy If you are in the smallest degree the servant of God, all these virtues of light you will carry with you.

Do not be frightened by a mission so vast! It is not really you who are charged with the fulfilment of it. You are only the torch bearer. You hold it, carry it around; but it is the fire that works, that gives light to the world and to yourself at the same time.

Do not be the clogged lantern that chokes and smothers the light, the lamp, timid or ashamed, hidden under a bushel; flame up and shine before men; lift high the fire of God.”

Philippe Vernier

 

Bountiful blessing,

Mallory

Newsletter – June 2017

Is There a Goliath in Your Life?

In the story of David and Goliath from the metaphysical point of view; we realize that today there are in fact many “goliaths”: in the global context, in our work places, places of study, and even in our own homes perhaps.

The story has three key players: Saul, king at the time; David, a shepherd, who had captured the king’s attention through the beautiful music he played on the harp; and Goliath the Philistine – a giant of a man sheathed in the finest armour, carried the best weaponry, and challenged the Israelites; and even Saul was not prepared to take up the challenge to oppose him.

Metaphysically, Saul signifies personal will – that which lies very close to sense consciousness, and found in us all.

Metaphysically, David represents divine love individualized in human consciousness.

Metaphysically, Goliath represents the erroneous belief that parades and tries to dominate our minds, creating fear.

David volunteered to fight the Philistine, choosing his own familiar weapon of a sling and some smooth stones.

David said to Goliath: 1 Sam. 17:45 – “You come to me with a sword and a spear and a shield. But I come to thee in the name of the Lord.”  And we know that taking aim, and with one stone, David finished off Goliath.

Now, how does this story relate to each one of us? I asked at the beginning: ‘is there a Goliath in your life?’

Well, let us look around at the world, and without naming any names; just to observe,  not judge; do we not recognize Goliaths in different forms? Recently, in our news we have been made mindful of the “Goliaths” who illtreat and abuse women and children. In many countries, we see “Goliaths” in government; in political positions. The recent drought (which seemingly is not yet over) has appeared like an unconquered “Goliath.” In our personal situations, we may be facing “Goliaths” in the form of health issues, financial issues, relationship or employment issues. And these may be “towering over us” like great big daunting challenges that seem to have no solution.

So often these things that we seem up against leave us feeling powerless. We don’t know what to do; where to turn. And the feeling of powerlessness, seems to diminish us completely. Yet being powerless has its advantage in that we are ready then to cede our human power to the true Power that resides within each and every individual.

These stories throughout the Bible hold within them valuable lessons that apply in life even today. When we are facing something challenging, whatever it is, our powerlessness arises due to our trying to oppose or fight back, or fix it, from our human aspect. And very often we are terrified at the seeming “giant” of a problem.

David simply stated that he came with no great weapon, but he came in the name of God. That is the whole crux of the matter; the central point of the story.

In many ways it might seem to be a story of victory, but in essence it is showing us how to live life at all times. The mastery of the spiritual over the material is so clearly illustrated in the story. There is no power in the world of effect, when we realize God as the only power.

We all at times have a seeming “Goliath” in our experience, but when we meet these experiences with the power of Divine Love, as did David, we will prove truth for ourselves.

In Closing……….

“Gratitude that fish are in the sea and birds in the air, gratitude that there are cattle on a thousand hills, that the trees are blooming and showing forth God’s grace in the luxuriance of their foliage, gratitude for all that we witness from waking in the morning until sleeping at night, gratitude for the fact that life continues in sleep as well as when awake, and that even while we are at rest the principle of life is at work for us: the recognition of God as the Source of all these blessings is to me the highest form of gratitude because there is nothing personal in it: it is simply a sense of gratitude that the infinity of God is omnipresent for all to share and that we all share it in proportion to our own receptivity.”

Joel Goldsmith – The Contemplative Life

 

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter – May 2017

Nurture Your Seed of Faith

The message this month uses and expands on the words of Jesus, found in Matthew 17:20.

“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you.”

I refer to a book by Brother Mandus, published in 1959, The Grain of Mustard Seed, where he states: “We tend to have more faith in human government than Divine Direction.” He indicates that we believe more in the reality of our bank balance, or place of business as our source of all supply.

How many in life today live from payday to payday? How often do we consider or remember the principle of God as the source of all supply? Why do we have more faith in a disease able to kill us, than in the love of God to heal us?

Here in the southern hemisphere we are preparing for the winter months when nature tends to hibernate. What a wonderful opportunity to incubate faith, and there is no better way to do this than to turn within, meditate, and in the stillness, be receptive to the truth that is available to all; that is in, through and as, all.

In our Consecration Class last week, we studied chapter 23: Living in, Through, and By the Spirit, in Joel Goldsmith’s book: A Parenthesis in Eternity; and share the following statement: “Freedom of the illumined is really a freedom from ignorance because only the ignorant can cleave to the belief that life is dependent on things and people in the external realm.”

That whole chapter in fact, is one we could work with the whole year; it is all about realization—realization that the only “concrete thing” in life is the invisible. And there is no struggle or labour in life when we surrender to the Spirit of the divine kingdom within you and me.

Our teaching in Divine Science is based on the principles of life as taught by Jesus; universal spiritual principles, effective and applicable in all aspects of daily living. And the most important one is accepting God as first cause.

Jesus lived his beliefs; He did not just tell those around him to have faith as a grain of mustard seed, and they could move mountains; He demonstrated this faith. Throughout his teaching, His complete faith was in That which is not of this world.

I refer again to the chapter mentioned earlier in Goldsmith’s book, where it is stated and emphasized that to attain a measure of that Christ Consciousness, we need an inner conviction. It is something that no teacher, book or workshop can give us. It is something that needs to come forth from within us. A deep realization. And this realization is already there—it is part of our spiritual inheritance; awaiting our recognition.

We either have faith in a world of material sense, or our faith is in the infinite invisible.

When we understand that God is the infallible answer to every need, then we observe the world and the happenings around us, but do not get caught up in them and act only from that place of inner knowing, inner peace, and inner wisdom.

With faith as a mustard seed……….all is possible!

In closing…….

Christ is the activity of Truth in individual consciousness. The activity of this Truth in our consciousness is the Christ, the very presence of God. Truth received and continuously entertained in our consciousness is the law of harmony to all our affairs. It governs, guides, leads, directs and supports our every activity of daily existence. We must experience the Christ as a permanent and continuous dispensation. We must live in the constant conscious awareness of Truth active within. Maintain always a receptive attitude within—a listening ear—and soon you will experience an inner awareness. And this is the activity of Truth in consciousness, or the Christ attained.

Joel Goldsmith—The Infinite Way

 

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

 

Newsletter – April 2017

Coming to Know Our Spiritual Worth

Last month the topic was: Being In This World But Not Of It; and we might say that this is a follow-on to that lesson. We talk of ‘uplifted consciousness’, yet really we can only practice this when we know and accept who we are in truth.

The goal generally, in life today, is to experience better living conditions, more material assets, and more money so that we can buy these things. And we call this prosperous living. There is nothing wrong with this, as long as we have balance.

God is first cause. Seek first the kingdom and all these things shall be added. So we may seek the kingdom to have all these things; but when we do this we are believing in our lack of them. We seek first the kingdom to KNOW GOD!!

Jim Rosemergy in his book: Even Mystics Have Bills to Pay, states: “Earthly food only feeds the body, but the fruit of Spirit animates body and soul.”  We are not required to turn away from the world, but rather to turn toward God; and this is an inward turning.  By seeking the kingdom to know God, we discover how to put earthly matters into perspective; and by making God our focus, we assign the world its proper place.

I have a statement made by Dr. Salazar on his first visit to our Centre here in Port Elizabeth, (when I took copious notes during the lessons) taped on the front of my computer: “To the extent we center ourselves in God, the situation changes.”

Recently two e-mails were received relating to Exodus 28:5, “Let them make me a Sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.”

The explanations given by the respective individuals relating to this passage in scripture resonates with our Divine Science Teaching.  It is about the inner Sanctuary or Temple. We do not find it outside of ourselves, so we are always in that Presence, through awareness; awareness of knowing who we are in truth.

Yet, so often it seems, we ‘worship’ in the temples created in the world: the shopping malls, the corporate temples in the form of huge financial systems, defence systems, great sports stadiums and others. It is suggested that we have built so many temples out there that we are no longer able to recognize the Temple that is our life. So, we are called to remember the sacred space within ourselves where the Presence of the One already dwells.

Our sense of identity is not rooted in the world but in Truth. We are creations come forth from Divine Mind, or Source, and we cannot undo what God has created.  Knowing our spiritual worth and living it, is our work. Do we believe that we deserve our spiritual inheritance?

Every day, and many times during the day, we need to come back, through awareness, to that “space” or “sanctuary” where we commune with the Inner Presence that already indwells each one. And we do this for no other reason than to BE in that Presence that is with us always—that Presence that is us.

Do we deserve this? Yes! Do we believe we deserve it?……that’s another story. That is our work: coming to know our spiritual worth; and ultimately knowing it for all!

In Closing……….

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. “Heirs of God, joint-heirs with Christ,” men may, through ignorance of the truth be slaves of misery, doubt, and poverty.

It is KNOWING the truth that makes man free. Man gives a sense of reality and power to evil when he fails to recognize that his source, his life, his very existence through time and eternity is God the Good. Truth must be recognized in order to be realized and to become a power in the lives of men.
Divine Science: Its Principle and Practice

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Newsletter – March 2017

Dear Friends

Being in this world but not of it.

I recently watched the TV series, “Pillars of the Earth” based on the book by Ken Follet, and the question that came to mind is: “what has changed?” Briefly the story revolves around the building of a cathedral in a small, fictitious English town in the mid-12th century.

Well, our building practices may have changed, and our physical lifestyles too, among other things, but where are we really in our relationship to (with) God—to Truth? In the series, the intention was to build a cathedral in which to worship and honour God, yet there was major conflict amongst those involved: the clergy, royalty, and the people. There was huge distrust and a need for personal gain and glory, almost as if the reason for the church in the first place, was forgotten.

Emmet Fox the well-known author and Divine Science minister stated: LIFE IS CONSCIOUSNESS MADE MANIFEST. And we see this in evidence all around us as we notice for example in February, “love” being made into a commercial commodity; as we will see with the trappings of Easter soon.

These practices keep us locked behind world beliefs when we could be, through spiritual understanding, experiencing so much more without the human effort and strain that so often folk complain about. Love is so much more and cannot be either contained or expressed fully, at the level of the world. And I do not believe for one moment that Paul in his letter to the Corinthians, was referring to human love, but rather that absolute love of God, that finds expression through each individual ready to know and experience Truth.

Joel Goldsmith, in his book, “Living Between Two Worlds,” states:
“The only way in which we can impersonalize love and express divine love is by knowing that we do not have the power to give or to withhold. We can merely be the instruments through which it takes place.”

We may observe the individuals in Ken Follet’s story, and deem them ignorant as we judge them, but how is this era, in which we currently reside and operate, going to be judged down the line by future generations? What it comes down to is not the size or design of the cathedral or church, but the consciousness in which it is built.

We get excited when we come upon a new way of being in life—a new path to follow perhaps. But getting excited is not enough. We have to stay the course, as we read in Matthew: “a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few that find it.”

In Closing…

But it is only man’s thought of himself which changes as he expands in consciousness, for he eternally IS what he is—the Son of God.

Jesus attained this highest concept of sonship, and lived so in accordance with his deep, inner knowledge of his oneness with God that he understood he was about his Father’s business at all times. There is no doubt that Jesus had a deeper realization and conviction of his union with God than anyone of whom we have record. He was a conscious Son of God. He accepted the Christ; He lived as the Christ.

Jesus pointed the way in which all may walk and know the truth of their union with God. “As he is so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17

Divine Science: Its Principle and Practice

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Newsletter – February 2017

Dear Friends

Through identifying and connecting with our truth, we return to our Spiritual Home.

Much of our struggle in life stems from an inner desire to know God, and the question often posed, is: “how do we come to know God? Really know God?” Well when we study the Bible seeking the deeper, mystical interpretation, then we notice that the stories, the characters, relate to each one of us.

In the story of the Prodigal Son for example, found in Luke 15:11-32, we are the son who left home, as well as the son who stayed. In brief… we have the younger son, persuading his father to advance him a part of his inheritance in order that he may go out and seek a life of adventure. Well after squandering it all, he found himself in a ‘far country’ degenerate and looking after pigs. Finally, he ‘came to him-self’ and decided to return to his Father’s house.
His Father was overjoyed at his return and there was much celebrating.

Of course, we then come across the resentment from the elder son who had remained loyally working at his Father’s side. According to Henri Nouwen, a spiritual writer of the last part of the twentieth century: “I am the prodigal son every time I search for unconditional love where it cannot be found.” He then elaborates: “Many of my daily preoccupations suggest that I belong more to the world than to God. A little criticism makes me angry, and a little rejection makes me depressed. A little praise raises my spirits, and a little success excites me. It takes very little to raise me up or thrust me down. Often, I am like a small boat on the ocean, completely at the mercy of its waves. All the time and energy I spend in keeping some kind of balance and preventing myself from being tipped over and drowning shows that my life is mostly a struggle for survival; not a holy struggle, but an anxious struggle resulting from the mistaken idea that it is the world that defines me.”

Many people wonder at the role the elder son plays in the story, and it is interesting to note that in a way he is a prodigal son also. His brother was lost in a ‘far country’, but he was lost at home. His Father told him: “Son thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.”
As with all the stories in the Bible, the central character is God/Father: the divinity residing within every individual. And Meister Eckhart stated that the prodigal is in the far country but the Father is at home.

The elder son was at home but did not realize he was always in the Presence –as we all are– and that the gifts (“son all that I have is thine”) can only be claimed in consciousness. It is when we remember, (he came to him-self) and awaken to that which is constant spiritually, that we can make a difference and by truly returning home in consciousness, together, we purposefully recognize the universal truth of all, for all. We come back from the ‘far country’ to the central point, or origin of Life—God/Home.
Both sons had to return “home.”

In closing….

Spiritual understanding comes to all who seek it with earnestness—with all their soul, with all their mind, with all their heart and with all their strength. Spiritual understanding comes to those who give themselves entirely to Spirit, to the inflow of the activity of Di-vine Wisdom and Divine Love. We attain it by turning our thoughts away from the ex-ternal to the truth within us, where the living reality abides. We must know that we are never separated from the Source of our being, and that Spirit within is ever desiring to manifest through us as the fullness of all good.
Helen Zagat—Faith and Works

Bountiful blessings,
Mallory