Newsletter September 2021

“Life Is”

Dear Friends
How often do we find ourselves putting life on hold when we could be living life to the full right now?  Now is the time and this is the space; and I am not referring to a particular place or space, but at any time and in any place we can bring ourselves into mindful awareness of the Inner Presence.  Then through greater acceptance and understanding, align with IT and experience truly being alive – alive in the divine process of Life.

We need to be able to create the habit of constant awareness of the Presence that is always with us;  which goes before us to make the crooked places straight. Life is! God is!  And the aspect of God – of Life that I am focussing on, is the aspect of JOY, Joy is!

Details are not required, we already know the challenges that seem to be coming at humanity from all sides. It may even seem to take a fair bit of effort to remain functional. Joy seems to have eluded us and instead of simply enjoying being alive, more often than not, we are very busy being very serious.

God is the fountain of Life – not out there somewhere – within each of us. In Divine Science the basis of reasoning is the Omnipresence of God. There is no-one outside of the Presence. We are in the Presence of God; of the Presence, and like the Presence; and this is true for all.

You and I have nothing to do with the truth of our being, but we have everything to do with the use we make of it. We have been told: “He that believeth in me, the works that I do shall he do also; and even greater works shall he do.”  Are we going to read this, accept it and then sit back and do nothing? Or do we want to partake fully in the fountain of Life, and allow IT to flow into expression through us, so that the joy within spills over, enhancing not only our own lives, but touching the lives of those around us.

“Greater works shall he do….” Remember it is God doing the greater works through us. We merely become the instruments or channels through which the fountain of joy flows.

There are always two things operational in our lives: Thought and Faith. We are always thinking.  Are our thoughts involved with issues of the world, or are we aware of the law: as within, so without? When we establish the realization of God as Life, and realize too, the truth that we are the perfect manifestations originating this Life, it brings us to the second point: Faith – We all do have faith, yet how often is it faith in lack, disease, or our apparent shortcomings? Our faith in the inner workings of the Presence (it is the Father within who doeth the work) brings forth the good in our lives.  So we use thought and faith together, remembering…”as a man thinketh, so is he.”

We grow to be like that with which we identify ourselves.  When our attention is on spirit, on the truth of our origin, the strong, radiant power of spirit will manifest in our lives.  As stated by Nona Brooks: “Man’s highest attainment comes through inner revelation.  His part is to learn God’s plan, to realize and  cooperate with the divine purpose within himself.”

When we take time to BE in the stillness, to meet and experience God within, we will unleash a fountain of joy as spirit surges forth. Let us not hold out on ourselves. Life is! Let us live it to the full every moment, in joy.
LIFE IS! – GOD IS! – I AM!

In Closing…….
“Divine Science is revealing to us two things: first, that healing is not a physical process but, spiritual realization; and second, that health is not a condition of physical well being but the realization of God’s Presence and Perfect Activity.
God is health.  Do I hear you asking, ‘Since God is health and God is omnipresent, what is there to be healed?’  There is only one condition to be healed – our misconceptions.”  Nona L. Brooks

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Newsletter – April 2021

“Being the Light.”

 Dear Friends

What is the greatest of blessings? LIFE! And we all have Life now!! And this blessing of Life is pulsating through each of us in every moment. IT is that Inner Flame burning within the hearts and souls of all. This blessing of Life that we share is what unites us; not only with each other, but in God, the giver of Life.

Being the Light, is in effect STILLNESS and ACTION, working together. And if it seems that I am posing riddles for you , let me explain.

When one lights a candle and sets it down, the flame burns straight and unmoving, casting light evenly around it. Someone moves through the room or opens a door, causing a draft and the flame wavers and depending on how much air movement there is, could almost be extinguished.

We are like candle flames burning true and upright, everything in harmony (or so we think) until something (or someone) comes into our space and causes a draft. Then we are challenged! How do we cope with the so-called “drafts” in our lives? Those times when demands are made upon us from all sides and we seem to have to draw on all resources, just to keep going. What to do?

The very thing that appears to cause us discontent, unhappiness; whatever the challenge, is often a divine impulse urging us to change. Change our habits or perceptions, our beliefs, the way we live life. This thing, whatever form it takes, is showing us that there is another way! It is a marker on our route, a very definite pointer of the way forward.

Years ago I remember watching in fascination as my Grandmother wound up the grandfather clock in her home. She inserted a large key in the front and turned it a specific number of times. Then the large gold pendulum would swing from side to side, measuring out the seconds and minutes as they ticked by.

Well, how often do we get “wound up” by world affairs and then swing (like the pendulum) from one extreme to the other. What in the world is winding you up right now? Remember the words that Jesus said: “What is that to thee…..follow thou me.” What we are fussed about today passes, but the Christ way (being aligned with Truth) is eternal.

When we take time to Be Still… we are not bent towards good or evil, young or old, rich or poor. These things will still be in evidence in the world, but not in the stillness that for that time removes us from them.

And it is from the Stillness that we are guided to act. So with our flames held steady in Truth, we can move forward in trust in a world that appears to be spiralling.

Each soul has a responsible purpose and there is a deeper level at which to participate in Life; a level where outer situations do not put us through the wringer; and it is not our single goal just to survive. Throughout his teaching Jesus emphasized our being one (in consciousness) with God. There are many passages in scripture that give evidence of this:

You are the light of the world.

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

One God and Father of us all, who is above all, and through all, and in all.

One is your Father.

The ultimate teaching of Jesus was that we come to that point in consciousness where God is truly realized and experienced; and then it is no longer human consciousness but spiritual consciousness.

It is the destiny of each one to express the Christ Light. Don’t let us wait until we come to the end of all our human resources – let us hand over and place our trust in God, knowing that all our needs will be, and are met, according to His will, whatever that may be.

In Closing….

“From the upper side of our being we look into God’s perfect world, see it in its beauty and loveliness. When the outer senses are stilled in our faithful devoted effort to attune our-selves to that upper side of our being, a heavenly healing in-fluence will be felt throughout our whole being, even unto the outermost. Herein is it that God’s healing works to bless our body even as our soul.

According to our faithful attitude to life, our loving heed to the working of His purpose amid all that transpires, so will all things work together for good. Not a mere pedestrian good, but a good that accords with our high estate in Christ!

The faithful soul who knows the secret of God’s ways dwells in perfect peace; and all that transpires within her, so far from alarming, only reassures her. Intimately convinced that God is guiding, she accepts everything that comes as a token of His grace. And so indeed it proves, even as she abides wholly forgetful of self.

To find God under all these appearances is the great act of faith; to make everything a means of uniting one’s self with God is the exercise of faith.

J.P. de Caussade—A Spiritual Study

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Newsletter – March 2021

“Being Part of a New Tomorrow – Today!”

Dear Friends

“If there is no change in our consciousness today, there will be no change in our outer experience tomorrow. In proportion as some change takes place in our consciousness, in that proportion is there an improvement in our outer affairs— either in health, personal relationships, or supply.” The World Is New – Joel Goldsmith

Now this is so true! We cannot expect anything to change in our experience if we are holding the beliefs in consciousness that we are perhaps clinging to. Maybe without realizing it, we are waiting for every-thing “out there” to improve or change, and then we will change. Then when it has been proven “out there” we will give it our due consideration.

I was watching an inter-view between David Steindl-Rast and Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, where it was indicated that fear causes us to cling or to fight. It was also suggested that fundamentalism clings to religious doctrinism out of fear. This is inflexibility. Daily, I have gratitude in my heart for this Teaching of Divine Science, offered as a Way. A Way to live and experience life at a deeper more meaningful and richer level. Now this teaching is not new. It has been expounded, shared, written about, and proven by many for centuries.

What is “new” is maybe a different personality offering a book, or workshop or presentation in a seemingly exciting way. When it comes to Truth – the Truth that always has been, Truth that eternally is, we are guided or instructed to dig deep – go deep into the Silence within to access IT.

We cannot just boot up our computers or select google on our phones. This is Something that technology cannot give us. Truth challenges us to experience IT. And the experience is in consciousness.

And from the experience – the inner experience – we see life differently; we participate in a world that is new. Paul stated this succinctly in the words: “Be ye renewed by the renewing of your mind.” The inner mind – consciousness.
In 2 Cor.5:17 are the words:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; be-hold, all things have become new.” Bearing in mind that it is Christ consciousness referred to and not the man. Jesus taught that in aligning with God, IT, with Christ consciousness…all things become new.

In the interview I referred to earlier, Brother David Steindl-Rast, said the following, and I quote: “The religions start from mysticism. There is no other way to start a religion. But, I compare this to a volcano that gushes forth…and then…. The magma flows down the sides of the mountain and cools off. And when it reaches the bottom, it’s just rocks. You’d never guess that there was a fire in it. So, after a couple of hundred years, or two thousand years or more, what was once alive is dead rock. Doctrine becomes doctrinaire. Morals become moralistic. Ritual becomes ritualistic. What do we do with it? We have to push through this crust and go to the fire within” [end of quote]

And what is that fire within? It is Truth/God/IT, and in life whether it be mankind, animal, plant or mineral – there is no separation from IT (God).

Through the daily distractions in life, we seem to have forgotten, yet the “fire” still burns. No place is any holier or more sacred than another. We bring our sense of the sacred with us into each and every space. Our awareness, in the moment, is a sacred, mystical experience.

So, let us give up clinging to the idea or desire for life to return to “normal”; let us drop any fear as we move forward in trust to the deeper, new experience ready to unfold through and for each soul.

In Closing….

I remind you of a lovely little story that illustrates so well, how often we may feel reluctant to trust what already is; always has been; and always will be; so we cling…..instead of letting go.

Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the river swept silently over them all — young and old, rich and poor, good and evil — the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.

Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current was what each had learned from birth. But one creature said at last, “I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.”

The other creatures laughed and said, “Fool! Let go, and that current you worship will throw you tumbled and smashed against the rocks, and you will die quicker than boredom!” But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks. Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more.

And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, “See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies! See the messiah, come to save us all!” And the one carried in the current said, “I am no more messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.”

But they cried the more, “Savior!” all the while clinging to the rocks, and when they looked again he was gone, and they were left alone making legends of a savior.

 From the book: “Illusions,” by Richard Bach

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Newsletter – February 2021

“Consecrating Ourselves to Truth.”

Dear Friends

Traditionally, each year, our first service focuses on consecrating our sacred space of meeting; namely our Sanctuary. This year it is different.

All around us Life is nudging us to take stock; so, it seems that this is a time and opportunity to go forward into the year, living according to what is REAL in Life. What is REAL is infinite; what is REAL cannot be threatened; is not under siege. So, then…it would seem that in getting ourselves worked up about what seems real, we are forgetting about what truly IS, ETERNALLY.

We ask that you join us in taking responsibility, each accepting the role of holding to Truth, to what is REAL, and thereby being part of the lifting of consciousness, to where the true Peace, Love and Compassion are felt, under-stood and practised.

We have a practical and perfect example found in Luke12:22-32, where Jesus instructs his disciples to: “Take no thought.” This means stop using human thinking! The results of human thinking show clear evidence when we look around at our world experience today.

So perhaps it is time to consider that these challenges facing many, are part of a bigger plan. A plan and process to be trusted at a much deeper level. A plan that has nothing to do at all with human thinking.

Generally human thinking has given power to disease, led to individuals thinking lack and fearing, and to countries fighting for power. There is only One Power, God; yet we are often concerned with things of the world when our focus should be on the One Reality. This One has already provided for us, and creation is whole and complete, awaiting our acceptance and recognition, not at the human level but at the experience of IT in consciousness. And ….as we teach ….God is an experience.

Taking no thought—no human thought—indicates that we are aligned with that spiritual power functioning in and as each one. Today, many may be feeling despondent about the state of the world. However, there is work to be done, and it is up to us to uphold Truth and be the vehicles for love, light and peace to be experienced.

We can be a part of the change in consciousness, moving for-ward, by being accountable for our thoughts.

Let us stop living in a completely material sense of existence. We are more than that; Life is more than that. Let us experience the more that is available to each and every individual, as we recognize only the spiritual identity present in each soul.

Taking thought, cannot change your Truth or mine. What is REAL is infinite and can never be threatened.

We trust the process as we take into account the final words in that passage from Luke, namely verse 32: “Fear not little flock, it your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

This is such wonderful promise; stated always in the present tense. For me this is usable truth, which can be put into practice each and every day; reminding us over and over again that by taking (human) thought we cannot add one cubit to our stature.

We cannot add to the perfection of creation, yet the perfection in creation needs to be (can only be) discerned spiritually. It has nothing to do with the world!

So, today going forward, we consecrate ourselves to the indwelling Truth and we trust!

In Closing….

A spiritual ministry is not only a sacred one, but it is a secret one. You do not voice the fact that you have come to the realization that you are a child of God and an heir to all the heavenly blessings. You maintain that awareness in your own consciousness sacredly and secretly, and you do not bless people by outwardly or openly speaking truth to them, but by silently letting the peace of God flow through you to them.

You really have nothing to give the world until the Spirit of God is upon you and you are ordained. Then you will not have to go out seeking to shed your light. The world that is in darkness will come to you for light, but only because you have chosen to serve the Spirit of God in every person.

Living Between Two Worlds—Joel Goldsmith

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Newsletter – December 2020 / January 2021

“Consciousness—The Cornerstone Of Life.”

Dear Friends

We are told that a stone uniting two masonry walls at an intersection is known as a cornerstone; relating to a physical building.

When we refer to the building of consciousness, it is not something solid, yet paradoxically far more reliable; something that is governed, we could say, by laws that far outweigh, and supersede, the laws we experience, set humanly in the world.

The stories found in the New Testament, told by Jesus through his Christ Consciousness, apply even today. In fact these stories (lessons) give us philosophies by which to live our lives.

The story under consideration, we find in the gospel of Matthew 7:24-27.

  1. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which build his house upon a rock:
  2. And the rain descended and the floods came, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
  3. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
  4. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

According to George Lamsa in his book, Gospel Light, “This is a picture of a man who builds upon the foundation of truth which stands like a rock and of another who builds on false doctrines which shift like sands.”

Now I heard these stories from an early age in Sunday School, interpreted literally, as I am sure is the case for many. Yet it is important to realize that we have evolved to a place of much deeper understanding and knowing.

A cornerstone refers to a stone uniting two masonry walls. Well, interestingly, in Truth there is no uniting of two separate aspects—there is a REALIZATION OF UNION.

The cornerstone then is the realization; and it is the realization in consciousness of the Oneness of All Life. And the depth of understanding in consciousness denotes the strength of our foundation in Truth.

In verse 24, we have Jesus stating that whoever hears these sayings of his and then follows through by living accordingly, will be considered wise. The law works and there will be a corresponding consequence. In other words, we have been given the “tools’ or know-how, and these are for each and every soul. No-one is excluded, yet perhaps we continue somehow to relate all this to a time gone past; to another era.

What was taught and shared with the people of biblical times— law and principle—still holds true today, and during these uncertain times we have the perfect reason to follow what works and let go of what does not.

We teach: “It is the destiny of mankind to express the Christ, for this cosmic principle within each individual soul is the way, the truth, and the life. The true individual life is an expression of the Infinite Life for by the law of expression like produces like, and thus is made plain the principle of Omnipresence—All is One.

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.”

Let us actively participate in being the cornerstone of truth, in consciousness.

In Closing….

 “The ultimate aim of every man (woman) should be to come into the consciousness of an indwelling God, and then, in all external matters, to affirm deliverance through and by this Divine One.

There should not be a running to and fro, making human efforts to aid the Divine, but a calm, restful, unwavering trust in All-Wisdom and All-Power within one as able to accomplish the thing desired.”

Emilie Cady

May you and your loved ones know Peace and Love this Christmas, through conscious union with the Inner Presence.

 Bountiful blessings,

 Mallory

Newsletter -November 2020

“United in Sacred Awareness”

Dear Friends

Nona Brooks stated: “The only thing that truly unites us is a consciousness of the Whole. Then we love. Love sees the whole of humanity and gives itself to all. Self-seeking separates mankind. As we seek the good of all, we are firmly united.”

And this is the basis of Divine Science, which is offered as a way. Many know, from attending classes, that the foundation principle of Divine Science is the omnipresence of God; and what follows then is the PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE. It is not a theory, but a way of living life!

The practice of the Presence is a fully focused moment by moment exercise. Stopping to smell the roses isn’t just an idealistic suggestion; it carries value. Do we try to fit too much into the day, scurrying from one activity to the next?

Working with one statement of truth at a time can be so fulfilling, and my soul is stirred when I contemplate the words found in the Gospel of Thomas: “Split a piece of wood; I am there. Lift a stone and you will find me there.”

Jesus was not referring to himself, but the I Am—that Presence that he indicated when he referred to his mission yet said: “..the Father that sent me, for I of mine own self am nothing.” In this way he was bearing witness to the Presence and Power of God. In all he undertook, he continually referred to bearing witness to the One Presence and Power.

We all agree, I am sure, that this is a fine teaching, with no exclusive intention, but offering a way to live Life. We need to begin putting it into practise, and now, at this time in our experience, we have no better reason.

What is required is that we reject appearances. Human appearance is incidental to Truth. We need to look beyond the appearance, deep into what IS. The sacred is in, as, and through all.

Does this not explain so well, the Omnipresence and reality of who we are?  God filling the entire being of each and every individual.

This again brings us to the consciousness of the Whole. This unites us and as we realize this truth for ourselves, we are able automatically, to realize it for all.

It is heartening to hear this message coming from other traditions and groups; we are all beginning to understand together; we are all realizing the same Source that unites us. We are all finding union in sacred awareness.

The message has been shared and taught over many, many years, and now is beginning to be understood as it is embraced in consciousness. Perhaps we are reaching that critical mass point, referred to by some.

I truly find it so uplifting that more and more, there is a “coming together” through this greater understanding and realization of One Truth for All!

In Closing….

“I rest in God.”  This thought will bring you to the rest and quiet, peace and stillness, and the safety and happiness you seek. “I rest in God.”  This thought has power to wake the sleeping truth in you, whose vision sees beyond appearances to that same truth in everyone and everything there is. Here is the end of suffering for all the world, and everyone who ever came and yet will come to linger for a while. Here is the thought in which the Son of God is born again, to recognize himself.

This is the day of peace. You rest in God, and while the world is torn by winds of hate your rest remains completely undisturbed. Yours is the rest of truth. Appearances cannot intrude on you. You call to all to join you in your rest, and they will hear and come to you because you rest in God. They will not hear another voice than yours because you gave your voice to God, and now you rest in Him and let Him speak through you.

A Course in Miracles.

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

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