Newsletter – August 2022

Dear Friends,

“The Application”

An application could be seen as applying for a job, a loan, an appointment.  Well, we are here in the world and it seems that even if we are not initially aware that we applied in the first place—we got the job!  Here we all are and it is not by chance—we are here to do and be, at what seems to be a most pivotal time in history.

All around us we are being challenged as rapid changes are taking place. Change for many is challenge enough; yet it seems that Life is looking to each of us to apply ourselves at this time; and whether we realize it or not, we are actually equipped for the position.  The passage found in James 1:22-25 states: Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

Divine Science, a way to live life, is a practical teaching. Intellect and theory take us just so far and then more importantly, we put into practice the truth principles we have learned. By doing this we are working with the Law—aligning with the truth of our being….and this is Real Life. We are told not to put new wine into old wineskins. We cannot take something new, be it a new way of seeing things, a new way of understanding, a new way of being, and overlap it onto the old ways. In order to experience a new life, world, etc., the old ways (not values) need to be broken down completely to make way for the new.

“New” in Divine Science is seeing with new eyes; understanding and embracing Truth that has always been and always will be. We come to the realization of it in a new way.  In order to apply truth; in order to live life in a new way, we need first to look inward. Change is required to bring about the new.  As uncomfortable as it is, we are getting signs and wake-up calls to live life in a different way. In our teaching, we emphasize Oneness and the contact we make with each other and the earth needs to be at the soul level.

Right now we are being offered a new beginning and this requires our being differently in the world; it is a spiritual undertaking that can proceed once we realize that truth resides at the core of each individual. We are dealing with an Omnipresent God, so we are ultimately dealing with Truth.  Life today is calling for a new way of applying ourselves; a new and uplifted way of being in the world. Let us not fear the “breaking down” of things at so many levels around us; let us rather be heartened that whatever appears to be happening, is making way for Life to emerge in a different way.

Life is always lived from the inner to the outer. First in mind, and then in manifestation.  What is taking place right now around the planet, as distressing as it is, is also waking us up to a huge opportunity. The opportunity of a different way of being; the opportunity, with our co-operation, of a world alert to true peace, love and understanding. A world where we revere all life, and as caretakers of this beautiful planet, we are fulfilling the job we came here to be part of.  The application of truth is required as we embark on a new way of living and BEING, in the continued practice of the Presence.

In Closing……    Listen to the Cosmic Christ, to Cosmic Wisdom calling  all the children of God together:  “Come , children, drink of my water which are all common waters.  They are free and available to all my children.  Drink of my wisdom from your own unique well.  Let the Taoists drink and the Muslims drink; let the Jews drink and the Buddhists drink; let the Christians drink and let the native peoples drink.  And then tell me:  What have you drunk?  How deeply have you imbibed my refreshment?  What wet and running wisdom drips from inside you to the outside?  What have you to share with others of my wisdom and harmonious living, of the dripping of the oils of compassion and the lubricants of your common anointings as my images, my other “Christs,” my co-creators of wisdom on earth?

 I am tired of your religious wars, your sectarian divisions, your crusading spirits that arise from disharmony.  I long for harmony.  If there must be competition let it take place at the level of shared gifts and the bountiful outpouring of wisdom.  Pray together.  Create harmony and healing together. Celebrate, praise, and thank together. Cease using religion  to divide. Use it for its purpose, to reconnect to Mother Earth, to blessings, to the underground river that I am and that you all share.  And cease scandalizing  the young by your indifference to these awesome blessings, by your competition, and your boredom.  Praise one another, praise the earth.  In doing so, you praise me.

Matthew Fox—The Coming of the Cosmic Christ.

Bountiful blessings,

 Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter – July 2022

Dear friends,

“The Joy In Crisis”

Some may be puzzled by the subject of the message this month: The Joy in Crisis. Yet, when we really consider it, crisis brings us back to who and what we truly are, and that is a joyful discovery.  Crisis forces us to do and be, in a different way; it pushes us to change, as it brings out capabilities and potential that we would not otherwise be aware of in normal day-to-day circumstances.  As humans in this game of life that we play, we seem to have so many needs.  And we really get caught up in these needs.

Let us get back to CRISIS:  It is defined in the dictionary as “a crucial point or situation in the course of anything; a turning point.”  It comes from the Greek word, Krisis – meaning turning point.  So, crisis brings us to a turning point – and obviously we have many different levels or degrees of crisis.  Crisis pushes us to redefine ourselves; to re-evaluate the situation – we are brought to a turning point where a different approach is necessary.  In every crisis, life is giving us another chance or opportunity to break out of the old pattern of limitation that blocks us from fully realizing the power and potential within us.  Each and every crisis we experience is an opportunity for transformation.  And when we really think about it, crises are mostly related to what we believe we don’t have, and want; or what we have, and don’t want.

We have many wonderful stories throughout scripture that illustrate transformation brought about when individuals faced crisis or crises in their lives. Some are: Job, Joseph, Daniel.

Let us briefly look at the story of the loaves and fishes found in Matthew 14:14-21 and in fact, all four gospels, dealing with the crisis of thousands of people who needed feeding from (it seems) only five loaves and two fishes.  In all four gospels, not once is it mentioned that the loaves and fishes were multiplied.  They broke the loaves and fishes and passed them out. No mention of a miracle. According to  George Lamsa, in his book, Gospel Light, people who travelled always carried enough bread with them, especially in the desert.  It would seem that as the food the young boy offered initially, was handed out, others who still had food concealed in their garments, also shared what they had.

I share a brief quote from Eric Butterworth now who explains as follows:  “Substance is not material and substance has no quantity. Wherever spirit is at all, the whole of spirit must be, and because spirit is omnipresent, the whole of spirit must be present in its entirety at every point in space.  Every cell contains within it, the allness of supply. Substance does not have to be multiplied—it has to be used! Every person is in the flow of substance!”

Just as loaves and fishes were a symbol of limitation to the disciples—in crisis, our symbols of limitation may be money, lack of employment, lack of self-esteem.  We need to get past this and understand that substance is a divine flow within us.  This is what is meant when we are told to seek first the kingdom—and when we do this—through inner awareness will come the money, jobs, loaves and fishes.   It is not miracles or magic! It is Spiritual Law! It is consciousness unfolding. It is often crisis that sets us on the route to uncover or discover our God-given potential. We are consciousness unfolding, so welcome the turning point in your life today!

In Closing……

 See and think only from the standpoint that Spirit is our only Substance and Identity. The one immaculate Body is ours here and now. The perfect Universe of Spirit is within us and about us. Verily what has been called a material world shall be known to be the City of God.  Our Body, which may seem to be physical or material, shall be found to be immaculate—free from spot or blemish.

 There is nothing but Spirit!  Our whole Mind, Being and World are Spirit.  Supply, income and abundance are Spirit.  Happiness, companionship, joy and peace are Spirit.  Through the immaculate conception we see the whole Body to be Spirit, its actions and functions, Spirit, which is ever perfect in insight, awareness, power and glory.

 Lillian DeWaters—The Voice of Revelation

Bountiful blessings!

Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter – June 2022

Dear Friends,

“Dropping Anchor In God’s Presence.”

If you were out on the open sea in a small boat, and suddenly experienced a storm, would you drop anchor right there?  In the middle of the storm?  Well, in the middle of the “storms” in our lives, this is what we could be doing…..dropping anchor in God’s Presence.
In Psalm 46, we read in verse 1: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
And in the well-known, and much quoted section of verse 10: Be still, and know that I am God:”

Yet when the chips are down our first resort is to worry like crazy and stress ourselves to the limit because for some reason it seems we think that only we can fix or resolve the situation (storm) or whatever it may be that we are facing.  For some reason we feel compelled to act; and sadly, most of our “acting” or “taking action” is to worry.

Jean Pierre de Caussade stated:  “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 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.”

The focus for this message is the idea of anchoring ourselves in God’s Presence – no matter what our situation. You see, we all carry anchors, and these anchors are our beliefs.  After all we all believe in something! And maybe we are actually anchoring ourselves in what it is we do not want!  And we need to take note here.  Let us just for a moment consider two scripture quotes: the first being found in Proverbs 23:7…”As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” The second we find in Matthew 8:13,  “As thou has believed, so be it done unto thee,” and this was Jesus’ remark to the Roman centurion.

Epictetus, a long ago Greek philosopher said: “Men are disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.” Our self-talk – our story – is made up of thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, experiences, feelings and perceptions, about 90% of which are unconscious at any given time. And to a large degree, we are anchored in this self-talk which in its own way becomes what we believe about ourselves and life as a whole. So when dropping anchor in the storms of life it is well to first check the quality of the anchor. We need to check for ourselves if the stories we are telling ourselves are self-talk or Truth. Once we have established ourselves in truth, we drop anchor in the Presence of the One Power.

We have beautiful stories and examples in scripture yet so often get swayed by the things of the world, and we drop anchor in the economic reports, weather reports,  political reports, all the health reports and unemployment and seeming lack.  Are we then in a position of worshiping God, and……? Turn to God—the One and only Omnipresent Presence. Have we, for all our sophisticated and advanced technology, made any advancement  in our relationship to God; to Life?

We do need relationships with family, with friends; we do need employment. Yet it is in God that our needs are met, because in God there is no lack or limitation. As we realize our unity with the One, we drop anchor, and in this awareness, we become still and the storm passes.

In Closing……

 Faith is inherent in the invisible Spirit, and is Spirit, it is the source of what it proves; the source of all beautiful evidences that constitute nature.  We walk, talk, think, and live by Faith.  Faith is the active principle of Being.  By faith we see, therefore it is sight; by it we hear, therefore it is hearing; by it we know Truth, therefore it is knowledge.

 All things in creation are not only evidence of its Omnipotence, but of its never failing certainty and unlimited good.  All the accomplishments of man and all things accomplished by him, are the result and evidence of faith. Then “Faith is the substance of things hoped for.”

 Faith is the ability to live and succeed in every position in life.  To accomplish the purpose which every right endeavor has in view and to better one’s conditions as the field of work requires.  It is essential that we put faith in our spiritual endeavors, in our mental endeavors, and in our physical endeavors to enjoy satisfactory evidence of the substance of our Being, and have positive proof of the reality of the things hoped for.

 Malinda E. Cramer—Divine Science and Healing

Bountiful blessings,

 Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter – May 2022

Dear Friends,

“The Solution Lies in Practice, not Theory”

Scripture inspires in us an appreciation of the beauty and wisdom of nature. Job encourages us to “ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee, or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee” (12:7, 8). Job reminds us that the earth was made by God, “in whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind” (12:10).

Now, although I have shared these quotes from Job, the message is not necessarily about Job, yet we can learn from his experiences.  Most of you know the defining quote found in Job:  WHAT I FEARED MOST HAS COME UPON ME. And yet we have the realization too of how “tuned in” to God he was, which proved ultimately to be his “saving grace.”

Recently while I was sorting papers and doing some filing at home, I came across an article by  Dr Stewart Bitkoff entitled: “How to be spiritual amidst this chaos?”  And I believe it was somewhere in 2015 that I printed the article…..yet how applicable in our world today.  Sometimes we need guidance on maintaining our spiritual focus; we need to be reminded that each of us is that embodiment called Truth.  And, of course Truth is part of all belief systems, traditions; in fact is the fulcrum common to all creation!

So in considering how to be spiritual amidst the chaos  we find the solution lies in practice and not in theory. Job is a good example as he went through all sorts of trials and tribulations, yet his saving grace was keeping his focus on God; knowing God/Truth to be the solution.

Let us not forget that God, this Inner Presence, is doing exactly what IT is supposed to be doing, even as our bodies age and die.  We are in charge when we mindfully make a decision, through awareness, to notice all the gifts of Life around us.  Yet even when we seem unaware, the process of Life continues at the deepest level of our being.

Awareness is our greatest gift.  It is only when we are aware that we can lift ourselves out of the quagmire of fear thinking and believing.  Job, who even whilst going through what seems to us today, the most dramatic experiences, remained centered in Truth; aligned or focused as he acknowledged God and that the earth was made by God…. “in whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all.”

And despite what befell Job; despite him acknowledging that what he feared most had come upon him; he maintained his focus on Truth – coming back continuously to first cause, God.  God at the center of all Life.  As stated by Paul: “in Him we live move and have our being.”

Even in the so-called chaos that has been experienced over many, many years; the chaos that also seems prevalent in life today, we need to be mindful and have reverence for ALL LIFE – and the Great Mystery which lives us.

Through our times of contemplation; our times of meditation, we are aligned with the Mystery of Life and we experience IT!  And without trying, we recognize it in all aspects of creation. And from (or through) our awareness comes our experience…..and we realize the solution lies in Practice, not in theory.  Our living of life is not a theory, but a practical experience.  And the experience is first in mind and then in manifestation.

By living life in a balanced way with God/Truth as the fulcrum of our focus we allow ourselves to be guided to the solution.  And we know the solution or solutions in life are not always according to how we would have them be; yet all through life – all through creation – is the underlying intelligence, calling us to BE STILL…..AND KNOW.

In Closing……
 There is no such thing as God and.  It is for that reason that the only demonstration there is for us to make is the demonstration of God’s presence.  In demonstrating God’s presence, we demonstrate life eternal, and infinity of supply, brotherhood, peace, joy, protection, and safety.  In His presence there is fullness of life—nothing is absent.  When we have God’s presence, we have God appearing as good, as clothing, as housing. But there is one requirement: to have His presence—not meaningless affirmations or the mouthings of the deep truths of Scripture, but His presence.

 Where God is, fulfillment is, and through the realization of Omnipresence, all things already exist.  God is forever functioning to maintain and sustain the infinite and eternal nature of this universe appearing as.  God appears as the daily manna: I am the bread of life—not I will have or should have or will demonstrate it, but I am it; and this I appears on our table as daily bread.  It appears outwardly as transportation or clothing.  In the beginning before time began, God gave Himself to us, and in the giving, infinity was bestowed  upon us.  Joel Goldsmith—The Thunder of Silence

Bountiful blessings,

 Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter – April 2022

Dear Friends,

“Are We Sowing To Spirit Or To Flesh?”

What is the sowing and the reaping that is causing the distresses of the people on earth?  Paul summed it up in these words: “If you sow to the Spirit, you will reap life everlasting; if you sow to the flesh, you will reap corruption.” These words make sense  when we re-visit the Law of Expression and see for ourselves how spiritual law is always working.

In the world today there is much condemnation and we see it in the form of many governments, companies, and individuals, being accused of various  misdemeanors.  When we sit in judgement regarding situations involving others, it conveniently takes the spotlight off ourselves.  Do we at times fall into the trap of elevating ourselves to the position of righteousness?  What level of life are we identifying with when we make accusations or judgements?

Jesus said: “Call no man on earth your father,” and indicated clearly that we all originate from the same Divine Source whatever name we know IT by. It is within our own consciousness, at the core of our being, that understanding of our spiritual identity begins.  This is the “God-Centre” of all being, and through this recognition of the divine in all, a need or desire to accuse or judge, falls away. According to Emma Curtis Hopkins: “Effectiveness comes with letting the goodness of the merciful and tender spirit speak instead of your condemning tendencies, wherever anything appears to be evil.”

Truth understood can never be diminished; and the understander of truth can never backtrack.  There is a line in the movie, “Luther,” about the life of Martin Luther that made such an impact on me, and still does. He was suspended from the church and asked to recant his ideas that of course were threatening  the power of the church. In order to be reinstated in the church he was required to recant his ideas.  His response: “I cannot recant truth!” Joan of Arc is another very good example, who, when recognizing the inner divine splendor, exclaimed: “I cannot retract—I am that.”

A statement I read some years ago indicated: “You can have your highest good now.”  Well if we remove the word can, it reads: “you have your highest good now!” There is no effort to be what we are already, in truth.  We do have our highest good now and it abides at the centre of our being.  It is pure love not needing anything in return.  It is from this place of being centred in truth that need for judgement falls away.

Not one individual has been created greater than another. Each has his or her gift to share and something to learn and accomplish in life.  Paul told Timothy to, “churn up that gift that was in him.” Let us be mindful of the greatness of Spirit operating in and through every individual, showing forth IT’S radiance, using each as a vehicle for expression. We come back now to Jesus’ instruction: “call no man on earth your father.”  Is it not time that we realize that all share in the same Spiritual Heritage—is it not time to stop hiding behind the world issues, and allow that which is true to take precedence in our lives?

Whenever we find ourselves accusing or condemning let us know that we are giving a disturbing condition all our attention.  We are sowing then to the flesh, when there is another way.Let us sow to Spirit as we take time in the Silence; let us remember and  bring to mind the words: BE STILL AND KNOW, THAT I AM GOD.

In Closing……

 Consider the simple tree.  It operates as a unit. Not a single leaf, twig or branch can live or act independent of the tree as a whole; and the life and substance of the tree is its fulness and wholeness throughout.  There is nothing that a leaf can be of itself; to be at all it must be the tree.  The tree as a whole is in every leaf.

 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.
 Lillian de Waters—The Voice of Revelation

Bountiful blessings,
 Mallory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter – March 2022

Dear Friends,

“A Greater Understanding Of Life”

Understanding is necessary and critical in life.

  • We cannot have wisdom without understanding.
  • We cannot have love without understanding.
  • We cannot have knowledge without understanding.
  • We cannot have faith without understanding.

The main intention in this message is to focus on the greatest aspect of life which really requires our understanding—and that is understanding who we are in Truth.  The issues and challenges in life are not about us or whatever it is we happen to be facing at any time; it is about trusting.  However we can only trust once we understand our true origin. Understanding is a skill which we develop through awareness.  The reason this needs to be developed is that we may forget that our seeming “fixed identity” is only temporary; yet our true identities are those  which are eternally real.

The practice of awareness is vital to a deeper understanding…the understanding within that says: “I know…!” This is uttered clearly in the Aquarian Gospel, chap 32:13 where we are told:  “Man may  believe what others say; but this he never knows. If a man would know he must himself be what he knows.”

According to Deepak Chopra in his book, The Book of Secrets, he states that understanding changes the whole picture of reality, and that whenever we perform an action we are actually expressing a level of understanding.  He also states that everything that you have decided about yourself is in play at this very moment. What have we decided about ourselves?  And is it linked to a “fixed identity”  that is not “fixed” at all?  Any opinions,
criticisms, judgments, are showing us that we do not understand.

The basis of our teaching is the Omnipresence of God; we are continuations out of (and one with) this One Source of all Life. We speak about this, read about it, yet until we really “get it,” we need the constant reminder.  The universe is a spiritual creation and we are not here to perfect the human but to understand, know, and prove, our spiritual heritage.

One of the goals in teaching classes is not only to bring about a deeper understanding of the true nature of our being, but to offer practical tools to assist us to live this way as well.  It was mentioned that we cannot have wisdom, love, knowledge, or faith without understanding. When we understand who we are in Truth, then during our practice of awareness, we allow inner Wisdom to come forth; we become transparencies for God’s Love; our knowledge is a true knowing; and our faith is real because we surrender in trust.

When we are challenged, as all are from time to time, by whatever appears before us, and maybe fear pops up…all we need do is ask ourselves: “what is it I do not understand?” We are all spiritual beings, heirs to the heavenly kingdom; it is our lack of understanding that postpones this in our experience.  Know the truth and the truth shall set you free.

We live in a world focused on acquisition; on getting and wanting and having.  Yet  we read in Proverbs: “..and with all thy getting, get understanding.”  This is our work; our practice and ultimately also our freedom!

In closing….

“Old age does not mean the burden of years; it means the fruition of a life. Years are our friends, not our enemies, if we live in harmony with these, and think of them as opportunities for development. 

 Each day of the year is in itself an opportunity to realize more of truth; but unwisely we resist the passing of the years instead of cooperating  in spirit with the seeming flight of time.   It is human ignorance in relation to process that makes us old, not the experiences of time in its passing. It is our attitude toward time that keeps us free from the limitations that the race would burden us with.”   Nona Lovell Brooks Mysteries (1924)

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Sunflowers – photo Samantha Barris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter – February 2022

“We Do Not Need To Change The World.”

The land which thou seest, to thee will I give it.” Genesis 13:15.  The land which thou seest… the world which thou seest…..  Does the land/world we see, need to be changed?  We do not need to change the world!  The world does not need changing!  The world is right as it is….. according to consciousness…according to the consciousness of humanity!

Truth is simple.  We seek perfection and set ourselves up for disappointment because we are seeking perfection “out there.”   Perfection according to the human defining of it.  And that perfection, if it is to be found, is passing and changes with our changing human perceptions.  At the human level, the perfection we are seeking is always ahead of us; something we are striving toward.  Something, even, that we may be “fighting” others for, in order to attain it.  Yet, “it” always seems just out of our reach and not aligned with: be ye therefore perfect, as is your Father in heaven.

In the chapter of Genesis, we find Abram and Lot at the parting of the ways.  We too are at a crossroads in life—a place where we need to make a conscious choice of which way to go; which path to take.

This is nothing new as we see in Isa 2:5: “O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.”  Much the same is found in Mic 4:5:  “For all people will walk everyone in the name of his God, and we will  walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.” These two prophets of that time were exhorting the people to turn their attention or focus, to God.  To look only to, and have faith in, God. And these are just two examples—there are more.

We can look back and wonder why, maybe, those before us made the choices they did, and how, if they’d turned to God as their source for peace, love and wisdom, the world as we know it today may have been a better place?  Yet are our choices any different from those who have gone before?

Are we following the path of Abraham, placing all our faith and trust in God; or are we following the path of Lot—putting our faith in the things of the flesh, of the world?  Just like Abraham, we are the fathers (mothers) of a multitude of thoughts which in turn spawn a multitude of effects.  Ralph Waldo Trine says: When a thought is given birth, it does not end there; but takes form, and as a form it goes out, and has its effect upon other minds and lives.

 “The land which thou seest, to thee will I give it.”  Are we seeing the kingdom of God, or are we completely caught up in this so-called human kingdom, and seeing only that? What we give our attention to, will determine our experience.  Everything is consciousness and to change our experience of life, we first need to change our consciousness. We do not need to change the world—it is according to consciousness.  Unless there is a change in consciousness first, any other change will only be temporary.

Back to our teaching: the OMNIPRESENCE of God.  God everywhere present, in, as, and through all creation; expressing individually through you and me. And to know God we need to experience (and prove) this Inner Presence as did those who are mentioned above.
Be still, and know!

In Closing…… Then there is Sir James Jeans, who says that the universe is “just God.” He says that there isn’t anything in the universe but God; that all the power there is, is God; that all the intelligence, all the substance there is, is God; that there is nothing else.

 So you see, he quite agrees with the Apostle Paul, who said, “In Him we live, and move, and have our being.” We live in the One Power; we move in the One Substance; we have our being in the One Intelligence. We are in the midst of a vast dynamic Power, which is greater than anything we can possibly imagine.

 That Power is in us. We are charged with It. It is not far off. There is no separation of It from us. It is in the midst of us and we are in the midst of It. It lives, and moves and has Its being in man. It works through man to will and to do. Nothing is impossible to this God Power.  H.B. Jeffery—The Spirit of Prayer

Bountiful blessings,
Mallory

Newsletter – Dec 2021 & Jan 2022

Dear Friends,

“A Consciousness of God is Our Only Need”

There is an ancient echo that calls monks to the deserts and to the high and sacred places, and the same voice is now calling people of the cities, towns and villages to awaken to the power and presence of God.”  Jim Rosemergy

It is through consciousness that we receive or hear the voice that is calling us. With the many distractions life in the world offers, we so often are deaf to the voice.

Many of us participate on face book and other aspects of social media. It has become a way of life has it not?….especially since for nearly two years we have been experiencing life in a more isolated way. On face book the other day there was a posting illustrating a five-sided diagram and it was titled: pentagon; this was accompanied by a six-sided one titled: hexagon, closely followed by an eight-sided diagram: an octagon.  After these came a map of our country, South Africa, and the title was “powergone”! (referring to the electricity load-shedding) and my first thought was: “fantastic!” At last we are not looking to that for our power.  When it seems that we are powerless, that is when we are open and receptive to the true, and indeed, only power.

Over time, we may find ourselves inspired by teachers, by books we read, workshops we attend. It is not necessarily the book or individual that makes an impact but rather when we, in consciousness, are ready. The challenge then arises: “choose you this day whom you shall serve…”  and it requires that we honestly check if we are choosing the problem or disease, over God.  In other words what is it that gets our attention?  We may have times when it seems that nothing will ever work out.

We get over one challenge only to be faced with another. And what happens? All our focus is on the problem, and God—the One Omnipresent Power, in, as, and through all creation, is pushed to the background and the problem takes centre stage, together with our doubts, fears and many times even self-pity.  Are we believing more in the woes of the world than in God? What is it we declare as true for ourselves each day? These are all prayers we send out into the universe and according to law, the universe responds.

We are told in my “go to” passage in Luke 12:22-32, that “it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom…do not fear.”  And of course this is the kingdom realized in consciousness. Mostly we pray for our problems to be resolved by God, yet we are missing out on going to God for God—we forget to seek the Spirit—our entry to the kingdom.

To quote Jim Rosemergy: “Life is a consciousness of God and we are destined to be alive every moment of every day.  To be alive is not only to see ourselves as physical beings breathing the earth’s air; but to realize it is the breath of Spirit that sustains us.”

Like the monks referred to, we are being called to maintain a consciousness of God while fully participating in everyday life.  All living; all work, when done in the awareness of Spirit, is sacred. And we are never apart from this power that is with us always.  Let us join the monks and hear the call to awaken  to the power and Presence of God. We are being called as responsible citizens to heed the call and in the Stillness realize the opportunity each is being offered in Truth in this moment.

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

Wishing you all and your loved ones a blessed Holy Season, and peace throughout 2022.  May your experience be of a joyous and blessed Christmas, as through uplifted consciousness, the Light within grows ever brighter.

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Newsletter – November 2021

Dear Friends,

“Turning from the Problem”

When our minds are filled to overflowing with a problem, we leave no room for Truth; Truth that is constantly awaiting our recognition as well as our acceptance.  In Truth there is no problem, which we discover as we redirect our focus to THAT WHICH ETERNALLY IS!

There is the story about an old Cherokee teaching his grandson about life. He tells him that inside of him reside two wolves. One is negative, full of anger, greed, self-pity, guilt, false pride and is ego driven.  The other is joyful, peaceful, filled with love, humility, kindness, compassion and faith.  The grandfather explains that this is true for everyone and there is the same conflict between the two wolves going on constantly.  When asked which wolf wins, the grandfather replies: “the one you feed the most.”

This is not the end of the story.  The grandfather explained: “if you feed them right, they both win.  When we choose to feed the good wolf, the bad (or negative one) will be just around the corner waiting to distract us and get our attention.   By acknowledging that they both exist means there is no longer the internal battle for attention.  And when there is no inner conflict, we are able to listen and hear the voice of a deeper knowing that will guide us in choosing what is right in the moment.

In the world around us we always have the two wolves and we could get caught up in a battle-field of win/lose.  And this is usually due to wanting one wolf (team, political party, or country) to win and the other to lose.  Until we realize that winning in the world is only a temporary situation we will remain in the win/lose loop.

Who or what do we turn to in challenging times? The general answer would be, God.  But then we also direct God as to how the issue or situation needs to be resolved.  That is not turning to God – that is merely deceiving ourselves that we are turning to God.  Turning to God means turning from the problem (the existence of the problem if you like) and giving over…surrendering and listening…  “speak Lord for thy servant heareth.”

We need to remember that turning away from the problem….doesn’t mean..  turning toward the solution. No! turning away from the problem means dropping the problem and going within – turning to God – the Inner Presence, for  no other reason than to BE IN THAT PRESENCE  Yet we keep feeding the wolves instead of being fulfilled by Spirit! In other words we’re “seeing double.” We read in Matthew 6:22, The light of the body is the eye: if. therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.  Again, we have the directive to see only Truth. We are in the    world, but in Truth, not of it!

When we turn from the problem, only to seek the solution “out there,” we are seeing double—the problem and the solution. We are not surrendering to Truth; we are not hearing that still small voice within always  ready to direct us. We all know there is more to Life.  Yet, mostly, we are not letting the “more” be our experience.  In Truth there is no problem yet in trying to solve our problems with the human mind we keep seeing the two wolves. So let us visit the stillness that awaits our presence …  The solution is in God!  The solution is God!

In Closing:  
All the troubles that come upon us are the effect of “seeing double” instead of seeing with the “single eye” of wisdom.  Our belief in duality recognizes the existence of two powers, good and evil; of two substances, spirit and matter.
Spiritual illumination corrects all misconceptions of the sense-man and reveals the true design of man’s life and work.  This is attained only by correct thinking based upon the principles of eternal reality.
A principle is a truth that, when understood and applied, reveals the original reality.  Just as we become hopelessly entangled in a mathematical problem when we fail to work with the rule, so we plunge our life into confusion when we think and act in opposition to a “spiritual principle.” Richard Lynch—Usable Truth

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Newsletter October 2021

“Joint Heirs to the Kingdom”

Dear Friends,
I am sure there would be  many answers to the question: “how are we coping in the world today?” Yet perhaps the most prevalent is that many are feeling challenged by the seeming lack of constancy.

 Many may yearn for things to go back to the way they were.  What seems to be normal one day, is different the next; and we get  caught up in it all; trying to hold on to what is no longer working, yet reluctant to embrace the new.  It seems we are overlooking the One Constant that has always been and will be. It seems we have forgotten our true identities which we are reminded of so clearly in scripture, that we are “heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ.”

We are told over and over to: “seek first the kingdom, and all else will be added.” God is spirit, and therefore it is a spiritual kingdom that we inherit by virtue of being expressions come forth from the One Creative Source.  We therefore understand that the kingdom of God is within; within consciousness. We access the kingdom in moments of stillness, of quiet contemplation and meditation, where the true gifts of Spirit are discerned.

We need to realize that we do not have to stop in a “holy space,” a temple or church, to find God, but simply give up all expectation of a place or location bringing us to God and realize the eternal Presence within.  We need to realize that we are God individualized; there is One Father of all—no matter what the background, custom, or country of origin an individual relates to in the world.  In Spirit we are one; vehicles for divine expression. Our main practice then is to align with that which is, and always will be, no matter what world circumstances declare.

Right now, during this time in what will become history, we have a divine purpose.  And the purpose is to be mindful of what role we are playing.  Are we aligning with conflict in the world; or are we finally understanding that it does not really matter.  What matters is remaining anchored in the underlying constancy of Spirit—that Presence that goes before us to smooth the way—that Presence that responds to our acceptance of IT!

We do have a choice: whether to hold fast to an idea born of world issues, and clash with other world issues with which we do not agree; or give over to Truth.  Our very resistance feeds that which we resist.

The gifts of Spirit are already ours by virtue of our divine inheritance.  Is it not time we began to not only accept this truth, but live it as well? We are already blessed, yet we deny this by living life as if we still have to strive for joy, for peace, for love. Each and every day we need to practice awareness of the Presence; yet what seems to be, is that we are practicing separation. Separation from our Source; separation from our oneness with all creation, and the separation is only in our human minds.

We are reminded in Psalm 139: “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”

The old ways that some hanker after and the new that others look toward, tempt us to look outside of ourselves for solutions. Now is the time to realize who I AM IN TRUTH. So, instead of focusing on the ‘forces of the world,’ vying for supremacy, let us rather focus on the One Supreme Power, residing in each soul. Each moment in awareness presents us with the opportunity to align with the One. The only Constant in life.

In Closing……
“Through the present moment, you have access to the power of life itself, that which has traditionally been called  “God.” As soon as you turn away from it, God ceases to be a reality in your life, and all you are left with is the mental concept of God, which some people believe in and others deny.  Even belief in God is only a poor substitute for the living reality of God manifesting every moment of your life.”
-Eckhart Tolle

 

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory