Each Sunday, the host says, “Each individual is a unique expression of The One Life. That Life is God’s Life, That Life is Perfect, That Life is Our Life Now”. They continue, “If you want a happier life, better health, more abundant living…. you are in the right place. Welcome Home.” These are not just words to us, but heartfelt statements of what we believe and what is possible for each individual who chooses to embrace these ideas.
Yes, the world can seem a bit challenging. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and distraught over the news, both real and fake. It is easy to feel lonely, left out, freaked out and abandoned. It can be easy to feel like the whole world is headed toward destruction and that there is no hope. The good news is that it doesn’t have to feel that way.
No, it doesn’t happen automatically, like learning some secret handshake. This personal freedom, joy and aliveness arises from doing your own work, owning your own thoughts and remembering that you are always at choice. As we explore the implications of these ideas, we learn we are actually already in partnership with something greater than ourselves — call it God, or Divine Mind, or Creator, or whatever name you need It to be. Through the choices we make, consciously or unconsciously, we influence the experiences of our daily lives.
Our challenge, and our joy, is to become aware of the choices we make, and then fine-tune our thinking. This way we bring into our lives those experiences that make us feel happy, prosperous, well and free.
“Life works by direct affirmation. There is no other way for It to work. … We are told to affirm, positively to assert, to declare this truth, in the face of all apparent opposition; to claim abundance in the midst of poverty; to affirm health in the midst of sickness; to decree joy in the midst of sorrow; and to announce the kingdom of God here and now.”
— Dr. Ernest Holmes
In a nutshell, that’s what The Science of Mind is all about, and it’s what we teach at the Center for Spiritual Living Tucson. The proof of the teaching reveals itself in our lives, which begin to change for the better. This is much more than simply “thinking positively”. It is a different way of being in the world, but not of the world. It is a way to change the world we live in, not by changing other people, but by changing ourselves. As we learn the skills to manage our thoughts and improve our relationships with ourselves, our changed mindset can’t help but reflect in our world in and through the people we encounter.