Dear Fellow Healer:
Here's a contribution from another of our members:
I think it was not I that selected ‘Limitless’ as the Advent quality to write about; the quality of ‘Limitless’ selected me because humanly I struggle with limitation.
I find it is very difficult for what claims to be “my” limited mortal mind and senses to grasp the concept of the unlimited –or limitless. Continuing to focus on myself, with well-practiced self-limitations, I find it difficult to live in and know Truth. God tells us clearly that His ways are not our ways (Isa. 55:9). The Advent of the Christ in my human consciousness awakens me to question the self-imposed limitations of human personality, material customs and habits, and human history.
Even in daily prayer that acknowledges ‘thy will be done’, it is often difficult not to yield to what appears to be a personal will opposed to the divine. Jesus said “If you hold to my teachings, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). I can relate to that; I so often feel that I am locked in irons as I find a false concept of myself as a limited mortal in conflict with limitless Spiirt. As I’m able to recognize the eternal God without limits, as Jesus did, I can begin to experience fulfillment in being released spiritually to live in the place of infinite possibility. This is the Christ light that we celebrate at Advent but that is always with us. From a heavenly perspective as a reflection of God, my expectations have begun to slowly expand to include the Principle of limitless and infinite power of God. Those self forged chains of a false sense of self fall away as the chains did from Paul in his prison experience!
Still, my mind sometimes has difficulty discerning Spirit, Truth, Life, and Love. For me to know this and to believe ‘...that we would not only do the same great things he did but would do greater things’, I need to be “out of my mind” – out of the false claim that wants me to accept as real that which is inherently unreal – a mind outside of the divine! After all, Jesus wasn't limited by social standing, schooling, or by beliefs of human personality or heredity.
When the mortal senses are quiet and still, spiritual discernment arises –‘our daily bread’. Fear, it seems, keeps trying to take me back to “my mortal mind” and its thoughts posing as my thoughts. But once error is exposed to the divine light of the Christ, its power is destroyed and replaced by divine comfort. I am not afraid because Immanuel, God with us, is guiding me on the right path. Mary Baker Eddy wrote “The way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour in truth through the flood tides of Love” (Science and Health 201:17). I am comforted knowing, not just believing, that I really am a reflection of God and as such can embrace the glories of limitless incorporeal Life and Love. This influx of Christ, Truth is something we can all rejoice in during this Advent season and every day.
Dear Fellow Healers:
2020 has been a year that has often challenged our natural hopefulness. However, we can look around us and find reasons for hope abounding! The Advent of the Christ fulfills our hope for healing, for joy, for peace, for greater understanding and more of brotherhood lived in selfless giving. Here’s an offering from one of you on hope. Let’s look around today for signs of the coming of the Christ in our experience, and let that renew our hope for only more good to come:
Some Bible scholars claim that before the birth of Jesus, there were more than 300 prophesies in Holy Writ regarding his coming. In all likelihood, Jews were aware of these prophesies, and while all may not have been actively hoping for fulfillment, some like Simeon and Anna certainly were. In the Luke’s Gospel we read of their hope being satisfied with reality.
Our hymnal says, “To us a Child of Hope is born, To us a Son is given; Him shall the tribes of earth obey,
And all the hosts of heaven.” (Hymn 362, v.1). Hope is as integral to us today as it was then. In Romans Paul writes, “[W]e are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope….” He goes on to say, “[I]f we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it” (Romans 8:24, 25). Do we not sometimes lose hope? Like those early Jews, we get tired of waiting, give up, --- doubt the efficacy of the Christ, despair of the time it takes to realize healing.
The “hoped for” Jesus gave us promises. Unlike the prophesies of yesteryear that seemed still coming, he demonstrated his promises. Like the Christ, they are as true and operable today as they have always been. In John, we hear Jesus speaking to his followers, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31,32).
On pp. 115,116 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mrs. Eddy reminds us that the Second Degree is the “transitional state” where “evil beliefs [are] disappearing.” In that “transitional state,” hope is a definite quality, along with faith. And as we rise in consciousness to the “Third Degree,” spiritual understanding is the rule, not the goal. How important then is our hope!