WHOLENESS –HEALING

The human spirit is made for integrity or wholeness. It has power to hit the mark, to realize life’s purpose. Our thought should be given to the conditions which favor such wholeness, we should look for power in this direction. The Lord is working with us in this endeavor.
We have been taking our clues from the sorrow and misery, the sin and suffering of the world. We have judged the human spirit by its failures, by unfortunate inheritances, by external environment with its sinful influences. But this is wrong. We should think and will and work in the vineyard of the Lord with the divine standard of health or wholeness in mind.

The Gospel is not a mere corrective of our errors, not a mere plan of salvation. It discloses the true positive plan of living. This plan implies the supremacy of the Spirit over material things. That is, it leads us to the great truth that all real causality is spiritual, that we live and work from the spiritual world, the Lord working with us.

What does the power of the living Christ within us endeavor to achieve? … To shake us out of our apathy and self-righteousness, our mere contentment when things are moving as we would like them whether other people suffer or not. To call us into the active service of spreading the glad news for those who believe. To quicken us out of our hypocrisy and every other form of two-foldness into true unity within the self, unity between head and heart, the understanding and the will. To prompt our hearts to change from self-love and love for the world to love of God and our fellowmen. To lead us into the true life of charity which is the real sign that we profoundly believe and expect the signs following.

Horatio W. Dresser, “With Signs Following,”
Spiritual Health and Healing, 1922


Now after the Lord Jesus had discoursed with them (the eleven apostles / disciples),
He was taken up into heaven,
and took His seat at God’s right hand.
And they went out,
and proclaimed it everywhere,
the Lord energizing them,
and confirming the Message by the signs which followed.

Mark 16:19-20

The New Testament in Modern English
Fourth Edition, 1906
Translated by Ferrar Fenton

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SOURCE

When Jesus says, “Before Abraham was, I am;” “Search the scriptures … they are they which testify of me;” “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden,” he is plainly not calling the weary and distressed to him as a man only. Jesus teaches from first to last that all wisdom, life and power have a single source. It is the Father who gives according to our needs, who guides us along life’s pathway, who sustains, provides, bestows life and light. All the words of wisdom proceed from Him. The works of healing are His. It is his mission that saves, quickens and establishes the kingdom. The divine plan of this mission ante-dates Abraham. Jesus fulfills it step by step, that all things may be accomplished according to divine law, that the human may not intrude. Hence he is able to say without qualification that he is faithful in word and deed to the Father’s will.

We may state the universal principle as follows: There is one right attitude toward the Father, whose wisdom and love constitute the real efficiency in the minds and hearts of men, namely, that we should seek first the purpose or forward movement of the divine life in process through us, adopting this the divine trend of life as our own, serving and living with the realization that it is the Father who accomplishes in each of us the work He would have us do. Jesus is the living representative who not only teaches but proves this Christ-wisdom which he came to bring to men. As exemplifier of the Gospel he turns attention away from himself. … We should discern the universality of the way, the truth, and the life. The Christ-wisdom is in a sense separable and capable of being taught by itself. Having discerned this universal principle, we are ready to consider the selfhood of God as Father on the one side and the personality of Jesus in the historic sense on the other.

We know that no man alone can save his fellow men, that the true Saviour is God the Father, is the Christ. … we may all abide in the divine love as branches of the true vine. Hence it includes not only all men as sons of God, but the Father too; it is the abiding relationship throughout all eternity.

Horatio W. Dresser, “The Christ,”
Spiritual Health and Healing,  1922


Jesus:
And he that sent me is with me:
the Father hath not left me alone;
for I do always those things that please him.

John 8:29

Whoever is of God listens to God
Those who belong to God hear the words of God.

John 8:47a

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LISTENING

The highest soaring of the intellect is that deliberate abandonment of itself to the illumination of God. It is in higher exercise when it becomes the instrument of the Divine Wisdom than when, by its own unaided strivings, it wrestles with knowledge, for then it has learnt how to cease from its own eager toil, and be, instead, a listener.

God is great. So great, so transcendent, that the glory of His Presence penetrates the world. Our nature is so fashioned for God that the Divine Presence fills our whole being, body, soul, and spirit. Man, like earth, is crammed with God. … in the very centre of his being there is the secret chamber of the Presence, of which the Christ spoke when He said, “Enter into thy chamber, and shut to the door (Matthew 6:6).” If you will be content to take pains to retire within yourself, to be still, to be alone, to expel one by one from your consciousness all interrupting sounds, and the thoughts of daily life, if you will retire into your inmost self, and there shut the door against distractions, within your own heart you will find God.

And what is God if not a voice!

That is God as Christians know Him. You cannot be in the Presence of God, or at least you cannot wake to the consciousness of the Divine Presence, and not receive the speech of God. When other sounds have been made to cease, when the busy and restless brain has been stilled, and the whole nature, by deliberate and constant practice, silenced, then in that silence you will find the speech of God. … He does not frame His messages into the words of any language. The speech of God is communication of Spirit with spirit. That communion lies deeper than words.

There are two ways in which this consciousness of God can be practised. The first is in solitary meditation. Thousands of people in the New World are crying out for meditation. They are weary of a religion which cannot give them the power of an immediate contact with the Unseen … (The Church of the Ages) is the Mother of meditation.

Bring to your meditation nothing but silence; leave behind the busy questioning of the intellect. The revelations in the Holy Word of God lie deeper than the brain; its secrets are not of the intellect… but as you bring your mind and spirit to stillness, to listening silence, beauty, joy, life pass into your being and become your own: you are learning the ways of meditation, yet what is simpler than to listen? To realize one single word of the Eternal Life is enough to fill a year of our noisy restless days.

 – Cyril Hepher (1872 – 1931), Canon Residentiary of Winchester Cathedral, Editor
The Fellowship of Silence: Experiences in the Common Use of Prayer Without Words, 1917.

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Jesus’ silence:

Matthew 6:6
But you, when you pray, go into your room,
and when you have shut your door,
pray to your Father who is in the secret place;
and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Matthew 27:12-14
And while (Jesus) was being accused by the chief priests and elders,
He answered nothing.
Then Pilate said to Him,
“Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?”
But He answered him not one word,
so that the governor marveled greatly.
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BREATHING of the SOUL

Faith finds its appropriate and natural expression in prayer, which, in the system of cure adopted and practised by Christ, and by his primitive followers, occupies a prominent place, and demands consideration. … In the prayer of faith and love it is …a spiritual necessity. The soul is drawn to the mercy-seat from an irresistible divine attraction.

It is a spontaneous breathing of the soul, and as natural as the respiration of the body. It is the communion of the living soul with a living and present God. Such was the prayer of Christ, who … spent whole nights in communion with the All-Father in nature’s sublimest temple, the solitude of mountains. On one occasion it is said that as he prayed, “The fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.” (Luke 9:29)

It is a truth of the intuitive reason, that God is the Infinite Life, and such intimate fellowship with the primal and only source of our being must have its influence upon the health of the soul, and through this upon the body.

Communion with God is rendered possible by the laws governing the (communication) of spirit with spirit, of mind with mind. It brings the soul in spiritual contact with the only fountain of life. All creeds and liturgies and priestly intercessors are removed, and the soul, “by a new and living way,” comes into the holy of holies, and has fellowship with God. … In every human soul, overlaid as it may be by a deep covering of externality, there is a divine realm that constitutes a point of contact between itself and God. It is here that the divine and and human meet and mingle, and God has his habitation.

In the Christian system prayer is made a prominent instrumentality in the cure of disease. Its plain assertion and promise are, “The prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up.” (James 5:15). …The most intense and influential action of one mind upon another is that which goes forth in prayer for another … There is a prayer that cannot be “worded,” as the original term employed by Paul signifies. (Romans 8:26) Prayer becomes oftentimes more efficacious in proportion as it become internal. … “ The deepest prayer of all is not only without utterance, not only without words, but even goes down below the region of distinct thought. It is simply turning to God and opening the heart to him, to receive whatever influence he may send” (Christian Doctrine of Prayer, Dr. James Freeman Clarke). … When such a spirit of prayer enters into words, they are “heart deep,” and radiant with love and spiritual life.

There are deep places of the soul of man that are near the region where Divinity is incarnated in humanity.

What God has spoken he speaks now. … (His promises) do not belong to the dead past, but to the living present. The existence of God is a nunc stans, an eternal now.

Warren Felt Evans, Soul and Body;
or The Spiritual Science of Health and Disease
, 1876.


Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses.
For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought,
but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us
with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Romans 8:26


 

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CONTROL

Do you sometimes feel as though everything in your life needs new direction and improvement? Do you long for God’s wisdom, order, and healing power to work through your mind and body, for His love and peace to fill your heart? Your life can change if you will quietly know, this very moment, God is in control!

Then let go, and let Him be!

Stop thinking of yourself as weak, sick, or afraid. Claim God as your Father. See God in control of every cell and atom of your being.

Let go, and let God be in control.

This moment, no matter to what extent your human emotions of discouragement, loneliness, or feelings of emptiness want to take charge, stop their activity within your mind and heart quickly with the words:
God is in charge.
God is in control.
Claim this Truth strongly and insistently.
Demand of your mind that your mind know it!
Demand of your feelings that your feelings feel it!
Decree and affirm silently and aloud, lovingly and persistently:
God is in control.

As you turn to God for guidance, divine wisdom will fill you with supreme assurance.
When you turn your body, life, and affairs over to God’s control, you are then a free channel for the expression of healing, order, joy, and success. You are turning yourself over to the higher thoughts and the higher ways of God, and to the presence and power of God’s love that is within you always.

This was the very purpose for which Jesus came and taught and demonstrated and lived. He knew what all persons can know, practiced what all persons can practice, and expressed what all persons can express when they give God control of their lives.… for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes. (Matthew 7:29)

When God is in control, the utmost good comes through to bless everyone concerned.

– excerpts, Mary Kupferle, “God is in Control!”
God Will See You Through, copyright 1983


Jesus:
Lo, I am with you always,
even unto the end of the world.

Matthew 28:20b

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RECEIVING the SECRET

… until men pray, there are some things which God cannot do through them. … The souls who have ushered in new eras of spiritual life have never been content with working for God. They have made it their ideal to let God work through them.

So these greater servants of God have not thought chiefly of what they could do for God, but of what God could do through them if they gave him opportunity. To be pliable in the hands of God was their first aim. Never to be unresponsive to his will for them was their supreme concern.

The ideal of such living is deeper than working for God. To release the Eternal Purpose through their lives into the world; to be made a vehicle for power which they do not create but can transmit–this is their ideal.

(When one) prays in order that he may release through his life what God wishes done, he has discovered the great secret. Through him, habitually praying, God can do what else would be impossible.

We have, then, two fundamentally opposed ideas of prayer: one, that by begging we may change the will of God and curry favor or win gifts by coaxing; the other, that prayer is offering God the opportunity to say to us, give to us, and do through us what he wills. Only the second is Christian. At once we see that the second (way of prayer) makes prayer not a form but a force. Prayer really does things. It cannot change God’s intention, but it does change God’s action. God had long intended Isaiah to be his prophet. When Isaiah said, “Here am I, send me,” he did not alter in the least the divine purpose, but he did release it. God could do then what before he could not.

No one can set clear limits to this release of divine power which the effectual prayer of a righteous man can accomplish.

 – Harry Emerson Fosdick, The Meaning of Prayer, 1920


Let thy work appear unto thy servants,
and thy glory unto their children.
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us:
and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

Psalm 90:16-17

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LISTENING

Dear friend, you have what it takes to throw off old limitations.
You have what it takes to relax and let go.
You have what it takes to give the burden to God now.
You have what it takes to respond to God’s healing power.
You have what it takes to demonstrate prosperity.
You have what it takes to trust in the good and to patiently let the divine plan unfold.
You have what it takes to face change and upheaval with faith and serenity.
You have what it takes, because built into the depths of your soul is the ability to handle victoriously every challenge of your life.

Remember that you are not at the mercy of the negative in life. Consistently rebuild your awareness of oneness with the Father through steady acceptance of the positive.

As Jesus looked up and gave thanks that He would have what was required to feed the multitude, heal the sick, and to bring about miracles, you too can look to the same source, the same presence, the same power, the same Father, the same provider of every good in your life. As Jesus knew that he had whatever it would take to pass through Gethsemane and to rise out of the tomb, so you can know that you too, have what it takes to walk victoriously through every challenge into the light. As a child of God, you have what it takes!

 – Mary L. Kupferle, God Will See You Through, copyright 1983.


Jesus:
Whoever is of God listens to God.
– Those who belong to God hear the words of God.

John 8:47a

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GOD NEEDS ANTONIO

Our need for God is reciprocal. The Creator needs us to activate the Presence through receiving and fulfilling it in our daily lives, in our response to guidance, in our sense of “what to do,” in accepting the desires placed in our hearts by the Almighty – our vocation. In discovering the call on our life, we live to the full. We respond by “doing” it, nurturing it, enjoying it, developing it, learning from others, listening and following deep inner propulsion toward the fulfillment as our service to the Creator, to the world, and to ourselves.
This poem by George Eliot masterfully exemplifies this reality.  – mjd

GOD NEEDS ANTONIO

Your soul was lifted by the wings today
Hearing the master of the violin:
You praised him, praised the great Sabastian too
Who made that fine Chaconne; but did you think
Of old Antonio Stradivari? -him
Who a good century and a half ago
Put his true work in that brown instrument
And by the nice adjustment of its frame
Gave it responsive life, continuous
With the master’s finger-tips and perfected
Like them by delicate rectitude of use.
That plain white-aproned man, who stood at work
Patient and accurate full fourscore years,
Cherished his sight and touch by temperance,
And since keen sense is love of perfectness
Made perfect violins, the needed paths
For inspiration and high mastery. No simpler man than he; he never cried,
“why was I born to this monotonous task
Of making violins?” or flung them down
To suit with hurling act well-hurled curse
At labor on such perishable stuff.
Hence neighbors in Cremona held him dull,
Called him a slave, a mill-horse, a machine.Naldo, a painter of eclectic school,
Knowing all tricks of style at thirty-one,
And weary of them, while Antonio
At sixty-nine wrought placidly his best,
Making the violin you heard today –
Naldo would tease him oft to tell his aims.
“Perhaps thou hast some pleasant vice to feed –
the love of louis d’ors in heaps of four,
Each violin a heap – I’ve naught to blame;
My vices waste such heaps. But then, why work
With painful nicety?”

Antonio then:
“I like the gold – well, yes – but not for meals.
And as my stomach, so my eye and hand,
And inward sense that works along with both,
Have hunger that can never feed on coin.
Who draws a line and satisfies his soul,
Making it crooked where it should be straight?
Antonio Stradivari has an eye
That winces at false work and loves the true.”
Then Naldo: “‘Tis a petty kind of fame
At best, that comes of making violins;
And saves no masses, either. Thou wilt go
To purgatory none the less.”

But he:
“‘Twere purgatory here to make them ill;
And for my fame – when any master holds
‘Twixt chin and hand a violin of mine,
He will be glad that Stradivari lived,
Made violins, and made them of the best.
The masters only know whose work is good:
They will choose mine, and while God gives them skill
I give them instruments to play upon,
God choosing me to help him.

“What! Were God
at fault for violins, thou absent?”

“Yes;
He were at fault for Stradivari’s work.”

“Why, many hold Giuseppe’s violins
As good as thine.”

“May be: they are different.
His quality declines: he spoils his hand
With over-drinking. But were his the best,
He could not work for two. My work is mine,
And, heresy or not, if my hand slacked
I should rob God – since his is fullest good –
Leaving a blank instead of violins.
I say, not God himself can make man’s best
Without best men to help him.

‘Tis God gives skill,
But not without men’s hands: he could not make
Antonio Stradivari’s violins
Without Antonio. Get thee to thy easel.”


 

Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and cometh down from the Father of lights,
with whom is no variableness,
neither shadow of turning.

James 1:17

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TRUST

Practice trusting God, practice trusting His presence in you, practice trusting God’s presence in others. Practice and continue practicing. Repeat the words: I trust the Spirit within, then let go. Discipline yourself to affirm this at the very moment you become upset or disturbed about something. Use the wonderful tools of your mind and heart positively and constructively and stay with the affirmative attitude of trusting the Spirit within until you begin to feel an inner response. It will come.

No matter how deep your difficulty appears to you, trust the Spirit within to guide you to victory. It will. If at first you find it a struggle to trust, trust anyway. If you feel that it is impossible for you to trust, trust anyway. If you think you cannot make the grade, trust the more. If you doubt your own ability, potential, or capacity of faith, just be the firmer and more insistent that you can trust the Spirit within. Trust again and again and again. Trust by the moment. Trust in the morning, trust every hour on the hour, trust at work and at rest. Trust yourself, trust others, trust life, trust the Spirit in everyone and in everything. The reality of the Spirit of God lies within all…

You, dear friend, stand upon the brink of your good at this moment. It is there, right where you are now. Begin to accept and receive it, first mentally and within your heart by fully trusting the Spirit within. …You will be launching into the deep with greater awareness of the good that lies ready and waiting for your acceptance in faith.

– excerpts, Mary L. Kupferle, “Trust the Spirit Within,” God Will See You Through, copyright 1983.


But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness.

Matthew 6:33a

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HOLY of HOLIES

Religion is too rich and complex to be reduced to any one act or attitude or aspect of life. …But there is one act of life which does bring us in a special and peculiar way into the holy of holies of religion… This central act is worship. By worship I mean the act of rising to a personal, experimental consciousness of the real presence of God which floods the soul with joy and bathes the whole inward spirit with refreshing streams of life. Never to have felt that, never to have opened the life to these incoming divine tides, never to have experienced the joy of personal fellowship with God, is surely to have missed the richest privilege and the highest beatitude of religion. … Hush, waiting, meditation, concentration of spirit, are just the reverse of our busy, driving, modern temper.

The apt and lovely words about religion have place and meaning only if they create in us the passion and the positive intention to go ourselves on the spiritual pilgrimage, the goal of which is this holy of holies, where words about God fall away, since we have entered into the joy of his real presence.

Religion is primarily, and at heart, the personal meeting of the soul with God. … There can be living religion only so long as the soul of man is capable of experiencing the fresh bubbling of the living water within and can know for himself that a heart of eternal love beats in the central deeps of the universe within his reach.

The act of worship calls for intense devotion, for unusual concentration, for long-continued spiritual preparation. If it is, as I believe, the very goal and pinnacle of religion–the flowering of the tree of life–then we must not expect that it will cost nothing or that it will be reached along lines of least resistance. … but what we cannot get for dollars, however high we heap them, is this experience which is the heart of religion, this experience of God, this practice of the divine presence, this joy of being ourselves in the holy of holies.

 – excerpts from Rufus Jones, “The Central Act of Religion,”
The World Within, 1918.


“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,
who, on finding one pearl of great value,
went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Matthew 13:45-46
The Bible, Revised Standard Version

 

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