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Do You Want Your Child To Thrive?
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May 18, 2015 | 257 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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During a show, lines of cocaine, marijuana joints, and shots of tequila had been placed on the stage at a young guitarist’s feet. At the end of the show, they were untouched.

Why not?

Lisa Miller, PhD, believes she knows why.

Dr. Miller, a Columbia University psychologist, in her new book, The Spiritual Child – The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving, reveals why psychological and neurological researchers have come to the conclusion that spirituality supplies a protective and healthy advantage.

Spirituality, until relatively recently, interested mainly those of deep faith. Now, spirituality is a cottage industry involving university departments, clinical trials, researchers, writers, and publishers. This is a good thing. Each participant can help us to recognize the value of spirituality.

Miller writes in The Spiritual Child, “Spiritual development through the early years prepares the adolescent to grapple more successfully with the predictably difficult and potentially disorienting existential questions that make adolescence so deeply challenging for teens (and their parents.) It also provides a protective health benefit, reducing the risk of depression, substance abuse, aggression, and high-risk behaviors, including physical risk taking.”

The critical question is: If your child had been on that stage, would he or she have been able to say, “No”?

Miller in The Spiritual Child writes, “Research shows that a parent’s decision about how to approach their child’s spiritual life is a high-stakes proposition with lifelong implications.”

I met Dr. Lisa Miller over a year ago at a conference hosted by the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. I was immediately impressed with her work and writings. They resonated with me. Why? Because I was the teenage musician mentioned earlier.

I was fortunate to have parents who encouraged my spiritual development at an early age. I received spiritual education at a Christian Science Sunday School. This led to a daily practice of reading a Bible-lesson and praying, which resulted in a sufficient spiritual sense that helped me refrain from alcohol and drugs. This moral and spiritual culture helped me achieve perfect attendance during elementary, middle, and high school. My childhood included what are considered normal teenage emotional and physical struggles, yet, I never missed a day of school because of illness.

Dr. Miller’s research and writings are important because they reveal how essential spirituality is in fostering children’s health and safety. In The Spiritual Child, readers will find helpful advice on how to nurture their child’s spirituality and their own.

I agree with Dr. Miller that parents need not worry that a child could be without spirituality. Their child’s spirituality has already been sewn securely into the lining of his or her existence. Yet, research has led Miller to conclude that a child’s spirituality is genetic and simply needs nurturing, whereas in my practice of spiritual healing, I have found spirituality to be the core of our existence – not gained from matter or genetic material, but from divine composition. Perhaps, it will be found that spirituality only seems genetic to researchers because spirituality or spiritual consciousness is the ultimate fabric and structure of life.

Today, a child’s existence, including his or her spirituality, is presumed DNA-based. Yet, instead of a biological parent being the originator, let’s consider that every child emanates from a divine Spirit or Life. Your child's spirituality could be a way that the beauty and majesty of Life is being revealed to you.

The significance? Your child would be subject to divine laws and ever able to express a spiritual authority – control over thoughts, actions, and body.

Dr. Miller writes, "Spirituality is the last untapped resource in our understanding of human development, resilience and illness, and health and healing. The absence of support for children’s spiritual growth has contributed to alarming rates of childhood and adolescent emotional suffering and behaviors that put them at risk. Knowledge of spiritual development rewrites the contemporary account of spiraling rates of depression, substance abuse, addictive behaviors, and other health concerns.”

Confirmation that spirituality is actually present in children may very well accelerate the need for more investigation. If we apply ourselves to learning about the spiritual nature of our children, we will have an easier time expecting and encouraging them to live fearlessly, wisely, freely – to thrive.

It was an awakening to my spirituality, glimpsing life as complete and satisfied, that enabled me to refuse the drugs and alcohol that were placed on the stage.

Accepting your child’s spirituality is a “high-stakes proposition,” yes, with “lifelong implications” that free and bless.

– Keith Wommack is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Syndicated Columnist, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

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Escape the painful consequences of sin
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Mar 09, 2015 | 447 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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In a recent column, I wrote about my escape from shoulder pain by the use of prayerful treatments. What I didn’t detail was the mental course correction that took place because of the treatment.

The day before the pain began, my wife and I were playing with Kirby, a small kitten we’d rescued off the street. During our playtime, the kitten bit my finger. I yelled, “Ouch!” And while I was staring at a spot on my finger, my wife looked at me, shook her head, and said, “For someone who heals others’ problems by affirming they are safe in God’s care, you’re sure making a big deal out of a little pain.”

My wife wasn’t being mean. She was trying to get me to employ the spiritual understanding to free myself that I utilize in helping others. Yet, instead of accepting her words as intuitive and constructive, I smugly thought, “Well, if that’s what she thinks, I just won’t tell her the next time I feel pain.”

The next morning, I awoke with the shoulder pain. The pain was so extreme I couldn’t hide it. With my head hung low, I had to tell my wife that I needed help. And because of an inability to move my arm, she assisted me in putting on my shirt and jacket and performing other daily activities.

This was when I phoned a friend, a fellow Christian Science practitioner, and asked for prayerful help.

Anger, pride, envy, dishonesty, selfishness — all sin — has unpleasant consequences. The entire body can be affected by thought. How we feel is connected and subject to how we think.

Brazen sins that society considers most offensive obviously need correction, but even minor ethical and moral weaknesses that receive mere shoulder shrugs can be equally harmful to health and should be dealt with, never ignored.

Not all sickness or injury can be chalked up to sin. And mentally digging for hidden sin may actually be counter-productive, a wild goose chase. All the same, while praying, if a correction is needed, sin will often stand out like a discordant note that breaks the harmony of what was, up until then, a perfectly played song.

So, in my case, where did I begin?

Conventional thought about a supreme Spirit suggests that God creates or allows evil and suffering, but I am finding that Spirit is the power that erases evil and ends suffering.

With the help of the practitioner’s treatment, I recognized what the trouble really was and that it was not a part of how Spirit had made me to be, and I knew I could live my life without it.

In other words, first, I affirmed that I was the spiritual child of God, created to express divine harmony and goodness. Second, I recognized the weakness or sin of pride I’d accepted as a part of myself. Then, I rejoiced that I had the opportunity and God-given ability to use the truth of the first to reject the falsity of the second.

And that’s what happened. Once the pride was erased, the pain began to fade and soon completely disappeared.

Both sins and mistakes cause trouble. But the two are dissimilar: A mistake is an unintentional action caused by ignorance, whereas sin is more than a mistake. It is a conscious course of wrongdoing. Mistakes can be corrected by knowledge. However, sin is erased by a change in or yielding one’s willful course.

Which leads to the question: What makes us do wrong when we want to do right?

The Apostle Paul may have answered this question best: “There is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. …Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ…”

Paul’s reply shows health to have more of a spiritual or theological answer than a physiological one. And in order to learn how the man Jesus healed, I’m finding it important to gain in my understanding of the divinity and potency of Christ.

The following description has been helpful: “Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures)

Jesus’ receptivity and obedience to God’s message earned him the title of Jesus Christ.

People of all faith traditions are finding that this powerful, divine message helps them make needed small and big course corrections. Christ has provided them a new kind of life, a new set of values, where selfishness and want give way to spiritual joy, dignity, and mental authority. Christ frees them to glorify or express Spirit more passionately and consistently.

Again, to overcome a mistake, knowledge is needed. As well, to stop sin’s impact on health, sin must stop.

Overcoming sin can involve a prolonged struggle. Yet, affirming harmony and goodness, while recognizing and rejecting the sins we might be accepting as a part of our identity, allow us to escape sin’s painful consequences.

– Keith Wommack is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Syndicated Columnist, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

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Do You Honestly Need More Evidence
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Feb 02, 2015 | 1360 views | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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I couldn’t hide it. My grimace gave it away. “Looks like a torn rotator cuff,” my neighbor said to me last Friday.

I’d reached out to pet his dog, but pain had stopped me before I could raise my arm even an inch.

At that moment, although I didn't have a physician’s diagnosis, I knew it was time to receive treatment. So, I made a call. I phoned a friend, a fellow Christian Science practitioner, and asked for prayerful help.

“You did what?” You might ask, “What about the needed treatment? Where’s the research and scientific data showing the effectiveness of prayer?”

Interestingly, just days before the shoulder/arm pain began, I sat next to a physician on a plane ride from Houston to Boston. During the flight, we talked about our different approaches to health care. He is a trauma care physician and I am a Christian Science practitioner.

While we talked about scientific studies, the physician confided, “The data we have been relying on in evidence-based medicine is, now, not so clear cut.”

The physician’s sentiment echoed an article I had just read by Dr. Des Spence in The British Medical Journal. Spence, a Glasgow general practitioner, writes in Evidence based medicine is broken about “corruption in clinical research,” “sham diagnosis,” “poor regulation,” “questionnaires that can’t be validated,” and “predetermined agendas.”

With suspicion surrounding some medical research, experiences of healings through prayer are beginning to be considered as credible evidence in health care planning. What were previously waved off and labeled as merely anecdotal, as if there wasn’t anything scientific about them, are now being thought of as vital.

I mentioned to the physician on the flight, “Evidence shows from my thirty-two year prayerful healing practice, that although I still have a lot to learn, people’s lives have been made better.”

But, you might also ask, “Where’s the science? Why haven’t there been studies regarding the effectiveness of prayer?”

Actually, there have been, yet, they are inconclusive. Most indicate that prayer is beneficial. Other studies suggest otherwise.

Why the discrepancy? Just as not all medications in a study are the same, not all prayers are the same. Equally, each test healer participating in a study of prayer’s effectiveness may not be spiritually prepared to apply the full might of divine power.

For instance, compare how difficult it would be to grasp the complete driving ability of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe if the test-drivers were fifteen-year-olds from your neighborhood driver’s education class rather than experienced test drivers.

I had called this particular Christian Science practitioner for prayerful help, because I knew of his record of demonstrating the adaptability of divine power to meet human needs.

Every Christian Science practitioner utilizes a model practiced by the founder of Christianity, Christ Jesus. And even though the healing outcomes in every practice pale in comparison to the master healer, each practitioner has learned that a patient advances in matters of health not by concentrating so much on material conditions, but by understanding, being receptive to, and applying the spiritual laws that govern mankind’s wellbeing.

An analogy might help.

If you insert a straight stick into a pool of water, you might believe the illusion that the stick bends at the point it enters the water. However, if you are better informed, you rely on scientific knowledge regarding the refraction of light and realize that the stick never changed. At any time, you can lift the stick out of the water and prove your correctness. Although the stick appears restored, it has always been unchanged.

Healing in Christian Science could be thought of similarly. Prayerful treatment attempts to look past temporary physical evidence and rely on scientific knowledge regarding the divine harmony and order of spiritual existence. To the degree in which one is convinced that health is based in spiritual law, to that degree can its unchangeable nature be demonstrated. Just as with the stick, a patient’s changeless wellbeing appears to human experience as restoration.

After my first call for prayerful treatment, the painful condition remained the same for most of the day. But then, I noticed a shift in thought. Fear of pain and disability disappeared and I felt a gentle peace. These were indications that healing was taking place.

By Sunday morning, I had the full use of the arm. Only a slight soreness in one spot of the shoulder remained. At noon, there was no trace of the problem. And while the physical change that took place was profound, and I am happy to be free, I am even more grateful for the deeper spiritual understanding that this experience provided.

Once you experience physical freedom and helpful glimpses of your spiritual identity, do you honestly need more evidence?

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). All of Keith’s columns can be found at: KeithWommack.com

 

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Yes we do need more evidence.

Today the CDC announced that we might be in the beginning stages of a measles epidemic because parents are not getting their children vaccinated. This quack wants you to believe that lives will be saved by following faith rather than following science.

It is irresponsible for any publication to provide a platform for someone who expresses farce that can cost lives because their religion is the ultimate safeguard rather than common sense and getting your children vaccinated for childhood diseases.

You Quit, You Lose - We Do Too
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Jan 05, 2015 | 767 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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The Army Ranger, my nephew, shared details of the extremely tough assessment training he had just undergone. Each timed activity tested his ability to function under severe physical and psychological conditions.

He was one of the new graduates of the Army Airborne Ranger School. Each member of the 75th Ranger Regiment had to complete a rigorous eight week Ranger Assessment and Selection Program in order to join the ranks of the elite U.S. Army Special Operations Command unit. Few are physically or mentally qualified to graduate a Ranger.

When I inquired how he was able to stay focused during everything he’d been through, our new Ranger replied, “I held to one simple thing.”

I asked, “What was that?”

He said, “I don’t quit.”

We all have different strengths and abilities. And, perhaps, you won’t be applying my nephew’s Never-Give-In attitude on military battlefields or under extreme assessments, but you can in other situations.

After watching my nephew don his new Ranger beret, I thought to myself, “Do you use the I don’t quit mentality?”

Interesting question, since I utilize a spiritual method (Christian Science) to help others with physical troubles. And I’m learning that I can’t quit until I’m inspired by a fresh spiritual idea or truth that brings needed moral or physical changes.

Society has long been aware that ideas transform thought. But, today, what is also being recognized is that your physical state mirrors your mental state. This is how an adjusted thought can cause an improved physical condition.

I believe the new frontier of healthcare will soon be the increased exploration and utilization of spiritual care in meeting mankind’s needs. Why? Because prayer can change thought like nothing else can, when it has divine power behind it.

If my nephew had quit, he wouldn’t have achieved his goal. Thanks to his accomplishment, he now believes he can make the world a safer place.

I also feel that if you stop striving for a greater spiritual sense of life, society will be deprived of how you can help. If you steadfastly prepare yourself to receive inspired spiritual ideas, you will enable others to find mental and physical health.

It is prayer, no matter the form (listening, affirming, spiritual reasoning, being thankful, etc.), that prepares you to be receptive for healing ideas.

Mary Baker Eddy, author and spiritual healer, conquered fear, rejection, and illness with prayer. Eddy also taught others how to heal. She wrote, “Know, then, that you possess sovereign power to think and act rightly, and that nothing can dispossess you of this heritage and trespass on Love [God].”

Eddy found Love to be the supplier of the ideas that transform thought and body. Jesus was a master at utilizing spiritual ideas to cure ills.

Since prayer is how Love can speak to you, the one thing you should never do is stop praying. Love sent curative ideas inspire you to change your mind, to exchange fear and loneliness for spiritual peace and confidence.

Your physical state mirrors your mental state, so once you accept harmony to be present, a deep conviction of wellness will be felt and illness will give place to health.

Spiritual ideas appear in thought until healing is complete. They can appear in the form of Bible verses and other inspirational statements.

The following ideas have come to me while praying:

  • Love has made you spiritual, productive, and satisfied.
  • Love never holds back. Every moment is a holy moment.
  • You can't lose. You live to express Love in all that you are and all that you do.
  • You have never lived without Love. It is impossible to hide the infinite.
  • I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. (Bible - II Kings 20:5)

 

Winston S. Churchill once exhorted, “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never in nothing, great or small, large or petty -- never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Perhaps, the enemy to your success is the aggressive suggestion that you are, in one-way or another, a failure or inadequate. Prayer gives you the wisdom to face circumstances, conditions, or events without becoming overwhelmed or discouraged. It awakens you to recognize your powerful abilities.

You may never train for battlefield action and global deployments, yet, if what you strive for has worth, there will be a way to achieve it.

If prayer is your calling, then pray. Never deviate from I don’t quit.

If you quit, you lose. And, unfortunately, so does the world.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). All of Keith’s columns can be found at: KeithWommack.com

 

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Emmy Nominee, Escape Fire - and How I Escaped Pain
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Sep 08, 2014 | 998 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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I was glad to see Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare nominated for an Emmy Award. I hope you’ve had an opportunity to view it. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will host the 35th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards Ceremony on September 30.

The filmmakers of Escape Fire realize that society desperately needs a paradigm shift when it comes to providing people with better healthcare. The film focuses on the problems in our healthcare system and offers alternatives to the traditional treatments most Americans are familiar with.

Los Angeles Times review of Escape Fire states, “What we have now, Dr. Andrew Weil and others in the film attest, is actually not a healthcare system but a disease management system. It’s a system that believes drugs are the only way: We spend as much on them as the rest of the world spends combined. It’s a system, these folks say, that does not want you to die or to get well; it wants you to keep on spending. And spending. If milk prices had risen as astronomically since 1945 as drugs have, a gallon of milk would cost $48.”

An Indiewire review describes part of the film: “We follow one soldier, Robert Yates, on his way home from Afghanistan.  …His journey towards recovery illustrates how the military, out of sheer pragmatism, has turned to healing techniques such as acupuncture, meditation and yoga in order to relieve the stress and pain of these men. Not only are they curbing narcotic dependency and teaching them empowering techniques to heal themselves for a lifetime, but these procedures are relatively low-cost and low-tech.”

Healthcare is important to me as a Christian Science practitioner. When it comes to helping others through prayer, I feel that I’ve found my calling. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help and heal. I also appreciate it when others help me find relief.

Two years ago, as I stood outside and reluctantly prepared to mow my yard, my neighbor’s yardman pulled up with his trailer full of yard equipment. I was reluctant to begin working because my back was aching. It had been hurting for several weeks, and I was having trouble bending over.

While watching the yardman drive his riding mower off the trailer, I thought perhaps he could help me. I didn’t realize just how much help he would be.

I walked across the street to ask if he had time to mow my yard too. Knowing that my wife and I always cared for our own lawn, he stopped what he was doing and asked, “Are you feeling OK?”

I told him about my back. He smiled and said, “Sure. I will mow it.” Then, with a compassionate, caring tone, he described exercises I should try. Apparently, at one time, he’d been a massage therapist. He said that if I would do the exercises, I’d feel better.

I thanked him and walked back to my house. However, as soon as I closed the door behind me, I began to feel better. Even though he suggested exercises, they weren’t needed. It was my reaction to his genuine compassion that facilitated my escape from pain.

Then, the next week, when he returned to mow the neighbor’s yard, I told him how his caring had helped me find complete freedom. He smiled and said, “I just don’t like to see anyone suffer.”

My back pain paled in comparison to many others’ intense sufferings. Yet, the experience confirmed for me that health is a mental and spiritual condition.

Again, even though my neighbor’s yardman suggested exercises, it was my reaction to his genuine compassion that facilitated my escape from pain. Years of practicing a spiritual-based form of treatment has taught me that aligning consciousness with God’s love results in physical improvements. The yardman’s heartfelt caring touched me, and it served as the catalyst I needed to prayerfully conquer the pain. His care made God’s care real to me. And I quickly responded.

An American Psychological Association study released in 2011 stated that more Americans than ever are using prayer as an alternative for health concerns. The authors of the study found that in 1999 13.7 percent of the people surveyed used prayer, while by 2007 the percentage had risen to 49 percent. Many are finding Bible passages reassuring. For example, it is helpful to learn that you can cast "all your care upon [God], for He cares for you."

A film guide for the Sundance Film Festival stated, “Destined to be hailed as the definitive film on American healthcare, ESCAPE FIRE offers a way out—a primer on how to save the health of a nation.”

Saving the health of a nation starts with recognizing that it can be done. Identifying and utilizing effective healing systems is a good start. As innately caring and spiritual people, I believe, we can and will make it happen.

(Update to an earlier column about the release of Escape Fire)

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

 

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Do You Love Enough To Heal Your Dog And Cat? To Bring An Elephant To Tears?
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Recently, under darkness of night, members of a Wildlife SOS team, devoted to protecting animals in India, approached a cruelly confined elephant.

Cavan Sieczkowski, in a HuffingtonPost article, wrote of the rescue attempt in India, “For 50 years, Raju the elephant was abused, held shackled in spiked chains and forced to live off scraps from passing tourists.”

The rescue team, armed with fruit, spoke softly to Raju and reassured him that they were there to help. Once Raju felt their love, tears poured down his face. Sieczkowski quotes one of the team leaders, “It was an emotional moment and everyone was more motivated to get him on the truck and to safety."

The rescuers’ efforts paid off. Raju is now living comfortably at an Elephant Conservation and Care Center. His physical wounds are being treated and he is being prepared to meet other elephants at the center.

Love motivated Raju’s rescue. It is also love that impels you and me to care for the emotional and physical needs of our household pets.

However, not only does love motivate you to help, love motivates you to heal.

Although some believe that animals, regardless of their capacity to reason, are primarily instinctive and reactionary, I’m convinced that every living creature has a spiritual nature. This spiritual nature or identity allows animals to love and to respond to love.

Mary Baker, a young girl in the 1830s, demonstrated that her father’s farm animals responded to the love she showered on them. But, instead of being armed with fruit, Mary touched them with prayer and song.

biography describing Mary’s healing work for men and women, also mentions her care for animals. Mary would nurse baby lambs and chicks, and sing hymns to other suffering animals during the night. Because her ability to heal was so evident, her father would say, “Here is another invalid for Mary,” when he would find a sick or dying lamb.

As an adult, Mary, now known as Mary Baker Eddy, referred to “divine Love” and “Life” as the ultimate healer and the fountain of our love of animals and their love of us. She would write, "God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men."

Since you and I love our “too cute” cats and dogs (as well as hamsters and turtles), perhaps we can learn to view them as spiritual beings. This is important because spiritual views heal.

Every prayerful acknowledgement of an animal’s divine nature allows more of their intelligence, loyalty, vitality, and, most importantly, divinely maintained health to appear.

It might be easy to see your pets as active spiritual beings or ideas of Love when they are healthy and spunky. However, it can seem to be a struggle when they appear to be in pain and unlike themselves. This is when a growing affection, trust, and understanding of “divine Love” and “Life” can be beneficial.

A person I corresponded with recently has found divine care to be an effective first choice for her pets’ needs. Her letter to me explains why:

“When I was a senior in college, I had an adult Siamese cat that became very listless. I took her to the vet. He said that she had feline leukemia and there was nothing further he could do for her. When she appeared to be on her deathbed, I started praying. The next thing I knew my cat had traveled up two flights of stairs and tried to jump in my lap. I was so grateful. She was completely healthy again.”

She also noted, “My little Min Pin became deathly sick this last winter. I’d prayed and she improved and she seemed fine, but then she fell ill again.”

“My husband stayed up with her that night. In the morning, he said that she seemed to pass on and then came back. She is his favorite, so this was very hard for him. He had to go to work, so I took over watching her for the next few days and I called you for prayerful help. She then began to make rapid strides to health.”

“You mentioned to me, ‘What is true about Love is true about your dog.’ I held to that and was inspired to just love her.”

“I’m happy to say that my Min Pin recovered completely and is back at being her bossy, agile, spry, active self with an enormous appetite for such a little dog. She taught me that Love is the way.”

After this woman’s call for prayerful help, my prayer included these thoughts:

Thank you, Love, for being the real Father-Mother of all. You are the tender life of this Min Pin and every wonderful being.

Thank you. You keep each of your dear one’s steps, confident and strong. She is safe in your care. You nourish and sustain her.

You have made all your beings “very good,” (Genesis 1:31)  -- undamaged, beautiful, harmless, and useful. Each of your ideas expresses your animation and vigor.

Your spiritual ideas can never be hidden or lost. What you create is fearless and lasting. Your precious ideas live before and after we can touch them.

Whether we see wings, hooves, beaks, fur, or tails, teach us to see each spiritual creation as you know it and have made it. Show us how to see your creation rightly. Let us comfort your ideas, not harm them. Teach us to love enough to heal.

Thank you for blessing this little Min Pin with your compassion and power, and for blessing us with her sweet companionship, energy, and grace.

Again, love motivates you to help. Love impels you to heal. And since you love your pets, perhaps you can learn to view them as spiritual ideas. As you do, very likely, you will rescue and heal the confined and suffering. Your love might bring an elephant to tears.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

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Why You Need Love To Be Healthy
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“You don’t need a medical degree to say, ‘I love you,’” writes Pamela Wible, MD, in an article at KevinMD.com. “Just three simple words can heal more wounds than all the doctors in the world.”

Studies show that love heals physical wounds and reduces stress. Researchers are also looking into whether love improves the immune system. I believe they will find love to be a medicine for every ill.

With all the health benefits of love, shouldn’t we be offering others a loving word or thought? It took an incident and a ton of dirt on a hot Texas afternoon before I considered saying, “I love you,” to complete strangers.

When we lived in Houston, my wife and I drove 45 minutes, each way, so that our two boys could attend a private kindergarten and first grade.

One sweltering, 100° day, when returning home with the boys, a dump truck in front of my car lost control and its entire load of dirt spilled onto the road in front of us.

I was already hot and tired, and because of the delay we faced, I immediately felt angry and frustrated.

At that moment, I realized I could grumble and complain, or I could try something different. Delays like this happened in Houston all the time, and if I was to experience more harmonious commutes, I needed to adjust my attitude.

The “different” involved three simple words. As we slowly made our way around the accident, it came to me to silently say, “I love you,” to everyone I saw. This was not going to be easy while driving the busy freeways and streets of Houston.

At first, I was just mouthing words each time I looked at another driver, a passenger in a vehicle, or someone walking out of a store. However, within a short period of time, the words began to mean something. I exchanged tossing out stale I love you’s for heartfelt statements.

Fifteen minutes after we’d maneuvered around the truck and dirt, the anger and frustration faded. I was conscious of a wonderful peace and joy as my attempts at loving others turned into meaningful moments.

The unique and divine individuality of every one I saw became real to me. Loving them calmed me down, woke me up, and inspired me. I had tapped into something special. I felt a solid and lovely order and goodness to everything and everyone.

The awareness of this divine order and goodness has remained an essential element in my Christian Science healing practice ever since. The less I think about myself, the more I’m able to remain conscious of this spiritual harmony and help others express dominion over their thoughts and bodies. For example:

Recently, a woman called me. She was frantic and she wanted prayerful help.

She told me that she was feeling cold and had covered herself with a light blanket, but had begun shaking uncontrollably. She’d never experienced this before.

The woman also told me that a thumb and forefinger had been twitching for three years. The slight movements had never interfered with her daily activities.

A month earlier she had gone to a family doctor. When the doctor noticed that her thumb and forefinger were twitching, he asked her how long she had been experiencing the twitching. When she answered, “three years,” the doctor promptly told her she had Parkinson’s disease.

After the woman called, I prayed. Just as I did the day the dump truck overturned, I quickly embraced her with a loving sense I knew to be divine. This type of spiritual acknowledgment is a prayerful healing treatment. I knew she was finding relief.

Within fifteen minutes after we had talked, the woman’s shaking subdued and then stopped. But not only did the uncontrollable shaking stop, the twitching of the thumb and forefinger stopped, as well. She hasn’t experienced twitching or shaking since.

Since studies are showing a connection between love and health, why not take this information to a logical conclusion. I know that love healed this woman, a love more powerful than human affection. Love and health are inseparable because they are, ultimately, spiritual qualities and conditions.

And just in case you were wondering how three simple words can heal more wounds than all the doctors in the world, the answer could reside in another three words: God is love.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

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Why You Can Stand Up And Live Like An All-Star After Being Dumped, Left Out, Or Forgotten
by KeithWommack
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Turn the clock back to ’69.

All the teams were seated around the infield of the Little League Baseball field. My twin brother, Kevin, and I were decked out in our uniforms, sitting and laughing in our team’s cluster between the pitcher’s mound and third base.

It was All-Star selection day. My heart raced in anticipation.

The league was made up of ten, eleven, and twelve year olds. Kevin and I were twelve.

The names of the selected players began to be called out over the loud speakers. Johnny was first. When he heard his name, the new All-Star jumped up and stood on the first base line close to home plate. Parents watching from the bleachers clapped and cheered.

I knew Johnny would be an All-Star. He was an excellent hitter. I anxiously wondered, “When will my name be called?”

The selection process proceeded and player after player lined up next to Johnny. After a few minutes, my question switched to a nervous, “Will my name be called?”

As the selection activity was nearing its end, I noticed that almost all the older boys had been selected except for my brother and me. We were still seated with the weaker and younger players. There was no more laughter. My heart began to be heavy.

Then, Kevin’s name was called. He took his place in line. I was proud of him. He was the League’s best center fielder.

There was one more name to be called.

The two best pitchers in the league were already standing. I was the third best. I silently questioned, “Wouldn’t the All-Star team need three pitchers if it went far in All-Star team play?”

Then I noticed that the coach’s son from each team was already standing on the line except one, and Charlie was seated right next to me. He was my teammate. He was nice, but he wasn’t a very good baseball player, and he was eleven years old.

Would the League select a coach’s son over an older, better player? As this question swirled in my thought, everything slowed down.

The announcement came. It was a curveball. “Ch..ar..lie.” My heart sank. Charlie stood up and the All-Star line was complete.

As soon as our family got home, I lay on my bed and cried.

Like me, you have most likely cried after experiencing similar events. You too have probably felt totally shut out. But when this happens, something enables you to stand up and be counted as an All-Star, -- something enables you to find your peace and balance when curveballs are thrown your way.

And that’s not all -- there’s more. Not only does this “something” enable you to find your peace and balance, it’s good medicine for your mental and physical health.

Today, scientific evidence reveals that this special “something” is self-esteem, a sense of purpose.

As I lay on my bed in ‘69, I found spiritual grounding to be significant to my maintaining a healthy self-respect.

My mother came into my room. I don’t recall her exact words to me. The essence of her message was: I had a selfhood that was worthy of profound respect.

She echoed what I’d been learning in the Christian Science Sunday School:

I was an All-Star, not because others noticed, but because I expressed divine brilliance. In my own individual way, I was the sparkle and splash of Spirit. What was divinely given couldn’t be hidden or taken away. How Spirit respects me was reflected in my own self-respect.

Scriptural passage relating one of God’s promises to Abram had special meaning for me: "I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing."

This verse and my mother’s message hit home. I was quickly out of bed and back to my joyful self.

I learned that anguish is never mine, but rather, it is a cruel temptation trying to hijack my thought and undermine my right to self-respect and health.

In the years following, when I’ve felt disappointed and left out; when I’ve begun to doubt or not like myself, and my health has suffered, it’s been helpful to mentally affirm the following spiritual truth. I am a dynamic, divine being, and my health and peace are more real than a suggestion of weakness and defeat.

You may have suffered through experiences much more traumatizing than being left off a Little League team, but the same spiritual principle and laws I used can be applied to every situation that has the potential to harm.

This method of prayerful reasoning, utilized by both my brother and me, enabled us to achieve perfect attendance throughout grade school and high school. A sense of purpose was good medicine for our mental and physical health, and it has kept us free from serious illness ever since.

You too can stand up and be counted as an All-Star. When you feel left out or forgotten, you are not. Claim your self-respect and the great blessing that you are.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

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My secret to a healthy body
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When in high school, I experimented, not with drugs, but with something quite different. My interest was not the norm. I wanted to see how long I could focus on divine concepts throughout the day.

Why?

I had become intrigued with the idea that spiritual thinking could have a direct impact on health.

My experiment took place several decades ago before published studies revealed the positive mental and physical effects attributed to prayer and spiritual living.

Here’s a brief description of my results:

Day 1:  Got out of bed - ate a bowl of cereal - all the while, thinking about divine ideas. However, as soon as my brothers and I piled into our old ‘55 Chevy to head to school, I forgot all about the experiment.

Day 2:  Got out of bed - ate a bowl of cereal - all the while, thinking about divine ideas. Continued prayerful reasoning all the way to school. Unfortunately, as soon as the Chevy pulled into the parking lot, pondering anything close to being considered spiritual went out the window.

Yes, progress was slow. But, each day brought improvement.

Day 24:  I was aware of the metaphysical nature of life from the moment I lifted my head off the pillow in the morning until I laid my head back on the pillow at night.

Conclusion: It was possible to be active and yet be mindful of a divine presence and power throughout the day.

By-product of the experiment: The more I contemplated and reasoned through the spiritual significance behind everything in my life, the more I was to able to expect, demand, and witness health in others and experience it myself.

Today, years later, I consistently try to be mindful of the divine nature of things. However, I don’t beat myself up if I’m unable to be spiritually aware the whole day. I’m just grateful that I can quickly “plug in” and utilize divine power when it is needed.

The Apostle Paul, taking cues from Jesus, healed physical problems because of his acquired spiritual sense. Then he encouraged others to “pray without ceasing.” To be unceasing calls for effort. But, as I’ve found, the effort brings results.

Since my high school experiment, I’ve learned:

When it comes to helping yourself, Jesus counseled, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on.”

Of course, you should never neglect human needs; Jesus fed himself, his students, and thousands who followed him. His point: What you focus on will impact your health, for better or worse. Spiritual wisdom helps you choose the better.

Rather than a fearful fixation and expectation of pain and suffering based on material laws, objects, and sensations, it may be more beneficial to learn and cherish that you are a divine being and subject to spiritual laws. The more you consider yourself as divinely created and maintained, the more the body becomes subordinate to your growing spiritual understanding.

Now, it’s your turn: Go ahead, grab breakfast, jump into an old ‘55 Chevy, and even when distractions come, never stop contemplating what benefits you the most.

Whether it’s Day 24 or 104, you too can “pray without ceasing.”

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

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Want a healthy body? Learn to listen
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Admit it. You’re a lousy listener.

Don’t fret. I used to be one, but I’ve been fine-tuning my skill, and you can too.

I believe, you’ll want to improve your listening because good listeners have fulfilling relationships and are more apt to experience good health.

Regarding relationships, as you look to improve your listening ability, there are destructive behavioral habits you’ll need to be aware of and abandon. (Several habits detailed in Are you really listening?: Keys to Successful Communication – Donoghue & Siegel)

Rude - Do you interrupt others while they speak? If you make the moment about you, you’re not listening, not considering another’s thoughts and feelings, and you’re certainly not being courteous. Rudeness is an unhealthy behavior for a relationship.

Savior - Do you give others undivided attention because you believe you’re the one to solve their problems? When you think of yourself as a savior, you can’t hear the real need or come up with sound solutions. You merely add to their challenges.

Target - Do you stop listening when you perceive another’s words to be critical of you? Low self-esteem flows from a victim-mentality and this self-centeredness takes offense at everything said, turning it inward. When you’re a target, you miss the point of conversations. It’s hard to listen when you’re defensive.

Waiter - You don’t interrupt, but you don’t listen either. You just wait. You don’t really care what others say. You just want them to stop talking so you can begin. It’s all about you.

Recognizing these habits to be wrong enables you to challenge and replace them with the building blocks that nourish relationships: love and respect.

So, how can improved listening skills benefit your health? Perhaps, a link between spirituality and health provides the answer.

The University of Michigan Health System recently reported, “Scientific researchers and clergy alike believe in the positive relationship between spirituality and health. Regardless of the religion, evidence points to a connection between the two.”

The building blocks of love and respect are vital to relationships because they are spiritual qualities. You express them because you are spiritual, whether you know it or not. Just as love and respect are spiritual qualities, health, as well, is being considered more as a spiritual quality or spiritual state of being rather than a material condition.

This is why your mental state affects your physical state, and, as well, why good health requires good listening. The more you listen to the divine as you pray, the more your body will express divine order and harmony.

If you are a poor listener to family and friends, most likely, you’re also closed-minded to the inspirations from Spirit. This listening deficiency is harmful because only in the stillness of prayer do you receive the spiritual ideas and power that produce healing.

Again, consider abandoning hurtful behavioral habits in order to improve your health.

Rude - Do you interrupt the divine? If you make every moment about your problems and wants, you’re not listening, not considering how spiritually loved and cared for you are, right now. Studies show that those who pray (really listen) are happier and healthier.

Savior - When you believe you’re a savior, you usually don’t hear the real need or find the right solution. Even Jesus said, “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” He demonstrated that humility and selflessness lead to a spiritual mastery of mind and body.

Target - Do you stop listening because you’re convinced the divine doesn’t approve of you or has lost sight of you? You are Spirit’s image and likeness. You’re consistently loved and adored. As you begin to listen, you’ll learn how special you are, and improvements will follow.

Waiter – Perhaps, you don’t interrupt the Supreme Being, but you also don’t listen. You just wait. It’s time to consider that nothing happens in a waiting room. Everything happens at the moment when divine inspiration is heard. Stop looking to impress Spirit with your sorrows. Your remedy rests in what Spirit is saying about life and health.

Since good health requires good listening, I find this quote helpful: “In order to pray aright, we must enter into the closet and shut the door. We must close the lips and silence the material senses. In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must deny sin and plead God’s allness. … The Master’s injunction is, that we pray in secret and let our lives attest our sincerity. Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers.” (Mary Baker Eddy – Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures)

As important as listening is to building fulfilling relationships, even more so, listening is critical when it comes to gaining and maintaining physical health. Good health requires good listening. Why not begin right now?

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com

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