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Hold on to a healthy heartbeat
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How many times have you watched a drum line perform and found yourself moving to the beat of those drums?

There’s a pulse, a rhythm to life, and the sounds of synchronized drumming somehow seem to stir us to recognize the marvel of that.

And there’s more to the beating of drums than meets the eye (or ear). Researchers studying the effects of drumming acknowledge that an involvement with stimulating rhythms supplies us with health benefits.

And apparently the drums themselves are optional!

Waves breaking on a shore, raindrops on a tin roof, as well as footsteps hitting the pavement during a morning run are all stimulating rhythmic patterns. They, too, can be life-enhancing cadences. 

What makes captivating beats so beneficial? Could it be that the audible patterns that enrich us echo a deeper, spiritual lilt that has a divine origin?

I believe they do. While performing music myself, or listening to the musical performances of others, I’ve found it helpful to acknowledge the “spiritual cadence”, or underlying truth, that each measure of music might represent.

Here is what I’ve seen.

First measure: Principle governs every moment

The principle of music insures the order and synchronization of each performance. Just so, God is in charge of the harmony of our lives. The divine Principle keeps us healthy and productive.

Prayer helps us prove this. It helps sync us with the divine. In other words, exchanging a physical focus for one that’s more spiritual, allows mind and body to better reflect the divine order and balance.

Second measure: Spirit is the source of health

Just as the beauty and harmony of musical works exist before they are ever heard, those beneficial cadences exist even before the drumsticks first hit the drum skins.

The recognition that these cadences exist before the physical action makes their presence felt points to a similar truth I’ve learned in relation to health. It already exists in Spirit, God, and the more we understand and trust this, the more naturally health and healing follow in our bodies. Just as the drum brings those hidden cadences to life, so prayer to understand the divine Principle that governs all animates and awakens us to the practical nature of spiritual life and its harmonies.

Third measure: Principle keeps you well, so act like it

That’s what a woman, who noticed something wasn’t right with her pulse, eventually discovered. Lindsay wrote of her experience in the Christian Science Sentinel.  

She said, “I was having spells of a racing heartbeat as if I had just done strenuous physical activity, although I hadn’t.” The spells first lasted for hours and then days.

Lindsay had prayed about other physical troubles with good results and was confident this condition could be healed, too. Yet, she was afraid. Indeed, the fear was so overpowering one morning that she stayed in bed.  

She was waiting for her body to give her a signal that all was well. But then she had second thoughts, based on her understanding that she was made “in the image and likeness of God”, as the Bible says.

“It dawned on me that I had it backward. If freedom was really a part of my nature, then I could start acting that way now and expect the body, as they say, to ‘get with the program’; to ‘follow suit’; to ‘get in line’ with the spiritual facts. I didn’t need to take unnecessary risks, but I could insist that my freedom wasn’t an abstract concept—it was mine to experience right then,” Lindsay wrote.

Inspired by this idea, Lindsay got out of bed and went to help her husband fix dinner. Before she got to the kitchen, she felt completely free. She wrote, “No more fear, and no more racing heartbeat. I was so grateful—I didn’t dance, but I could have!”

Lindsay explained that the condition briefly tried to make a comeback a few months later, but she stood by what she had spiritually discerned and, again, the body got in line with the spiritual facts.

She concluded, “That issue has never again returned in the decade or so since.”

Fourth measure: You can find your rhythm

Waves break, drums are beaten, and we thrive because Principle establishes the profound harmony and health that physical functions and formations only hint at. 

God is ever-present and constantly expressed. Therefore, the rhythms of our lives can be affirmed as safe and sound in Principle’s care.

– 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:

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Love’s Story includes its healing power
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Oct 15, 2015 | 758 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The seven-night Oprah Winfrey television series, Belief, airing October 18 - 24, explores our “ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves.”  

The second in the series, Belief: Love’s Storyexplores loving unconditionally, love that unites, and loving your enemies. As critical as these are to those yearning to put their faith into practice, I believe that “Love’s Story” is even richer if you also take a look at Love’s power to heal the body. 

If we were made, assembled, like a car or truck, there would be no need for compassion and care when it came to our mental and physical health care needs. Switch out a part or two, bang out a dent, and we would be good to go.

However, we know there is more to us than body parts, and health care means more than just cleaning out a filter and changing spark plugs, so to speak.

Pamela Wible, MD, recently wrote, “Just three simple words can heal more wounds than all the doctors in the world.” The three words are “I love you.”

Other health care professionals have discovered love's potential. Studies(1) show that love heals physical wounds and reduces stress. Researchers are also looking into whether love improves the immune system. I believe they will eventually find love to be a medicine for every ill.

The special words, “I love you,” often regarded as mere human emotion, can represent a magnificent, spiritual creator’s relationship to His children. The Bible states God is love, and our understanding of the divine allness and care can heal.

Several years ago, I attended a talk by a Christian Science practitioner from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the lecture, the practitioner explained how a woman had come to his office looking like the “perfect presentation of a Walt Disney witch.” He said she was disheveled, dark in her expression and disposition. The woman came to him for relief from a physical ailment.

The practitioner took the case, and shared with the woman what he felt were meaningful, spiritual truths. Previously in his practice, he had seen that when the facts about a patient’s spiritual nature were understood and affirmed, mental and physical relief came.

That’s because while belief in God is generally helpful to well-being, it’s more powerful to have faith that has, through spiritual growth, developed into a true understanding of God’s infinite power and unconditional love for each of us. That assurance overcomes fear and its negative effects on the body. This unshakeable understanding, which is based on divine laws of health and harmony, allows us to experience the healing that Love, God, can bring.

So that’s how the practitioner prayed for the woman. He felt he was feeding her with spiritual inspiration. After several visits and discussions, the woman simply turned to him with teary eyes and said, “If you would only love me, I know I would be healed.”

Her statement shocked him. Hadn’t he been loving her, caring for her in his prayerful treatment for her all along? Or, on the contrary, had he been merely seeing a poor soul that needed what he had to offer?

He was humbled. Then he felt love pouring into him and out from him to this woman. She, like so many of us, was in need, not only of physical healing, but of the most vital comforting antidote: loving care.

He loved her not with pity, but with compassion and tender respect. He endeavored to love her, to some degree, as he knew God loved her--perfect and free.

The next time the woman returned to his office, not only was she physically healed, he said that her whole face had changed. She no longer looked like a Disney witch. She was open, and bright, and lovely. Love’s work was complete.

I’ve heard that a wise physician once said to his patient, “I’ve been practicing medicine for 30 years, and have prescribed many things. But in the long run I’ve learned that, for most of what ails the human creature the best medicine is love.” When asked, “What if it doesn’t work?” He answered, “Double the dose.”  

  1. Studies   


– 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:

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Walk in the Park Improves Health
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Oct 05, 2015 | 729 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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Throughout history, moments spent strolling through floral paths, even planting vegetable and herb gardens, have been found to be therapeutic.

Health & Science article in The Washington Post put a spotlight on the benefits of nature moments. It examined Robert Zarr’s “innovative community health program,” DC Parks Rx, which is “committed to combating the woes of urban living by prescribing time outdoors.”

Zarr, a pediatrician, is convinced that a “growing body of scientific evidence” indicates “that many of the chronic scourges of city life can be prevented or alleviated by reconnecting with nature.”

How does communing with nature help?

Studies on ecotherapy are showing that spending time outside provides help to those suffering with physical illnesses. You might conclude that refreshing breezes and beautiful views are distractions from the stresses and fears that cause depression and many illnesses. Yet, there is more to it.

I believe that a walk in the park isn’t just a walk in the park. There is something seemingly magical but spiritually natural behind the advantages of what we experience outdoors. Nature’s beauty can represent the presence of a creative intelligence. The majesty, peace, and vitality of nature help remind us of the divine order and harmony of life.

Author, teacher, and religious leader, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Arctic regions, sunny tropics, giant hills, winged winds, mighty billows, verdant vales, festive flowers, and glorious heavens, — all point to [the divine] Mind, the spiritual intelligence they reflect.”

If nature — really, all of life — expresses spiritual wisdom, shouldn’t the definition of “stepping outside” be expanded? What if the benefits of a stroll in nature signaled the advantages of moving thought beyond a confining sense of existence? A paradigm shift from a fragile focus to a sturdy spiritual focus has already been shown to cause emotional and physical changes for the better.

A friend of mine experienced such a transformation.  

One month before her wedding, Susanne was struck by a car. At the hospital, where she was taken, doctors said she had abrasions and contusions as well as a broken left collarbone. However, because she’d experienced the power of prayer to heal in her past, Susanne chose to merely have the wounds cleaned. Then she was released to go home.

Once home, she asked a Christian Science practitioner for treatment through prayer. The contusions and abrasions healed very quickly, and no traces were visible when she and her husband married.

The collarbone, however, did not heal so quickly. Susanne was able to function, but decided to go to an orthopedist who told her that it was necessary to pin the fracture since the bone was not mending on its own.

After meeting with the doctor, she went outside. She was frustrated that she wasn’t seeing progress. But as she walked outside, she had a turn of thought.

She reconnected with the beautiful nature of Mind, God. She felt more of God’s complete control over her experience. She could sense that her health, as part of the beautiful universe, was an ordered state of this divine Mind.

From that moment, the healing came quickly. Within a few days the collarbone mended, without any pinning. It has never been sensitive to changes in weather, as the orthopedist had predicted, nor has she experienced limitations with her weight training she’s enjoyed for years.

David, the Psalmist, must have known that God surrounds us with His beauty and care. He wrote, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul [my spiritual sense of things].”

A walk outside allows us to recognize that, ultimately, each created thing, from the least to the greatest, is stunningly real, when we learn to regard it from a spiritual viewpoint.

Again, history shows that time spent in lush meadows and floral paths has been therapeutic. Today, we find why stepping outside can improve health.

– 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:

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Suicide and the Lifeline Of Your Spiritual Authority
by KeithWommack
Sep 14, 2015 | 739 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The tragedy of fifteen-year-old Sadie Walker has me thinking about lifelines.

Sadie took her life on Christmas Day last year, according to the Dallas Morning News, and her story suggests that doom and gloom thinking can be contagious.

Sadie had joined an online chat group of teenagers talking about self-harm – a community of silent co-sufferers hidden behind the veil of Internet privacy laws.

She had joined out of compassion, hoping to offer comfort and support to those struggling. Instead, the negative environment consumed her. Sadie quickly became overwhelmed and took her own life.

There are immediate telephone lifelines for those finding themselves drawn into such a downward spiral. Anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts, or who knows someone who is, can do something about it, today. In the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-8255.

In addition, there’s another kind of lifeline that many are finding sustainably practical. It is spirituality. An increasing number of psychologists and physicians are recognizing a connection between spirituality, resiliency, self-control, and health.

It’s clear that all too often unfairness, pain, alienation, and isolation hijack our thoughts. However, research shows that the right kind of spirituality can promote thoughts and acts that are beneficial. It can enable us to face down emptiness and make us mentally stronger. It can bolster health and healing.

At a conference I attended two years ago, one of the conference speakers, Dr. Kenneth Pargament, Professor of Psychology at Bowling Green University, spoke of how spirituality can actually jump-start both the lives of the client and a healthcare provider. Spirituality lessens anxiety and depression, and provides a better quality of life.

In a related summary, Pargament stated, “A religion that is internalized, intrinsically motivated, and built on a belief in a greater meaning in life, a secure relationship with God, and a sense of spiritual connectedness with others has positive implications for well-being.”

In my spiritual practice, I’ve additionally found that understanding the Divine as all-good and all-loving brings a spiritual authority that can put a stop to mesmeric, dark and evil influences.

That’s what happened for David, a friend of mine who told me, “Thoughts of suicide started early with me in my high school years. Our family physician committed suicide, and I suppose it stuck in my thought that suicide was always an option.”

Feelings of lack of worth, not belonging, no purpose or clear direction for his life, swirled together with self-hatred and self-absorption and became overwhelming.

“I could not see beyond those dark feelings. So, at one point, I decided to do the deed. At the time I wasn’t sure what stopped me, but I ended up firing a bullet into the closet instead,” he recalled.

In the midst of his struggles, David turned to psychiatry and psychology for help, attending individual and group therapy sessions. He said, “It was somewhat helpful to be with others, talk about our problems and to feel some support. But for me, it turned out to be not enough.”

Finally David’s quest for healing took a more spiritual turn. He began reading the Bible and was introduced to a book titled, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

He told me, “It was then that I felt a spark. And even though thoughts of suicide were still rampant, the spark I felt began to support me. As I read, helpful ideas came to me — ideas that were uplifting — ideas that guided me. For instance, the idea that my life was eternal was extremely helpful.”

From that initial spark, David began to gain self-control by appraising the thoughts that came to him and differentiating whether they came from the divine Mind (God) or the human mind. He was less overwhelmed and began to have a better sense of worth and purpose. He is now married and has two beautiful children.

Looking back, David added, “I now think I pulled back from my earlier attempt at suicide because deep down, I was acting on the truth that my life is eternal — it was the law of Life, God, operating on my behalf. It was God and God’s love for me that saved me.”

For my part, I pray that each person, struggling with suicidal thoughts, will discover just how unique and special they are; that they have a spiritual selfhood.

At first, it may seem hard to push past pain that seems solid and unyielding. Yet, we can begin to reason more effectively when we learn where our authority comes from.

Mary Baker Eddy writes, “God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.”

Sometimes depression or unworthiness stem merely from believing God is far off or nonexistent. I find reassurance in these verses from the book of Psalms, “If I take the wings of the morning and dwell at the end of the sea, even there Your hand shall guide me, and Your right hand shall take hold of me.”

To learn about God’s ever-present love, and your spiritual worth and authority, you can start with the Bible online or utilize phone apps. Both the Bible and Science and Health can be read here:

As well, attending church can introduce you to others who can help you learn more about your spiritual selfhood.

You are precious and unique and your life is intended to serve a blessed and profound purpose. You have the God-given ability to defend and fulfill that purpose.

– 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:

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Are You Rich Enough To Be Generous
by KeithWommack
Aug 17, 2015 | 1160 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Are you seeking “Lower blood pressure, lower risk of dementia, less anxiety and depression, reduced cardiovascular risk, and overall greater happiness”?

Well there just might be “a magic pill for happiness and longevity” that can help you get such benefits, according to Terri Yablonsky Stat, in the Chicago Tribune - "It's a simple way to stay healthier".

It is being generous.

It seems that generosity, no matter the age of the benefactor, benefits the giver physically and psychologically. In other words, it pays to be nice.

However, a hand isn’t moved to give unless a mind is moving it. So, what triggers the mind to give? 

Is it wealth? Yes, it does help to possess something to be generous with. But material wealth, by itself, doesn’t always lead to generosity.  

But how about spiritual wealth? I believe that there is a spiritual sense within each of us that actually compels us to give. It provides the human mind with the fearlessness, compassion, strength, and expectancy of good that lead to generosity. 

What is the spiritual sense that does that? It could be thought of as our innate sense of the divine naturalness of goodness, nurtured by our capacity to understand God and the tender way that He cares for us.

But if spirituality triggers giving, is it in fact the spirituality behind our giving that is benefiting the giver physically?  

In her recent New York Times Best Seller, Dr. Lisa Miller wrote, “Research in medicine and psychology has found that people with a developed spirituality get sick less, are happier, and feel more connected and less isolated. In the context of illness, people with a developed spirituality show positive effects for resilience, healing, and recovery.”

Indeed, writing of developmental depression and spiritual awakening, Miller also pointed to MRI studies showing positive results for those people in “families at risk for depression” who had sustained a sense of spirituality or religion as highly important to them for at least five years.” They possessed healthier states than those who hadn’t.

So, yes, the spirituality that causes us to be “a cheerful giver” (as the Bible puts it) does itself lead us to experience bodily improvements. But couldn’t these improvements through spiritual means also hint at some deeper conclusions?

  • Health is primarily Spirit-based 
  • We are subject to divine powers
  • Physical betterment is actually God’s ceaseless care finding expression in a way we can understand

These are three points I have come to lean on as the very basis of my own healing practice over many years, in which I have regularly seen how a deepened spirituality can restore well-being. 

Like many people, I have utilized Bible studies to help cultivate the needed spiritual sense which can bring about such healing, including the following passage that relates giving and spirituality: "Now [God] who provides seed for sowing and bread for food will provide the seed for you to sow;  he will multiply it and swell the harvest of your benevolence, and you will always be rich enough to be generous." (II Cor. 9:10 New English Bible)

What a guarantee for each of us! As God’s creations - reflecting the divine nature - we are always rich enough with joy to be generous, rich enough with love to distribute, rich enough in spirit to brighten every encounter, rich enough with holiness to uplift the experiences of those around us.

You are always rich enough to be generous, and to do so tirelessly.

Mary Baker Eddy, Christian author and healer, once wrote, “Goodness and benevolence never tire. They maintain themselves and others and never stop from exhaustion. He who is afraid of being too generous has lost the power of being magnanimous. The best man or woman is the most unselfed."

When rich in spirit, you will always be rich enough to be generous. And as you give, you will be blessed.

– 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:

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How deep is your disappointment?
by KeithWommack
Jul 28, 2015 | 1133 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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A recent announcement of the surprising breakup of Country music’s most famous couple shocked and saddened many of their fans.

One admirer tweeted -- Now that Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are getting divorced I can say with 100% confidence that love does not exist --

Another tweeter grieved -- I'm mourning over the divorce, I'm crying and eating a gallon of ice cream until I wake up from this nightmare --

Shelton, one of the coaches on NBC's singing competition The Voice and superstar singer, Lambert, had been married for four years.

While some fans' comments may have been tongue-in-cheek, even if exaggerated, they point to something we need to be alert to. If we worship anyone’s marriage to some degree, anointing it as idealistically perfect and tying our happiness to it, most likely we will experience sadness and resignation at every perceived failure.

Intellectually we may know better than to hold another’s life and marriage as something perfect. Flawless templates will never be found in human life. Yet, we yearn to experience and celebrate love, especially a fadeless love.

The Bible describes Christ Jesus' selfless and constant love. Why the consistency? Because he reflected a divine Love, his Father's love.

“The life of Christ is the perfect example; and to compare mortal lives with this model is to subject them to severe scrutiny,” wrote Mary Baker Eddy, Christian author and healer.

We can appreciate another’s talents, yet to idolize them even to a degree reveals our need for a spiritual understanding of love. As we open our hearts to the divine, our receptivity enables us to glimpse that we, too, reflect Love.

A growing spiritual understanding can give us emotional equilibrium through a knowledge that our Father-Mother, Love, satisfies us. This important understanding erases disappointments.

While we wish people we admire the best as they move forward in their lives, we can joyfully eat our ice cream, celebrating with certainty that love continues unchanged because of its real source.

– 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:

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Do You Want Your Child To Thrive?
by KeithWommack
May 18, 2015 | 1615 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 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:

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Escape the painful consequences of sin
by KeithWommack
Mar 09, 2015 | 1365 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 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:

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Do You Honestly Need More Evidence
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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:


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February 02, 2015
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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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:


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