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Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

“Don’t Believe the World Owes You a Living. The World Owes You Nothing. It Was Here First.” ~ Mark Twain ~

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ~ Rumi ~

Have you ever noticed how the inner child is quick to defend its position? Sometimes it argues how unfair it is that others who are not as smart, who do not work as hard, and are not as kind, seem to acquire things without much effort at all. It’s not fair, the child exclaims; when do I get mine? 

In his book, Spiritual Economics, Eric Butterworth answers that question, saying: “The world owes you nothing, the universe owes you everything.”

I’ll never forget how those words stopped me right in my tracks when I first read them. What I heard was, “Stop Whining!, Grow Up!, Wake up and smell the coffee!” 

The whole concept catapulted me into contemplative meditation as I wrapped my mind around the far-reaching implications and possibilities that were ignited within me. 

In my reflective mood, I began to see that, regardless of the faith tradition or culture, the message is consistent when speaking about the power within every human being to create his or her own world. Mystics of all time have always known this; and now, we are the generation called to activate this knowledge. 

According to The Science of Mind,The Word means, of course, the ability of Spirit to declare Itself into manifestation, into form.  ~ The manifest universe, as we see it, as well as the invisible universe that must also exist, is the result of the Self-Contemplation of God.” 

Suddenly the words from The New Testament have new meaning: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Then from Greek Mythology, I read these words from Thrice-Greatest Hermes: “Then, in this way know God; as having all things in Himself as thoughts, the whole Cosmos Itself.”

It is reasonable to believe, I conclude, that since I am the image and likeness of God; I too, am spirit. Therefore, when I, spirit, engage in self-contemplation of my own nature; that which I think I am, is manifested in the world. The inner world of my thoughts and the outer world of my experience are always in perfect balance.  

Starting now, I no longer look outside myself, hoping and wishing that I have this thing or that thing.  The world does not owe me these things that are transitory, though I may enjoy them. Instead, I look within myself and discover that I AM the everlasting fulfillment I seek.  

 “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man (i.e., spiritually mature), I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11

I now boldly announce my inherent nature of Perfect Wholeness, Unlimited Supply, Unconditioned Love, Peace, Beauty, and Wisdom, expressing as the particular and specific things that I desire to experience. The Universe owes me everything that my word believes is true about me. It is Law. 

“For as he thinketh in his heart so is he.” 
~ The Old Testament ~


This Week’s Affirmation

I am one in spirit, one in soul, and one in body.  I now demonstrate my good in all things.

By Angela “Chris” Beam 

WALK TOWARDS THE DREAM

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

“When we shift from negatively complaining to positively affirming, conditions change. Then complaining is no longer the operative law in our life – freedom is.” 
 ~ Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith ~

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In spite of the mood that I find myself experiencing as a result of world events, I remain true to my daily spiritual practices. I read something; or listen to something; or I begin to do something that awakens me to myself.

I am mindful of the words: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Another way of saying the same thing is: “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” (Proverbs 29:18) For me, the revelation and the good news of the law is: “We are surrounded by a Creative Mind which receives the direct impress of our thought and acts upon it.” 

Time and time again I awaken to my true nature and realize the key to successful living is to affirm the heart’s desire as a living reality now, even before there’s any tangible evidence of it as a fact.  The vision sets a Law in motion that is infallible in its ability to fulfill. 

Imagine each one of us following our heart’s instruction, and doing that which reveals the highest good for all of humanity, and we begin walking in the direction of our dream. Showing up and letting our light shine is the starting point for great change to take place in the world through each one. Imagine everyone offering their talents, skills, and unique abilities, collectively fulfilling a vision of a world that works for everyone. Can you imagine this universal consciousness being unleashed that affirms, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me?”

Martin Luther King, Jr. is a great example of rising above the debilitating blame game and taking responsibility for his own destiny. He is remembered for saying, “In spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.”  

Notice how the activity of one southern preacher got the attention of the masses; raised the consciousness of the masses; touched the conscience of the masses, resulting in Congress passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Walking in the direction of your dreams means doing what is yours to do.

It is obvious as we observe what needs change in the world today, that we do not move forward by resting on the laurels of yesterday. We (humanity) evolve by consciously activating the dream in our hearts right now. The accomplishments of yesterday serve as a starting point in reaching the greater-yet-to-be of our lives. 

Remember: ‘Where attention goes, energy flows.’ The invisible Energy of Spirit is the divine substance that makes all things out of itself.


This Week’s Affirmation

​“I keep my focus on Truth and walk confidently toward my desire”​

By Judy HIlley

SPIRITUAL HEALING

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

“So God created mankind in his own image.”
~ Genesis 1:27 ~

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“Perfect God; Perfect Man; Perfect Being
~ Ernest Holmes ~

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 “Do you want to be made well?”
~ John 5:6 ~

I once encountered a young woman who asked me to pray for her that she may be healed of the physical condition that imprisoned her self-expression. I asked her how she imagined life would be for her when she was completely free of the disorder. She thought for a moment in an effort to sense into a mental equivalent of her desire. Soon she confessed how insecure she felt at the idea of giving up her monthly disability check.  ~  In the quietness of my Self, I asked myself: “What crutches are you willing to relinquish in order to be fully healed and made whole?”

Until one accepts the Full Grace that has been bestowed upon all humanity; there is the tendency to settle for trade-offs, substitutes, and temporary means, in order to simply survive. The idea of “having it all” becomes too much of a stretch. 

Although one may graciously respond to the words “Happy New Year” with a heartfelt “thank you;” there may be a tendency to enter 2022 settling for the ‘same old same old.’  On the other hand, the moment there is a vision of a more expanded life, we have begun to align ourselves with the Truth that sets us free.

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There was a time that I believed, ‘to be made whole or healed,’ meant a miraculous “fixing” of an unhealthy body.  I now realize that being whole or healed is having a revelation of one’s nature that encompasses, not only the physical body, but includes one’s mind, one’s emotions, and one’s affairs. Healing is the restoring, renewing, and resurrecting the awareness of the gifts of the Spirit that have always been there. It is rising above the cloud of misconceptions that suggest lack, limitation, fear, disease, and separation. Healing, or being made whole, is perceiving the Truth that sets us free from these things.

The miracle of healing, if one chooses that term, includes the intelligence of God that moves through doctors, scientists, and specialists in every field of endeavor; and through their particular study and research, bring back findings that support humanity in moving through the stumbling blocks one may encounter while being in the world.  Everyone’s process of healing reveals what was there all the time; otherwise, their efforts would be futile. In other words, all healing is spiritual healing.

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Expounding on the subject of healing, Ernest Holmes wrote, “We have no objection to any form of healing. Anything that will help overcome suffering must be good, whether it takes the form of a pill or of a prayer.” He continues, “We are glad when any one is healed or helped by any method. We believe in any and all methods and know that each has its place in the whole.” 

As the spiritual beings that we are, our inherent nature is already one that is whole, complete, and perfect…and this does not change. The Principles of Love, Peace, Wisdom, Abundance, and Joy, to name a few qualities of our own inherent divinity, are infallible. They assure us of unity, harmony, guidance, sufficiency, and happiness in our lives.

An understanding and acceptance about this truth of who we are restores, renews, and resurrects anything, and everything, that may be perceived as broken. The Self-acceptance of the mighty “I AM” Principle, within us, heals. 


This Week’s Affirmation

“I have a perfect body, a brilliant mind, and a tranquil spirit.”

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HERE WE GROW AGAIN

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.

 Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” 

~ Mahatma Gandhi ~

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“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”

~ Epictetus ~

Years ago, when I first discovered the life-transforming principles of the Science of Mind, I believed I would reach a point in my life when I was challenge-free. I now realize how naive that kind of thinking is. It’s like saying, once the mathematician has discovered the secret of numbers, there are no more problems to solve.

Of course, if that were the case I would not be using a computer in this very moment to convey my thoughts.  Nor would I bear witness to people traveling to outer space from my living room chair. Nor would I be privy to the myriad of inventions of technology beyond my understanding. The truth is, the principle of all sciences is an avenue to discover something that is otherwise hidden from our five senses.

As humans, we are always reaching for more, which means transcending and overcoming the lesser. The Principle Itself is the map, not the territory. It is the finger pointing to the moon, not the moon.

The tradition of setting goals at the beginning of each year is an example of how one may work with these life-giving principles. Instead of a defeatist attitude before starting by saying. “what’s the use these resolutions will be broken after a few weeks or at the most after a few months anyway” (which is self-fulfilling within itself); I now move forward, willing to grow into my greater-yet-to-be.

My high resolve is to live a healthy, wealthy, loving, and peaceful life in 2022 and beyond ~ and support others, who desire the same, in doing the same. WOW, I SAID IT! Now, keeping fresh before me this high resolve is the challenge. After all, there is so much evidence to the opposite that I see all around me.

When testing these principles in the laboratory of the one mind, it is consistently proven that how one reacts to what is going on all around, has a powerful effect. Our reaction to people, places and things, is the fuel that jump-starts a chain re-action. The idea that is most prominent in the mind has a tendency to create more of the same. Soon we may find ourselves caught in a vicious cycle of repetitive events; including the “bad news” we dread. 

The principle that supports me growing into spiritual maturity is: “There is One Cosmic Reality Principle and Presence in the Universe—God.  All creation originates in this One Source.  God is. God is all there is.” (Core Concept One, SOM)


This Week’s Affirmation

“I continue to grow into my Spiritual Maturity by knowing that there is One Cosmic Reality Principle and Presence in the Universe which is God.”

Mary Jane LaBonte, RScP


ANNOUNCEMENT
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Joyous Kwanzaa!

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

The word Unity, we might explain here, signifies the union of parts, a result of many drawn together into one perfect harmonious whole…Oneness…One Life, of which we are a part; One Intelligence we use; One Substance, which is brought into manifold manifestation; One Principle, as Jesus taught: That they may all be one, even as Thou, Father, art in me and I in Thee, and they also in us.”
~ The Science of Mind, 641.1 ~

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Love your neighbor as yourself.”
~ Mark 12:31 (NIV) ~

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“The principle of Umoja (unity) speaks to our need to develop and sustain a sense of oneness, righteous and rightful togetherness in the small and large circles and significant relations of our lives, from family and friendship to community and the cosmos. It urges us to practice a principled and peaceful togetherness rooted in mutual respect; justice; care and concern; security of person; and equitably shared goods. And it calls on us to stand in solidarity with the oppressed, suffering and struggling peoples of the world in the cooperative achievement of these goods.” 
~ The Brooklyn Reader ~

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“We envision a world where each and every person has enough food, a home and a sense of belonging; a world of peace and harmony, enfranchisement and justice. “
~ Centers for Spiritual Living ~

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Once the holiday parties are over and the decorations are stored away, there is a tendency to slip back into life as usual, without considering the far-reaching implication of the holy days just celebrated. 

Yes, while one may acknowledge that each of us is the image and likeness of God, having all the attributes of the Spirit within us; it is, nonetheless, quite another thing to put this awareness into practice. 

Kwanzaa, that began the day after Christmas by embracing the principle of unity, prepares us to enter the new year grounded in the consciousness of Oneness and Love that the Season of Light has ignited. It is a time to pause and reflect. It empowers us to take the action in our lives that expresses our inherent divinity. 

While Kwanzaa is anchored in African heritage, unity, and culture; it is universal in its nature. The African diaspora, separating people who share a common tradition, may be likened to that feeling of separation from the One Source, when, like the prodigal son, one has forgotten his divine inheritance.

The daily rituals of Kwanzaa represent the return to self-awareness, the recognition of the inherent qualities that are ever-present and equally distributed. These ethics or principles to live by; i.e. unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith, ultimately yield a world that works for everyone.

The first principle, Unity, is the premise upon which the remaining six principles stand; and the foundation on which the cosmos exists.  

It is a time to re-imagine the common unity that makes up the universal community. “We are One, We Are One…in the Spirit, we are one. Let your Love flow, so the world will know…We Are One!”  


This Week’s Affirmation

Just like everyone, I am worthy of everything. 

Keith Childers