A Season of Masks

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

The origin of Halloween is steeped in superstition. Pretending to be a scary entity was for the purpose of blending in with the ghosts that were believed to roam the streets after dark. The people feared their fate if they did not trick these evil ones.  

This reminds me of the Law of Mind in Action and the phenomenon that tricks one into believing there is a power, other than God Power. This perceived notion of duality, or otherness, is the antithesis of The Principle of Oneness. This form of superstition is played out by many humans today.  

For example, during the dark night of the soul, I struggle with the negative traits of my personality that do not match the values I embrace. Not only do I disapprove of these human frailties, I fear if exposed, they may define me. So, I disown them and affirm my perfection. They slip into the subjective parts of my mind and I act as if they never existed. This self-denial, born out of fear, is a defense mechanism called  “spiritual bypassing.1

Actually, these disowned thoughts, beliefs, and emotions continue to be a part of who I am, only hidden and unloved. From time to time they are aroused by some outside stimuli. When triggered, I project them onto others, accusing them of the very thing I do not acknowledge about myself. I blame others for my reactions, saying “they made me angry, scared, shame etc., it’s their fault.”

This hidden aspect of myself tricks me into believing that I am not worthy of a good life. It tricks me into believing that the beliefs and actions of yesterday are unforgivable. They ask, who do you think you are to experience, health, wealth, love, wisdom, and joy?

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When spiritual practices, such as affirmative prayer and meditation, are persistently and consistently followed; and when spiritual principles are deliberately and consciously applied in the everyday occurrences of life, a breakthrough in consciousness is inevitable. These processes align me with the Absolute Truth that proclaims: there is God, only God, and nothing else.

When the light of dawn appears, I see clearly who I am. I remove the mask of fear and limitation. The ghosts of the night are simply shadows of my own consciousness. They remind me of the abandoned potential within me. I am no longer tricked into believing there is a power against me.  Self-love is the sweet treat that comforts my soul.

I now take responsibility for the unique being that I am. I am divinely guided as I courageously face the fear of darkness. Step by step I forgive myself and anyone that I have accused of being less than divine.  I now realize: “for every human aberration, there is a spiritual aspiration trying to break through.” I reclaim that which I abandoned.  

By the renewing of my mind, the energy of the former things is now transformed into my highest idea of good. 

More and more angels and fairies and super heroes appear at the door of my consciousness.  The scary ones who show up are treated with Love, causing their true nature, hidden behind the mask, to be revealed.

I now practice unity and oneness with every living being. It is Unconditional Love expressing when I Wear a mask, when I Watch my distance, and when I Wash my hands.  

Enjoy Halloween, stay safe and stay well.

This Weeks Affirmation

I unmask any sense of separation from my Source and dwell in the arms of Love with all of humanity.
By Angela “Chris” Beam

2020 Ballot: My Sacred Voice

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

The Core Concept Seven of The Science of Mind says: “This is a reciprocal Universe. For every visible form, there is an invisible counterpart. Everything in nature tends to equalize itself, to keep its balance true.”  The Ancient Wisdom of Hermeticism 1 teaches: “As Above – So Below.”

Lately, it seems as though the world is like a kaleidoscope. The vivid colors and complex patterns are changing quickly. Likewise, the chain reaction of humanity’s thoughts, feelings and beliefs in response to these impressions are projected rapidly onto the world’s screen. It is not always easy to decipher between the murmurings of opinions and facts.

It is as if the collective subconscious has risen to the surface for conscious examination. Maybe it has always been this way; only this time I am the generation that launches a mindset that produces a greater expression of life and living in Oneness. I am the generation that bears witness to the evolution of, God-consciousness; right here on earth as it is in heights of my awareness. 

I give my attention and consideration to that part of myself within the world that I call my country.

Yes, ‘my country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.’

I begin the task of separating the wheat from the chaff regarding the use I have made of the Universal Mind. It reminds me of cleaning out that catch-all drawer, where I stored all those things that I did not know what to do with in the moment. So now, I consciously discard negative producing ideas of poverty, failure, loneliness, helplessness, illness, and otherness; eliminating such conditions in my life. I begin to examine my deep-seated values; the invisible counterparts of love, compassion, joy, peace, achievement, abundance, unity and equality for all. I now move beyond opinions and facts. I embrace the Truth.

Now, cloaked with the full armor of God, I am ready to deliver my voice.  I assert my power to choose a world that works for everyone. My personal responsibility joins with social conscience in every area of the political, corporate, academic, and social sectors, providing sustainable structures to further the emerging global consciousness. 

I proudly exercise my right to vote, a sacred practice, born out of its counterpart of freedom. The ballot I cast is symbolic of my word merging with the Universal Mind that yield its image and likeness of God in tangible ways. 

I am aware that I live in a spiritual universe, governed by spiritual laws and inhabited by spiritual beings. Therefore, I must express this voice within me.  I choose wisely those I entrust to fulfill my idea of the highest good for all people. 

“Let mortal tongues awake; Let all that breathe partake.”

I unify with Ernest Holmes in his prayer that affirms:  

“…that every leader in this country is now directed to this All-Knowing Mind and has the knowledge of a complete solution to every problem, and each is compelled to act upon this knowledge to the end that abundance, security, and peace shall come to all.” 2

And, so it is!

This Weeks Affirmation

“Today I affirm unity, harmony, and right action for all mankind. Let freedom ring!”
By Judy Hilley

HEALING: A Revelation of Oneness

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

Way back in the 60’s I had an intuitive hit about the healing power of Spirit.  I must admit many of the stories I read during that time about “miracle healings,” were couched in sensationalism.  Nonetheless, they ignited possibility thinking within me.

Up until then, I believed the ability to heal was designated to a chosen few, who were given supernatural powers. I believed any current reports of healings were a hoax, stories steeped in superstition. I’m just saying: this was the mindset I had inadvertently inherited.

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. 

Several years later I read about Phineas Parker Quimby1, a clockmaker of the 19th century, and how he developed his concepts of mental and spiritual healing and health based on the view that illness is a matter of the mind.

Quimby’s theory introduced me to a new thought on the subject. It was as if I were given permission for the first time ever, to think outside the box for which I had become accustomed. 

I have come to realize there is One Life Principle that governs all life.  The Spiritual Nature of Being is always Whole, Complete, and Perfect.This never changes.  Spirit is The Source and Sufficiency out of which everything flows. It is the Universal Creator. It is the First Cause in the Triune Sequence of Spirit, Mind/Soul and Body, encompassing all three. Spirit is the Life Principle. I discovered that knowing this Truth is healing power.

I have come to realize The Mind is a Creative Medium, an aspect of the One Spirit, that receives my thought impressions that eventually become the conditions I experience. This is subject to change. I now understand that healing takes place by the renewing of my mind. 

The Body, another aspect of the One Spirit, is the evidence of my thoughts/beliefs made manifest. This is subject to change. The nurturing of my body with proper care is healing

It has become clear to me that until my body and the body of my affairs as well as my mental house are in alignment with the Universal Nature of the One Originating Spirit, I am caught in the syndrome of false belief, manifesting as limitation in f my life experience.  

There are awesome therapies to heal both the body and the mind. In addition, I have discovered that the modality called Spiritual Mind Healing, heals the cause of these apparent symptoms. 

Jesus, the Master Teacher, taught this form of healing when he said, “Know the Truth and the Truth will make you free.” (paraphrasing John 8:32). 

 When I sit in the silence of myself until I reach a point of stillness, I come face to face with my True Self; MY Higher Self; My Christ Consciousness. There are no longer any pairs of opposites.  I AM whole, complete, and perfect. 

The fog is lifted. I see clearly! I am free from every sense of limitation.


The only thing that ever needs to be healed is my sense of separation; i.e., the idea of God and me, instead of, God AS me.  With this awareness, ALL things are possible.

 I bear witness to the former things falling away, and a new day dawning in my life and the life of the world that surrounds me. My body and my mind respond to this enlightenment. I listen to the Indwelling Spirit, and I am divinely guided to do what is mine to do. I practice being an instrument of peace, love, forgiveness, faith, light and joy 
WOW, this is good stuff!

This Weeks Affirmation

I know that I am one with the One – therefore health, wholeness and the perfection of God out-picture as  my life now!
By Robbin G. Ruffner, RScP Emeritus

In Loving Memory and Gratitude
Dr. Barbara L. King
May your spirit soar ever so gently to even greater heights.

Reimagine THE WORD/ Reimagine THE WORLD

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

I imagine, when evolution reached a point of self-consciousness within man, he felt a Presence and in response he uttered a sound in recognition of the All-Pervasive Feeling. 

The Universal Presence reveals Itself to man through his feeling nature.

I imagine each time man responded to this inner splendor he gained greater insight of himself and his surroundings, causing him to spontaneously evolve, becoming a greater experience/expression of himself.

Humanity is guided by an inner response to its recognition of this feeling of Oneness.

I imagine this exchange of humanity’s recognition of the Indwelling Presence, and the Still Small Voice of Spirit guiding humanity to their greater-yet-to-be, is the practice of prayer and meditation. 

Lest I slip into an image of an anthropomorphic 1 being, with unpredictable mood swings, punishing me for the slightest slip-up, I imagine God is the Creative Word and Healing Love; a Divine Energy flowing in, through and as absolutely everything, without exception.  I imagine this Eternal One is that which unites humanity as One.

When I read the words, You shall have no other Gods but me;” 2  I imagine this statement is telling me that God is the essence of my very own being. I need not look outside myself. 

The Presence and I are inseparably One.

The word “God” ignites an emotional response within me, causing me to contemplate my highest idea of good by considering corresponding words such as: Creator, Peace, Love, Harmony, Joy, Wisdom, Wholeness, Abundance, Power, Beauty and Intelligence. By naming these unchanging verities of life I begin to realize the word “God” is the ultimate idea of Omnipotence, Omniscience, and Omnipresence. 

God is truly a Divine Idea!

Too often my ever-evolving ego ignores the still small voice 3 and runs full speed, filling every hour with activities that have their own sounds, their own opinions and their own motives, drowning out the word of God within me.  

Left alone to my own devices, I have a tendency to manifest people, places and things in my life based on false beliefs and judgments carried forward from the past.  When left unchecked, the emotional reaction to these apparent conditions, may be physically debilitating, mentally draining causing anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, and guilt. 

However, as a result of a consistent practice of affirmative prayer and meditation throughout the years, I notice that my time spent in this far-country is less and less. I rise up in a consciousness of Truth remembering that within me is a Guiding Light, the Word of God, that frees me from all sense of “otherness.” 

I sit in the silence of my own being until I am once more self-emptied of limited beliefs and I become God- filled with the unlimited potential of Peace and Love. I feel the Presence. I utter a sound, a word of recognition

I am divinely guided by this inner voice. I meditate and I pray.

When I pray, desiring a greater experience of good in my world as well as a world that works for everyone, I imagine the activity of Divine Wisdom and the Unifying Power of Love. I imagine Divine Inspiration is a Guiding Force, causing humanity to spontaneously evolve into a collective consciousness that yields the highest good for everyone; not only in our beloved country, but for world citizens everywhere.  

I imagine, my word. in alignment with the nature of God, spoken with unwavering faith, becomes my world.

This Weeks Affirmation

God is the Divine Idea of a World That Works for Everyone.
By Mary Jane LaBonte, RScP


Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

It was the mid to late 1970’s. There I was sitting on the shores of the Long Island Sound, having just completed a weekend retreat with Tara Singh. 1   I was sure I would come away with that one nugget that would tell me exactly what to do to stay in alignment with Truth.  Instead, most of the days were spent in the silence where the only guidance the enlightened teacher offered was to tell us to move beyond words and concepts

I remember feeling somewhat disappointed. I expected a clear-cut path to follow. I had imagined that all the participants would somehow bond as one regardless of our diverse backgrounds; unify in our common interest; join hands; and leave singing the proverbial Kumbaya! Instead we were left suspended, for long periods of time, in an unfamiliar territory – in the depths of our own self. 

Although I didn’t realize it at once, this retreat was actually a turning point in my life inasmuch as it offered a profound gift of spiritual enlightenment and self-realization; a gift that keeps on giving.

Here it is many years later, and somehow, when I bear witness to the out-picturing of world consciousness, I sense and feel the same energy rising up that I felt way back then. For example, I have a desire for a clear, conscious path that actualizes the unity of all people regardless of apparent diverse backgrounds, various cultures, and different opinions. My desire is for this retreat of shelter in place to move our nation forward toward one common goal; i.e., a good and equitable life for all, even when there is disagreement as to how to arrive at the goal. 

“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” ~ Matthew 5:8

I remember to slip into the silence of my own being. Here, free of words and concepts, I am refreshed, renewed and aligned with the Presence and Power of God. My heart is purified. It is in this state of consciousness that I am empowered with the nature of the Divine, I see as God sees.  

“All’s Love, yet All’s Law.”  ~ Robert Browning ~

I realize: 

God is Love. The Love of God fulfills Itself, through Its own Law, by becoming every form imaginable.

I am the vehicle who does the imagining.

The Law creates that which I accept. It is done as I believe.

I make conscious choices.

This Immutable Law of God, of Good, is a law of Cause and Effect.

I do not fear outcomes. 

I Got It!

The choices I make, based on my beliefs, values, and intentions, are powerful whether I am choosing a healthy body, right relationships, or casting a ballot for POTUS. For this I am so grateful.

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When the Lord 2 is your confidence you will never find yourself at all deceived by the ways and speech of men and women, though they be very brilliant, if they speak outside of the Principle that demonstrates healing and goodness and life.” ~ Emma Curtis Hopkins ~ 3

This Weeks Affirmation

I am the only determining factor in my life.
 by Keith Childers