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
StillPoint ~ a doorway to the infinite 

www.stillpointcsl.org

Invites you to 

THE GATHERING
~ a quarterly forum of practical spirituality ~ 

Saturday, January 8, 2022
10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/949595702?pwd=NEFGMkRDOExZWXBmSTkvWWsrNElQdz09
Meeting ID: 949 595 702
Passcode: 190469

The Theme: Bridging the Gap Between Information and Transformation

ALL ARE WELCOME!
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