PERCEPTION: The Eyes of the Beholder 

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

“We secretly perceive toward an object before thinking it, and it is only by having constant recourse by inward viewing that the mind goes on to know and comprehend.”
~ Hegel, “Introduction to Logic” ~

“Something always antedates thought. That something is Vision.”
~ Emma Curtis Hopkins, High Mysticism ~

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

We’ve heard the phrase, perception is reality. However, perception is not always Reality.  This no doubt sounds a bit convoluted and certainly contradictory.  Actually, the subtle distinction is the lower-case “reality” represents the relative, while the upper-case “Reality” represents the Absolute. Or, one may say these distinctions represent the contrast between the human experience vs. the Divine Truth.  

Vision, intuition, and the mind’s eye (sometimes referred to as “the third eye”) all relate to perception. Perception is sensing, or, feeling something in the invisible realm of our nature. When the feeling vibration resonates with someone or something previously experienced, there is a tendency to interpret the feeling according to what is already believed or known. When the feeling vibration resonates with the idea of Infinite Love, there is a tendency to interpret the feeling as unlimited possibilities revealing something new and wonderful. In either case, we began a creative process. 

The conditions we experience in the world can be traced back to how we perceive the world to be.“That thou seest, that thou beest,” declares the ancient wisdom of Emma Curtis Hopkins. While this all may be common sense and Mental Science 101; nonetheless, when we observe the evidence of humanity’s thinking, it is obvious that what is known intellectually, is not always practiced.

For example, on one hand we witness destructive behavior all around as a result of erroneous thinking based on erroneous premises. On the other hand, Truth-centered thinking based on Truth-premises yields all the beauty and harmony and joy and love we see all around. With a perception of Reality, Divine Love shows up as random acts of kindness; individuals sharing their overflow of abundance; and, social conscience is revealed in “every area of the political, corporate, academic, and social sector,” inadvertently creating a world that works for everyone.

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We’ve heard, or maybe found ourselves saying, I have an anxious or foreboding feeling.   Conversely, the phrase may be, I have a feeling something wonderful is about to happen. Even before these feelings morph into thoughts and eventually as our experiences, we may begin to purify our hearts through the spiritual practice of Life Visioning 1.   

Adapt a meditative state and present these questions to your Higher Self: What is God’s highest idea for my life? What must I become in order to empower this vision? What must I release? What must I embrace? Is there anything else I need to know at this point? 2 Listen for the intuitive impressions you receive. “Unless you fully perceive that you are the child of God, hence perfect, you have no Principle to demonstrate and no rule for its demonstration.”  (Mary Baker Eddy, Founder, Christian Science)

This Week’s Affirmation

“I’m ready to see my own life in new and exciting ways.”

1 Life Visioning: A spiritual practice authored by Rev. Dr. Michael B. Beckwith

2 Ibid.


StillPoint ~ a doorway to the infinite ~



“In prayer our spirit makes its great demand upon the Universe. Through faith in the invisible Source of good, it claims the particular good it desires. And when our whole inner being is in continual harmony with the Source, knowing it is ever pressing forward into expression through our acts, then it is that we shall come to have and experience an abundance of good for all that makes life worthwhile.”
~ Ernest Holmes, The Spiritual Universe and You ~

~ This two-part experiential workshop is designed to awaken the Creative Genius within both the seasoned traveler as well as those new to the path. ~

Each stage of Spiritual Mind Treatment is an art and your mind the canvas.

The guided meditations, exploratory exercises, and authentic sharing become the blueprint for the manifestation of your soul’s sincere desire, in both form and experience.

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When: Saturday, February 11, 2022 and Saturday, February 18, 2022

Time:   10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Zoom Room (Will receive link registration)

Facilitator: Reverend Mary L. Ruffner

Suggested Tuition: $75.00

Register Today:

Indicate: T&F (Technique and Fire)

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Bring an open heart and an open mind. 

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