Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner


“Man’s world of affairs is the result of his self-contemplation. He is at first ignorant of this and so binds himself through wrong thought and action. As he reverses this thought, he reverses the condition attendant upon it.” ~ERNEST HOLMES~

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~SOCRATES~

Early on in my studies of the Science of Mind, I learned that the Principle of Oneness was the foundation of all life. I was also taught how hidden beliefs that suggest separation and division influence our thoughts and actions without our conscious consent.  

Hidden beliefs are ideas and concepts that are subjectively introduced to our consciousness.  Many judgments, biases, and prejudices that cause a sense of separation and disunity are the result of hidden beliefs operating in the creative medium of our minds. 

Once I grasped the concept, the Universe, as usual, provided an opportunity for me to see it play out in real-time, starting with the moment I accepted an invitation to visit a co-worker’s church. 

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 Upon entering the sanctuary, I immediately felt out of place – almost like being an intruder. It appeared there were several rituals going on simultaneously, even before the designated starting time. I wasn’t sure what to do. It all felt very strange. I began to feel like I was the “other;” or, for sure, they were.

I began to remember, from my childhood, having heard about this church and its practices. Stories, opinions, myths, and negative judgments about how they worshiped began to flood my memory. Before I knew it, I began to form an opinion about the co-worker who invited me to this event; a lovely person who, up until then, I held in high esteem.

I found a seat and joined those who were focused on the woman who was preaching.

I was stunned by what I heard. She was saying what I was learning, only couched in her own language and style that were different from mine. During her entire talk, the congregation celebrated her words with music and dancing even as she spoke them. I had to remain completely focused, lest I become distracted. 

After the service, I was eager to tell the speaker, not only how much I enjoyed the message, but how it was the same principles I was being taught at my church. With a twinkle in her eye and an elbow to my rib, she said, “Honey, when we get to heaven, no one will ask what church we belong.” 

So maybe she was talking about heaven as a geographic location while I imagined arriving at a place of perfect peace within myself. I don’t know. In that moment those possible differences seemed like semantics.

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The next time I sat in the comfort and familiarity of my own beloved church home, enjoying the quiet stillness of the pre-service meditation, I thought,’ how strange this might seem to someone experiencing this form of spiritual practice for the very first time.’

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What stories did you hear in your childhood about race, gender, lookism, nationality, social status, sexual orientation, religion, and other concepts that are subject to “otherness?” Whether positive or negative, those stories have the propensity to become hidden beliefs, automatically operating in creative mind and out-picturing in the world. Through the application of The Principle of Oneness and the exercise of critical thinking, you may begin to reverse the thoughts that lend to separation and divisiveness. In so doing you participate in creating a world that works for everyone.

This Week’s Affirmation

Every day and every way, I focus on always being open at the top.

by Keith Childers


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: https://stillpointcsl.org/donate-2/

Indicate: T&F (Technique and Fire)

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Bring an open heart and an open mind. 

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