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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.

I HAD A REVELATION!!!

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

BEYOND WORDS and CONCEPTS

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.

~ ~ ~

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

A DEFINING MOMENT

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

During this moment in time when the collective consciousness of humanity is pulled between concepts of right and wrong; good and bad; them and us, and various pairs of opposites; I realize I am not an isolated being. I, too, am part of it all. I, too, contribute to the human consensus.

I begin to question if what I am thinking, saying and doing are in alignment with what I say I value. After all, Ancient Wisdom teaches, “Where your treasure is, there is also your heart.” 1

I notice that I have strong opinions, thoughts and emotions. I am aware that these passions are the driving forces in the invisible realm that create my world of effects. I challenge myself to be “for something and against nothing.”2

I begin to reflect on what it is that I truly treasure; i.e., what are my true values?

For sure I value practical spirituality. It is my principal treasure, inasmuch as it is all-encompassing when it comes to living life fully. The keyword is “practical.” For example, practical spirituality shows up as health, wealth, and love. They are by-products, or the out-picturing of the Wholeness and Perfection of The Eternal One.

In order to experience this natural goodness, I realize that I must provide an opening/or willingness through which the nature of God may express through me and as me.

So, I ask myself:

  • Do my eating and exercise habits; my TV and social media choices; the books I read and the company I keep reflect my idea of health for the body and the mind?
  • Do I invest in what I desire to see increase? Do I spend my energy, talents and skills in life-giving projects?  Do I circulate the good that is mine so others may prosper in their worthwhile endeavors? Do I demonstrate my idea of wealth?
  • Do I embrace my concept of love by practicing The Golden Rule 3 at every turn, without exception and without the temptation to give as good as I get?

In other words, are my actions congruent with my ideas about the Wholeness and Perfection of the Divine?

My conclusion is: I must be the change I desire to see in the world and then notice the following results:

  1. It stops me from judging others;
  2. It replaces complaining about others with reflection on self;
  3. It stirs me into taking action within the only thing in the world over which I have any control: myself. 4

Mahatma Gandhi, a mystic of the 20th century said: “We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”

The decision to change is indeed a defining moment


This Weeks Affirmation

I draw upon my Source within and know I am a pure vessel for Wholeness and Perfection to flow through me into my experience.
by Angela “Chris” Beam