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I SET THE TONE

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

Ever since I began conducting classes in the study of the Science of Mind, there has always been at least one student who exclaims, “Oh, how I wish I had known this years ago!” Conversely, there are others who have said, “I have always thought this way, I just didn’t know there were others who did so as well.” In both cases, the implication is, different choices would have been made regarding life-changing issues if only certain knowledge was either known or validated.

My response, has always been to the effect, “Now is a beginning point” or “When the student is ready the teacher appears,” and similar platitudes. These things I say to others are a reinforcement in my own consciousness. After all, when I first discovered the Law of Mind in Action both aspects were true for me. While I intuitively understood the Principles being espoused; I had no idea there was a “way” or a “method” in which they may be implemented.

Today I bear witness to the emerging consciousness of what is being described, by some, as a “new normal.” I challenge myself to stay awake to the finished line. In my awakened state I involve myself in the ever-unfolding evolution by way of my thoughts and actions. This way, I participate fully in my own peace of mind as well as a world that works for everyone.

No sooner than I wrote the above paragraph, I hear the breaking news about the assault on our nation’s foundation. Suddenly, I was aware of unleashed emotions coursing through my psyche. The discomfort reminded me of Robbin’s recent lesson. It was time, right now, to implement the up-leveling of the frequency in my thoughts and emotions. Otherwise, I risk slipping into the level of the problem, thereby closing the door to the possibilities that yield solutions. It is amazing to me how quickly a concept of truth, once accepted, is brought to test.

I always set the tone.

With the recent news, coupled with the prolonged pandemic, I noticed my emotions vacillating between sadness and anger. However, just like turning the volume either up or down on my TV, I realized, I may adjust this range of emotions that flood my mind. They each evoke a different response to the stimuli all around me. The spectrum includes fear, despair, anger, sadness, Hope, Faith, and Love.

In an effort to up-level my frequency (the vibration of my state of mind) I slip into the High Watch ~ a prayer without words. I slip into the silent realm of Is-ness. In the quietness of my own being, I turned completely away from all appearances. It is here that I feel, sense, and know the Presence, Power, and the Love of God as Ultimate Reality.

In this elevated consciousness, I vacillate between the tones of sadness, Faith and Love. I deliberately began to look for even the slightest evidence of good. I remain steadfast in the application of Principle; remembering there is no opposing force to the Power for Good in the universe. In my awakened state, Principle is actualized. I hear the news that the heart of our nation is being stabilized.

I continue to proclaim the highest ideals for myself, my nation, and my world. My unwavering faith and ever-expanding love for humanity are received by the Law of Mind that responds by corresponding to the good I seek. Gratitude arises within me.


This Weeks Affirmation

The possibility of improvement is in everything I do.
By Keith Childers

BUILDING A NEW TOMORROW

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

Now that the holidays are over, and the new year has begun, I settle down to the business of moving forward in the direction of my dreams.  Some of my dreams are a continuation of what I began in 2020 and earlier. Some are ideas that are now ready to be birthed. Some are goals that I continue to nurture. 

‘Does this mean’, I ask myself, ‘that I ignore all that happened in 2020, saying: last year is the past and my objective is to live in the present?’ Robert Burns proposed this same question when he wrote: Should auld acquaintance be forgot And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot And days of auld lang syne?”

No, I do not forget 2020. Instead, I reflect on what I’ve learned, what I now know, and what is now mine to do. 

I build a new tomorrow. I draw the pattern clear. 1

 Past events, although fading into the realm of memory, support me in my journey of awakening to what works and what does not work. With a clear assessment, I now consciously break all former agreements that no longer serve me or the world.

With clear consideration, I now use the creative power of my mind to embrace a vision aligned with Absolute Truth. I live anew. I let the eternal verities of wholeness, love, unity, harmony, abundance, peace, wisdom, joy and beauty permeate my consciousness. These are principles that remain the same, yesterday, today and forever; and, they are my spiritual guides. 

“I make my plans with wisdom, for Mind is ever here.”

From the perspective of high mysticism, I know there are no actual beginnings or endings. Life simply unfolds as one great continuum; a continuous passing of Spirit into form.   However, from a practical point of view, it is essential that I carefully measure my stance in consciousness as I notice what I think, say and do.  In the words of Maya Angelou, “All great achievements require time.”

“My thinking makes the future; my actions pave the way.”

I realize that it is the unified vision of the inhabitants of the planet that determines the events of the world.   It is the Creative Power of God operating through the Immutable Law of Correspondence, that brings about these things imagined.

I clearly see that my contribution to the whole is my personal perception of life. It is now time, I tell myself, to activate the blessing of a happy new year and beyond by expressing my highest ideals. In so doing, I participate fully in the evolution of humanity.

“I build a new tomorrow, on patterns formed today.”

I remember to seek divine guidance, so I embrace the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light.
where there is sadness, joy.


This Weeks Affirmation

“I speak my word into Infinite Mind and know my good and the good of all humankind is right here, right now.”
By Angela “Chris” Beam

EVERYTHING IS CONSCIOUSNESS

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

The tradition of making resolutions at the beginning of the year has sometimes felt like a futile act of wishful thinking when I fail to see the fruits of my goals. With careful observation, I have noticed a pattern regarding this dilemma. 

I notice when my resolutions are promises to myself that require disciplines that I have never practiced, they are often abandoned early on, with no remembrance of my fervent vows.

Likewise, when my prayers are bargains, I make with God, in exchange for the things I desire; I have found myself reneging on my end of the deal.

I begin to feel the words of the Apostle Paul, saying, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15) 

I see that both resolutions and prayers are for the purpose of experiencing a more fulfilling life.   The results, be they positive or negative, are a reflection of my self-acceptance; i.e., if I truly feel worthy of the expanded good. 

Obviously, wishful thinking and negotiating with God are the evidence of former concepts about my relationship with the Divine.  I now know there is a Law of Mind that responds to the faith I have in my own words. This Law is sure to bring about the fuller life of my dreams. 

With this realization, I clearly see there are old beliefs, buried deep in my subconscious mind, still operating in my individual realm of ‘consciousness.  Is it possible, I ask myself, that these ‘hidden beliefs,’ that no longer represent my current thinking, have a tendency to neutralize the most noble ideals I envision for my life?

Ancient Wisdom assures me a fuller life is never withheld. It is the soul forever becoming its greater-yet-to-be. I remember the teachings. 

“What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways.” (Job 22: 28 NIV). 
There is creative power in the decisions I make.

“The kingdom of heaven is within.” (Luke 17: 20, 21). 
I let words of beauty, harmony, wisdom, love, and joy permeate the thing I desire to manifest.

“It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12: 32)
The word of God flows, easily and effortlessly through me, establishing greater good on earth.

“All that the Father hath is Mine.” John 16:15
The Creative Mind of God and my mind are the same mind. God’s creative thoughts are my creative thoughts.

“There is a Power for Good in the Universe and I can use it.” ~ Ernest Holmes

I am now wide awake, seeking first the realm of goodness that exist within me right now. I pay attention to what I think, say and do. In so doing, I consciously and deliberately neutralize all limiting and sabotaging thoughts.   I announce, with authority, the high resolve of my inspired thoughts.

My resolutions for the coming year of 2021 are anchored in a consciousness that I am empowered by my own spiritual nature, to do what is mine to do, that brings about the good I desire for a greater expression of life. My prayers for 2021 are reflected in a world that works for everyone; a world of health, wealth, unity and love.  

I heed the teachings of Howard Thurman, and I “keep fresh before me the moments of my high resolve.” 


This Weeks Affirmation

Today I choose the direction as I step into my greater yet to be!
By Judy Hilley

DEEP CALLS UNTO DEEP

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

It was a peaceful, quiet morning; and, like Brother Lawrence, I was lost in sacred daydreaming as I stood at my kitchen sink washing dishes. All of a sudden, I heard a bird screaming for help. Yes, I mean really screaming.

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Although I had never heard that sound before, I immediately knew the little one was crying out to me. There was a Great Mystery within me that knew it was my responsibility to provide the help needed. Although I believed the bird was out-of-doors, I followed the sound until I realized the little one was trapped inside the chimney of my house. The issue was soon resolved and the bird, once more, was free to sing its song of life.

When it was all over, I resumed my daydreaming. I began to imagine (using human terms) what the bird may have told its greater community. I imagine it saying things like, ‘I was so lucky;’ ‘it was a miracle;’ ‘an angel appeared;’ ‘I felt the Presence;’ ‘I heard the voice of God;’ ‘my Redeemer lives;’ and other sentiments in an effort to express the mystical experience.

As I continued my reverie of the events of the morning, the song “We Are the World” came to mind; particularly the line, “we’re saving our own lives.” I thought how easy it is to assume that another’s trouble has nothing to do with me (the bird is outside); while actually, it is part of my very own household. 

~~ ~ ~

I recall times in my life when I felt trapped, with no feasible way out of an issue, be it health, finances, relationships, or grief. Like the little bird, my heart exclaimed: There is good for me and I ought to have it! 1 Angels unaware rushed to my aid. Although they looked like ordinary people/or incidents, I now know, no matter what; it was always the presence of God answering my call. I now understand, all life is God Life.

~ ~ ~

As I contemplate the Omnipresence of Spirit, I realize that that which calls is also that which answers. There is a silent communication that takes place between all beings. I tell myself that the affinity, connection, empathy and kinship felt for another are a sure indication of universal interdependence. It is the phenomenon that unifies us as one.  It is The Presence of God living IN, THROUGH, and AS humanity. It is Holy Communion.

‘When Deep calls unto Deep…Deep Answers.’

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The Great Mystery that lives deep within me, hears the call of the deep within all of humanity.  Knowing that Wholeness, Abundance, Unity and Love are the birthright of all, I accept the gifts of Wise Men/and Women of today. The gifts being offered reveal the spiritual nature of the inhabitants of the planet and can be likened to the transforming power of frankincense 2 and the resurrecting power of myrrh 3

~ ~ ~

Christmas is a time of renewal; a time of joy to the world. 

Do you hear what I hear?


This Weeks Affirmation

There is a Magnificence within me that is ever available to serve…
When I call on It, It always responds…
My needs and desires are always met!


By Robbin G. Ruffner, RScP, Emeritus

REFLECTIONS OF LIGHT

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

In the midst of apparent suffering in the world, I read an article that says: “during the upcoming winter solstice, Jupiter and Saturn are lining up to create an incredibly bright star of wonder, or what is known as the “Christmas Star” or “Star of Bethlehem.1 It goes on to say that this particular occurrence is the first in 800 years.

The imagery of Light, hovering over the world, filled me with great faith about the new day rising upon the horizon and the birth of the Christ-Consciousness being born in the hearts of humanity. The vision of peace on earth and good will towards everyone caused my soul to leap with joy. 

The Light that inspires humanity is universal. During this month of December billions of people all over the planet will celebrate Light, just as they have done in previous years. It is the celebration of wisdom, success, good fortune and self-giving-ness that Hindus attribute to Ganesh. It is the presence of miraculous provisions and freedom that Jews celebrate. Buddhists celebrate the enlightenment they witnessed through Siddhartha Gautama. Pagans revere nature when observing the results of agriculture. African Americans see truth in the “seven principles of African Heritage.”

Growing up in the Christian tradition, I was taught the season was celebrated because of the amazing birth of Jesus, the son of God. I now glean a greater implication; i.e., Jesus as the great example, no longer the great exception. 

For me, Jesus represents the fullness of divinity unleashed on earth through his own understanding that being life, he was born of Life, of God. This transcendental awareness is Christ-consciousness. Christ-consciousness is the Pure Mind of God individualized in every living being. Jesus called this consciousness, “Father.” He called it “Our Father,” because he understood there is only one Source from which all life flows.

I say to myself: just imagine, my mind is nestled in the Mind of God. Like Jesus, I am an offspring, begotten of the One Father.

Each living being is made of Pure Spirit, of Light, the stuff the stars are made of. I contemplate the idea: “Just as the husband is born again in the wife as the son, so the transcendental God the Father manifested in the Holy Ghost, the Cosmic Virgin Mary (the Virgin Creation), became the sole reflected intelligence of God, the only begotten Son, or Christ Consciousness.” 2

At the end of the day when the night is silent and all is calm, I reflect on the Light that transcends all apparent suffering in the world. I know that God’s wisdom operating through humanity brings about solutions to human problems. In the stillness I remember that that which is within me and within every living being, is greater than that which is in the world. I follow that inner light that reveals what is mine, personally, to do for the highest good of all. 

As I begin to pray, ready for the veil to be lifted, I know I am joined by many people all around the world who are praying at this self-same moment. I listen for The Divine, knowing this consciousness of wholeness prevails! 

O star of wonder, star of light,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still
Proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.
And, so it is!

Happy Holidays to all!


This Weeks Affirmation

I celebrate the light I am.
By Mary Jane LaBonte, RScP