Sometimes inspiration doesn’t

Yes, there are times when we have prayed, lifted thought, felt buoyed by quotes or videos,  friends or publications . There are other times when nothing fits, thoughts can’t be lifted, ideas don’t come, there is a big fat nothing inspiring us.  

In those moments even the smallest effort towards spirituality can seem impossible.  Many of us have had these times.  I did. You can cut and paste your own issue in here, because it doesn’t matter what or why it is.

 I had no more questions, I had exhausted those. I had no more requests, they felt unanswered. I had no more to lift myself with, I was empty. I couldn’t ‘get’ it.   

 I did seem to have energy to just to go God and wait, staying quiet and asking for nothing, expecting nothing. It was a place of peace. Like it says in the Bible:

‘Draw nigh unto God and he will draw nigh unto you’

James 4:8

Things didn’t change, they didn’t shift at all, things around me got worse.  But my ability to be calm and stay in the present moment with God did work.  He did draw nigh unto me. I did have times where I just cried with frustration, when the next round of nonsense showed up, of course, but it was short-lived.  I returned to God’s arms.  I drew nigh to Him. Without expectation.  I got accustomed to just doing that several times a day  I stopped asking why, judging myself for lack of understanding, wishing I was better ‘at it’, wanting to know what else I could do etc. I  moved away from self-condemnation, doubt and fear.  I gave it all up.  It wasn’t helping.

I am still in this place, and I suspect I will always be now that I have got here.  It’s easier than ranting or wailing or wanting to fling cups of tea at the wall. I wanted to write from this place, because it is a good place, it is a safe place and a peaceful place.  And really that’s all we need. No matter what is going on.  

What’s going to happen now? I dunno.  What should I do next? Haven’t a clue.  Are things  going to change? No use asking me.

It’s okay in Nigh-town.  It is the healing. What can be better than finding one’s home base. A foundation of such love and care.  Anything else is added value. I don’t need to know anything else because God is just there all the time.  If He wants to let me know something He will, if He wants to guide me I will hear.  And that applies to all of us sincere seekers of Truth. I am just going to stay Nigh to God, and not get caught up in anything else. Every new day is another day in God’s care.  A new day to be glad, give thanks and rejoice.  Whatever else going on.

A Loveliness of Ladybirds

During my holiday this year I went to a tea plantation nearby in Ashburton, part of Dartmoor here in Devon. It isn’t a place you would normally consider a tea growing area, but somehow it works. After the tour our small group made Japanese sweets to go with the different teas we were going to sample. The inspiration for those sweets was to be taken from the surrounding wildlife. You can see what I chose. We all wondered what the collective noun for ladybirds was, and to our delight, when we checked online, it turned out to be ‘a loveliness’.

It made me wonder about collective nouns for other things, and what a collective noun for ‘God’s children’ might be? Well, God isn’t a group, we know that, but children turned out to be ‘an ingratitude of children’. It made me laugh, and I wondered who thought that up. A grumpy parent by the sounds of it!

Because the day had been so harmonious with everyone showing their kindness and care, their creativity and their appreciation, it filled me with joy to know that, in the world that seems incredibly difficult at the moment, everywhere there are pockets of people living in harmony. There are people praying and being uplifted. There are people not being taken in by the picture being presented to us, living with hearts of hope and faith. We know that the we all express qualities of God (truth, love, life etc) – every man, woman and child. So where is the greater power? Right there in every one of us. We don’t need to be fooled by fear or instability, but we do need to stand our spiritual ground for what is the underlying truth for all Mankind. We are the loved of God. Our birthright is peace. Our home is heaven. Right now.

Relax, you are already with the right energy supplier

We know that our are energy supplier is God and that He/She is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. Here is the section that explains the all encompassing sense of God …

Question. — What is God?

Answer. — God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.

Question. — Are these terms synonymous?

Answer. — They are. They refer to one absolute God. They are also intended to express the nature, essence, and wholeness of Deity. The attributes of God are justice, mercy, wisdom, goodness, and so on.

Question. — Is there more than one God or Principle?

Answer. — There is not. Principle and its idea is one, and this one is God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Being, and His reflection is man and the universe. Omni is adopted from the Latin adjective signifying all. Hence God combines all-power or potency, all-science or true knowledge, all-presence. The varied manifestations of Christian Science indicate Mind, never matter, and have one Principle.’
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, pp. 465:8–6)

So, when we are aware of the all-ness of God, good, we have all we need by reflection, at any and every point. In abundance, not lack, and as a birthright for every single one of God’s creation. Us. Right now.

Turn it on!

Grace

It is heartening to know that God’s grace, His unmerited love, help and divine assistance is here for us. Now. For the world.  Even if we don’t work hard for it, beg for it, or plead.  Even if we don’t behave in ways that would seem to respect that love, or pray for it, it is there. Divine Love is so expansive, all encompassing and eternal that it seemingly doesn’t even notice that mankind is off centre, or out of sorts. ‘All is not well’ is currently where ‘All is Well’ should rightly be.

God is working his purpose out. The first verse of this  hymn speaks beautifully of this:  

God is working His purpose out

As year succeeds to year,

God is working His purpose out

And the time is drawing near;

Nearer and nearer draws the time,

The time that shall surely be,

When the earth shall be filled with

the glory of God

As the waters cover the sea.

We feel better when we are aligned, but many in the world are worried, distressed and frightened and the changes needed can feel heavily burdensome on the right actions of governments, systems, commerce, and industry.  This next verse asks what we can do:

What can we do to work God’s work,

To prosper and increase

The brotherhood of all mankind,

The reign of the Prince of Peace?

What can we do to hasten the time,

The time that shall surely be,

When the earth shall be filled with

the glory of God

As the waters cover the sea?

and the final verse reminds us that we have the strength of God, the light of Christ in front of us, and with those immeasurable joys that are ours by birthright, the love and truth we can see the evidence unfold merely by knowing it ourselves.  It is done.

March we forth in the strength of God

With the banner of Christ unfurled,

That the light of the glorious Gospel of truth

May shine throughout the world;

Fight we the fight with sorrow and sin,

To set their captives free,

That the earth may be filled with

the glory of God

As the waters cover the sea.

(Christian Science Hymnal, No.  82:1–3)

Blessings to you all, may your lives begin to realise the earth that is filled with the Glory of God.

Completely complete

There is a wonderful idea expressed so well in Mary Baker Eddy’s writing, which I have quoted below, and it gives us a sense of who we are, always were and always will be. It is striking to think that we are complete right now. This frees us to live in that Kingdom that the Father Mother God wants for us, has already given us freely and would rejoice to high heaven if we were to take up that exceptional offer. It is their good pleasure and our ultimate joy to do just that.

We are complete and forever expressed. Thank you, God, for that Divine Truth.

Genesis ii. 1. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

Thus the ideas of God in universal being are complete and forever expressed, for Science reveals infinity and the fatherhood and motherhood of Love.
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 519:7–11)

Gratitude

How empty are our conceptions of Deity! We admit theoretically that God is good, omnipotent, omnipresent, infinite, and then we try to give information to this infinite Mind. We plead for unmerited pardon and for a liberal outpouring of benefactions. Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more. Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech.If we are ungrateful for Life, Truth, and Love, and yet return thanks to God for all blessings, we are insincere and incur the sharp censure our Master pronounces on hypocrites.
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 3:17–30)

This paragraph above made me sit up and listen recently. I usually never get past the ‘Are we really grateful…’ part because I thought I was, and am. But on closer inspection I noticed I was actually very grateful for the ‘things’ I have, or have been given. It alerted me that I wasn’t going high enough and being grateful for the very source – Life, Truth and Love. In life we do have things we need so I prayed to understand that if God is All then Life, Truth and Love can supply exactly that, All, and with those qualities available to me (and us all) I can never feel lack, or fear, that I shall be without, whatever normal needs occur. It changed my view and approach from fear (which I now see is ingratitude to God for all She already is) to peace.

A special thanks to the Practitioner who brought me to understanding this subtle but important shift in thought. Over the few weeks that followed I noticed my physical, spiritual and mental needs were being met in very loving and gentle ways, without worry or pleading. I am always in awe of the truths that bubble under and break through the mesmerism of life in such beautiful ways and bless us forever.

Bless you, too.

It is love. It always has been and always will be

Brothers

This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience—
it looks for a way of being constructive.

It is not possessive:
it is neither anxious to impress
nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance.
Love has good manners
and does not pursue selfish advantage.

It is not touchy.

It does not keep account of evil
or gloat over the wickedness of other people.

On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth
prevails.

Love knows no limit to its endurance,
no end to its trust,
no fading of its hope;
it can outlast anything.

It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has
fallen

In this life we have three great lasting qualities — faith,
hope and love.

But the greatest of them is love.

(I Cor. 13:4-8, 13, J. B. Phillips translation)