Cultivating Peace (reblogged from old site)

peaceby Christy Semple, RScP

As a practitioner, I have been asked the question, “Can we (as Religious Scientists) do anything to help bring peace to a world where there are wars and other conflicts?” The answer is, “Yes, absolutely!” Even one person knowing the Truth of Infinite Love plants the seed in the collective consciousness that can continue to grow and positively impact others. Regularly practicing the Truth idea of Infinite Love in daily activities is a certain way to help Infinite Love expand and deepen in our communities and our world. And, as all is connected in the One Mind, the practice of Infinite Love and the related expansion of it has an impact on peace in our world. Yes, peace in the world can (and does!) start with each of us and our thoughts and actions related to Infinite Love.

We talked with the children in Youth Church about these ideas on Sunday and we did an activity to help them put it into practice. Here are the steps we followed:

  1. Each child cut out five heart shapes about 4 inches wide.
  2. On four of those hearts, the children wrote the name of someone in their life who was easy to express loving thoughts and actions toward.
  3. On the fifth heart, the children wrote the name of someone in their life who was not easy to express loving thoughts and actions toward, perhaps someone difficult or different in a way they didn’t understand.
  4. The children attached these hearts to a strip of ribbon using tape to make a loving heart garland to display. They were encouraged to practice giving loving thoughts and actions to the people written in each heart, including the person who seems difficult, remembering that God is in everyone.

This activity is helpful for adults to do as well to help in cultivating a consciousness of Infinite Love and Peace. While you might not do the craft portion of it (though it is fun!), you can do the activity in mind. Consciously choosing someone you find difficult to think loving, respectful thoughts about and expressing loving, respectful actions toward is a wonderful way to cultivate a peace-oriented consciousness and develop positive thinking habits to nurture and expand it.

The words of Ernest Holmes offer wisdom and inspiration to practice these Truth principles. He affirms, “Kindness and understanding are shown to me. I bless anyone who seems to disturb me,” and he reminds us that, “…We meet Life in everyone. The God in us meets the God in others.” And so it is!

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