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!

The Game of Life (and how to play it)

Game of Life book cover

If you’re relatively new to Religious Science or other New Thought movements, you may not have heard of Florence Scovel Shinn’s classic, “The Game of Life and How to Play It”.

In strikingly simple terms, Scovel Shinn lays out the foundational principles of New Thought, and in particular Religious Science. It’s a quick read, and well-worth the purchase whether you choose it in paperback or Kindle format.

BUT,… if you like audio books (I love them!), check out the FREE audio book version of this classic available at LibriVox Free Online Audio Library Archive. You can download each chapter, open the files using iTunes (or other software) and save to your iPhone, or other mp3 device and listen on the go, or burn it to a CD (fits on 1 audio CD disc) and take in the car.

Give yourself the gift of this great book – I suspect that you’ll read it more than once, and share it with a friend (or 2).

Enjoy!

Revisiting Blessings

This blog was shared by Practitioner Christy Semple around Thanksgiving in 2014. Its timeless wisdom is relevant at any time of the year!

I Spy

All Blessings Great & Small

by Christy Semple, RScP

At Thanksgiving we are particularly inspired to encourage our children to give thanks for all the good in their lives, with family, home and friends often coming to mind first. As students and practitioners of Truth ideas, we learn to mindfully notice and appreciate God and good everywhere in all shapes and sizes; even the seemingly small things like a pretty leaf or pine cone given to us by a child.

This practice of mindful awareness and appreciation can be turned into a wonderful thankfulness activity for children that is perfect for Thanksgiving time and beyond.

Start by looking at some pages in an “I Spy” book with your child and finding some of the hidden items. Then mention that the blessings of good things in our lives can be more subtle and hidden so that we don’t readily take note of them.

These hidden blessings can be a kind smile from someone, a favorite fuzzy blanket or scarf, some fresh-baked muffins given by a neighbor, a toy or nice coat passed along from one child to another as it is outgrown. All are gifts from the Universe we can notice and for which we can be thankful.

You can help your child look at their own life with this “I Spy awareness” and see the smaller, more subtle blessings all around them. They will surely be surprised that there is much more good in their life than they had realized (even when they hadn’t been feeling like there was a lot of good at the moment). There’s so much to bless and celebrate this day and every day!

Helping our children (and ourselves) to be mindful of all the many blessings “great and small” all around us will help to open ourselves to the flow of even greater good in our lives.