Having One Mind

Mind, with a capital "M", is a synonym for God. When we find ourselves in need, having exhausted the resources of material things, the divine Mind impels our movement into a new place of Spirit where the economy is always good. Abraham followed God's direction and moved to a new land of unlimited resources. (Genesis 12 and 13)

We are generally moving in the direction towards what we regard as having the most value. And, sometimes we "halt… between two opinions", as described by Elijah in I Kings, not wanting to give up our own personal mind-set.

When we finally make a whole-hearted decision to move beyond trust in the limitations of our own ego or material sense, a newly enlarged consciousness of spiritual understanding appears. But we need to stake our claim to this new territory! Mary Baker Eddy puts it this way on page 275 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is." She also says: "The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and follow the leadings of truth."

When I was just starting my career as an art director, early on I received a bad performance review. I realized, with the help of a Christian Science practitioner, that I had to move to a deeper understanding of divine Mind's attributes of conception, perception, comprehension and insight; to know that Mind expresses these in His ideas. In reality, I only had one Mind and, as Paul counseled to the Philippians, I had to: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus". Natural aptitude flowed into my work and it put me in good stead for the future, knowing where all useful and beneficial ideas really come from – the one infinite divine Mind.

The Healing of the Paralytic , National Gallery

The Healing of the Paralytic, National Gallery

Every challenge can become an opportunity to make a shift in our thinking from having a separate mind in matter to oneness with divine Mind. I recently saw this 16th Century Netherlandish painting called "The Healing of the Paralytic" at the National Gallery in Washington D.C. This man was obviously ready for a change in his thinking. Men had lowered him down through the roof on his couch to get in front of Jesus! Though many were sitting by to judge Jesus' actions, it didn't stop him from instantly healing the man, saying, "thy sins are forgiven thee", indicating a need for change in thought. Jesus proved the power of Mind when he said "Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house." The man did it, glorifying God which was the healing Mind-power that Jesus acknowledged was behind his wonderful works.

Join us any Sunday, at 10 am, and learn more about the Mind-power that heals when we acknowledge it as supreme and allow ourselves to be guided by it.