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Finding Secure Footing In Spite of ‘Fiscal Cliff’

U.S. Dollar BillThe continued news coverage and political commentary about the “fiscal cliff” facing the United States can stir up anxiety, anger, and other strong emotions, unless a person defends himself or herself with spiritual truths about the divine economy.

The “fiscal cliff” is the term given to describe the federal budgetary and economic consequences that will begin to take effect in January 2013 if Congress does not pass tax and budget bills by the end of the calendar year. Should legislation not pass by the deadline, massive budget cuts and increased taxes will take effect as a means to reduce the federal deficit by $560 billion over 10 years. While deficit reduction might sound positive, such drastic cuts and tax increases could have dire consequences, according to politicians and financial analysts. Individuals could pay thousands more a year in increased taxes and a recession could occur if there is less money available to spend on goods and services. Experts also predict that unemployment could increase and that financial markets could take a significant hit.

The situation presents an opportunity to explore spiritual concepts of financial and economic stability. How can a person pray to remain calm, even optimistic?

It can help to re-read some of the many Scriptural passages and parables that point to God’s constant and loving care of those who choose to follow His teachings and seek an ongoing relationship with Him. Providing manna for Moses and his fellow Hebrews after they fled slavery in Egypt, leading Hagar and her son to a well of water after they had been forced into the desert, sending ravens to provide food for Elijah during a drought, Jesus’s feeding of the mass of 5,000 men, plus women and children, when having only a few fish and loaves of bread—these all indicate that remarkable outcomes can be realized, healing solutions that human reasoning would deem impossible, when people are willing to pray to receive and follow God’s instruction.

Even in modern times, many people of faith have written of the unexpected ways their needs were met, often in what seemed “complicated or tangled or hopeless” situations. One such person, writing in 1993, discusses how she and her three children went from homelessness and joblessness to having their needs met and to her eventual start of a career as a teacher, with progress occurring as she studied and prayed to understand God.

“I learned that we could never be separate from any needful good any more than we can be separate from God. I included the whole world in my prayer.” (Testimony by Dorothy B. Hewitt, Healing Spiritually, Christian Science Publishing Society, p. 200)

“Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need,” wrote the discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, in her textbook Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.  (p. 494)

Mrs. Eddy’s study of the Bible and her inspired prayer led to the understanding that God, Love, can find a way to reach the hearts and minds of receptive petitioners, resulting in practical blessings for the individual and the community.

Blessings and remarkable solutions are a very real possibility, no matter what the world tells about today’s landscape.

 

 

Economic Freedom NOW

The answer to economic freedom isn’t in waiting for abundance or balance or control. In matters of the home, the community, the state, and the world, the only lasting, right, satisfying solution is always spiritual. Because it is spiritual, it is ever-present and active, readily available and ours to claim right now!

It seems that in these challenging economic times, the biggest culprit to our realizing our freedom may be fear.

Listen to what Mrs. Eddy tells us in Science and Health: “Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear of the patients. Silently reassure them as to their exemption from disease and danger. Watch the results of this simple rule of Christian Science, and you will find that it alleviates the symptoms of every disease. If you succeed in wholly removing the fear, your patient is healed.” (Science and Health 411:27-1)

Doesn’t this statement necessarily apply to every claim to a lack, be it of health or of substance of any kind? The healing is revealed as we remove the fear. It’s a simple rule, she says. We can’t very well take a stand for Truth and go forward with generous living and giving if we are still afraid. We are not really standing with Truth, then, are we?  Matter still has our attention and at least a portion of our affection. We still believe it has power that God might eventually overtake, rather than realizing its powerlessness, now and always. What we need is to get all our news from God, and really be at peace in that. It isn’t going to get better. All is well. Full. Complete. Right now.  No waiting.

So how do we conquer fear? First of all, we keep the spiritual idea before out thought, rather than the blinding and confusing illusions of material things and circumstances. But, the real answer to fear is always Love. “Love casteth out fear.” God requires us to be loving and to feel loved.  And He made us capable of this. Of course, we start by loving God– His tender love, presence, wisdom and control.

Then how else can we realize love more? We need to get rid of blame. There’s no love in that. Are we blaming ourselves or others? We have to absolve ourselves of guilt over past decisions in order to begin witnessing a present abundance.

Or are we assuming a government’s action or inaction has done us or our nation harm, or that it can save or doom us? Maybe there is even a righteous indignation that we’d like to hang onto toward some group or individual. Remember, nothing has been done to us. God is the only Cause. The effect of His authority is always good.  The government is on His shoulder alone and is steady. It’s never been anywhere else.  There needs to be a conscientious forgiveness of things– administrations, self, and circumstances. No political party or financial organization is to blame nor is it responsible for improvement of something that hasn’t been broken. God is All. He is not in an organization or limited by it. We know we “are not hurt and understand the reason why.” (Science and Health 397:17) Mrs. Eddy is talking about accidents, random acts. We aren’t subject to unreasonable surprises. God’s not like that! There’s nothing to repair. No guilt. No blame. No fixing. The adjusting that is God’s law is revelation, not material action, although it appears as a righting of things humanly. We have to get past the idea that we have to fix something. We are not broken. Life is not broken. Life is God, perfect good.

I love how Mrs. Eddy describes Christian Science—“Jesus said, ‘Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.’ This truth is Christian Science.” (Science and Health 442: 27)

Christian Science comes announcing our fearless abundance. It comes reminding us that we have not given anything up or earned it or lost it along the way, nor can we at any point.  It is God’s pleasure to give it to us, and to keep on giving it to us. He has enough goodness and enough Love. So, indeed, we have all and we have it now and without a fear of losing. God is the keeper of all good, our good, not a bank, or a boss, or even ourselves. God’s substance is in secure hands, and it is ours by reflection, not personal possession. We all have it equally and sufficiently and without fluctuation. God’s flock is always loved with a Love that is boundless, controlled, perfect, and more than enough!