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Divine Love and a song chase seasonal allergies away

By Laura Moliter

Austin, Texas.  Music capital of the world. Great quality of life. Mild climate and sunny skies. Beautiful and inviting surroundings for recreation. A wonderful place to raise a family. Allergy capital of the world.

One of these things is not like the other!

Our city, Austin, repeatedly ranks top ten in the country in so many categories. People swarm to move here, and it continues to grow by leaps and bounds. It’s definitely an easy place to like and has no want for fans. But there is always that little alert that seems to come with the invitation to be a part of the Austin family: “Look out for the allergies! They are wicked! If they don’t get you right away, don’t get too comfortable. They will!”

Well, that’s kind of a mood breaker, isn’t it? Are we being set up for trouble, just opening that door wide for eventual problems, accepting them as a fact of life in this awesome city, as a necessary evil? Are we either bracing ourselves for an onslaught of personal challenges, small or large, or at the very least expecting others around us to suffer or feeling sorry for them when they seem to be sneezing, coughing, and sniffling through certain seasons?

Well, I say enough is enough! I’m now really ready to take that item off our list of Austin characteristics and add some refreshing new mottos and marks of distinction. How about these:  Austin, Texas–Atmosphere Divine; Austin, Texas–Take a deep breath, relish the aroma of natural goodness, and smile!

When I came to Austin for the first time to go to college back in the late 1980s, I immediately fell in love with city’s charms, its eccentricities, its amusing weirdness, and its glorious beauty. It was my new home without a moment’s hesitation.  I found something so right and satisfying about the air and its fresh scents and warm and inviting way. Even the hot summers somehow simply seemed to only be a wonderful expression of Austin’s warm and sunny embrace.

Then one day the romance died. Or at least the bloom was off the rose, so to speak.  I had moved away for a few years. After I had been back a year or so with gratitude to be “home,” a new acquaintance came into my life, much to my annoyance: his name was Cedar Fever. Gosh, I had felt so superior, so exempt, so protected from such a thing. I’m not an “allergy person,” I thought, “I’m a Christian Scientist. And a Yankee! I’ve endured Wisconsin winters and New York City’s bluster. I’m untouchable by this silly stuff.”

Well, did I end up eating crow or what? And I kind of felt like I was literally eating it, to be honest! The experience was awful.

That was my original bout with cedar fever several years ago, and while it was eventually conquered by prayer (and endurance!), it tortured me for several long weeks. I remember on that New Year’s Eve going out to a fancy dinner with my family, dressed to the nines, with my eyes gummed together so I could barely open them, croaking all the way. Happy New Year! Whoopee!

Again, I had certainly diligently prayed about it, found inspiration, kept my practice going in spite of the loss of my voice for period of time, and emerged victorious in the end. A few years went by and while I’d get a little scratchy feeling in my throat once in a while, the suggestion got beaten back very quickly by acknowledging God’s power over all, and I was back to my sunny Austin business.

Well, this year, the arrogant cedar came back for a rematch. After having just helped a family member conquer her short-lived bout with this aggressive demon, I found myself croaking and sniffing, sleeping little and feeling depleted and disappointed. On top of it all (and perhaps most challenging to me) I had an upcoming performance with a band that I sing with, a special surprise for some family members who were in town briefly. Other invitees included a bunch of friends, with the list of expected attendees continuing to grow along with my fear. It was a very special event, and I wanted it to be just right.  The pressure was on!

Well, I immediately starting praying about it, acknowledging the rightness of the activity, and my exemption from a belief that “this atmosphere of mortal mind [could] be destructive to morals and health when it is opposed promptly and persistently by Christian Science.” (Science and Health 273: 31-1) As rehearsals and the performance came closer, I called a practitioner to help support me. She eased my fear, and reminded me that breath and breathing was inspiration, and letting go. That seemed important. Especially the “letting go” part. I started to gain some mental freedom, and enough physical freedom to croak through a rehearsal. I thanked God and then went back to fretting about the show, tossing and turning to find comfort in the night, and along the way gratefully receiving inspiration and assurances that in spite of appearances, all was well. I kept trying to “let go.” The “trying” part kind of defeated the purpose!

On the day of the performance, I had one of my busiest practice days. I was almost constantly on the phone, sharing truths with those in need, praying with them, and enjoying every energizing moment of it! I was grateful that MY practitioner was continuing to support me, and that my family members—one who was hosting the event and another who was my singing partner–remained absolutely confident that I would nail it! Okay, I think I can let go now.

Performance time came. I had hardly sung in days. I had no idea what to expect, but I was mentally ready, charged up, grateful to God, for the work that kept me voicing Truth all day long, and countless miles away from complaint, excuses, and fear.

The first notes that came out as I sang the first song were lovely and free! I felt like I was listening and not singing at all, just hearing God’s approving and tender and powerful voice. Victory! The rest of the show only got better—more joyous, more inspired, and more free.  I was elated, and so grateful that my only struggle was trying not to cry mid-song for the sheer love of God’s goodness and power.  I recognized as I was singing and looking back later, that the love in the room, the appreciation for being there, was the reflected love of God, and it, along with that love I had felt all day in the work that I was doing for others, absolutely negated the allergy and its aggressiveness. Love just cancelled it out. It was a true atmosphere divine. Love was the motive and the recipient. Love was the reason and the expression. Divine Love had its day and its way!

Well, that was the end of the allergy, although the cedar count has seemed to go up and down again in this wonderful town of ours. I just sang it away with praise!

I want to mention how thankful I am, too, that the readings in church on the Wednesday before our Thursday performance were right on target. God was definitely lining all things up for a significant healing. The citations handled the very suggestion confronting our city and me, and reminded me that the breath of the Almighty is the very substance of life, all life. It is invariable and not localized. It’s neither confined to a place nor reliant on a physical structure or mechanism for proper expression.

No percentages and readouts and media predictions can have more power than God and His presence, action, and Love. The report from heaven is consistently heavenly! And we are always dwelling there– not in a city with some necessary evil, but in the city of God, always safe, comfortable, satisfying. I love that I was able to celebrate this abiding truth in song, and I intend to keep on singing! Won’t you join me, Austin, Texas?

Laura Moliter is a practitioner, writer, and singer-songwriter living in Austin, TX.

Bible Lesson and Sentinel Radio – Listen on phone

The Christian Science churches of the Greater-Austin area are pleased to present two audio programs for spiritual growth and healing:

Weekly Bible Lesson

The Weekly Bible Lesson is available 24/7 at (512) 703-8010. Just call the number, press 3, and listen any time, anywhere. 

Christian Science Sentinel-Radio Edition

This weekly radio program includes insightful interviews and inspiring discussions on how God’s laws apply to current events and individual challenges. To hear anytime, anywhere, call (512) 703-8010 and press 2.

These programs change often so come back often and tell your friends.

Marine Recruits in Sunday School

Yesterday, seven US Marine Recruits from San Diego joined our Sunday School in Austin TX – thanks to laptops, web cameras, wifi and Skype.  Steve W, a retired Navy pilot and English High School teacher, fielded questions from the recruits about God, spirituality, healing and sexuality.  The feedback from both sides afterwards was that the hour long class was a huge success.  The recruits took away several key spiritual ideas that will help them during their demanding physical and emotional training.

So how did this come to be, you might ask? Carolyn S. is a local Christian Science Practitioner who for the past 5 years has joined other faith-based volunteers and chaplains in providing religious services and spiritual support to the MCRD-SD recruits for 3 hours each Sunday morning. Carolyn contacted us several weeks ago because our church worship services are being teleconferenced with easy Skype access AND we are in a time zone that matches the early morning Sunday free time when the recruits are encouraged to reach out and learn about different faiths.

We talked about different ways that we could support the recruits and their interest in spirituality and healing. The first venture occurred two weeks ago when we arranged for Carolyn and the recruits to Skype into our Sunday worship service at 11am CST (9am PST).  We were fortunate to have Chris C., a recently retired US Army Chaplain, join us in person at the Austin church. Chris video-chatted via Skype with the recruits, making introductions before the church service and answering questions afterwards.  This initial dialogue led to yesterday’s Sunday School class in which the recruits, most of whom are 17-19 year olds, participated in a Q&A discussion format.

Carolyn later emailed feedback,  “…The fact that they are responsible for their decisions in the most challenging situations is amazing. But then they are made in the image and likeness of God and have all that God knows at hand (omni-Science) – so all is well! The point of needing to lift the weakest member for the good of all was especially relative. [After Sunday School] we continued to consider how to apply the Science Jesus demonstrated – one Recruit shared how that has worked in his platoon. He has been “healing” that challenge over the past few weeks.”

It seems fitting that this experience is being written today, Memorial Day, a national day of remembrance for those who have sacrificed so much for the ideals of freedom and sovereignty. Here is a link to an article published on www.Spirituality.com on topic for today, “Remembering our Heroes”.

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!

The Healing Power of Music – a Conductor’s Perspective

We’re here in Austin, right? The Live music capitol of the world!  It’s not too difficult to think of music in terms of spirituality. I’m sure many of us have found comfort, inspiration and maybe even healing from a song.  When I find my thoughts spinning with worrisome noise, I love to listen to favorite hymns. Their soft and simple tunes shut out that noise and their powerful and poignet lyrics about our heavenly divine creator and her creations (us) fill my thoughts with a calm trust that Christ is at the helm and God’s care is constant and ever present for all. I’ll frequently drift to sleep while listening to these gentle prayers on my i-pod.

Next week, Spirituality.com is hosting a live audio chat with Conductor Alistair Willis who will be sharing his thoughts on “The Healing Power of Music – a Conductor’s Perspective”.  From Spirituality.com, “A new songlist on your iPod, a favorite hymn in church, a Bach concerto…music has a way of opening all of our hearts to greater possibilities and joy.” You can log on live thru www.Spirituality.com and join their chat room during the talk – scheduled for Tuesday May 25, 1-2pm CST. Feel free to come back to this blog and share with us your thoughts on the topic and the talk.   To subscribe to this and future spirituality.com podcasts, click here http://feeds.feedburner.com/spirituality_eventpodcast

From desperation to joy

It’s amazing how a change of thought alone can change one’s circumstances.  I was helping a friend last week who was having a pounding bad headache all day and had missed work because of it. He couldn’t stop talking about the pain.  We decided right there and then to turn out thoughts away from the pain and consider what God had to say about his head.  Together, we reasoned that since divine Love [God] had made him in Love’s image and likeness and that God declared all that he had made to be good (Genesis 1), then my friend could claim all of that inherent goodness right now. His true state of health was based on God as Spirit and Good.  His well being is dependent on God, not a material head. We were both so inspired at that moment, and the headache immediately left. My friend enjoyed the rest of his evening filled with family activities.  What changed?  It was thought alone – gaining a better understanding of his natural and permanent spiritual qualities healed him.