"We have to love life. We have to be interested in ourselves - and anyone who is not, has lost the savor of life. This is not the same thing as being selfish. If we love life and are interested in ourselves in a spiritual sense, we are interested in the quality of our thinking. We are interested in bringing it into harmony with Divine Love. We want conscious union with God so we have a greater awareness of good in our lives."
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Affirmation - Florence Shinn ~ Divine Love, through me, dissolves all seeming obstacles and makes clear, easy and successful my way.
Paul's Nine Qualities of Love ~ Kathleen Besly( Early Divine Science Teacher)
Paul has given the clearest and most wonderful analysis of love in the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians.
Paul tells us that love is the combination of nine qualities, patience, kindness, generosity, humility, courtesy, unselfishness,
good temper, guilelessness and sincerity. All of these qualities may be acquired by earnest, persevering effort. The degree
of happiness resultant is dependant wholly upon the strength of effort. Patience is a rare and noble quality, and difficult for most of us. It may be acquired
by the desire along with constant watchfulness. We often yield to impatience with what we regard as stupidity in others, begetting that we ourselves are often stupid.
Kindness is, of course, an integral part of love. It goes with patience. Kindness that is doleful or studied is of little value. It is the kindness that comes spontaneously
that upbuilds character. Out of it come joy and optimism. As has been said, the thought that precedes the act is the vital thing. Thus, when we constantly cultivate
kind thoughts, kind acts follow. Generosity does not lie wholly in the gifts of money or things. We can readily recall
men and women who make large gifts to philanthropy because by so doing they may advance to a higher place in what is known as fashionable society. That purpose
is altogether selfish. Real generosity is found in sacrifice, in the giving of ourselves in loving service and in extending strong, helpful thoughts.
True humility lies in the knowledge that all power comes from God, and in giving credit to the Infinite Spirit for all good. We are the children of God, but we
must realize our limitations. ''Of myself I can do nothing. We
know that all things are possible to God and that God is omnipresent in each one
of us as well as
everywhere. Courtesy is love manifested in our relations with one another. It means gentleness of speech and thought, the absence of rudeness, the employment of
and consideration in the conduct of the daily affairs of life. A false courtesy is that which comes alone from the cold and trained form of education and acts
automatically. A truly courteous man or woman is one possessed of a loving spirit, always seeking to be helpful.
Unselfishness requires nothing in return for service. One truly unselfish gives freely of everything without thought of the value, without expectation or hope of
gratitude. The act of giving brings its own joy and happiness. A fundamental of good character is good temper. It should go without saying that a man with a good
temper is much better loved and served than one with a bad temper. It does not follow that a good tempered man or woman is more easily deceived or used. Neither
should a stern man command more respect. More important yet, one who habitually controls his temper finds it easier to control others and thus adds a practical side to
general efficiency. Guilelessness and sincerity imply uprightness, the absence of evil or impure thoughts, honest, genuine endeavor to think and act on the lines of
absolute truth and honor. Besides these nine qualities of love, there is an almost indefinable value that we might compare with the light that makes the colors of the
prism visible. It is the spirit of joy that comes with well doing, the light that spreads happiness and gladness to others. The path of duty need not lead along such dark
and sombre ways as our Puritan fathers followed. Rather should it be illumined by radiant cheerfulness. Love has been outlined as the constant practice of simple,
homely virtues. It eases all burdens and makes living an endless joy. If we follow its way we have learned the most important lesson of life.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha
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Treatment - OVERCOMING FEAR ~ Joseph Murphy
There is no fear, as "perfect Love casteth out fear." Today I permit Love to keep
me in perfect harmony and peace with all levels of my world. My thoughts are loving,
kind, and harmonious. I sense my oneness with God, for "In Him I live, move, and
have my being." I know that all my desires will be realized in perfect order. I trust the Divine
Law within me to bring my ideals to pass. "The Father doeth the works." I am divine,
spiritual, joyous, and absolutely fearless. I am now surrounded by the perfect peace
of God; it is "The peace of God which passeth all understanding." I now place all
my attention on the thing desired. I love this desire and I give it my whole-hearted
attention. My spirit is lifted into the mood of confidence and peace; this is the spirit of
God moving in me. lt gives me a sense of peace, security, and rest. Truly, "perfect Love casteth out fear."
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” — Marcus Aurelius
Fannie James, Divine Science
Happiness is known and felt as we open
our thoughts to the presence of God. This we may do at any moment or in any
place. Here and now we may begin to know that we live in heaven, for we live in
God's presence. To recognize your heavenly life now, say very carefully, as you
do in prayer, these words: My happiness is within me. My peace and my joy
are from God; I have God in my heart to make me happy. My health and all my good
is in God; the kingdom of God is within me. I will let the truth of God's
presence keep my thought pure; I shall find my perfect heaven here and now. I
love to think of God's presence within and all around me, for this is
Truth. Think earnestly what it means to say that God is everywhere. This we have
called Omnipresence--a word that means All-Presence. This declares that God is
the presence that fills every place and leaves no room for anything else. "Do I
not fill heaven & earth? saith the Lord." It is also declared, "If I make my bed
in hell thou art there." What! Is God's presence there? So the Bible
declares and we know it must be, since God is omnipresent. How can we explain
this? If you stand in the sunlight and shut your eyes, that does not drive
the sun away, it only shuts the light out of your eyes. So, not seeing God's
presence does not send that Presence from you, but it does keep you from knowing
and feeling the presence of Good and Love and Life, and this makes you feel
desolate and unhappy, restless and full of suffering--just the opposite of
heaven, you see. This makes our "hell"--not seeing and feeling God's presence,
although it is right here. What then does the omni-presence of God mean? It
means that wisdom, love, strength, life, health, peace, and All-Good are present
everywhere, filling every spot and space; it means you may have all this good as
soon as you open your eyes to see it and reach out your hand to take it. God
intends us to have all Good. It also means that if you are not realizing perfect
life, health, strength, and good, it is because you are not taking what God has
given you. The way to take God's good gifts, after we see them, is to earnestly
think and speak the Good, and to stop thinking or speaking the opposite.
Remember this. God is the Good. You were made in God's image and likeness. You
were made to think and act like God.
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”— Rumi
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