Contemplate spiritual Life

July 20, 2023 | 21 comments


The continual contemplation of existence as material and corporeal — as beginning and ending, and with birth, decay, and dissolution as its component stages — hides the true and spiritual Life, and causes our standard to trail in the dust.

~ Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 550

If you’d like to experience more of the grand happiness and health of spiritual Life, be sure to think on spiritual Life! Experience follows thought.

Thought absorbed in mortality, focused on physicality, fascinated with disease, and seeing matter as the end-all and be-all of existence, is in a dark depressing place.

There is a much better way to live!

For success, focus on spirituality. Focus on Life with God. Focus on reality!

Thought contemplating spiritual existence discovers spiritual existence. A determined focus on the things of Spirit is where inspirational lights turn on, life grows brighter, and true happiness is found.

21 thoughts on “Contemplate spiritual Life”

  1. Yes Evan! Using your words on mortality, let us reverse
    And instead , yes be focus and fascinated only by the presence of Spirit, always Ready to bless and bring solutions for each challenge we meet, mentally or physically.
    Bright day to you and the Spiritual writers!

  2. Thank you Evan. Thank you all for your beautiful contributions. Mrs Eddy, after contemplating on her discovery, it became evidently clear to her – “that Mind governs the body not partially but wholly.” 111:28-29
    This is reality.

    1. Thanks Grace for that truth sentence by MBE which is wonderfully absolute!♡

      Thank you Ken for your very beautiful poem!♡

      Thank you deeply Evan; it’s wonderful to think on spiritual Life, and to focus on Life with God, focus on reality!♡

  3. Thank you Evan and everyone .
    2 thoughts from the bible…. ‘ be still and know that I Am God ‘ And ..‘ Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
    It also brings to mind a line in a Mark Swinney lecture ( I’m paraphrasing) to ‘ remember we are the thought of God.’ How could that be anything but spiritual perfection❣️

  4. Another truly magnificent SpiritView with such an important reminder from Mrs. Eddy about the dangers of the “Continual contemplation of existence as material and corporeal…” Our task is to be ever vigilant.

    Last year when I was ordering prime rib for my Christmas Eve dinner, the company wanted to know my birthday. WOW! I couldn’t believe it. The online form wouldn’t allow me to go further without providing it. So, I decided to call and place the order, which allowed me to ignore the request.

    Mortal mind would try to draw us into its web of conjecture any way that it can. It’s so important to say “NO.”

    Thank you ever so much.

  5. Today’s message is so wonderfully expressed. Thank you Evan
    and All and Ken, (for the lovely poem!)
    Some thoughts I would like to share:

    “If you truly love nature [God], you will find beauty
    everywhere”. ~ Vincent van Gogh

    “Look deep into nature [God] and you will understand
    everything better” ~ Albert Einstein

    “Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature” ~ Gerard de Nerval

    and one of my all-time favorites,

    “It is Love which paints the petal with myriad hues, glances in
    the warm sunbeam, arches the cloud with the bow of beauty,
    blazons the night with starry gems, and covers earth with
    loveliness” ~ Mrs. Eddy, S&H pg 247: 24-27

    Spirituality and Life with God is so beautiful and lovely!

  6. Many inspiring things shared so far, and the day is still young (where I am in Northeast U.S.).

    Ken your poem was perfect – pure, simple and uplifting. The title, The Rosebud, made me smile, as I once had a great manager at work who called me Rosebud as a nickname.

    Barabara thank you for mentioning “Be still and know that I am God.” This morning I was just contemplating the idea of stillness as part of our true nature.

    Evan I loved “Focus on Reality.” It reminded me of when mortal mind recently TRIED to plant erroneous material thoughts and questions into my consciousness when I was dealing with news of a loss. But while praying about it I heard, “You can’t use material thinking to understand Spiritual Reality.” That really got my attention and turned thought in the right direction. I started to see that I could never be without all of God’s qualities such as Love, guidance, care, support, goodness, healing, and I began to understand that all was truly well.

    Thank you everyone.

  7. Ken I have this printed out and on my refrigerator and have your poem Free up there too. Thank you for sharing.
    All the comments today are so helpful. Much Love evryone.

  8. Many years ago, before I discovered Christian Science, I came across this amazing quote by Socrates: ‘In order that the mind should see light instead of darkness, so the entire soul must be turned away from this changing world, until its eye can learn to contemplate reality and that supreme splendor which we have called the good. Hence there may well be an art whose aim would be to effect this very thing’
    Without doubt Christian Science fulfills this prediction.

    1. Kaska that was a fascinating quote from Socrates, thank you for sharing it. It spurred me to do a little more reading from Socrates and his student Plato. Interesting that the deeper, underlying truths about reality have been perceived and expressed to varying degrees down through the ages.

  9. I was thinking about the spirituality of Life and how things
    are connected, like the longevity of the Bible being passed
    down from generations and also Mrs. Eddy’s writings so long
    ago, but both still so relevant today. The thought came to mind
    about the largetree, (the sequoias), some of which are apparently
    2,000 years old and have defied all the material elements and
    withstood, like great cathedrals of Spirit. They are like awakenings
    of spiritual thought, a testament to what grows and endures with
    the Truth of being.

    1. Exactly. It seems that truth has been perceived and discerned throughout the ages and expressed in many different ways,

  10. Still receiving your daily mssages and wish to continue. Figured you might want an update. Love to read SpiritView each day—Thanks!
    Cheryl Roy

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