Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The real benefit of giving

Feeling Good About Givingby Don Ingwerson Now that Christmas is over, I’ve been thinking about how giving, happiness, and even health relate. Not so long ago our family decided to adopt a family in need during the holiday season. It took a while to find a community agency that had a list of needy families, but with persistence […]   Read more...
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Lives Lived: Depression Healed

Lives Lived: Depression Healed

In this Lives Lived video, we meet Heather. After recognizing her time at her dream job was coming to a close, she found herself in a state of depression. After some prayer with a thought shared with her by a Christian Scientist, she found healing and a new sense of her own worth.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Worthy aspirations

A Life Redirected Leads to Higher Aspirationsby Don Ingwerson As we are in the heart of a historic World Series, I’m reminded of my history with America’s past time. I’ve always enjoyed the game of baseball, and at one time tried out for one of the major league farm clubs. It was fun, but I could tell by the reaction of […]   Read more...
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Friday, October 28, 2016

What really governs our thought?

120-r3ljh-55qjr“Why are alternative treatments better at managing PTSD than drugs?” This is a question that Valerie Minard, my colleague from New Jersey, asks in her recent post. In writing on the connection between consciousness, spirituality, and health, Valerie offers a thoughtful answer. Here is what she wrote: When Former Marine Robert Consulmagno from Jersey City, New Jersey, came back from […]   Read more...
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Spiritualizing change

Trusting Spiritual Peace to Harmonize ChangeA guest post written by Elizabeth Anne Nelson from San Diego, California Viewing the political landscape through television and print, social media, and conversations, often means interpreting the news through a lens defined by interests, profession, or environment. But regardless of a person’s perspective, divisiveness, ambition, and selfish motives sometimes seem to eclipse all else, […]   Read more...
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

The healing effectiveness of #PrayFor

120-fedqvvqlvby Don Ingwerson Although there are many people who say that prayer or the call for prayer is doing nothing, and there are even incidents of prayer shaming, it seems many more people are turning to God in prayer for help and healing. This article by The Christian Science Monitor shows us why: Why the […]   Read more...
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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Doctors and Patient Spirituality

120-f7hr4jlwIs there a demand for nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals to address the spiritual needs of their patients? My colleague Eric Nelson, Committee on Publication for Northern California, shares a remarkable recovery from multiple injuries. Eric writes. Whenever he meets with a new patient, Harvey Chochinov likes to ask one important question: “What should I know about […]   Read more...
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Seeing God in Nature

Glimpse God's Peace Through Nature Connectionsby Don Ingwerson Have you ever wondered why nature soothes, invigorates, inspires, and heals? It’s because, as Mary Baker Eddy states in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Nature voices natural, spiritual law and divine Love… Arctic regions, sunny tropics, giant hills, winged winds, mighty billows, verdant vales, festive flowers, and glorious heavens, — all […]   Read more...
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Back to school with better grades

120-j4-rwr3lwqqIs there a way to be energized without taking drugs? Eric Nelson, my colleague for Northern California, is a regular writer for the Communities Digital News and in his September 6, 2016, blog writes about the link between consciousness and health from his perspective as a practitioner of Christian Science. Here is what Eric wrote: It […]   Read more...
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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Integrity for All

120-FMMQ3RR5Are there benefits from keeping our integrity? My colleague Ingrid Peschke is the media and legislative advocate for Christian Science in Massachusetts and writes regularly about the relationship between consciousness, spirituality and health. The following article written by Ingrid was originally published by The Christian Science Monitor. Stories questioning the honesty of political candidates and Olympic athletes, just […]   Read more...
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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Searching for the cure

Buscando una cura para el cáncerHere’s our monthly Spanish-translated article, this time written by Eric Nelson, my colleague from Northern California: Hasta hace poco, cualquier recuperación de una enfermedad grave sin intervención médica se solía desestimar como poco más que una “remisión espontánea”, generalmente definida como la desaparición inesperada de una enfermedad en particular de forma inexplicable. Hoy en día, […]   Read more...
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Monday, August 29, 2016

The Olympic spirit for us all

What's My Olympic Take-Away? We Are Not Limitedby Don Ingwerson I’m sure many – if not all – of you have been paying attention to the exciting Olympic competitions. Although these games are now over, it was inspiring to see these expressions of unlimited man. And I think the Olympics coinciding with the anniversary of the start of my blog in August […]  Read more...
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

We all can shatter limitations

120-J4-RV6QQ3WLHow can you shatter limiting expectations? My colleague Keith Wommack of Texas in his recent post on health shares how prayerful perseverance and patience can heal difficulties. Keith writes: Will World-class competition and the medaling of champions keep you watching the 2016 Summer Olympics? Or will you watch in anticipation of barriers and limitations being shattered?  […]   Read more...
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Higher Ground

Raising My Conversations to a Higher LevelA guest post written by Curtis Wahlberg from Lake Forest, California If you’ve been shopping for light bulbs lately, you’ve probably noticed a change underway. There are all these new kinds now. So it turns out that the way we talk about bulbs needs to change. It used to be that we referred to the […]   Read more...
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Overcoming adversity at every level

Overcome Rather than Succumb to Adversityby Don Ingwerson 
There’s been so much in the news lately that seems overwhelming and I thought this article from The Christian Science Monitor helpful in addressing personal adversity – and the laws that apply personally apply just as powerfully to any other adversity. This is a Monitor‘s Christian Science Perspective article: A recent Upfront […]   Read more...
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

The wind beneath our wings

El viento bajo nuestras alasHere’s our once-a-month Spanish blog for your enjoyment, written by Tim Mitchinson from Illinois. Sentirse solo puede ser un desafío para casi todas las personas en algún momento u otro. Pero hay una respuesta, que comienza con un punto de vista espiritual, que puede ayudarnos a sentirnos amados y necesitados aun cuando estemos solos. Aunque […]   Read more...
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

You CAN beat addiction!

by Don Ingwerson I continue to be heartened by the inspirational stories of courage, support, and love that unfold in the face of violence – most recently in response to the shootings in Orlando, Florida and previously with the inspiring story of Louis Zamperini in Unbroken, a film about a WWII veteran who survived being […]   Read more...
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Finding healing in church

IMG_TMC_2Can church be relevant today? My colleague Thomas Mitchinson originally ran a post in The Chicago Tribune Community section that describes church as something more than a physical structure. Visiting a forest preserve with my young daughter one afternoon, I jumped off a large tree stump and badly twisted my ankle.  That evening my ankle was swollen […]   Read more...
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Don't wait for a weekend away to reduce stress

Are “Mental Vacations” the Key to Stress-Free Work?by Don Ingwerson It’s summertime and the living is not always so easy. Consequently, many people are looking forward to, or heading out on, a summer vacation. The desire for such a break is to be expected since jobs are the leading cause of stress – according to Dr. Paul J. Rosch, Chairman of the […]   Read more...
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Breathe easy

What's on the Wind? A New, Healthy ViewA guest post written by Marge Mallory from Lancaster, California I find the high desert unique and beautiful with the Joshua trees, white yucca candles, and especially the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve. Another feature of this beautiful area is the notoriously high winds every spring – sometimes 65 mph or higher – which can become […]   Read more...
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Prayer brings clarity

Lives Lived: Blurred Vision Healed Through Prayerby Don Ingwerson I’m happy to share another inspiring testimonial of healing – this one about blurred vision. Meet Don, who suddenly experienced blurred vision and contacted a Christian Science Practitioner for prayerful help. After praying and experiencing a wonderful sense of peace and well-being, Don’s clear sight returned. To watch this video, click here:   Read more...
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Keeping it off

Losing weight needs a transformation from within

from Evan Mehlenbacher's SpiritView blog
I found much to think about in this recent article printed in the New York Times on the failure of “The Biggest Loser” contestants to keep off the massive amounts of weight they lost while competing on the show in 2009.
Scientists watched and recorded the experience of The Biggest Loser contestants from the Season 8 show, and concluded, “…most of that season’s 16 contestants have regained much if not all the weight they lost so arduously. Some are even heavier now.”
The scientists concluded that the bodies of these people fought back against their weight loss and caused them to gain it all back again, if not more. And this is where Christian Science helped me understand what really went on.
One learns in Christian Science, that for real healing to occur, there needs to be a spiritual transformation for the better from the inside out. If one focuses only on changing the outside, for instance, on only losing pounds, there may be no genuine change in the makeup of that individual. What may appear to be positive change in the outer physical is going to revert to past status if thinking on the inside is still the same.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Mastering life at any age

Master Fear to Conquer Age Declineby Don Ingwerson I recently spent a weekend with a delightful couple who at one point expressed concern about the concept of aging. Of the two, my male friend seemed especially concerned. Here was a man who had successfully mastered the financial and political world – but was unsure how to master what he perceived […]   Read more...
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

The book of health

La Biblia: ¿Un libro de salud?Have you ever thought of the Bible as a health book? My colleague Tim Mitchinson shares why thinking about the Bible in such a way is healthy! The English translation is at the end of this article. Hace poco encontré una lista de 20 libros de “lectura obligatoria” sobre aptitud física, salud y felicidad. Se […]   Read more...
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Infinite Possibilities for Healing

Join us for a live viewing at our church
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Long Beach, CA 90808
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About our speaker:

“So, what is your heart beating for?” was a question I faced in my late twenties. I was a struggling filmmaker in Los Angeles, experiencing some problems with my heart after a failed marriage and an unsuccessful business venture. On my mental knees in prayer, I opened to a passage in Mary Baker Eddy’s writings that instantly got my attention: “The heart that beats mostly for self is seldom alight with love.” * I realized that the function of the heart is to beat for God; it’s a reflection of divine Love itself. This glimpse of the Christ—the pure love of God embracing humanity—transformed my life and my health. From that day to this, I’ve been doing everything I can to share the healing message of Christian Science with the world.

I moved to Boston in the 1990s, and since then I have produced numerous exhibits, films, and projects for The First Church of Christ, Scientist. I served as creative director for The Mary Baker Eddy Library from 2000 to 2003 and helped with the development of TMC Youth—The Mother Church's global youth initiative—after that. The healing practice of Christian Science is where my heart is today, along with my current focus as a Christian Science lecturer and teacher.

Below is a short video Chet did for TMC Youth, entitled There's More to You and Me

Your true heritage

A guest post written by our very own Kathie Kilgore Paine, a member here at Sixth Church of Christ, Scientist, Long Beach
I recently saw an online ad for DNA testing that claimed to “show a quick look at what makes YOU.” While this kind of testing has certainly helped to resolve some of today’s problems, I’ve found that I don’t need to accept the evidence of DNA as a blueprint for my life.
Growing up, I heard interesting family stories about the loyalty, courage, and endurance of my kind, hard-working ancestors. Looking at old photographs, I felt as if I knew them, and I was proud of them and loved them. But along with the positive aspects, there were negative ones: tragic deaths, family illnesses, certain undesirable traits and tendencies, and a “curse” of accidents. Was I doomed to repeat these things?
When I was very young I attended a Christian Science Sunday School where I was taught the idea that each of us is perfect and good as the child of the one Father-Mother God. When I thought about the doom and gloom of my ancestors in the context of being a perfect child of God, I felt confident that I did not have to repeat the ills or sins of my ancestors after all. I could agree with Jeremiah, “…they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.” (Jer. 31:29)
I found I was able to claim my God-given qualities such as joy, poise, intelligence, and peace instead of accepting traits of a bad temper, perfectionism, and anxiety. As a child I stopped slamming doors in a rage. In high school I orally defended a paper without falling apart. In college I maintained a high GPA without stressing out over tests. No longer shy, nervous, or overly serious, I became happier and more at ease with people, glorifying God in all that I did.
I was able to continue claiming not only my God-given qualities, but also my students’ God-given qualities, during my career as a classroom teacher – we were all free from the curse of hereditary repetition. I learned to be more patient and understanding, knowing that my students’ shortcomings and negative traits were nothing more than “baggage” that could be left outside on the steps. It was a privilege to witness improvements in behavior as well as academic progress.
Continuing to hold to this idea, I have found success in dealing with accidents and illness. As Mary Baker Eddy puts it in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “When speaking of God’s children, not the children of men, Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of God is within you;’ that is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God’s image is unfallen and eternal.”
No one is doomed to repeat an ancestor’s sins. As the perfect children of God, we are not cursed; we are blessed.
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Monday, April 25, 2016

The Om goes mainstream

Looking Beyond Meditation? Connect with God!by Don Ingwerson Meditation, with its benefits and its shortcomings, has really been in the news in recent years. I’ve even written a number of blog posts on meditation as it relates to prayer. But now there is a different focus on meditation: combining meditation with the marketplace. What were once thought of as two […]   Read more...
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Is there beer in heaven?

Microbreweries and Treasures in HeavenA guest post written by Diana Usrey from Escondido, California Many herald the growth of the craft beer and microbrewery industry as good for the economy, good for socializing, good for the neighborhood, and good for independent small businesses. “As of the end of November (2015), there are now 4,144 breweries in the country.” says […]   Read more...
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Monday, March 28, 2016

Thoughts on Mary Baker Eddy's enduring influence

What Mary Baker Eddy Means to Meby Don Ingwerson 
March is Women’s History Month and this month has seen some great articles written about Mary Baker Eddy, named one of the top 100 most influential figures in American history and the founder of Christian Science. And for me, Eddy has had more influence in my life with her writings and works […]   
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

We can halt hatred!

by Don Ingwerson

In light on the latest terrorist attack – this time in Brussels – I wanted to share with you a very timely Daily Lift on halting hatred. Peace, love, and forgiveness are so important to express now and for any time. Click here to listen to Nate Talbot, CSB from Garden Valley, Idaho, USA: Halting Hatred

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Science and Religion — not such strange bedfellows after all

Some of the world's greatest scientific thinkers have had this to say about the relationship between science and religion:

Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist - "I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist."

Thomas A. Edison, inventor - "My utmost respect and admiration to all the engineers, especially the greatest of them all: God."

Carl Ludwig Schleich, pioneer of local anaesthesia - "I became a believer in my own way through the microscope and observation of nature, and I want to contribute, insofar as I can, to the full harmony between science and religion."

Charles Darwin, naturalist - "I have never denied the existence of God. I think the theory of evolution is fully compatible with faith in God. I think the greatest argument for the existence of God is the impossibility of demonstrating and understanding that the immense universe, sublime above all measure, and man were the result of chance."

Maria Mitchell, astronomer - "Scientific investigations pushed on and on, will reveal new ways in which God works, and bring us deeper revelations of the wholly unknown."

Carl Sagan, astronomer – "Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality."

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Smiley Face

120-CSPQ5LV6LAnna Bowness-Park of Vancouver, Canada writes “The growing awareness of the connection between spirituality and our health is a fascinating subject now being explored by researchers and health providers.” Here are Anna’s thoughts on health and happiness that she shared in a recent blog. Some years ago, The Beatles had a popular song – Can’t […]   Read more...
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Friday, March 4, 2016

Cinco Cosas Sobre Oraciones Que Sanan

Cinco Cosas Sobre Oraciones Que Sanan
A guest post in Spanish written by colleague Tony Lobl and translated into English at the end of the article. Cuando era adolescente, viví un momento inesperado de consciencia espiritual mientras estaba acostado en la cama, muy preocupado por el diagnóstico de un médico. No estaba orando, pero de pronto fui consciente de una presencia […]   Read more...
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Monday, February 22, 2016

The move to deprescribe

Is it Possible to Deprescribe to Promote Health?by Don Ingwerson Have you heard of deprescribing? It means re-evaluating the medications you are taking and discontinuing those that are inappropriate or ineffective. Health professionals have become increasingly aware of the over-reliance on drugs for health improvements, and deprescribing is a step in reducing this over-reliance. Alan Cassels, who evaluates medicine marketing by pharmaceutical […]   Read more...
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Monday, February 15, 2016

Turning toward the light

Approachby Don Ingwerson I don’t know about you, but recently I’ve been more aware of media coverage that in some way relates to the fact that people don’t feel they have found meaning, purpose, and joy in life – qualities that are crucial to well-being in this stressful world. What many are finding is that […]   Read more...
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Building a Bridge from the 'Other Side'

Building a Bridge by Learning Their LanguagePerceived divides exist throughout history and between people who hold differing views on culture, religion, politics, and lifestyle. So it’s important to look for ways to express our innate oneness by building bridges of understanding, communication, and reconciliation. Colleague Shirley Paulson, Head of Ecumenical Affairs at The First Church of Christ, Scientist, shares her own […]   Read more...
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The realm of heaven

Even While Snorkeling - Finding Proof of HeavenA guest post written by Lani Meanley Collins from Santa Barbara, California We have all experienced it: a brilliant sunset, a colorful rainbow, unconditional joy in the smile of a young child, a loving embrace. In that moment our thought is transformed. In that moment we experience proof of heaven. And this proof is health […]   Read more...
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Monday, February 1, 2016

What are you defending?

The War on Truth and Realityby Don Ingwerson “What is truth?” asked Pilate during the trial of Jesus before his tragically unjust crucifixion. Jesus was subsequently put to death – not because Pilate found fault with Jesus’ answer, but because the public were stirred into rejecting what Jesus understood to be true. Today, global warming, health care, and evolution are […]   Read more...
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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Practical works and the spiritual dimension

Affirming Life's Spiritual Dimension Yields Prizeby Don Ingwerson 
A couple years ago I shared with you the current Templeton Prize winner and looked forward to hearing who the next winner would be. I’ve found inspiration in the work that these people do to promote the spiritual dimension of life through “insight, discovery, and practical works.” The 2015 Templeton Prize has […]  Read more...
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