Monthly Archives: April 2015

“Spirit in Action” by Jeanine Bellendir, Leadership Council President

I wish I could take credit for this article but I cannot.  As I was researching information for my news-letter, this article popped up… it says exactly what I wanted to say, so rather than re-invent the wheel I am passing it along.

The Secret to Having It All

By Christy Whitman

No doubt you’ve heard the old saying, common in the Deep South, that states “when Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy…”

While this may sound like an old wives tale, it actually speaks to a very powerful universal truth:  The energy we bring to any situation or relationship has a far greater influence on the people we interact with than the words we speak or the actions we take.

If our energy is frenetic, we elicit tension, anxiety and resistance from those around us, and greatly reduce our chances of creating the outcomes we desire.  Likewise, if our primary vibration is one of feeling calm and appreciative, we put others at ease and naturally inspire their cooperation.

Yes, we get the job done, but in such a way that everyone involved is left feeling full, inspired, and…happy.

What a lot of people don’t yet realize is that generating this kind of happiness – in others and in ourselves – is entirely an inside job.  It has nothing to do with our kids cleaning their rooms, our partners treating us a certain way, or our co-workers doing what we tell them.

What determines our happiness is the degree to which we are connected with ourselves, because self-connection is the only way to become aware of the energy we are sending out.

As we become more familiar with reading our own energy, what becomes clear is that we are either in a state of allowing the outcomes we desire to manifest in our lives, or we are resisting the very results we are working so hard to achieve.

And here’s the key: We are either aligned with one state of being or the other; there is no in between.

Allowing is our natural state.

We are all born receptive, pliable, and open to receiving every possible manifestation of well-being, abundance and joy.  In its free and unobstructed state, our body-mind system is in direct connection and communion with the unlimited energy and inspiration of the universe; it flows through us like water rushes through an open pipe.

Resistance, on the other hand, is a conditioned response; a pattern of thinking, feeling and behaving which can become so habitual that it sometimes seems to occur as an automatic reflex.  Resistance blocks receptivity.

While it’s true that the universe is infinitely abundant, it’s also true that we can only receive as much of that abundance as we are willing to allow… and we are the only ones who can determine that.

We can have it all – in every area of our lives – but only if we are allowing and open to receive.

So, how can you tell whether you allowing or resisting the outcomes you desire?

Easy!  When you feel good, your energy is one of allowing.   When you feel bad, you are in a state of resistance.

By paying attention to your energy field, you can discover which frequency you are aligned with – and, more importantly, you can choose to deliberately alter that frequency.

Everything we draw into our lives is a reflection of our vibration, and we are the originators of the vibration we are sending out.

Once you understand this, your manifesting power grows exponentially: You begin to magnetize more abundance; you generate more new ideas and more expanded possibilities; and you draw people into your experience – employers, employees, publishers, assistants… you name it – who have the exact resources needed to bring those ideas to fruition in your life.  The great news is, it all starts from within.

It all starts with the signal you’re sending out.  It all starts with YOU.

The vibration we are offering with regard to any situation or relationship is the single most important factor in determining the quality of what we receive from that situation or relationship.

When Momma is happy, the rest of the world reflects that happiness!  Emotions are contagious.

“Spirit in Living” by Miles Morris, RScP

Den Freaney has been a member here at SACSL since 2004, having moved to San Antonio with partner Miles Morris from Arlington, Texas, where they both first discovered Religious Science in 1994. Den describes that discovery as a revelatory experience. Having grown up in the Catholic faith and serving as a teaching brother in the The Marist Brothers Order for 19 years, Den found the philosophy of Science of Mind appealing and, like so many of us who come to Religious Science after years of service and devotion to other faiths, embraced the warmth and acceptance he felt at that very first service when he heard the words of the wonderful Reverend Kay Hunter, who at 90, continues to educate and inspire her parishioners.

Den began taking SOM classes early on in his first years attending Community Church of Religious Science in Dallas, but unfortunately was unable to continue the classes because of a highly demanding work schedule involving much travel, a schedule which still keeps him “on the road” or actually “in the air” much of the time! Since 1994, he has served as Vice President of Development for Dismas Charities, a 50 year old non-profit social service agency based in Louisville Kentucky, where he establishes programs for offenders reintegrating into the community after serving time in prison.

Den was born in New York City and lived in the Bronx, until he came to Texas in 1965, where, as a Marist Brother (Marist is a religious order in the Catholic Church) where he taught high school students at St. Joseph Academy in Brownsville, TX.  He has many humorous stories about that transition from New York City to Brownsville, TX. Talk about a major culture shock!  One day he was asked: “Brother Dennis, can you ride a horse?” He asked why and was told “Pack your bags. You’re going to Texas!” Well, he never really had to ride a horse, but that move changed his entire life

Den first moved to San Antonio, where he received and MSW from the Worden School of Social Service at Our lady of the Lake University. He later moved to Austin in the early 1970’s where he worked as a psychiatric social worker for several agencies. He eventually was on the graduate faculty of the University of Texas School of Social Work and developed a private practice of psychotherapy.

In the late 1980s he moved to the DFW area and worked as an administrator for Volunteers of American and eventually was commissioned as a minister, becoming involved in the ministry of service for the organization.

He has adapted well to Texas, professing never wishing to leave Texas, and one could possibly mistake him for a native Texan as long as he didn’t open his mouth. Once he speaks, however, that New York background comes spilling out in a Yankee accent. Though he loves Texas (for the most part) and feels comfortably ensconced here, his accent definitely gives him away as a transport, though not really a recent one!

As mentioned earlier, Den’s travel schedule makes it difficult for him to attend services at SACSL as much as he would like. Therefore you may not have seen him around much. But he remains an avid supporter of all that we do here at SACSL and our mission to create a better world and to spread the word of Science of Mind, which he loves and respects. In his daily attitude, Den truly lives the philosophies of Ernest Holmes and Religious Science, maintaining a constant and infectious positive spirit and reflecting the God within.

Den is yet another of the interesting members of this very diverse community here at SACSL and is our Person of the Month for May.

Prayer ~ Spiritual Mind Treatment ~ Prayer Treatment… are they the same?

One of the questions most frequently asked about the Science of Mind is….”Are prayers and treatments identical?”

The answer to this question is both yes and no.

If when one prays his prayer is a recognition of Spirit’s Omniscience, Omnipotence and Omnipresence, and a realization of man’s unit with Spirit, then his prayer is a spiritual treatment.

If, on the other had, one is holding to the viewpoint that God is some far off Being, whom he would approach with doubt in his thought; wondering if by some good luck he may be able to placate God or persuade Him of the wisdom of one’s request —then, there is but little similarity between prayer and treatment.  Nothing could bring greater discouragement than to labor under the delusion that God is a Being of moods, who might answer some prayers and not others.

It would be difficult to believe in a God who cares more for one person than another.  There can be no God who is kindly disposed one day and cruel the next; there can be no God who creates us with tendencies and impulses we can scarcely comprehend, and then eternally punishes us when we make mistakes.  God is a Universal Presence, an impersonal Observer, a Divine and impartial Giver, forever pouring Himself into His Creation.

Every day and every hour we are meeting the eternal realities of life, and in such degree as we cooperate with these eternal realities in love, in peace, in wisdom, and in joy–believing and receiving–we are automatically blessed.  Our prayer is answered before it is uttered.

Submitted by Millie Forsberg, RScP