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I have read hundreds of books in my life, and there are very few (thus far) that I believe can totally change your life..or at least have changed mine!  This book has done that!  It explains so much!

It is written by the founder of the Religious Science faith, Ernest Holmes.  His writing is definitely old-fashioned, which simply means it is written for college level reading.  Now a days, books are written for a 3rd-8th grade reading level.  Getting used to reading his books takes some time.  Once you do, you are in for a pleasurable and life-changing read!!!

I believe thoughts are things and they create our life.  That is a very simplistic way to describe what I feel and believe.  Based on this, I can tell you with absolute certainty that I have created the knee pain that I am feeling in my left knee.  How do I know this?  Well, as soon as I felt the slightest “negative difference” in my knee, I started to focus on it.  Then when I felt a pain, I focused even more on that pain.  Soon enough it was bad enough and not going away; I had to stop skating and see a physical therapist and a sports medicine doctor.  Surgery has even been brought up.  Great!   So, I have been wondering, “If my thoughts create my life, then how the heck do I *change* my thinking and reverse this seemingly physical imperfection?”

I found the answer in this book!  Seriously, I did!  I wasn’t even looking for it!  Let’s keep in mind, though, that once you ask the Universe/God/Creator/Source a question, It has to answer.  And it did!

You might be wondering why I picked up this book in the first place?  No; it has nothing to do with the title of the book, though I do love the title!  I am taking Science of Mind II class at church.  It is a required class to become a lay minister/practitioner in the Religious Science faith.  This is one of my dreams/goals :).  This book is one of my text books for the class.

I have only taken one week of the 10 week course, and we were only required to read 2 chapters of the book so far.  However, like all other books, once I start reading, I need to read all the way through so I can blog.  Besides the fact, it was a fascinating read!!!!

In Religious Science our prayer is called Spiritual Mind Treatment.  In Science of Mind II, we are focusing on daily spiritual practices which include prayer and meditation.  This book is all about that!  Prayer!!!!!!!!!  Ever since I was a little girl, I have prayed daily.  The difference between then and now is I no longer pray to a God up in the sky and ask him to do something for me.  I now pray an affirmative prayer realizing that God is not up in the sky somewhere, but right here and everywhere and I am part of God.  My prayers are realizations of the perfection in my (and others’) life that has been covered up by some limited belief I have held on to or created….usually brought on by some sort of fear.

Once again, I have gone through and underlined passages that spoke to me, and I found myself dog-earring most of the pages.  (Not helpful for blogging.)  I will tell you that chapter 2 is my favorite chapter in this book!  I kept underlining passages and writing notes beside them like “This is a great passage for Nick!” (Nick is my 21-year-old son.)  Here is an example of that, “Science of Mind and Spirit bears the same relation to religion that natural science bears to the laws of nature.  It is a science of mental and spiritual phenomena, and, as such, it appeals to adherents of all religious beliefs, as well as to those who have no particular religions conviction; it appeals to all students of life.”  My son, Nick, loves to study the different religious beliefs out there; he believes in science and questions the reality of a god.  This particular chapter discusses the marriage of religious faith and science :).  Here is another great quote from this chapter:  “The birth of spiritual ides into the human consciousness meets with three distinct reactions:  the orthodox say that God never intended such things to be, else He would have revealed them through His prophets; the materialist laughs at them; the child-like are receptive.”  This simply reminds us that Christ said in Luke 18:16, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.”

There really are some great thoughts in this book, and I have sooooooo many notes referring to some of my marriage challenges, my knee challenges, prayer, how your thoughts create your life…so much more.  So I will leave you with two more thoughts from this book…one is from the very beginning of the book and the next from close to the end…..

This particular thought was very appropriate to the title of this blog “The God Project”…

“But we must not go searching after God.  God is in you and in me.  therefore we each must penetrate more deeply into our own nature, and just so surely as we do, we will have a very marvelous experience.  We will find a dept to ourself that we have never realized.”     This has certainly been true of this blog and what I have experienced through this deep soul-searching through pages and pages of books and the opportunities I have experienced!

“If God is in every place there can be no place where God is not.  So in the midst of the storm there is a calm; in the center of every person’s life is pure Spirit.”  This was pure bliss to me!

Peace and blessings, My Dear Readers.  Peace and blessings!

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I picked up this easy to read 135 page book when I went to see His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar while he was here in Boise.  Until recently, I had never even heard of him but all of a sudden, I have seen him twice in 2 days (1st a major public appearance and 2nd at a private gathering at my church) and now I have read just one of his books.  When I went to the resource table at the big event, I looked around at all the books and all the cd’s that were there.  The title of this book is why I ultimately chose the book.  I can always use a little more fun in my life.

This book touches on the topics of fun, true intimacy, the four approaches to practical and spiritual life, real laughter, dealing with feelings, the nature of God and being a fool.  When I picked up the book to check it out, I noticed these topics and thought, “Wow!  This should be a fun read…..fun, laughter, being a fool!  That’s right up my alley!”

I have to say that when I started reading the book, I kept hearing Sri Sri’s voice as if he was saying it to me instead of me reading it.  It made reading this book so much more fun.  I saw his gentle smile and heard his laughter in the words he wrote.  I saw the mischievous look in his eyes when he cracked the jokes.  It really did make this book that much more enjoyable.  But even without that first hand experience with Sri Sri, the book is a very easy and enjoyable read.  It does get into some very deep thinking, and I did have to re-read things on several occasions.  This is definitely a book that will need to be read a couple of times.  Good thing it only takes a couple of hours to read to begin with!

So what did I learn?  It is more about what I re-learned.  I take things too seriously.  Reading this book just reminds me of that.

  • I learned that God loves fools and that being foolish is really being more like God than being this serious person is.  The chapter on being a fool was very enlightening!
  • I learned more about laughter!  I have taken laughter yoga classes, and this just reiterated what I learned from those classes.
  • He also talked about observing our feelings; this is something I was working on in therapy.  This is also something I read about in Geneen Roth’s book.  So here I go again, re-learning it in this book.  Being mindful of my feelings, allowing myself to feel them, and then let go.  Sri Sri suggests taking the feeling to its height (which may mean feeling at your lowest) and once you have done that, you have  felt and experienced all there is to feel with that feeling and it will just disappear.  How cool is that?  He says to feel it, but not to act on it.
  • Stop paying attention to happenings.  When we are attached to happenings, we create opinions, then we are stuck and attached to them.  We are living in the past and we will never remain open to new experiences and live in NOW.
  • “An enlightened person may not say, “I love you so much.”  In the very presence, you can feel the love.  In the very breath, you can experience love.  In the very look, you can experience love.  In any word spoken, you will hear that it is full of love.  The very existence is love.  That is enlightened love.”
  • “True intimacy is not in a hurry; it’s not anxious.  It relaxes, it knows.”
  • I am you.  You are me.  We are God.  We are all one creation/mind manifesting itself in different bodies.  This brings a whole new depth to the belief that we are One.  The book explains it so beautifully :).
  • In most of our problems, the biggest issue we have is the fight we have with our mind.  This is so true.  When I am miserable or depressed or stressed, it is because of an issue/conflict I am having within my mind.  It is MY experience, my THINKING that is causing me so much distress.  Sri Sri talks about letting go and surrendering.  and Forgiving myself.
  • This is one of my favorite paragraphs in the book:  “Thinking is like chewing gum.  It doesn’t produce anything.  You can think about only those things which you know.  and once you know, what is the need to  think about it?  And you can’t think something which you don’t know.  How can you?  It is not possible.  Ultimately, thinking is useless!!!”
  • Here is a great strategy for life:  “See life as a game, as a play.  You are God, you know it.  I am God, I know it.  So let us play. And when you come from that level of consciousness, there is nothing to teach.  Only being.  Come and sit, be with me for a while.  That is enough, for you and I are one.  This is love,  isn’t it?  That is what God is telling you every day, ‘I am doing everything.  You come and sit with me.  Whatever needs to be done, I will get it done through you.  You simply stop existing.'”  I know I am guilty of taking life too seriously..always looking for a connection to God..always learning..always searching.  It’s what I do.  Yet, I have found recently that all I want to do is do things that make me smile, feel joy and live.  I find myself wanting to PLAY and be joyful.  Not only am I WANTING to do this but I AM DOING this.  It’s pretty darn cool!

I will close with this last quote found in the chapter about being a fool.  “George Bernard Shaw said somewhere, ‘Cricket is a game where eleven fools play and eleven thousand watch.’  It is true.  All games are foolish acts.  A game is a game because it is foolish.  If you find meaning, purpose, aim and competition, you destroy the whole game.”  How about we just stop looking for the meaning of life, and just in-joy it!  Have fun!  Play!  Laugh!  And just BE!