The Material Illusion of the Flesh


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“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.”  (Isaiah 30:21; New King James Bible Version (NKJV).  

“And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ ” (Acts 17:26-28; NKJV).


         Many years ago, I learned that reality isn’t what it seems to be.  Oh, I knew that we lived in a material universe, of course; but, from my early childhood, I had been puzzled by the spiritual things that also happened to me, quite frequently, which defied even material laws and which I hid from other people, for fear they might think I was making up things.         

         So, as I became a teenager, I kept trying to make sense of why some of the accepted laws of matter often did me no harm; for, whatever was wrong in my life quickly disappeared when my tiniest prayer was uttered.  In fact, from my earliest childhood, I grew to trust these prayers because the result was that I never had any childhood diseases, nor lacked any money, or whatever else I needed.  And although I came from a relatively poor family, from the age of eleven I was offered after-school jobs, all the way through college, where I was allowed to work my way through the University of Illinois.  So, I never had to borrow money, or owe anyone for my college education (which took me through two more degrees) still with no debt.

         Now, I don’t mean to suggest that I haven’t been through many challenges that came my way in this human life experience; rather, these challenges almost always disappeared from my experience quickly and harmony was restored.  In so many, various ways, the ‘bad’ almost always disappeared, turning my human experience back into harmony in a very short time. 

         Now, the only thing that might explain my many blessings (that made ‘bad’ scenarios turn around so quickly) may have been due to a Bible School teacher who taught me something helpful when I was five years old.  She told our bible class that whatever ‘bad’ thing seemed to be in our daily life, quickly say to ourselves: “But God is here, too…and that makes all the difference in the world!” 

         Now, as a small child, I believed what she said without question; and, I quickly found out that she was right.  (I wish I could find that early teacher and thank her, but I’m seventy-three years old, now, so I don’t believe she’s here anymore.)   Still, she blessed my whole life experience, with that one, simple, spiritual truth.  Somehow, I never forgot it.  Over the years, it lived within my belief system, despite any negative thing that might look like it could harm me. 

         Now, the bad things that threaten us in the material scene can seem very real, and unbeatable.  But in any bad situation, to realize that, “God is here too, and that makes all the difference in the world” takes the material belief of something-evil out of our thinking, replacing it with the ever-present, spiritual fact of divine Love.  So, I’ve always been so grateful that that one lesson from a bible class teacher has helped me all my adult life.

         Now, as time has rolled on, I’ve learned that it’s wise to know that our own change of mind from negative thoughts (and beliefs) into God-ward thinking always begins the spiritual-healing process of anything, or anyone, that may threaten us.  This is so because in our outer world of finite, physical form, every type of evil person, place, or thing can find its way into our consciousness; and once in our thoughts, our material images of disease, disfigurement, lack of supply, and any other discordant scenario tries to blot out our spiritual knowledge of God’s ever-presence and everlasting divine Love for us.  

         So, our own beliefs and thoughts, (rather of good or evil conditions) can manifest on the physical form (create materially) the image of our own worst fears.  This occurs subliminally when we aren’t remembering that God, divine Love, is the only power that rules over us. 

         The first commandment says we should have no other gods (powers) except the One, spiritual God of all creation.  Whatever else we may be believing in as a ‘power’ over us is a false power and not to be feared.  God is still with us, despite all physical appearances to the contrary; and God is omnipotent (the only Power over all creation). 

         Now, no matter what we’re believing to be an earthly power over us can physically manifest (takes some type of physical form).   It may be good or bad, depending upon our thinking about it.   The good news to remember, however, is that God’s children are spiritual, not material creatures, despite all material illusions to the contrary.

         So, beliefs of any kind of negative powers, or situations, or scenarios should be cleared from your thoughts in order to clear the path God-ward by first dismissing all fearful, negative beliefs, however real and powerful they may claim to be.  Just because we don’t perceive spiritual truth through the finite, physical senses, does not mean that God’s kingdom exists in another dimension from us.

         God, divine Spirit, is always invisibly present to maintain the ever-lasting harmony and good things that belong to Its own, spiritual children (you and me).  That’s what omnipresence means.  We are still and only have our true being, our spiritual being, in the spiritual kingdom of God, wherever we seem to be materially.  

         Paul the Apostle did much writing on the nature of God’s ever-present, invisible kingdom, that exists right here, but hidden beneath our false sense of a finite, physical sense of ourselves.  As Paul said, “…they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ ” (See fuller quote at top page of article).

         But, why you ask, am I telling you this?  I’m telling this because it came to me, early this morning, to describe an early healing experience that showed why everyone can experience the true creation of God that lies dormant within us all.  This was my first, spiritual healing of someone other than myself.  It started way back when our daughter was two years old.  Here’s what happened:

         I awoke, one morning, to find my little two-year old covered with a really bad rash all over her body.  I was shocked, because I’d never had any physical thing like that, nor had the baby ever been sick.

         Now, my own mother was not like me.  She believed more like the general population of this world that fought with disease as though it was a real power.  She wasn’t too receptive of spiritual healing, nor did she want to leave the world’s medical way, so I knew that this wasn’t the time to debate with her.   So, at the worst time, she took that moment to knock on the door and walk in. 

         When she saw how red and aggressive the rash seemed to be on my daughter, she wanted me to call a doctor right away; but I knew I had to get hold of myself and get rid of the fear, so the healing would come.  When my mother left, I calmed myself down from her reaction and predictions of doom.  Then I turned to God and said, “What is this?”  The soft answer I heard in my mind was something like, “It is nothing.  Let go of the fear, first.”  So, I calmed myself as best I could and waited for more direction to come to my thoughts. 

         The next thing I ‘heard’ in my thoughts was a soft voice saying, “There is no poison in the kingdom of God.  Do not I fill heaven and earth?  The only thing that is touching her is My love.”

         I knew this was the inner voice of the Christ Consciousness that is the spiritual consciousness, deep within us all.  So, as I mentally ‘heard’ that voice within, I felt a great weight lifting, and I knew that the message I was receiving was that the whole, material illusion of disease couldn’t touch any of God’s children.  But in order to erase the illusion of materiality, I had to erase all traces of fear, first.  For the illusion of disease, or any abnormality, is created in the false, material sense of being, (imagined) before it manifests (appears) in the outer world of form.  

         So, I knew that in spiritual Reality, there is no disease.  To explain further: When fear is released, the truth of normalcy comes back into thought and the healing occurs…yet, please ‘get this’:  Nothing really changes from normalcy to disease, and then back to normalcy again.  Rather, what really happens is that in the kingdom of God, (where we live, and move, and have our being) disease never happens to us in the first place.  I repeat: in spiritual reality, there is no disease.  It is only our belief that we live, and move, and have our being trapped in a material form, which causes us to think we are finite, physical creatures, instead of the ever-lasting, spiritual children of God. 

         Once we remember that we are God’s own children, our belief in any danger, disease, or lack of harmony fades from the physical appearance of the material form.  And that’s just what occurred.  By the time the day was over, my daughter’s skin had returned to normal and she went outside to play.  By evening, when my mother returned to check on her, my daughter showed no sign of the frightening rash.

         Now, this is not a new thing.  I didn’t invent it.  Many religious churches and movements now know that there’s a spiritual component that goes with those who learn the spiritual principles of healing.  The principles of spiritual healing appear in many religions today, such as the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy in the Christian Science religion, and some Unity churches, and even some Eastern religions.

         Personally, I didn’t learn of Christian Science until I was twenty-eight or so; yet, I have been practicing the principles of spiritual healing since I was that small child, without any particular religion to rely upon, except to know that ‘God is here, too, and that makes all the difference in the world’. 

         Over the years that I grew in my understanding of spiritual healing, I’ve come to comprehend that this explains why faith is so important to healing.  Faith is not for God’s sake, as we’re often taught.  Instead, ‘faith’ is the tool that works for our own sake.  Faith is a mental stand and the first step in reversing an illness, or injury, or any discord that acts out in the outer world of finite form.  With faith, we stop believing in the power of disease, evil, and death.  Faith fulfills the First Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods (powers) before Me.”

         Faith is the mental trust that turns-the-tide in every case of spiritual healing.   Every spiritual healing begins with faith.  This trust is necessary to turn the physical appearance of things back into normalcy; for, remember: we manifest into material form, whatever we are believing.  When we stop believing in disease, sin, and death, these ‘evils’ disappear.

         Furthermore, Faith denies the negative so that the positive can re-enter the human scenario.  It keeps the human, material sense of things at bay, so that the spiritual truth of man’s ever-lasting spiritual identity does not imagine disease, and then allow this image to manifest in or on the physical form.  Faith steadies the human sense of material being to ‘stand down’, so to speak.  It shuts out the fears of materiality, so the harmony of spiritual being can heal the material illusion in the outer world of finite form.

         Now, having said all this, please do not give up any other method of healing you have faith in.  Wherever your belief system feels safest, go to that system.  Don’t leave medical treatment until you realize or comprehend how and why spiritual healing works. 

         If new to spiritual healing methods, practice on non-threatening things until your understanding and trust have conquered any fear; for fear and trust are two very different mental states.  Fear means you’re still believing in the injury or disease; and when fear is still present in your thoughts, no healing is likely to occur.  Fear is the absence of trust.  So, first practice handling fear, and learn to replace it with faith in the Divine, ever-present kingdom, (even though invisible to the material senses) right here where we seem to be physical beings, but are not.

         Learning the spiritual truth of being, (rather than clinging to materiality as reality) is probably the basic purpose of our earthly experience.  It is an awakening from the collective dream of finite being into our remembrance that we are, and always have been, God’s own spiritual children, with our real life span that has no end.   Each awakens from the dream of finite being in his and her own time.  I think that our putting on our own Christ identity (Spiritual identity) begins the awakening process, despite which side of the grave we’re on.  Physical death was never real in the first place.  We are Spirit Untouched.