Virginia Harris, C.S.B. – Health and the Mother-love of God – Daily Bread – 05/10/2013

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“God is Love.” More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go. 

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures)

 

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Virginia Harris, C.S.B. – Health and the Mother-love of God 

Health and the Mother-love of God

Posted: 09 May 2013 04:46 PM PDT

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Recently there have been reports in the news describing research results about the effect of human consciousness on physical health – specifically, that individual consciousness focused on a loving God. An anthropologist from Stanford University, T. M. Luhrmann, writes in the New York Times (‘The Benefits of Church’), “To know God in an evangelical church, you must experience what can only be imagined as real, and you must also experience it as good.” Luhrmann continues, “…the capacity to imagine a loving God vividly leads to better health.”

This is very consistent with my understanding of who God is – a loving, wholly good, omnipotent and omnipresent supreme being – and the effect of experiencing this powerful being on individual health. To me, it also indicates the inseparable relationship one has with the loving God, our divine Parent.

As a spiritual healthcare practitioner for many years, I have seen that the closer a patient feels to this presence – actually, the more one understands that he cannot be separated from the blessings of an all-loving, all-good supreme being – the more tangible these blessings become in his life, in improved health, positive relationships, better financial circumstances. Who wouldn’t want to be close to this beneficent Parent?

Several years ago I was in a serious car accident that took emergency crews 45 minutes to extract me from the wreckage. In moments of consciousness, I prayed with all my heart to the Divine for help. It was all I could do. Over the next several days, I felt closer to God than I had ever felt before. I had such a tangible and real sense of Mother-love, tenderly enveloping me, assuring me – and yes, healing me.  Through prayer, a gentle physical restoration began to take place. In a few weeks, I was back driving my kids to school and caring for my family. (For a complete account of this healing, click here)

When I think and pray vividly about all the good qualities of my divine Parent, it is easy to feel and experience this Mother-love embracing me fearlessly, guiding me in wise decisions, and protecting me from harm. In this state of uplifted spiritual consciousness, I am separated from anything unlike the divine qualities because I am inseparable from the Divine – these are my qualities too. I am like the image in a mirror that can only reflect the original.

A loving mother of course wants only good for her children and will do all in her power to ensure it. She loves us first and shows us what unconditional love is. We bask in this love and cannot help to love in return. When we love and are loved, don’t we feel happier, safer, better?

Now imagine this mother-love grander, greater, ineffably closer…this is a glimpse of the infinite, omnipresent and omnipotent love of our divine Mother. She has loved us first in our lives – and we are first in this great heart of Love. All the abundant good that is, is bestowed on us unconditionally: health, happiness, peace. This is real Love.

“God is Love.” More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures)