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Thanksgiving and recognition for veritable ideas

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Announcements Forums Unreality – April 7th, 2019 Thanksgiving and recognition for veritable ideas

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    9. 88 : 9-15 (to ,)
    How are veritable ideas to be distinguished from illusions? By learning the origin of each. Ideas are emanations from the divine Mind. Thoughts, proceeding from the brain or from matter, are offshoots of mortal mind; they are mortal material beliefs. Ideas are spiritual, harmonious, and eternal. Beliefs proceed from the so-called material senses,

    From the 1828 Webster’s:

    True; agreeable to fact. [Little used.]

    In a recent Forum Post, the following was brought out from “Finance” by Bicknell Young:
    It was thanksgiving and recognition that multiplied the loaves and fishes to the five thousand.

    Ever since this was read at the Rountable, I have been thinking about how recognition of Truth brings gratitude for Truth, recognition of Love brings gratitude for Love, and recognition of Life brings gratitude for Life. It becomes this quick cycle of being awake to God’s blessings, and then being immediately thankful for them.

    To me, this is where all that Plainfield offers, and definitely practitioner support, is providing much needed education. Before coming here, I had no idea how to distinguish veritable ideas from illusions. Now I feel I have the tools to know the difference, and because of that, my ability to recognize God’s goodness has become increasingly fine-tuned. With that recognition, thanksgiving has become an integral part of my day. This seems to be the lattice upon which my joy and all the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) are growing.

    This also helps me to understand where my former ingratitude came from: Looking at error (nothing) brought no recognition, and therefore no gratitude. It is impossible to recognize or give thanksgiving for nothing. No wonder existence seemed so bleak!

    I am very grateful to God for bringing me here and turning all that around!

    Thank you for this lesson, and for how every week builds upon the previous. It is wonderful what we have in Christian Science and this church!


    “… thanksgiving has become an integral part of my day. This seems to be the lattice upon which my joy and all the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) are growing.”

    I love how you worded this, Jeremy!

    I remember always being in a fog about concepts in Christian Science, thinking I’d never figure it out. After coming to Plainfield it was the teaching about the difference between divine Mind and the human (mortal) mind that really cleared things up for me (in addition to the very important point of obedience to God, among other things). “Now I feel I have the tools to know the difference”–Amen!

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