December 2021 Daily Guides by Rev. Martha Quintana |
The Daily Guides have always been a beloved section of this publication. Each month, new spiritual guidance is imparted by members of the Centers for Spiritual Living communities. It’s lifelong insight you can’t find anywhere but Guide for Spiritual Living: Science of Mind magazine.
Each day brings two quotes from various wisdom teachers, a personal guide from the author’s life and a powerful affirmation.
In case you don’t subscribe, here’s an example of what you’re missing. Rev. Martha Quintana shares with us her first set of Daily Guides, reminding us of the indomitable nature of the Spirit and the inherent holiday celebration of it. She writes, “From Hanukkah to the winter solstice, from Christmas to Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve, there is a celebration of light so bright that each of us can choose to be lifted out of the shadow of our collective and individual souls. We are each free to become.”
Made of Something Bigger
Affirmation: On this day, a day filled with grace and gladness, I dwell on all things good.
The beginning of December means the holiday season is in full swing. We’ve just celebrated Thanksgiving and now the fun begins. There’s a difference between “fun” and actual fun. “Fun” feels empty and comes when I focus on the trappings of the holidays. Actual fun is when I celebrate with the joy of the Divine. This is a true celebration; it celebrates the something bigger from which I’m made.
I experienced the distinction between these two types of fun some years ago when I woke up on Thanksgiving morning.
Earlier in the year, my husband, mother and mother-in-law all had close brushes with death. I awoke that day with the thought that if any of them had passed away, I would have given anything to have one more dinner with them.
When I realized I got to make dinner for them because they were still with me, I literally sprang from my bed filled with joy.
The drudgery I felt making dinner in the past was gone. I could have a celebration for and with my family. That year,
in addition to my husband, mother and mother-in-law, my brothers, their families and their in-laws came over.
I was filled with such happiness, it infected everyone — and we had the best time.
The joy of love was present, and it started with the honor of making dinner for my beloveds. I experienced that something bigger, and I was grateful.
The One is the immeasurable light, pure, holy, immaculate. It is unutterable and is perfect in incorruptibility. Not that it is just perfection or blessedness or divinity: It is much greater.
— “The Secret Book of John,” page 107
Mind — the Thing, Spirit, Causation — is beyond and yet not beyond our grasp. … We shall never encompass God, and yet we shall always be in God and of God.
— Ernest Holmes, “The Science of Mind,” page 28