Spiritual synchronization

Mentally yielding to God, good, empowers us to feel God’s healing love and strength in our daily lives.

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In technology, synchronization enables us to access the same information from one device to another. The data is stored in the cloud, accessible wherever we may be, even if we change devices. By creating a user account on a site or an app using cloud computing data storage, we can easily access our information by identifying ourself on the corresponding platform.

There’s another kind of synchronization I have found even more helpful in my daily life. It is illustrated in this passage from “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science: “When mortal man blends his thoughts of existence with the spiritual and works only as God works, he will no longer grope in the dark and cling to earth because he has not tasted heaven” (p. 263).

For me this represents what we might call “spiritual synchronization.” When human thoughts yield to the will of God, which is always good and harmonious for each of us, we witness healing taking place. This is what Christ Jesus proved, including when he faced crucifixion yet asked for God’s will, not his own, to be done. Jesus looked to God as the source of his and everyone’s true, spiritual identity. This resulted in his many healing works and ultimate victory over death after three days in the tomb.

In our daily life, when the temptation to feel discouraged or hopeless jumps in – maybe at school, at work, or with family – we too can look to God, the source of the real “data” about each of us. We can identify ourselves spiritually, as God created us: as the image of His perfect nature, made up of spiritual qualities such as purity and completeness. This constitutes our true nature, which cannot be corrupted because God, Spirit, cannot be corrupted. Faced with a health crisis situation, a difficult assignment at school, or any other type of difficulty, mentally yielding to God, good, enables us to feel tranquility, spiritual strength, and God’s healing love.

During the exam period at the university I attend, there was much pressure to participate in corrupt practices. Word spread that if we didn’t give money to a teacher we were liable not to pass (even if we had earned a passing grade), and that certain teachers did not even let students take the exam unless they gave the teacher money.

I decided to turn to God in prayer, to “blend” my thought with the spiritual and seek God’s guidance. As a student of Christian Science, I have learned that God’s universe is filled with His spiritual offspring, who are obedient to the Divine. The divine Mind, God, is the only legitimate Mind and each one of us expresses that Mind. God being Love and each of us being the idea of God, our real being is made not of dishonesty but of righteousness, love, joy, and harmony. I understood this to be the real “data” of everyone.

I kept preparing for my exam by studying and praying in this way, rather than paying a bribe. When the time came to take the exam, I was able to do so peacefully, and when they published the exam results, I saw that I had successfully passed.

Whatever type of situation we may face, we can “[blend our] thoughts of existence” with what the divine Mind knows about us and others, realizing that God’s love is always embracing us, lifting fears and worries. What comes out of this is that, as the Bible says, “We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (II Corinthians 3:18).

Isn’t such “spiritual synchronization” beautiful? Each of us can experience it right now and right here, and see its wonderful results.

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