Spiritual truths have come forth from the hearts of humankind for as long as we’ve walked this earth. In the American tradition, some of these truths have come forth in the metaphysical traditions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Divine Science emerged in the Western regions of the United States, and is attributed to Malinda Cramer, Nona Brooks along with significant contributions by Fannie Brooks James, Alethea Brooks Small and Kate Bingham. In my study of the principles, I have come to believe that the one word to define the focus of Divine Science must be omnipresence.
Omnipresence, the concept, is taught in the basic Divine Science texts, and was the core concept of the early healings noted, as well as the teachings that emerged. Here is one definition from Short Lessons in Divine Science:
There is one word that I would write upon the hearts of (humanity)–Omnipresence. Omnipresence! Repeat it to yourself; say it often; get the fullness of its meaning. It can never grow old; it will never become threadbare; it can never wear out. I prefer it to faith, hope, and love, because it is greater than these. Omnipresence is beyond hope; it is fulfillment. It is greater than either faith or love, because it includes these, and more within itself. Omnipresence, the All-Presence, the Presence that is always present!Nona Brooks, Short Lessons in Divine Science
What is omnipresence?
The best modern description I have found came from an Indian philosopher, Spiritual guru, author and teacher, Sri Sri Anandamurti and it is a phrase I share widely:
We are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars, guides us too.
That is the modern definition of omnipresence.
Understanding the concept of omnipresence is, as Nona Brooks and others in Divine Science noted, the only concept we need to understand!
Enough of the complicated prayers, practices and rituals: the answers to so many of life’s problems are as close as the understanding that nothing that we have done, or can ever do (or fail to do) will ever separate us from our Source. We can FORGET that we are immersed in, surrounded by and enfolded in the Power and Presence; but we can never be separated from it.
Divine Science tenets hold that “The physical evidence of any teaching lies not in the authority or history of an organization, but in the ability of an individual to prove the teaching.”
In other words, talk is cheap! We can talk about principles, talk about the POTENTIAL for healing, talk about the right way to do this or that; but at the end of the day, the proof is in the pudding. The evidence of the teaching lies in the ability of the individual – any individual – to prove the teaching.
One’s title, status in an organization or length of tenure in an organization are of no consequence to the Truth. The principle of Light shines always in all ways. It is we who shift from seeing the Light to missing it, and in demonstrating the ability to prove the truth in the teachings; we share the Light with the world.
Rev. Dr. Joseph Murphy reminded his congregants and students that “Truth never changes“. The Infinite is never gone away from us. In this understanding lies the essence of all healing, restoration, peace and harmony.
I strive in my writings and teaching opportunities to show the simplicity of these principles. In a recent blog post I wrote about the steps anyone can take to improve a circumstance or situation in their lives. I share demonstrations of my own use of these Universal principles to encourage study, practice and application, because I know that you can do this, too! Sometimes all that is needed is some guidance and a little encouragement.
While the culture seems to be moving away from overtly religious practice and language, it can be easy to dismiss the formal language and biblical references in some of the early Divine Science publications, but I encourage patience and understanding: there is deep wisdom and power in the words penned over 100 years ago by these pioneers.
In closing I want to share words attributed to Malinda Cramer.
“It was early one morning in the year 1885, during an hour of earnest meditation and prayerful seeking, that I asked the following questions in faith, believing that they would be answered, with a willingness to abide the decision, whatever it might be. ‘Is there any way out of these conditions? Is there any power in the vast universe that can heal me?’ The answer to my earnest inquiry was an all absorbing realization of a presence not heretofore realized. This presence was more than personal; it was omnipresence, and was so real, and so vivifying and illumining, that I became It. I realized It to be my Life, my Being, my health, knowledge and power. It was a “consuming fire,” in that all things became It, and were this Presence manifested. That hour was the beginning of my realization of the oneness of Life, for a gleam of its truth flashed across my mental vision at that time which I now understand to be the at-one-ment of the whole – of the Creator and creation.”
Malinda Cramer wasn’t chosen, anointed or special in any way that you or I are not. The healing she experienced in 1885, like the healings documented in the biblical text, are accessible, available – today and always – and the key to them begins with embracing the concept of omnipresence.
And so it is.
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