“Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.” (1)
As a child, this is the powerful idea my family shared as grace at the dinner table each evening meal. It expressed our gratitude for God, Love itself, for providing all the good in the world that day.
Our family of six experienced the usual family challenges – health, financial, relationships and employment- and they were were worked out through prayer, some quickly, some not so fast. Yet trusting in God as ever-present Love was perfectly natural to me as a child.
Then came my teenage explorative years. It was a challenging but wonderful time of discovery. After high school I went to university and studied fine art, architectural history, and obtained a teaching degree. I married a wonderful man who choose medicine as his occupation (this was an area of knowledge completely new to me but I saw the good and found it exciting to learn more about) Then came children and moving around alot- the busy years of working as a music teacher and caring for children, the medical Family practice business, and our home.
Yet throughout all of the challenges of these years I always felt loved. Divine Love never let me or my family go. And my hunger for spiritual understanding continued to grow.
I studied the Bible and Science and Health with key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy more regularly, praying and journalling my insights more. I really wanted to be able to heal myself and my family and regain the trust in God that I had felt so easily as a child.
Here are two way-marks on my journey of becoming a full-time Christian Science healer.
#1 Discovering the Celtic Harp:
I first heard a Celtic harp played live while at a coffee house. I was enthralled. The woman sang and played so beautifully I felt like I had found heaven on earth. About six months later after our family moved to the Okanagan Valley, BC I purchased my own 36 string Celtic harp from a local craftsman and began to enthusiastically teach myself how to play it.
Although I had been a singer, a recorder player and a teacher for many years this newly discovered love of of the harp ignited a passion and dedication within me that rocketed my creativity and performance into a whole new stratasphere.
Within two years I was playing professionally, teaching, and wanting to write and record music.
By 2004 there were two albums.
The first, AnamCara (2001) is with the critically acclaimed harp/vocal trio- AnamCara. (Caroline Mackay, Debi Johnson, Kate Gibson Oswald) Three harps and delicious vocal harmonies that have been enchanting audiences in Western Canada for the past 20 years.
My second album is a solo album. Musician’s Canvas (2004) welcomes you into the soul-stirring world of Celtic harp where songs of longing, adventure, re-birth, celebration and discovery meet spunky instrumentals and fresh arrangements of Celtic favourites. This seamless offering will inspire you with beautiful images that can carry you through your day, away to the sea… and beyond.
“The CD is marvellous – a work of art. It speaks of love for family and the world around us with a strong and sweet voice.”
“Thank you so much for your beautiful CD. Your voice is so true and clear and the harp exquisite and gentle. I love listening while I work at my desk.” – Sue Anderson, Bainsbridge Island, WA
“I love the variety, the old and the new …you managed to get it all on there! Yet there is this thread of consistency running through it. I love the Columbus story, a wonderfully spun tale and a great message, as well as your lovely instrumental” (The Lady Waits…) – Susan Norie, Summerland, British Columbia
It is available from ME through the contact page on this website or at https://watchfiremusic.com/profile/kate-gibson-oswald/ or I-tunes . Tip: If you buy from me you support the artist 100%. I ship anywhere. The lovely full-colour insert with mini-paintings and poetry is worth it.
Music speaks directly to the heart and soul. It is a spiritual language at its core.
Look for new releases of my inspiration music soon.
# 2 – Max
In 2001 we owned a majestic thoroughbred named Max. He was the most beautiful and intelligent horse and he kept our daughter safe as she learned to sail over jumps. But at one point he became lame. The farrier could find no reason for the lameness and the veterinarian was called. After two months of lameness the vet could find no physical cause and the diagnosis became a degenerative disease.
My teenage daughter was so fearful and distraught I called a practitioner of Christian Science to pray with us and for Max- wanting to basically handle the fear. The practitioner gave each of us some spiritual ideas to study from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures to think about while she prayed specifically for Max.
This is one of the powerful ideas she shared with me that brought me to God as the one Mind and Max as a perfect idea in Mind, God.
“Mind, joyous in strength, dwells in the realm of Mind. Mind’s infinite ideas run and disport themselves. In humility they climb the heights of holiness.” (2)
I knew Max was created perfectly in God, Mind. This meant he was strong, intelligent, beautiful, graceful, and responsive in Spirit. I truly saw that these specific spiritual qualities identified him. After spending about half and hour truly seeing him in this light my thought turned briefly back to the image of a lame horse. Well this picture just seemed impossible! It had to be a lie about God’s perfectly created horse! He was a perfect idea in the Mind of God and, well, nothing could ever change God!
The practitioner was also made aware that the vet would be coming again in the afternoon to take another X-ray. Upon hearing this she exclaimed, “Oh, I wonder what God looks like on an X-ray.”
My daughter arrived at the barn early in the afternoon to be alone with Max. She sat quietly in his paddock and sang hymns and prayed with him prior to the vet arriving.
I got there about an hour later after picking up my son from school, this is what happened:
I remember feeling safe and calm as I walked toward the barn. As I entered I could hear voices and the thundering sound of hooves. As I turned the corner, I saw Max galloping around the indoor arena! No sign of lameness. No impairment. He was just naturally running and “disporting” himself.
The joy that we felt was beyond words and it left a deep impression on my daughter and I. Two months of lameness and a hopeless diagnosis had quite simply-vanished!
The next day I asked the vet what she thought had happened. She acknowledged that his immediate recovery from lameness was not medically explainable. Then she smiled at me and said it was truly a “miracle”.
This was December 12, 2001. Max went back to all his normal activities and never had a recurrence of this problem in all the years we had him.
This dramatic healing of Max marked the renewal of my hope that as an adult that I might be able to see things more spiritually, understand God and Love’s creation better, and reclaim the trust I had in God as a child.
I had certainly already gained a good understanding of our current medical system – what it could and could not do, its strengths, weaknesses and limitations. Now I longed to truly understand the laws of God that Christ Jesus demonstrated and lived- the Christ healing Jesus assured that we too could practice (see John 14:12), the same healing Principle that Mary Baker Eddy discovered in 1866 and named Christian Science.
One way to expand one’s understanding of God and its practical application through divine healing is to take an intensive 12 day course of instruction in Christian Science healing with an accredited teacher.
In 2005 I found a teacher that was just right for me and I took the course. In the years since I have come to understand more of the genius of Jesus timeless and practical Christ work- his teaching, example, healing work and sacrifice for humanity.
Jesus consistently demonstrated oneness with God, a natural state of health and wholeness. The Science of Christ reveals God as Love,Truth, Life, Principle, Soul, Spirit, and Mind. Recognizing God’s allness and oneness exposes evil as an imposter, a liar and the father of all lies about God and all creation. Jesus did this and so can we.
Christian Science has become so much more than a religion to me. It is the Science of Being!
The universal spiritual laws that Christ Jesus lived and practiced and that 1900 years later Mary Baker Eddy discovered, proved, taught and preserved for all time in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is meant to uplift and heal suffering humanity- regardless of religion, race or era.
In her book No and Yes she also makes this observation.
The two largest words in the vocabulary of thought are “Christian” and “Science.” The former is the highest style of man; the latter reveals and interprets God and man; it aggregates, amplifies, unfolds, and expresses the All-God. (3)
The times we live in are challenging, exciting, and promising. Yet the world needs more Christianly scientific healers.
There came a point in my life where my spiritual growth and the blessings I have received from the study and practice of Christian Science needed to be paid forward and shared through a healing practice. The public practice of Christian Science was a divinely natural step of gratitude for me. The healing results bring great joy.
Looking back, I can honestly say that my life is now more balanced and challenges are met with greater courage, wisdom, compassion and spiritual understanding. My health is significantly more Spirit-based and consistent.
It is comforting to know that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves.
The Discover and founder of Christian Science describes these times or the age we live in this way,
“We live in an age of Love’s divine adventure to be All-in-all.” (4)
And what a grand adventure it is!
- Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 494
- ibid p. 514
- Mary Baker Eddy, No and Yes, p.10
- Mary Baker Eddy, The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, p.158