“Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.” (1)
As a child this is the grace my family prayed at the dinner table each evening meal. It affirmed our gratitude for God, Love itself providing all good for us each day and for all.
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 seemed perfectly natural to me as a child.
Then came my teenage questioning years. This coincided with moving with my family at the age of fourteen to a one hundred acre farm in the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada. I began experimenting with different ways of living and thinking.
After high school I went to university and studied fine art, architectural history, and obtained a teaching degree. Soon after 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 being done and found it exciting to learn about) Then came children and moving around alot- the busy years of working and caring for children and family.
Increasingly I found it was harder to stay spiritually balanced. When challenges came up they knocked me down and I floundered around in discouragement more than I remembered as a child. Life was not as fulfilling as I knew it could be. My health was not as stable either.
Stress had become my new normal- though it took me years to figure this out in hindsight.
Yet throughout these challenges I felt loved. Love never let me go. It kept me and my family safe and always progressing. And my hunger for spiritual understanding also continued to grow.
I returned to reading the Bible and Science and Health with key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. I also found myself praying and journalling my insights more. I wanted to be able to heal myself and my family and regain the trust in God I had felt so easily as a child.
Curiously though, faith in my own ability to understand, heal, and accept healing through applying the divine laws of God as revealed though Christian Science, appeared to be at an all time low.
Two events in my life helped me get back on track.
Discovering the Celtic Harp:
I first heard the sound of a Celtic harp being played live while at a coffee house one frosty winter evening in 1997 in Nanaimo, BC. 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 I had two albums.
The first, AnamCara (2001) was with the critically acclaimed harp/vocal trio- AnamCara. (Caroline Mackay, Debi Johnson, Kate Gibson Oswald) – Three harps and three voices enchanted audiences and the harmonies were divine. We toured and performed professionally together for over 10 years.
The second album was a solo album Musician’s Canvas (2004) with haunting Celtic classics, original compositions, instrumentals, fine art and poetry. The recording is still available: from me, Watchfire Music, I-tunes, or CD Baby and is still delighting and inspiring listeners today. Tip: buy from me and support the artist 100%. I ship anywhere. The lovely full-colour insert with paintings and poetry is worth it.
From 2000-2013 I attended and played at various harp and songwriting workshops, special events, performing solo and with world class musicians throughout Western Canada and in the USA.
Love truly blessed me in this work. It is the most wonderful feeling to be able to share inspirational music and work with others who care as deeply about it as I do. The connection was deeply spiritual.
In 2001 we owned a thoroughbred named Max. He was the most beautiful and intelligent horse and he kept our daughter safe as she learned to sail over jumps. Max taught her discipline and many important life skills. 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- the diagnosis was a degenerative disease.
My teenage daughter was so fearful and distraught that morning I called a practitioner of Christian Science to pray with us and for Max- hoping to handle the fear. The practitioner gladly took the case and gave each of us some spiritual ideas from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures to work with while she treated Max. One of the ideas she shared with me referred to God as Mind and included Max as an idea of Mind:
“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 Mind. This meant he was strong, intelligent, beautiful, graceful, and responsive. I recognized that these spiritual qualities perfectly defined 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 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.
Living in a medically oriented household I felt I needed to understand clearly the difference between the methods of medical and spiritual healing. 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.
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. It also compliments my inspirational music perfectly.
Looking back, I can honestly say that life is now more balanced and challenges are met with greater courage, wisdom, compassion and spiritual understanding.
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 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