Tuesday, August 23, 2005

She is complete already

A continuation of yesterday’s entry…

With some more time to sit down and pray about my daughter at college now, further ideas came to me.

One of the key philosophies of parenting that I got from Christian Science is that each of us is complete upon creation. In other words, Spirit didn’t leave anything out when we were created—our being is a reflection of the Divine and therefore contains all that makes us its image and likeness.

So I trained myself at the birth of my children not to see them as incomplete biological beings, but as the total expression of God. As their human parent, I would see this unfold from within them, not be adding anything to them. I didn’t have to re-create them in any way, but be a witness to their own revelation of who they are.

Now as I think of my daughter having outgrown home and moved on to college, this idea is comforting me again. She has all that she needs within her. She is complete right now, the total magnificent expression of infinite Soul. The new environment of college will allow her to manifest more aspects of her own infinite nature.

Christian Science presents unfoldment, not accretion; it manifests no material growth from molecule to mind, but an impartation of the divine Mind to man and the universe.
Science and Health, 68:27-30


Mary Baker Eddy writes a lot about the “seed is in itself,” taken from the first chapter of Genesis. Such an interesting image. You could think of it as genetic material, but Eddy’s discussion of this concept makes it clear that she thought of it as idea. Ideas carry their full potential within themselves. (Read Genesis for more insights if you like.)

Even as a diamond can only show all aspects of its radiance when its angle to the light changes, so human change allows new elements of one’s being to shine forth. I’m reminded of the truism, There is no progress without change. A different setting, both for humans and for diamonds, brings out what perhaps was unseen before.

My girl is in a different setting, but all that means is the world will see a new radiance from her. I can’t wait to bask in that light.

Some more thoughts that have guided my parenting over the years:


Because man is the reflection of his Maker, he is not subject to birth, growth, maturity, decay. These mortal dreams are of human origin, not divine.


To attend properly the birth of the new child, or divine idea, you should so detach mortal thought from its material conceptions, that the birth will be natural and safe. Though gathering new energy, this idea cannot injure its useful surroundings in the travail of spiritual birth. A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive. The new idea, conceived and born of Truth and Love, is clad in white garments. Its beginning will be meek, its growth sturdy, and its maturity undecaying. When this new birth takes place, the Christian Science infant is born of the Spirit, born of God, and can cause the mother no more suffering. By this we know that Truth is here and has fulfilled its perfect work.


CHILDREN. The spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love.


Whatever is governed by God, is never for an instant deprived of the light and might of intelligence and Life.


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