Two Spiritual Treats, No Tricks!

By Blogger Linda Ross
Halloween.  For children, yes, but why do adults celebrate it too? Well, it’s fun… “Halloween may be the biggest do-it-yourself holiday in America, where creative types turn their cars into Batmobiles and their jack-o’-lanterns into computerized Silly String squirters,” was the pre-amble to a recently aired NPR program, Geek out to freak out on Halloween.

…And I would guess adults are looking for some treats too!  Those of you following my weekly posts may have noticed a definite link between spirituality and well-being – which is for me a wonderful spiritual treat.  Over the last few months, I’ve commented on several studies documenting the coincidence of prayer and health.  Here are two shared previously:

  • University of Massachusetts Medical School released a study in May looking at trends in the use of prayer for health concerns – saw an increase from 13.7% of adults in 1999 to 49% in 2007. Isn’t it interesting to see prayer documented as a mainstream health and life practice?
  • The authors of a book reporting on the Longevity Project, an 8 decade study of 1,500 Californians, that included a focus on religiosity, noted “We did uncover various hints of the health importance of a deeper meaning in life.  Those who developed catastrophizing, negative thought patterns were inclined to precipitous actions, injuries, accidents, suicides and related risks… You may have heard the old saw that says, ‘The best of Men cannot suspend their Fate; The Good die early, and the Bad die late.’ This turned out to be myth! Instead, we sum it all up by saying, “It is the Good ones who can actually help shape their fate; The Bad die early, and the Good do great.” 

Linda Ross is a Christian Science Practitioner living in Connecticut.


One response to “Two Spiritual Treats, No Tricks!

  1. Confused about COP Mission

    Halloween and Christian Science
    As to your article on Halloween and the holidays that follow-Halloween celebrates a pagan Celtic holiday of Samhain where ghosts of the dead roamed the streets and gifts were laid out to scare and pacify the ghosts as well as ensure a good crop the coming year. All Hallows Eve was a holiday created by Christians to convert the pagans and celebrate All Hallows Day the following day, November 1st. Christians today agonize how this pagan holiday has become almost as popular as Christmas and Easter and Halloween decorations are allowed in public places where anything that smacks of Jesus’ birth or crucifixion is banned. Is Halloween a good thing or not?

    Mary Baker Eddy tells us in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures “…children should be assured that their fears are groundless, that ghosts are not realities, but traditional beliefs, erroneous and man-made” 352: 23-25. She further states “The age has not outlived the sense of ghostly beliefs. It still holds them more or less.” 352: 13-14 “When we learn that error is not real, we shall be ready for progress, “forgetting those things which are behind.” 353:22-24. It is obvious that children should not be taught that ghosts are real, but what about the ghosts adults entertain? Those memories of painful experiences, stressful situations; the “what ifs”, “if onlys”, the “shoulda, coulda, but didn’ts” of adult life that haunt and rob us of our peace of mind?

    Mary Baker Eddy also writes about the value of human history in her own biographical comments in Retrospection and Introspection: “Mere historic incidents and personal events are frivolous of no moment, unless they illustrate the ethics of Truth. To this end, but only to this end, such narrations may be admissible and advisable; but if spiritual conclusions are separated from their premises, the nexus is lost, and the argument, with its rightful conclusions, becomes correspondingly obscure. The human history needs to be revised, and the material record expunged.” 21:25-2

    Today Christian Scientists can evangelize Halloween by celebrating it as a reminder to prayerfully expunge the ghosts of bad dreams and bad memories as well as those “traditional beliefs” of old age, youth, heredity, gender, race, etc.. Since God cannot suffer from a bad dream, painful memory or false traditional belief, neither can we as His image and likeness. In fact, Halloween can be a perfect reminder to prepare thought for Thanksgiving by gratitude those ghosts can no longer haunt us, Christmas and Easter by purifying thought for the birth and resurrection of Christ in our hearts.

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