12/2: Perfection—our real point of origin

12/2: Perfection—our real point of origin

  1. A perfect lift. I believe that Jesus did not heal the blind, the leper, the palsied - he simply removed the delusion that made them exist as separate human beings. He taught that we would remain in the delusion as long as we had a life of our own, a supply of our own, a mind of our own. When we realize God as our consciousness, we behold the perfect activity of Christ consciousness. Thanks again.. .

  2. Thank you Jon for this great reminder that our starting point is always in seeing ourselves and others as the perfect reflection of God. This is how Christ Jesus healed- understanding that mortal belief presented a lie about man, and that knowing that the real man was always present and perfect, he corrected this misrepresentation right on the spot, immediately. In fact, following his recognition of this perfection, and awakening the individual to this revelation, the Bible records many of the results of his healing actions often beginning with the word "immediately". The physical changes were a result of bringing what was spiritually true of the individual to the forefront. It was the unmasking of error.

  3. “God is Love. Can we ask Him to be more?” S&H 2:23

    Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, represented God’s love, he knew no rank, he loved each and every one he saw with the same unconditional love.

    Jesus knew God to be perfect, and he taught us that we are God’s children, just as he was.

    God, Spirit, is perfect, therefore us, His children, must be spiritually perfect. Not in a human way (which we know is impossible) but in a spiritual way, we don’t have to earn it, we just have to accept it.

    He said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” Matt. 5:48

    ESPAÑOL
    “Dios es Amor. ¿Podemos pedirle que sea más?” CyS 2:22

    Jesús, el Cristo, el Mesías, representaba el Amor de Dios, él no conocía rango, amó a todo aquel a quien veía con el mismo amor incondicional.

    Jesús sabía que Dios es perfecto, y nos enseñó que somos Sus hijos, tal como lo era él.

    Dios, el Espíritu, es perfecto, por lo tanto nosotros, Sus hijos, debemos ser espiritualmente perfectos. No en un sentido humano) lo cual sabemos que es imposible) sino en un sentido espiritual, no tenemos que ganarlo, solo debemos aceptalo.

    El dijo, “Sed pues vosotros perfectos, como vuestro Padre que está en los cielos es perfecto” Mateo 5:48

  4. Thank you Jon... this was a good reminder of where my starting point always is!

  5. Many thanks Jon for this very strong reminder that we must always "Live and think out from the 'real'" "Be true and list the voice within,/ Be true unto thy high ideal,/ Thy perfect self, that knows no sin,/ That self that is the only real." (Christian Science Hymnal #20).

  6. Thank you.

  7. Domo Arigato Gozaimasu

  8. Thank you for this lift. Just like a previous one, thanking God before we see the perfection brings the reality into our consciousness so claiming our perfection, even though it doesn't appear to be the case according to the so-called material senses, brings to light the truth of our present perfection in God's own image. All the false then has to fall away, because it has no claims on us - we belong to God alone, to Spirit. We are the beloved of Love and the loving of Love, and therefore always as perfect as that perfect Love expressed in our lives.

  9. Brilliant Jon! Thank you.

  10. This is soooooooooo what I needed today ... an answer to prayer. Thank you, thank you!

  11. We must not limit ourselves.We are expressions of Life Love and Truth.Thank you for the lovely "Lift'.

  12. Thank you Jon. Lovely way to start the work week and of course the Morning. Scott..I loved how you articulated your thoughts. I am also grateful to the other lifters as well. Last week's Bible Lesson carried the healing by Jesus of the man at the pool in the sheep market. I have mentioned this before but for years the essence of that healing alluded me until earlier this year. (John Chapter 5 or Citation 15 of the Bible)

    First the healing is written to say that "when Jesus saw him LIE..and knew that he had been now a long time in that case.." It was only this year that it stood out to me that Jesus saw that the man LIED to himself about his own identity and had been lying to himself for a long time. Jesus, therefore, brought that Christly thought to the man which enabled him to IMMEDIATELY arise and move from that point of thinking (i.e. walk).

    The man had patiently and persistently been there to get a healing but he had clung to the wrong thought allowing human conjectures and thinking to be ahead of him (people stepped ahead of him). Jesus showed him that he was made whole and therefore his identity is perfection and no man can step ahead of him.

    Later, Jesus found him and said.."Behold, thou are MADE whole: sin no more..." in other words...you are MADE in the image and likeness of God; never depart from that fact, or you may find greater fears coming upon you.

    Knowing the Truth helps use see we are MADE free (John 8:32).

    Thank you Jon. Lovely!

  13. I love the sound of discovery and wonderment in your voice. It is really wonderful when we discover that the direction we must look is toward perfection, even God when revealing the permanent nature of ourselves and others.

  14. OK typing on a laptop on your lap can send things before you are ready... but then I thought... that was enough... except to say. Thank you Jon so much

  15. Thank you for this great reminder on how to see ourselves and others as the perfect reflection of God.

  16. "El punto real de nuestro origen, la perfección" Ese título me recuerda, a los Tordos, pajaros negros, ellos ponen sus huevos en nido ajeno, son extranjeros, peregrinos, ahí donde crecen, y son enseñados por otros pájaros de diferente origen, pero, ¡oh maravilla! cuando crecen vuelven a integrarse a la bandada de Tordos, como si despertaran, recuperando la memoria de su real origen.

    ¡¡Qué parecido verdad!!, nacemos en nido ajeno, somos extranjeros y peregrinos, en un concepto material y errado, aprendemos también como el Tordo todo lo que el ajeno nos enseña, hasta que despertamos, y nos damos cuenta que ese no es nuestro lugar, y más tarde o más temprano, quizás no tan pronto como el Tordo, hallamos el punto de inflección entre lo real y lo erroneo, retornando a nuestro real origen, que no lo borra el crecer en nido ajeno, porque nuestro origen esta de Dios y sólo necesita ser recordado, para volver a él, y volver a ser... "Tordos". Parafraseando a Eddy: Alondras que para anidar la misma rama ven.

    Muchas gracias Jon muy inspirado e inspirador.

  17. Thank you Jon for such a perfect lift. A good start for the week. I loved also Troy´s comment about the man that LIED by the pool in Bethesda. Yes, we are made in the image of God, therefore perfect. We should not lie to ourselves thinking that perfection is impossible. This is our starting point and when we are tempted by the imperfect, we should model Jesus. We are the beloved sons and daughters of God, therefore perfect and by WE, we mean you, me, our family members, our friends, the neighbours, the bus drivers, the politicians, the policemen, everyone. This idea I will treasure as a Christmas gift. Perfection underlying realiy. Thanks to all!

  18. I've been thinking about what perfection is, about what does it mean to "be perfect"? So your comments today are helpful. Thanks, Jon.

  19. Thanks. Lovely way to start this week, busy for many and with bad weather looming in various places. Instead, God's perfection reigns.

  20. Beautiful lift. Very practical. Thank you.

  21. Thank you, Jon.

    1, "{Jesus} simply removed the delusion..." This opened something more than my eyes! A light shining through consciousness. Thank you.

  22. Thank you Jon, will keep it close today. And thanks to Troy also for your comments abt the man by the pool. So much clearer scientifically than the notions of his lack of receptivity and devotion to sin.

  23. Thank you for the "Lift" and insightful comments. It gets better when we remember that we are not only made 'by God', but 'of God'.

  24. Thank you Jon, I have been working with the word 'reflection' and your Lift fits in very nicely with my study. I too liked Troy's( #12) sharing comments...a wonderful addition to the understanding of a healing that I have read dozens of times.

  25. Awesome daily lift!!!! Will focus on my spiritual perfection rather than human perfection as I go through the day....thank-you most kindly Mr. Benson.

  26. So inspiring to behold perfection as our starting point! Thank you, Jon, Daily LIft team, and Lifters for this healing start to the week and its continuing blessing!

  27. Thank you so much! To reason not up to perfection, but out from it is healing. I often forget this principle in healing problems..

  28. Thank you so much, Jon, for your inspiring message on perfection. Chapter XIII in "Miscellany" by Mary Baker Eddy is titled "Christmas" and on page 261 is an article, [The Ladies' Home Journal] "WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME." What I have been studying in particular is page 262:1, "God creates man perfect and eternal in His own image. Hence man is the image, idea, or likeness of perfection - an ideal which cannot fall from its inherent unity with divine Love, from its spotless purity and original perfection." It is important to me to remember that I cannot fall from my original perfection, nor can anyone else.

  29. Mrs. Eddy stated on p.262, l. 28 in Science and Health, "To begin rightly is to end rightly". Perfection, a good place to begin. Thank you.

  30. Thank you Jon for a teaching and healing message . Indeed Mrs Eddy did write , " Perfect God and perfect man as the basis of thought and action " -S&H ,

  31. Thanks Jon and all the Lifters for their comments. The thought came
    to me that we may think we are seeing our self as perfect but we are not until
    we see others as perfect also. A great Lift to start the week.

  32. Thanks for the Lift, John! Spiritual Perfection! Not an easy subject to address! Just a Note: I think I need to be careful in using "perfect God, perfect man" as an excuse for not being mindful of some character faults that need correcting. Sometimes I can be perfectly aware that I have offended someone and make a perfect apology! I recall in your healing of a sprained ankle that you were directed to make an apology to your wife first, before the healing came. Perfection in all areas of our lives brings healing!

  33. Thank you Jon and everyone for sharing. What a joy to start from and stay with perfection.

  34. WOW!
    "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man"......that is our assignment too!

  35. "Live out from the perfect."
    I love it!
    Thank you, Jon

  36. Thank you, Jon, for another inspiring Daily Lift. Your messages always "hit the mark". A good reminder to look out from, not up to, perfection.

  37. As we start this day we can expect only good, His perfection, the only Being reasonably allowed in our universe, God's place right here in every one of us. 'Spot On' Jon, Nate and all attending to good.

  38. Oh, Jon! this is a winner!
    The thing is, we do need to realize our own freedom from material sense, and then we can see others as unveiled, free, as well. God can only expresses Himself as whole, holy, spiritual, made of Light, enlightenment, illuminated with intelligence.
    What great comments we have so far!
    Thank you Nate and Shannon; TMC; and the Lift family - one and all.

  39. If your daily lift lasted an hour, I'd listen gladly and gratefully.

  40. Just can't thank Boston enough for having The Daily Lift. Just look at the unfoldment that is being shared. Jon, getting us on the perfect right track to start the week, Troy with the outstanding unfoldment about not lying to ourselves, and Lori's quote about not falling out of our perfection. I just get good goosybumps from all the impersonal sharing that takes place. Perfect week everyone and many more.

  41. Thinking of us as beloved little children, the only way we can think out from perfection (not up to it) is because our Heavenly Father-Mother God is carrying us.

  42. I love this week's Lesson with the quotation from Science & Health p417 10 - 16 about.'... all causation in Mind,acting through spiritual law....' the paragraph so beautifully describes how we may claim our freedom from any form of sickness, claiming our spiritual 'perfection', right here and now.
    Thank you Jon for this beautiful Lift and to the BoL, and all the lifters and contributors who add to my thoughts each day x

  43. In church yesterday, I saw that pride could include a sense of my own personal goodness. I feel like I've come a long way in being good because of my devotion to Christian Science, daily reading of the Bible Lesson, and mostly, prayer. So a little pride about that accomplishment just might have been sneaking in!

    But Jesus said, "Why callest thou me good? There is but one good, that is God."

    To me, this means that yielding personal goodness, rightness, human perfectness to something much grander--God's control, God's Will, God's Almighty goodness--is the real goal. It actually makes us stronger, more confident (in God), more trustworthy and more trusting. Of course, I'll keep being good, but I'll give God the glory for every time I see ANYONE seeking good impersonally. We're instructed to "not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good."

    Thanks, all you great Lifters...

  44. By the grace of God, we are perfect, made in His image and likeness. Thank you for the wonderful lift Jon. It helps me so much with something I've been addressing through prayer. A great article along these lines of perfection is called "True Entitlement for All" by Barbara Cook Spencer in the Nov. 2013 Journal http://journal.christianscience.com/issues/2013/11/131-11/true-entitlement-for-all. Some of the passages she quoted include:

    “Man is not made to till the soil. His birthright is dominion, not subjection” (S&H pp. 517–518).

    “Separated from man, who expresses Soul, Spirit would be a nonentity; man, divorced from Spirit, would lose his entity. But there is, there can be, no such division, for man is coexistent with God” (S&H pp. 477–478)

    “In divine Science, the material man is shut out from the presence of God” (S&H p. 543)

    “Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ” (Galatians 4:7)

    “The servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever” (John 8:35).

    “What a glorious inheritance is given to us through the understanding of omnipresent Love! More we cannot ask: more we do not want: more we cannot have” (Miscellaneous Writings p. 307)

    “Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.” (Luke 15:31)

    It's so important to start with God. Thanks to all the lifters for sharing your insights too.

  45. Thank you Jon. Perfect God, perfect man.

  46. Thanks Jon!

  47. P.S.

    I want to add something to my earlier post about pride in being a good "person" (as if separate from God).

    As I thought about the gentle correction that came to me in church, I realized that there's something lovely about evangelical Christians' humility. When they come together, it is usually in a spirit of real repentance and openness with each other about their challenges. My understanding is that they believe that everyone is a sinner, but also that each one is saved by a confession of dependency on Christ for salvation.

    John Benson's Lift gives us a more scientific understanding of our native sinlessness because of our origin in God. Our true identity is spiritual and immortal, impersonal, non-material, and pure. Christian Science teaches "original perfection," based on Genesis 1, instead of "original sin," based on Genesis 2. This science--"seeing the perfect man"--is so powerful that it heals both sin and sickness.

    We don't really go from bad to somewhat better, or even a whole lot better (but now with pride to contend with!). We have no human history at all! We're just removing the delusion (thanks, #1 Scott) that we have any story at all separate from divine Love's complete care and control of ALL of us. #41 Eleanor points out that it's really about being childlike. This is like the humility that I respect in our evangelical brothers and sisters.

    The Holy Ghost is truly here to save Christians and non-Christians alike.

  48. So very helpful. Thank you very much for this needed message.

  49. Thank You Jon for that All inspiring Lift today, just the whole world could hear this message in this Lift, so we who are inspired will carry this message to every need. Thanks again

  50. I am fairly new to CS. Unfortunately, I often do not let myself love and enjoy myself and other people. I feel guilty if I do! It is difficult for me to rid myself of the fear of a punishing God. I pray to have my eyes open, to walk out of the lie and never return to it.If my mind is Perfect Mind, why do I have this fear? Why do I deviate from embracing a loving and faithful God? In one sense, it would be better for me to have no religion at all. I think I would be happier! However, I am a spiritual being and ca only operate from the spirit!

  51. Thank you Jon-
    a needed reminder today- our original perfection and joy- not something we can lose in the ashes of the past, loss of a close relative, but ours eternally because of our relationship to our Father Mother God, our best friend, our Physician.
    Science and Health p. 63:5 speaks of spiritual origin- I'll be holding to that today- thank you for sharing such a heartfelt and uplifting LIFT!

  52. This lift is like a group hug of perfect spiritual ideas. Thanks Jon for putting your arms out.

  53. Jon, to my waiting heart and hungry soul, this Lift is pure spiritual poetry. God has blessed you with a gift of choosing words to represent ideas, in a way that just sings. Thank you, from the deepest part of me, for painting such a simple and profound picture of our home, in the midst of God's perfection. All that is real flows from that fount. Thank you.

  54. So good - I listened many times. Start with PERFECTION! It is already the only and all-present being!

  55. Thank you, Jon. I picked up from comment #45, that our true identity is impersonal. This is so freeing for me, as it made me realize that my true identity had nothing to do with my mortal sense of personal worth! Thank you!

  56. "Perfection underlies reality." Yes, and has been proven to me time and again. Love it! It goes right along with, "To begin rightly is to end rightly." And who would not want to do that? Thanks, Jon.

  57. This is truly a loving Lift, offered with such heart-felt conviction. Thank you, Jon. And all you Lifters are so awesome! Thank you every one for sharing your thoughtful and inspiring comments. I am comforted by the fact that we all are working out our own salvation supported by, defended by, and guided continually by, our Father Mother God. So the perfection that constitutes our true being is the foundation of our work that sees what already is true. We are just removing the veil that claims we can ever be anything less than perfect. We, all of God's creation, already include all we could ever need or want because all good is ours now and forever. We are whole and complete right now. Thank you, God!

  58. Thank you for giving us such an important message today. #31 - your comment that even if we think we are seeing ourselves as perfect, we really are not until we can see others as perfect. It's that "others" part that is so important and some times seems very difficult to demonstrate.

    Much gratitude for these wonderful lifts and for the comments that always bring new ideas for us to think about.

  59. This IS a wonderful Lift!! I loved also what Scott (#1) mentioned...."remove the delusion"!!!!

  60. Thank you, Jon, for “Perfection – our real point of origin … can seem impossible, a distant ideal; but ... because our real father is the perfect God, we as His children, must be perfect … we are already … beloved children of God … think and live out from the perfect … when the imperfect tempts, don’t start there; model Jesus …”

    Inspired by your Lift, this comes to mind:

    Pursuing human perfectionism is not the same as being a perfect child of God. The point of origin for human perfectionism is a mortal model. By its very nature, it can only offer a temporal and illusive appearance of perfection.

    To live “out from perfection” rather than “up to perfection” is claiming our divine status as “joint-heirs with Christ” and so every experience becomes a healing / revealing of the “underlying perfection” Mrs. Eddy proved as the only reality!!!

    As I prayed about some persistent symptoms I was experiencing, I became aware that the Truth is always the Truth and can replace every error in whatever guise – always!!! “This ‘scary-symptoms’ time is not my defining moment!!!” Only God defines me. I am completely in God's image and likeness. I can reflect only Godlike qualities.

    Ah-ha! Perfect is complete! I am / we are complete with every single Godlike quality. Perfectly complete. I focused on Godlike qualities, instead of unGodlike symptoms. Many manmade belief systems!!! One Truth of being.

    Healing happened! I proved physical adjustment as a by-product of spiritual progress.

  61. This is a Lift that needs multiple listens and everyone's comments are so very helpful. I always enjoy seeing which hymn #5 Malcolm chooses. Thanks #8 Pearl for the reminder of last week's Lift on the importance of gratitude. And #16, a lovely metaphor. Thank you everyone for a perfect beginning to this week.

  62. I love the biography that relates when Mrs. Eddy was a young schoolgirl, an escapee from the mental institution paid a visit to her classroom. While her fellow schoolmates were afraid of the man, she took him by the hand and escorted him out of the room. She truly walked in Jesus footsteps of peerless love.

  63. Isn't it interesting that a sculpturer has to physically take time molding clay to produce his concept of what he THINKS is his perfect creation while the metaphysician only has to see God's perfection in everything by thought only, therefore producing the very perfection that's already there in the first place. There is no physical sculpturing, only spiritual seeing.
    By TOBIAS A. WEISSMAN

  64. Thank you, Jon, for this clear and straightforward message. A statement that especially resonated with me was where you said, "It's provable - not by trying to perfect human personality, but by letting the perfect be our starting point." So, instead of getting frustrated with all the imperfection that I seem to see and express every day, I can just ask myself, "Am I 'living out from the perfect' in my thoughts and actions?" If the answer is "no," then I can ask myself, "What does God see? What would Jesus do?" and follow the answer. That seems simpler!

  65. Perfect Lift on Perfection ....... thanks very much, Jon!

  66. thank you jon

  67. Thank you Jon for this very helpful lift! "Think and live out from the perfect", as you say. I needed to hear that today! Thank you #1, #12 and #63 for your helpful thoughts also and all the lifters' comments as well as the Daily Lift Team. Thank you all!

  68. Thank you, Jon. What I love about Christian Science is that we learn to begin where most think is the ending. We are grateful BEFORE the healing and we work not to attain perfection but we work KNOWING that we are already perfect and proceed from there. Thank you for your gentle reminders.

  69. So true, these messages reflect the "perfection" in the essence and spirit of your words, Jon. I heard your DL this morning, and it lifted me out of being impressed by aggressive mental suggestions into the realm of "divine perfection". Yes Jon, you do have a gift for selecting, connecting and delivering words into a message that brings light, love, truth. I felt similarly when "out of nowhere" but "at the perfect time" , i found your presentation on "stopping the stories". What gifts! With waves of gratitude, Maria

  70. tx Jon..........good comments.....love to all

  71. Thank you for this beautiful message.

  72. Reassurance plus! Thank you. Jon!

  73. RE: #60 nela

    Oops!!!

    After rereading my comment this evening, I feel that it might be appropriate to clarify the following statement, "I proved physical adjustment as a by-product of spiritual progress."

    What actually gets "adjusted" is the belief about what appears as physical. There's really no health or disease - no reality in matter.

    As Mrs. Eddy explained, "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy. Man is not a material habitation for Soul; he is himself spiritual. Soul, being Spirit, is seen in nothing imperfect nor material" (S&H 476:32).

    ... and by applying Christ's Christianity, that's what I proved in my experience! ;-)

  74. You said a lot in a very few words, well chosen and presented. I will have to listen to this several time to get all that is in it. Thanks!

  75. Thank you, Jon, for this reminder! Also grateful for the other comments.

  76. Thank you Jon - so very helpful for what I have to deal with today and thanks too to Troy for your words about the man at Bethesda - I shall think of that when ever I read that story.

  77. This is such a helpful Lift in my work to see a very important relationship in my life in a new light. The relationship is 19 "years" old, but eternal, really, and undimmed by human hypothesis and divinely authorized, else I wouldn't be experiencing it.

    I have long needed a radical revision of this relationship, and likely all others, so I'll be checking in on the spiritual direction of this Lift until I bear witness to progress.

    Thank you so much.

  78. Thank you.

  79. Jon, Thank you.

  80. What a pearl! Very profound and brilliantly healing. To be heard more than once. THANK YOU and also for the many good comments.

  81. Perfect Life and perfect man, reflecting the unlimited Being. Start with God. Stay with God!

  82. Always good to hear your words.

  83. wow ... thank you . :-)

  84. Jon, there just is no way of voicing how much this Lift means to me! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This is Christmas early.

  85. Thank you so much, Jon, for a wonderful, inspiring message.

  86. Jon, you are an amazing metaphysician. Thank you!!

  87. What a blessing! :-)

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