Doing what's right feels good
If you ever want to feel really good, forget the expensive vacations, shopping sprees, or fancy food. Instead, take a look at what comes from God, Spirit. Take it in, buy it, eat it up—live it!
Take promptness, for example. It may sound like only a word, but when we put it into practice, it's full of satisfaction. To respect promptness makes us feel good. To be where we need to be, when we need to be there, has a lot to do with knowing that we are God's image and likeness, that we are reflecting divine Love by doing what's right. Also, a natural high is felt when we accept that the nature of God is reflected by our neighbor as well.
Christ Jesus always pointed to loving God and doing God's will as a source of pleasure. Jesus was definitely prompt. At one point he was asked by a dad to come heal his daughter, who was at the point of death. On the way to the man's home, it appeared that Jesus was in no hurry; he even took the time to stop and help another woman, healing her of a long-standing hemorrhage (see Mark 5:22-43).
I could imagine the dad thinking, "Hurry up, hurry up!" But it seems clear that Jesus had already unhesitatingly included the man's daughter in his prayer. And this proved so when the child was healed. Promptness has to do with being where we should be mentally—conscious of Life.
Science and Health is a great help. It discriminates between passing pleasures and lasting joys. God gives the best good. Not a good in which we need to run around busily, occupied with hurried, fleeting events or activities. But a good that runs deep into the soul, magnifying the permanence of Life. A spiritually based good that keeps us looking forward, with a buoyancy that is unrestrained by time or change.
One day I was reading Science and Health and caught a glimpse of what I believe Jesus saw always: that there is one consciousness, the divine Mind, and it never loses consciousness of its own nature, of good. As the book explains, speaking of the ideas of Mind: "These ideas are perfectly real and tangible to spiritual consciousness, and they have this advantage over the objects and thoughts of material sense,—they are good and eternal" (p. 269).
Within fifteen minutes my sister-in-law was fully conscious and her body was functioning properly.
God could never be conscious of a depressing or even a momentarily thrilling thought. God just consistently expresses joy and freshness. God never feels bummed out or has to "get" something to be cheered up. As the likeness of God, neither do we.
It is doing that cheers—doing what God is causing to be done. This realization was so sweet and strong to me that day as I read Science and Health. It was like being in a vacant room when someone walks by with a hot, fresh, great-smelling apple pie. You could say I caught the aroma of the constant divine consciousness, and I remembered it even after I closed the book.
In tact, that aroma was still with me a few days later when my brother, in an office near mine, received a call for help from his wife. Without giving me the details, he asked me to go to their home while he continued talking with her on the telephone. When I got there, their three-year old answered the door and looked glad to see me. He took me into the other room where "Mommy" was lying on the floor. Though barely conscious, she was making every effort to listen to the truths her husband was telling her. She mumbled, "Get me awake; I want to sleep."
My promptness wasn't so much in my being there physically as in being immediately and completely conscious of divine Mind. I have known my sister-in law for many years, and her actual, spiritual identity is very real, very true, to me. Her honesty, devotion, and humor were tangible to me and, yes, did have the "advantage" of eternity; they were from God and could not be lost. I held to these qualities with vigor by expressing them myself.
I knew God's daughters do not need to cooperate with time or sleep. My sister-in-law knew this, too, and I helped her up and into a chair. We both went to God in prayer, and I found myself very able to respond to the truth that God, Life, is ever conscious, causing us, likewise, to be ever conscious.
My nephew wanted to be useful, of course, so I asked him to get some tissue. He immediately came back with a big ball of wadded-up tissue, talking a mile a minute about his expedition. It was normal for his mother and me to laugh and appreciate his simplicity and willingness to give moral support. No time was wasted by this child; he, too, was also expressing his immediate consciousness of good. Within fifteen minutes my sister-in-law was fully conscious and her body was functioning properly. When I left the house, we all felt good.
Feeling good has nothing to do with doing something to the body. It comes from knowing what Life knows—from doing as good is doing. And this starts with thought, the thought of Mind divine.