Wednesday, November 8, 2017

THIS MORTAL BODY IS NOT ME…

By Ken Cooper

This mortal body is not me,
Indeed it simply cannot be!
Matter clearly can’t define
What is eternal and divine.

And as the sun dispels all mist,
I see that matter can’t exist.
It clearly isn't in God's thought,-
For what He made - divinely wrought!
Sickness, sin, just disappear:
All is God and God’s idea.

I shine on with His own light,
The radiant glory of Her might.
ME is truly Mind Expressed,
Mind my motion, and my rest.
Divine the Body which is One:
Man in Christ is God's own Son.

Dear God, I am at one with Thee
And I am what God doth see!

"I and my Father are one." John 10:30

©Ken G Cooper 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017

CLOTHED ANEW Luke 12:27,28

By Ken Cooper

I saw the clothes in Tailor’s shop,
They looked just made for me.
I tried them on, they fitted snug,
My purchase meant to be.

One piece it shone like Life divine,
Another showed much Love!
And fully wrapped with strongest Truth,
All fitted like a glove.

I asked how much the garments cost,
The Tailor said “They’re free!
These clothes divine are heaven made
And glow with purity!”

I felt so good in wearing them,
It gave me vision new,
I quite forgot what I had worn,
Old mortal clothes were through!

For when I left the changing room
There was no turning back:
I realised that with these clothes
I never more would lack.

Life, Truth and Love now what I wear,
They’re perfect and sublime.
Thus I express what’s Tailor-made,
And wear them all the time.


II Cor 5:1-4
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
 

Luke 12:27,28
Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to-day in the field, and to-morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Science and Health 530:5
In divine Science, man is sustained by God, the divine Principle of being. The earth, at God's command, brings forth food for man's use. Knowing this, Jesus once said, "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink," — presuming not on the prerogative of his creator, but recognizing God, the Father and Mother of all, as able to feed and clothe man as He doth the lilies.
 

©Ken Cooper 2014/17

Primitive, Present, and Ultimate

By J. Denis Glover

To spiritual man, these three states are all the same--the continuous now.

He is never born, doesn't pass through a physical embodiment with personal events, and doesn't die out of it. 

As Jesus said, "Before Abraham was, I am."  The term "I AM" in the Old Testament signifies all forms of the verb "to be."  Man was, is now, and shall be the spiritual embodiment of that I AM, called "God," or "infinite Spirit."

This Spirit is not anthropomorphic, is not manlike, is not an angry nor condemning actuality, but impersonal, infinite benevolence throughout eternity and throughout what appears as time.

And what says otherwise?  What says, "You were conceived in the flesh, born out of the womb, raised by parents in a physical world, met arduous trials and gained triumphs, merited or unmerited, and will pass out of it to some unknown state?"

Answer: The inertia of world thought, which in its drag against spirituality ironically tends to act aggressively to drag us with it. This aggression, often unsensed, forces itself into our daily lives, suggesting time, fear, illness, failure, and terminal existence.

What to do?  Such aggression is not only confronted, but defeated, by a method that sounds contradictory.  That is, by magnifying Spirit in one's consciousness and life to the degree that the aggression is seen not only to be powerless, but, strangely enough, to have never existed. 

Odd as it may seem, this method restores one's body, mind, and experience.  His past, present, and future are redeemed.

Monday, October 30, 2017

SIMON THE PHARISEE

By Ken Cooper

Life is all about credibility.
And this Jesus of Nazareth is certainly building his!
He is becoming the rising star of the region.
Teaching in the synagogues, preaching about the kingdom of heaven being here!
How would he know? I’ve been around longer than he has, and I’ve never seen it!
What’s worse, he’s healing people, not just of their diseases, but claiming also their sins!
How does a carpenter get to do that!
By all accounts he’s a dangerous man,
Upsetting the order of things,
Challenging what we do, what we’ve always done.
I suppose I’ll have to invite him to my home,
Check him out.
I feel a mixture of arrogance and intrigue.
He’s on my patch, I need to know what he’s up to,
But I’m also interested…
What’s he got that’s making people follow him rather than us?
Is he just some new fad, or is there something more real.
The healings seem genuine.
What if they are?

I complete my ritual of afternoon prayer, making sure I am seen of others.
I have a responsibility to maintain appearances.
It’s a comfortable routine, and I feel the better for it.
There’s time now to go out into the street and see this man for myself.
I watch from a distance, catching the odd word.
He’s in preaching mode.
I begin to make my way towards him through the crowd.
How they are listening!
I need to gently push my way through,
Minor irritation gives way to acquiescence when they see who I am.
Slowly and surely I reach to the front.

He is younger than I expected, and obviously less experienced than me.
Yet he has an authority about him that is somehow ageless,
A meekness and knowledge that speak of a higher power,
An effortlessness in every word and movement as he unveils the scriptures.
I can see why he is attracting crowds…
My earlier thought returns. Is it just novelty, the age-old hope of the new Messiah attaching to any thing original and different? I feel within myself it is something far deeper and suddenly resent his preaching and teaching and healing. That’s our job, our duty. Even though we can’t heal. We’ve all rather left that to the older prophets, - that was their special role. So what’s this Jesus doing? I will find out for myself, invite him to my home, be seen with him.
It makes me feel uncomfortable, but I shan’t show or admit it!
Jesus has seen me approaching. I feel in that one glance he has dissected my very thoughts, yet he continues untroubled and confident.
No wonder my fellow Pharisees hate him! He’s more dangerous than I imagined!
He finishes his parable, leaving the crowd thoughtful, and turns to me, expecting and granting my request.

And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

This wasn’t the plan! How did she get in! All the kudos of his presence ruined by this harlot! He must know what manner of woman it is who is touching him! He read my thoughts readily enough!

“Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee.”

He’s reading my thoughts again! His meekness against pharisaical pride! Love against my surprising hatred of his superiority. Everyone is listening. I must be careful. I bid him continue.

“There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?”

The question is too easy, but I phrase the answer with due caution. “I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most.” Where’s he going with all this. I am nervous… He looks at me and responds with calm assurance.

“Thou hast rightly judged”

He looks at the harlot, - how does he get away with that! And I feel a sinking premonition of his wisdom putting me to shame…

Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

His rebuke is harsh and uncompromising. I cannot fault him. My disdain in sharp contrast to the genuine repentance of the harlot woman. Yet who is the real prostitute? Aren’t I selling my pharisaical robes for my own purpose, getting money for worn out creeds and empty blessings?
Aren’t I putting myself before God!!! All the time!! Jesus doesn’t care what I think about him. He knows what God knows, and that’s all that matters to him. What does God know about me? He turns again to the woman:

“Thy sins are forgiven.”

She looks at peace while I am in turmoil. I have heard of Jesus’ demand that we should repent. Dare I change the habits of a lifetime? I ask myself the desperate question, do I really want to! I am too comfortable, too well set. I am a Pharisee! Yet she is forgiven, she has repented, she has loved much.. Who do I love more, - myself or God? The first commandment rings through my consciousness, - how many times have I said it out loud in the synagogue and in the streets? If Jesus hadn’t come, I wouldn’t be having this battle. Do I hate him or love him?

Jesus looks at me again. Despite his damning words there is love in his eyes, the promise of redemption. His love is constant.

Am I prepared to put God first? Before me?
The choice is mine.

©Ken Cooper July 2006/17

The Mantle of Elijah

By Ken Cooper



The mantle of Elijah
It fell down to the ground
I wrapped it round my shoulders,
And prophecy I found.

I saw that God was present,
And with me everywhere,
A spiritual discernment
That Love is always here.

I looked away from matter
Saw this truth of being:
All prophecy is NOW, -
‘Tis what God is seeing!

Material sense it faded,
The spiritual won through:
God became my only thought,
And Love my only view!

I kept it wrapped around me,
Understood this Truth:
God is pure perfection,
I AM the living proof!

©Ken Cooper 2013/17

ELIAS. Prophecy; spiritual evidence opposed to material sense; Christian Science, with which can be discerned the spiritual fact of whatever the material senses behold; the basis of immortality.
"Elias truly shall first come and restore all things." (Matthew xvii. 11.)

Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures p 585

PROPHET. A spiritual seer; disappearance of material sense before the conscious facts of spiritual Truth
Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures p 593