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Happy Halloween! Your Bonus TRICK? Or TREAT-ment edition! (updated from 2014…)
by Warren Huff, CedarS first camper & current director
warren@cedarscamps.org 417-532-6699

Happy Halloween! On Halloween, you know the game being played and so never are fooled, no matter how outlandishly ugly (or beautiful) the costumes are that are being worn by trick-or-treaters (in the U.S. anyway). Also knocking on the door (of thought) every hour are unreal illusions, in all kinds of convincing-looking disguises, coming to TRICK us into believing in the presence and power of evil, as well as of good. Your Halloween can only be truly happy, with blessing spilling over into the rest of your life, as you REMAIN aware that evil is ALWAYS an unreal illusion which you refuse to believe is real.

However illusions come masked to TRICK you, give them a solid Christian Science TREAT-ment! Remember that every good C.S. treatment includes BOTH of "the two cardinal points of . . . Christian Science . . . the nothingness of material life and intelligence and the mighty actuality of all-inclusive God, good." (S&H 52:19)

Here is a seven-synonym sample of affirmation-and-denial-TREAT-ments that I’ve found effective to help me remain free and un-fooled by whatever illusion comes calling, no matter how well-disguised:

1. Deny the illusion and false suggestion that our nation, world, community, church, school, camp… could ever be fooled with the lie that we are divided and at odds with one another, bound to be always in strife for a limited supply of good or about a set of conflicting world views. Affirm "the mighty actuality" that in the presence and oneness of divine Truth, we are all God's children, united as harmonious parts of the same body of the family of man. Cherish the fact that having an unlimited Father-Mother who knows and supplies all our needs, we can "think (and act) without strife" (from CedarS song);

2. Deny the false suggestion that accidents and law-breaking can possibly occur when God is your co-pilot behind the wheel. Affirm "the mighty actuality" and protecting power of oneness with Principle;

3. Deny the illusion of personal sense and pride and the false suggestion that it can be part of you to hamper your creativity or mar your artwork. Affirm "the mighty actuality", reflected humility, and awesome artistry of oneness with Soul;

4. Deny the illusion and false suggestion that genetic code can determine your IQ, college options, strengths, weaknesses… Affirm "the mighty actuality" of the infinite abilities and perfect placement that go along with your oneness with divine Mind;

5. Deny the illusion and false suggestion that you are a physical being in a body that worships and lusts after other physical bodies. Affirm that, as a spiritual being, you have everything you need in your oneness with divine Love, and that you know it!

6. Deny the illusion and false suggestion that bad things can happen to good people—and when they seem to—see that it's only good unredeemed and as yet "invisible to the uninspired thought." (S&H 573:4) Affirm "the mighty actuality" that in the presence of your oneness with divine Life, "ALL things work together for GOOD to them that love God," even when they don't seem like it at the time. (Romans 8:28)

7. Deny illusions such as a "TRICK knee" and the false suggestion that a favorite physical activity can bring you pain or injury. Affirm "the mighty actuality" and the guarded and guided grace of your oneness with Spirit.

Determined to remain un-fooled, no matter what well-disguised illusions come knocking!
Warren

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