Principle and Practice of Divine Science
Divine Science is a spiritual teaching which centers on the principle of God as One. The principle of the omnipresence of God means He is the One Presence containing all Wisdom, Power, and Substance.
As we become fully aware of this One Truth, we begin to identify ourselves as spiritual beings. Then, we find ourselves gradually releasing our belief in the things of this world as being the center of our life.
Divine Science is practiced by turning attention from the outer visible effects of this world to the inner world of First Cause. This is described in the Bible as "judging not by appearance, but by righteous judgment." The world is seen as the realm of constant changes in appearance but the inner world is perceived as the Source of All Being.
The practice is done on a daily basis by taking charge of our thoughts, our words, and our actions. As we grow in spiritual unfoldment, we recognize that our minds are truly "the Temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in us."
According to Nona Brooks, a founder of this teaching, "the practice of the presence of God is the whole of Divine Science." We continue the practice of the Presence of God through the study of books, including the Bible, through receptive prayer, contemplation, and meditation.
Gradually, we realize our Oneness with God in a pure state of communion and we arrive at a state of understanding of the profound meaning of Life and God's Will for us.
Divine Scientists follow both the example and the teachings of Christ Jesus in "seeking first the Kingdom of God" and "knowing the Truth that sets men free."
What does Divine Science stand for?
Divine Science believes in the Fatherhood of God as Omnipresent Life, Substance, Intelligence, and Power. Further, we believe strongly in the brotherhood of man and the unity of all life. In this teaching, we believe in Truth whether found in science, philosophy, or religion.
The power of right thinking releases into expression in each individual life its divine inheritance of health, abundance, peace, and power. The transcendence and immanence of God is manifest in all created things, yet above and beyond all created things: God the Create and the Uncreate; the Visible and the Invisible; the Absolute and the Relative; the Universal and the Individual. The Divine Science Statement of Being found on the main page reflects completely our belief in the perfect nature of God and man.
Do Divine Scientists have any rituals?
Although we do not practice the outward aspects of Christianity including the actual ingestion of bread and wine and the actual use of water for baptisms and christenings, we believe that every process of Life is a sacrament. As the Spirit of God is with us at all times, our sacraments are with us at every moment, eternally.