What the Brain Isn’t – Mind or Love

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Dr. Dan Siegel, as a brain researcher, is astounded that neither scientists, including psychiatrists, nor philosophers or academicians have come up with a good working definition of mind, nor can they describe what thinking is. Neurobiologist Dan Siegel recently visited Portland to speak at a conference on integrative medicine. He opened his talk with the question: “What is mind?” He asks this question of all his audiences. Over his years of speaking to perhaps 100,000 science professionals Continue Reading

Senior Moments

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My colleague, Bob Clark from Florida, has written a thoughtful blog challenging the notion that with maturity comes debilitation. He shares a healing of Alzheimer’s disease achieved through spiritual means alone. Whether or not you are a "senior", this is a blog worth reading. John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. By Bob Clark, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Florida I live in an area with a lot of wonderful older people, “seniors” as they’re Continue Reading

Young people healing through prayer? Yep!

by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon There are those  times in our lives when we meet remarkable people.  The last two years have been one of those times for me.  You see, I get to meet with Christian Science college students at the University of Oregon every week.  They're incredible.  Their insights and understanding of the principles underlying the practice of Christian Science are unparalleled.  Two of them, Lauren and Denise, recently took the time to Continue Reading

Sin’s impact on Health

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So just how does "sin" affect our health?  And just what is sin?  My colleague and friend, Keith Wommack, from the great state of Texas, has an interesting discussion on this topic. John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. By Keith Wommack, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Texas There is a lot of suffering these days, it seems. If I wanted to shoot hoops today, but the only sneakers I could find were a pair of size 8½ red high-tops, I’d be Continue Reading

National Day of prayer, or “every day is a prayer”?

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon Since today is the National Day of Prayer I thought it fitting to reflect on how prayer works in my life. As a child I behaved like most kids. I cried when I was sad. I ran away from anything that frightened me. If I was happy I would laugh or get excited and do all kinds of crazy kid things. All of this was pretty normal, given how I grew up. When I reached young adulthood my responses became less impulsive. I was more Continue Reading

The prayer that heals us (dogs & cats too)

This blog post by my colleague and friend in Texas, Keith Wommack, illustrates the all inclusiveness of God's presence and efficacy in health care.  I know you will enjoy reading his thoughts on this topic.   John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. by Keith Wommack, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Texas The prayer that heals us (dogs and cats too) is not a matter of wishing and hoping for the best. It is based on spiritual laws. It is reliable and Continue Reading

From the myth of love to the essence of Love.

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon Over the years my view of Valentine’s Day has dramatically changed.  Not because I’ve resigned myself to accept the commercialism associated with it.  Rather, because I’ve come to understand more deeply what this day represents. As a young guy in high school and college my notions of love were very different from what they are today. Back then, my concept of love was dependent upon another person, mainly a girlfriend, Continue Reading

“You say you want a revolution?” [John Lennon]

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon As events unfold in Tunisia and Egypt, it seems as though protesters are fed up with repressive regimes and want more citizen participation in their governments. Listening to participants in the demonstrations,  you get an inkling of what they want for themselves: a better way of life, the ability to self-govern and to make their own choices. And there appears to be similar rumblings in other countries of the region.  In Continue Reading