When I first became a serious student of metaphysics, at the age of twenty-two, I studied all the metaphysical writings that I could get my hands on. I was a very dedicated student and an avid reader and so I read a lot of books in this field of study. Dr. Thomas Hora, the founder of Metapsychiatry, and some of his many students in New York introduced me to Christian Science as one of the metaphysical schools of thought.
Back in Australia, I visited some Christian Science churches in Sydney but, even then, the churches were empty and seemed to only have senior citizens. I remember being highly offended that one gentleman at the door politely asked me if I wished to go to the Sunday School. I was in my early twenties but I looked young. I did not realize Sunday School in Christian Science went until the age of twenty. I came from a Catholic background where Sunday School was for children. I felt like saying, What are you talking about? I am married and I am a very serious spiritual student, not a child playing in the Sunday School! I continued my metaphysical studies at home, loving all my treasured spiritual books. Once my little children started attending a Christian Science-based school in Melbourne, Christian Science naturally became a significant part of our lives (not just a private part of my spiritual study).
The Love of Devotion is the result of several decades of spiritual work. It began the day I first opened the metaphysical door and stepped into a world which, although only minimally understood at the time, was strongly desired. Metaphysics is concerned with the ultimate, primary, inner aspects of existence. It does not see life in material terms but sees life in terms of thought and it has a strong emphasis on healing. Everyone’s greatest need is for the healing and wholeness which spiritual awareness brings. However, we are often reluctant to commit to it. As Thomas Hora said, “It’s easy to be enlightened. It’s just not easy to be interested in it.” We, eventually, must come to the realisation that the purpose of our life is to align with our spiritual nature. Try as we do to find other options, there are no viable alternatives which will withstand the inevitable consequences of misplaced loyalties and loves. It is the way for us to find our soul-home.