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March is the month designated as Women's History Month. In my own way, I honor those women from the past who have achieved great things in spite of the climate of male dominance in the sciences, government, political, medical, archaeological and other sectors. This year it came to me that there are many women who are the unsung golden threads who have left their footprints for others to follow.

Fortunately, for the human race, there have always been golden threads that throughout history have passed information to keep the human race in touch with the divine spark within each of us. This divine spark is not religion, but something that transcends and is carried forward. In the women's movement, there have been a number of notable women and this is true in the human rights movements. These women have been of great service to the human race and I have labeled them 'golden threads.'

There is another sector of these golden threads and these are women who carried the divine spark. As I reflect on them, today I see a great movement because of their teachings of ancient wisdom. The Secret is a name that ignites in people the desire to know what the secret is. From my perspective, this current movement is a culmination of what these female golden threads taught. The women I am writing about lived in the United States. There were others in Europe and elsewhere, however I am writing about a particular strand of golden threads.

The women in this strand of golden threads came to their truth of the secret because of severe illnesses for the most part. The beginning of this strand is Mary Baker Eddy 1821-1910. Because of her illnesses, she went to Phineas Quimby, a clockmaker by trade who realized the power of the mind and healed her. Eddy, the founder of Christian Science injured in 1866, went into seclusion for three years according to her biography. From this, she "became convinced that illness could be healed through an awakened thought brought about by a clearer perception of God. She eventually called this spiritual perception the operation of the Christ Truth on human consciousness."

Emma Curtis Hopkins has been called the "Teachers of Teachers." She became interested in Christian Science and Mary Baker Eddy. Hopkins became a student of Christian Science and studied under Eddy until she developed her own version of the mental practice. Hopkins returned to Chicago where she began teaching her own perspective of mental practice. I first heard of Hopkins when I was a student attending a Divine Science ministerial school in California. I learned that the founders of Unity traveled to Chicago and studied under Hopkins. Mildred Fillmore was quite ill and was healed. From this healing emerged Unity. One of the founders of Divine Science also learned under Hopkins and together with her sisters and a friend became known for their mental practice of healing and from this came Divine Science. Ernest Holmes, the founder of Religious Science is thought to have studied under Hopkins and perhaps this is why she is called the "Teacher of Teachers."

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Bettye Johnson is the award-winning author of Secrets of the Magdalene Scrolls, an Independent Publishers Book Award Winner 2006. Moving from the cotton fields in Texas to the embassies of Paris and Tokyo, Bettye Johnson has a woven tapestry of (more...)
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