From childhood, Mary Bothwell has pursued a quest to understand the universe. Her spiritual education and search began in the Christian Science Sunday School, where she learned to apply the lessons in the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, to her life. She was especially interested in the spiritual meaning behind what she read. In early adulthood, Mary learned that Christ Jesus’ declaration, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand,” is true for everybody right now, no matter where they are. She realized that the peace and joy inherent in the kingdom of heaven, the spiritual universe, are available to her at all times and under all circumstances. This understanding has carried her through difficult professional situations, as well as traveling with safety throughout the world.
Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Principia College and an MBA from UCLA. She was employed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 34 years. During her time at JPL, she participated in and managed the development of technology and scientific instrumentation for earth, planetary, and astrophysics missions, earning NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal for her work on an experiment which flew on an early space shuttle mission.
Now, in her work as a Christian Science practitioner, Mary prays with people of many faiths to achieve healing through prayer as taught by Christ Jesus and described by Mary Baker Eddy in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Various health and emotional issues have been cured, interpersonal relationships harmonized, and supply restored.
In gratitude for the 18 years of instruction she received in Christian Science Sunday Schools, she has served most of her adult life as a Sunday School teacher. She loves helping her students understand the Bible’s message and rejoices in their progress as healers and spiritual thinkers.
Mary and her husband Graham live in Pasadena, California.
Experiencing heaven now
In college, I was suddenly hit with a feeling of being disconnected and alone. Maybe it was because I was the only female physics major. Maybe it was because my work schedule meant I was seeing less of my friends. Whatever the reason, I knew that a change in circumstances wouldn’t solve anything. It was at that point that spirituality became of primary importance in helping me find a lasting solution. For me, spirituality means our connectedness to God and whatever practice we have that helps us recognize that. So perhaps it’s not surprising that one day, after an insight about God and the ever-presence of God's love dawned on me, the disconnect vanished. Since then, I’ve felt a conviction that divine Love is here for me, and for everyone.
In spite of the hyper-connectedness of social media and technology, we live in an era in which many are feeling this same disconnect. We all yearn to find meaningful relationships, or a more lasting connection with peace, contentment, even health. In my lecture, I’ll discuss how anyone can become genuinely aware of God’s presence and experience heaven--harmony, health, and happiness--here and now.
I’ll also share how the study of the Bible, and a book that explains the healing relevance of the Bible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, can open up a new meaning of heaven to each of us. This heaven isn’t a place, but a tangible feeling of being enveloped in love and spirituality that comes from understanding more about God. We’ll explore the new perspectives that come from this understanding of God--healing perspectives that can resolve all kinds of difficulties, and transform our lives for good.