Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Prayer for 'The Cure'

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Prayer for 'The Cure'

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From New York to London, Brussels to Sydney, a pink ribbon has become an international symbol for breast cancer awareness. First used in 1990, a particular shade of pink has become so identified with this cause that it's instantly recognizable on juice bottles, cereal boxes, and in other formats, some of which help raise money for finding a cure (

Perhaps it's time to take that awareness an additional step. As laudable as the motives to increase awareness are, and as valuable as some medical advances have been, the awareness we can adopt is a healing perspective that gets to the heart of the issue: Women (and men) are spiritual, free of proclivity toward disease. Understanding this will not only reduce, but end cancer's influence.

Recognizing that spirituality defines one's life and being doesn't ignore fear and suffering. It reveals Spirit as the only Creator, and each individual as the expression of Spirit's perfection. Prayer moves people beyond material conditions (with their vulnerabilities) to perceive themselves as God's pure, invulnerable creation.

The divine Mind stands guard over its spiritual idea - male and female. In this environment, there is no place for disease to develop or invade because there is no matter, no material entity to be invaded. As Spirit's reflection, each of us is safe and at peace.

In Spirit there is also no genetic history that can harm us. Mary Baker Eddy wrote in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "Heredity is a prolific subject for mortal belief to pin theories upon; but if we learn that nothing is real but the right, we shall have no dangerous inheritances, and fleshly ills will disappear" (p. 228).

Materiality, with its "dangerous inheritances," is not a real part of anyone. Our history is written in the perfection that God saw as "very good." This is our true inheritance, with its roots in the famous words, "Let there be light," that the Bible says God uttered "in the beginning." Light, the understanding of Truth, is the essence of all being, and when we embrace it, we can see ourselves and others as free of defects or destructive proclivities that could put us under threat of disease. …

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