Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Divine Mind: A Sure Refuge from Colds and Flu

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Divine Mind: A Sure Refuge from Colds and Flu

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A Christian Science perspective.

It goes without saying that no one wants to be sick, and that

everyone is looking for the most reliable means of prevention and

cure. Over the past few months, finding reliable protection from flu

has been an international concern. And the threat of the "common

cold" seems to be always with us, especially during the winter

months. So it's natural for anyone who has found something that's

effective in keeping them free of these diseases to make that

information available to others.

I found a remedy over 50 years ago that has worked consistently for

me every time I've turned to it.

It started when I began to read "Science and Health with Key to the

Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. It turned me to the Bible's

teaching that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in

trouble" (Ps. 46:1). It also showed me why this is true, and what I

could do to prove it. What I've learned about God is that He is

all-loving and infinite good. So it follows that disease, which is

definitely not good, does not and cannot exist in God. What does

exist in the divine Mind are its own ideas, reflecting Mind's

goodness and all-power. And that's what each of us actually is -

a whole and perfect spiritual idea in divine Mind, forever safe in

the sanctuary of Spirit.

There is no outside to God, because as infinite Spirit, or divine

Mind, God fills all space. Whatever is unlike God, who is good

itself, does not have actual existence because there is no place left

for it to exist.

It's wonderfully empowering to know that you don't have to

accept disease as inevitable - such as on the morning when I woke

up with all the symptoms of a cold that, if allowed to develop, would

interfere with a heavy schedule of very public responsibilities

(besides making me miserable). But instead of getting all worked up

about my prospects, I prayed in accord with the truths outlined

above, and those symptoms disappeared immediately.

To the degree that we think of ourselves in purely material terms,

it may seem difficult to understand how these truths could heal. …

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