Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Christian Healing: Retooling or Renewing? ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Christian Healing: Retooling or Renewing? ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Over dinner, a new acquaintance and I got on the subject of alternative healing. She's a massage therapist, and, being interested in non- mainstream remedies herself, was curious to know what other forms of alternative healing I'd consider combining with my own approach to healthcare: spiritual healing through Christian Science.

She was intrigued but mystified when I explained that when it comes to healing, for me, treatment in Christian Science is it. That I didn't feel the need to mix and match, or combine multiple approaches. "Interesting," she replied. "Because the more I see what the various forms of alternative medicine have to offer, the more I want to experiment to find the most effective combinations."

It was the word alternative that got me thinking. I realized that perhaps I'd become unconsciously accustomed to grouping Christian Science healing with other alternative approaches to healthcare.

But all that changed in an instant when I found myself saying, "Think of it this way: In essence, what makes Christian Science unlike anything else is that it's the only method of healing that starts, not from the basis of matter, but from the basis of spiritual perfection."

Healing, I went on to explain, is not primarily about trying to restore a troubled physical body. God is Spirit, and each individual is His spiritual creation - made in His likeness. So bringing our thoughts into line with God's view shows that we're safe and whole and that we could never be otherwise. As we see this, it becomes clear that fixing or altering matter is not the focus of our effort.

I like the way the Discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, put this in her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Speaking of Jesus' foundation for healing - the foundation for all Christian healing - she wrote, "The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, - perfect God and perfect man, - as the basis of thought and demonstration" (page 259).

This hit home for me one day last fall when I began experiencing pain in my neck and shoulders. By evening, the pain was so intense that I couldn't keep from crying. I tried to pray, but to no avail. …

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