"The student who heals by teaching and teaches by healing, will graduate under divine honors,
which are the only appropriate seals for Christian Science."
- Miscellaneous Writings 358: 4-6
About Healing

Healing as viewed in Christian Science is not mere recovery from some physical ill or psychological trauma—although that may be the outcome.  It is a mental change that can be likened to a spiritual awakening. 

As the Psalmist put it: “I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness” (Ps.17:15).   Important, then, is the individual’s desire and willingness to change—to see himself differently.   That may involve letting go of past events, of habitual but self-destructive patterns of thinking.  It may require trust in a power greater than oneself, and such qualities as patience, forgiveness, humility or teachableness, and some conviction that the inward governs the outward—that nothing just happens nor can the human body act or fail to act on its own. 

Medical diagnosis and treatment don’t combine with this wholly spiritual form of treatment, since they operate from totally different premises.   Still, Mrs. Eddy counsels that “Wisdom in human action begins with what is nearest right under the circumstances, and thence achieves the absolute” (Miscellaneous Writings 288:13-15)

Medications, which often suppress the mental causes of disease, are not used as a general rule in Christian Science.

It is also important that both practitioner and patient understand that Truth itself is the healing power.  There is no personal healer.  The practitioner strives to be a clear transparency for this fundamental truth of being—to know it and live it to the best of his or her ability. 

The practitioner can also be seen as a facilitator of the mental change needed.  In more Biblical terms, it is the Spirit of God that reveals each individual’s inherent wholeness and Godlikeness—that makes plain the purity and innocence of being and frees one from the suffering that always accompanies sin or some mistaken sense of things.

The textbook, Science and Health Key to the Scriptures – by Mary Baker Eddy indicates that “Fear is the fountain of sickness,” and fear can take many forms.  Anxiety, worry, tension, negative projections are almost always based on the misleading evidence of the material senses.  

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The Christian Scientist doesn’t accept any notion of incurability - of something beyond the power of God to redeem. 

Nor would a Christian Scientist base his concepts of others on age or stage of human development, on hereditary factors, or on material circumstances.  

Only what God or the divine Mind knows and causes to be can break through the sometimes intense mesmerism of accumulated false beliefs that manifest as illness or disability or disease. 

Mrs. Eddy put it this way: 

“That individual is the best healer who asserts himself the least, and thus becomes a transparency for the divine Mind, who is the only physician; the divine Mind is the scientific healer”
(Misc. Writings 59:26-29).

Entire Chapters in the textbook are devoted both to practice and teaching, as well as to prayer—that heartfelt reaching out to the Infinite which transcends matter-based limitations.

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