True health is a spiritual state of thought, which can never be attained through material knowledge. In practicing Christian Science, one need not know the intricacies of the physical body in order to attain health. One needs to know and demonstrate real consciousness, in which health is inherent and from which health can never be separated. Mary Baker Eddy says in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 298), "The true consciousness is the true health."

Christian Science teaches mankind how to attain the true consciousness which is the true health. In the first place, Science reveals God as the only Mind, or consciousness, and declares that this perfect consciousness is made manifest in individual consciousness, or spiritual man—God's likeness. According to the Science of being, individual spiritual consciousness is intact; it is characterized by love and truthfulness, justice, wisdom, and purity—by all the harmonious elements of the creator. Each individual in reality possesses true consciousness and consequently possesses true health. To demonstrate health through Science, one must deny the reality of the consciousness of matter, in which all sickness seems to inhere, and abandon the sins which come from belief in matter. One's chief aim in healing is not to attempt to change physical conditions, but to exchange the false consciousness for the true. Truth itself will take care of any physical changes that need to be made.

Mrs. Eddy says of Christ Jesus (Unity of Good, p. 11), "He demanded a change of consciousness and evidence, and effected this change through the higher laws of God." The laws which the Master demonstrated are the laws which Christian Science explains to be the constant forces of Spirit. They manifest the will of God, interpret His purpose, and bring the might of Truth to bear against falsity. To understand God's government of all through divine laws and yield to His control consistently, demonstrates Spirit's supremacy and reveals perfect manhood.

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