A new look at "the recipe for all healing"

It is amazing how something we have read many times over can be approached with a new thought to give us a completely new insight. What caused a great change in my thinking is a sentence in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures where the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, says, "The Bible contains the recipe for all healing." Science and Health, p. 406. Previously when I had read this I had thought, "Yes, of course that's true." The Bible tells us how to heal, and if we follow Christ Jesus and live the Christlike way, we should be able to do the healing work he did. After all, he did tell us: "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also." John 14:12.

One day, however, when I was praying about a physical problem, I began to think what it is that a cook does when she or he is about to follow a recipe. Isn't the first step to check to be sure all the ingredients needed are in the house? This gave me pause for a question. Have I brought into my house (my consciousness) all the qualities I need to perform the healing work? And indeed, what is the healing work I want to do? Is it to be more comfortable in matter (which at the time was giving me an unpleasant experience)? Or is it to gain a better idea of God and my true relationship to Him?

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