Intuition that heals
There is always more to what is going on than meets the eye.
A group of river rafters who put in to the Colorado River above America’s Grand Canyon on February 19, 2020, were out of contact with the rest of the world until they ended their journey on March 14. At their final landing, they were greeted by a worker from the rafting company, who filled them in on the global pandemic.
One of the rafters later said, “. . . I loved that blissful ignorance. It allows you to enjoy the beauty of life. . . . We lived in the moment. We were some of the only people in the world who had no idea. I liked it better then” (Charlie Warzel, “They went off the grid. They came back to the coronavirus,” The New York Times, March 17, 2020).
The information they received at their final landing seemed to reduce their month-long sojourn with beauty and grace to “blissful ignorance” and suggested that their reemergence into the larger world promised only fear and uncertainty.
Must a moment-by-moment awareness of the beauty and goodness of life be lost when we are confronted with a threat? No! In fact, Christian Science reveals that it would be a serious mistake to accept a reality in which goodness, beauty, and joy could be rendered powerless by a change in material conditions. Christ Jesus’ understanding of God as divine Love, and man—each one of us—as God’s totally loved, spiritual offspring, was the foundation of his teaching and healing works. He proved that God is always-present Love and the only real authority in our lives.
The physical senses are incapable of perceiving this spiritual reality, but there is always more to what is going on than meets the eye—and more within us than disappointed, frightened reactions to what the physical senses suggest. Spiritual sense, which presents an entirely different perspective, is innate in God’s child, and we are all His children.
Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Even though you aver that the material senses are indispensable to man’s existence or entity, you must change the human concept of life, and must at length know yourself spiritually and scientifically” (p. 359).
The intuition that tells us life is truly found in the moment-by-moment awareness of spiritual reality—found in such qualities as gratitude, beauty, and love—can lead us to a deeper understanding of just how pervasive and authoritative divine good really is.
Our need is not to escape our circumstances to find peace, but to find God’s qualities intact right where we are.
As Jesus illustrated throughout his ministry, suffering and disease are not indisputable facts of existence. Instead of sending sin, sickness, and death, God continually pours out to us life and goodness, and this is the real law of our being. In the presence of Jesus’ understanding of this, all manner of human ills disappeared like mist in warm sunlight. We, too, can experience the power of Spirit, God, to overcome what seem to be all-too-real human problems. The all-power of divine Love is an unchanging spiritual fact, and Christian Science explains how we can learn to prove this today as Jesus and his early followers did.
A fellow student of Christian Science shared an experience that has helped me understand how to respond when confronted with evidence of threatening conditions.
She said that one moment she had been crossing a busy street with her husband, and the next thing she knew an ambulance was arriving. She said that soon after, she was helped into the ambulance, and a paramedic who examined her explained that she had been hit by a car and told her husband that she should be taken to the hospital to receive immediate medical care.
Listening to the paramedic’s description of what had happened to her body—of possible life-altering or life-threatening injuries—she thought, “This is too bad to be true!”
She explained that although the dire predictions had initially filled her with fear, she knew that the spiritual intuition that these predictions could not be right was the truth, and was what she needed to take her stand with. The decision to trust in God was based on her study and practice of the teachings of Christian Science. As her thought filled with what she knew about God and spiritual healing, the fear left, and she felt peaceful and safe. She kindly declined the paramedics’ offer to take her to the hospital, saying she wanted to go to a Christian Science nursing facility instead.
Emerging from the ambulance, she felt surrounded by angels, or inspirations from God. Her husband, along with two friends, was outside waiting for her and took her to the Christian Science nursing facility.
The spiritual intuition that had reassured her from the first stayed with her and grew. After having her most pressing physical needs cared for, she returned home later that day. She received daily practical care from a visiting Christian Science nurse as well as prayerful treatment from a Christian Science practitioner. Within a week, she was completely healed.
Mrs. Eddy writes: “Spiritual sense, contradicting the material senses, involves intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality. . . . When the real is attained, which is announced by Science, joy is no longer a trembler, nor is hope a cheat” (Science and Health, p. 298).
Our need is not to escape our circumstances to find peace. It is to find God’s qualities intact right where we are—to recognize and respond to the presence of the divine good that is our very life.
Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). Following his example, we can persist in looking for what God is doing. We can seek and find divine qualities and evidence of infinite Love right where the discords of material sense seem to be. As we listen to and are guided by those intuitions that point to the sovereignty of harmony, unity, beauty, and goodness—the kingdom of heaven—we admit the divine Principle, Love, behind them and experience the peace, safety, and healing this understanding brings.