Overcoming procrastination in healing
Harmonious action is a law of God and impels progress and healing.
For well over a year there had been evidence on my body of an unnatural condition, which was starting to spread. I was not worried initially because this fungal condition was not life-threatening or even obvious, so my prayers to address the situation were scarce. Of course, this is not the right criteria for when to start praying! The time to start praying is as soon as anything in our experience appears to be less than 100 percent as it should be, not letting procrastination creep in. Since God, Spirit, is perfect, and we are the spiritual image of God, we can pray with expectation of total healing. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes, “According to Christian Science, perfection is normal,—not miraculous” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 104).
But mortal mind—the belief of a mind apart from God, the one divine Mind—resists our natural inclination to turn to God, infinite Spirit, and find the healing truth about a situation. This materially oriented mind resists spiritualization of thought because it does not know or understand the spiritual power, glory, and activity of divine Mind. Caught up in its own narrative of physicality, mortal mind tends to be fascinated by its belief or impression of an unnatural physical condition and to dawdle there.
Fortunately, in our actual, spiritual identity, we are not controlled by this false mentality, but are ideas of divine Mind, God, and are obedient to Him. Because of this, it’s natural for us to feel and obey the divine influence turning us away from the physical picture to find peace in divine Mind, which knows only good. And once we have established harmony in thought, we realize we have health as well, for health is “the absolute consciousness of harmony and of nothing else” (Mary Baker Eddy, Rudimental Divine Science, p. 11).
Any resistance to spiritualization of thought is a type of inertia opposed to the perpetual divine activity. But this distractor cannot prevail over the natural advancement of thought that divine Mind enables us to express. The textbook of Christian Science states, “Mind is the source of all movement, and there is no inertia to retard or check its perpetual and harmonious action” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 283).
Harmonious action is a law of God and impels progress and healing. This divine law is what truly governs our every thought and act. And our spiritual reflection of this harmonious action becomes more evident in our experience as our thought moves closer to God, divine Truth, enabling us to see Truth’s harmony expressed in every avenue of our lives.
Working with these ideas energized my thinking to overcome any reluctance to pray for myself and treat the condition through divine metaphysics, Christian Science. I affirmed that God, Spirit, is the only creator and maintainer of man, meaning all of us in our spiritual identity and individuality. The Scriptures teach that man is the image of God (see Genesis 1:27), and since an image is a depiction of something, I saw myself as God’s lovely “Exhibit A.” And since God is pure Love and joyous Life, surely God did not make anything capable of contaminating this Love and Life.
In fact, Mrs. Eddy poses this amazing question: “Is man a material fungus without Mind to help him?” (Science and Health, p.160). Of course, the answer is a resounding “No!” And we do indeed have divine Mind, God, the source of all our true thoughts, to help us understand what is true.
I felt uplifted by these truths and certain of their verity as well as their effectiveness at changing thought and body. Yet, despite all the prayer I had been doing and all the spiritual insights I had gained, there was no physical change. The question came, “Should I just be satisfied with spiritual growth and leave it there?” Frankly, after a few months of praying about this, I was tempted to do just that and live with the problem.
Christ Jesus knew that folks might run up against this speed bump, so he encouraged his hearers to persevere and overcome inertia. He said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Luke 11:9). And if we have to keep seeking or knocking, we can do that until we achieve physical normalcy as well as spiritual uplift. Jesus expected and accepted no less, as we read in his parable of the widow and the judge (see Luke 18:1–8). A widow knew she deserved a right outcome to her problem and kept pursuing the issue until the judge ruled in her favor. Jesus assured his listeners that they (and we), too, would receive a just answer as the result of persistent prayer. And the resolution need not include delay.
So, I kept affirming what I knew to be true about God and me and pushing back on any doubts or discord, which I knew in my heart were not true. Focusing as much as I could on the reality of Spirit, of health and harmony, and trying not to give the physical symptoms my attention, I stood my ground.
Then, as I continued to pray, holding the line that I was not “a fungus,” or even a mere mortal, but the uncontaminated, magnificent, immortal idea of divine Spirit, the condition started to diminish in my thought. I just didn’t think about it as often. At some point, thoughts of the condition were no longer clamoring for my attention, and I could feel the imposition fading away. The physical appearance normalized and has remained that way.
As ideas of divine Mind, we reflect God’s authority. Mortal mind cannot outwait, outtalk, or outthink us, nor can procrastination and inertia steal away healing. We are strong in Spirit and have the divine right of progress and healing promised us by Christ Jesus.