Love’s sacred power to overcome trauma
Christian Science practitioners regularly take calls from those looking for healing, through prayer, of maladies of all kinds. In each case, the patient and practitioner turn wholeheartedly to prayer, affirming the patient’s spiritual and pure identity as a child of God and their inseparable relation to God.
Early in my practice, I got a string of calls from people struggling with past trauma. We prayed together until we found that the negative impact of the past and of hopelessness no longer had a hold on them. They each gained, to different degrees, a broader mastery over their lives, grounded in a newfound understanding of the reality of their spiritual purity, based on their heritage as a child of God.
And through this, I observed something eye-opening that became a cornerstone of my healing practice: Each person has a persistent and active sense that moves them to protest harm and seek out healing. Christian Science teaches that this is each one’s innate spiritual sense—the capacity to know God, who is the source of our individuality. This spiritual sense empowers us to discern that injustice has no legitimacy, because God, Love, is the only real power and wholly just.
It has been said that trauma involves a loss of all that is sacred. But can that which is divine, inviolable, and holy be so fragile? In conquering sin, disease, and death, Christ Jesus showed that nothing sacred can ever be lost.
Jesus knew that evil did not have the power to overwhelm the resilience stemming from a person’s completely spiritual nature. He addressed evil directly—he didn’t ignore it or leave it hidden. He explicitly called out darkness, bringing light to it. This light of Christ deprived fear as well as mental and physical illness of their seeming power, reversed their negative influence, and revealed the original goodness of those who came to him for healing to be intact and undisturbed.
The notion that there is no way out of trauma because it has a history can make it feel like a lasting reality. Exhaustion from repeated, unchecked evil may lead us to feel that we have no choice but to adapt to trauma, or that progress is impossible. But recognizing that each individual, as the spot-
less image of divine Love, is not defined or confined by any form of evil—as Jesus’ teachings and example proved—slices through despondency and fear. Our original innocence stands strong and clear; our God-given dignity, intelligence, and joy are a permanent part of our selfhood.
Our sacred purity is a powerful counterfact to trauma’s claims. The Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, explains: “The greatest wrong is but a supposititious opposite of the highest right. The confidence inspired by Science lies in the fact that Truth is real and error is unreal” (p. 368).
Our sacred purity is a powerful counterfact to trauma’s claims.
Recognizing our actual heritage helps us to grow out of a false, limited, material sense of ourselves to a restored spiritual one. Science and Health asserts: “The enslavement of man is not legitimate. It will cease when man enters into his heritage of freedom, his God-given dominion over the material senses” (p. 228).
Purity and all that is sacred come from God and are real and substantial. What the human mind sees, hears, and analyzes doesn’t inform us what is real and what isn’t, but the teachings of Christian Science make it plain that evil is no part of God or of His children, who are entirely spiritual and good. Therefore evil has no power to hold us captive.
Step by step, we can find joy and gain mastery over trauma of any type or history through the recognition of God, good, as the only power. Every step in this direction weakens the influence of trauma until it disappears. With growing confidence in the supremacy of God as the source of invariable, dominant good and in our unbreakable relation to Him, we can accept our spiritual origin and celebrate our inherent resilience and our ability to overcome all that is evil. We can rest in the knowledge of our oneness with God, assured that we have never lost and can never lose that which is sacred, holy, and real. And we can move forward.
Kim Crooks Korinek, Guest Editorial Writer