The benefits of metaphysical healing

Rather than managing disease, Christian Science healing eliminates the cause of disease, and enables one to prove immunity to disease.

“Is it possible to heal the body through prayer?” a woman asked me over the phone. “Yes, it is,” I replied. “Prayer has healed me of physical ailments countless times over the decades, and I continue to benefit from it today. It’s also a way to retain good health without drugs.” She was delighted to hear that spiritual healing was possible and wanted to learn more.

Experiencing good health through prayer and without drugs is an unfamiliar concept for many people. Medical education so frequently dictates that a material remedy is necessary when we are faced with disease that many people believe drugs are their only option for relief. But Christian Science teaches a spiritual way to stay healthy and cure disease that is drug-free. It’s the metaphysical and spiritual method of healing that Jesus Christ taught and proved to be effective in his healing ministry.

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Jesus showed that prayer demonstrates God’s healing power, destroying disease through spiritual means. He proved that God is all-knowing, all-wise Mind, ever present to destroy suffering and establish health. Jesus healed multitudes of sick people through the power of divine Mind alone, and he expected his followers to do the same. 

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, understood the curative power of the divine Mind, writing, “God being All-in-all, He made medicine; but that medicine was Mind” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 142). Jesus did not treat physical symptoms, but dissolved, with the medicine of divine Mind, the fears, harmful beliefs, and conflicts in the thought of the sufferer. For Jesus, medicine was not material. It was spiritual.

In March of 2020, a friend of mine caught one of the last planes back into the United States before the COVID-19 pandemic shut airports and borders worldwide. She went into the required two-week quarantine, but soon fell ill with the more serious symptoms of COVID that were being widely described in the news. She is a practicing Christian Scientist and believed that the best option for recovery was the metaphysical treatment of Christian Science. She asked me to help her by praying—by giving Christian Science treatment.

In our prayer together, staying in touch by text and phone, we saw that divine Mind, not a virus, controlled her health; that she was spiritual, made in God’s image and likeness, as the Bible states (see Genesis 1:26, 27); and that she was governed by God, divine Mind, who was always present to keep her healthy and strong. We understood that all the fears circulating in the public about the coronavirus could be neutralized and proved harmless through divine Truth. 

When breathing felt difficult, we recalled the Bible verse “The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life” (Job 33:4, New King James Version). We realized that her ability to breathe and live without limit came directly from God. We talked about the spiritual fact that bearing witness to God’s perfect creation could have only positive effects. We discussed the importance of not being influenced by other people’s fears but rather accepting the omnipresence and omnipotence of divine Love, God. The truth was that Love constituted her ever-present environment and atmosphere of thought.

As we remained steadfast that she was spiritual, living her life in God’s absolute care now, this medicine of Mind that we employed took full effect and restored her ability to breathe, her health, and her strength. It took about three days for the very aggressive symptoms to start abating, and then there was steady improvement over the next few days. Her recovery was complete, and she has not suffered from those symptoms again. Even better, she feels safer and closer to God’s comforting presence. 

It’s important to understand what Christian Science means by the term metaphysical healing. It is based upon the understanding that God is All—all substance, all Mind, and all good—and that there is no other creator or creation. Matter and its conditions of disease and death may appear real to the human mind, but they are not in, or real to, God, the divine Mind. These physical beliefs disappear in an understanding of spiritual reality. They never affect God or God’s creation, and therefore are not to be feared, honored, or revered, but are to be replaced with an understanding of spiritual truth. As Science and Health states, “All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal” (p. 151). 

There are numerous benefits of practicing metaphysical healing as taught in Christian Science. Rather than managing disease and coping with symptoms, Christian Science healing eliminates the cause of disease, removes uncertainty about outcomes, and enables one to prove immunity to disease. Its treatment is safe and sanitary. It not only restores physically, but improves morally, mentally, and spiritually, making one a better person for the experience.

Mrs. Eddy wrote: “Metaphysical healing, or Christian Science, is a demand of the times. Every man and every woman would desire and demand it, if he and she knew its infinite value and firm basis” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 232). Metaphysical healing leads to good health. The ability to turn to God for healing and find relief from disease through spiritual means is incredibly liberating. There is no span of time needed before healing can happen, no lack of the right medicine to meet the need of the moment, no dire warnings to fear.

For centuries, many people around the world have reached out to God for help and found healing. It’s not a new occurrence. But it’s destined to become a more common occurrence as the advantages of relying upon God, divine Mind, are more widely understood. Throughout all healthcare systems, there will be a divine demand at work urging workers in these fields to move beyond the limitations of matter to the spiritual possibilities of divine Mind. Christian Science explains how this is possible. It’s a dependable and reliable way to find health, and its benefits are beyond compare.

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