“Spiritual math” at the laundromat?

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

I never did like math. But I started to think about it in a different way when I began to deeply consider “spiritual mathematics.” This is actually a marginal heading from page three of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures—a book that’s been essential to me in my spiritual study. On this same page, Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, encourages readers to find solutions to problems through the application of spiritual truths. I’d applied the spiritual laws of Christian Science with many healing results through the years. But a closer examination of this concept intrigued me.

Then, one morning when I was taking a look at the Christian Science Bible Lesson, a citation from Science and Health, had this phrase about, “learning from experience how to divide between sense and Soul.” Now that was a spiritually scientific, you might say, “mathematical,” concept I could really use! It reminded me of the encouragement readers get all the way through Science and Health to make a distinction between what the physical senses are telling us, and what our Soul-given (God-given), spiritual senses say about what’s truly going on.

For example, in my own life, learning to do a kind of “spiritual division” has been very healing. And it’s had some very practical, you might even say predictable, results. On one occasion, while working in a mountain town in Oregon, I had the opportunity to put this into practice with a rough and tough logger who lived in the area. At least he had that reputation! I worked in a restaurant/ Laundromat combination. One of my jobs was to check on the customers and to make sure the machines were clean and they had all they needed to work properly. When I walked into the Laundromat area, I smelled burning electrical wiring, and saw that a washing machine was starting to smoke. I ran over to the machine, opened its lid, and discovered the source of the problem.

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