A guest post written by Ginny Nilsen
When I recently saw a San Gabriel Valley Tribune article about insurance, it reminded me of when I told my parents that I was discontinuing my health insurance. I felt that my study of Christian Science was giving me an understanding of God that was meeting all my human needs – including my health care. But when my parents heard of my decision, they were very worried because I had experienced many health problems while growing up. My mother felt powerless as she saw the ineffectiveness of pursuing health from the medical model, and yet she continued to rely on this model to give me some kind of comfort and relief from disease, suffering, and pain.
Thankfully, As a young adult I had been learning in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, about a God who is not just loving, but Love itself; a God who is self-existent and knows only good; a God who created man in his image and likeness where man is completely innocent, pure, and whole. It was also giving me the way to defend myself mentally and feel God’s protection in all ways. I found this truth indeed set me free of any limiting sense of health, peace, purpose, and confidence.
I first became fully aware of this freedom when a feeling came over me that caused me to take stock. I had never felt that feeling before. I thought, “Oh, this is what confidence feels like!” Another clear instance of freedom came when I started out the front door to get the mail. My thought was so free of anxiety, fear, heaviness, or imaginings that I found myself running. I had long hated running – it was so hard and uncomfortable. But here I was, running freely to the mailbox. I loved it. It felt great. From then on I took almost daily runs until I switched to water aerobics. The freedom from self-consciousness and the fullness of a God-consciousness and prayer is totally satisfying.
Health is such a built-in state of consciousness as reflected by divine Law, God. The same is true for all of God’s qualities such as happiness, intelligence, discernment, and listening. I am so grateful for the understanding of God that Christian Science gives and the understanding that health, peace, and brotherhood for all is not only ensured, it is guaranteed.