A guest post written by Katherine Kilgore Paine from Long Beach, California
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was an all-purpose remedy for every ill – with no side effects, at hand and reliable? There is: the healing Christ as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus.
This Christ (or Truth – one of the synonyms for God I find helpful) is always scientific and consistent. It is rooted in law and gives each of us dominion over material beliefs. This Christ embraces us with love, restores vitality, and blesses with harmony. Listening to Christ’s direction allows healing ideas to be received. I’ve had two great healings in college that were the basis for many more in my life by listening to Christ’s direction.
The first college experience was when I was looking forward to dinner and a movie with friends, but it soon became clear that I couldn’t go. I felt sick and miserable. I called a Christian Science practitioner, who shared with great enthusiasm a quote from Mary Baker Eddy, “God’s being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss.” I felt the truth of her words and gratitude toward God. Then I felt the pain immediately leave me like smoke floating up into the air. Joyfully I joined my friends for the evening, continuing to silently express gratitude for this healing.
The second college lesson was in learning to rely on God (or the one Mind) when dealing with the stress and strain from studying. I had been accustomed to getting good grades in high school, but through willpower and a sense of perfectionism that made me and everyone else in my family miserable. But in college I realized that the one who made the test, the one taking the test, and the one grading the test reflected one Mind. Studying became calm and purposeful. Here was a way for me to joyously glorify God in expressing cogent ideas, and I maintained a high GPA with joy and gratitude instead of worry and misery.
Healing, then, is not using “good” matter to heal “bad” matter. It is not “positive thinking,” making sick bodies or bad circumstances into healthy bodies and good circumstances. It is not willpower or hypnotism. Healing is revealing. It is the revealing of the ever-present and demonstrable Christ, Truth – of what is eternally true about God and each of us. And it is as close as your next thought!