A New View on Independence – Health Freedom

A New View on Independence - Health Freedom


by Don Ingwerson

Tomorrow is Independence Day! Some may ask what The Declaration of Independence has to do with the topic of health. I maintain that it has everything to do with the health of a nation. “Like our nation, Christian Science has its Declaration of Independence. God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.”

Since it is important to continue to work toward declaring your freedom from health problems, I am sharing my colleague Ingrid Peschke’s article on declaring independence, published in The Huffington Post:

I just finished Arianna Huffington’s new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. I got my autographed copy at a breakfast talk where Huffington addressed an audience of CEOs at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston.

Huffington didn’t just share her formula for living life well, she wanted to know what made us thrive. And she invited the audience to write to her directly with our answers.

I think it has a lot to do with carving out a life that helps us to be the best we can be. To do that, sometimes you have to un-tether yourself from whatever holds you back.

To continue reading, click here: Declare Your Independence for One Day.

About the author

Guest We are pleased to present Notes from the Field authors, who are assistant committees and church members in the Southern California region; and Notes from The Mother Church authors, who are Committees from the United States and around the world, as well as the Federal Committee on Publication office.


  1. Evelyn Brookins says

    How valuable is this information. Thanks, Ingrid and Don for sharing. Just met my need today.

  2. Diana U says

    Thanks, Don, for including Ingrid’s article “Declare Your Independence for One Day”. I especially liked this part: “What if, for one day, you decided to simply say “So what?” to the things that tie you down. Say “So what?” to the stream of emails from the office or the to-do list that soaks up all your time. Or, on a more serious note, declare your independence from past and present hurts, resentments, relationship problems, financial difficulties, even health restraints. Decide that for one day you can live as though those things can’t affect your happiness or your ability to enjoy life.

    To me, there’s both practical and spiritual wisdom in letting go of mental weights that can impede our progress and even our health. The Bible says, “let us lay aside every weight” in order to “run the race that is set before us” (Hebrews). If something makes your heart feel heavy and burdened, why not just let it go?”

  3. Anne says

    I loved the quote from Science and Health, “Like our nation, Christian Science has its Declaration of Independence.” Just to think about what that means, is an exercise in spiritual discipline. I’ve found that it brings a wonderful freedom to my thought.

    I enjoyed this post and was interested in the comments on nurturing a family and how that can be helpful in moving away from the stress of the business world. And the “So what” comment was a great reminder to let go of all the irritating stuff that goes on in our heads.

    Today I was in a store and there was no one available to help me with what I needed. I went all around and finally found someone in a different department who said she’d assist me when she was free. I waited forever (it seemed). The mental fussing started but was quickly replaced by the “inner voice” that said Be patient; be grateful; be still. A happy feeling washed over me. The negative thoughts disappeared. I was in the store to do something nice for someone else and that brought me a measure of contentment also. To let all of the stewing go is indeed freedom, and that is improving one’s mental health right on the spot.

    Many thanks for this.

  4. Anne Hughes says

    Great post! Thank you!
    I especially liked Andy Worhol’s “So what?” said to an upset thought, not callously to another person. It puts in perspective whatever situation is claiming too much space in thought.
    As a young mother with another family member needing help as well, I also went to work some days as a substitute teacher in our local schools, once my children were not babies. I found that going out to teach for a day gave me needed perspective on the home scene, allowing me that “So what?” to whatever was claiming too much attention in my thought. And prayer and attention to my beloved family kept me from ruminating about occurrences at school. The moms Peschke mentioned were finding a balance. Prayer everywhere blessed whatever I was doing.