A guest post written by Elizabeth Nelson from San Diego, California
I have often pondered the importance of understanding health and how it is best achieved. Most health-conscious adults approach health by focusing on diet, physical exercise, sleep, medicine, and emotional well-being. All these factors are significant, but so far they have not solved the problem of healing disease.
Health professionals, religious thinkers, and many others continue to look deeper for answers. In “Why is Addressing Spirituality in Health Care Important?” the writer notes: “The good news is that research on religion, spirituality, and health is advancing as never before, even though most doctors are still not trained to talk to patients about these issues. The bad news is in the headlines every day: the health-care systems of the world are headed for troubled times, unless we find innovative solutions.”
I love to look at empirical evidence as proof of innovative health care solutions. Mary Baker Eddy is described as “an influential American author, teacher, and religious leader, noted for her groundbreaking ideas about spirituality and health.” Eddy writes, “Health is the consciousness of the unreality of pain and disease, or, rather, the absolute consciousness of harmony and nothing else.” This innovative view on the subject of health can be transformational – as I found during a healing I experienced early in my career.
I had become seriously ill with a tenacious case of the flu. It seemed to affect my physical senses – my eyes, ears, and sense of vitality. Although I studied to understand my unbroken connection with God, the sickness seemed to cling to me like an old garment. One day the Christian Science practitioner with whom I was working said, “God does not know it; you cannot have it; nor can you fear it.”
I wondered how that was true, since the entire world seemed to be thinking otherwise. But I knew that God’s all presence and all power made disease an impossibility. How could I, God’s beloved child, experience a condition unknown to God? Furthermore, how could I fear it? I thought about this and realized that I did not have this disease. Once I understood this, I was healed. I was grateful to find all fear and symptoms vanish as I went out on a whale watching cruise that weekend with a group of friends.
Finding the right health care solution may be as close as your next thought. “Patients and physicians have begun to realize the value of elements such as faith, hope, and compassion in the healing process.” I would add an additional component – understanding. Understanding that God’s spiritual power heals may be the most important catalyst in healing disease and gaining health.