A guest post written by Ginny Nilsen
This list of the 12 Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening has been posted on many, many web sites for quite a while now, but I just saw it for the first time a couple of weeks ago. A smile came to my heart and complete joy and gratitude filled my day as I thought about what the list meant to me. I had never thought before that I have ‘symptoms’ I would want to have and keep!
Having facilitated a twice-monthly reading club for two years, I have become familiar with spiritual healing approaches from twenty-plus authors and the discussions surrounding the books by a variety of religious adherents and spiritual seekers. The attendees love to talk about spirituality, but at the same time they have admitted that they have health challenges or problems that are resistant to healing.
When I introduced the idea of reading and discussing the chapter on ‘Prayer’ in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the book group agreed. When we met two weeks later, it was brought out in that chapter that “the highest prayer is not one of faith merely; it is demonstration” and that “such prayer heals sickness, and must destroy sin and death.” I felt that many recognized that this type of prayer “…distinguishes between Truth that is sinless and the falsity of sinful sense.” The group discussed the motives for prayer as mentioned in the chapter and the importance of gratitude, which comes as a result of “action more than speech.” The Science (God’s laws) underlying prayer as taught and practiced by Christ Jesus in his healing works stood out to the group when they read and discussed the author’s meaning in this sentence, “Who would stand before a blackboard, and pray the principle of mathematics to solve the problem? The rule is already established, and it is our task to work out the solution. Shall we ask the divine Principle of all goodness to do His own work? His work is done, and we have only to avail ourselves of God’s rule in order to receive His blessing, which enables us to work out our own salvation.” I felt that the group was introduced to a new and very specific, effective way of praying when they read this chapter on prayer.
When I sent the 12 Symptoms list to book club members, I’m happy to report that they have pretty much responded with comments like, “Hooray! I love living with those ‘symptoms’ as a result of living and practicing Christian Science.” I had forwarded the list believing it would be an affirmation of God’s love, power, and ability to reveal everyone’s sinlessness, wholeness, honesty, happiness, and a non-judgmental and non-reactive poise through the understanding and demonstration of healing prayer as taught in that short and clearly explained chapter.
Here are the 12 Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening from Recovery Trade Publications:
1. An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
2. Frequent attacks of smiling.
3. Feelings of being connected with others and nature.
4. Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
5. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience.
6. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
7. A loss of ability to worry.
8. A loss of interest in conflict.
9. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
10. A loss of interest in judging others.
11. A loss of interest in judging self.
12. Gaining the ability to love without expecting anything in return.