My Introduction to Healing Spiritually

A Christian Scientist's account of his first healing through prayer – in the first grade.

BY: Mark Swinney


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This sentence from the beginning of Science and Health tells something fundamental about how Christian Science heals: "The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus' time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and sin to reformation" (p. xi).

To see God as "divine Principle" to me means God is a tangible, active good in my life–a healing principle or law I can always count on. I'm coming to know God as wholly spiritual–not as a person, or as anything material or physical. And I'm more clearly seeing myself, and everyone as included in God's spiritual creation, as flawless, whole, loving, and harmonious. As unusual as this may seem, my growing spiritual view of God and His creation is not something ethereal, or "out there" but is very real, permanent, and good.

And so prayer, to me, is not merely asking God for something, but becoming more aware of myself as God actually made me, as He preserves me and knows me—as the Bible says, 'in His image and likeness.'  This kind of prayer brings about a change in my consciousness, from believing that we're all just so much flesh and bones—a product and victim of chance—to glimpsing something of the spiritual fact that we're the inherently good and entirely harmonious creation of the all-harmonious, all-good Creator.  This mental change removes fear and suffering, restores calm, and the mind and body resume their normal action and functions.

Such prayerful spiritualizing of thought can also be applied to bring harmony and healing to any troubled situation or discordant relationship in our lives, and for providing for any human need. For me, and many others healing through Christian Science is not just about healing our bodies, or improving our lives. The real benefit is gaining a clearer, more spiritual understanding of God as the loving Father and Mother of us all.

I love the fact that God's care and love are infinite and impartial.  No one is excluded from the benefits of His healing power and affection.  My first healing as a child showed me that God's powerful truths and laws transcend age and experience.  It's nice that they are a present help, not only for adults, but for every child.  Like Paul in the Bible, I too, surely have felt the kind of gratitude that makes me say, "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift," (II Cor. 9:15).

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