Healing is what we do. It is a natural result of our prayer to better understand our relationship to God. It is at the core of our insight that God is all, God is spirit, and therefore all is spirit. Matter is the illusion. Prayer helps us align our thought with God. When we do that, what we see reflects the only reality – the spiritual world of God’s creation. Everything else melts away like morning mist before the rising sun.
Jesus healed this way.
The healing flowed out of him like water tumbling down a mountainside. It was effortless, immediate, graceful, and effective. It was an expression of who he was and an example of who we are.
I know all of this, but sometimes it feels like a struggle.
My struggle is often due to my own sense of willful individuality. When my plans inevitably fail, I remember the value of being earnest from the start, patient, humble, and open to whatever angel thought presents itself. Then the work begins.
That work always reveals something in my own thought that I need to let go of in order to make the progress that will reveal the healing that was waiting for me all along. But some things are easier to shed than others.
Mrs. Eddy warned of the temptations of a comfortable life when she said, “The test of all prayer lies in the answer to these questions: Do we love our neighbor better because of this asking? Do we pursue the old selfishness, satisfied with having prayed for something better, though we give no evidence of the sincerity of our requests by living consistently with our prayer?”
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 9:5–11)
When I was trying to figure out what “living consistently with our prayer” meant, I came across this passage from Science and Health.
“Would existence without personal friends be to you a blank? Then the time will come when you will be solitary, left without sympathy; but this seeming vacuum is already filled with divine Love. When this hour of development comes, even if you cling to a sense of personal joys, spiritual Love will force you to accept what best promotes your growth.”
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 266:6–12)
The first time I read that, it brought me up short. Did she really mean it?
The short answer is yes.
Whether it is personal relationships, material thoughts, or anything else that is a barrier to our spiritual growth – God’s Love will present us with the opportunity to leave it behind. Each of these healings brings a new and deeper understanding our relationship with God. We are literally reborn.
Being reborn isn’t easy. Mrs. Eddy doesn’t pull any punches when she describes it as a cross and a bloody walk.
It has certainly been that for me. I have tried to ignore my challenges. I’ve tried to run from them, argue with them, even plead that this cup would pass. But the answer is always the same. You have all you need, what are you waiting for? Progress comes when I’m willing to confront the challenge with complete honesty, humility, and accept what God is trying to give me. Then the plan unfolds, the blessings flow, and my life changes in ways I previously couldn’t imagine.