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News of Healing: Flu Symptoms Gone   2 comments

people walking in long alley at fall autumn sessonTwo years ago in the winter I had a severe case of flu, and I suffered from the condition in various forms on into the summer. A year later symptoms of the same condition appeared again, and the thought came to me that I had better “take it easy.” But in a moment I challenged this suggestion and declared that I would not sit there and simply submit to the condition. That was the turning point in the healing for me.

Click here to read the full text of this testimony by Barbara Walz where she explains how through spiritualising her thought she was healed quickly of the severe symptoms of flu.

Colds and Flu Don’t Have to Touch You   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_9612115An audio chat with Barbara Vining a full-time Christian Science healer and teacher.

“We hear people talk about colds as the ‘common cold’ or of flu as being inevitable, and neither one is true,” says Barbara. She explains that talk about disease “leaves God out of the question, and it makes the person feel helpless.” Christian Science enables people to prove that the power of God heals just as it did in Jesus’ time. It’s possible to prevent and cure disease through reliance on His love. This isn’t a blind faith in God. It’s an understanding of His laws and the adoption of a childlike openness to God as the supreme power of the universe. This understanding of God heals.

Among the questions asked by site visitors were how to pray to overcome one’s own fear of disease, how to resist media and advertising influences that build up the disease, how to protect children from contagion, how to deal with the pressure from work colleagues or family to accept immunization when one doesn’t want to, and how to pray about sickness, including chronic disease.

Click here to listen this audio chat, Colds and Flu Don’t Have to Touch You.

Beating the Winter Blues   Leave a comment

DSCN0134Here in Canberra winter is now upon us. The yellow and gold trees have given way to bare branches and we have already had our first frosty mornings.

Many of us who have lived in Canberra for a while have come to love this climate and its four distinct seasons. With each there are certain expectations: the regenerating bloom of the spring heralded by the brilliance of the wattle; the long dry heat of the summer and trips to the coast; the vivid colours of the autumn and the swirling brown leaves.

The crispness of winter, the clear blue skies and trips to the snow are often accompanied by calls to be wary of colds and flu. TV commercials remind us of the available remedies and we are sometimes tempted to wonder whether we will ‘go down’ with something this year, or will we be lucky?

Nowadays there is a strong body of evidence that attests to the influence of one’s thought on health. For over 100 years now we have been aware of the placebo effect: the apparent strong positive effect of sugar pills and non-medicated treatments on patients who believed them to be remedial agents. These experiments alone must ask us to question the nature of the effect of thought on the body. To question how the quality of our consciousness and our belief systems can affect our wellbeing? There is also growing evidence to suggest that spirituality, our natural attraction to the good and the true, has a positive impact on physical resilience and recuperation.

About 150 years ago Mary Baker Eddy investigated this link between spirituality and health. Her experiments and study culminated in her textbook: Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. In it she states (p208): Mind, not matter, is causation. A material body only expresses a material and mortal mind. … You embrace your body in your thought, and you should delineate upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness.

New SH (2)She goes on to say (p392): The physical affirmation of disease should always be met with the mental negation. Whatever benefit is produced on the body, must be expressed mentally, and thought should be held fast to this ideal. If you believe in inflamed and weak nerves, you are liable to an attack from that source. … If you decide that climate or atmosphere is unhealthy, it will be so to you. Your decisions will master you, whichever direction they take.

Reverse the case. Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously. When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears. Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them. The issues of pain or pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forgetting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance.

Let’s determine this winter to hold thought to the higher qualities of Truth and Love, of wholeness and harmony and turn away from contemplation of disease, and so build our spiritual immunity.

This article was contributed by Deborah Packer of Canberra.

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Consenting to Health   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_9612115CS Perspective from the Christian Science Monitor

Consenting to Health by Barbara Vining

When I was a child I had an intuitive sense that health was normal. I had a conviction that I didn’t have to agree with sickness and pain. I remember specific instances, for example, where I stayed free of contagious diseases I had been in contact with and stayed healthy amid adverse conditions. The few times I did become sick, I recovered rapidly and was able to keep myself free of pain. In my late teens I learned that there was more to this than “That’s just the way I am.” I was drawn to the study of the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” by Mary Baker Eddy, where I learned that “Health is a not a condition of matter, but of Mind” (p. 120) and “The necessity for uplifting the race is father to the fact that Mind can do it; for Mind can impart purity instead of impurity, strength instead of weakness, and health instead of disease” (p. 371). This Mind is not human, however; it is divine; it is God. For many decades now I have found this Mind quite capable of… read more


Contagion   Leave a comment

Crowd of people In the second half of the 19th century Mary Baker Eddy, writer and religious leader,  was researching the connection between health and consciousness.  In 1883 she wrote an article entitled Contagion which still has profound implications for individual and community health today:

People believe in infectious and contagious diseases, and that any one is liable to have them under certain predisposing or exciting causes. This mental state prepares one to have any disease whenever there appear the circumstances which he believes produce it. If he believed as sincerely that health is catching when exposed to contact with healthy people, he would catch their state of feeling quite as surely and with better effect than he does the sick man’s. …

The full text of this article can currently be accessed on JHS-online by following this link.

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