In the Preface of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mrs. Eddy writes of healing: “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. Now, as then, these mighty works are not supernatural, but supremely natural. They are the sign of Immanuel, or ‘God with us,’ – a divine influence ever present in human consciousness and repeating itself, coming now as was promised aforetime…” (xi:9-18). The following posts are written accounts of just four of the many healings by members of this church. To hear more about Christian Science healing, you are welcome to attend our Wednesday night testimony meetings at 8:00 pm.
Christian Science practitioners provide spiritual treatment through prayer that results in healing—which includes the resolution of relationship or financial difficulties, physical cure, and transformed lives. Christian Science practitioners are available full time to help anyone, anywhere, through prayer. They answer questions, too.
Treatment is based on the Bible and the principles explained in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, including the idea that there is one, all-good God, who loves and cares for each of us.
Feel free to contact a practitioner by phone, email, or written letter. Many have offices where you can meet for an appointment, and most will also visit people in their homes. Christian Science practitioners are professionals and do charge for the treatment they provide. Each practitioner sets individual rates, so feel free to discuss payment with any practitioner you contact.
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by Elaina Cokinos
I am grateful for the experiences of healing I have had through studying Christian Science and living the truths I have learned. I have found that when I pray with deep consecration, I find guidance and am protected and healed. Prayer and study have taught me that, in healing, one’s thought needs to be filled with what is true about God and man. This understanding of spiritual truth enables us to triumph over the errors of material sense, including sickness and pain.
About five or six years ago, one day my brother and I were lovingly teasing each other. He playfully punched me in the shoulder a little harder than he meant to. After that, my shoulder never felt totally right. The incident left me feeling discomfort that persisted on and off for the next several years. I was in high school at the time and didn’t give the situation much prayerful thought. I just went about my life.
Then, about a year ago, now a college student, I was playing in my team’s first lacrosse game of the season. Early in the game I fell on my shoulder. I stayed on the ground for a couple of seconds, but I immediately said a firm “no” to the thought of injury. I thought about how I could pray unceasingly, including in that moment (see I Thessalonians 5:17). I firmly denied and denounced the error, the suggestion that I could be injured or in any way separated from God’s love.
(Elaina is a graduate of the Sunday School of 6th Church of Christ, Scientist)
by Consuela H. Allen
After a busy Saturday afternoon in spring last year, I decided to take a short nap. I lay down on my bed with the screened-in window open behind me.
My very large cat, Buttons, also decided that a nap was a good idea and snuggled up next to me. I soon drifted off, only to be sharply awakened by something hitting my head very hard. I jumped up quickly. Buttons stood by the window, looking rather sheepish. I realized he had probably seen a squirrel outside and lunged toward it, jumping on my face on his way. I felt shocked and was in a great deal of pain, and I wasn’t sure if one of my eyes had been injured. But I immediately knew one thing: I was going to choose to get information only from spiritual sense, and not from what the material senses were telling me.
In July 2011, just weeks after I started as First Reader at my local Christian Science branch church, I noticed a lump on my breast and discoloration. I immediately called a Christian Science practitioner to support me in prayer. To be honest, even as a lifelong Christian Scientist, I had always thought I might react with dread and panic to a symptom such as this. But wonderfully, my initial response was naturally calm and unafraid, and I was confident of complete healing.
I was convinced that this condition was simply a suggestion—mortal mind’s attempt to dislodge me from my post as Reader, which I loved. I felt certain that I would not have been given this privilege and opportunity to bless others and grow spiritually, only to have to forfeit it for illness.
The practitioner pointed me to the story of Nehemiah rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, and this promise: “The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build” (Nehemiah 2:20). This reminded me that God is doing the healing work (not me), and, indeed, that divine Love upholds our church.
The temptation to keep checking my body for signs of progress was strong. This led me to put together a reading for a Wednesday testimony meeting on the need to “look away from the body into Truth and Love” as Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, instructs readers in her textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 261).
I prepared another reading on the topic, “Spiritual healing for the ages, and for this age.” It was important to remember that spiritual healing is effective, that it is based on God’s laws, and that it goes back millennia and will ever continue.
Over the next two months I was in almost daily contact with the practitioner, who assured me that the Readership was carrying me, not the other way around. I also read testimonies of Christian Science healing every night before I went to bed from a collection of Christian Science Journals a friend had given me. These were tremendously encouraging and confidence building.
Still, fear and discouragement crept in. One day, a friend pointed me to an online lecture on Christian Science. The lecturer recounted that a lump in her breast had been healed when she gained a better understanding of God as Love. It hit me. For years, I had believed I couldn’t palpably feel God’s love for me. The practitioner reminded me of the verse from a hymn by Samuel Longfellow: “Embosomed deep in Thy dear love, / Held in Thy law, I stand: / Thy hand in all things I behold, / And all things in Thy hand” (Christian Science Hymnal, No. 134).
The message from this hymn relieved me of a false sense of responsibility in many areas of my life and emphatically showed me that divine Love is responsible for me and cares for me. Naturally, this turned into a Wednesday evening reading on God’s mothering love.
About this time I was also in touch with a longtime teacher and practitioner of Christian Science. Among other things, he wrote me that in his experience with healing, “It is always a need for more God in the equation and less self-concern, self-analysis, self-doubt.” But I wasn’t sure how to actually go about practicing “more God, less self.” I asked the practitioner who had been praying with me about it, and she put it simply: “Turn your face to God.”
So I did. At work, I often turned away from my computer screen and prayed a quick prayer. Something like “God, I’m so glad You are All,” or “God, I’m so grateful that You are parenting me; I feel Your love and guidance right now,” or “God, I know that You are the only power in the universe and that sickness is not power.”
I did this quick turning about every ten minutes, whether at work, walking down the street, or preparing dinner. I came to see that it almost did not matter what my prayer was, as long as I stayed focused on the allness of God.
Then a setback tried to throw me off course. A lump in my other breast appeared. It grew rapidly and was painful. I voiced concern to the practitioner. She remained steady and strong in her work with me. Shortly after this conversation, I drove home from work listening to a CD produced by a Christian Science nursing facility. It contained powerful firsthand accounts of people who had experienced significant healings while at this facility.
When I arrived home, I turned the car off and sat there in wonder. Tears streamed down my face. I felt almost overcome by the presence of divine Love, specifically the love manifested in the Christian Science movement today and through history. Out loud, I thanked the practitioner for her steadfast support. I thanked my Sunday School teachers and my parents who had brought me up in this wonderful religion, all of the Christian Science nurses, healers, teachers, and church members who had come before me and those who are practicing Christian Science healing today. Most of all, I felt deep gratitude for Mary Baker Eddy, who so faithfully followed the teachings of Christ Jesus, and who did not give up on her writings and her Church despite setbacks.
Within hours, the second lump began to drain. In the morning, I called a visiting Christian Science nurse. She efficiently and gently bandaged the area and showed me how to do this myself. She reassured me that healing was going on.
And indeed it was. That lump drained completely and healed, and the first one simply faded away. For a time, I worried that the symptoms might reappear. But in one of the Christian Science Bible Lessons following the healing, I found my reassurance from Christ Jesus. “Go in peace,” he said after he healed the woman with an issue of blood (Mark 5:34). I took that message to heart. I could go forward in peace because I have Christ’s own promise of the permanence of Christian healing. A year has passed, and I’m grateful to say the healing has been permanent.
Washington, DC, US
I have gained such spiritual insight and inspiration from reading Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy. What I’ve learned about God and my relationship with Him from this book has been a constant source of peace and comfort. Last spring a particular passage helped spur on a healing.
Since my youth, I’d had a large mole on my back. Then one day last year I had the sudden and startling realization that I didn’t need to accept this condition without question. I recognized this inspiration as the working of the Christ—a divine message communicating the possibility of regeneration and healing.
I’ve learned, from my study of both Christian Science and the Bible, to mentally confront and reject discord—physical or otherwise—as an imposition on my health, rather than as part of my experience. The Apostle Paul admonishes, “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh,” and “Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit” (II Cor. 5:16; Rom. 8:9). These concepts challenged me to look beyond physical conditions and perceive my true identity as spiritual.
It was then that an arresting question in Science and Health seemed to speak directly to me. “Is man,” asked Mrs. Eddy, “a material fungus without Mind to help him?” (p. 160). A mole, I reasoned, is a bit like a fungus, and this question challenged me to consider whether I viewed myself as just a repository for uncontrolled biological growth, or as a spiritual, Godlike idea able to have complete dominion over my body.
It was clear to me that spiritual dominion was the only possible answer. I was not a mindless being operating on my own but a son of God, or divine Mind; moreover, this divine partnership could never permit me to become a host to anything unspiritual and parasitic.
Over the summer, the growth began to irritate me, and my wife alerted me that it appeared to be growing larger. Then while I was driving home from taking my daughter back to college over a long weekend, the mole would occasionally bleed profusely. But near the end of the trip, the mole began to break up, which suggested to me that it was dissolving or lifting off.
By the time I got home, the mole had nearly disappeared. I recalled this statement: “A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive” (Science and Health, p. 463). The mole was certainly offensive, unwelcome, and unpleasant. I’m convinced that the truths I was learning about myself as God’s idea were a catalyst for this physical change. Within a few weeks, there was absolutely no trace of it, and there is now perfectly smooth skin where the mole had been. This took place in August 2007.
I’m rejoicing over the spiritual lessons I’ve learned and look forward with confidence to further proofs of spiritual growth and progress.
BETHESDA, MARYLAND, US