"Mind governs the body, not partially but wholly," wrote scientific thought-leader and Christian healer, Mary Baker Eddy, over 150 years ago. In the ensuing years of painstaking research, discovery, testing and analysis the psychological and bio-sciences, too, have come to generally support the idea that there is a distinct connection between thought and body.
Despite all the evidence of the power of belief on the body, it seems the human mind will never be a cure-all. However, the mind that Eddy was referring to is the divine Mind or consciousness. When consistently embraced in thought, it brings harmony and healing to every aspect of life.
In her foundational text, Science and Health, Eddy explains the perfect Mind Jesus claimed for himself, as "universal, eternal, divine Love." He saw every man, woman and child as the faultless expression of that loving Mind. Doing so healed all those who were responsive! And it can heal us, too.
I'm discovering that this understanding of the divine Science of God and man is no more obscure or supernatural than the science of numbers, and brings consistent, repeatable healing results.
A couple of days after flying-in to another country recently, I woke up with an unsettled stomach.
Opting to stay in the lodge while my family and friends went out for the morning, I spent an hour or so studying that book, affirming divine Love's government and my perfect, spiritual substance, though all the while dealing with the symptoms that seemed to say the opposite.
However, I soon began to feel spiritually loved and nurtured. Once the realisation was reached of the divine Mind's goodness and only-ness - and my own faultless being - I found that I was immediately free of the symptoms and was able to have a late breakfast right away, with no physical after-effects whatsoever.
The way we understand God has profound implications for healing. Not the human mind, but the divine Mind - understood and proved - is a universal panacea and cure-all.
Kay Stroud is a practitioner of Christian Science healing and spokesperson for Christian Science in this region www.health4thinkers.com
To learn more about spiritual healing come along to a public talk on the subject on Saturday 18 February at 10.30am in the Christian Science Reading Room, Shop 2 Ocean Central, cnr Duporth Ave and Ocean St, Maroochydore. Copies of Science and Health will be available for purchase. For more information call Kay on 04004 49 44 06 or check out the SC Daily Events Section.