Is healing through spiritual means really possible today?

shining-starHealing through prayer, through an understanding of our relationship to God, is natural and normal. It is like light filling the darkness so there is nothing else.

Healing through spiritual means may seem far-fetched or intangible to some and that is because matter seems so real and tangible to consciousness.

Everything that we truly love, everything that is good in our experience, is actual spiritual and permanent. Matter is simply a miscategorization of things. The substance of all that we cherish and value is spiritual and therefore it is ever-present and harmonious.

So, healing actually takes place in consciousness. It is an improved state of thought. It is fear, limitation and lack being put out for a divine understanding of wholeness, justice, and peace.

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (I Corinthians 13:12)

“…put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:24 NIV)

We can strive to have this understanding and “put on” our real self-hood made in the image and likeness of God right now!

Heaven and earth are not two separate physical locations.

Here is one definition of heaven that I like:
“HEAVEN. Harmony; the reign of Spirit, government of divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 587)

In an interview, Anita Moorjani, author of the book Dying to Be Me (who was healed of cancer through a positive change in her outlook about herself), says:

“In that realm I felt this incredible unconditional love and I knew that love was my birthright and it lifted my awareness.”

“In that state of clarity I realized it was incredibly simple — that heaven is loving and valuing yourself and knowing you are deserving and worthy. It didn’t matter whether I had a physical body. Whether I was in that realm or not, heaven was the same thing. It was about knowing this love and being aware of our connection to it. When your realize that you are worthy and deserving of everything God is, then you experience heaven.”

The more we get past thinking about heaven as a far off place, the more we can start recognizing this heaven here and now.

Christ Jesus proved the fallacy, or nothingness, of each claim of lack, sin and disease through his healing prayer. He demonstrated through his life and healing ministry that the law and will of God is restoration, health, wholeness and love for all, regardless of history or demographic.

St. Paul continued the mission of Christ by showing to that the Kingdom of Heaven is a tangible reality for all.

Christ Jesus commanded his followers to “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matthew 10:8 NIV)

This shows that all men, women and children have spiritual authority over these phases of evil and limitation.

We don’t have to wait for some future time to know and understand this. We can live the life that Christ Jesus demonstrated. We can heal ourselves and others through spiritual means (through an uplifted consciousness and awareness of God, good) right here and now because we have the will of God, which is unconditional love and goodness for all, enforcing itself for everyone.

The good news

We hear a lot of news that isn’t so good these days. Some is troubling, some induces stress while still other news is just shocking and troubling.

Each of us probably craves to hear more good news. For instance, when I shared good news with a relative recently, she sighed “thank goodness, we were in need of some good news.”

Is there reliable, practical good news that we can turn to everyday? (Here’s a hint: the word gospel means good news).

I love and cherish, more than anything, what Christian Science has revealed to me about the gospel: that heaven isn’t a far off place, but it is here and now with us; we are each spiritual beings right now made in the image and likeness of Spirit; we are living eternal life now; we have an inseparable relationship with our loving, perfect Creator; God is our Father and our Mother who nurtures, comforts, protects, sustains and leads us; each of us has a perfect, indestructible relationship with God.

I often breathe a sigh of relief when I remind myself of this Truth every day.

We have the duty and privilege to protect and love our consciousness. Have you ever thought of your consciousness as a place to protect and love? Even if you are not someone who watches or reads much news, we still get “news” coming into our thought all the time. When you are driving it might be an image of an accident; or when you check your bank account, it may be a feeling of stress; or when you hear someone cough, it may be a fear of sickness.

It’s important to  your life, health and well-being to guard your consciousness. And one way to do this is to take plenty of time each day, to refresh your consciousness with the good news that makes up the fabric of your being and is life everlasting. This will sustain and satisfy you and each of us more than anything else can.

Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”

The following excerpts by Christie Hanzlik, C.S.  are from Let Your Light Shine on UNREALITY to Reveal Reality! (a Christian Science Bible Lesson study guide) 

Plato, a Greek philosopher, created his “Allegory of the Cave” roughly 400 years before Jesus’s ministry, but, in many ways, we can see it as an early glimpse of Christ’s promise to all mankind that we can be free from material bondage.   In fact, we can use the allegory to understand Jesus’s necessary role in revealing and demonstrating reality to mankind.
 
Whereas Plato may have left the story with the prisoners unable to understand the true nature of reality, Jesus proved that people could understand it.  Without Christ Jesus’s amazing demonstration of spiritual vision and communication, the “world outside the cave” would remain a garbled confusion to those feeling imprisoned by matter.   Christ Jesus was necessary to bring the Divine revelation to humanity.
 
Jesus understood God’s love for us so well that he could, unlike the freed prisoner in Plato’s allegory, communicate and demonstrate the truth about the “world outside the cave.”  His role was to show us the way out of the cave so we could see and prove for ourselves that we are not prisoners. He was the way shower.  And true Christianity, as Jesus taught it, is the movement and spread of the absolute truth that we are not prisoners chained in a cave of matter.
 
Jesus saw clearly that the “shadow wall”-matter-is not the true picture of reality even if it may seem to present mesmerizing sights and sounds and smells. He understood the “world outside the cave”-spiritual reality-and his purpose was to reveal this truth to all mankind.  Jesus asked us to let our light shine and to continue sharing his message of salvation-freedom from the chains of matter. Once we know about the “world outside the cave,” we cannot go back to not knowing it; and it’s natural for us to want to share it with others.