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FAQ on the Healing Practice

Q: In Science and Health Mary Baker Eddy talks about those who may be “deficient in human affection. ” She then prompts the question from I John 4:20 : “He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” ( p.
Q: In the March Journal interview with Christian Science teacher Robert Stranathan, he was asked, “Speaking of healing, what approaches to healing are effective?” In his response he said that although argument is most often used in metaphysical healing, “The highest way to pray is through Love alone. ” He mentioned Mary Baker Eddy’s statement in Science and Health, “If the Scientist reaches his patient through divine Love, the healing work will be accomplished at one visit.
Q: I’ve been thinking about entering the healing practice, but we already have a dedicated practitioner in our church. So it doesn’t really seem like we need any more practitioners right now, and if I went into the practice, wouldn’t it also tend to deprive our current practitioner of her livelihood? A:  Whenever I think about the Church of Christ, Scientist, I think first of a church full of healers—full of practitioners of Christian Science.

Can you explain this statement by Mary Baker Eddy?

Q: Mary Baker Eddy said: “The divine Principle which governs the universe, including man, if demonstrated, is sufficient for all emergencies. But the practitioner may not always prove equal to bringing out the result of the Principle that he knows to be true” (Miscellaneous Writings, p.
Q. How can you overcome a sense of responsibility for the patient to be healed quickly? A.
Q. When it comes to the practice, what are your thoughts about what Mary Baker Eddy says, “.
Q: Could you please talk about handling resistance to Christian Science as a part of treatment?  A: Everyone thrives in supportive environments—and most would agree that obstructive environments often undermine effective outcomes. Because Christian Science treatment operates in the realm of consciousness alone, the mental environment surrounding a case needs to be addressed to ensure success in spiritual healing.

How does a normal sex life fit with a life devoted to Christian Science healing?

Q. I’m happily married and in love.
Q: What if one has a desire to devote more time to the Christian Science healing practice but is struggling to find the time? A: Instead of thinking of going into the healing practice as a process, simply begin to practice. Let your love for God and humanity overcome the fear of lack of time or ability.

Don't practitioners have to be on call 24/7?

Q: How much time should a Christian Science practitioner devote to his or her practice every day? Don’t practitioners have to be on call 24/7? A: In the Manual of The Mother Church, Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “Members of this Church who practice other professions or pursue other vocations, shall not advertise as healers, excepting those members who are officially engaged in the work of Christian Science, and they must devote ample time for faithful practice” ( p. 82 ).