Healing in Christian Science is a matter of knowing who you are. It comes through the practice of scientific metaphysics. It is the result of identifying oneself in the divine understanding—what Mind knows of itself and its own manifestation. This understanding is above any physical concept of self or person, above mortality; it is entirely the emanation of immortal consciousness. As the sense of being a limited mortal yields to the realization of infinite Spirit expressing itself in limitless manhood, the power to heal becomes synonymous with what one knows of oneself.
Mary Baker Eddy, writing to a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, gives a poetic but powerful answer to the question of identity: "As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with universal good. Thus may each member of this church rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the scientific response: I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing."The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 165.
If we have a neighbor in need of the truth of being—and who does not?—we have an opportunity to practice divine metaphysics. Recognizing this, we have arrived at a point in time where we are ready to identify ourselves, not as mortals hoping to find a way to reach a neighbor, but as "able to impart ..." We can live today on the basis of our real "reason for existing."