What does it take to heal? Questions like this, coming from a public faced with diverse views on spiritual healing, prompted the founding of this magazine over a century ago. In an editorial in the first issue, its founder emphasizes that Christly qualities heal: "Great charity and humility is necessary in this work of healing. The loving patience of Jesus, we must strive to emulate." Mis., p. 7. In each of these columns, the Journal offers insights from an individual with long experience in the public practice of Christian Science healing. He or she explores the spirit of Christly love and its power to restore and transform.
Is there any particular idea or insight that you've found especially helpful in healing?
Yes—The Importance of new ideas and insights! They are important because they keep the healing practice of Christian Science fresh and inspired. It isn't that we're discovering new truths, because there is just one Truth—God—but inspiration can jigger one's thought just enough to show something in a new light, like another facet of the same diamond. If light and healing and inspiration are pouring out from God—and they are!—then we can expect fresh light and healing results in our lives. And by we, I mean all of us—Christian Science practitioners and also those who come to them for help.