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FAQ on the Healing Practice

Christian Science teachers respond to frequently asked questions that have come up at workshops on becoming a Christian Science practitioner.

What should the practitioner do if the patient is resistant, apathetic, or fixed on the physical condition?

From the February 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Q: When through his prayer the practitioner can see through the claims that seem to be burdening his patient, but the patient seems to be resistant, apathetic, or fixed on the physical condition, what should the practitioner do?

A: There’s isn’t a practitioner on earth who hasn’t had to deal with this issue at some time or another. One real and very practical answer—one that the human mind wouldn’t necessarily expect or accept—can be found in the Bible, in the book of Isaiah: “I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me” (45:5). 

Divine Science has revealed that God is Mind. Therefore there is only one Mind, “and there is none else.” In reality, there aren’t many minds—the practitioner’s mind, the patient’s mind, the family members’ minds, the friends’ minds—a “who’s thinking what” scenario. The practitioner knows that divine Mind can’t be impressed with something unlike itself. Neither, then, can man, by virtue of his oneness with God, be diverted into believing in something unlike Him—pain, deformity, disease. The Bible, and Science and Health, tell us of God’s perpetual demand: “Let there be light.” Based on this truth we can be assured that no one can be stuck in the darkness, unable to perceive his God-bestowed eternal freedom. 

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