Q: Can I accept patients who know nothing of Christian Science? How much should I explain to them about this Science?
A: It’s a joy to accept patients who know little or nothing about Christian Science. I’ve had people walk into the office to ask what a Christian Science practitioner is, and then ask for treatment. I’ve been asked for help by folks who have a friend or relative that is a Christian Scientist. Conversations on airplanes, in taxis, even while sitting around a campfire, have resulted in questions about how to pray, as well as requests for prayer. This is no longer a surprise to me. After all, Christian Science is a name given to universal divine law. Access to this law of God that heals is everyone’s right. The Christian Science practitioner has enlisted to champion everyone’s right to healing by entering the public practice. The living Christ, the healing power and presence of God, is what everyone seeks whether they know it or not. The Christ, Truth, alone confirms and reveals who we really are as children of God. The awareness of Truth heals. So yes. Not only can we accept patients who know nothing of Christian Science, we can and should expect them.
One of the lessons I learned in the early years of my practice was that God does not give us cases we are not equipped to handle. Of course the work is not about the problem. It does not involve diagnosis, prognosis, or the beliefs surrounding it. The work is to lift thought to see the perfect oneness of God and man in His likeness. This is the truth, the true light in which the illusion of sickness disappears. Just as every variety of sickness is a lie and needs no other classification, so every human categorization of mortal man is false and not a starting point for seeing God’s spiritual creation. Thank goodness our divine Father-Mother did not draw lines between races or religious beliefs, nor on the basis of socio-economic status or level of education. There is no “we” and “they.”