Over the past year, I have been learning a lot about God being the only cause from the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. I have also been learning that if something doesn’t come from God, then it’s my divine right to completely dismiss it (see, for example, page 390 of Science and Health). I have also found it helpful to remember that what we’re dismissing isn’t an actual physical condition, but a mental suggestion that there’s another cause or power besides God.
One morning, I woke up and felt as if I had suddenly been hit in the stomach. I was experiencing symptoms like those described for stomach flu. I decided I would not get out of bed until I addressed this aggressive suggestion of a power opposed to an all-powerful God, who bestows only goodness on His creation.
I held to the truth that God is the only cause. This means that God is the only creator, maker, beholder—the Mind that made me and is knowing me as God’s harmonious and healthy expression. I also ruled out specific so-called causes, like weather. The day before, the weather was nice, so I had worked outside on my computer for the majority of the day. The fresh, slightly cool air had been invigorating and had made me happy. I reasoned that weather couldn’t have a harmful effect on me, because the only effect I could experience is from Spirit, God. I was enjoying the outdoors, and I therefore could feel only the benefits of joy—a spiritual quality of God, which can only result in good.