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Climate change and mental change

From the August 2022 issue of The Christian Science Journal

One of the major issues that humanity is trying to deal with is the fear of climate change and its effect on the environment. Understandably, there is a great deal of concern about this issue, and a lot of human effort is going into combating climate change physically and chemically. But initiatives based on a material perspective are falling short of what is needed because they don’t take into account the impact that thought has on outcomes.

The results of some quantum physics experiments point to the impact our thoughts have on our experience. They show that what the physicist knows or is conscious of relating to an experiment with particles or light, for instance, is reflected in the outcome of the experiment (see interview with Laurance Doyle and Brian Kissock, “A deeper look at ‘the scientific statement of being,’ ” Journal, March 2018). In view of this, it’s reasonable to conclude that human experience generally reflects our thinking. 

Christian Science takes this even further, offering a unique way to delve into the nature of and solution to problems of every sort facing humanity. In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes, “Christian Science explains all cause and effect as mental, not physical” (p. 114). Science and Health also shines a light on the spiritual nature of reality. So while humanity’s efforts to combat climate change may be useful and justified, usually they are occurring within a framework of accepting that life is material and depends on matter and on how matter interacts with itself. This concept leaves divine Spirit, God, out of the picture and does not take into account the mental nature of experience, which includes how we experience weather.

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