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Spiritual healing, independent of material evidence

From the January 2023 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Looking to be a better healer? Then you’ll want to keep an eye out for articles like this one, appearing periodically in The Christian Science Journal, Sentinel, and Herald. Their aim: to correct some of the misconceptions about Christian Science that would keep us from having the results we so desire.

Early in my study of Christian Science, I called a Christian Science practitioner for metaphysical treatment for a physical problem. The next day, some of the symptoms had abated somewhat. I called the practitioner to report the good news, but his response was that we never want to base any conclusions, good or bad, on material evidence.

I was quite taken aback because I had relied on material medicine before becoming a Christian Scientist, and so I had been accustomed to paying attention to the physical evidence of a problem. And now a lessening of the symptoms of sickness was giving me hope and encouragement. But I also realized, upon thinking more about what he had said, that I was, in fact, depending upon material sensation to tell me how I felt. In other words, I was measuring my health, well-being, safety, and happiness by what the five physical senses were reporting.

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