A Treatment, or a Treat?
Sometimes it helps to write down your prayers. I have to admit I am not in practice… a bit rusty. Today, I start with a heavy sigh like one preparing to sit in meditation. In my thought there is a catalogue …ills that need addressing. I could go there, make a list. Check it twice. But today, my question is: Treat or treatment? This is the question I go to God with. It occurs to me today for the first time, that a real treatment is truly a treat…one in which, Christ enters in. Now, that’s THE treat, agree?
We are told to ‘Enter his courts with thanksgiving and praise’. That’s a clue.
One could view metaphysical treatment as a love letter to the ‘one and only true God’ as I think Moses may have said. Here goes….
Dear One, God–
I know that you God, are the only One in my life. I ‘have no God’s before you’. Your creation appears in the world around me. But, you, the creator, are reflected in every aspect. You continue to create. Mary Baker Eddy: ‘Creation is ever appearing and must ever continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source,’. First, let me say, I love you, your world too. I am happy in it… Everything is good, very good. That includes man, who you proclaim in Genesis 1, ‘Very Good’. That includes me, too! As though that is what all our names are: Alexis ‘Very-Good’ Wittman, Child of God.
I’m thinking this love letter needs to be a daily thing, right? So, to recap, I have acknowledged God and secondly, man as God-created. Perfection.
God is the power, the intelligence, the love… like a diamond with many facets, God’s facets are infinite, powerful and good; All part of the diamond. Mary Baker Eddy, author of ‘Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures’ back in 1875, liked to think of God in terms of qualities, specifically seven synonyms: Life, Truth, Love, Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Mind. Taking one of these into thought, Life, for today…. brings Divine Life more clearly into focus, let’s me explore God. Think of that as a definition of treatment.
Humanly, I am suffering. I am having what I euphemistically call ‘mobility issues’. That could mean, car troubles? But, no, today there’s some pain I am facing as I move through my day. It’s truly uncomfortable and limits me, too much. This is hard to share, with you, with God even. I feel like a failure.
Those words, I’ve italicized, ‘pain’, ‘uncomfortable’, ‘limits’, ‘failure’… express the erroneous ideas I seem to be experiencing. I have taken them into thought. I want to be free of pain, comfortable, unlimited, a success!…. that’s the course I am charting here. Life (God) is too good to behold evil, pain, uncomfortable limbs, limitation, failure. They are unreal and unnatural in God’s creation. The only power they have over me? None, really.
Eddy again: ‘Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusion as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.‘
Eddy says that, ‘man is not brains, blood, and bones’. We are not our bodies. We are something else entirely…. spiritually made beings. ‘in the image of God’. Christ Jesus states that ‘in Him (God) we live, move, and have our being’. Mrs. Eddy’s words to the world were, ‘God is my life.’ This for us…
Christ Jesus states in John 10: ‘ I am come that they might have life; and that they might have it more abundantly ‘. This is really the message of Christmas, isn’t it, by the way? Abundant life, for us.
God is my life too. I am the ‘man’ of God’s creation. Any other claim, symptom, distress, is obviously a false clam, a lie against this established truth, fact. I can correct any, let me repeat, any lie… by knowing the Truth. Once I understand, through lesson and demonstration, that two times two is four, I don’t have to conjecture about five, six, or three. It’s true sometimes it helps our thought make the necessary course correction by ever so briefly, acknowledging, what is not. The science of Christian healing can work like a mathematical proof, demonstrating so clearly Truth overcoming error, that only health remains standing IN OUR EXPERIENCE. Creation is perfect, and it our divine right to experience God’s creation here, now. We are not changing anything but thought. Eddy says, ‘Thought must MOVE”.
Eddy put this ‘proof’ into what she termed a Scientific Statement of Being….(in part):
There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. (The lie)
All is infinite Mind (God) and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. (The Truth)
So, this includes ‘my life’. I have now taken a particular aspect of God, Life, into my thought, or love letter. And, wrapped my own life up in it.
What’s missing from this treatment? There is an element of healing so crucial, that it alone heals. Even without the affirmation and argument that a treatment may represent. It’s the ‘treat’ I hinted at earlier.
Thinking about God, as principles or qualities, can leave us ‘in our head’ as you might say. But what brings these healing thoughts into our lives in a way that secures them, that anchors them in our very being?
What is it that God acts through? What is the activity of God in our human experience? Simply put, the Christ.
The Webster -Merriam Dictionary includes this idea in defining Christ: ‘the ideal truth that comes as a divine manifestation of God to destroy incarnate error’. It’s origin is from the Greek Christos, literally, anointed.
So more than only being immersed in Truth, I ask for the anointing. The presence of God, God’s blessing in my life. THE Christ.
This healing treatment IS a treat. It operates through the Christ, in accordance with God’s law. I can rest knowing that it is active in my life, and true for the world as well. It is sealed by God’s great infinite love. Amen.
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