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LUCIE HASKELL HILL
Inasmuch as Christian Science demonstration is based upon an understanding of divine Principle, which assuredly is fixed and infallible, let us see if the result of its application to our so-called human problems should not be as sure and as immediate as in the case of mathematics.
In reply to a question, Mary Baker Eddy, whose own healing ministry was marked by many beautiful instances of the immediate destruction of diseases of every sort, writes in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 40): "In some instances the students of Christian Science equal the ancient prophets as healers. All true healing is governed by, and demonstrated on, the same Principle as theirs; namely, the action of the divine Spirit, through the power of Truth to destroy error, discord of whatever sort. The reason that the same results follow not in every case, is that the student does not in every case possess sufficiently the Christ-spirit and its power to cast out the disease."
It would seem, therefore, that the variation apparent in the success of Christian Science practice is due, to a large extent at least, to the variable possession of the Christ-spirit. We know that the Christ-spirit is simply the spirit of the Christ, Truth, making possible the demonstration of the true status of man as God's image and likeness. It was this Christ-spirit which enabled Jesus the Christ to heal the sick and the sinning.
Since Christ Jesus was the master Metaphysician and the success of our practice lies in its conformity to his, let us see if we cannot discover the reason for the immediate healings which followed his work. In Matthew we have this record: "When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed." A casual reading may yield only a literal impression of this passage. It is doubtless true that Jesus frequently withdrew from the towns to seek the peace and the seclusion of some quiet mountain. But far more important than the physical isolation thus provided was the Master's conscious elevation above all material clamor into the mount of spiritual revelation, the realization of man's unity with God. It was on this mountain that Moses talked with God and Abraham received the blessing which invariably follows true sacrifice. Spiritual revelation was the "hills" David so often and so beautifully acknowledged as the source of his help and his strength.
Following the account of Jesus' ministry, we find that these periods of mental exaltation were succeeded by great demonstrations of spiritual power. The pattern shown to him on the mount was still so clear in his thought that he saw not the blind, the lame, the leper, but only the image and likeness of the Father with whom he had communed.
In the fourteenth chapter of Matthew we have another illustration of Jesus' method of attaining perfect demonstrations: "And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray." Again he ascended into the contemplation of God, of divine Principle; and again there followed the memorable recital of how he walked on the sea, a demonstration understood only through Mrs. Eddy's revelation of the allness of Spirit and the consequent nothingness of matter and the falsity of so-called material law. It was at this time that Peter attempted to walk upon the water to his Master's side, and failed because of his fear and his lapse into the belief of the reality of matter. Peter had not prefaced his demonstration with a period of prayer on the mountain. He had not "sent the multitudes away" the clinging, earthbound concepts away. The divine Principle was therefore available to him only in the degree of his own apprehension of it. The rule was not at fault, as was proved by Jesus' easy passage across the water, but only Peter's timid fearful use of it.
In Peter's experience we may find perhaps, the explanation of many a delayed or incomplete healing. We walk the waves of error triumphantly, putting them under our feet forever, only as we look above them into the shining face of the Christ, Truth. Such a testing as came to Peter cannot be met without due preparation, any more than a student can go unprepared to an examination in mathematics and expect to solve his problems correctly.
For the Christian Science student, there can be no better preparation than the frequent and prayerful resort to the mountains of revelation. He may find them in the earnest perusal of the Bible or his textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, or in quiet, humble listening for the "still small voice" within his own consciousness. But he must understand so clearly the spiritual qualities which constitute the perfect man that he will see only the true likeness everywhere. It is thus that he becomes equipped for instantaneous healing.
The Christian Science Journal, October, 1925
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