To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings.
Mary Baker Eddy
The ideas of a spiritual reformer live on.
Virginia Harris, C.S.B
As a Founding Trustee of the Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity when it was established 10 years ago this week, my deeply cherished hope has been that sincere seekers for spiritual understanding would be inspired by the remarkable life of Mary Baker Eddy – and want to know more about the radical ideas she discovered, and lived.
Thousands of visitors, school children, Boston families, tourists, and scholars, visit the Library annually – and many of them have been touched by the accomplishments of this 19th century reformer in medicine, theology, publishing, and business.
10 years on, the impact of the Library’s exhibits on individual lives is still going strong. A few months ago, I received a call from someone identifying themselves as a spiritual healer, who found me because of my website. She wanted to talk more in depth about Mary Baker Eddy and the ideas in her book, Science and Health. It was important to her that she talk with someone who practiced this method of healing full time.
This person had visited the Library and was simply amazed at all that Mrs. Eddy accomplished 125 years ago – it felt to her as recent as yesterday. She bought Science and Health and started to read. Many of the ideas she could relate to immediately and began to incorporate them into her own healing practice, for herself and others. She has found what millions of others have found: that the spiritual ideas that were discovered by Mary Baker Eddy in the mid-19th century are more practical today than ever.
Now this healer comes by my office from time to time to share ideas of how she can better heal herself by applying the ideas in Science and Health. What a joy to witness the individual discoveries she is making as one of the many “…honest seekers for Truth.”
These past 10 years, I have heard many other unique stories of visitors to the Library who found answers to whatever was troubling them in their lives. It is not surprising, as Mrs. Eddy’s own life covered the full range of human experiences and challenges – and she overcame them, proving the practical effectiveness of her spiritual ideas.
There is a lovely, soothing water-wall just outside the entrance that welcomes all who come through the main doors of the Library. Etched in the wall is the first line from Science and Health: “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite today is big with blessings.” What a promise for anyone desiring to lean on the Supreme, without borders or boundaries, creeds or ritual. Simple trust and expectation bring big blessings.
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