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Experiments have favored the fact that Mind governs the body, not in one instance, but in every instance. 

Mary Baker Eddy



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Virginia Harris, C.S.B. – Start right. Start right away.

Start right. Start right away.

Posted: 19 Mar 2013 07:38 PM PDT


The documentary highlighting the troubled healthcare system in the US, Escape Fire, has been shown on CNN several times recently. The up-front facts are distressing: the annual healthcare cost is $2.8 trillion – 75% of this total is for chronic, preventable diseases. But as the film continued, there were stories of hope and cheer as individuals were changing their outcomes by focusing on lifestyle choices instead of drugs and surgical procedures to get better.

When I finished watching the program, I asked myself, ‘Now what? The exposed issues appear so huge – what can an average person do on their own?’ The film suggests, by showing the effect of meditation on the life of a young soldier, that the starting place for better health lies in thinking differently. I agree…for me, that starting place is with prayer.

The current state of healthcare has some aspects similar to the American healthcare scene in the last half of the 19th century. This period, with life expectancy of 47 years old, could be described as one of tremendous searching for answers: with so many illnesses, injuries, and epidemics people were desperately looking for and trying out myriad healing methods. Sometimes there was temporary relief, but rarely cures.

Mary Baker Eddy was one of the thousands in poor health searching for relief from chronic maladies. She tried medicines, hydropathy, homeopathy, hypnotism – and ultimately a daily diet of bread and a little water. Doctors told her that there was nothing to be done and that she would have to live with the chronic ailments.

This life-sentence was unacceptable then, as it should be today. Through Eddy’s experiments and prayer-based treatments, on herself and patients, she understood a different pathology of disease than the cell and germ theories heralded by medical microbiologists of the day. Disease, she affirmed, is mental, cultivated in the patient’s own thought. Therefore, to have a lasting cure involves changing thought to a different basis. In Escape Fire, primary doctors expressed the need to spend more time in conversation with patients hopefully in order to get to the cause of the physical problem, the ‘what and why’ that points to lifestyle habits needing to be changed.

For Eddy, the basis for all healing was spiritual, not material. She proved that prayer-based treatment begins by aligning the patient’s thinking about themselves in a wholly spiritual way, seeing themselves as the Divine sees them: as spiritual beings who think intelligently, choose wisely, function harmoniously – which guides their daily life in practical, positive ways. Typically, this spiritual approach led to changes in behaviors of overeating, addictions, negative and stressful choices. And this prayer-based thinking, this divine Mind-based meditation, led to healing of the physical ailments.

“Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.” – Mary Baker Eddy

Eddy’s proven, spiritual approach to healthcare is effective today. It is a preventative as well as a curative system. Anyone can use it, starting now. Getting proper healthcare is not hopeless, and you are not helpless. Because you don’t have to wait for the entire healthcare system to change for your health to be better: you can change how you think and what you do right now.

A key starting point for better wellbeing is prayer. Step by purposeful step, prayer helps you break bad habits and make good, smart, positive decisions for active wellbeing. Ask yourself, ‘What is influencing my choices? Are my decisions coming from a spiritual consciousness and desire to follow the guidance of divine Mind?’ This Mind cares for you, sustains you, heals you. Your humble desire to follow Mind’s direction is always answered with clarity, and comes with the courage and conviction to take the next step. For a better quality of life, prayer can help you start right, right away.

Oh, by the way, Eddy’s life is a good example: she lived to be almost 90 years old!

Experiments have favored the fact that Mind governs the body, not in one instance, but in every instance. –Mary Baker Eddy