As we trudge through the most uncertain times in modern memory, many of us are seeking reassurance and solace. I’ve not conducted any surveys or taken any polls, but I suspect that in the midst of what can feel like a sustained terror attack (with the “terrorist” being a microscopic virus), no one is looking for a complex, long and drawn-out answer.
We want to know that we’re going to be OK; that our families and friends are going to be OK, and that our communities are going to be OK. We are worried about health – of ourselves, and those we love – as well as the economy (our personal economies as well as the larger one).
Right now NOTHING feels OK. We are hiding in our homes, wary – if not fearful – of each person we encounter on the street, in the store, or at work. We are aware of the news, too often glued to the TV to see if the doomsday scenario is any closer to us and hoping that this is all just a really bad reality TV show hoax.
This feeling of helplessness is compounded when we are concerned for the health and well-being of those we love.
Where can we turn?
What can we do?
What options are available?
In the late 1800’s, a number of women (in different geographic locales) were experiencing great success in healing infirmities and diseases that had been pronounced incurable.
Their revelations and practice became known as Divine Science.
They wrote a number of books dedicated to teaching the spiritual principle(s) they had discovered and practiced. In one of these books, Nona Brooks wrote:
“Thought, the activity of Mind, is the Creative Power of the Universe.Nona Brooks, Short Lessons in Divine Science
All things (forms) are thoughts of God.”
Divine Science, considered part of the New Thought movement, has been defined as “the practice of the presence of God” – or the understanding and acceptance of Omnipresence.
That seems simple – but how can we use that simple concept in these complex and turbulent times?
In the book, “Short Lessons in Divine Science“, Nona Brooks wrote a “treatment” or affirmative prayer that can be used when we are concerned for someone’s health, reminding the student that they “…must forget the claim of sickness, or weakness, that is being made …and know only the Truth.”
Here is that statement of Truth:
“You are God’s child; God’s love surrounds you and cares for you; God’s Life is yours. In the light of the Great Reality I see you perfect, free from the delusion of sin, sickness, death. I see you whole with God’s Wholeness; I rejoice to speak this word for you; it is the Father that speaketh in me. The word of God is powerful to bless.”Nona Brooks
In 21st century language, we might say something more along these lines:
“You are a beloved child of the Infinite. Spirit’s love surrounds you, enfolds you, uplifts and protects you. In the Light of Truth, I see you perfect, healthy; free from sickness and struggle. I see you whole in the perfection of Spirit – and I am grateful to speak this word for you – knowing that it is Infinite Wisdom that speaks through me, with the power to heal and bless.”Practitioner’s Path
Neville Goddard – independent teacher of spiritual Truths in the mid-20th century taught a similar method. He spoke of imagining that the person in need of help was already in that better place: the unemployed friend as gainfully employed; the unmarried friend as happily married; the ill person as healthy and whole.
Ernest Holmes – in the movement he built after being ordained as a Divine Science minister – taught that as we learn the Truth, the Truth will automatically free us and built a movement around the art of learning to “know the Truth” for those who sought assistance through prayer.
The common thread that runs through the teaching of Neville, Religious Science and Divine Science is the great power that our thoughts have to heal.
In these tumultuous and uncertain times, it can feel like we are helpless, but we are not. No matter who we are, or what is going on; we can use thought – the creative power of the Universe – and know the Truth, for ourselves and for others.
Unplug from the news. Be smart, and follow the experts’ (scientists, doctors) advice, but don’t overdose on the scary stuff. Spend time knowing that all is well; that this too will pass; that you and those you love are healthy, strong and safe.
Or as Nona Brooks would tell us, “forget the claim of sickness, or weakness, that is being made …and know only the Truth.”
(C) 2020 Practitioner's Path
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