Q: Confusing the body
Wanted to respond to an email from Irene, which came in about my entry on August 14, Uplifting the "corporeal personality."
I had written:
The body responds to a consciousness filled with God's qualities. In my view, if that's the way you want to go, medication (meaning pills or drugs) might just confuse the body and get in the way of its quick and effective alignment with the Divine. You're sending it mixed signals. If you want the fastest results, stick with one or the other.
I was reading about your class notes on medicine/ or NOT taking medicine. I cannot understand how medicine or anything material at all could interfere with the messages from Mind since matter has no life or intelligence; neither the body nor the medicine. How could lifeless, unthinking, unknowing matter cause confusion or be confused in the first place? Doesn't Divine Mind have a clear field? Ultimate supremacy?
Irene, you're right. Matter has no life or intelligence of its own. It is, however, the cumulative, aggregate and collective manifestation of our concept about it.
From what I understand of Christian Science (please, anyone else feel free to weigh in here), divine Mind has no direct knowledge of matter or the body at all. Messages from Mind are not going to the material body. Mind's messages are going to our individual and collective consciousness, and this in turn shapes the material universe, the body and all their conditions.
When I've used metaphysical treatment to shape the conditions of my body, it's been my experience that it works best if I do not also use physical treatment because this would be employing opposites. Perhaps I was too figurative in what I said in my blog entry—it's not the body that becomes confused, it's the mashup in the associated consciousness that becomes a bit jumbled.
Also, when using metaphysics, you have to be especially certain to put as much weight in that direction as you can mentally, because there is a wide world out there of human consciousness that believes otherwise and has to be counteracted.
Check this out from Mary Baker Eddy:
The universal belief in physics weighs against the high and mighty truths of Christian metaphysics. This erroneous general belief, which sustains medicine and produces all medical results, works against Christian Science; and the percentage of power on the side of this Science must mightily outweigh the power of popular belief in order to heal a single case of disease. The human mind acts more powerfully to offset the discords of matter and the ills of flesh, in proportion as it puts less weight into the material or fleshly scale and more weight into the spiritual scale. Science and Health
You'll only get better results by relying 100% on metaphysical treatment in the instances when you choose to do so. This isn't to say that partial reliance is wrong—any step toward Spirit is a step upward. I just think that there comes a point in each individual's path where spiritual truth becomes more real and effective than material practices, so it's at that point it would be natural to turn to it first and completely. This point is different for everyone and can't be dictated by someone else. But we'll all get there.
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