Thursday, August 16, 2007

Treatment and the Lord's Prayer

Today's readings in my class notes were about treatment. Just a wonderful topic, of course.

Class, as you may know, is based on the question-and-answer chapter Recapitulation in Science and Health. The question about treatment includes a discussion of how Jesus healed. So, my class notes include a deep dive into the prayer that Jesus gave us, the Lord's Prayer, which Mary Baker Eddy wrote indicates the "heaven-born aspiration and spiritual consciousness" that can instantaneously heal the sick.

Here's the Lord's Prayer with its spiritual sense given in Science and Health, along with headings that indicate one way the prayer can be used in treatment.

One Cause

Our Father which art in heaven,
Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,

Nature of Cause

Hallowed be Thy name.
Adorable One.

Effect of Cause

Thy kingdom come.
Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.

Divine Law

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is omnipotent, supreme.

Appropriation—Law in Action

Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;

Perfect Man—Recipient of Law

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And Love is reflected in love;

Enforcement of Law

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.

Perfection of God and His Image

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.

When you use this prayer in treatment, first you establish what is the universal Cause, the only Creator, divine Life, Truth, Love. You explore the nature of that Cause, and its effect. With that as the only Cause, it is divine law that its will is done, which is goodness, harmony, perfection. This law appropriates harmony to all creation, including man, God's image and likeness. This law is enforced, in action, unbreakable, and you can use this law to destroy sin, disease and death. Perfection is intact, with man as God's image and likeness and free from all evil.

I hope this isn't too vague—after all, I’m not a teacher! This is just what it meant to me, and what has been helpful to me in the years since then. You can always find out more by taking class yourself.

One last bit on my class notes tomorrow, then next week I'll address some of the questions that have come in.


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1 Comments:

At 8/17/2007 11:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Laura,

You say, with logic from your class notes re The Lord’s Prayer, that “it is divine law that its will is done.” This sounds lovely and assures perfect harmony.

Unfortunately, however, I presume, it is not divine law that “only” divine law be known by man. We seem to have the capacity to observe - even invent - our own laws that govern the universe. We have free-will in what we will think.

Having free-will in our thinking can have some drawbacks, but this too is God’s good will, isn’t it?

CS offers some good training. Thanks for sharing your class notes with us.

 

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