"Chemicalization" is a great term in Christian Science. It denotes the upheaval sometimes caused by change and progress. Mary Baker Eddy says it's not always pleasant, but it is a sign that things are on the move. Here's a selection of her thoughts on the subject (all from Science and Health).
What I term chemicalization is the upheaval produced when immortal Truth is destroying erroneous mortal belief. Mental chemicalization brings sin and sickness to the surface, forcing impurities to pass away, as is the case with a fermenting fluid. (p. 401)
The fermentation even of fluids is not pleasant. An unsettled, transitional stage is never desirable on its own account. (p. 65)
By chemicalization I mean the process which mortal mind and body undergo in the change of belief from a material to a spiritual basis. (p. 168)
I like the term and the concept because their clinical nature makes me feel unblamed for the shifts and changes my own progress sometimes cause. But the uncomfortable part of it—the unsettled feeling—motivates me to keep going until the change has fulfilled its promise.
It's not supposed to be pleasant. If it were pleasant, there we'd sit, basking in temporariness, always unfinished, floating aimlessly, too satisfied. It's being in that very uncomfortable boat that makes us pull for the shore.
So, I guess (I guess!), today I'm grateful that it's unpleasant. Being on the road to somewhere, even if it's a rocky road, at least means I’m moving forward.
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