THERE'S quite an interest currently in preventive medicine. Regular exercise and improved nutrition are seen as key elements in maintaining good health. But bodily needs can be taken care of without focusing on or examining the flesh.Christian Science, the Science of Christianity, actually turns our thought Godward for the establishment of health. As St. Paul declared, ''We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.''n1
n1 II Corinthians 5:8.
As we look away from matter-the body-to divine Spirit, God, a profound peace is established in thought, which necessarily brings better health. Getting to know Deity as our Parent, we feel the omnipotent presence of God's tender love. We begin to feel safe from harm, rather than vulnerable.
Knowing God and feeling His comforting presence require spiritual sense. This is our innate ability to discern spiritual realities. We can't perceive the power of divine Love with physical eyes and ears. Spiritual perception requires prayer, in which thought becomes humble and pure enough to acknowledge God's goodness.The more our thoughts and lives are in harmony with divine Love, the less we're afraid of or susceptible to contagion, accidents, or disorder of any kind.
By striving ''to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord,'' I was able last winter to go through months of icy, snowy weather without a single day of colds or flu. There was even a week when I cared for my husband, himself ill with a fever, without any adverse effects.
The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, says, ''Mortals obtain the harmony of health, only as they forsake discord, acknowledge the supremacy of divine Mind, and abandon their material beliefs.''n 2
n2 Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 400.