Clearing away mental beams
RECENTLY I tidied my personal files. Among papers for removal were official records of my war service. Before disposing of them I glanced at a section called ``Wounds, scars, and other marks.'' I also looked at myself physically. The scars and marks had disappeared. I then recalled a change of thought I'd had some time earlier. I had been reading reports of spiritual progress by citizens of two nations I had been trained to see as enemies. There was such a spirit of compassion in the reports that the enmity left me. I no longer felt mentally scarred. There was spiritual healing, and as a consequence, I was unscarred physically too. In his well-known Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke to his listeners about seeing a mote in their brother's eye but failing to see a beam in their own eye. He instructed them to remove the beam (or ``plank'' as The New English Bible has it) from their own eye. Then they would see clearly to remove the mote (or ``speck'') from their brother's eye.1
Jesus' outlook was imbued with the understanding that God made man in His own likeness and that God is Spirit and Love. This understanding of the actual nature of creator and creation, transcending what the physical senses report, enabled him to heal spiritually.
Referring to God as ``Soul,'' a term for Deity implied in the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes, ``Knowing that Soul and its attributes were forever manifested through man, the Master healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, feet to the lame, thus bringing to light the scientific action of the divine Mind on human minds and bodies and giving a better understanding of Soul and salvation. Jesus healed sickness and sin by one and the same metaphysical process.'' 2