A Christian Science perspective.
I remember the fatigue and weakness. It was debilitating. But I had the feeling that deep down within me I would find the solution. You see, I had been finding from experience that the solution to every problem relates to something spiritual. A better understanding of God, and of our relation to Him, can take care of anything.
Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, explained that approach to health in her autobiography: “During twenty years prior to my discovery I had been trying to trace all physical effects to a mental cause; and in the latter part of 1866 I gained the scientific certainty that all causation was Mind, and every effect a mental phenomenon” (“Retrospection and Introspection,” p. 24).
She used the word “Mind,” with a capital “M,” to mean God, the infinite, divine intelligence, animating its creation. Truly, it is God alone who is our source and cause. And so it is God we need for our well-being .
Life often feels as if we’re our own entity composed of our personal set of physical causes and effects. But I, like many others, have found that the divine Mind, or Spirit, who created everything, is much more intimately related to our lives than is usually thought.
This was essentially St. Paul’s message to the Athenians, who had a fervent devotion to honoring the powers they considered to be over their lives. They had many altars honoring gods who each had a physical form. Yet they also had an altar devoted to “The Unknown God.” And Paul ministered to them to explain what had been unknown to them – the spiritual element or divine power that truly constituted and governed their lives.
The book of Acts explains: “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being” (17:24-28).
Our lives emanate from God, the divine Mind. Our true purpose and identity are as ideas moving within the consciousness of Mind.
This divine order of creation has profound implications for us today. Our every moment intimately relates to God. We were created to express His nature and will, as we engage with His universe. And in understanding or finding ourselves in this divinely directed life, we experience energy, freedom, and even a bodily comfort, which serve that divine living.
Understanding these truths more clearly, I got going again, without the use of drugs or other remedies. Progress came in bursts. After a mental, spiritual breakthrough, I would have some inspired, productive days. But the symptoms did return a bit. Progress kept coming, though, until I was permanently a different person. The times of fatigue dissipated, and I felt clear about my life and purpose as related to God, and was steadily moving forward to fulfill that purpose.
Really, we have a life that God has complete care of and charge over. To live it to the fullest will do much for our own good and for the world.
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