Where does Christian Science come from?
Christian Science was discovered in 1866 by Mary Baker Eddy. She recognized that Christ Jesus' method of healing wasn't a personal power or secret knowledge, but includes a spiritual practice of prayer that has always existed and is available to all.
The authority for Christian Science is found in the Bible, and it's full explanation is detailed in Eddy's book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Everything Eddy teaches in Science and Health resulted from her personal research and experience as a Christian healer.
Mary Baker Eddy discovered that the world in which we live is entirely mental, not material. What we call the material state is really a mental condition we see and experience. She learned that while a limited and mortal mentality is the source of discord, disease included, the divine Mind - or God - is actually only creating and maintaining harmony.
Recognizing that an understanding of Mind and what Mind causes in us is the best and only healer, she discovered and gave proof of a scientific, systematic method of relying on the divine Mind for healing. She named her discovery Christian Science because it gives the full explanation of the healing power exercised by Christ Jesus and the early Christians.
For 44 years Eddy developed and explained her discovery, training thousands of others to practice the method. Through her writings, and through the church and educational system she founded to carry on her work, practitioners and teachers of Christian Science worldwide are prepared to help and heal others. I am a practitioner and authorized teacher of Christian Science.
(Please note: You will likely observe the rich God-vocabulary of Christian Science in these explanations. Christian Science uses seven primary synonyms to bring out the one unique God's infinite nature: Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Life, Truth and Love. These capitalized terms are interchangeable with "God" and should not be mistaken for multiple gods.)
How does Christian Science prayer heal?
Christ Jesus said, "You must be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48 God's Word). In her textbook of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy described Christ Jesus' prayers as "deep and conscientious protests of Truth - of man's likeness to God, and of man's unity with Truth and Love" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Eddy, p.12). Jesus’ theology of the perfection and spirituality of man as the likeness of perfect Spirit who is God, and of man as inseparable from Truth and Love, heals. Health is the outward evidence of an inner, unchangeable truth. Christian Science prayer sets out to reveal that truth in the experience of the patient.
Prayer in Christian Science doesn’t change reality. It involves a thorough examination of the divine Truth that is God, of God’s omnipresent love, revealing the sole reality and permanence of health in God’s creation. Christian Science prayer makes one more conscious of God’s universal harmony and increases one's understanding of the entirely spiritual nature of God, divine Spirit, and of God's perfect spiritual creation, present and at hand. This understanding naturally adjusts how one thinks of and sees himself and others - and because we live in an entirely mental world, a spiritual understanding of God and creation brings out harmony in thought and action. When prayer reveals what we already are as God's image and likeness - spiritual, healthy, happy and good - it becomes possible to cleanse thought and life of the false stimulus of fear and its negative consequences on the body.
It is Christ that does it all, not the personal power or influence of the healer. Christ is the power of God expressed in a spiritual understanding of God, and of man as God's image and likeness. Jesus healed through Christ - through his spiritual understanding of His Father and our Father - the one universal God that is Truth and Love. Through the powerful influence of this understanding - this healing Christ - Christian Science prayer produces an awakening in thought and experience to the divine good that is present, real, and permanent.
What happens during a consultation?
On the phone or in person, we discuss God’s power to heal and transform through Christ. We think together about relevant ideas from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
I pray for the person upon request. Silent prayer helps one to experience the healing effect of the Christ. There is no laying on of hands, no physical or mental manipulation. No religious dogma controls or influences the one being prayed for. I am not a guru. The safety, well-being, and progress of the person is always the first consideration and the top priority in Christian Science practice.
What if I don't live near your office in Paris?
A practitioner's physical presence is not required for healing. In fact, the actual healer is the Christ, experienced in prayer, and not the person praying. The divine Mind, or healing Christ, is the omnipresent divine Principle. Like the principle of mathematics, the Principle of Christ, or divine Truth, is not arbitrary, but applies and responds to every human circumstance. This means that the solutions to your problems are already present with you. Prayer in Christian Science can make those solutions accessible.