Have you ever tried and abandoned a puzzle, wondering who on earth is smart enough to figure it out? Have you ever experienced inspiration-envy, or thought, Why can’t I heal (or be healed) like others?
Well, question and envy no more. You can take ownership of intelligence, logic, inspiration and healing power.
Maud Fischer, CS, a colleague who writes a Christian Science blog in French, had a great post yesterday. Here is a partial translation. She wrote:
2 + 2 = fish
3 + 3 = eight
7 +7 = triangle
“Annoying, right? This is illogical and incomprehensible. It means nothing, so finally I drop it ... And yet it is stated in this small puzzle shared on Facebook that ‘smart people can find the answer.’
“Oh! I go back, I ponder, and finally I think that there necessarily has to be a solution because other people have obviously found the answer.
“We mustn’t abandon the logic of calculation, I thought. So I added the letters of the words and I crossed the totals, all in vain. Finally, I tried to accept that there may be a different logic. And bingo! It was obvious. It must be understood in terms of graphics!
“That's it. Do you see it, too?
“I presented the puzzle to two of my girls (14 and 11.) At first they were unanimous in saying that they did not understand. The elder tried, then she abandoned it. I urged her sister to continue to try. In less than three seconds she replied, ‘Oh it’s easy. You turn one of the sevens backward, put them together and it's a triangle.’ She saw that the two other statements follow the same logic...”
(Maud’s full post focuses on the child-like thought that is open to the unconventional and not locked into the same old reasoning patterns. You can put her text into Google translate to read it. It is great.)
I have seen these puzzles before, and I admit, I tend to abandon them. But on those occasions when I do see the logic, or when someone points it out to me, I am thrilled to have walked into a whole new and crisper way of looking at things.
Her experience and the little girl’s explanation made the answer so clear to me. I found myself immediately taking the logic further:
1 + 1 = eleven
4 + 4 = tree
5 + 5 = vase
11 + 11 = birthday candles
Fun! But it also brought out the point that although I didn’t personally figure the puzzle out, by witnessing another’s clear vision I could take ownership of the logic and apply it myself to equations.
A client once asked me if I had ever witnessed a healing of a certain condition through Christian Science treatment. I replied that I had and recounted the experience in great detail. When our conversation finished, I began to give the Christian Science treatment through prayer that the patient asked of me.
As I prayed, I was suddenly so embarrassed to realize that I had unintentionally lied. I hadn’t personally had a patient healed of that condition. I had recently read a detailed account of such a healing in a periodical that puts on record documented and verified cases of Christian Science healing.
“Oh, dear,” I thought. “I have to correct this.” Then I considered to what degree I had taken ownership of the experience. Through documenting the account, the one who experienced it had invited me and all other readers into the laboratory of human experience to witness the divine phenomenon of spiritual healing. By consenting to the logic and applying it to my own cases, I had made that experience fully my own.
What wonderful things I have witnessed. I now realize that insofar as I consent to the evidence of healing and the spiritual reasoning through prayer that produces it, no matter how or where I witness it, it is a part of me.
Later, I shared my mistake with the client, but not without the explanation of the right we have to take possession of healing and inspiration wherever we find them, even if we are only indirectly involved as a witness.
Don’t fear that inspiration or healing is passing you by when you hear of others’ experiences with healing prayer. In a poem, Christian Science discoverer Mary Baker Eddy wrote that God “will lift the shade of gloom, and for you make radiant room midst the glories of one endless day.” (Communion Hymn, Poems, p.75)
To me, that is an open invitation to enter the laboratory of Christian Science where the Christ – the everpresent power of God as Love - welcomes each of us to witness and experience the inspiration and logic of divine healing.
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I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no