A woman was taking a class and felt a strong attraction to her teacher. She was married, he was married - clearly the pull was inappropriate. Or was it?
Sensual thoughts were interfering with her attention in class. So on the second day she decided to confront the problem head on and told the teacher about it. He kindly responded by explaining that she could only be attracted to his integrity. She wasn't drawn to him, he explained. It was the good he expressed that she naturally wanted in her life.
His explanation that goodness alone was an influence or pull on her changed her interpretation of the feelings. It helped her see that desiring good wasn't wrong, but that she could only be satisfied by going to the Source of good.
It also changed her physical response. The uncomfortable desire and electric heat stopped immediately. Her thoughts toward the teacher normalized and the classroom experience continued without further disturbance.
Mortal feelings aren't the best gauge of what is really going on. Good is the only natural desire and real influence on us. Good that is sourced in God, divine Good, is reflected throughout creation in spiritual qualities and clean desires.
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures states, "Good does not create a mind susceptible of causing evil, for evil is the opposing error and not the truth of creation. Destructive electricity is not the offspring of infinite good. Whatever contradicts the real nature of the divine Esse, though human faith may clothe it with angelic vestments, is without foundation." (Mary Baker Eddy, p.93:15)
Esse is a Latin word meaning "actually existing" - literally, "in being".
A mortal sense of existence, a misinterpretation of the divine influence in us, inverts a natural attraction to good and makes us feel helpless and weak under destructive sensual influences.
It's not the pull than needs to go. An attraction to good is normal! But the misinterpretation can be corrected by the spiritual understanding that divine Love alone acts on and in us.
Mary Baker Eddy wrote, "Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good." (Science and Health, p. 201)
She goes on to explain what helps us give place to this powerful spirituality, "The way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour in truth through flood-tides of Love. Christian perfection is won on no other basis." (ibid.)
That is what the teacher did. Understanding his own solid link to goodness, he told her the truth about her real nature.
God's love for you - God's love expressed in you - is pure. Love never compromises your integrity and goodness. Love doesn't debase. Love brings out the best in you and the best for you.
Do you know what is pulling on you?
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