What do you do when it feels like a thousand symptoms of sickness are screaming for your attention all at once? If you are like the man from Gadera (see Luke 8: 26-39), outcast from a normal life due to a years-long struggle with disease, you might feel cornered by a view of yourself as a miserable wreck. Here are some clues:
The sick know nothing of the mental process by which they are depleted, and next to nothing of the metaphysical method by which they can be healed.... Assure them that they think too much about their ailments, and have already heard too much on that subject. Turn their thoughts away from their bodies to higher objects. Teach them that their being is sustained by Spirit, not by matter, and that they find health, peace, and harmony in God, divine Love... The evidence before the corporeal senses is not the Science of immortal man. (417)
Mary Baker Eddy took Christ Jesus as her authority on healing stubborn cases of disease; In the case of the Gadarene, Jesus asked the man, "What is your name?" The man replied, "My name is Legion, for we are many" (Mark 5:6-13). Shortly after, the man was well. Eddy explained, "The Scripture seems to import that Jesus caused the evil to be self-seen and so destroyed." (Science and Health, 411)
We might ask, "Self-seen? How is that?"
What is the one thing you know, when you may forget or be distracted by all else? Your name. You know your own name. It's your identifier. It's never in doubt. You always know your name.
Don't let disease, or symptoms become your identifier, your name. Don't be fooled. You know your name.
If you want to think a bit further on how "knowing your name" and "turning thought to higher objects" heals disease, you can check out these posts:
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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