Here’s an interesting post from Russ Gerber, Media Manager for the Christian Science Committee on Publication. Enjoy!
November 15, 2010
In case you were having doubts, here’s a reminder: health is normal.
It’s easy to lose sight of that given all the books and reports and advertisements insisting that it’s not.
Gloomy statistics fill in the picture of a health care model that is faced with trouble on several fronts. More than anything else the “E” word keeps coming up. That’s expensive, rather than effective.
“OK,” you may be thinking, “but what choice do we have? Despite its flaws there’s no serious alternative capable of restoring health.”
A lot of people believe that’s true. But I know some who take health care very seriously and yet who have a different view. I join them in saying there is another way and it has proven to be an effective one.
We’re talking about a totally different health care model, one that shows the role of consciousness in determing health. By consciousness I don’t mean the operation of the brain, but of the Mind that is independent of a physical body, that is infinite, loving, and always in harmony — the Mind that Christian Science calls God.
Why pay attention to what a religion has to say about health care, especially if it’s in such contrast to conventional wisdom? It gets back to that “E” word. In this case, effectiveness. If it weren’t for a majority of positive health outcomes in the lives of those who have used it, Christian Science wouldn’t have been the method of choice for thousands of people for generations.
I’ve seen what it takes to go against the flow of mainstream thinking and it isn’t easy to do. You can’t merely pretend that everything is right and good about the stand you take for a radically different health care system if it really isn’t working. Over time, ungrounded positions eventually fail, and personally I wouldn’t waste my time with this one if it repeatedly failed.
But I feel that Christian Science has something important to say about health care that, more than ever before, needs to be heard, especially given the direction we’re going with the current system and the public’s outcry for something better.
Believe me, I’m not an advocate of chasing after people to convince them that my religion has some mysterious New Age fix for health care that will magically make everyone’s problems go away. That’s nonsense. But I am an advocate of setting aside preconceptions and being open to new healh care possibilities, then seeing if they measure up. For me, Christian Science has passed that test.
This is a troubling time for health care and being open to new possibilities is in everyone’s best interest. So is a willingness to understand the role of consciousness in that regard. When we learn from personal experience that a higher and holier consciousness promotes health, we’ll see that indeed there is another model for health care — an effective one — that shouldn’t be ignored.