by Martha Wilcox
The Christian Scientist recognizes the supreme value of his body, because the body identifies or gives evidence to his mind. The individual’s mind would be unexpressed or unknown without his body.
The physical body, one’s physique, is simply one’s thought made manifest. The body, or the expression of the mind, is as mental as the mind and is coincidental with the mind.
Mrs. Eddy says, “all physical effects originate in mind before they can become manifest as matter.” (Hea. P. 12). She also says, “mortal mind creates its own physical conditions.” (S&H p. 77)
Many of the medical profession are convinced that physical inharmonies are largely the expression of mental inharmonies, that high blood pressure is purely mental, a hypertension that is brought on by repeated spells of mental, emotional, or nervous excitement or depression. They summarize the malady as a physical reaction or a bodily reaction to a mental or emotional state of mind, saying that anger, moral indignation and worry, no matter how justified, have a harmful effect on heart action and lead to chronic hypertension or high blood pressure.
In Christian Science, we understand that the body is governed by mind, not partially but wholly, and that the only way one can improve the mind and thereby improve the body, is by knowing the truth about both mind and body.
Much of our work is the gaining of a true estimate of our human bodies. “We are bringing” every thought that is, every part of the body, “into subjection to the Christ.”
Do not fear anything that your present body seems to be doing. Every cell, fiber, tissue, gland, organ, or muscle of the human body exists right now in the one Mind as Idea, and each idea is proclaiming, “I am reflecting God, I am expressing God.” Every cell and fiber of my being is expressing the sovereignty of God, or proclaiming, “I AM.” (S&H p. 162)
Right where body seems to be as matter, is the spiritual body, visible to our consciousness as outline, form, color, substance, function, and permanency.
Mrs. Eddy says, “Immortal Mind, governing all, must be acknowledged as supreme in the physical realm, so-called, as well as in the spiritual.” (S&H p. 427).
My present body is not matter but a state of true consciousness.
When we understand body, we understand God or Mind. Body is the infinitude of God or Mind expressed. Body is the embodiment of the infinite spiritual ideas of Mind.