Helen Reynolds, July 12 2022

How to pray (or meditate) for healing?

Prayer is attunement of our minds and hearts to the perfect plan of God. Therefore, prayer must be wholehearted (mind and heart in perfect alignment), positioned in appreciation of the healing being already accomplished (as opposed to pleading for it to be done) and with the conviction of absolute knowing (that often results in the confirming feeling of peaceful confidence) that we can express our perfection in physical form (as the healing).

- Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding - Proverbs:3.5 -

- Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart - Proverbs: 21.2 -

- Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life - Proverbs: 4.23 –

It’s only ever our mind (mind of man, not Mind of God) that requires healing. Christ abides in our hearts and can never leave us (thus it’s never our hearts that need healing). We must raise our mind from fear based thinking, which could also be called material thinking, material perception or error, and align our thoughts with Spirit, with Christ. Even the slightest gap or pause in fear based thinking can allow Spirit to rush in (for it is our natural state of being), but the more we can sustain our alignment the better, not just for healing but for life!

The best way to bring our mind into wholeheartedness is to know with absolute surety our natural state of being, perfectly expressed in the scientific statement of being: There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 468:8)

We are spiritual beings made in the image and likeness of the great Creator and forever in relationship with our Creator through Christ. Christ abides in our hearts and therefore our heart is the bridge between physical life experience and our spiritual nature. Which is why the heart never needs healing (and why God always knows our heart) but the mind does, because it can persistently ‘think’ (and therefore convince us) that we are merely material (physical) and that our heart is the place of emotional folly that has no place in a logical, rational, material world. The denial required for healing prayer is the denial of (or elevation from) the thought system (thinking) of man, or materialism, or mind (mind of man), or ego – no matter what it’s called, it’s the thought system that denies our natural state of being, which is why it is therefore the thought system that must be denied.

The mind must also be receptive to the messages of the heart, for it is through the heart that we receive the messages, inspiration, comfort, peace and confirmation from Christ.

 - As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man - Proverbs 27.19 -

Prayer must be positioned with the atmosphere of the healing already being complete, because in Spiritual sense there is only ever perfection. In more general terms we can say it this way: Christ can’t come to us, we must go to Christ. We must raise from worry and concern (which causes us to plead instead of pray) to peace, harmony and joy. This cannot be done unless we’ve healed our mind. This atmosphere of appreciation is a feeling that is often considered humble because it is a surrender of the flawed thought system of man which believes in the apparent physicality of life. In the surrender we give up our attempts to live separately from our Creator and we bring ourselves back into alignment with our natural, spiritual, state of being.

The absolute knowing that comes from our certainty in our true and natural state of being is not something we can ‘do’, but it is something we can practice until we receive the revelation of knowing that comes to us when we have healed our minds and given thanks and appreciation. This is, why, our minds must be open to receiving from the heart because this absolute knowing doesn’t come intellectually it comes from the heart and can only be revealed in wholeheartedness. We must listen, not with our ears but our hearts, for this absolute knowing. Then, in wholeheartedness, we can receive confirmation that the healing can become our physical experience.

Prayer as an attunement to the perfect plan of God, our Creator, must not be considered an emergency plan and instead it must become a way of life. Prayer becomes a way of life not by denial but by recognizing, acknowledging and responding to our natural state of being. Mary Baker Eddy called this living in Spiritual Sense. Our natural state of being is in relationship with God through Christ. A healthy relationship always includes recognition, acknowledgement and response of and to one another – a dialogue. Whilst living in our natural state of being does include denial of what is untrue (mind of man), it is more joyous to focus on fostering dialogue than it is to focus on denial. This is how life becomes a prayer, an attunement, to our natural state of being which has always been and will always be in the perfect plan of God. 

Written by

Helen Reynolds

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