In Sickness or Health?
Updated: Sep 15, 2020
I will never forget something one of my instructors, Liz, said years ago during my Foundations of Science of Mind® class. Liz is a licensed spiritual practitioner, and she told us a story about one of her coworkers from her day job. The coworker was going to be traveling on an airplane for a vacation, and she had been complaining to Liz about the trip, saying things like: “Every time I fly on an airplane I get sick. It never fails. Somebody around me is always sick, and I catch it! I always end up sick when I travel.”
Liz told us she let the coworker finish complaining, and then she quietly smiled at her and replied, “Oh, really? I don’t believe in sickness.” The coworker rolled her eyes and sighed. That was not what she wanted to hear.
At the time, I was new to new thought philosophies and the Science of Mind®, and I was a little stunned at Liz’s comment. Okay, I’ll admit it—she sounded nuts! Her coworker probably thought she sounded nuts, too. Could you imagine actually saying to another person, “I don’t believe in sickness?”
We all know sickness is a real thing. We see it every day. People catch things. Viruses spread. People are diagnosed with diseases. Sickness is a condition of life we’ve all seen and experienced in varying degrees and on some level. It happens.
But does it have to?
What would happen if we opened ourselves to the idea that sickness is not a natural part of our human existence? What if “belief in sickness” is actually optional? What if choosing to think in this unique way is beneficial to our overall health and well being? (Hint: It IS!)
I’m not exactly a newbie to Science of Mind® anymore, and while I’m not licensed-spiritual-practitioner-level yet, I think I finally get what Liz was saying. By telling us the story of her coworker’s comments, and her subsequent response, Liz was illustrating the concept of wholeness and the importance of vigilantly paying attention to our thoughts, beliefs, words, and expectations. The coworker was expecting sickness, talking about sickness, worried about fighting sickness. She was thinking about it. It was on her mind. It was in her consciousness.
When we understand the spiritual Truth of God’s wholeness, of what is possible when we focus on the goodness of God, these kinds of thoughts about sickness simply don’t belong in our consciousness. So what kind of thoughts do belong in our consciousness?
Remember the apostle Paul encouraged us to think a certain way: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are right, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8 He told us to meditate on these things. Think about these things. What kind of things? Things that are true, noble, right, pure, love, good report, virtuous, praiseworthy.
Where does sickness fit into all that? It doesn’t. Sickness is not any of those things. We know we are to affirm good things for ourselves and for others. The coworker was affirming for herself the idea of getting sick—to the point she was expecting it! It doesn’t matter if that’s what happened in the past. (Hey, even I once got a head cold after traveling on an airplane!)
Our past experiences cannot dictate our transformation through the renewing of our minds. Remember, Paul told us in Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” It’s not just about affirming good things. The next step is, we have to believe it. We have to transform our minds to the point we believe.
I remember thinking a long time about Liz telling her coworker: “I don’t believe in sickness,” and thinking to myself—I could never say something that bold and unusual! What would people think? But deep down, I secretly wanted to be like my spiritual practitioner teacher. I wanted to not only speak my spiritual Truth confidently, but I wanted to live it! I wanted to be my authentic self and not worry what others might think of me. I’m happy to report that on my spiritual journey, I am getting there! I am starting to see that when my inner consciousness believes something beyond a shadow of a doubt, the law responds. That’s what matters most--not how others respond.
The more I study progressive scripture interpretations, new thought principles, spiritual mystics, wisdom texts, and metaphysics, the more sense they make. My thoughts and beliefs create my world. What I think about and focus on, I attract into my life.
So, I’m going to say it: I don’t believe in sickness.
There is one Power, one Mind, one First Cause, and it is perfect, whole, and complete.
It is God, and God is all there is. I am one with this infinite Power.
I live, move, and have my being in the ideas of wholeness, balance, and harmony.
I accept that perfect health is here and now in me.
Every body system, organ, tissue, and cell is functioning at its highest level.
No matter what happens around me, I am well, in every situation I encounter.
I accept this spiritual Truth for myself, for my family and friends, and for my community.
I am so grateful for this realization about my life and all life.
I release this prayer, knowing and expecting that it is made manifest. And So It Is