February 23, 2012
The online website, Dictionary.com defines speculation in part as: the contemplation or consideration of some subject; a conclusion or opinion reached by such contemplation.
Often speculation accompanies bodily conditions: what is it? What caused it? Where did it come from? How long will it last? Is it dangerous? As normal as this line of questioning seems to be, it is not productive. What it tends to do is encourage thought to search out and then to find disease. And coupled with the anticipation and discovery of disease is fear. Fear is neither a good nor a healthy mindset!
Yet, say you, what if there really is something terribly wrong and it needs to be caught in time to treat it! Ahh. Therein lies the opportunity for a whole new view of health and the body.
What if, instead of speculating about material conditions, you shift thought to consider spiritual conditions like hope and harmony? Or even bigger concepts like Spirit itself.
Turning thought away from the body results in less concern about the body. That doesn’t mean you ignore discordant conditions. But dwelling on them and speculating about them doesn’t alleviate them. It’s actually possible to challenge pain and disease through prayer – through thought focused on affirming and understanding God and His laws.
By doing so, you can bring to the body those spiritual ideals that you’ve been considering in place of material conditions. You can replace pain with joy. You can replace disease with health. You can replace fear with hope.
The fact is you can control your body much more effectively through spiritual thinking instead of material speculating. Try it, and see if you don’t agree!
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.