New Thought Editorials > Time for Healing


Spring 2003

Time for Healing

New Thought began as a response to a crying need for healing. P.P. Quimby, a nineteenth-century New Englander, discovered that mesmeric techniques (the precursors to clinical hypnosis) could help to heal people, then realized that their toxic beliefs were what was making them ill in mind and body. He studied the Bible on his own in order to refute some of these beliefs, and in the process, grew spiritually, his methods evolving as he did so. He believed that he had rediscovered the lost healing methods of Jesus, and in his lifetime, he healed thousands of a wide range of physical and mental ailments. Others, taking up the work after his death, formed a movement that rapidly expanded to include healing finances and relationships as well as bodies and minds.

New Thought recognizes that there is no need to try to explain away in the name of science the healing miracles of Jesus, as recorded in the New Testament. The God whom Jesus called Father is everywhere present and available within nature as well as transcending it. God does not violate the laws of nature by supernaturally overriding them. Seeming miracles, including those of healing, are the outcome of lawful co-creative processes. Although New Thought’s preferred healing modality is non-sensory, it recognizes the presence of God in all forms of healing: physical, mental, and spiritual. We do not build mental fences around any area and decree them off limits to God, for God reaches us through whatever means we can be reached. Nor do we resort to magic, the attempt to work our will on the world without respect to God, whose will is always the highest good for all concerned. God sees farther and knows more than we do. This is why Jesus said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God . . . and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matt. 6:33), including material things that lead to healing in a particular case.

Wellness is our natural state, and the tendency of our other-than-conscious mind is towards abundant life. God is at work healing even before we recognize the need for it: "Before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I will hear" (Isaiah 65:24). We do not even need to cry out, but petition does help us get clear in our own minds just what we do not want, onto what we do want, and keep it there. This can be very difficult when we are in pain or incapacitated by our own negative thinking about our bodies, circumstances, or relationships. Here is where the prayers of others can help. Controlled studies have demonstrated the efficacy of prayer, the most efficacious being, "Thy will be done." This aligns our will with that of God.

Sometimes denials of negative conditions must precede affirmations of wellness, just as in physical healing it might be necessary to lance a boil and drain the toxins in order to speed healing, or take a warlike action in order to create conditions in which peace can flourish. Unity co-founder Myrtle Fillmore denied that she inherited sickness before working toward wellness. We do not remain in denial; having cleared the site, we follow the blueprint for building what we want.

The first question to ask ourselves in any situation is not what’s wrong, but what’s right/good here? What resources do we still have? Whatever is good is of God, so this puts our attention on God. Then we can ask, What can be better? and look for solutions instead of problems. We can stop doing things that contribute to illness: bad physical and mental habits, getting overstressed, or being out of balance. We can start forming good habits that contribute to wellness. We can get our minds off of the seeming difficulty and onto joy, peace, love, and humor, all of which contribute to wellness, even at the cellular level.

The time for healing is always now.