Healthy Living As A Divine Right
HEALTH is a spiritual quality. In order to live consistently healthy lives, it is important to identify the principle of good health, and then base health on it. Regardless of how farfetched it seems to the five material senses, the fact is that man and the universe are governed by spiritual laws. To prove this: in describing the individuality of a loved one, it is the spiritual qualities of goodness, joy, hope, kindness, strength, innocence, freedom, and so on, that truly capture their essence.
The realisation that health is also a spiritual quality, brings an awareness that its maintenance and sustainability are the sole preserve of Spirit, Divinity. Therefore it cannot, in truth, be lost or depreciated. However, choosing to think of health in material terms, dependent on arms, legs, blood and organs, essentially cedes the authority of its maintenance to the vagaries of mortality and physical laws, rather than to the immutability of spiritual law.
The skeptic who considers this position naïve at best, is referred to the final chapter of a book titled: Science and Health with key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. In this chapter titled: ‘Fruition’ are one hundred accounts of healing that came about from relinquishing the thought of health as material based, and embracing the fact of spirituality as a demonstrable and practical reality. Yet, one may still argue that these accounts of healing date back to previous centuries; and, with advances in medicine, bio-engineering and technology, such experiences may no longer have validity or relevance in the twenty first century.
The indisputable fact is that, healing based on spirituality is still going on today. Moreover, it is not only gaining ground, but gaining the attention and respect of the most respected physicians, scientists and thinkers of this age. A growing number of individuals from all walks of life and faiths are beginning to find out that healthy living, based on the reality of man’s spirituality, rather than on materiality, is actually more natural and normal than the bondage of disease and sickness. Eddy writes, ‘The illusion of material sense, not divine law, has bound you, entangled your free limbs, crippled your capacities, enfeebled your body and defaced the tablet of your being.’ (ibid). And in the sentence preceding this, ‘Citizens of the world, accept the “glorious liberty of the children of God” and be free! This is your divine right.’
Regardless of individual thoughts or beliefs of health may be, the desire to live consistently healthy lives, is universal. Therefore, no matter how tempting it is to discard spirituality as irrelevant on the issue of health, prudence, even modern medical thought and research caution that it would be expedient to spare it another thought. There just might be something about spirituality that warrants another look, especially as it insists that consistent healthy living is one of the rights, albeit a divine one, of every child, man and woman.