Does Halloween, the season for ghosts and other imaginary beings, have something in common with our health? Mary Baker Eddy, a Christian healer, wrote in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:
“Disquisitions on disease have a mental effect similar to that produced on children by telling ghost-stories in the dark. … As frightened children look everywhere for the imaginary ghost, so sick humanity sees danger in every direction, and looks for relief in all ways except the right one.”Halloween ghost-stories are all in fun, but fear of and suffering from sickness is no fun at all! According to Eddy, public announcements about disease - such as news headlines about flu season appearing in local papers and grocery stores advertising free flu shots - may not be as helpful as intended.
Eddy discovered that the cause, occurrence, and spread of sickness have an overlooked mental component. Ignorance of the mental cause of sickness and of the divine healing power our Heavenly Father bestows on us, causes us to fear becoming sick and to look solely to material remedies to regain and maintain our health. According to Eddy, this fear of sickness and dependence on material means for health are just as misdirected as the belief in ghosts. The last 100 pages of Eddy’s book contain accounts of people healed by looking for relief in the spiritual way she pointed out.
Check out this “treat”ment for yourself. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures can be read online or purchased from Amazon. You can also read, borrow or purchase the book at the Christian Science Reading Room located at 4602 Plettner Lane in Evergreen, Colorado