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Acubody blog on integrative healing. Martha Densmore, RN, L.Ac. blogs on topics about healing and her WISSH model of integrative medicine. Three sciences are featured: Acupuncture, Christian Science and Nursing Science

Christian Science flying Under the Radar

Shell Oil Ad c. 1943 Flying Under the Radar

Shell Oil Ad c. 1943 Flying Under the Radar

Christian Science has been flying under the radar for a century now. In my last blog about the “The Healer” I link to a discussion by Dr. Laurance Doyle, astrophysicist at the SETI Institute.

The Christian Science Church has a division called the Committee on Publications (COP). I learned of the Committee early in my deferred and or deterred study of Christian Science. In December 2014 a study was published comparing Acupuncture to Christian Science regarding the concept of Boundary Objects. The study showed that the COP had campaigned with Obamacare for recognition of Christian Science. I honestly don’t know if they were trying to allow the services of Christian Science practitioners to be covered care or for the members of the church to be excused from the penalty tax if they didn’t have insurance.

In either case the COP represented to the Obamacare people that Christian Science heals through the same process as a placebo.

Vintage ad for Placebo

Vintage ad for Placebo

They used the idea loosely. I was shocked that the Committee, that any Scientist, would say Christian Science works using a like of the placebo effect. Christian Science is absolutely contrary to the placebo idea. A placebo is a concept of thoughts affecting of human beliefs. A placebo is confined to the idea of the power of people’s thoughts, the human brain and mind, helping medicine works. It surely does and has been proven. A placebo is contrary to the principle in Christian Science, a Divine force that excludes mortal mind conceptions and the physical senses.

Dr. Doyle in talking about “The Healer” movie (which seems bogged down indefinitely) states that he had to have a get tough discussion with the COP telling them that they must now finally go beyond being “under the radar”. This is because the evolution of science, physics, is becoming so metaphysical that Mrs. Eddy’s teachings must come out of the closet for the Truth to be known, so that Christian Science can be fully claimed for its historical fact in history.

When Dr. Doyle said “under the radar” I began to ponder, once again, about the reason why so many people in America, healers in the metaphysical community, why it is we know so little about Christian Science. Seek and ye shall find. I have pondered for a year why it is that when I go in the Reading Room on State Street no one is there. I mean hardly no one is ever in the Reading Room. There’s a reason.

I brought up Dr. Doyle’s comments to an old-timer Scientist on Sunday. I said, “You know, have Scientists purposefully been projecting thoughts, like a mental thought field, to keep inquiry into Science out of range?” She smiled. Beat. She hadn’t told me about the movie. Beat. She confirmed the answer and said, “That’s why the Mother Church would’t give them a dime to make the film. There’ve been several attempts to make a film about Mrs. Eddy you know.” Beat. “I sent them fifty bucks,” Beat. She smiled again. I sighed and took a deep long cleansing breath.

Operation-Christmas radar

Operation-Christmas radar

So now I have a better perspective as to why it took bumping into Mrs. Eddy’s very old book in a thrift store for me to find out about Christian Science. I penetrated the radar. Either my mental radar is gaining ground or the Science radar is wavering. God, thank you for the Jericho walls that finally come down.

This is not such a small thing. It was Christian Science that got the vaccine exemption for school children. Christian Scientists have never had to vaccinate their kids. God bless them. I remember when I took my son to school in the 1980s and was told he had to have vaccines I asked how to get out of it. The school wouldn’t tell me which church. The next year I was a member of a church called Church of Christ. They said, “We don’t get into that area.” I had no idea. We didn’t have the internet then.

Well what can I think? It’s all in God’s time and in His hands. Science will now stand openly in science and Mrs. Eddy’s discovery will light the way for many a good thinker.

Mary Baker Eddy “Rebel with a Christ”

“Rebel with a Christ” is a radio show I did about Mary Baker Eddy on Nov. 18th, 2015. Karen Tate’s award winning show is on  “Voices of the Sacred Feminine”

It’s been a year since I discovered Mary Baker Eddy. I’m still amazed that I had never heard of her and also that other people into spirituality, so many women and healers have never heard of Mary Baker Eddy.

In one such moment of amazement I thought to ask Karen Tate if she’d ever heard of Mary Eddy. Karen’s an expert on the sacred feminine. She’s voted one of the 13 most influential people on goddess spirituality. Her online radio show “Voices of the Sacred Feminine” is a popular hit for years. Was I surprised at her answer? No. Because just like me, including living in the spiritual Mecca of L.A., Karen had never heard of Mary B. Eddy.

Anything with the word “Christian” we too often pass over. Wow! Like really wow! So Karen and I chatted on the topic of Mary Baker Eddy on Wed., November 18 on Karen’s radio show “Voices of the Sacred Feminine” at Blogtalk Radio.

Christian Science Discovered in Thrift Store

I found out about Christian Science from an old book in a thrift store. After twenty-five years as a healer and student of alternative natural medicine in Los Angeles I hadn’t known what Christian Science is. L.A. is a hub for complementary medicine and for spiritual truth-seekers. Christian Science is, I believe, a primary medicine and primary spirituality.  But it’s been hidden.

It was founded in 1875 by Mary Baker Eddy. Christian Science is incredibly well established including through its Pulitzer prize winning publications, its church, reading rooms and library all headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

Christian Science Reading Room

Christian Science Art Deco Reading Room

I moved to Santa Barbara a few years ago. The C.S. Reading Room is an attractive mid-century building on State Street. I passed it so many times thinking I gotta check that place out. But I never got there.

My taste is like classic cars. I’m attracted to the genuine article. But I never went in.

I discovered Christian Science in a thrift store in late 2014. There was an old book for sale down the street for $20. It was “Concordance to Miscellaneous Writings”, a 1st ed. I almost didn’t buy it. It’s design is like a bible.  I thumbed through the headings, an exhaustive number of headings on rice paper thin pages. My eyes landed on the word “allopathic”. Allopathic and Christianity and the Bible? I saw the word “mental” and it had so many references. The references. What were they? What is this?

I wondered. I thought “Someone has done a awful lot of thinking here”. I thought, “Look at all this organization”. I walked away from the book. $20 is a lot for a book in a thrift store.  And I had no idea what it was.

But then, I turned around and bought it.  I put the book in a drawer for two months. When I went on a visit to take care of my mother I took the book to look into it. By the way, the night I got it…well an orange orb of light appeared off our balcony.

Christian Science is now incorporated into my WISSH integrative medicine.

I’m glad, amazed, and bewildered by the New Age. Back in the 1980s I perused the Course in Miracles at the Bodhi Tree bookstore. The Bodhi Tree is gone now. It was my favorite spiritual sanctuary in L.A. You could read the books there. I wonder how many times I walked by the Christian Science section. Did they have one?

I remember looking at the Course in Miracles several times. Didn’t buy it. It seemed like a contrived mix of Christianity. But from what source I wondered, like where did all this stuff come from? Now thirty years later I know.

Boundary Objects in Medicine

Boundary objects play a huge role in medicine. Turf wars in medicine are about boundaries. Right now there’s a turf war going on in acupuncture because physical therapists are doing acupuncture by calling it something new, dry needling. It comes down to each state’s scope of practice law.

Physical therapists are purely working in natural science, matter oriented science. Acupuncturists, if true to what Oriental medicine is, work within an ancient paradigm that’s a cosmology of spiritual energy, a scheme of the body-mind-spirit outside of conventional western anatomy and physiology.

The idea of being bound includes our thinking and feelings. In the physical world a boundary is where your hand rests on the computer keyboard. Ergonomics is about the fit between boundaries. For instance what’s the angle and distance between your wrist and the computer’s edge. How’s your weight bearing on that surface edge? Is there full ease? Full comfort? Resistance, friction, or support? Are you getting any leverage?

If a relationship between boundaries is ergonomically sound then it’s harmonious and health promoting.  Where there is harmony there is support and even leverage. Support offers the potential for leverage. 

This article by researcher Kelly Owens is mentioned in my forthcoming book about the WISSH model. It’s a study about boundaries in medicine. The researcher uses two sciences that just happen to be part of the foundation of the WISSH model. She presents the concept of the boundary object. The WISSH model is such a boundary object. The model penetrates and unites diverse fields in medicine using the principles of true fit.