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Social networking and the influence of thought

A Christian Science perspective.

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The truth is, each one of us is connected to the divine Mind, God, in the tightest network that exists. Our thoughts are not foreign to God because they originate with Him. "I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end" (Jer. 29:11). The true hub of the universe of ideas is found in Mind, and like the spokes of a wheel, our good thoughts radiate out from that one divine source.

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When we realize this fact, it becomes clear that power can never originate in a human mind, but rather has its origin in the grace of Soul and the charity of Love. Jesus knew his and others' precise connection to God, and the effect of this understanding was healing and regeneration. Mrs. Eddy referred to healing in Jesus' way as "a divine influence ever present in human consciousness and repeating itself..." (Science and Health, p. xi). The truth Jesus taught and practiced proved that healing power wasn't his personally, but available to all to demonstrate and use – and Christian Science is the full explanation of this fact.

A man with great authority, a centurion, once requested Jesus' help. His servant, whom he favored, was near death. Although he was used to giving orders and directing the actions of those who reported to him, in this case he sought a higher authority, an influence beyond human power, beyond a circle of friends. He wanted the Christ. But when Jesus was close to his home, the centurion made a startling declaration. He said, "Say in a word, and my servant shall be healed." The faith of this man deeply impressed Jesus. The centurion must have glimpsed that the healing power of the Christ had no connection with time, location, touch, or even face-to-face communication. "And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick" (see Luke 7:6–10).

You could say that the centurion's network of friends helped save his servant's life. These friends mobilized and reached out to the Christ, delivered the centurion's message, and all benefited from the resulting healing. Isn't that what our connections should do as well? Within the circle of our friends and contacts – which for many has become exponential because of social networking – what we share can be for the benefit of all, spreading thoughts from a divine origin that affect the greater good and ultimately heal. The real pattern of our networks should be to see the spread of this healing Christ, an influence of health and well-being.

Adapted from an editorial in the Christian Science Sentinel.