Each Tuesday throughout April and May there is a morning class and an evening class here at Unity discussing the teachings of Charles and Myrtle Fillmore on healing and wholeness. Our focus is on understanding their approach to the healing process and to finding our wholeness. Recently, I received a copy of one of Charles Fillmore’s unpublished lessons entitled “What Is It That Heals?” This talk was given on August 8, 1915.
As part of ‘honoring our tradition,’ I want to share some of this work with you here:
“The question is asked, “what is it that heals?” If you should ask a medical doctor that question, he would very quickly answer it by saying, “Why, drugs, of course.” If you should ask an osteopath, he would tell you that it was fixing the muscles and nerves and bones in right relation; a magnetic healer would tell you that healing comes from getting the life forces equally distributed throughout the body. Whatever school of practice you might ask, you would be answered according to the teaching of that school….if you ask the doctor if drugs really do the healing, he will have to beg the question, and say, “well, of course, they don’t really heal; they help nature to do the healing.” With all schools, there is a final resting of the case upon an invisible, unknown Cause. Then, if you ask them if God is a good name for that Cause, they will say, “Certainly, you can name it what you wish; but it is the Creative Power, and it does the healing.”
If you consult the Scripture, you will find that the healing is nearly always attributed by the healer to God. In the Old Testament, it was Jehovah. The healing methods were adapted to the understanding of the patients. Moses healed the children of Israel of the bites of the serpents by having them look at a brazen serpent, elevated so all could see. We know that this must have been symbolical; it must have had at the foundation the lifting up of the mind, looking to the Source which helps—to God.
When Elisha healed the Canaanite woman’s son, the record says that he stretched himself upon the boy, touched his lips to the child’s lips, his hands to the child’s, his feet to the child’s feet; he breathed upon him and life came back to the boy. When he healed the captain of Naaman’s host, he told him to go and bathe seven times in the Jordan. But Naaman was wroth at being asked to do so simple a thing. He finally obeyed the command and his leprosy was healed….Naaman had to be receptive to the stand of the prophet.
We come down to the times of Jesus Christ. In his healing, he laid special stress upon faith as the cause, as the healing power….all metaphysical healers recognize faith as the principal agency of healing….coming down to present day metaphysical healing systems, you will find in the writings of Dr. Quimby this statement, “It is the Truth that heals.”….We hold a position almost identical with that of Dr. Quimby. It is the understanding of the Truth of man’s being that heals. All auxiliary teaching is but the application of that Truth.
The old applications were good in their season; they were doubtless necessary to the people of those times because they could not conceive of the spiritual healing agent. They required a symbol of some kind. They lived in the realm of forms wholly. Abstract reasoning, and the ability of the mind to lay hold of the power of an abstract proposition, had not yet evolved in them. But we have arrived at a place where we can feel the Spirit; where we know that a certain proposition is true, because the substance of Truth forms itself in our minds and expresses itself in our bodies. We frequently have to work our minds up to the proposition. At the first presentation of the simple Truth that heals, we rather doubt. We are not sure that we can be healed in that way; but the more it is brought to our consciousness, the more we pray over it, the more we meditate over it, the more we repeat the healing word, the more our hope becomes conviction, and conviction—faith. It is like taking a substance into the mind, working it first in the mind and then in the hands. If we can join the two we will quickly get the connection between the idea of Substance and the manifestation of Substance. When we can work the idea in the mind and in the body, we have laid hold of faith. “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for.” It is the substance of an idea, a segment of the imagination worked over and over in the mind, and through out until it becomes a real healing force.
We bring the great Mind of the universe into our healing system, and that Mind becomes a tangible reality to us. Those who have not worked with this healing Principle have no concept of its tangibility, of the reality of the force, of the intelligence that it manifests. This Divine Mind that makes the natural world is also capable of making your body. Science tells us that the same elements, the same forces enter into our bodies that enter into the bodies of all nature; that there is a universal unity. But what molds it? The universal Mind.…In order to get a consciousness of the Truth that heals, we must practice every day; we must practice the presence of God. Our minds must become filled, saturated with the thought of the One Mind being here at all times, and that it is expressing itself in us; that we are its perfect manifestation. In this way, we charge our mind with the thoughts that make us whole.”
Give thought to these words of Charles and find your wholeness!!!!