Inspiration by Ronald L. Musselman, C.S.
In a recent email from the Christian Science Monitor Editor on the Coronavirus and its comparison with previous pandemics, it was noted that better information is a key factor in mitigating disastrous effects.(1) This information can include guidance about humanly avoiding conditions for the spread of the virus but it can also include information about the primary claims about the bodily impact of COVID-19. I’ll focus on the latter in this note.
In addressing any ill, the first task for the Christian Scientist is to overcome fear. I like to think of the example of Moses and the rod-turned-serpent.(2) When Moses overcame his fear of the serpent and grabbed it by the tail, it became a rod, a support for him. The primary claim of COVID-19 is that it attacks the lungs. Here’s where we need to firmly overcome any fear of the disease, grab it by the tail, and handle it confidently. In our treatment, we need to transform things into thoughts.(3)
Lungs perform the function of taking in air for our body to use. This is, in fact, a dictionary definition of “inspiration.”(4) Inspiration is a rich word. It also means the receipt of an elevated idea, one from a higher source.(4) We know that one of the important aspects, or synonyms, for God is Spirit, a word deriving from breath. So, in transforming things into thoughts, taking in air becomes taking in or accepting Spirit, or inspiration. Since we already live in Spirit, there is no distance between us and inspiration. There are no channels for inspiration to pass through, no restrictions, no effort to receive inspiration. That is the fact right now and nothing can change it. There is absolutely no separation between us and Spirit, between us and inspiration.
About a year and a half ago, my partner was suffering from a life-threatening “incurable” lung disease and had for years been on an aggressive regimen of twice-daily nebulizer breathing of a medicated mist and weekly injections of blood plasma rich in a needed lung-protective component, all supplemented by frequent emergency asthmatics’ inhalation. One day she told me that she was no longer going to do the nebulizer breathing and that I’d “need to do some good work.” I immediately saw her as one with Spirit and inseparable from inspiration. In the first two weeks, she only needed her emergency inhaler twice. After that her breathing was normal without any need of her inhaler. After six months, her pulmonologist’s office was surprised to find her breathing to be normal.
At that point, with their approval, she went off the weekly plasma infusions. Six months after that, her breathing was still found to be perfectly normal. No matter how scary an illness seems to be, no matter how many people believe in its danger, nothing is a match for close, inspired communion with Spirit. While we take wise steps to avoid unnecessary contact with others during this current pandemic, we can rest assured that our true safety and abundant inspiration come directly from Spirit and Love, in which we “live and move and breathe.”(5)
1. Email from C.S. Monitor Editor April 22, 2020
2. Exodus 4:2–4
3. SH 269: 14
5. C.S. Hymnal 144