When I took Christian Science Primary class instruction in my twenties, I found that the teachings were relevant to me as a tertiary student, young wife, mother of four children, traveller and thinker. They also enhanced and steadied my life and work in Australia, England and Malaysia.
Today, living in an environment of cultural, political, health and climate challenges, I find reassurance in this counsel from Mary Baker Eddy: ‘We must look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things’ (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures).
Christian Science is anything but conservative. It hasn’t taught me what to think but how to think more radically. It is important; it is serious; it is compassionate. Through it, I have found spiritual reality to have a progressive, fresh, vital dynamic.
I encourage students to be authentic and pioneering. Class instruction does not ask us to preserve a culture from generations past. And we cannot know what is ahead. But we can look deeply into the purity of spiritual reality, and see what this is doing now.
This approach led me to enter the public healing practice of Christian Science. The practice then equipped me for an appointment to the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, during which I gave talks in nine countries for as many years. In 2015, I attended the Normal class to become an authorised teacher of Christian Science.
Nothing is more satisfying, more invigorating, more compassionate than a deep realisation of spiritual reality.