Music has helped me immensely during the pandemic – inspired me to feel confident in our collective adversity and lifted my spirits so that I could help others. Judging by the number of concerts people have attended online, many are inspired this way.
Judging by the four gospels, I imagine music was important to Jesus as well. He quotes the Hebrew songbook, the Psalms, more than any other Bible book. Before his arrest, he and his followers sang a hymn. On the cross, Jesus quotes the first line of Psalm 22 – a song that begins with anguish and a feeling of persecution and ends with a hymn of praise.
Mary baker eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, writes: “Music is the harmony of being; …” (âVarious writings 1883-1896â, p. 106). Music can touch our hearts because our being is so much more than nerves, bones and eardrums. We are, in our true being, not at all physical but purely spiritual – each of us is a reflection of the Divine.
Music connects us to who we are spiritually – to eternal harmony, to the rhythm and beauty of our being, and to the song of our hearts. Mrs. Eddy also observed: “Being is holiness, harmony, immortality” (âScience and Health with the Key to the Scriptures,â p. 492).
And the fact that the being of God is all harmonious not only makes us feel and respond to harmony in music, but has inevitable implications for our health. Because the all-harmonious God is truly infinite, discord in any form cannot be real in the sense of having been created by or known to God. This gives us, as expressions of the Divine, the authority to identify discord as illegitimate and powerless to undermine our harmony (including our health).
To the extent that we understand that the law of harmony is supreme and constantly in effect, we experience and can effect healing. “Harmony in man is as beautiful as in music, and discord is unnatural, unreal” (Sciences and Health, p. 304).
The Bible includes many accounts which, to me, illustrate that, as harmony and praise to God fill the conscience, there is no more room for fear and discord. An Old Testament leader, King Jehoshaphat, sent singers to praise God before his army, and the battle was won without his army even needing to fight (see II Chronicles 20: 14-23).
In my own case, the music of the last year has helped me to feel the power of Christ, God’s ever-present assurance of harmony and wholeness, and to experience healing. One evening, I felt extreme pain in my chest, and it seemed to restrict my breathing. Because I have often seen pain quickly healed by prayer, I prayed, knowing that I was, in truth, good and harmonious.
I asked a friend who is a Christian Science Practitioner pray for me. I continued to vigorously assert my harmonious status as a reflection of God. I listened to an audio recording of this week’s âChristian Science Quarterlyâ Bible lesson, and it was helpful. And then, out of a desire to lift my thought off my body, I turned on a classical music radio station.
I listened for about 15 minutes, then fell asleep! When I woke up a little later, I felt much better. I fell asleep again, and when I woke up the next morning, I felt great. A day or two later, I went for a 10 kilometer run, which involved, as usual, a lot of deep breathing. The problem is gone and has not returned for a year and a half. I feel that prayer led me to listen to this beautiful music and that the powerful affirmation of harmony expressed through it has significantly contributed to the healing.
Our lives glorify God and “make music” when we live in harmony. Because the Divine Being that we reflect is all harmonious, living harmoniously is the most natural thing in the world. We do this by expressing, for example, selflessness, love, joy and patience.
We all have the opportunity at every moment to express harmony, whether it is to untie a child’s shoelaces after a walk in the snow, to send an instant message to a friend, or to stand in line to be served in a restaurant. store. Music reminds us of the harmony of God and helps to elevate our thinking above fear and disease to God’s harmonious government of the universe, which can bring healing for everyone.
Adapted from an article published in the August 16, 2021 issue of Christian Science Sentinel.