Series 2 - Lesson 5 - Annotation 3
Describe In your own words how the body is reconstructed by affirmation and by denial.
3. In order to reconstruct the body by affirmation and denial, man must first reconstruct his consciousness by affirmation and denial. The body is composed of pure spiritual substance, for it is "the temple of the living God" (II Cor. 6:16). However, its appearance is subject to the thoughts, feelings, concepts, beliefs, and acts of man. The body may be influenced also by the race consciousness, the total of mankind's thoughts, both good and bad.
Included in the divine plan for man is the idea of a perfect physical body, but man has interfered with the perfect manifestation of that body-idea by wrong thinking and wrong living. Thus, our body often outpictures inharmony in the form of sickness or malformation. By denial, the false beliefs about our body are dissolved, and eventually the negative condition in the body is erased.
By affirmation of the truth about our body, we lay hold consciously of the ideas of life, strength, health, order, and perfection that are our divine birthright. Then the power back of these Godideas begins to reconstruct the physical body so that it may manifest as the perfect likeness of the inner body-idea.
"When man realizes that there is but one body-idea and that the conditions in his body express the character of his thought, he has the key to bodily perfection and immortality in the flesh" (Christian Healing 30).
Preceding Entry: Explain in detail the process of denial and affirmation.
Following Entry: How is thought controlled?