It was late winter of 1990—about a month before I encountered the saving truth of Christian Science for the first time. I had been practicing a particular technically difficult section of my Piano Sonata, No. 1—a passage that involved three different simultaneous and unrelated rhythmic subdivisions going on. The differences in the occurrences of each melodic line’s rhythms were minute fractions of a second apart, and I had achieved the mental precision and clarity which led to the realization of it in my playing.
That day also happened to be my birthday and I thought that I would head into Harvard Square and get a nice meal—which I did. And while there I decided to have a glass of wine in celebration of the day. It was all very pleasurable.
But that pleasure was short-lived—as materially illusive pleasures inevitably are. When I got home to resume my practice, I found that the clarity of thought and performance was no longer there. That precision I had worked so hard for was off. It was as if all that I was attempting to hear was out of phase with the production of the sound. And no matter how I tried to focus my thought, it just wasn’t happening. I resolved then and there to not consume alcohol again—it simply wasn’t worth it. The next day, my playing had all the precision that was formerly there—the influence of the stimulant having left me.
I learned a metaphysical lesson that night and one which was to grow in my thinking as I began the study of Christian Science—and one that continues to resonate in my experience.
The question I frequently find myself asking is: Am I living in accord with my growing understanding of the omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, and omni-activity of almighty God—of divine Love? Or, have I let the influence of mortal mind—the carnal mind, error, and evil—into my consciousness and thereby cause my thoughts and actions to be out of phase with God?
Am I truly striving to have all my footsteps in alignment with infinite Mind?
That concept of human footsteps is extremely vital to the successful practice of Christian Science. Sadly, I have too frequently heard some of my fellow Christian Scientists speak of “human footsteps” in a derisive or derogatory manner—as if they shouldn’t be considered or were only to be tolerated.
But did you know that the mention of “human footsteps” occurs only one time in all of the published writings of Mary Baker Eddy, the Founder and Discover of Christian Science?
The divine demand, “Be ye therefore perfect,” is scientific, and the human footsteps leading to perfection are indispensable. (Science and Health, p. 253)
So, where is there a hint of any detrimental association with those footsteps?
Wouldn’t it be just like the carnal mind to suggest to us that human footsteps aren’t indispensable—in a blatant contradiction of Science and Health—to cause us to hesitate and/or not “… follow the leadings of truth” (Science and Health, p. 151)? To cause us to devalue the importance of taking those steps—those steps that are indispensable to obeying the divine demand to be perfect?
If our healing practices for others as well as ourselves are to be increasingly effective then we need to make sure—through prayer—that our footsteps are aligned with God. And then we need to take them!