Spirit, Mind, Body: The Top-Down Approach to Healing

By Rev. Marla Sanderson

What an empowering thing it is to discover that everything starts with me!

Instead of playing the victim who says “why does this always happen to me?” I can recognize that if it’s in my life, I created it, and I have the power to change it.

When you accept the idea that everything starts in consciousness, you can’t blame the outside world for anything that happens to you. Healing is a major part of New Thought practice, so always look to your “consciousness” to find the cause.

It’s not just about healing the body of disease. Recurring situations such as being broke, alone, or a constant victim will always find a starting point in the person experiencing them. Trouble does not seek you out, but you will always find exactly what you think you deserve.

You’ve seen it. Chances are you’ve even experienced it. You break up with one person and find yourself confronted with the same problem in the next relationship. You leave one job because people take advantage of you and find it happening again in the next—or somewhere else. You take your consciousness with you wherever you go.

In New Thought, we like to take the “top-down” approach to healing.

First, we recognize that there is One Ultimate Power or Consciousness in the Universe. This is the Creator of all things, originator of all ideas, and Source of all there is or has ever been. We recognize it as unconditionally loving, all-powerful, infinitely intelligent, and limitless in every way.

Since it is the Creator and Source of all things, everything is made by It, out of It, and is One with It. We acknowledge and claim Its nature as our own.

If you have decisions to make, claim that Divine Intelligence and Wisdom guide you toward a positive outcome. If you have a physical ailment, recognize that Infinite Life blesses your body with health and wellness. If your challenge is relationships, know that Perfect Love expresses itself in absolute Harmony.

You could also grumble about how nothing ever goes your way and you’re sure to lose like you always do. You can expect the worst and brag about how right you are when it happens. You can make excuses and play the victim, assured that things will always go wrong if they can.

Isn’t that fun?

Do you recognize the turning point here? The point of power?

It’s you!

You have all the power and you get to point the direction as your life unfolds.

You have the power to choose which way things will go—toward a higher result or a lower one.

You can choose to ask for something better from this higher place of infinite possibilities and unconditional love. Or, you can allow old patterns to repeat themselves and take whatever you get. This is one meaning of “consciousness”—recognizing your ability to choose.

You can always choose higher consciousness or lower. Choosing “higher” requires you to give up the old beliefs and opinions that created what you don’t want and be willing to accept something better from the Great Unknown.

What’s your choice?


Rev. Marla Sanderson has been a student of spiritual practice for more than 35 years. She began as Assistant Director of The Next Step, a psychic and spiritual community in a New Mexico ghost town. She’s been a workshop leader, teacher, practitioner, and minister of Living Love, and the Science of Mind. She recently founded the New Thought Center for Creative Living, a virtual “church” that offers inspiration anytime, anywhere. The site showcases many powerful Science of Mind and New Thought speakers and writers, and intends to expand these teachings to the world. Check it out at www.newthoughtctr.org.


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