Reflection: Believing is Seeing

Janis Hunt Johnson
6 min readAug 27, 2022
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Imagine.

When you stand in front of a mirror, do you doubt your own existence? On the contrary, you are assured of your presence, able to see how that new haircut really looks good on you. If you lift your arm, the image in the mirror does likewise.

I love how Mary Baker Eddy, the author of the groundbreaking book Science and Health, uses this mirror analogy (p. 515–516) to explain our unbroken relationship to the Divine. The Bible says we’re made in God’s “image and likeness” (see Genesis 1:26–27). What does that really mean?

Eddy invites us to picture a mirror and to call it “Divine Science,” and then to call our real self its reflection. “Then note how true,” she adds, “is the reflection to its original. As the reflection of yourself appears in the mirror, so you, being spiritual, are the reflection of God.”

Eddy assures us that “All is infinite Mind and Its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all.” She points out that since Spirit is God, and man is God’s image and likeness, it follows that man — that’s you and me — is not material, but wholly spiritual (p. 468).

Think.

The stillness of prayer is vital in order to perceive this spiritual reality. Otherwise, there is so much “noise” in the busyness of our lives — we’re moving too fast to notice that the Truth of Being has been here all along.

It’s like this: A lake with choppy water can’t properly reflect the surrounding landscape; but when the surface is completely still, the peaceful water reproduces a perfect image. In the same way, the more stillness we maintain, the more we will experience the underlying perfection of God’s reality.

It makes sense that Psalm 46 says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (see verse 10). And Psalm 23, one of the most popular prayers there is, tells us that God leads us “beside the still waters” (see verse 2).

When everything around you seems to be turmoil and struggle, and troubles loom at every turn, stop. Be still. Be quiet. Like the calm surface of a lake.

And think clearly. In a word: Reflect.

Meditate, don’t ruminate. Reflect, don’t analyze. Focusing on the problem will get you nowhere, merely leading you into…

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Janis Hunt Johnson

Author, 5 Smooth Stones: Our Power to Heal Without Medicine through the Science of Prayer. Transformational Editor. From Chicago to L.A., now in Pacific NW.