Thoughts Are Things

Janis Hunt Johnson
6 min readMar 19, 2023
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A spiritual reality underlies everything.

What if everything is spiritually mental, rather than physically material?

God — Good, Spirit, Love, Life, Truth — is everywhere and is All. God is infinite and therefore all-knowing and all-powerful. God can have no opposite. You can’t have something else besides infinity.

God is Mind, and we are God’s ideas.

Mary Baker Eddy, a 19th-century spiritual pioneer ahead of her time, explained in her ground-breaking book Science and Health, “All is infinite Mind, and its infinite manifestation.” She goes on to say that if God is Spirit, then since we’re made in God’s image and likeness — it follows that we are not material, we are spiritual. (p. 468)

Matter is a mistaken assumption. Even modern physicists will tell you that. Matter is a myth. Quantum physics confirms this: Nothing exists unless it is observed.

More than positive thinking.

Of course, it doesn’t seem that way. So how do we get there?

What will we accept and expect?

Our choices determine our experience.

One of my favorite Bible verses is from the Apostle Paul, who advises: “whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

And here’s how Eddy put it: “Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.” (p. 261)

For me, putting this positivity principle into practice is much more than mere positive thinking — much more than human willpower over circumstances. It is a daily spiritual healing practice.

How do you deal with sickness?

A physician’s approach: matter-based healing.

Here’s how it goes most of the time, in a world still based on the premise that everything is made of matter. When you’re suffering from an ailment, a medical doctor…



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.