Re-calibrate to TRUTH and Be Healed
Julio C. Rivas, CS
As he stepped out onto land, a madman from town met him; he was a victim of demons. He hadn’t worn clothes for a long time, nor lived at home; he lived in the cemetery. When he saw Jesus he screamed, fell before him, and bellowed, “What business do you have messing with me? You’re Jesus, Son of the High God, but don’t give me a hard time!” (The man said this because Jesus had started to order the unclean spirit out of him.) Time after time the demon threw the man into convulsions. He had been placed under constant guard and tied with chains and shackles, but crazed and driven wild by the demon, he would shatter the bonds. Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Mob. My name is Mob,” he said, because many demons afflicted him. And they begged Jesus desperately not to order them to the bottomless pit. A large herd of pigs was browsing and rooting on a nearby hill. The demons begged Jesus to order them into the pigs. He gave the order. It was even worse for the pigs than for the man. Crazed, they stampeded over a cliff into the lake and drowned. Those tending the pigs, scared to death, bolted and told their story in town and country. People went out to see what had happened. They came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had been sent, sitting there at Jesus’ feet, wearing decent clothes and making sense. (TM, Luke 8:27-35)
Eddy: “The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind.” And, “The arguments to be used in curing insanity are the same as in other diseases: namely, the impossibility that matter, brain, can control or derange mind, can suffer or cause suffering; also the fact that truth and love will establish a healthy state, guide and govern mortal mind or the thought of the patient, and destroy all error, whether it is called dementia, hatred, or any other discord.”
The state of dementia became more agitated when Jesus ordered it out of the man. The disturbed consciousness gave Jesus his due but requested to be left alone. This is an example of how mistaken thought/behavioral patterns try to stroke our human ego and deceive us so they can avoid being destroyed. In spite of the dementia’s insidiousness and resistance it was destroyed by the Christ-spirit and the man was healed. The demons’ request to enter the pigs that ran off the cliff is an addendum which enters the story to appease a Jewish religious audience which believes that trading in pig meat is a sin. A broader interpretation is that immoral motives and actions are self-destructive. Even better, let us know that our innate Christly spirit can destroy a mob of material problems. All material problems are a type of “insanity” in the sense that they are not in balance with MIND. Christ-sense re-calibrates us to MIND-SPIRIT and this heals us.