It isn’t just the world-class competition, or the crowning of champions, that makes me excited to watch events like the upcoming Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. It’s seeing barriers get broken—shattering common expectations—that brings me to my feet.
But you don’t have to witness a standing back full twist on the balance beam to feel that same breakthrough excitement and come out a winner.
Have you ever tried to learn a foreign language and then hit a barrier? Couldn’t take it to the next level? Maybe it was the guitar or piano you were practicing, and then found yourself stuck. That happened to me.
Several years ago while practicing the guitar and learning languages, I noticed a phenomenon: While diligently trying to master a guitar riff or learn a German phrase, I struggled for days or weeks with no progress. Then, out of the blue, I had a breakthrough. One minute I couldn’t, the next, I could. This happened over and over.
My forays into learning showed me that often we do not gradually improve as we work at things. Sometimes we just suddenly just get it. We inexplicably leap from a lower plateau to a higher one, instead of just inching our way up.
Due to the suddenness of this improvement, it seems that the only real barrier was a belief—going from believing I can’t to seeing that I can! Instantly, what couldn’t be done before now seems natural, as if we always had the know-how.
I believe this shows, in a small way, the mental nature of things. It tells me that those who refuse to yield to discouragement are rewarded for their persistence. This enlightened stubbornness helps erode the seeming solidity of the I can’t belief.
Which raises this question: what would happen if we started earlier with the confidence of I can?
As I’ve done this and seen what can happen, I’ve learned that life is even more of a mental experience than most of us realize. Yet this phenomenon of sudden breakthrough is not confined to languages, music, and sports. I’ve learned an even larger lesson on barrier-breaking as I observe the effect of spirituality on health, my own and others.
The capacities you and I are endowed with, at this time, are barely being realized and employed. The practice of breaking beliefs which cause pain and disease, is, today, taking place because of spiritual understanding. It may be occurring in a very small degree, but the momentum behind such advancements is beginning to be noticed.
The ill-health that seems so unyielding and the health that seems so unattainable at present, perhaps, is not that far away. I’ve seen in my own healing practice of Christian Science how the breaking of one belief changes everything; changes everything for the better.
Yes, in regard to spiritual healing as well as music, languages, and sports, barriers are breaking, and, instantly, what couldn’t be done before now seems natural, as if we always had the know-how.
The sudden transition from I can’t to the seemingly impossible I can is exciting. It always brings me to my feet. But even more so, is the thrill of shattering the belief “I’m not well,” and being able to honestly hear and say: “I am well and I know it.”
– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He is a legislative liaison for spiritual healing & Christian Science in Texas. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s syndicated columns originate at: http://texashealthblog.com/