Sometimes people are tempted to believe that a problem is harder to heal because they’ve struggled with it for a long time. “This has been a chronic problem of mine,” they may argue. And then mortal mind argues that because the problem has been around for a long time, it must be harder to heal.
But error is error, and Truth dissolves it. Truth does not weigh an error of belief in terms of how long someone has believed it to determine whether it is easy or hard to heal.
Error is like darkness. If one entered a room that was dark for fifty years it would be no harder for light to dissolve that darkness than if the room had been dark for 5 minutes. Darkness is all the same to the light, and just as easy to displace regardless of how long that darkness has been around.
And so it is with what the human mind calls chronic beliefs. One belief is just as easy for Truth to heal as any other belief. What seems to make a condition hang around for a long period of time is that the human mind clings to that condition as a reality, for some reason, rather than letting it go.
Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “Mortal belief must lose all satisfaction in error and sin in order to part with them. Whether mortals will learn this sooner or later, and how long they will suffer the pangs of destruction, depends upon the tenacity of error”
(Science and Health, p. 296).
The “tenacity of error,” refers to the stubbornness of mortal mind that causes it to feel justified in its belief. For instance, if one finds satisfaction in finding out what disease they have, giving a label to their disease, and telling others about it, they are building a case for continued suffering. This process of making a reality out of disease gives the human mind more reasons to hold on to the belief, rather than letting it go, even when suffering is involved. Whereas, to have a spiritual healing, the belief of disease must be annihilated, dispensed with, dissolved, removed and seen no more as a possibility.
One cannot be clinging to the belief of “I have a disease,” and see themselves as a healthy, well child of God at the same time, which is what brings spiritual healing.
As Eddy reminds us, we “must lose all satisfaction in error.” Even the subtle error of “I’ve had this problem for a long time,” must bring no satisfaction to thought, lest it be used as a justification for further suffering. To Truth, error does not have a life-span. It has “no span!” Error is error and is nothing to Truth.
To Truth, there is no chronic error. There is only the perpetual and eternal omnipresence of Truth.