After a busy Saturday afternoon in spring last year, I decided to take a short nap. I lay down on my bed with the screened-in window open behind me.
My very large cat, Buttons, also decided that a nap was a good idea and snuggled up next to me. I soon drifted off, only to be sharply awakened by something hitting my head very hard. I jumped up quickly. Buttons stood by the window, looking rather sheepish. I realized he had probably seen a squirrel outside and lunged toward it, jumping on my face on his way. I felt shocked and was in a great deal of pain, and I wasn’t sure if one of my eyes had been injured. But I immediately knew one thing: I was going to choose to get information only from spiritual sense, and not from what the material senses were telling me.
I wanted to avoid the large mirror in my room because I didn’t feel that examining my face would help as I prayed, so I walked quickly into the next room. As I went, I vehemently declared the truth out loud: that I was completely spiritual, that God was the only power and was in complete control of His creation, that God loved me and was caring tenderly for me, and that there was no ferocity in God’s peaceful, harmonious creation. Buttons is a very sweet cat, but when he sees other animals, he sometimes goes crazy. I continued to pray these thoughts out loud to calm my fear.
When I touched my cheek, I realized I was bleeding heavily. I went into the bathroom, washed the blood away, and put a bandage on my cheek. Then I quickly grabbed my sunglasses and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and went to sit in the sunny backyard for the next two hours.
I wanted to really establish in thought the spirit of the first powerful ideas that had come to me in my moment of extreme need. Although I was able to read, I felt that something wasn’t quite right with my vision. I refrained from “testing” my eyes and instead focused on the real spiritual view. I like to readScience and Health continually from cover to cover because this book continues to heal, inspire, and instruct me, along with the Bible. By reading it in sequence, I am able to get the blessing of the book in its entirety.
When I opened to my bookmark, I saw I was near the beginning of the chapter “Genesis.” This is not the first chapter I would have turned to for this healing, if I hadn’t been in the rereading process, but I decided to read from where I had left off. It turned out to meet my need perfectly.
The chapter reminded me of the true, spiritual account of creation depicted in chapter 1 of Genesis, and that this creation is complete and perfect. God created everything and it was “very good” (verse 31), and still is. Man, both male and female, was given “dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air” (verse 26). I added large cats to the list!
I also read: “All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible. A realization of this grand verity was a source of strength to the ancient worthies. It supports Christian healing, and enables its possessor to emulate the example of Jesus” (Science and Health, pp. 514–515). As I was reading, I felt the pain drain away, and the swelling went down on my cheek. I could see clearly out of both eyes and knew that all was well.
That night at bedtime, I removed the bandage and washed my face. I saw that there was only a small mark on my cheek and another close to my eye. I found this remarkable because cats’ hind claws are considered to be the more powerful, and I figured Buttons had used these to spring to the window. There was no more pain or discomfort, and in a day or two, all signs of the incident disappeared. I continue to rejoice over this healing.
Consuela H. Allen
Washington, DC, US