I am grateful for the experiences of healing I have had through studying Christian Science and living the truths I have learned. I have found that when I pray with deep consecration, I find guidance and am protected and healed. Prayer and study have taught me that, in healing, one’s thought needs to be filled with what is true about God and man. This understanding of spiritual truth enables us to triumph over the errors of material sense, including sickness and pain.
About five or six years ago, one day my brother and I were lovingly teasing each other. He playfully punched me in the shoulder a little harder than he meant to. After that, my shoulder never felt totally right. The incident left me feeling discomfort that persisted on and off for the next several years. I was in high school at the time and didn’t give the situation much prayerful thought. I just went about my life.
Then, about a year ago, now a college student, I was playing in my team’s first lacrosse game of the season. Early in the game I fell on my shoulder. I stayed on the ground for a couple of seconds, but I immediately said a firm “no” to the thought of injury. I thought about how I could pray unceasingly, including in that moment (see I Thessalonians 5:17). I firmly denied and denounced the error, the suggestion that I could be injured or in any way separated from God’s love.
My teammates helped me up, and I felt so much love expressed from them. They were all Christian Scientists, and I knew they were supporting me with their understanding of metaphysical truths. A feeling of love and comfort washed over me.
I came out of the game, sat on the sideline, and turned wholeheartedly to God in prayer. I denounced the fear I was feeling. I affirmed that I was the reflection of God, divine Love, always safe in Love, and so this situation had no power to make me fearful.
The next thought that came to me in prayer was to separate the error from myself. I knew the claim of injury was just an error of material sense, that it did not truly belong to me as the spiritual, whole, and complete child of God.
This helped me realize how obnoxious the whole situation was. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes, “Because God is Spirit, evil becomes more apparent and obnoxious proportionately as we advance spiritually, until it disappears from our lives” (p. 207).
I had recently given some sincere thought to the idea of praying unceasingly and had committed to studying Christian Science more deeply, and I had grown spiritually. It became obvious to me that the discomfort in my shoulder, which had persisted on and off for five years, and which was now seemingly amplified within the first few minutes of my first college lacrosse game, was extremely obnoxious, because it was totally unlike God’s goodness—and that it could disappear from my life.
My family had flown out to visit and were at the game. I was trying out a new sport and enjoying time with my friends. It became apparent to me that this injury was just the carnal mind trying to interfere with my expression of spiritual strength, joy, and love, and that it had no power to do so. This recognition helped me realize that error is nothing, because error, or evil, has no hold on our true spiritual identity.
After the game ended, I was able to pray more deeply. I prayed to know that I am never separate from God and His ever-present love. And I prayed to know that I am never for an instant dislocated from God. This specific idea was helpful to me because it enabled me to apply spiritual truth to my specific situation. I knew there could be no circumstance in which God’s healing love could not be proved to be present and powerful.
I also read the article “God’s Law of Adjustment” by Adam H. Dickey. Mr. Dickey writes: “There is a law of God that is applicable to every conceivable phase of human experience, and no situation or condition can present itself to mortal thought which is outside of the direct influence of this infinite law. The effect of the operation of law is always to correct and govern, to harmonize and adjust. Whatever is out of order or discordant comes under the direct government of God through what may be termed God’s law of adjustment” (The Christian Science Journal, January 1916). I knew I was not excluded from God’s law, because it always was governing me.
The next day, as I was doing my daily activities, my shoulder naturally clicked into place. Later that day I felt some slight pain, but I kept mentally denouncing the material lie of pain and clung to the truth of my spiritual perfection as the reflection of God until the pain left and did not return.
This happened about a year ago, and I only recently realized that I have not even thought of the incident since then, nor in the past year have I felt any pain in my shoulder, which had previously bothered me for years. My shoulder is completely perfect and healed. I am so grateful for Christian Science.
Elsah, Illinois, US
(Elaina is a graduate of the Sunday School of 6th Church of Christ, Scientist)
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
In July 2011, just weeks after I started as First Reader at my local Christian Science branch church, I noticed a lump on my breast and discoloration. I immediately called a Christian Science practitioner to support me in prayer. To be honest, even as a lifelong Christian Scientist, I had always thought I might react with dread and panic to a symptom such as this. But wonderfully, my initial response was naturally calm and unafraid, and I was confident of complete healing.
I was convinced that this condition was simply a suggestion—mortal mind’s attempt to dislodge me from my post as Reader, which I loved. I felt certain that I would not have been given this privilege and opportunity to bless others and grow spiritually, only to have to forfeit it for illness.
The practitioner pointed me to the story of Nehemiah rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, and this promise: “The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build” (Nehemiah 2:20). This reminded me that God is doing the healing work (not me), and, indeed, that divine Love upholds our church.
The temptation to keep checking my body for signs of progress was strong. This led me to put together a reading for a Wednesday testimony meeting on the need to “look away from the body into Truth and Love” as Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, instructs readers in her textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 261).
I prepared another reading on the topic, “Spiritual healing for the ages, and for this age.” It was important to remember that spiritual healing is effective, that it is based on God’s laws, and that it goes back millennia and will ever continue.
Over the next two months I was in almost daily contact with the practitioner, who assured me that the Readership was carrying me, not the other way around. I also read testimonies of Christian Science healing every night before I went to bed from a collection of Christian Science Journals a friend had given me. These were tremendously encouraging and confidence building.
Still, fear and discouragement crept in. One day, a friend pointed me to an online lecture on Christian Science. The lecturer recounted that a lump in her breast had been healed when she gained a better understanding of God as Love. It hit me. For years, I had believed I couldn’t palpably feel God’s love for me. The practitioner reminded me of the verse from a hymn by Samuel Longfellow: “Embosomed deep in Thy dear love, / Held in Thy law, I stand: / Thy hand in all things I behold, / And all things in Thy hand” (Christian Science Hymnal, No. 134).
The message from this hymn relieved me of a false sense of responsibility in many areas of my life and emphatically showed me that divine Love is responsible for me and cares for me. Naturally, this turned into a Wednesday evening reading on God’s mothering love.
About this time I was also in touch with a longtime teacher and practitioner of Christian Science. Among other things, he wrote me that in his experience with healing, “It is always a need for more God in the equation and less self-concern, self-analysis, self-doubt.” But I wasn’t sure how to actually go about practicing “more God, less self.” I asked the practitioner who had been praying with me about it, and she put it simply: “Turn your face to God.”
So I did. At work, I often turned away from my computer screen and prayed a quick prayer. Something like “God, I’m so glad You are All,” or “God, I’m so grateful that You are parenting me; I feel Your love and guidance right now,” or “God, I know that You are the only power in the universe and that sickness is not power.”
I did this quick turning about every ten minutes, whether at work, walking down the street, or preparing dinner. I came to see that it almost did not matter what my prayer was, as long as I stayed focused on the allness of God.
Then a setback tried to throw me off course. A lump in my other breast appeared. It grew rapidly and was painful. I voiced concern to the practitioner. She remained steady and strong in her work with me. Shortly after this conversation, I drove home from work listening to a CD produced by a Christian Science nursing facility. It contained powerful firsthand accounts of people who had experienced significant healings while at this facility.
When I arrived home, I turned the car off and sat there in wonder. Tears streamed down my face. I felt almost overcome by the presence of divine Love, specifically the love manifested in the Christian Science movement today and through history. Out loud, I thanked the practitioner for her steadfast support. I thanked my Sunday School teachers and my parents who had brought me up in this wonderful religion, all of the Christian Science nurses, healers, teachers, and church members who had come before me and those who are practicing Christian Science healing today. Most of all, I felt deep gratitude for Mary Baker Eddy, who so faithfully followed the teachings of Christ Jesus, and who did not give up on her writings and her Church despite setbacks.
Within hours, the second lump began to drain. In the morning, I called a visiting Christian Science nurse. She efficiently and gently bandaged the area and showed me how to do this myself. She reassured me that healing was going on.
And indeed it was. That lump drained completely and healed, and the first one simply faded away. For a time, I worried that the symptoms might reappear. But in one of the Christian Science Bible Lessons following the healing, I found my reassurance from Christ Jesus. “Go in peace,” he said after he healed the woman with an issue of blood (Mark 5:34). I took that message to heart. I could go forward in peace because I have Christ’s own promise of the permanence of Christian healing. A year has passed, and I’m grateful to say the healing has been permanent.
Washington, DC, US
I have gained such spiritual insight and inspiration from reading Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy. What I’ve learned about God and my relationship with Him from this book has been a constant source of peace and comfort. Last spring a particular passage helped spur on a healing.
Since my youth, I’d had a large mole on my back. Then one day last year I had the sudden and startling realization that I didn’t need to accept this condition without question. I recognized this inspiration as the working of the Christ—a divine message communicating the possibility of regeneration and healing.
I’ve learned, from my study of both Christian Science and the Bible, to mentally confront and reject discord—physical or otherwise—as an imposition on my health, rather than as part of my experience. The Apostle Paul admonishes, “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh,” and “Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit” (II Cor. 5:16; Rom. 8:9). These concepts challenged me to look beyond physical conditions and perceive my true identity as spiritual.
It was then that an arresting question in Science and Health seemed to speak directly to me. “Is man,” asked Mrs. Eddy, “a material fungus without Mind to help him?” (p. 160). A mole, I reasoned, is a bit like a fungus, and this question challenged me to consider whether I viewed myself as just a repository for uncontrolled biological growth, or as a spiritual, Godlike idea able to have complete dominion over my body.
It was clear to me that spiritual dominion was the only possible answer. I was not a mindless being operating on my own but a son of God, or divine Mind; moreover, this divine partnership could never permit me to become a host to anything unspiritual and parasitic.
Over the summer, the growth began to irritate me, and my wife alerted me that it appeared to be growing larger. Then while I was driving home from taking my daughter back to college over a long weekend, the mole would occasionally bleed profusely. But near the end of the trip, the mole began to break up, which suggested to me that it was dissolving or lifting off.
By the time I got home, the mole had nearly disappeared. I recalled this statement: “A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive” (Science and Health, p. 463). The mole was certainly offensive, unwelcome, and unpleasant. I’m convinced that the truths I was learning about myself as God’s idea were a catalyst for this physical change. Within a few weeks, there was absolutely no trace of it, and there is now perfectly smooth skin where the mole had been. This took place in August 2007.
I’m rejoicing over the spiritual lessons I’ve learned and look forward with confidence to further proofs of spiritual growth and progress.
BETHESDA, MARYLAND, US