Several years ago my husband and I were on our way to Italy. The trip was an anniversary gift from our children, and we had looked forward to it for months. When we landed in Rome the sights and sounds were indescribable! The next day, however, I began to experience severe coughing, pain, and discomfort that didn’t yield quickly. I asked my husband to pray with me.
We decided to continue on our trip, and I rallied whenever I could so as not to give in to what appeared to be a severe lung difficulty. I’m so grateful for the compassion and care my husband showed me.
When we returned home I called a Christian Science practitioner to continue the prayerful support my husband had provided while we were away.
The first thing the practitioner did was to reassure me that this condition would be healed in Christian Science. We worked with two specific thoughts from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. On page 162, she writes: “Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies. Christian Science acts as an alterative, neutralizing error with Truth. It changes the secretions, expels humors, dissolves tumors, relaxes rigid muscles, restores carious bones to soundness. 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.”
The other statement complemented that thought: “Truth is an alterative in the entire system, and can make it ‘every whit whole’ ” ( p. 371).
It isn’t that Truth literally makes sick matter better. Rather, it neutralizes the error in consciousness and changes thought from a matter-based view to the realization that the divine Mind controls that which we call the body.
“Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique,” writes Eddy. “He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas; the generic term for all that reflects God’s image and likeness; . . .” (Science and Health, p. 475).
To be the idea of Love means that in spiritual fact, I am composed of all that Love expresses—completeness, gentleness, lovingkindness, forgiveness, compassion, meekness, humility, immortality, goodness, and so on. No part of my being ever originated in matter. A spiritual idea is the reflection of God, with no material or medical history.
There were several turning points in this healing. An article titled, “The Cross and the Crown,” cited a statement from Eddy in which she told one of her students, “First the cross then the crown . . .” (Mary Trammell, The Christian Science Journal, January 2007). It explained that we don’t have one without the other, and the victory over the cross allows us the worthiness to receive and to wear the crown. The author wrote that Eddy “gave the world a new view of the cross—and the crown.” She explained, “There was no cross without a crown. And there was no crown without the cross—without the earnest, soulful effort that brings redemption and healing.”
From this, I realized that there was a choice to be made. I could either accept the role of martyr and let the cross become a heavy object I was struggling to get out from under, or I could sit on top of it and fly—like a soaring eagle!
The day the cross became a gateway to understanding and fruition for me, rather than a stumbling block, there was remarkable improvement.
When my healing didn’t come quickly, I refused to let time be an element. Expressing patience was just another way for me to show my trust in God for my life, health, and happiness. I literally gave gratitude for every step I took. I rejected the thought that fear could have any control over my well-being. Since God is infinite Love, I could see that fear is as much an illusion as disease. As the idea of Love, the opposite of fear, there was no place for fear in my consciousness.
It wouldn’t be possible to share all the ways my thought has changed as a result of this experience. I am more spiritually grounded in everything I do. This healing has been permanent and my health has remained consistently good.
Gastonia, North Carolina, US
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