Afraid of heights? Who says?

Several years ago my husband and I planned a trip to the Grand Canyon, where we would ride mules down to the bottom. It was my job to make our reservations over the phone. I called, and the first thing the woman on the other end said was, “If you’re afraid of heights or large animals, you should consider doing something else on your vacation.” Uh oh! I had always been afraid of heights. As a child, I could never climb trees. As an adult, I couldn’t stand at a window in a tall building without my stomach buckling. But I really wanted the experience of riding a mule down the Grand Canyon, so I told the woman, “I’ll get back to you.”

As a long-time student of Christian Science, I have developed the habit of prayerfully and humbly listening to God for a healing thought whenever a challenge arises. What came to me now, as clearly as a voice in my ear, was: “Afraid of heights? Who says?” As I thought about it, I could see that it was a limited sense of myself that was making that claim. My human sense of self declares, “I am female, five feet six inches tall, I have brown hair, I don’t like olives, I am afraid of heights … ” and so on. But what’s spiritually true is that I am the manifestation of God, wholly spiritual and free from the limited mortal concepts that would cheat me of my freedom and my joy.

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