"Whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from...

"Whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord," but when we are "willing rather to be absent from the body," we may realize that we are "present with the Lord." The truth of these passages from II Corinthians was proved to me in a very beautiful way several years ago, and I should like to share my experience with others.

I had been suffering from an annoying sense of heart palpitation which I am sure resulted from nervousness and tension. The slightest exertion, even that of talking or walking, would cause great discomfort. I asked the help of a practitioner, who very lovingly treated me for many months. During this time I felt that the error had been met in my thought, but I could not understand why the physical manifestation persisted. In pondering the situation prayerfully one day, I suddenly realized the mistake I had been making. While I visited the practitioner each week, I thought it necessary to telephone her during the week, regularly, to report my condition. All the week my thought was busily engaged with other things, but when the time came for the telephone call, I found myself turning to the body and saying virtually this: Body, how are you? What report shall I make today? To my dismay the body did not fail to render a complaint. As I clearly recognized the error, on my next visit to the practitioner I told her that I wanted to consider myself healed, and discontinued treatment. Just when the trouble left I do not know, but a few days later I realized that I was entirely free. This healing will always remain a source of inspiration to me, for it was a practical proof of our beloved Leader's words on page 383 of Science and Health, "The Christian Scientist takes the best care of his body when he leaves it most out of his thought."

April 28, 1934
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