Many times we hear it said, "How can a mental process...

Many times we hear it said, "How can a mental process affect a physical disability?" I wish to give my grateful testimony of the power of Truth to heal.

One day while polishing the floor I unthinkingly bent over the end of a heavy couch and with my left hand attempted to lift it back into its place. As I did so, I felt something give way in my back, and then I found I could not straighten myself. Immediately I began to declare the truth that I was wholly spiritual, that I really lived in Mind, not in matter, and that nothing could injure God's child. I also gave thanks that I was realizing that fact. I was then able to straighten myself slowly, although with difficulty. The first suggestion that came to me was that I should not be able to finish the work; then, that I ought to lie down, as I was feeling very week and tired; but I felt that if I did that I should be acknowledging the condition as a reality, so with great difficulty I finished what I had begun.

This was on a Wednesday, and that evening when it was time for me to leave for church, error put forth the argument that I ought to go to bed instead of to the meeting, but the words from page 116 of "Miscellaneous Writings" by Mrs. Eddy, "Never absent from your post," came to me, and I decided to go. The stiffness and the sick feeling grew worse, and during the night, when I wished to change my position, I found that my back was paralyzed. I had one moment of sheer panic; then the thought of God's greatness and might filled my consciousness and I grew calm, knowing that all was well. The following day I kept my thought steadfastly on Spirit, but the condition did not yield; in fact, by night time I could not bend at all. I was stiff and rigid.

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Testimony of Healing
It is with more gratitude than words can express that I...
December 28, 1935

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