For several years I searched many books, including those...

For several years I searched many books, including those on theosophy and astronomy, for an understanding of a higher power which I thought must be at the back of all, but I became only more perplexed. Nearly twenty years ago I was staying with a Christian Science practitioner who offered me some Christian Science literature, which I refused, being prejudiced, though I knew nothing about it. However, when she invited me to go to a service, I went because she was my hostess. I have always remembered the peace which came to me at that service, and for which I continued to seek through material means in vain. It was nearly ten years later that Christian Science literature was offered to me again. This time I accepted a Sentinel, which I found most comforting and cheering. Later a copy of Science and Health was lent me. On reading it I knew it contained the truth for which I had been searching.

During the first two or three months of study I was healed of smoking cigarettes, a habit which I had desired to give up in obedience to our Leader's teaching (Science and Health 406:28, 454:1). I came home one day suffering from a headache and fatigue, and as usual took up a cigarette, thinking it would make me feel better. As I struck the match, the thought came to me, You are relying on a material remedy. I immediately put it away, and not only was I healed of headache and tiredness, but the desire for smoking left me, for which I was very grateful. I have since been healed of the desire for alcoholic drink.

I have also been healed of heart trouble. Sometimes when I felt I could not breathe and was afraid to lie down to sleep, I held on to the thought: God is my Life; I am spiritual, not material. Such a joyous sense of gratitude came to me when I awoke to the realization that I was healed! I had not asked a practitioner to help me in this case and had not even spoken about it to anyone, but tried always to affirm the truth and deny the error. While studying the textbook I was also healed of taking medicine, which I had believed kept me well.

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Testimony of Healing
Six years ago, when I was given up by doctors, my family...
May 11, 1935

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