When I first began to study Christian Science, many...

When I first began to study Christian Science, many years ago, I had been suffering for nineteen months from sleeplessness. I had been troubled with this condition for a period of half a year following a time of close study for an examination; and the beginning of the second period coincided with my taking up a post in a school, and caused much depression. I ceased this work at the termination of the school year, but after some time at home I had only partially recovered, although I had the help successively of two doctors. Then I went to relatives for a change. It had been suggested that distraction might be good for me, but after attendance at a concert, on one occasion, I was awake all night. Considerable debility accompanied this condition, and not feeling at all ready to return to my professional work, I again sought medical advice.

It was at this point that I met a student of Christian Science, of whom I inquired whether Christian Science heals. The inquiry was made in a skeptical frame of mind, but "man's extremity is God's opportunity," and I went the next day to make further inquiries of a practitioner. She lent me the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, which I read assiduously. This continuous reading, according to previous experience, would have made my eyes ache; but I saw that, if what the textbook said was true, there would be no bad effect; and certainly in a short time my eyes felt free after much use, instead of tired The insomnia, however, had not yielded aftger some weeks of study, though I had also had treatment. The practitioner then recommended that if I did not fall asleep that night I should think of the spiritual interpretation of the Lord's Prayer, as given in Science and Health (pp. 16, 17). Having memorized this, I was ready to do as she said. The spiritual interpretation of "Our Father which art in heaven" is, "Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious." The thought came to me that if God is harmonious and God is All, there is nothing anywhere except harmony. I really felt this, and the next thing I knew, I was waking in the morning. This happy change was maintained, and eventually I resumed teaching, sleeping excellently at night during a difficult first term.

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