Because personal contagion, or...

Because personal contagion, or personality worship, is as rampant as any disease and because its victim suffers sometimes more than the victim of a contagious disease, I submit this testimony. It is my sincere hope that if any of its readers are under the influence of a strong personal attraction, adoration, or adulation, they will be helped as I have been and will find freedom from this form of bondage.

From childhood I was given to hero worship and infatuation, and I carried this tendency with me into maturity. Because of this untamed emotion I suffered much until I was forced to see its illusory nature by overcoming a strong personal attachment that had held me in its grip. There were weeks of struggle, and through the help of a devoted Christian Science practitioner error after error in my thinking was brought to the surface to be destroyed. I would walk the floor, declaring my at-one-ment with God and my freedom from all that was unlike Him, and frequently would kneel in humble prayer, using the words of the Psalmist (Ps. 139:23, 24), "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Throughout those weeks of struggle I was blessed by the article "The New Birth" (Miscellaneous Writings by Mrs. Eddy, pp. 15–20).

Testimony of Healing
I wish to place on record my very...
August 29, 1953

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