When I was a new student of Christian Science, I had a severe...

When I was a new student of Christian Science, I had a severe attack of heartburn. After I had mixed a material remedy, as I was accustomed to do when I had such an attack, and was about to drink it, the thought came to me, why do you need to drink this if you believe what you are reading in the Bible and in Science and Health? Putting the mixture on the table, I sat and thought about some of the truths I had read that morning. Then the first glimmer of what spiritual consciousness means came to me. The mixture was poured down the sink and that was the end of that attack. I have never had another all these years. This was my moment of decision and the first healing experienced through my own effort.

One day I injured my knee and by evening had difficulty in walking. The knee was very swollen. These words from Science and Health had a practical meaning for me (p. 385): "Mind decides whether or not the flesh shall be discolored, painful, swollen, and inflamed." I knew man, God's expression, is untouched by accident or mortality in any way and that discoloration, pain, and so on were concepts of illusory mortal mind which I need not accept. In the morning I was able to go to business as usual, and the knee was soon normal.

October 28, 1967

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