I was delivering a lecture in a college class one day when I felt a...

I was delivering a lecture in a college class one day when I felt a great stiffening in my neck that intensified as the hour progressed. I could no longer hold my head erect but leaned further and further to one side. I managed to finish the lecture, but my students were greatly distracted by my condition. After class I went to the library to try to work out the problem and at the same time prepare for my next lecture.

It was obvious to me that the stiffening was a result of my reaction to the great pressure of my work. I was particularly nervous about a major lecture I had to deliver the next day. Although I could see the cause of the problem, I could not seem to master it; and so I canceled my classes for the rest of the day. At home I went to bed and asked my wife to read the week's Lesson-Sermon from the Christian Science Quarterly to me. But the pain was so intense that I could not hear her. Furthermore, paralysis had begun to creep through my whole body.

By this time I knew swift action was necessary, so I forced myself out of bed and firmly addressed my thought to correction of the erroneous condition. I knew that in my true being as a son of God, I could only express harmony, joy, and perfection. I reasoned that I could only express the qualities of God because I was the image and likeness of Him. It was clear to me that nothing could prevent me from understanding that God was my Life. I saw that my only work was to express God. I therefore could not be weighed down by the pressure of time and work since I didn't personally do it. I reflected the one Mind. The truth was not outside me nor somehow hidden in the Lesson-Sermon. Divine Mind, by reflection, was imparting the healing truth to my consciousness, and this living truth was all that was real.

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December 14, 1968

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