You wouldn't have recognized me two years ago

You wouldn't have recognized me two years ago. I had very long hair, wore a big silver earring in one ear, and I lived in an orange teepee built on a platform high above the ground in a huge redwood tree. I was addicted to heroin and supported my habit by burglarizing houses in the nearby area. This way of life wasn't new to me. I had been addicted either to alcohol or drugs for years.

In April, 1971, I was arrested on a charge of burglary, and sentenced to a California rehabilitation center for heroin addicts. This is where Christian Science found me. While browsing through the institution's library, I ran across Mary Baker Eddy's book Unity of Good. I knew nothing of Christian Science at that time, but I was attracted by the title. As I read, some wonderful things began to happen.

Can you imagine a mental light show? How else can I describe the brilliant flashes of spiritual insight and understanding that flooded my consciousness with truth! Suddenly I began to understand a little of the true nature of God and man—God's allness, man's total unity and coexistence with his Father-Mother God—the unity of good! This realization brought destruction to the dark imprisoning thoughts that had held me for so many years—thoughts of deep alienation, complete separation from all good. I'd always felt I was alone and somehow didn't fit in at all. Now I began to see very clearly that my true being is spiritual, complete, fulfilled, and that I am a loved and accepted part of all that really exists. The peace and satisfaction I couldn't get through the material senses I found to be the natural state of true existence within myself, here and now!

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June 2, 1973

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