Animal Magnetism: The Basis of Unhappiness

At a period in my life when everything was going fine and getting better, I had every reason to be happy and secure. Instead, I was depressed and afraid, and couldn't find the reason why. Looking for the answer—or better yet, the solution—I studied the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. I wanted to see God's law as the only one operating in my experience and to feel the peace and joy I knew comes from dwelling with Him. But no matter how diligently I claimed divine law's control, the anxiety persisted.

One night I awoke from a fitful, nightmarish sleep. At that moment it was as if an authoritative voice from within spoke out: "Declare that you have one Mind, God, and that there is none other." I followed instructions. Then the "voice"—which, of course, was a spiritual intuition—spoke again: "Handle aggressive mental suggestion. Deny the existence of many minds, the supposition of mortal mind, the notion that there is a mind apart from God." I switched on the light by my bed and studied my books for an hour or so, until I felt that I had regained dominion over my thinking.

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