[Original in German]

At one period I was ill with symptoms of what appeared to be...

At one period I was ill with symptoms of what appeared to be tuberculosis. I lost a considerable amount of weight during this time. I believed that my work load was too heavy, and I felt very miserable. I had treatment from Christian Science practitioners at different times, for which I was very grateful. Many days when I felt discouraged I would remember the wonderful healings I had experienced through this religion at the beginning of my study of Christian Science—which I have previously related in a testimony in this periodical—and each time I again would find the strength to go on.

I endeavored to gain a better understanding, not that there was a state of illness to be healed, but that the symptoms of illness in reality had never existed, because, as Christian Science teaches, man is always the perfect idea of perfect God. I studied many passages in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy concerning man. In doing so, the following passage particularly attracted my attention (p. 369): "In proportion as matter loses to human sense all entity as man, in that proportion does man become its master." I reminded myself of this passage many times until it became clear to me that the real man—and there is no other, no matter how it may appear to erroneous sense—has never been touched by a claim of illness, since he resides, unhurt and intact, in God. I learned to recognize myself as this man. A great joy came over me when I realized that I was healed. Many years have gone by and the healing has remained permanent.

November 27, 1976
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