On Christmas morning 1971, as I was preparing a portion of...

On Christmas morning 1971, as I was preparing a portion of dinner for later in the day, I was suddenly overcome with a severe pain. I felt as though I were losing consciousness. Immediately this statement from Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy flashed into thought (p. 536): "The divine understanding reigns, is all, and there is no other consciousness." I quickly realized there is no mortal consciousness, because there is really only the consciousness of the allness of God, and man's perfect relationship to Him.

Gratefully I turned to resume my task but found that I could not hold an object in my hands or lift my arms. Fear swept over me. Later in the day we were to be dinner guests of people who were skeptical of Christian Science. The question of how I could meet the problem in time seemed overwhelming. This dynamic statement came instantly to me (Science and Health, p. 151): "Fear never stopped being and its action." The mesmerism of fear was broken!

As I sat in our living room, I was flooded with a realization of the omnipresence of perfect being. The false picture of paralysis was completely obliterated by this joyful recognition. A short time later I realized I was completely free, and I happily finished my tasks. Through the activities of the day, the joyful awareness of the presence of the Christ to heal and bless was acknowledged. There has been no return of the problem.

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November 13, 1978

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