Last year my husband and I shared the wonder of having our...

Last year my husband and I shared the wonder of having our first child. Before the baby came I studied many passages in the Bible and in Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy about man's identity. I learned that we are each complete individuals dwelling in Mind. Mrs. Eddy states in Science and Health (p. 70), "The divine Mind maintains all identities, from a blade of grass to a star, as distinct and eternal." The baby's true selfhood wasn't dependent on me and couldn't interfere with my expression of activity and health. This helped free me from morning sickness and worry about my diet. I gained only a minimal amount of weight during the pregnancy and was able to carry on my normal activities. I prayed daily to see the baby as a spiritual idea, complete, active, healthy, mature, eternal, having no beginning and no ending. This statement from Science and Health was helpful (p. 63): "In Science man is the offspring of Spirit." And further in the same paragraph, "His origin is not, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior to reaching intelligence."

I saw clearly that my husband and I were perceiving through spiritual sense another of God's ideas and that this idea dwells forever with God, Father-Mother. This healed any false sense of man as creator and released us from a burden of personal responsibility. God was caring for His child as He always had.

Five days before our daughter was born, I talked to the practitioner, saying that I felt anxious for the whole thing to be over. He reminded me that it wasn't the delivery of a new baby but a false sense of materiality that was troubling me. I realized that I was seeing myself as a mortal who was nine months pregnant. I suddenly saw I was not a mortal at all; my identity was completely immortal. I felt physically and mentally lighter, and I was ready for the delivery from that time on.

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Testimony of Healing
Seven years ago I went into the general contracting business
April 3, 1978

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