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One morning a few weeks ago I woke up with a cramplike pain in my chest. I could not breathe properly or even move easily. I had some thoughts about God—that He is ever present and the only power. I tried to really see that everything is controlled entirely by God, divine Mind. The pain seemed to pass, so I got up, and as it was Sunday, I went to the Christian Science Sunday School.
I did not continue my mental work about the pain, but the fear of its return was with me all day. I went to bed still uneasy and aware that I had not completed the healing. Eventually, at about eleven thirty, I got out my Bible and Mrs. Eddy's book, Science and Health, and began to study. I looked up fear in the Concordances to Science and Health and found this reference very helpful: "If you succeed in wholly removing the fear, your patient is healed." Science and Health, pp. 411-412; I knew that it was only fear that was keeping me awake.
Then I got out a booklet that had been given to me by my Sunday School teacher. It was called "It's About You" and contained several healings experienced by teen-age girls. I turned to one healing, which contained the following quotation from Science and Health: "Every function of the real man is governed by the divine Mind." ibid., p. 151; I realized that in divine Mind every thing lives in harmony, all things working perfectly. There could be no exception to this rule. I remembered that it says in Science and Health, "Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements." ibid., p. 475
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Taking a stand
EDWIN G. LEEVER
Material personality or spiritual individuality?
ANDREA COATES BROWER
Acceptance precedes being accepted
JOYCE M. REHR
In the name of the Lord
Chipping away to discover the real man
LOUISE STARR KLEINSMITH
A friend when healing is needed
DAVID C. KENNEDY
So you're a Christian Scientist?
I found her
Barbara A. Eriksson
The right course
James Rutledge Peake
Being: its oneness and wholeness
Geoffrey J. Barratt
Smoke? Not me. Not anyone.
Christian Science was introduced to us at a time when we...
Hazel Louise George with contributions from Lucy Colleen Vordenbaum
Last year I had convincing proof that Christian Science heals
William Marshall Fabian
Letters to the Press
with contributions from J. Buroughs Stokes