One day while sky diving with friends, I had an extremely hard...

One day while sky diving with friends, I had an extremely hard landing, using a new parachute. Unwilling to accept this as a satisfactory landing, I repacked the same parachute and reboarded to jump a second time. Again, I experienced a very hard landing. These two landings left me with a painful lower back condition. Other sky divers, noticing my difficulty in moving, expressed concern that I might have broken something. At this, I silently declared that man, as God's idea, is always free and perfect and therefore cannot be harmed. However, a week later, despite steadfast prayer, I still was in constant pain and had sleepless nights. Now I recognized the need for additional help. A Christian Science practitioner was called, and together we worked to awake more fully to God's unerring love.

One evening as I was studying and praying, the thought came to me that I was still believing it was possible to experience a separation or break. Immediately, this erroneous thought was countered with the realization that there can be no separation or breakage in the unity of God and man. At that instant I knew I was healed. I was able to sleep peacefully that night, and I woke up the next morning completely free of pain.

August 31, 1981

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