A few years ago, while on a picnic, I slipped on a stone near...

A few years ago, while on a picnic, I slipped on a stone near a river and fell heavily. I immediately declared the truth—that matter has no substance or intelligence to feel in any way. I was able to enjoy the rest of the day in comfort. The following day, though, I found it quite difficult to walk. My husband, who is not a Christian Scientist, became fearful that I might have injured my hip. He wanted me to have an X-ray, but I told him I was going to rely solely on God through Christian Science for healing.

As I prayed, I realized that unwittingly I had accepted the prevalent belief of dislocation. A number of friends and acquaintances had suffered hip injuries and had undergone operations. I had unthinkingly accepted this claim as real for them and had let a false sense of sympathy for them encroach on my thought. Now I corrected these false impressions with the truth of man's completeness as God's idea, never subject to accident. Continuing to pray, I realized the powerlessness of this false belief of dislocation to attach itself to any of God's ideas. With the help of a Christian Science practitioner, I was able to gain a clearer sense of man's exemption from such world beliefs and fears.

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