One of my first healings, many years ago, came through

One of my first healings, many years ago, came through inspiration I received from reading a testimony of healing in a Christian Science periodical. At the time I was not a Christian Scientist. I had smoked cigarettes for several years and I wanted very much to be free of the habit. Many times I had tried to quit by using willpower, but my efforts had failed to break the habit.

Then one day someone gave me an issue of the Sentinel. I read a testimony by a man who had overcome smoking by recognizing his true spiritual nature as God's idea. He shared some of the spiritually scientific truths that he had prayerfully considered, and he mentioned that the healing was accomplished within a few days.

As I read the testimony, I saw very clearly that my true selfhood as God's image had never been touched by a distasteful habit. This was so clear to me that I never wanted to smoke again. At first I thought that it would take a few days before the habit left. Then it came to me that if this false attraction had no basis in reality, healing it was not a matter of time. And so it was proved. There never was a desire to smoke after that, and there never was a replacing of the habit with some other habit.

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