A Recent Christian Science Bible Lesson on the subject of...

A Recent Christian Science Bible Lesson on the subject of "Life" included this passage from Proverbs: "A sound heart is the life of the flesh." A correlative citation from Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy stated, "Of a man it has been said, 'As he thinketh in his heart, so is he;' hence as a man spiritually understandeth, so is he in truth." These two passages could summarize a healing that I experienced last spring.

One morning I found myself suffering from a severe strain or rupture in the abdominal area. Any movement, even breathing, was painful. There seemed to be no cause for this injury. Not long before this incident, a colleague had mentioned a similar injury and commented that working before it had healed could result in permanent damage. I realized that I had not, on the basis of Christian Science, resisted the suggestion that injuries are a predictable part of professional work in dance or athletics. As a dancer, I am usually more alert in establishing in my thought the spiritually scientific facts about movement; for instance, that it is safe and harmonious because man is a spiritual idea who reflects divine consciousness, substance, and action. Man is not a limited physical mind and body, governed by laws of matter. Applying what I understand of Christian Science to the beliefs about physical movement and muscle has almost entirely protected me from injury during many years of intense activity.

February 22, 1993
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