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After the birth of our twins I suffered from postnatal depression
After the birth of our twins I suffered from postnatal depression. In searching the local library for something that might be able to help me, I came across Mary Baker Eddy's book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. At that time I felt that I needed buoyancy and proportion in my daily life, and reading this book gave me this and so much more. To me it was like the pearl of great price mentioned in the Bible. What's more, reading it healed me of the depression.
At one time I had prayerful help from a Christian Science practitioner for a fluid retention condition for which I had previously taken medication. Each month this condition built up to a few days of misery and almost uncontrollable irritability. Through the practitioner's prayers I was healed. Instead of accepting the healing, however, I began to watch for the symptoms to reappear. When they did, I felt too ashamed to tell the practitioner and decided that I would have to handle the situation myself. I found an article in the Sentinel that encouraged me to look forward to each day with joy and the expectancy of good rather than with dread. So I started doing this.
Then one evening while I was reading Science and Health, my eyes were drawn to this passage: "If you are yourself lost in the belief and fear of disease or sin, and if, knowing the remedy, you fail to use the energies of Mind in your own behalf, you can exercise little or no power for others' help" (p. 455). At first I did not see how this applied to me. The next day, however, when I almost lost control of my temper, I realised that I had to stop feeling sorry for myself. I knew the remedy! I had to use "the energies of Mind" in my own behalf. I had to hold only to what was true of God and of myself as His likeness. God is All and is the only power. No other power existed to control me. God fills all space, and there is no room for anything unlike God to be present. God is good, and I am His likeness; thus I can express only that which is good. At that point I knew I was free. I was healed and have never been troubled with that condition since.
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