Pain conquered; academic ability improved

Several years ago I was employed in a position that required me to be on my feet and active quite a bit. One day I began to feel much pain in both feet. It was difficult to walk at times. But I persisted in walking, and refused to accept this condition as part of my genuine spiritual selfhood as the perfect child of God. The perfection of God and man is the basis of thought and healing in Christian Science.

I daily prayed to realize more of my spiritual perfection, and affirmed the truth concerning God's, Spirit's, allness and the nothingness of any evil or problem, such as pain in matter. I thought about not wearing highheeled shoes, but I realized that doing this would be treating evil, or error, as though it actually had power, which in reality it did not. So I refused to do this and continued to pray. As I daily prayed about the problem, I noticed a lessening of the painful condition. Soon a complete healing followed.

Another experience I had last year provides an example of what can happen when we wholeheartedly rely on an understanding of God as the one divine Mind, the all-knowing, creative intelligence. For two years I had attended a small community college. In one of my English classes at the beginning of the semester, the instructor had informed the class that there would be three examinations, each of which required writing an expository paper. The course began with his instructions on how to do this, according to an outline he endeavored to teach the class. Frankly, I didn't understand it. But the first paper was due in three weeks. I immediately started on it, but my thesis statement just didn't come around. It was necessary to have this absolutely correct, however, before I could proceed successfully with the text of the paper.

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The selling of disease
October 11, 1999

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