PAIN-FREE AND UNRESTRICTED

Late last summer, I began to experience pain, discomfort, and limited movement in both my shoulders. I hadn't done anything to injure them, and felt this would clear up shortly. But as an active swimmer, golfer, and tennis player, I found my ability to enjoy these sports greatly reduced. After two or three weeks with no relief, I knew I needed to address the situation with prayer.

I began by affirming my spiritual identity as created by God, or Spirit—one of the names for God explained in Science and Health. On this basis, I denied the suggestion that I was an aging mortal, vulnerable to arthritis or other joint-inhibiting conditions. My true being was not in muscles, bones, and joints, but in the reflection of divine substance, which includes complete wholeness and freedom from limitation. A familiar passage bolstered my understanding of these facts: "God's being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss" (Science and Health, p. 481).

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