During a morning walk with a neighbor several years ago, one of my feet just seemed to give out. My neighbor carefully helped me up from the ground. A passage in Science and Health immediately came to me. It reads: "When an accident happens, you think or exclaim, 'I am hurt!' ... Now reverse the process. Declare that you are not hurt and understand the reason why ..." (p. 397). I really thought about this, and was then able to walk home without any difficulty.

As the day progressed, however, my foot didn't improve but worsened. Pain and swelling were severe. I rely on prayer for healing, and realized I needed to do some serious praying for myself. I knew I needed to refuse to give in to a mental picture of myself as having a foot that was injured—though it appeared evident. Instead, I felt that the ability to claim for myself my spiritual identity and freedom from injury was a divine right. It was a part of my heritage as the child of a loving God, good. I continued to pray from the standpoint that nothing could interfere with this relationship with my divine Parent, my Father-Mother.

I remember thinking at the time that probably everything that Mary Baker Eddy wrote points up how we need to mentally "reverse the process"—that is, to refute, or refuse to accept as reality, whatever discordant physical condition or symptoms appear. When I opened Science and Health at one point to look for more healing thoughts, I found this passage: "We must look where we would walk, and we must act as possessing all power from Him in whom we have our being" (p. 264). I laughed out loud—I certainly didn't seem to have been aware of where I was walking that morning. Nevertheless, I knew from many past experiences that it was more than a mere possibility that I could act as "possessing all power from Him." It was a scientific and demonstrable fact, based on God's laws of health and well-being.

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November 1, 2010

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