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.

November 1, 2010

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