Healing of premenstrual tension

This was originally written in Portuguese and published in the October 2012 edition
of The Herald of Christian Science.

For a long time, I suffered from premenstrual tension symptoms. I often needed to stop my activities and lie down for a while, in order to find relief from acute cramps, headaches, and nausea.

During a conversation I had with a Christian Science practitioner about this condition, she mentioned the fact that I wasn’t a descendant of Eve. In the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy defines the word Eve as: “A beginning; mortality; that which does not last forever; a finite belief concerning life, substance, and intelligence in matter; error; the belief that the human race originated materially instead of spiritually,—that man started first from dust, second from a rib, and third from an egg” (p. 585). I realized that the term Eve represents material concepts of everything related to womanhood, including the belief that a woman is susceptible to monthly suffering because of the fact that her body goes through a cycle to be ready for pregnancy. 

I understood that all men and women are created by God, in His image, and after His spiritual, perfect, and eternal likeness. God’s creation “… consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities …” (Science and Health, p. 503). It doesn’t start with a painful,
material, and laborious birth, nor does it have an end. We are all descendants of God, our Father and Mother, the source of all masculine and feminine qualities, which His children express by reflection.

From the Editors
Divine simplicity...or mental algebra?
October 29, 2012

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