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Painful gums healed
I woke up one morning several years ago to find that my gums were swollen and painful. I called a Christian Science practitioner for prayerful help with the situation. She lovingly explained to me that pain was not my thinking—in other words, that I could probe my thinking to see which thoughts were coming from God, divine Mind, and which were just the suggestions of mortal mind, a supposed power opposite to God.
For three days I held to this thought, going to work during the day and staying up until the wee hours of the morning praying. It would have been really easy to believe that the few hours of sleep I managed to get each night were not sufficient, but I realized that if pain was not a part of what Mind was providing for me, neither was exhaustion. Mind could provide me only with new insights about what God knows of me, and all that God knows of me is that I am made in His image and likeness (see Genesis 1:26, 27). Pain could never be a part of that picture. In fact, the concept of pain could not be real at all—so I could claim my freedom from it.
When I awoke the next morning, I brushed my teeth as usual and the inflammation disappeared painlessly. That was the end of it. Everything went back to its normal condition, and I have had no repeat of this condition. I am so grateful for the fundamental healing truth that I learned from this experience: Any thought that is unlike God’s nature is not my thinking, and I don’t have to listen to it!
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