Healed of panic attacks

Originally written in German, this first appeared in the January 2016 Portuguese, Spanish, French, and German editions of The Herald of Christian Science.

I had sometimes heard people talk about panic attacks, and I had always wondered how it’s possible that people could give fear so much rein that it could limit their freedom of activity. And I could never have imagined that one day fear and panic would get a grip on me! Looking back, I now realize that by giving power to those reports about panic attacks, I had inadvertently given life to the problem, instead of denying it power and reality as Christian Science teaches us to do. I thought too much about other people suffering with this condition and about the images associated with it; in other words, I believed it. And then one day, several years ago, I myself experienced the same symptoms.

Initially, I just felt plain frustrated and sorry for myself. All my thoughts kept circling around the fear. I literally feared the fear. I felt helpless, completely at the mercy of this fear. Even though I tried to pray, I felt that my attempts were halfhearted; I felt as though I was fighting a losing battle.

One day, while surfing the Internet, I came across a place on a website of The Mother Church where participants shared how they had found freedom from fears through Christian Science. Their reports encouraged me, and I started to pray earnestly. I was determined to stand up to the fear and not let it dominate and paralyze me any longer. I asked myself, “What is it that governs me?” Even though at the moment it appeared that it was fear that governed me, from what I already had read about and grasped of Christian Science, I knew that, in truth, it was exactly the opposite: In reality, only God, the absolute Supreme Being, actually governed me, because He is the only real governor. I tried to stick to this truth and accept it for myself because I knew it was a spiritual fact and would bring healing.

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