Back injury quickly healed

I was helping my husband move a mattress when an agonizing wrench in my back caused me to drop the mattress and collapse to the floor. The pain was intense, and I was essentially immobile.

My husband helped me to the couch. The previous evening, a family member had shared copious details about a debilitating spinal condition that he was experiencing and told me about his plans for surgery. Instead of immediately recognizing, as Christian Science teaches, that under God’s laws, which are always good, no one, including this dear family member, could be made to suffer, I had allowed these discordant images to burrow into my consciousness unchecked. Now, thinking about my family member’s plight along with my own sudden immobility made me very afraid. Knowing I needed to transform my thinking about the situation immediately, I contacted a Christian Science practitioner for help through prayer.

The practitioner emphasized that because harmony always reigns in God’s kingdom, which is our true, spiritual abode, I couldn’t experience differing phases of being—sometimes good, sometimes bad. I pondered this idea and tried to recognize that I was not living in a material body but in Spirit, God, and that my true, spiritual identity could never experience an accident or become disabled. Harmony and freedom of movement are natural for a spiritual idea. I worked hard not to dwell on memories of previous injuries or to contemplate any timetable for healing. In particular, I resisted the temptation to imagine that because I was older now, recovery could take longer.

I had been teaching exercise classes via Zoom, and I was very concerned that I would not be able to lead the class the next morning. This group of participants depended on me not only for exercise but also for the opportunity to connect with friends. I came up with a plan to coach my husband through the morning’s class, and he filled in for me successfully. It was such a blessing to be led how to enable this class to proceed, even though I had not yet experienced healing.

From my continued work with the practitioner, I saw that it was only the conceit of mortal mind (the belief of a mind opposed to divine Mind, God) that could accept that an injury or any discord could exist or be part of me. When we try to operate on the basis of mortal mind, we believe we have to fix something by utilizing the faculties of the brain. When we rely instead on the divine Mind, we are relying on God’s intelligence to know what is actually true about any given situation.

A favorite citation from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy reads, “Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious—as Life eternally is—can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not” (p. 495). I found so much comfort in this statement, especially in moments when fear tried to creep in. I knew I couldn’t be unlike God or be an exception to God’s goodness. I was God’s, divine Life’s, expression. I had only to recognize my perfection in order to experience freedom from any lie about my identity. Science and Health instructs us to “look away from the body into Truth and Love, the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality” (p. 261). As I began to focus less on the uncomfortable sensations and to tune in to thoughts from God—that I was spiritual and that harmony was my natural state of being—my freedom began to return.

Within two days, I was able to do household chores and walk down to the beach for my morning swim. On the third day, I taught my morning class unassisted and without discomfort, and ten days later I resumed running twice a week. I was completely healed. 

I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to witness God’s healing power and to recognize my true being. I am also very grateful to Christian Science practitioners for their loving support, which has helped me grow so much in my understanding of this Science.

Susan Dawson Cook 
Marana, Arizona, US

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