Menstrual pain gone for good
Pretty much from the time I started menstruating, I suffered from terrible monthly cramps. They were so debilitating, I’d have to spend a day or two each month in bed, in pain and trying to just get through it, but also praying in order to find healing.
Over the years, I was healed of individual episodes through prayer as taught in Christian Science. One time, as I was reading the weekly Bible Lesson found in the Christian Science Quarterly, I thought to myself, “This is a healing Lesson, and I’m going to be free of this pain by the time I’m done reading it!” And that is exactly what happened.
Another time, while I was living with one of my sisters, the cramps were so bad one night that I felt myself losing consciousness. I called out to my sister to phone a Christian Science practitioner for metaphysical treatment. She did so and then held the phone to my ear. I don’t recall the practitioner’s brief remarks, but I will never forget the feeling I had after we hung up. I was in awe. It was as if the pain just let go; I experienced immediate relief and then fell asleep.
Despite such experiences, I remained afraid of the cramps. I knew I had to stop seeing prayer as a ticket to temporary relief. I had to heal my thinking about this recurring pain. In fact, I suspected the cramps were recurring because I was expecting them to. But how could I cut through the fear?
Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, wrote, “The trenchant truth that cuts its way through iron and sod, most men avoid until compelled to glance at it” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 160). I realized I needed to cultivate a stronger sense of God’s perfect love for me. I also considered this favorite passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mrs. Eddy: “Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God”
Soon, when the cramps hit, I would repeat to myself, “Don’t anticipate suffering. These muscles have nothing to tell God about what is going on with you.” And the pain would go away.
As I gained confidence in the naturalness and reliability of this outcome, I stopped bracing myself in expectation of monthly pain. I was finally able to see through common rationalizations regarding the causes of menstrual cramps—that they are a product of diet, environmental toxins, or some supposed discomfort with my femininity, for instance.
Decades later, the cramps are a dim memory, even when that time of the month rolls around. And those two thoughts, “Don’t anticipate suffering” and “These muscles have nothing to tell God about what is going on with you,” have also helped heal other situations in the years that have followed.
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