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Stomach pain healed
One morning I was dealing with persistent, troubling pain in my stomach. It wasn’t extreme, but it just wasn’t yielding to my prayers. I couldn’t eat, read, or even listen to the Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly. I’d get temporary moments of relief, but mostly I was in bed, mentally flailing about.
I tried several times to give myself Christian Science treatment. It felt as if something in my thought was resisting the truth I was applying, holding on to the pain and refusing to allow progress or healing.
I finally texted a Christian Science practitioner and explained the need. As we began to work together, I continued to feel a strong resistance to Truth. I texted her again and mentioned this. She reminded me with strength and tenderness that there could be nothing in my thinking opposed to goodness or Truth, because I have the Mind of Christ. I immediately felt calm.
I looked up references to “Mind of Christ” in the Bible and in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, desiring to read this familiar reference in its full context. First Corinthians, chapter 2 concludes with this: “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ” (verse 16). The verses leading up to this remind us that our faith should stand in the power of God and not with the wisdom of men, and that it is Spirit, God, not matter, that reveals spiritual reality to us.
Mrs. Eddy also uses the phrase in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, in the chapter “Recapitulation.” Part of her answer to the question “What are the demands of the Science of Soul?” reads: “. . . Thou shalt have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, no love, but that which is spiritual. . . . Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ” (p. 467).
These sentences, paired with the idea that we have the Mind of Christ, led me straight to the next question in this chapter, “What is the scientific statement of being?” and its answer, which begins: “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all” (p. 468). There was the full and complete idea. Matter does not have any life or substance, nor does it have intelligence with which to complain or to cause resistance. Nothing could arrest God’s healing power or keep me from feeling it, because all is Mind and its infinite and good manifestation, or expression. There is no room for anything else.
Within minutes of the exchange with the practitioner, the pain was gone. Gone! I rested after that, and although it was 3 o’clock in the afternoon, woke up feeling like it was a new day. I got up, ate, and carried on with my day with full freedom and peace, as well as gratitude for this demonstration of God’s ever-present healing power.
I am grateful for the keen discernment and receptive thought of the practitioner, which helped reveal the truth that would pierce this belief of intelligent matter. I’m grateful for God and Christ Jesus, for Mary Baker Eddy, and for the impersonal Christian Science pastor—the Bible and Science and Health. It is a joy and privilege to verify the healing power of Truth that Mrs. Eddy’s discovery, Christian Science, teaches us how to exercise every day.
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