Healing of strained muscle and much more
About a year ago, I was reaching to replace a weight on a weight rack on my back patio. Stretching farther than I was capable of reaching, I pulled a muscle. I felt pain in my side from my back through my chest, especially when I breathed deeply.
I called a Christian Science practitioner for metaphysical treatment through prayer and found enough relief to sleep peacefully. But upon awakening, I was still in great pain. The practitioner and I continued to pray for several days, and the pain diminished a little each day. I was still particularly uncomfortable, however, when I breathed, moved a certain way, coughed, or sneezed.
On the eighth day, I was talking on the phone with a friend who is also a Christian Scientist. In our conversation, my friend and I discussed the many thoughts associated with the pandemic, such as intemperance, hatred, irritation, and name-calling. She pointed out that these thoughts do not come from God, the one divine Mind, and do not exist in God’s kingdom. We needed to address the charged atmosphere with Christian Science, which teaches us to obey this commandment commended by Christ Jesus: “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39 ).
She reminded me that the kingdom of God is within me, within each of us (see Luke 17:21 ). We must acknowledge that this kingdom is here and now, and with our understanding of God, divine Love, counter the pandemic of hatred, expressed in deep divisions pitting family members, friends, communities, and governments against each other.
In an instant, I saw it! I could feel that acknowledging and expressing the all-power and all-presence of divine Love was the only answer, the complete answer to divisiveness, proving the spiritual truth of the unity of good. Right after saying goodbye to my friend and hanging up the phone, I headed outside to throw a ball for my dog. I knew I was healed. When I got outside, I said aloud with great joy, “I’m healed! I’m free!” And I could feel that my body was completely well.
What a wonderful lesson. It was an immediate and total shift in my thought that led to my instantaneous, complete, and permanent healing. I won’t forget the importance of staying mentally in the kingdom of God, obeying the two “great” commandments: to love God and to love my neighbor (see Matthew 22:35–40 ).
Looking back on this experience, I am reminded of the following passage from the Christian Science textbook: “Do you not hear from all mankind of the imperfect model? The world is holding it before your gaze continually. The result is that you are liable to follow those lower patterns, limit your life-work, and adopt into your experience the angular outline and deformity of matter models.
“To remedy this, we must first turn our gaze in the right direction, and then walk that way. We must form perfect models in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives. Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love—the kingdom of heaven—reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 248).
I am so grateful to God for revealing this precious Science to Mrs. Eddy, who shared her discovery of Christian Science with the world so that all can know and scientifically demonstrate the power of divine Truth.
Tempe, Arizona, US