Quick recovery from head injury

One evening I was rolling a large trash can that was really too heavy for me out to the street. I didn’t want to ask for help, because I feel women are strong and should be able to do a lot more things independently. However, when the trash can rolled over a big bump where the driveway meets the sidewalk, it started to fall; I couldn’t control it, and it pulled me over with it. I banged the back of my head hard on the asphalt driveway. 

I started screaming “Help!” as loudly as I could but soon realized no one could hear me. I stood up and made my way into the house without falling down again, but my head hurt, and I was scared. I called a Christian Science practitioner and told her how afraid I was about what might happen, reciting every horror story I had ever heard about concussions. 

The practitioner shared a more spiritual perspective of that moment. She said, “The only thing between that driveway and your head was God’s loving arms.” I completely accepted those words as true and calmed down immediately. She shared other spiritual truths, and I let them fill my consciousness. 

I thought about this statement in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Constant toil, deprivations, exposures, and all untoward conditions, if without sin, can be experienced without suffering. Whatever it is your duty to do, you can do without harm to yourself” (Mary Baker Eddy, p. 385). I had to admit that my thinking at the time of the mishap was not “without sin.” I had been feeling a tad self-righteous and needed to see that this was not truly part of my thinking but a false suggestion I had accepted. It was such a relief to see that this negative concept was separate from my real consciousness, which is derived from the divine Mind, God. 

After we hung up, I affirmed that each of God’s children forever reflects Life—a synonym for God. I read articles from the Christian Science periodicals that discuss the indestructibility of man as God’s spiritual idea. Soon, I felt at peace and not at risk, and the pain was gone. 

I continued praying until there was no evidence of the bump. It was so reassuring to think of God as my divine Parent, protecting and caring for me. I also reviewed seven synonyms Mary Baker Eddy uses to describe the facets of God’s nature, and I claimed the qualities derived from those synonyms as mine by reflection. I saw, for instance, that Soul gives me harmony and peace, that my substance is spiritual because God is Spirit, that Truth protects me from lies and reveals what is true about me, and that Principle rather than material laws governs my experience. 

This healing happened over a year ago, and it reoriented my thinking about the concept of “lifetime.” I now see that Life has no limits and that we all express God eternally. This healing also helped me grow in patience and have the humility to ask for help when necessary. 

I am more grateful than I can say for my wonderful years in Sunday School with dedicated, loving teachers; for the Christian Science periodicals, which support our spiritual growth and have been like a continuation of Sunday School for me; for the ready help and guidance of practitioners; and for Eddy’s discovery of the Science that brought Christian healing back to the forefront of Christian life and practice.

Barbara DeNisi
Pacific Palisades, California, US

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