Healing of a skin blemish
A few years ago I had a healing that brought home to me the truth of these remarkable sentences in the Christian Science textbook by Mary Baker Eddy: “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 468).
For more than a year there was a spot on my body. It was a bit itchy but otherwise didn’t bother me or seem serious. Then, suddenly it turned ugly and threatening. I was frightened.
Years earlier, a spot on my face had been diagnosed as skin cancer and was removed by a plastic surgeon. This time, however, I phoned a Christian Science practitioner to pray with me for healing. During the prior year I had made a deep daily study of the chapters “Genesis” and “The Apocalypse” in Science and Health, and “Genesis” begins with this statement from the book of John: “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made” (p. 501). In other words, everything was made by God, Spirit, and therefore was made of Spirit, not matter. And that included me! But I felt I needed help to really understand and accept this as the truth about me.
The practitioner directed my thought away from the body to God, infinite Love, and my oneness with Him. I expected healing, but for a day or two, as I prayed and endeavored to keep my thought off of my body, I kept checking the spot in the mirror. Finally, I thought, What am I looking at? If God is Love (see I John 4:8) and God (Love) is All—infinite—then there’s no place for anything unlovely. Nothing unlovely can exist in divine Love’s allness or in Love’s reflection—me—to see or check. At that moment, the fear left. Two days later the spot had completely disappeared, leaving no trace at all.
I was overjoyed to be able to give the practitioner the good news of this quick healing. Our prayers had relied totally on the truth of my inseparability from ever-present God, good, and on my spiritual perfection as Love’s reflection. The Apostle Paul declared that nothing can separate us from the love of God, and that “in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
The Glossary of Science and Health provides this definition of the word in, which was eye-opening for me: “A term obsolete in Science if used with reference to Spirit, or Deity” (p. 588). When I read this, it shed further light on Paul’s words, giving me a higher, more expansive view of God and of our existence in relation to Him. This spiritual view can be seen only through the lens of divine Science, or spiritual sense.
I saw that since God is eternal, incorporeal, and limitless, and therefore fills all space (as the Bible assures us), there is no life or existence outside of God. How can anything exist outside the infinite All-in-all—the Divine Being that made all and includes all? God’s children are eternally one with Him, living in His allness. When this is seen to be true, any sense of life as being in matter—or in a limited corporeal being—becomes obsolete. In reality, there is but one infinite God and His creation—one “infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation.” And this creation is “very good” (Genesis 1:31), so it is forever without blemish or imperfection. Science and Health explains, “In infinite Life and Love there is no sickness, sin, nor death, and the Scriptures declare that we live, move, and have our being in the infinite God” (p. 381).
When I accepted that this truth was true—not just true out there somewhere but true of me—the spot disappeared in the most natural way. And that was that!
Cleveland, Queensland, Australia