“A glimpse of pure reality”

One afternoon a few years ago, I was clearing weeds on my steep backyard hillside with a heavy, motorized weed trimmer. The weeds were slippery from a recent rain and almost waist high. Because I couldn’t see the contour of the slope, I slipped and fell, crying out in surprise. While falling, I had accidentally slammed the metal pole of the heavy tool into my hipbone. The pain was intense. 

At first, I worried that I might have broken my hip—not a happy prospect—but then decided that the injury wasn’t that severe. Next, the thought came that if only I had spent some time in prayer and in study of the Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly that morning, maybe I would have been able to avoid this injury. Finally, I thought that maybe now I’d need to pray to know there never had been an accident, or something like that. This was the exact state of my consciousness at the time—not very enlightened.

As I sat there alone on the hillside in the late afternoon sun, dirt and grass stains on my clothes, feeling like a klutz for having hurt myself, suddenly, an overwhelming sense of the presence of Love—of God—came over me. 

It’s hard to describe, but I began to feel so very loved, deeply loved, with a love greater and stronger than any I had ever known before. It was as if love were beaming all around me, and I felt cared for, safe, and special. This love was not generated by my own thinking or through any effort on my part. It washed over me, and I was deeply moved by it.

This intense love was not something that I felt I particularly deserved at that time, or that I had even specifically prayed to receive. It just came. 

At about the same time, I became distinctly aware that the sharp pain in my hip was rapidly draining away. I could actually feel it growing less and less, moment by moment, and in a matter of seconds, the pain completely vanished, and my hip felt fine. The experience humbled me. I sat there in awe about what had just happened and tried to understand it. Then I got up and went back to work.

To me, it was as if, for a few brief moments, a crack in the dream of mortal existence had opened up. And through this crack poured a glimpse of pure reality, of divine Love itself. It was a transcendent experience and absolute proof to me that “God, divine Love,” is not some abstract ideal, or words in a book, but real and tangible. I will never forget it. 

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, written by the Discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, reassures us: “Divine Love is infinite. Therefore all that really exists is in and of God, and manifests His love” (p. 340).

I am deeply grateful for this experience and for being a student of Christian Science. 

Steve Klocksiem
San Francisco, California, US

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