Symptoms of depression healed

For many years I suffered from symptoms of depression. Sometimes it took enormous effort to get out of bed in the morning, and the daily tasks facing me seemed overwhelming to the point that I frequently was incapacitated and couldn’t seem to accomplish anything productive in my day.

My growing understanding of these lines of Scripture was very helpful to me as I prayed about this situation, and this understanding ultimately brought about the healing: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:26, 27 ).

During this period, I did some in-depth study of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy—the textbook of Christian Science—for a purpose seemingly unrelated to my efforts for healing in this case. As I did, I discovered that these two verses in Genesis are frequently referenced in the textbook. 

I began to be more aware of the many things I read in the textbook, other writings by Eddy, articles in the Christian Science magazines, and reminiscences of Eddy by some of her students that emphasized this fundamental fact: Man is spiritual and reflects every aspect of God, Spirit, and this understanding gives us dominion over every discord that could seem to present itself. I realized that since I, too, am that spiritual man God creates—“male and female created he them”—that is a fact about me, always.

In prayerfully working toward this healing, I had so many wonderful moments of spiritual inspiration and beautiful experiences of release from symptoms that I couldn’t even begin to list them all here, let alone describe them in detail. But one very helpful insight I want to share is that I realized that since I am the image and likeness of divine Mind, God, which is good and harmonious, Mind is actually my only Mind. And I could never have been subject to a different mind or its seeming demands, expectations, habits, limitations, or impositions.

I gradually accepted and understood more and more this truth about my relationship to God, Mind. I found that whenever I affirmed it and glimpsed its meaning, the belief that there was an illness lost its power to control my thinking, and I was quickly restored to normal thought and behavior. However, the symptoms would later come back.

An important breakthrough came when I recognized how radical God’s, Mind’s, power is. Understanding divine Mind as the only Mind empowered me to mentally stand up to habits of thought and behavior that had seemed natural before, but that I now clearly saw as not in accord with divine Truth and Love, and thus unnatural. I found the freedom to make decisions in my life that had been difficult to make when I felt depressed. These decisions enabled me to let go of activities and responsibilities that before had seemed to control my life and prevent me from engaging in more productive activities.

I came to see that spiritually, I’ve never been influenced or controlled by a mental illness called depression, by human conditions, people, mortal minds, or any other material thing. I continue to enjoy demonstrating this truth more every day. Every symptom of depression was healed about two years ago and has not returned, even on several occasions when I’ve been faced with severe conditions that in the past would have brought on those symptoms.

Every healing I’ve experienced through the practice of Christian Science has brought with it a moral benefit as well. It’s brought a deeper sense of our oneness with God, divine Love, and a desire to do His, Her, will, as well as the natural freedom to let go of immoral or unproductive ways of thinking or behaving. This is what I’m most grateful for.

Abby Hillman
Muncy, Pennsylvania, US

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