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No need for a filling

From the September 3, 2018 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

I was at the dentist’s office for a checkup. Not all of my visits have gone smoothly. I’ve had several cavities and fillings before, but this time I felt prepared. I had flossed and brushed my teeth twice daily since my last visit.

After my dentist examined me, though, she told me I had a cavity that needed to be filled. I was both dumbfounded and deflated. I thought I had done everything right.

When the dentist went to talk to my mom, I had some time to think. At that moment I realized that while everything I was doing to protect my teeth was well-intentioned, there was one thing I hadn’t been doing: I hadn’t been thinking spiritually. Maybe that sounds a little strange, but I’ve had lots of other healings by praying and getting a more spiritual view of myself or of a situation. But before now, it had never crossed my mind to take this same approach with my teeth. 

So when my dentist came back, I asked her if I could have some time to pray about my tooth rather than have her fill the cavity right then. She graciously agreed, and we set a date for the next month.

When I returned to the dentist’s office, I had a clearer, more spiritual view of myself.

I immediately started praying. When I pray, I often ask God for the right way to think about something. This time, one thought that came to me strongly was something I’d learned in my Christian Science Sunday School class: that what we think of as our body—flesh and blood—is a mistaken belief about ourselves, because we are actually spiritual, created by God, Spirit. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, wrote in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, that what we call flesh is “an error of physical belief; a supposition that life, substance, and intelligence are in matter; an illusion; a belief that matter has sensation” (p. 586).

After I thought about this passage from Science and Health and earnestly prayed to understand that I’m spiritual, not material, my thought about myself changed. I saw myself as the pure and perfect image of God, who is Love and Truth. So when I returned to the dentist’s office the next month, I had a clearer, more spiritual view of myself. When my dentist examined me, she was thrilled by what she saw—well, more like what she didn’t see. The cavity was completely gone! 

This was over two years ago, and I have not had another cavity since. I am so grateful for this healing, not just because my tooth was healed, but also because it helped me understand a little better that I really am spiritual.

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