About six months ago I was thrown off a horse. In addition to the general soreness I felt, as the evening went on it became clear that the leg that had taken the brunt of the impact couldn’t support much weight, that something wasn’t quite right with my nose, and that I couldn’t move my neck without severe pain.
Yet, having experienced and read about (in this and other Christian Science publications) many inspiring Christian Science healings, I was convinced that quick and whole healing was a real possibility. In the Manual of The Mother Church, Mary Baker Eddy uses the phrase “quickly and wholly” to describe the healing power of Christian Science (p. 92). One thing I love about that passage is that it not only points to the effectiveness of Christian Science, but also nudges us to be active in our efforts to demonstrate this Science. It’s a galvanizing statement.
The next morning I reached out to a Christian Science practitioner, who immediately agreed to provide Christian Science treatment. He pointed me to this passage in Mrs. Eddy’s book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the textbook of Christian Science: “The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things. The spiritual fact, repeated in the action of man and the whole universe, is harmonious and is the ideal of Truth. Spiritual facts are not inverted; the opposite discord, which bears no resemblance to spirituality, is not real” (p. 207).
This turned the way I’d been thinking about what happened completely around. Not that I’d imagined the accident; my body had unquestionably fallen from the horse. But fundamentally, that wasn’t me. God’s child—the true identity of everyone—is spiritual and harmonious, the very reflection of God, who is infinite Spirit. We never fall out of God’s care. It simply can’t be any other way, because divine Love is everywhere.
This was such a freeing realization. The heart of the need wasn’t for me to return to some prior state of better health; I couldn’t experience negative effects from something that hadn’t happened to the real me to begin with. The need was to see more clearly what always had been and always is the spiritual reality.
At that point the injuries began to heal quite rapidly. By the afternoon, I could walk normally, and my nose was normal and pain-free.
The quickness of this may seem remarkable, but it was becoming clearer to me just how natural it actually was. The subject of that week’s Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly (consisting of passages from the Bible and Science and Health) was “Reality.” I’d been studying it every morning that week, but after work that day I turned to it again and found myself absolutely riveted. I just couldn’t put it down.
The Lesson was filled with gems about the true nature of God, of each of us, and of the universe—the spiritually scientific facts. It included examples of Christ Jesus’ healing work that inspired me, along with the promise that Christ—the true idea of God that Jesus so fully expressed—is here today, bringing comfort and healing. Also heartening was the message that even when things seem totally out of whack, it doesn’t mean that God has let us fall or that the spiritual reality has changed.
These weren’t just nice ideas that made for pleasant reading. The truth behind them felt so much more real to me than the accident, and this was empowering. God, Truth itself, is supreme, and we can count on that Truth. We are God’s pure, complete, spiritual expression, and nothing can mar God’s creation or throw us away from Him. This is a rock-solid foundation for our prayers to experience more dominion over whatever in our lives isn’t consistent with health and harmony.
The next morning my neck was much more limber, though still painful if I turned my head past a certain point. As thankful as I was for all the healing that had already taken place, I felt a conviction that it didn’t need to end there. The practitioner and I continued praying. Within a few hours my neck was functioning totally freely and painlessly as I enjoyed taking my dog for a walk.
I had the opportunity to ride again the following day (three days after the fall). It felt wonderful, and I loved every moment of being out there in the beautiful early autumn day. The healing has remained complete, and I’ve continued to enjoy activities such as riding and running.
Words aren’t adequate to express my gratitude for this quick and complete healing and the new glimpses of spiritual reality it brought.
Liz Butterfield Wallingford
Odenton, Maryland, US
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