Eye infection gone

Six years ago a sticky substance formed on one of my eyes, which made it very hard for me to see. I asked a Christian Science practitioner for prayerful help. Since my job requires me to be in close contact with people, I also decided to have this condition checked out by a doctor. The doctor put me on sick leave and warned me that these symptoms (she talked of a dangerous virus) were very contagious and I should avoid all contact with other people. I followed her instructions, but I did not use the medication she had prescribed. Instead, I continued with Christian Science treatment.

The practitioner asked me to use the days I was required to take off from work to study deeply the Christian Science Bible Lesson. The subject of the Lesson was “Mind.” Through my study I understood a little more about what this synonymous name for God encompasses and what it means to have only one Mind, namely, the divine Mind, and none other. Christian Science teaches that the body manifests only what is going on in consciousness. So if this consciousness reflects only divine Mind, which is wholly good, then the body cannot produce anything that is not good.

The following passages from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy especially spoke to me: “Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth” (p. 505). This freed me from the limited belief that I had to devise a complicated process of healing with my own mind. And: “God’s ideas reflect the immortal, unerring, and infinite. The mortal, erring, and finite are human beliefs, which apportion to themselves a task impossible for them, that of distinguishing between the false and the true” (pp. 505–506). This passage practically jumped out at me. This was what I had desperately been trying to do all this time: to distinguish between the true and the false, between right and wrong, effective and ineffective prayer—all with mortal, limited thinking. An impossible task! But since I am only the reflection of God, of Mind, it is really Mind itself that accomplishes the healing. This conclusion took away my fear and a false feeling of responsibility. The practitioner was also lovingly praying for me the whole time.

After a few days, the symptoms had faded. On the last day of my sick leave, I went back to the doctor’s office as required. But before I went, I was overcome by fear again. The practitioner reminded me that the shepherd boy David did not go out fearfully with his slingshot in order to conquer the giant Goliath (see I Samuel 17). Instead he ran toward him. I related this character of Goliath to the fear I needed to overcome. And I saw how I, too, could go forward with God and trust in His power.

In the doctor’s office I was not allowed to sit in the waiting room, but was put in a side corridor to make sure I wouldn’t get close to anyone else. The whole time I continued to pray quietly. Finally, it was my turn. While I was sitting in a corner of the treatment room, two doctors were looking over a piece of paper and discussing in a puzzled way a subject I did not understand anything about. Finally, I spoke up and asked for an explanation. I was told that the lab analysis had shown that “my” disease agent was resistant to all medicines known to them, including the one I had been prescribed. Since I had not been asked about it, I didn’t tell them that I hadn’t taken the medicine. But I asked to be examined again, since I did want to go back to work.

So I was examined. The doctor couldn’t find anything wrong with me, and I was allowed to go back to work the next day. Just to be sure, I was sent to the lab again for a swab. A week later I was informed that in it, too, nothing had been found, and this condition has not occurred again.

I am very grateful for this healing!

Annette Söllinger
Essen, Germany

Originally written in German, this testimony appeared in the April 2013 German, French, Spanish, and Portuguese editions of The Herald of Christian Science.

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