Playing the game of squash is something I have been doing for many years. Like racquetball and handball, it is played on an indoor court with racquets a bit smaller than those used in tennis, and a rubber ball the size of a golf ball. Doubles is played with four players, and the doubles ball is hard dense rubber. Because of the high speed the ball can reach during a game, players are required to wear protective eye goggles.
While playing a doubles match one day, I was in the middle of the court with one of my opponents behind me. As I turned my head to follow the ball, I was hit by the ball as it came off my opponent’s racquet at a very high speed. The ball hit my goggles at my right eye.
At that point, several things happened simultaneously. My goggles flew off my head from the force of the impact, and I fell to the ground. My hands came up to my face, the vision in my right eye went black, and I immediately, instinctively said aloud, “I’m fine; I’m OK.”
While the three other players converged on me to offer help and aid, I kept repeating that I was fine, and I was so grateful that the first thought that came to me, and which I voiced, was that I was not hurt.
In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy tells us: “When an accident happens, you think or exclaim, ‘I am hurt!’ Your thought is more powerful than your words, more powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury real” (p. 397).
As my friends helped me to my feet, they informed me that I had a pretty serious looking “black eye” or “shiner.” However, I continued to tune out the evidence that seemed to be presenting itself to me, and held on to the spiritual facts—that as a child of God, a spiritual idea and reflection of divine Mind, I was untouched by any inharmony.
In the paragraph following the quotation above, Mrs. Eddy continues: “Declare that you are not hurt and understand the reason why, and you will find the ensuing good effects to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine metaphysics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures declare Him to be.”
As we walked to the locker room, I continued to declare to myself that I was unharmed, and the vision in my right eye quickly cleared up. After a short time, my friends told me that the “shiner” they had commented on earlier had diminished significantly.
To me this was such clear evidence of the power of Christian Science healing. The fact that the apparent physical condition had changed dramatically enough to be noticed by my fellow players was very heartening to me as I sat quietly in the locker room, having not yet looked in a mirror to see what they were looking at.
I continued to pray for several minutes, silently declaring my uninterrupted rightful status as a perfect reflection of divine Mind. As a reflection of Mind, I could not be touched by any physical or material extraneous diversions. I knew that an accident could not come into my experience, rob me of my joy, and upset my day.
I showered, dressed, and decided to go home for the rest of the day. My eye was a bit sensitive for a few hours, but the next day everything was fine, and you could hardly see any of the discoloration from the black eye of the day before. I was back on the squash court the next day, and there was no lingering evidence of any kind.
I am very grateful for this dramatic proof of the demonstrable healing effect of Christian Science and for the many healings my family has experienced throughout the years.
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