After going to bed one night, I began to experience sudden and overwhelming symptoms of the flu, which seemed to be prevalent in my community. Then my nose started to bleed, and on top of that I felt a nagging and persistent aching pain in my abdomen.
Whoa! What’s going on here? I thought. I lay as still as I could and focused on turning thought away from the body and to God. I had learned in an authorized course of instruction in Christian Science healing, called Christian Science Primary class instruction, that physical problems are the manifestation of aggressive mental suggestions.
I also knew that the kingdom of God reigns in man—the real spiritual man—and that this includes me. And I knew that my individual embodiment of Godlike spiritual qualities was the reality of my being, and that my identity was spiritual and had nothing to do with matter.
A short time after I affirmed these truths, the bleeding stopped. The symptoms of flu also completely abated. But the pain in my abdomen continued. I thanked God for the evidence of His/Her love and expected complete healing.
I have always loved Mary Baker Eddy’s description in her book Unity of Good of how Christ Jesus healed: “He demanded a change of consciousness and evidence, and effected this change through the higher laws of God” (p. 11). If Jesus could do this, then I could too. He said so.
I continued to demand a change of consciousness and evidence. The change in consciousness involved exchanging mortal thinking and belief in material laws for the divine laws of Spirit—ever present and all-powerful. The change in evidence was natural as I acknowledged the truth of perfect Mind and perfect reflection, “perfect God and perfect man” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 259). The so-called body must be governed by the Mind that governs man. It has no alternative.
I fell asleep and awoke in the morning at my usual time, completely free from any discomfort. It was nothing. Divine Love had melted it all away.
Roswell, Georgia, US
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