I am now in my second year of pre-university studies at the School of Music Vincent-d’Indy, where I am developing my skills on the piano as well as in subjects that are essential to every musician: music literature, choir, sight reading/musical dictation, writing and analysis, and music theory. In addition to music, I love reading and writing because literature is my second passion. The healing that I will share with you took place in 2009, in October.
Of all my experiences so far, this healing is the one that most impressed me because it showed me the speed and the efficacy of the benefits associated with reading the book Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy.
A very busy school day had just ended, and after I finally finished my homework and three hours of practicing my instrument (the piano), I was free to think about something else. It was exam time and I felt very tired mentally and physically. I wanted to remedy this situation so that I could continue my studies with as much energy as possible and obtain better results.
I realized then that this was a choice I could make: that prayer could end this exhaustion that overwhelmed me, without resorting to any medication. Ever since I was very young, my mother and grandmother had made me aware of the power of thought and of the healings spiritual reasoning can achieve. So I was already familiar with some aspects of Christian Science when it was introduced to me and I began attending Sunday School at the age of 15. After four years of studying the Bible Lessons, of frequently reading Science and Health, testimonies in the Herald and hymns from the Hymnal, and some personal experiences, I was well equipped to know that it was possible for me to get rid of this physical and mental problem at exam time.
So I went to my room and picked up my copy of Science and Health with the firm intention of obtaining a healing. I decided to open it at random to see where I would land, and, to my surprise, I found exactly what I was looking for. It was just what I needed to read, right then: “The scientific and permanent remedy for fatigue is to learn the power of Mind over the body or any illusion of physical weariness, and so destroy this illusion, for matter cannot be weary and heavy-laden.
“. . . Without mind, could the muscles be tired? Do the muscles talk, or do you talk for them? Matter is non-intelligent. Mortal mind does the false talking, and that which affirms weariness, made that weariness” (pp. 217–218). While I was reading these sentences, I immediately started to feel a wholesome and reassuring energy as a result of the understanding of the fact that the real Mind, God, is never tired, and that therefore I, His reflection, couldn’t be tired either.
I immediately started to feel a wholesome and reassuring energy as a result of the understanding of the fact that the real Mind, God, is never tired.
Flooded with new energy and happy to benefit from such results so quickly, I continued reading Science and Health, feeling surprisingly motivated, considering that it was late at night. It was only when I remembered that I had school the next day at 8:30 a.m. and saw that I had only five hours to rest, that I stopped reading and tried to sleep, despite feeling very energetic.
The next day I woke up half an hour before Liszt’s “La Campanella,” the music that wakes me every morning, came on. Still brimming with the wonderful energy that I had felt the night before, I got ready for school faster than usual and left to catch a bus with about 45 minutes to spare. Outside, everything seemed more beautiful than before, and I took the time to observe and appreciate everything around me. In this month of autumn, the orange beauty of the leaves multiplied, ten times over, the vital energy accumulated in me since the day before. That’s how I went to my first class, thoughtful and vibrating with energy.
From the music literature course all the way to the choral music class, meaning, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., I kept the same vigor, the same energy, and the same concentration throughout the day. I could hardly believe it. I heard my friends complaining of tiredness and lack of sleep, and I could not help thinking that I might have been in this same state of exhaustion had I not taken charge of my thinking. And during the exams, I felt unshakable confidence and concentration, which brought me very good results and demonstrated to me, once again, the benefits of prayer.
Now I pray in every situation where I wish to be supported, inspired, reassured, and guided. Recently, during my college auditions, for example, prayer gave me the mental attitude required to undergo the admission exams, and I am, thanks to this, a future student at the University of Montreal.
Ultimately, I learned from this wonderful experience that it is always possible to pray and that we can use our understanding of Christian Science in everyday life. Now, the few times I feel fatigue, I manage to overcome it quickly with prayer. Before, when I felt tired, I used to tell myself that I needed more sleep. Now I know that fatigue is nothing but an illusion and that God gives me infinite energy.
Valérie Roy is a 19-year-old student living in Quebec. This piece originally appeared in French in the July-August 2011 issue of Le Héraut de la Science Chrétienne.