"The Physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus' time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and reformation. Now, as then, these mighty works are not supernatural, but supremely natural."
- Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, pref xi:9
The Wake-Up Call To Healing
IN CONNECTION WITH a promotion I was given more than 15 years ago, my employer required me to take a physical examination with their doctor. I endeavored to answer the physician's questions honestly, and some of my answers led him to perform additional tests, including an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). He subsequently diagnosed me as having multiple sclerosis, explaining that little was known as to the cause of this disease and that the medical community knew of no cure or effective treatment.
After discussions with my employer, additional consultations were scheduled with neurologists and a psychologist, with the goal of helping me learn to cope with what the doctors expected to be a lifelong difficulty, culminating in reduced energy, impaired movement, and eventually complete immobility. My employer was especially concerned that the stress of working long hours in a very demanding position would exacerbate the condition, and he was considering whether I should be put on long-term disability.
All of this was overwhelming to me, and I became very fearful about my future and that of my son, who was in preschool at the time. I was a single parent, and I was especially concerned about being able to provide for his needs in light of this diagnosis. I had been raised in a household that relied on God and the practice of Christian Science to resolve challenges to health, but fear seemed to paralyze my ability to trust God for help. I felt the most responsible course of action was to put myself in the care of the neurologists and psychologist so that I could hope to provide a good home for my child for the years to come.
The year following the diagnosis, I struggled with the symptoms of the disease, and eventually my employer did indeed place me on long-term disability. I saw a succession of neurologists, who, while earnest and caring in their efforts, could provide no permanent relief. One prescribed an experimental form of treatment, using a drug that I recognized as a narcotic from my experience auditing inventories at a hospital. When I questioned the wisdom of this course of treatment, I was told there weren't any other viable options. This was a wake-up call. Suddenly, it was clear that I was making no progress pursuing a better quality of life through medical treatment, but that there was an option—Christian Science treatment.
I began to pray deeply about the challenges I was facing. One day, I recalled having seen a television commercial years earlier that featured a professional baseball player advocating additional research and funding to treat multiple sclerosis. The commercial described in detail the symptoms his sister was suffering from. And I remembered thinking, "Wow, if I ever have to have some serious health challenge, I don't want it to be that one." I had always been very active in sports, and found the prospect of immobility especially dismal.
As I recalled this commercial, I remembered how my mother would always turn off the sound during commercials when my sisters and I were young. Many of the commercials were for treatment aids for various health problems. She would explain to us that we needed to "stand porter at the door of thought" and refuse to admit descriptions of disease into our consciousness, unless we were inviting them in to be objectified in our body (see Science and Health, p. 392). It became abundantly clear to me that I had let down my guard and had allowed myself to be impressed with the description of symptoms. I prayed to see clearly that God's view of man, including me, did not include these symptoms and, therefore, that they didn't have reality since they didn't have the power of God behind them, nor His approval. Nor could they take up permanent residence in my consciousness since I reflected only the consciousness of Mind (God).
In praying to know that I could only be seen as God's child, His image and likeness, I was led to move from California to New Mexico with my son. While I had many caring friends and co-workers in California, I often felt labeled with the disease and sensed that expectations for my future were not always positive. It seemed right to be in an environment where this didn't have to be a daily challenge. We were blessed with new friends and a new church home in our new community.
I also prayed to see that my child always had one true Parent, his Father-Mother God. And I became more aware of and grateful for the parenting that other family members, his school teachers, and Sunday School teachers were graciously providing. With my previous employer's approval, I was also allowed to take a position teaching fourth grade, despite being on their long-term disability plan. I realized my willingness to take on this position was evidence that my thought had shifted from being fearful of a future as a disabled person to being open to seeing God's purpose for me and trusting that He would provide me with the capacity to fulfill that purpose.
The classroom provided many more opportunities to apply this idea. I encountered situations where my students had been unfairly labeled as "disabled" in their ability to learn, behave appropriately, or attend to tasks assigned to them. As I consistently identified these labels as false—because they didn't have any law of God to support them—people had higher expectations for these students. It also helped solidify my understanding as to how God's laws, which are good and merciful, applied to me, and I was able to fulfill my teaching duties largely free of the fatigue I'd heard was often associated with a multiple sclerosis diagnosis. However, the fact that I was labeled with this diagnosis continued to weigh on me.
A year or so after beginning to teach, while driving on a long trip with a friend, I was reading the weekly Christian Science Bible Lesson aloud and came to this statement: "God never endowed matter with power to disable Life or to chill harmony with a long and cold night of discord" (Science and Health, p. 378). I was struck with the veracity of this statement and the promise inherent in it that I was free from disability. All fear for my future ceased at that moment. I was filled with peace, and the certainty that I was free. And I never again experienced any of the physical symptoms associated with the diagnosis.
Some time later, I was asked to take another MRI for the insurance company. Afterward, I was kindly informed by the physician that they would have to discontinue the disability payments—because I no longer showed any signs of multiple sclerosis. Needless to say, I was very grateful for this confirmation of healing. It was further proof of God's care and of the healing power of Christian Science.
During the many years since this healing, my life has continued to be very active. Last June, I played in the United States National indoor volleyball tournament. My team, composed mostly of athletes a couple of decades younger than I was, placed ninth out of 48 teams. Not bad for someone who was told 20 years earlier to expect a lifetime of impaired mobility!
- Jane Starrett Santa Fe, NM
Christian Science was brought to my attention when I was ill...
Christian Science was brought to my attention when I was ill with tuberculosis. Through the study of this religion and prayerful treatment by a very dedicated and patient Christian Science practitioner I was healed of lung disease and have been able to solve many problems. Through the application of what I learned in Christian Science I was able to return to society after my healing and find work and a place to live. Because I had been in a sanatorium, there were several problems presented with regard to my emigration to the United States. However, the required medical examinations by doctors of the emigration office found me in sound health, and the problems were solved.
Through this emigration I also learned to trust more in God. The first years in this country were real testing times. In Science and Health Mrs. Eddy says (p. 66), "Trials are proofs of God's care." This made me reach out to my Bible and Science and Health for comfort and help, and always there was a solution and peace, and reassurance that everything is under God's care and love. These words have been demonstrated for me: "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need" (ibid., p. 494). Statements from the Bible were also a great comfort when I was looking for a place to live (see John 14:1-4), and the Bible has helped me experience safety on the road (see Ps. 121:8).
Christian Science has taught me to understand and treasure the Bible. I am most grateful for the example of Christ Jesus, our Saviour, and for the consecrated love of Mrs. Eddy in making Christian Science available to mankind.
- F.B. Scott Albuquerque, NM
A Healing of Extreme Allergy
For many years when I was around cats I would experience breathing problems. At one point several years ago the problem became severe and appeared to be life threatening. All I could do was sit up in bed and gasp for air. I was unable to think clearly. A Christian Science practitioner came to visit me and asked me to read aloud a few lines from the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. I replied that I could not do it. She lovingly but firmly insisted that I sit up and read it to her. That was the turning point in my demonstration. The mesmerism was broken and my breathing rapidly improved. The third verse of hymn 218 from the Christian Science Hymnal became my prayer.
“The freer step, the fuller breath,
The wide horizon's grander view;
The sense of Life that knows no death,
The Life that maketh all things new.”
I reasoned that inspiration was from God and I could not be denied inspiration. In a few days I was totally free and returned to work. A few years later I began to experience the same symptoms. I immediately declared that I could not be deceived into believing a lie. The problem was quickly and permanently healed. That was over 15 years ago and I now love cats and experience no ill effects from having them in our home. The wonderful truths that we learn in Christian Science has been my physician since birth.
I am so deeply grateful for Mary Baker Eddy and the work that she did to bring this wonderful and efficacious truth to us.
— JW Albuquerque NM
Freedom From Knee Pain
One day while at work a sharp pain shot through my knee as I was going from one office to the next. I cried out and caught myself from falling by grabbing the door frame. My husband came to my aid and helped me to my chair but the pain did not go away. I declared that I was unfallen - that I did not stumble - that there were no accidents in God’s kingdom - everything I could think to keep from thinking about the pain. I was not getting any work done so I decided to go home. Getting into the car was terrible and driving home I was a hazard to myself and others. I finally got out of the car, into the house and slumped into a recliner - trying to remain still to keep the pain away. But my thinking was busy. I did not read the Bible or Science and Health but thought over the spiritual truths I had learned and used all my life.
I thought of all the people Jesus had healed of palsy and of other kinds of paralysis and helplessness. That certainly applied to my condition. I felt that I too could be healed and free of this pain if I could just touch the hem of the garment of the Christ, Truth - just catch a little of the immensity of the Science of the Christ! I read about Jesus’ three days in the tomb and all he had to deal with on page 44 of Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures.
I got up and found a cane left by my father-in-law. I refused to be immobilized. I did a few household chores all the while thinking of all the affirmations of truth and denials of error that I felt applied. The next day I went to work with the cane. I was very embarrassed but I felt I was in my right place.
The third day in the car on the way to work the thought came to me audibly, “Plead your case.” I thought of the trial scene Mrs. Eddy creates at the end of the chapter called “Christian Science Practice” in Science and Health. First, I wanted to be sure I was in the right court. In the court of Spirit I knew I would be found innocent. I was vigorous in my own defense. I knew all the material sense-testimonies were lies. At one point it brought tears to my eyes to see the injustice of it all. How could I possibly be punished with pain for something I could not do or be? I had left the cane at home and when I got to work, I got out of the car mentally busy thinking of my “to-do” list for the day, and I got out with perfect ease. Not another thought of incapacity crossed my mind all day. I was free!
I had been found innocent.
— Sharon Hall, Albuquerque
Climbing Mountains in New Mexico
Several years ago my youngest daughter and I scheduled a climb on Mt. Wheeler - the highest peak in New Mexico. The day before we were to ascend the mountain, one of my knees locked up and became very painful. Now I had been a student of Christian Science for over 50 years, so, as was my habit, I proceeded to use the truths about God and man from my years of study. I began to pray diligently. I knew that God is Love and Love doesn’t create disability or pain. As God’s child I expected only goodness in freedom and right activity. As we read in Psalms 16:45 “And I will walk at liberty”.
My daughter was to fly in from her home in Washington D.C. and we were going to drive to Taos and make the climb the next day. She had made this climb many times while attending German Summer School at the Taos Ski Valley. I knew our day together in the mountains was going to be a blessing, a time of joy and renewal, a time of appreciation between mother and daughter. No father, much less a heavenly father, would cause us to lose this opportunity. As we drove to Taos I continued to demand my God-given freedom and mobility. Just stepping out of the car was a struggle, but I refused to give in to the suggestion that I would not be able to climb the next day. I had had so many beautiful healings through Christian Science prayer I knew I was going to be free.
The next morning all the pain and stiffness had completely dissolved. Because of a huge storm on the top of the mountain we didn’t quite make it to the top, but we had a glorious day. For that I was grateful. But my gratitude to our Father/Mother God for the ability to climb above the belief of pain and disability was even more important to me. The Prophet Isaiah reminds us, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
— Vicki Turpen, Albuquerque, NM