Early last year I was traveling with a school group on a Bible study trip to Israel and Jordan, when a tooth became very painful. I started praying for healing and contacted a Christian Science practitioner to request specific metaphysical treatment. I recognized immediately that what I was dealing with was not in fact a material condition (a painful and swollen tooth), but rather an aggressive mental suggestion that something could disrupt my joy, harmony, and spiritual growth during this trip.
The practitioner suggested I pray to see myself as I truly am—the perfect expression of God, having the Mind of Christ, rather than a mortal mind susceptible to the suggestions of pain and illness. The practitioner also recommended that I vigorously insist that evil, error, is not invasive, and that we live in divine Truth, which fills all space. I did so throughout the day.
Over the past year I had been collecting helpful passages from the weekly Bible Lessons from the Christian Science Quarterly and typing them as notes in my phone. Whenever my group was on the tour bus, or on a walk, or sitting quietly at a historic site, I would go over these passages and really try to understand them and feel their truth and healing message.