While climbing the base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris with my husband many years ago, I suddenly panicked. The higher we went, the more terrified I became, until I was so overwhelmed I had to go back down.
This was the first time I experienced a fear of heights, but it wasn’t the last. Just the thought of being up high on a structure would fill me with dread, giving me sweaty palms and a rapid heartbeat. I even had recurring nightmares about heights.
Since then, the study of Christian Science through the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures has taught me how to pray effectively to overcome fear. I’ve come to understand more clearly that because God is infinite, nothing can separate us from God’s ever-present love and care. So, no matter how aggressive, fear is actually unreal—a baseless illusion. I’ve been able to resist the phobia of heights when I’ve seen it as a temptation to doubt God’s allness and goodness.