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From the May 2010 issue of The Christian Science Journal

OVER 30 YEARS AGO, I was having a lovely dinner at the home of my friends while their three Siamese cats roamed the apartment, and as usual, I was bursting out in allergic reactions. For several months, I had experienced allergic symptoms to cats. That evening, however, the symptoms were beyond what I had previously experienced.

Although these allergic responses to cats had persisted, I had never sought a medical diagnosis or treatment. As a Christian Scientist, I have preferred to rely on prayer for help in adverse situations. But it had never occurred to me to pray about allergies to cats; I had just dismissed the reactions as nuisances that came and went. However, that particular night I was embarrassed and exasperated. I couldn't stand it any longer. I knew that these aggressive symptoms had to leave once and for all. I slammed my hand down on the table and said loudly, "That's the end of it!"

And that was the end of it. Every allergic symptom vanished within seconds. There were even many more visits to the same home with the same cats, but I never experienced an unpleasant reaction again. When I spoke those adamant words at the dinner table that night, I knew that it was not just the physical discomfort that had driven me to declare my freedom from this condition, but God, Truth. Because I have experienced several healings throughout my study of Christian Science by turning to God, including a healing of a severe case of Lyme disease, I have learned that physical troubles do not originate in God.

This healing of allergies was quick and complete. Part of the beauty of Truth is that it is so timely and comes to us in the precise moment to convey the exact message we need to hear. When I'd declared that it was "the end" of my cat allergies that evening in front of my friends, I knew that my words were supported by my deep acknowledgement of a spiritual need: the freedom from a false belief that I could be irritated by God's creation. I knew that my words were supported by the spiritual and scientific fact that all of God's creation is good, invariable, and unconditional. In God's perfect, spiritual kingdom, there was no condition that could even be called an allergy or cause a negative effect. So denying the symptoms as they were—erroneous and ridiculous—and desiring healing were the basis of my receptivity to Truth.

Mary Baker Eddy shows countless times how to argue the case for Truth in her book Science and Health. She also explains instantaneous healing this way: "If Spirit or the power of divine Love bear witness to the truth, this is the ultimatum, the scientific way, and the healing is instantaneous" (Science and Health, p. 411). Perhaps the key word here that applied to my dining table incident is ultimatum. When I remarked, "That's the end of it," that was an ultimatum—a denial, a loud "No!"—which stripped the allergies of their suggested legitimacy and reality. At that moment, I realized my freedom and my understanding of my spiritual perfection then became the reality I experienced.

A few years later, I visited friends who lived in a large farmhouse and had three dogs and four cats. As my hostess showed me to the guest room, she joked, unaware of my prior healing of cat allergies, that she hoped I was not allergic to cats and dogs because the guest bed was their favorite napping spot. In fact, at that moment, most of them were curled up together on the bed that I would be using. I, too, ended up spending many nights curled up with the pets on the bed without any allergy symptoms.

There have been other close contacts with cats since then, including cats who have stayed in my home for days at a time, but I have never experienced any type of allergy. I have enjoyed seeing the potency of Truth working in my everyday experiences in many different ways, always bringing about harmony, and I have continued to rejoice in this freedom from the moment I claimed my healing at the dinner table.

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