For me, the following statement has been an important guide when giving Christian Science treatment: “To be immortal, we must forsake the mortal sense of things, turn from the lie of false belief to Truth, and gather the facts of being from the divine Mind” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 370).
I found permanent healing of hair loss through following this concise healing directive.
In 2004, finding an unusual amount of hair on my pillowcase morning after morning disturbed me. Grooming my hair confirmed that it was thinning rapidly and unnaturally.
At that time, stress and strain due to an extended period of unemployment followed by underemployment were eroding my confidence and sapping my courage. I knew that prayerfully addressing these claims of fatigue and stress would help in my healing efforts. I remembered reading at least one beautiful healing of sudden hair loss in the Journal or the Christian Science Sentinel, so I knew it could be reversed through Christian Science treatment.
Abandoning “the mortal sense of things” was an important first step in throwing my weight into the scale of Spirit, not matter. I couldn’t straddle the fence, accepting the claim that creation, including man, is a mixture of matter and Spirit. The Scriptures maintain that God is ever-present Spirit and that man is His image, His likeness or reflection (see Genesis 1:26–28, 31). As Science and Health states: “Mind creates His own likeness in ideas, and the substance of an idea is very far from being the supposed substance of non-intelligent matter. Hence the Father Mind is not the father of matter” (p. 257). God, Spirit, is substance; matter is not. The substance of Spirit is permanent, imperishable, durable. All the good that constitutes man—perfect consciousness, love for all, strength, beauty, grace, creativity, right activity—is real and remains forever intact, for it is spiritual, not material. Matter, the suppositional opposite of Spirit, must then be unreal, untrue, insubstantial, powerless.
Previous healings had taught me to take a firm mental stand against the testimony of material sense, to cling steadfastly to Truth, and to “agree to disagree” with error. I resolved to not be impressed or depressed by false appearances.
Now it was time to “turn from the lie of false belief to Truth.” This step in treatment can seem difficult. It can even seem to material sense that we’re neglecting a problem. But to our innate spiritual sense, it is natural, normal, and necessary. Dismissing error as unreal frees us to discern the spiritual truth that brings healing and redemption. This is an expression of our God-given dominion. So I mentally turned away from the belief of hair loss, declaring that it was untrue because unknown to God. Reasoning in this way deflates sense-testimony, deprives it of a witness, and punctures its claim to presence and reality.
With my attention turned to God’s allness and man’s present perfection, I was ready to “gather the facts of being from the divine Mind.” I calmly and confidently affirmed that my true being was still perfect and that it was impossible for me to lose one iota of good. I affirmed, and rejoiced in, the permanency, completeness, fullness, and blessedness of God’s spiritual creation, including my entire being.
“The very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30) implies that we are known of God and that divine law maintains and sustains our health and vitality. Conveyed also is a priceless sense of God’s tender, attentive, motherly love for each of us. I recalled reading that when the three young Hebrew boys walked triumphantly from the fiery furnace, not a hair on their heads had been singed (see Daniel 3:27). Trials cannot mar, mark, or damage us in any way, for God has already crowned us with love, joy, and tender mercy. Man’s genuine spiritual being is forever intact, unblemished, unspotted, unspoiled.
As I continued spiritualizing my thought through prayer, a profound sense of spiritual renewal grew and deepened, replacing humiliation, doubt, and uncertainty. I felt inspired to study anew the lessons and notes in my notebook from Primary class instruction, which were based on the chapter “Recapitulation” in Science and Health. This quiet, regular study brought great joy, satisfaction, and peace. After a few days of consistent prayer, I no longer woke to find large sections of hair left behind on my pillow. I soon found suitable employment, and I joined a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, in the area.
At a hair appointment a few months later, the stylist commented that I had a “good head of hair.” A customer also said she had admired the fullness of my “crowning glory” when I had walked in. The material picture had been proven false, and the divine idea—manifesting fullness, completeness, beauty, and abundance—was revealed as the present and only reality. In the decade since this healing, my hair has remained abundantly full.
How necessary it is to share our proofs of Truth’s healing power—so that others may be inspired, encouraged, and healed! We are each glad “sentinels … shouting … a triumph-song” (Isaiah 52:8, James Moffatt translation) to enliven hope, inspire courage, and praise God for His goodness.
Charlene Anne Miller
Jenera, Ohio, US
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