About a year ago, extended family came for an unexpected visit. We spent a couple of days at a relative’s home sitting around talking, but not doing much else. After this, I became very stiff and had quite a bit of pain in my neck, one of my shoulders, and my whole arm. I was in constant pain day and night, and someone told me it probably had to do with a pinched nerve.
I was so grateful for the inspiration that came to me over the course of the next few weeks as I prayed about this situation.
There were small insights along the way that kept me going. Very basic, but strong and comforting truths such as the following: God is good, and the only cause; therefore, nothing but good can be part of my being. God is All, and in His allness there is no room for the limitations called material conditions. I am God’s spiritual manifestation; pain, not having a creator, is nothing’s manifestation. God is supreme, the only governor of His creation. Since I am at one with God, my victory is already present.
The constancy of those insights led to a couple of turning points. One was the simple but profound idea from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, “There is no pain in Truth, and no truth in pain; no nerve in Mind, and no mind in nerve; …” (p. 113). I considered that phrase for several days. I could feel the truth behind the statement that nerve, being material, couldn’t possibly be in divine Mind, God, where I live and have my being. I could also see the utter falsity of the belief that nerve could ever have a mind that could impart any kind of intelligence. I wasn’t at the mercy of material conditions; they couldn’t have intelligence to act, or inflict pain, since all intelligence belongs to the divine Mind. Intelligence is a spiritual quality that is only expressed by this Mind and its ideas.
Another helpful insight was from Romans, chapter 8, in the Bible. The verses at the end of this chapter are some of my favorites, so it’s natural for me to turn to them often. In verse 35, Paul asks the question, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Then he names several challenging situations: tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, and the sword. A couple of verses later, he answers his own question, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” As always, this affirmation of my unity with God was helpful. But then I felt inspired to look at the whole chapter, and not just at those favorite and familiar verses.
As I read the chapter’s strong message about the need to be spiritually minded, some spiritual truths became clearer to me. I saw that there is no condemnation of man as the image and likeness of God, Spirit. (I hadn’t had a lot of spiritual study time with visitors in the house, so I was feeling out of sorts. And yet, even if I couldn’t get quiet time right then, I saw that God is maintaining me every moment.) As God’s spiritual idea I’m not in the flesh; I’m in the Spirit. (No matter what, I’m safe because, in truth, I’ve never left God’s care. I’ve never stopped being Spirit-based, and suddenly started being matter-based.) God’s my Father, my Dad. He loves me. (What more do I need? He never withholds any good thing from me or anyone.) In my true identity I can never be separated from Him. (The belief that I was in pain was not more powerful than the truth that God and I coexist, and that I was whole and well.) Simple ideas, but also very healing ones—ones I could understand and prove!
I knew my progress was assured, although there were definitely difficult moments along the way. I held consistently to these ideas.
One morning, as I was getting ready for the day, it occurred to me that I was well. My health was an expression of God’s allness, so it had to be present right then. The recognition of that fact was like a warm feeling of tenderness and care surrounding me. And the realization proved to be true. The same day there was no more pain, and I’ve been free from it ever since.
I am so thankful for Christian Science—the powerful laws of God that are provable today. With these truths, we’re able to confront any difficulty that comes our way. Yes, it requires discipline of thought, but we have everything we need to prove this, and it’s definitely worth it.
Longmont, Colorado, US
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