Some of the experiences given in the Journal have
been so helpful to me, I have been moved to give to its
readers a little experience of my own, which occurred
when I first began the study of "Science and Health with
Key to the Scriptures."
I had already been healed of sick headache, almost
instantly, by declaring that I was God's child, and, as
God is perfect, His child must be perfect also. This had
given me great happiness, and a quiet, peaceful state of
mind I never had known before. My family did not
seem to see anything good in Christian Science, but to
me it was sacred.
One Monday morning, I awoke feeling very ill indeed.
The morning was warm and sultry. I thought I cer-
tainly could not wash that day; but when I went down-
stairs, I found my daughter had made preparations for
such work. I thought, "Well, if she feels like washing,
I will not say anything; perhaps I shall get over this."
After breakfast I went about my work, thinking I could
lean against the tub and wash with more ease than I
could do up the morning work. I tried to treat myself
as I had done before, — tried to realize that "all is Mind,
there is no matter;" that "God is All, there is nothing
beside Him," but all to no purpose. I seemed to grow
worse all the time. I did not want my family to know
how badly I was feeling, and it was very humiliating to
think that I must give up and go to bed.
All at once these questions came to me, as though
spoken by some one, taking me away from my line of
thought entirely: How is God an ever-present help?
How does He know our earnest desires? Then, with-
out waiting for me to think how, the answer came in
the same way, God is conscious Mind. Instantly the
thoughts came: Is God conscious of me? Can I be
conscious of Him? I was healed instantly: every bad
feeling was destroyed. I could see that the morning
had not changed a particle, but I was oblivious of the
weather. It did not seem that I had anything more to
do with that washing. It was finished in good season,
while I was "absent from the body, and present with the