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Family Freed from Contagion   Leave a comment

An article by Sharon Morash Brooks from the July 6 2020 Christian Science Sentinel

As the COVID-19 crisis deepened, I turned to Mary Baker Eddy’s short article titled “Contagion” (see Miscellaneous Writings 18831896, pp. 228–229) for insight and inspiration. A number of years ago I read that article almost every day for over a year. I share this testimony in the hope that it will help others.

When my daughter started preschool, she and my husband brought home every contagious ailment that was going around and unwittingly shared them with her little brother and me. We toppled like dominoes. I was dismayed at what seemed an enormous challenge. 

Click here to read or listen to the full article in which Sharon describes the spiritual reasoning she employed to quickly dismiss this and other episodes of contagion that seemed to threaten the well-being of her family.

Quick Relief from Flu Symptoms   Leave a comment

When a seemingly vicious flu-like condition passed through my children’s school district, my daughter came home from high school one day with the symptoms. As I helped her into bed, a most comforting poetic phrase I was familiar with came to mind: “It shall not come nigh thee” (Psalms 91:7 ).

I knew from experience that the Bible’s promises and words of guidance were not for ancient times alone, nor for only one particular group of people. Rather, God’s infinite ability to help applies to everyone, in all times.

So we immediately turned to God in prayer. …

… When my daughter awoke the next morning, she was completely well—so much so that she was welcomed back at school. No one else in our house was infected. 

This article, titled: It Shall Not Come Nigh Thee by Laurie Toupin, was originally published in the May 11 2020 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

Click here to read the full text of the article where Laurie explains how she prayed about this situation and how her prayers brought a sense of peace that resulted in perfect health.

Conference Rescued – Speaker Healed   1 comment

The members of the Christian Science community in Canberra share their experiences and thoughts on Christian Science:

One of my roles in the years just before I retired was to organise the annual regional conference for the large state government department I worked for.  These events were attended by over 300 participants and included one main keynote speaker and approximately 48 breakout sessions.  Planning took many months.  In order to secure an exceptional keynote speaker, it was necessary to book at least twelve months in advance.

This particular year I managed to secure a booking with someone I knew to be not only at the forefront of his specialist area, but an excellent and engaging speaker.  He was pleased to be asked and at the initial interview we discussed a timeline for when he would give me details of his talk and materials for hand outs etc.  During the year we touched base a couple of times and all seemed to be going to plan.  However, when we were about a month out from the event he still hadn’t given me the material I was expecting and wasn’t answering my calls or emails. 

Eventually I managed to make contact with his support staff.  They said that he had been in hospital with a very severe case of pneumonia and even after a couple of months he was not well enough to be back at work.  I said I would make contact again in a week or so to see how he was progressing.  This time I managed to talk to the speaker himself.  He said that although he was still very ill and weak he felt sure he would improve enough to be able to do the talk.  We touched base several times over the next couple of weeks but his health was not improving.  He seemed keen not to let me down and said that he would bring his wife to support him and possibly do the talk sitting down. He thought then he might possibly manage.  This was still the situation, the day before the conference and it was extremely tempting to be very worried.  I did not want this dear man to jeopardise his health but I also knew that the opening address was a very important part of the conference.

I have been raised in Christian Science and I’ve learnt over many years that there are spiritual laws that can be relied upon when challenges arise.  So I prayed to see things from a spiritual, rather than a human perspective.  I knew that this conference was a right idea.  Among other things it was an opportunity for participants and presenters to share ideas that worked and to collectively rise to higher levels of performance.  I knew that all right ideas are God’s because I have come to know God as infinite Mind and the source of all good.  I have also come to know God as Love and that Love is not just a feeling but a divine law.  This law ensured the safety of all; this law held everyone in their right place and maintained harmony.  I thought on these and similar ideas until I felt a sense of calm – a strong sense that all was well.  The night before the conference I slept peacefully expectant of good unfolding.

The following evening was the meet and greet and the conference opening dinner.  When I arrived the hall was already abuzz with excited participants.  Quickly I noticed that there was quite a gathering of people over near the bar.  In the centre of this someone was holding the floor and entertaining a small crowd.  As I moved closer I realised that was my keynote speaker.   He greeted me with a huge grin. ‘You wouldn’t believe what happened’, he said.  ‘You know how I’ve been so sick for the last few months.  Well last night, it was like a switch flicked and instantly I was completely well.  I haven’t felt this well in years. Look at me now!’  His excitement and enthusiasm spilled over into the group and he continued to entertain them.  Needless to say his talk was a great success, as was the rest of the conference.

Every day I am grateful for what I am learning in Christian Science.  It teaches me to be calm in the face of challenges; it teaches me to turn away from the human scenario and to acknowledge the spiritual truths; it teaches me that there are spiritual laws that apply to all life and if understood and trusted these laws will adjust any discordant situation.

Not ‘What if ‘ Only ‘What is’   Leave a comment

A Daily Lift by Andrea McCormick

In this 3 minute podcast Andrea talks about how she learned to shift thought away from negative ‘What if …’ thinking and start to ask ‘What is the spiritual truth about this situation?’ She recounts how this kind of change in thinking brought about a quick healing.

Quick Healing of a Head Cold   1 comment

The members of the Christian Science community in Canberra share their experiences and thoughts on Christian Science:

Recently I experienced all the symptoms of a heavy head cold.  It just seemed to sneak up on me as the day progressed. 

I was fairly determined to not give in to this feeling and I accomplished all I needed to during the day but by the evening I felt physically overwhelmed by the symptoms and the unwell feeling.  However, during the day I had been reminding myself that my true nature was spiritual – the image and likeness of God, as the Bible tell us (Genesis 1: 26, 27) and if God didn’t have a cold then really nor could I.   Although I didn’t feel well I didn’t feel beaten by this situation.  My mental well-being still felt very intact.   

In the evening as I didn’t feel capable of doing anything physical, I curled up in my favourite chair and decided to listen to the Wednesday Testimony Meeting readings on the phone.  They were perfect for me!  The topic was spiritual healing and I became engrossed in the words and the message – a message that reminded me that I could mentally stand up to claims of ill-health.  The readings assured me that matter couldn’t make conditions for me because Mind was the only cause.  At the end of the readings I felt calm and forgot to think much about the cold situation. 

That night I slept through peacefully and woke in the morning 100% well.  There was not a single trace of the condition.  Later that next day my husband and I took the dog on a long walk and we jogged much of the way.  I kept up easily and pulled up after each jog without any puffing.  I felt more energised than I had in a long time.

For this and all the other healings I have experienced through relying on the truths taught in Christian Science I am truly grateful.  Armed with this understanding I approach each day with confidence and joy.

A recording of the readings mentioned above are posted on this blog below under the heading, Spiritual Healing – Past and Present.

Healing of RSI   Leave a comment

The members of the Christian Science community in Canberra share their experiences and thoughts on Christian Science:

A few months ago, I found I was struggling with a painful strained wrist.  I believed it to be RSI or Repetitive Strain Injury.  This seemed so bad that I was having great difficulty fulfilling everyday essential tasks.

I asked help from my sister who is a Christian Science practitioner in England.  A Christian Science practitioner is someone who devotes their life to helping others through prayer – a spiritual healer.

When my sister later looked up RSI on the internet, she was amused by one definition that came up as ‘Relative Strength Indicator’ relating to the stock market. …a rather less intimidating definition!

She referred me to hymn 350 from the Christian Science Hymnal, which tells me in part:

Through the love of God our Saviour
All will be well; …

While His truth we are applying,
And upon His love relying,
God is every need supplying,
All, all is well.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy is the textbook of Christian Science.  It was written to teach readers how to heal spiritually.  I keep a little notebook of citations from it that I find helpful.  On this occasion these were some of the ideas that helped me:


Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy (p249).

Consciousness, as well as action, is governed by Mind, – is in God, … (p480).

All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power (p515).

Constant toil, deprivations, exposures, and all untoward conditions, if without sin, can be experienced without suffering. Whatever it is your duty to do, you can do without harm to yourself. If you sprain the muscles or wound the flesh, your remedy is at hand.  Mind decides whether or not the flesh shall be discolored, painful, swollen, and inflamed (385).

I was grateful to have the extra time staying at home to study and grow.

In a month or so there was much improvement – so much so that it was no longer uppermost in my thought and then it disappeared without further notice!

I am so grateful for all that Christian Science has given me, and for my sister’s patient care.

Spiritual Healing – Past and Present   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings

This recording is of readings on the topic: Spiritual Healing

(Apology: Nature in the form of a wild white sulphur-crested cockatoo has made his presence felt a little raucously on this audio.)

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Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual, – neither in nor of matter, – and the body will then utter no complaints. If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p14)

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Every Wednesday at 6.15pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science church in Canberra (corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets, Barton). At these meetings short readings on a particular topic are followed by time for members of the congregation to share how they have been helped and healed through prayer.

Everyone is welcome. If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday, please join us.

Healed of Headaches   2 comments

The members of the Christian Science community in Canberra share their experiences and thoughts on Christian Science:

My heart is full of gratitude to God for His constant care and the teachings of the Holy Bible together with a greater awareness of who I am really as taught through the writings of Mary Baker Eddy.  Mrs Eddy shared her ideas with the world through the teachings of Christian Science which she discovered through a personal healing in the year 1866.

She explains that through a better understanding of God we can have healing experiences as promised by our Wayshower, Jesus Christ. He reminded us that with God all things are possible and that the wonderful works which he did were available to all and not restricted to any time in human history.

I would like to share how I was healed of headaches early in my study of Christian Science.  At this time of my life I was working in a job which put me constantly attending to the public and expected to be always bright, smiling and attentive to the needs of others.

Sometimes this was a challenge as I was bothered by headaches.  One particular day as I went about my business I asked myself if I thought that God could have a headache. I already knew a bit about God, His goodness and purity, His all-power and presence, and His constant love for His children, His ideas, totally inseparable from the Creator. God, the author of man, could not have a headache.

Next question – well, could I, as one of those children,  possibly have a headache?  Answer, totally impossible!  I could have only what God gave me and that was all good, so no headache in that goodness. The throbbing vanished immediately, and for all time. The healing was immediate and remained permanent.

Over the intervening years, which are many, I have not had another headache.  I cannot say that the temptation has not tapped on the door of my consciousness, but it is briskly dismissed because I know that this suggestion has been dealt with and I do not need to cover that old ground again.  To use the words of Jesus, “Get thee behind me, Satan” (Matt 4:10).  Satan is a Hebrew word signifying an adversary, an enemy, an accuser. Sometimes I would simply declare: I don’t do headaches.

As I write about this experience I also recall another proof of the completeness of the healing many years later.  I was working in an office at the time, and as people went home from work they walked past my desk as they stepped into the lift.  On this particular day as one of the ladies left she said she couldn’t wait to go home as she had such a terrible headache.  I mentally cried out, “There is no such thing as a headache” God does not have them or give them, so they cannot exist.

A very short time later the lift returned and this same lady stepped out of the lift and asked, “Did you pray for me?  By the time I got to ground level the headache had gone” The office was four floors above ground level. This person knew that I prayed about things, but as I recall I just smiled and said “no such thing as a headache”.

Spiritual Healing – Available to All   2 comments

Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings

This recording is of readings on the topic of Spiritual Healing.

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Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon the thought. Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that it is illegitimate, because you know that God is no more the author of sickness than He is of sin. You have no law of His to support the necessity either of sin or sickness, but you have divine authority for denying that necessity and healing the sick (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p390: 20).

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Every Wednesday at 6.15pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science church in Canberra (corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets, Barton). At these meetings short readings on a particular topic are followed by time for members of the congregation to share how they have been helped and healed through prayer.

Everyone is welcome. If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday, please join us.

Be a Circuit Breaker   Leave a comment

A Daily Lift by Jutter Hudson, a Christian Science nurse

In this 3 minute talk Jutter describes how she used the idea of a circuit breaker to interrupt the constant flow of disturbing news regarding the pandemic and other world events. This helped her handle these ideas calmly and enabled her to feel she could be a force for good in the world. She gives an example of a healing of a family member that resulted from this circuit-breaking thinking.

A new 3 minute inspirational talk is shared each day Monday-Friday. To listen to more click on the Daily Lift tab in the menu above.

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