by Curtis Wahlberg from Lake Forest, California
Was it possible to find an alternative cure instead of working with different dosages and various medications for a problem I had with reduced nasal airflow? That’s what I started thinking after my doctor had commented on how I breathed through by mouth and diagnosed that as a problem.
I knew I wasn’t getting enough air through my nose for normal breathing, and while the repercussions of such a problem aren’t terrible, I still wanted it healed. And because I had recently experienced the power of prayer in healing a case of mono, I was ready for this new opportunity to again prove the efficacy of spiritual healing.
I knew that further exploring the foundational idea of thought’s direct effect on the body was the path I wanted to take to find healing. And I felt that I was on the verge of a new experience in health and control with this alternative, spiritual way to promote and maintain health.
Today, an internet search for the mind-body connection will generate thousands of hits on the subject, and I continue to hear of physicians who are exploring the topic, but when I was going through this experience twenty-five years ago, it was a different story. At the time, I had come across these powerful ideas through the writings of a spiritual leader and healthcare reformer who lived more than a hundred years ago – Mary Baker Eddy. Her statements brought me up short: “Whatever benefit is produced on the body, must be expressed mentally, and thought should be held fast to this ideal.” That’s from her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, in which she explores the powerful truth of man’s identity as the child of God, inherently healthy, harmonious, and whole, as stated in the first chapter of Genesis and represented so clearly in the words and works of Christ Jesus.
As I embraced this new approach to health, I no longer needed any medications, and I soon found my breathing become normal. To this day, in whatever I’m doing, I occasionally take notice and relish the ease and comfort I have in simply breathing through my nose.
I continue to find that there is plenty to explore in the subject of spiritual healing. But that first step is being willing to see the power that resides in thought. The path from that first step continues to lead me forward into health.