A guest post by Graham Bothwell from La Cañada Flintridge, California
I’ve come to understand that we all have every reason to believe that a higher power is behind life itself, including the universe. Many of us have had an occasional unplanned experience that was unpleasant; however, there is always the option of turning to a higher power in finding a resolution to the issue. I’ve found protection even in a situation where I felt trapped, which could be a human circumstance of feeling compromised, or perhaps experiencing a physical difficulty. So many people have found that if they understand even a little about the underlying spiritual nature of their being, subject only to good, limitations are naturally reduced until they fade away. Mary Baker Eddy, author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, wrote of the power of understanding true, spiritual identity in this way: “Starting from a higher standpoint, one rises spontaneously, even as light emits light without effort; for ‘where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.’”
I had an experience where I felt trapped by an accident and then looked at the situation from that higher standpoint. I usually begin my day with an early morning walk. One morning I set out enthusiastically around 6:00, even though it was half an hour before sunrise. I love the cool morning atmosphere, and was virtually skipping downhill – we live at the top of a steep hill. Suddenly I tripped on an uneven join in the concrete pathway. As it was dark, I couldn’t see the ground, and landed face-down, my face scraping heavily on the concrete. I returned home to discover severe abrasions and a deep gash at the top of my nose. I was very uncomfortable, and obtained help in washing and dressing these wounds.
Previous experience suggested these injuries would take several weeks to heal, and I initially thought I would be unable to fulfill my promised public obligations due to my outward appearance. I felt trapped until I asked myself if these ideas of a slow healing and trapped feeling were true. With the prayerful help of a Christian Science practitioner, I held to my spiritual identity as good and perfect, untouched by an accident. Psalms 23 is an especially helpful passage representing God’s protection, and I held to this idea: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” A week later the abrasions had healed almost entirely and I was fully able to fulfill my obligations. The gash on my nose healed rapidly, too. The spiritual fact was that I was looked after, not trapped, despite the appearance.
Realizing the higher, spiritual nature of being enhances progress, which opens the way for release from unexpected constraints. I’m so grateful to know that I am indeed the outcome of good, God, and not an inevitable victim of chance.