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HEALING OF MENTAL ILLNESS
She had been ill for ten weeks, the diseases multiplying as time wore on, till even reason gave way and she wandered in delusions, the most dreadful dreams, night and day.
The brother, who was a young Scientist, went to see her, not as did her other relatives, expecting death, but declaring Life. He stood by the bed, realizing the Truth that Life can never end in death, when his sister became conscious and asked what he was doing. He told her, and offered to go for me. She consented. Other members of the family thought it foolish to ask Christian Science to begin where man had failed. But all agreed as there was nothing to be lost and all to be gained, because they had given up all hope of recovery.
For three days the warfare between the evidences of the physical senses and the spiritual facts was unceasingly waged. The fear of death was so strong that mortification had set in. As a result of medicine, her mouth was in a dreadful state from salivation. The mother said, "If, by miracle, her life should be saved, can we dare hope for the return of her reason?" I answered, "God does not leave His work half done."
One night she lay pleading with imaginary Indians to spare her life, not to kill her. I went to her and she shrank from me, seeing in me another Indian. I repeated audibly over and over the "Scientific Statement of Being" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 464). Presently the light of reason began to dawn in those wild eyes, then a flood of tears, and she said, "That saved me; nothing could hurt me when you were saying that." And she went quietly to sleep. When she awoke from that sleep the next afternoon she knew us all, and asked for something to eat, and she ate with that salivated mouth. Though error had to be vigorously denied many times after this, the recovery was sure and the way one of joy. At the expiration of two weeks she took a twelve-mile ride. The last error to disappear was the one the doctor had been originally called to treat.
Anna C. Wyeth
The Christian Science Journal, February, 1900
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