The law that helps and heals

Learning more about how God’s goodness acts as a law in our lives overruled the effects of head injuries a woman sustained in a car accident, and brought quick healing.

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One day I was in a car accident and sustained injuries to my head that looked pretty dramatic. All kinds of predictions were being made about possible damage done, and the EMTs who arrived at the scene advised a trip to the hospital.

But I had previously experienced countless healings through a different approach: understanding more about God, good, as the one true cause. Broken bones, swollen glands, internal hemorrhaging, and heart palpitations, among other things, had been quickly and completely healed as I learned more about God’s spiritual law of health and harmony. Wanting to approach this situation the same way, I requested to go home instead of to the hospital.

Immediately upon impact, I had begun praying. I also called a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me, affirming and defending my innocence as an undamaged, intact spiritual idea of God, which the divine Science of Christ reveals as the true identity of everyone. These prayers brought calm and complete freedom from pain, even while the injuries were still visible.

As I continued to pray that night, a new and inspired conviction came to me about divine law: that in all the universe, in all existence itself, there is really just this one true law, God’s law. I’m not talking about jurisprudence, but the very law or nature of all true being. The infinitude, or allness, of God is that law, in which everyone is actually God’s spiritual expression – pure and whole.

I remembered a statement along these lines by the discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, in her book “No and Yes.” It says: “God’s law reaches and destroys evil by virtue of the allness of God.

“He need not know the evil He destroys, any more than the legislator need know the criminal who is punished by the law enacted. God’s law is in three words, ‘I am All;’ and this perfect law is ever present to rebuke any claim of another law” (p. 30).

In other words, God’s allness rules out the presence of anything that is not included in that allness – anything that is unlike Spirit’s goodness and perfection. No complications, no variables of circumstance, no lurking unknowns, just “I am All.”

As I pondered the absolute allness of God, good, I began to also think of its always-ness. Spiritual laws aren’t like a Hail Mary pass in football, a last-ditch option if we’ve gotten a bit behind in the game of human life and need to make up some ground. The notion that there was some material “law” I had broken (that I’d been in a situation where injury and slow recovery were the inevitable outcome) was replaced by a conviction within me that there has only ever been one law – God’s law – and it can’t be broken because there is no alternative to allness. Nothing can be outside of the infinite good that is All.

I slept peacefully that night, and by morning the swelling on my forehead was almost completely gone. Over the next few days I continued to pray along these lines, and the injuries faded quickly until I was completely free.

This experience has helped me see more clearly that the law of God’s allness is not just another law, it is the only true law of our being as God’s children. What assurance and joy to know that this divine law, this all-presence of God, is always present, defending us from any supposed laws of accident, injury, or any other malady. As we accept and yield more fully to God’s supreme authority, we feel its healing power in our lives.

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