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A Christian Scientist’s reaction to injury

When you get hurt, what is your immediate response?

I love stories about going to Ground in the midst of crisis. They remind me that whatever is occurring is malleable, not fixed. They remind me to pause myself when in the midst of an irritant — and to Ground it away.

I think you’ll enjoy this experience, related by Joan Gattuso:

When I was young, I dated a man who was a Christian Science practitioner. My new Unity path and his path from birth had many harmonious points. 

One evening when we were taking a last walk, he had a very nasty fall. There was blood everywhere and his toenail was ripped off; at the very least, it looked to me like he had seriously injured his sandaled foot. 

My first response was to call for an ambulance. His first response was to sit where he was and begin to pray. The Buddhists say, “He took the one seat.” He sat motionless for an extremely long time. 

Initially I had to fight against rising panic, but his calm was so pervasive that I sat on the ground across from him and prayed and meditated with him. 

This went on for more than an hour. When I finally opened my eyes and looked at his injured foot, the wound had stopped bleeding and was actually closing up. 

I asked if he wanted to go to the hospital and perhaps get a tetanus shot. He arched his eyebrows, looked at me without saying a word, and silently conveyed the thought: Did you not see what just happened?

Gattuso goes on to say:

True faith knows with certainty that the state desired in God is not only possible, but in the absolute sense, in the fourth dimension, is already at hand. Through prayer, visualization, meditation, knowing and faith, we can learn to bring the perfection from the realm of possibility into our own experiences.

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Excerpted text is from Unity Magazine, March-April 2012, in an article called “Practice is Key to Developing an Unshakable Faith,” by Joan Gattuso. Gattuso is a Unity minister and the author of The Lotus Blooms, a book about “practical lessons on applying the principles of Buddhism.”

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