I am so grateful for an experience that reminded me how natural it is to turn to prayer.
This past summer we had a beautiful healing of our dog. She started to limp and within a couple of days both legs on one side were not working as they should, to the point she could not walk. My husband and I turned to prayer about the situation. I had been listening to the “Anthology of Classic Articles” Vol. II, in the car during my drive to work. I love this Anthology and I will spend days listening to the same disk before moving to the next one. The article that week had the counsel to exchange material evidence with spiritual fact. Every time I was confronted by the material picture, I exchanged it with the spiritual reality which was that our dog expressed freedom, strength and health. As we both prayed, progress was quick, and within a day she was walking and within two days, walking freely again.
More recently I seemed to have a very aggressive sore throat that continued for a number of weeks. We had returned from a wonderful family trip out of the country, spanning a number of time zones. I was having trouble getting back to regular sleep, and was right back to work and the fullness of family activity. I was exhausted and in pain. I called a practitioner for help. She said she would pray for me and asked me to just feel divine Love. I went to sleep that night resting in the "consciousness of Love". (SH, p. 578) I remembered the love expressed by family on the trip, ones who I had not seen for many years and others I met for the first time. Taking the trip had been a blessing for us and them and I knew there could be no negative consequences. I silently reached out to my Mother-Father God to feel the divine Love that is so much more than human affection. I fell asleep and had the first good sleep since returning. When I awoke, the pain had diminished dramatically. Within a day I gratefully thanked the practitioner. A couple of days later the symptoms seemed to return. I knew what to do. I went back to divine Love. I reasoned that divine Love is always infinite eternal love. It did not stop and start. It was not dependent on me calling it up. I just existed in Love. I just prayed with this until I knew that my being was whole and free of pain. The aggressive symptoms ended quickly after, and my sleep returned to normal.