I think I am getting better at praying more, and handling false suggestions immediately when they come up.
I had a belief of period cramps, and it was really painful and getting worse, and a family member was helping me pray, and the lie seemed so real that it was hard not to argue on the wrong side. And then I just decided not to, decided to accept and affirm Truth, and was healed. That felt really simple and natural, the reassertion of the way things truly are.
Another time I had planned to meet a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time, and began to feel ill shortly before setting out. And instead of accepting the illness I just thought, No, I won’t accept it, I’m going to rely on God. And I was healed.
Then there were intermittent sharp internal pains that made me very afraid. The fear was the thing that really needed to be handled, since it was constant while the symptoms were occasional. I prayed with this passage:
Beloved Brethren”—You will accept my gratitude for your dear letter, and allow me to reply in words of the Scripture: “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able”—“able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,” “able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work,” “able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” (My 156:2)
And others about God being “able” to do anything and everything. Also passages about forbidding evil thoughts entrance. And the fear went away and then so did the pain.
Instead of blind and calm submission to the incipient or advanced stages of disease, rise in rebellion against them. Banish the belief that you can possibly entertain a single intruding pain which cannot be ruled out by the might of Mind, and in this way you can prevent the development of pain in the body. No law of God hinders this result. (S&H 391:7-13)
The issues of pain or pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forgetting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance. (S&H 392:32)
I had a very short deadline for a piece of creative work, and I wasn’t sure if it was right to do it and if I could do it, so I prayed, God I’m not sure if this is right, but I’m willing to be led by You. And I wrote the bulk of the piece in an hour and a half. I then decided not to use it for that occasion, for a variety of reasons having to do with not wanting to emphasize personality, but the ease with which the ideas came was inspiring. It made me realize that that is the approach I should be taking always when I sit down to write.