The Rhythm of the Universe
by Mary Beth Singleterry
“Christian Science declares that sickness is a belief, a latent fear, made manifest on the body in different forms of fear or disease. This fear is formed unconsciously in the silent thought, as when you awaken from sleep and feel ill, experiencing the effect of a fear whose existence you do not realize; but if you fall asleep, actually conscious of the truth of Christian Science, — namely, that man’s harmony is no more to be invaded than the rhythm of the universe, — you cannot awake in fear or suffering of any sort.” (Ret.)
This comforting statement by Mrs. Eddy from “Retrospection and Introspection” was given to me by a practitioner years ago when I had sleeping problems. She explained to me the importance of preparing thought before bedtime, to become enveloped with the Omnipotence, Omnipresence and Omniscience of our loving Father; to lay aside any troubles and to put them all in His care, and then to recount the wonderful blessings of the day, thanking God for each one. I was also given the following verse from Psalm 31:5 to work with: “Into Thine hand I commit my spirit: Thou hast redeemed, me O Lord God of Truth.”
It was explained, too, if I did awake during the night, this would be a quiet and an effective time to pray for our church, community, nation and world. Mrs. Eddy states on page 218 of Science and Health: “The consciousness of Truth rests us more than hours of repose in unconsciousness.” As I earnestly prayed in this manner, eventually a peace would take hold and sleep would return. The morning came with feelings of true refreshment and joy.
These simple guidelines for a God-given rest have never failed me, and you can trust them to help you as well!