“I am Well.”
From the July 10, 1902 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel by Mary E. Speakman
The erring material senses with their lying estimate of what is true, rebel against saying, “I am well,” while still to mortal sense they are holding the field with a false, physical claim of sickness. “Well? forsooth,” they argue, “Well? with aching nerves and stiffened joints and obstructed breath? Well?” But there, just there on that Rock, Truth, while the surging billows of error threaten sure disaster, we must stand. With that declaration of the reality of harmony and the unreality of discord begins the new birth, the awaking consciousness of the dominion of Spirit, God, Life. Lately, in trying to make and have others make this assertion despite all contradictory appearances, John, 1:1, has come to me with new significance: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In the beginning, the very beginning, we must speak the word that awakes this new consciousness, the avowal that Life is omnipotent and omnipresent and omni-active, and that man is Life’s reflection. Truly, in the beginning is the word, and the word is with God, with Good, Truth, Love, Life, — and “I am well,” spoken in the midst of the howling of terror and error, is spoken with omnipotence, and the word is with God. It is the “Peace, be still” of the Master. And the word is God — Immanuel, God with us. It is the utterance of the eternal fact of God’s ever-presence. It proclaims the perfection of man and establishes health, harmony. — S.
A note on this article
The following was found in Gilbert Carpenter’s Preface of
Instruction in Metaphysics by Dr. Alfred E. Baker
Many were the interesting things that I heard from Dr. Baker’s lips. For instance, he related that when Mary E. Speakman was made Assistant Editor of the Christian Science Sentinel, thereafter, when the postman left the Sentinel at Mrs. Eddy’s door, she invariably opened it to Miss Speakman’s article and read that first of all. The one that she liked best of Miss Speakman’s editorials was the one called, “I am Well” in the issue for July 10, 1902. This editorial is worth reading to show how its incisive quality appealed to Mrs. Eddy. It asks no questions of error, but obliterates its so-called affirmative with the affirmative of Truth, without quibbling or parleying.