I started to feel very sick, a couple of weeks ago, after eating one evening. I traced the illness back to some food I had eaten and decided was responsible for the illness.
At first, my thought was lethargic, accepting the suffering with an attitude of, “Oh geez, I ate some bad food. Now I need suffer for a few hours until the sick feeling goes away.” But I quickly pounced on that suggestion and started to pray to feel my healthy well self again.
Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “If mortals think that food disturbs the harmonious functions of mind and body, either the food or this thought must be dispensed with, for the penalty is coupled with the belief” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 388). I already ate the food, so it was too late to stop that from happening. I decided my option was to get rid of the “thought” that bad food was causing me to suffer.
In my prayers, I knew that God’s love and care was more powerful and influential over my experience than any bad food. If I ate bad food, then divine Love would neutralize that food and render it harmless in my body. I did not need to suffer from it, I accepted.
Eddy also wrote, “Mind regulates the condition of the stomach, bowels, and food, the temperature of children and of men, and matter does not” (Science and Health, p. 413). This truth reminded me that food was not in control of my experience, either in a good or a bad way. Food, as matter, is mindless. It does not have the ability to make me sick or to make me well. Only mind can affect how I feel. To get well, I needed to see that divine Mind, and not mortal mind, was determining my state of health.
So, my prayer shifted to accepting divine Mind’s government alone over my state of health. It didn’t matter what I ate for dinner, divine Mind alone was shaping and forming my experience, causing only good things to happen to me, giving me strength, health and wellness that is never lost.
Food is not more than Mind. Mind is more than food, I affirmed.
As I found my peace with Mind’s government over my health and body, I lost my fear of the food, and the sickness rapidly disappeared. In about 30 minutes, I felt well with no symptoms of food poisoning. I was my happy healthy self once again, and grateful for it.