Module 3: Forgive Your Body
I’ve done some pretty bad things in my life, that’s why I’m ill.

Disease is an experience of mortal mind.
It is fear made manifest on the body.
Divine Science takes away this physical sense
of discord, just as it removes a sense
of moral or mental inharmony.


Practicing the lesson – post your answers below!

In your journal, write down your beliefs about illness, getting sick, your disability or disease (if you have one), or medical condition.

  1. When you are finished, put the story away for a few days. When you have free time, look at what you wrote, and using a yellow marker, highlight all your fear-based judgments and comments.
  2. Ask yourself if you can change the way you have chosen to perceive those situations and conditions to create peace rather than resentment.
  3. If you already have an uplifting point of view about illness, congratulate yourself and have gratitude for giving yourself that gift.

If you are ill now or have been in the past, take the time to look at the way you have chosen to perceive your experience. I invite you to answer these questions:

  1. Are you angry and resentful about your illness?
  2. Do you enjoy the attention you receive from your condition?
  3. Is your ailment serving a purpose you have not been willing to look at?
  4. What have you learned from your disorder?
  5. Have you chosen to create a life for yourself despite your disabilities – like Christopher Reeve did, for example?
  6. Do you fight and resist your ailments rather than finding a place of acceptance? (By this I do not mean that you do not seek healing, but that your attitude is one of war rather than understanding.)
  7. Do you seek to blame your sickness on others?
  8. Do you consider your disorders inconveniences that are interfering with the things you feel you need to get done?
  9. Is there a way to take what you perceive as a curse and turn it into a gift?

At the opening of this lesson, I used a quote from Mary Baker Glover Eddy, in which she alluded to the idea that the mind can cause illness. Mary started the Church of Christ Scientist in 1879 and her assertions were certainly challenging to the general thoughts of the public at the time. Dr. Ernest Holmes, who founded the International Religious Science movement in 1927, also believed in the healing of the sick through the power of mind.

Charles and Myrtle Fillmore founded the Unity Church around 1889 and believed we are co-creators with God, creating reality through thoughts held in mind. If you have never thought of taking ownership for your physical experience in this way, these will be interesting points of view for you to consider.

Today’s Affirmation

I forgive myself for hurting my physical body through mental or physical abuse and for judging any medical condition I may have.
I commit to listening closely to the wisdom of my body’s warning system.

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