Deborah Huebsch says: Suppose that last night, you had a dream. In that dream, your beloved pet was stolen. It was heart-wrenching and distressing. When you woke up, a great sense of relief washed over you. You knew it wasn’t real; it was only a dream, so it never happened.
A dream is something that is fundamentally unreal. It is fictional. So with our question, if we can consider accidents and all evil as dreams, we can get a handle on understanding the unreality of evil. Our basis for doing this is the allness of God, the allness of good. Allness doesn’t allow for anything else. So there can be no room in God’s universe for evil or accidents. Just as we know the difference between being awake and being asleep and dreaming, we can distinguish between the all-encompassing reality of good and therefore the unreality (dream) of evil
While dreaming, the dream seems to be the only reality. In the dream related above, the distress was intense, seemed very real. But it wasn’t based on what was actually going on. When the understanding of what is true comes to light, any effects from the dream disappear.
If the dream is particularly emotional or scary, you might have to remind yourself of the facts: The pet was never stolen, so there’s no reason for grief or anger. In the same way, when we seem to have, or witness, an accident, we can remind ourselves that in God’s universe, which is the only universe, nothing could happen that is unlike good. As we remind ourselves of the facts, the effects of the dream (accident) lessen until they finally disappear. We call this healing, but it’s really an awakening.
In God’s universe, which is the only universe, nothing could happen that is unlike good.
Once, one of my horses tripped over a wire and severed her thigh muscle completely. The vet said she would never be sound again. Because I was there when it happened, I had to wake up from the dream of an out-of-control horse getting seriously injured. I prayed hard, and the basis of my prayer was that God didn’t allow an accident, didn’t know evil, pain, or injury, and therefore it never really happened. Within a month, this horse was totally sound. The vet called her a “miracle horse.” Some 28 years later she is still sound and loves to go to horse shows. It’s impossible to tell which leg was injured because in reality, no accident occurred. God’s allness couldn’t and wouldn’t allow it, and when I woke up to that, the horse’s forever wholeness became apparent.
Are you responsible for dreaming that your pet was stolen? No. In the same way, God is not responsible for the dream of evil. God allows neither evil nor its so-called effects. The understanding of this fact has enormous implications for healing globally. If each person reading this column would say one quiet prayer that recognized the allness of God as the only reality, think of what an impact that could have. It would help us all wake up from the dream that evil and accidents have reality and power. Because the truth is they do not, and this can be proven.
Deborah is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher of Christian Science in San Juan Capistrano, California.