NOTE: Phillip and his family have relocated to Wales in the United Kingdom. He may be reached at his UK office at 01792-346-213 or by calling his US phone number 617-314-6457.
Although humble beginnings and hard knocks taught Phillip the value of being honest and hardworking, for oneself and others, that lesson did not last long into adult life. Rapid success in business and a hard-partying lifestyle led to an increasing sense of inner emptiness which in turn led to drinking and drugs.
In the early 1990s a fall that badly injured the spine started a seven-year, downward spiral of ill health. By 1999, after trying every alternative and spiritual healing method, without any cure, Phillip was registered as physically handicapped.
During those years of physical decline, he researched many religions and forms of spirituality, eventually focusing his time on mindfulness practices. These mental exercises helped Phillip be aware of pain in the body without reacting with fear. Thus, by remaining calm and composed, he could choose to be happy instead of fearful.
This attitude of “broken body—happy mind” was present when Phillip felt strongly attracted to attend his first ever Christian Science lecture—against his own best judgment at the time!
What happened to Phillip at that lecture was truly transformational. Not only was he healed of all his diseases at that event but also, more importantly, he was healed of his hardness towards the message of the Bible—telling us of God’s great love for each one of us. Christian Science explains the Bible promises so clearly. To him, the greatest of the promises is that we can all feel and live with this divine love, a heavenly love, here and now.
From that moment on he knew he had found something very special and could hardly wait to explain this experience to others—this ability to love and be loved by God.
Phillip had gone to the lecture with no expectations but, left with no limitations.
Since then, Phillip has shared God’s abundant love with others by becoming a full-time Christian Science practitioner, and through lecturing.
A new view of God and its effect on well-being
When most people think about life-changing moments, they may not think of a lecture on Christian Science. That wasn’t why I attended a lecture for the first time; I didn’t expect to walk out a new person. But I found something in that lecture that was indeed life-transforming. Christian Science gave me a new view of God that I’d not had before: a view of God as Love itself, divine Love that loved me fully. I also discovered that this loving God was not the source of my troubles (which were many) but the solution to them. My life began to improve quickly after that and I became a healthy man after many years of suffering.
There’s no question that I was jubilant about the way my life was being transformed. But what impressed me the most was finding out that these kinds of breakthroughs aren’t one-time, personal miracles. God’s love is available to everyone, and there’s even a textbook on Christian Science healing that explains the power of God’s love in our lives: Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
What I’ve gone on to learn, and what I’ll share in my lecture, is that the perspective of God and reality that Christian Science opens up is one that offers freedom from whatever in our lives seems painful, debilitating, or limiting. I’ll talk about a 19th-century woman, Mary Baker Eddy, who, after a life-threatening injury, discovered this new view of God for herself and went on to explain her discovery and its Bible-based principles in her book Science and Health. And I’ll share how that discovery is still relevant to our lives today because of what it reveals about God’s great love for each of us and its powerful, life-transforming effects.
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