July 1999 I had a first time manic episode probably due to a lot of stress. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder "manic depression" which is characterized by recurring periods of mania "shorter usually" and depression "longer usually." A few years before I was on Prozac for a year for unipolar "depression only" depression. With the bipolar disorder I was prescribed 3 types of prescription drugs and I gradually whittled down the drugs to one of each of both the mood stabilizer and the anti-depressant. I tried to quit the mood stabilizer a few times but couldn't due to feeling terrible "bad hangover to say the least kind of feeling" for several days. Under the care of a practitioner and also in my own following Jesus again spiritually and in reading the bible again and health and science, I was able to quit the medication cold turkey. --Anon.
On the way down to Boston, I flew from San Francisco to Salt Lake City. Then, I continued on another Delta flight to Boston. On the Salt Lake City to Boston flight I encountered a very meaningful experience. I had just finished eating the dinner that had been served to us, and had started to watch the movie [The Skulls], when, all of a sudden I experienced what one might identify as being a 'panic attack.' I had to break the close confines of where I was sitting [directly next to a window with two other occupied seats to my left]. To do so, I had to disturb the two other passengers as I had no option than to be free from the terrible feeling of claustrophobia! I don't ever recall succumbing to anything like that in the past, ever! Indeed, I have always thoroughly enjoyed flying and have always had good feelings about the experience.
November of 2000 I was in Santa Fe for Thanksgiving. Walking in town one day I didn't see the ice in the shadow of a building and the next thing I knew, I was flat on my back. Upon standing up, my first thought was "Thank you Father, I know there is nothing to be removed." I kept on walking and just holding to the oneness and the allness of God and that God is the only power.
As a student of Christian Science I pray each day and study the Bible, and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. This day was quite a normal one for me and I had gone to work. Usually at 8:20 every morning I would habitually walk across the rarely used railroad tracks to the Post Office to get my mail. This day, however, when I put down my tools to do it, there was as a voice saying "Not now". As I am used to listening to these silent utterances, I picked up my tools again and went back to work. Several times I remembered that I had not gotten the mail and momentarily stopped working, but again came the voice "Not now". All of a sudden, while I was busy on a project I heard "Now!" This was not my inclination, nor the result of any reasoning or decision making on my part. Not knowing why or what the urgency was about I dropped my tools and went straight out of the building, across the tracks to the Post Office and picked up my mail. As I left the Post Office I became instantly aware of why I was at that precise spot at that moment,--not only physically, but also spiritually--and I knew what I must do. I could hear a train coming and it was very close. At this intersection there are no traffic barricades that come down, only flashing lights. Around the curve in the road was a car traveling very fast toward the intersection. The driver could not see the train or lights. I can only describe my motion as being moved by the spirit. It certainly was not me. I jumped in front of the car, hands waving, and then leaped off the road to safety. The driver who had slammed on his brakes to avoid hitting me proceeded to skid toward the tracks and stopped about two feet from the passing engine!
We had some very strong weather here last Friday (2/16/01), and at home a wonderful evidence of God's power. That nasty sound that indicates tornado came rumbling towards us and just after I had put the cats in the laundry room the doors of the house began to be pulled in and out on their hinges in and out. I was so grateful for what I have learned and worked with regarding the weather over the last several years mostly through the Blue Book [Divinity Course and General Collectanea, compiled by Richard Oakes].