Our independence from pain may be another right that’s “endowed by our Creator.” The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, enumerated in the American Declaration of Independence, implies this. So reasons Tim Mitchison….
“Trying to find not just a way to manage pain, but actual freedom from it, 46% of the respondents in a 2011 survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, The Center for Disease Control and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine believed that prayer was a form of alternative medicine and engaged it regularly to help relieve their physical pain.”
Mitchison is reminded of a time he felt a severe tear in his back after lifting heavy planters on the front porch. He was inspired by scriptural passages which assured him that all of us— of any faith or no faith—are given spiritually based freedoms by a universal Love often called God. He yearned to declare his independence from pain. He writes:
In my prayer, I turned to the great heart of divine Love, God, and acknowledged His power and presence in my life. Quietly, I yearned to know Him better and understand more clearly my spiritual identity as God’s child, the object of His affection–the true identity of everyone. I knew His strength would support me. The day after the accident, I had a very important presentation to give, which included a lot of standing and sitting.
Although it seemed virtually impossible to perform this task, I leaned on God’s love and was able to stand, sit and give my presentation without difficulty. In the next few days, as I continued to pray, I had complete relief from the pain, with no recurrence in the years since this experience (and I have lifted the other cement planters on my porch many times each spring and fall, and have been able to do so easily).
Mitchison then refers to the Declaration of Independence’s description of certain rights being “self-evident.” He concludes,
My experience, and the experience of many others, is increasingly becoming “self-evident” that the right to liberty from pain can be experienced through prayer. What a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July – to not only enjoy our family gatherings and parades, but also to find our freedom from injury, disease and accident through prayer that understands the healing power of divine Love.
If you’d like to declare your own independence from pain, but want to learn more about how to do it, Read More here.