Mental despotism may not be a topic that comes up often. Even so, the widespread tendency to be intimidated, even fearful on a regular basis shows that one is being held hostage, as it were, by factors and conditions which of themselves may have no real power over us. Even our health may be adversely affected if we don’t stand up to them. Writer Eric Nelson shows how he challenged the mental despotism he was feeling as a result of discord and political divisiveness that seemed overwhelming. Nelson writes:
“I recall a time a decade or so ago when my back and leg became gripped with pain, the result, I soon discovered, of a herniated disc in my spine. I could barely get in and out of bed and had trouble walking. A typical response, I suppose, might have been to pick up some pain medication at the local drugstore, stay off my feet, and simply wait it out. As helpful as that might be for some, I chose instead to pray.
“Although there are times when I have reached out with a heartfelt, “God help me!” with some expectation of getting better, the prayer in this instance required a deeper understanding of God’s presence and power to change both my mental and physical condition. It was more a matter of being consciously open to whatever God or divine Mind, to use [Mary Baker] Eddy’s term, had to tell me about my spiritual identity. As it turned out, what I heard had nothing to do with my body and everything to do with my relationship with others.
“As I was praying, I could see that I had become fixated on the deep political divide at that time, and the all-too-frequent evidence I was seeing of this in my own experience – the heated discussions, the posturing, and so on. Mostly, though, it was the persistent anxiety I felt about bringing up certain topics of conversation for fear of creating an uncomfortable situation for others and myself.”
If you want to learn how Nelson thought this through—how he prayed until he was healed of both mental despotism as well as physical suffering, Read More here