“I am a child of God and therefore I do not inherit sickness.”
These were the words that leaped into the mind and heart of Myrtle Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, as she and her husband Charles attended a lecture in 1886 by Dr. E.B. Weeks on a young movement called “New Thought.” They attended the lecture out of both curiosity and need; Myrtle was desperately ill, and the couple didn’t know where to turn. Unburdened by any particular connection to religious doctrine, the two sought Truth wherever it presented itself.
The speaker was a Board member and representative of the Illinois Metaphysical College, founded by Emma Curtis Hopkins in Chicago. Considered a “troublemaker,” Weeks was sent out regularly as a guest lecturer to get him out of town. Isn’t it interesting to know that the Unity movement, which has changed the lives of millions of people since its beginning in 1889, has its first roots in the words of a man seen as troublesome by his colleagues? There is an entire lesson available from this topic alone; we’ll save that for another day.
The words mentioned previously became Myrtle’s constant prayer. For two years she “lived, breathed, moved, and had her being” in them, and she was healed. Myrtle’s journey, as well as Charles’, are stunning testament to the power of faith and prayer.
What was the key to Myrtle’s healing?