Martin Pistorius has a remarkable story to share. The title of his 2011 book says it all: Ghost Boy: My escape from a life locked inside my own body. The host of a recent NPR program that featured him as a guest explained: “Eventually Martin found a way to reframe even the ugliest thoughts that haunted him…And slowly, as his mind felt better, something else happened — his body began to get better, too.”
In spite of his doctors’ fatal prognosis, he eventually went to college, began working, and married.
The Martin Pistorius story resonates with me. I’m always moved by stories of recovery which seem to follow a mental shift. For instance, a landmark text on spirituality and health has a concluding chapter devoted to letters from some of those who wrote the author to say they had become well after reading and reasoning with her book.
The first letter shares the following healing of rheumatism: “I was placed under an X-ray examination… and consulted a celebrated specialist, who after a thorough examination said my condition would continue to grow worse and that I would become completely helpless. At that time a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mrs. Eddy was loaned me.”
“I read it more from curiosity than with the thought of any physical benefit… I realized that the mental condition was what needed correcting, and that the Spirit of truth which inspired this book was my physician. My healing is complete, and the liberation in thought is manifest in a life of active usefulness rather than the bondage of helpless invalidism and suffering.”
For many, such books are popular for giving hope in difficult circumstances. Reading the example of another’s recovery can often uncover practical ideas that lead to help and healing.
No wonder there is such a large, growing international discussion on the thought and health connection – it’s been found!