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In these pages we’ve gathered several shorter items—articles a page or less in length and excerpts from longer manuscripts that offer useful, inspiring insights. We hope you enjoy this kind of short-form nourishment in each issue. 

The big 'aha'

From the February 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A big “aha moment” came to me one summer while reading through the Gospels on one of my days off from my job at a summer camp. I was thoroughly struck with the connection between faith and the Christ. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus states, “Thy faith hath made thee whole.” This always amazes me because it reinforces that faith is more powerful than any world belief or false opinion, and that faith alone can lead to healing. In fact, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, states on the first page of her book Science and Health that prayer “is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God . . .” (p. 1). So, how does that relate to the Christ? Well, faith, I have learned, is the open door through which the Christ acts on our consciousness. True faith is the admission that all things are possible to God, and that nothing is possible to the carnal (mortal) mind.

When we have that kind of absolute faith, we are able to hear the Christ, and the Christ inevitably shows us the way. 

Following this aha moment, I better understood an experience that I had a couple of years ago. I was living in New York City and felt trapped at my job and in my apartment, and I inevitably felt a slave to my circumstance. 

After having a mini-breakdown, I called my mother sobbing, and she said to me, just “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). And the amazing thing is that I did, for three whole days. It was the first time that I completely shut off the fears and frustration I had been feeling from influencing me further, and I now realize that I spent three days just having faith. Nothing else mattered except fully embracing the idea that all things were possible to God, and that any thought other than that thought had no place in my consciousness. 

After those three days of being faithfully quiet in my thought, I woke up on a Thursday morning and my path was clear as day. I knew with Christly certainty that I was going to leave New York City, work for a camp during the summer, and move to Boulder, Colorado, in the fall. This direction was free from personal opinion, pride, human will, or fear, and that is how I knew that the direction was from God. The Christ had moved the troubled waters of my consciousness and had shown me the path that was there for me the whole time. 

I am now writing this from a favorite coffee shop in Boulder, my new hometown, and have enjoyed continuing down the path with Christ at the helm of my thought. Discovering this relationship between faith and the Christ has given me a more concrete understanding of how the Christ works, and I am grateful to have learned this lesson. I look forward to the many ways the Christ will continue to lead me down the path of peace.

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