"Don't panic. I am here. I will see you out." That was the message that came to me when I found myself on the floor of my room curled up in a ball, panicking, crying, feeling like I had reached my wit's end over a problem that had persisted for three years and seemed suddenly worse than ever. I was at a total loss of how to go forward. The mental dialogue went like this:
"I (sob) can't (sob) do this (sob, sob) anymore. (Exhausted sob)"
"You don't have to."
"No (sob) really. I can't pray about this anymore, I don't have any more thoughts I can think to move forward. (sob) I quit."
"Don't think any more. I am your Mind. Let me think for you. Don't panic. I am here. I will see you out."
Even in this state of complete mental exhaustion, my "No more prayer" prayer was effective to lead me to the thought I needed to wake me up. Actually, it started by letting me sleep - to rest in the fact that I didn't have to figure anything out. I could leave it to God, my infinite, uncornered divine Mind, to do all the knowing, the thinking, the reasoning, and the solving for me.
When I awakened, I was no longer panicked. Nothing had changed problem-wise. But I didn't feel so isolated and alone in the struggle. That clear message, coming from divine Love, of the presence of Mind, comforted me. T that moment I heard it as Love, God, saying, "I am your Mind. Let me think for you. Don't panic. I am here. Let me guide you out."
The great prophet Elijah had a similar experience feeling desperate, exhausted, and alone in the world. With an enemy, Jezebal, breathing her intentions to kill him down his neck, he walked deep into the wilderness. The Bible says, "He stopped and sat down in the shade of a tree and wished he would die. 'It's too much, Lord,' he prayed. 'Take away my life; I might as well be dead!'" (See I Kings, chapter 19)
Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep. We are told that, "Suddenly an angel touched him and said, 'Wake up and eat.' He looked around and saw a loaf of bread and a jar of water near his head. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The Lord's angel returned and woke him up a second time, saying, 'Get up and eat, or the trip will be too much for you.' Elijah got up, ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to walk forty days to Sinai, the holy mountain."
It was on this mountain in a cave, at the end of this forty day journey taken in the strength of the angel-food, that Elijah witnessed an earthquake, wind and fire. He learned that there was no God - no Life, Truth, intelligence, nor substance - in any of these symptoms of evil. The still, small voice of Truth broke through to him and he heard very specific instructions that would enable him to go forward and finish his mission in total security.
In my case the lesson was the same. My panic stemmed from being overwhelmed by symptoms of an intractable, venomous evil that seemed to have control over my life. But once I realized it wasn't my job to think or pray my way out of the problem, but that I could yield to intelligent Mind to feed me all my thoughts and direct all my forward steps - the symptoms stopped being so impressive. In fact, over the next several weeks I saw rapid progress unfolding all around me, until I saw the problem completely healed.
Mind saw me out, until I saw it, too.
If you are dealing with a particular struggle that has you feeling trapped, cornered, with no way out, allow Mind to get a grip on you. Listen to the still small voice breaking through the earthquake, wind and fire of panic. It is saying to you;
"I am your Mind. Let me think for you. Don't panic. I am here. I will see you out."
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I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no