HERE IS PATRICIA’S STORY…
WHAT I WAS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR IS WHAT I HAVE NOW
By PATRICIA ORNETT
From the May 7, 2007 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
I wanted to feel light, free, and find a way out of the trap, the monotony. I wanted to say I was so, so sorry. To move on, comfort those around me, say it would be OK and mean it. I wanted to feel unity with everything and everyone. For a long time I didn’t feel any of this. What I now know is, those desires for a better existence were prayer (see Science and Health, p. 1).
Starting in middle school, I was obsessed by thoughts of suicide. I was diagnosed as manic depressive and given medications. I look them off and on, but they made me feel worse. Later I got into heavy drinking and eating disorders. At first they seemed to offer hope, a way out of suffering, and a opportunity to change myself. But at some point that suddenly flipped, and my fears became more extreme.
This all went on for about ten years. I felt I was letting down everyone trying to help me, and I couldn’t help myself with will-power. I longed to be a better person than I felt I was. Finally, I started to be honest with myself about my fears — for instance, the fear that I was worthless. Honesty was key. I learned not to be afraid to pour out my heart to God. And then I prayed that these fears be removed. It was letting God be God, instead of thinking I had to fix everything. Things started to shift. I felt the action of God, and the fears began lifting. I was becoming childlike and open to receive more.
Someone introduced me to Science and Health. When I began reading it, thought, “This is what I know.” But it went further than I thought was possible — it gave me a clear sense of a whole, new identity. It filled a longing, a memory, a hunger for Something I knew — that we’re spiritual. I read, “Matter has no life to lose, and Spirit never dies” (p. 275). And, “Man is more than a material form with a mind inside, which must escape from its environments in order to be immortal” (p.258). It made sense. I saw the stark divide between the material and the spiritual — and that the spiritual was the reality I wanted to live by.
Science and Health described the ground to be covered—where I’d been and where I was going. It was about divine Love meeting my human need. It showed me what my true job was—being still and receptive, removing fear, and opening entirely to a consciousness of Love’s presence. I began living in the clear light of divine Life, translating everything into spiritual ideas, watching God’s grace elevating my thought and experience.
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