“Faith…is a chrysalis state of human thought, in which spiritual evidence, contradicting the testimony of material sense, begins to appear, and Truth, the ever-present, is becoming understood.” (Science and Health, page 297)
Faith can seem to be an intangible ideal, something which we may wish for but feel we don’t have. Or it may be a quality that can seem to deny what may feel wise to our material sense of things.
But the definition in this passage invites us all in to appreciate and enjoy faith’s importance and its naturalness to each of us. For the chrysalis state of a butterfly is a necessary part of its growth and readying. It is that place where things happen, not by the creature’s own doing, but because it simply must.
So, faith is this state of human thought. It is that place where we simply can no longer rely on or feel complete or safe or fearless based on what the senses present. It is a place of gestation, where human thought expands, but not by its own processes of education or information. It is that space where we simply are awake to what’s next.
Just like that moth or butterfly, we are beginning to grow from the limited and earthbound to the winged and free. We begin to become aware that the qualities of Spirit, of Truth and Love, are more reliably sound and worthy and trustworthy than the world around us.
And this readiness to believe is all that we need. Receptivity. Willingness to move to the next phase of life’s promises, to be open to experience the skies of reality, and get some perspective on the earth from above its confines and limits. It is to begin to see what has always been there, with fresh eyes and a new and higher view.
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