This is giving me so many great ideas and truths to work with. Here are the first three sentences from that paragraph on page 495. I will pray all day today with the third one. "When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious - as Life eternally is - can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not.
Let. My grandmother spoke Italian as her first language. To us grandkids she spoke mostly English, but lapsed into Italian on occasion. She used the word 'let' the way I might use the words 'quit it' in moments of exasperation. As in 'let it be' or 'stop doing that'. But she also used it when she wanted us to calm down. Let. Let is go, be at peace. So I always think of her when I see this sentence. Let. I am not ruled by fear or doubt. They have no place in my character or experience. As I study Christian Science I am gaining a deep understanding and the ability to respond to things with trust and confidence. What Mrs. Eddy goes on to describe here as a clear sense and calm trust. She also handles that idea of 'overshadow'. This is important. It is what error is trying to interject. To overshadow means to darken or obscure, to make insignificant by comparison. How many times does that come up each day? Answers hidden away, a feeling of depression, solutions indistinct or imperceptible. Shadows cannot lessen the sun. The sun is still present and shining brightly. Even shadows have to move eventually.
Life is another synonym for God. Life is all about 'being', what is. Always replace 'what if' with 'what is'. This sentence shows how to do that and it is based sqarely on God and His ever present goodness, and His unchanging love for you. Catch just a glimpse of the that and it destroys any sense of pain, physical or emotional. It shows clearly what is not true. And just as clearly what is. Life is good. Your life is good.