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Do you know the story of Jesus walking on water?

The disciples are sailing on one of those ”dark and stormy nights.” Jesus walks towards them on the water.  They’re scared out of their minds and think he’s a ghost.  But he’s not!  Peter asks Jesus to call him out on the water.  Jesus calls. Peter walks — perfectly safe! Until Peter lets fear rule him.  He starts to sink, but Jesus catches him.

I have an example from my life where I’ve walked on water.

For 5 years of my life I was drowning.  I got lost somewhere along the way and ended up daily drinking and smoking with very little hope in my life.  Don’t get me wrong, I was sometimes happy, but I was not fulfilled and certainly not walking on water.

On February 6, 2006, I quit smoking 2 packs of cigarettes per day and drinking up to a fifth of vodka a night.  I quit it all that day — cold.

Then I went to Alcoholics Anonymous, where I was told that I had entered a lifelong struggle with a disease I would always have.

Yet I’ve never served a day of this life sentence.  Because I said in that moment: “This is absolute foolishness. Like any disease, it’s not real.”

I’ve been without drinking and smoking for over 6 years now. There’s no struggle. And people who are constantly fighting the urge to drink and smoke are coming to me saying, “How can I get that?” I say, “You already have it. You just have to tune into it.”

So, truly, I know God’s strength in the midst of a storm. I know he won’t let me drown.

So now . . . can we help each other challenge our deep, deep fears? Can we walk on water together?

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Comments

  1. Zach says:

    Just as Peter walked on the water, so can we, but we have to continue to trust in God. We can’t let fear overshadow our clear sense and calm trust. S&H pg. 495

  2. Olivia and Hannah says:

    I love this Bible story! It is really inspirational because you found a way to re-surface yourself from drowning in your addiction.

  3. Tristan says:

    To me it seems that this article is saying that to be able to walk on water spiritually you have to let go of your fears and problems and fully put your trust in God and know that he is always there to protect us.

  4. ThisIsGreat says:

    How much do you need to know to walk on the water like Jesus did? You’d also need quite a lot of trust in God’s direction.

  5. jessicaali says:

    I really like how you use walking on water to give up cigarettes completely. It shows you overcame the struggles that people thought were impossible to overcome.

  6. allison says:

    Yes we can all walk on water together we can help to uplift one another with love to to help us focus on that divine love from God and that is what will help us from drowning and the material bog that will try to pull down and drown us. “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need”.

     

  7. Haley says:

    God is always there for us, when we seem like we are drowning in our sorrows or our problems and we’re just too tired to tread the water anymore; God will offer his hand to us, and pull us up. When we make a mistake, it may seem like we have fallen into the water.  But do not fear. No matter what we’ve done our savior will save us. He will create in us a clean heart.

  8. Perex says:

    5 years of drownig? that’s a long time drowning. I bet you had to be really faithful in God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. ThisIsGreat says:

    That was a good turn around mentally,  the drowning 5 years were no good, but you gott back on your feet and for 6 years of not smoking or drinking. Thats a good spiritual turn around

  10. susie says:

    Michelle’s healing was really helpful.  It reminds me of things I have worked on but especially of the cccount of Ernst Shakelton’s experiences on the ice when his ship the Endeavor (I think that was the name) went down in the ice and he was stranded with his shipmates for many months.  They had many natural/spriitual instances of protection but what impressed me so much was this:  When Shakelton and two of his ship mates took off in their little boat  sans compass to find help, they tore out a page of the huge Bible they had taken with them – one of those old fashioned gigantic books which were not possible to carry around.  And he took out the page from Job where it talks of God creating the ice.  This has meant so much to me for if God created the ice, it must be good and part of Life itself.  Not a circumstance of dying or death.  Michelle’s talking about the sidewalk was like this.  And I am now thinking about the spring when it comes; the trees and pollen are made by God and cannot be an expression of anything but Life. Sharing and discussing these radical acts is something we are doing in Sunday School and is a fabulous direction for our church.

  11. Kate says:

    I love the line from hymn 190:

    “Things deemed impossible I dare,
    Thine is the call and Thine the care,
    Thy wisdom shall the way prepare;
    Thy will be done.”

    I was thinking of this line one afternoon.  It says that the call to do the “impossible” is God’s — as is whatever is needed to take “care” of all the details.  His wisdom has prepared the way.  And His will — will be done.  No question.

    I suddenly FELT the power of this promise.  There was nothing I being asked to  do  ”on my own.”  It was ALL His will being done — by Him.  I was just an instrument in the symphony — being called forth by the Great Conductor — not choosing the music, creating the instrument, or directing anyone else.  My job was to watch attentively, mark the music, wait for my cue, and take my direction from the Conductor only.  If a fellow cellist leaned over and suggested that I play softer or louder — or not at all — it is my job to stay focused on the Conductor’s cues only.

    Later that day I was asked to do something I just couldn’t even imagine I was capable of doing.  But instead of looking at my capabilities and assessing the situation based on what I knew about myself — I decided to trust that it was God alone who was calling forth a performance.  I walked forward into what seemed like a very challenging opportunity with confidence that no one (and nothing) but God could make demands upon me.  He knew the music, the musicians, and would carry us through.

    I remember how effortless that day felt.  Each detail was clearly and precisely played — but only for the Conductor.  It was his hand I kept my eyes on.  I stopped thinking about my “performance” and only His direction.   Every measure was beautiful..

  12. Sarah says:

    Ian, it is inspiring to hear how you were able to so clearly reverse your situation–and help others do the same.  I really like your response: “You already have it. You just have to tune into it.”  It speaks to the strength that lies in just realizing one’s natural abilities–without any superimposed human conceptions.

    One time that I felt like I was walking on water was when I was asked to play a viola concerto in my high school’s band concert.  I had prepared the concerto and played it for district and state-level music conferences, but I had not played it for an entire auditorium of people before–consisting of friends, fellow classmates, family, and teachers.  To say I was nervous would be an understatement.

    I had spent hours upon hours in the practice room, rehearsing passages, doing fingering exercises, playing with a metronome, and practicing visual cues to give to the piano accompanist.  The piece was very technically challenging, and had several measures that could sound terrible if my bow was slightly angled or my fingers pressed down a few millimeters in the wrong direction.   I had practiced the piece enough times that I could play it without looking at music, but I still did not feel comfortable playing it in front of the entire school.

    When I played the concerto for my teacher during lessons, there seemed to be an inconsistency in the way the piece sounded.  It did not matter how much I had practiced it during the week; if I was not in the “right” mindset when I played the piece for my teacher, it came out sounding pretty bad.  I realized that my human doubts and fears were being clearly manifested through the piece.  For example, if there was a section coming up that required a lot of shifting and string crossing, I would start worrying about it before I even came to it–and then it would come off sounding just as I had worried it would sound.

    Once I understood my problem to be more mental than anything else, I began paying much more attention to my thoughts while I was playing the piece.  I made a conscious effort to focus on the message that I thought the piece was conveying, and to make myself just a transparency through which that message could come.  I stopped worrying about whether I would hit the correct notes at the correct time, and just played.

    The night of the performance  finally came.  My accompanist and I were standing offstage, with my choir teacher beside us.  I was still debating whether or not to use the sheet music.  I knew that it was very possible that I would freeze in the middle of the piece, forget everything that I had practiced, and not be able to finish.  I told my choir teacher my concern, and she listened, carefully.  I told her that the piece always sounded better when I played it without the music–but that I didn’t know if I could trust myself to play without it in front of the entire auditorium.  She told me that I should do whatever felt best.  I decided to not use the sheet music.

    When I walked on the stage, I was at first blinded by the bright overhead lights.  I could feel my entire body starting to shake, and I began to worry that I would not be able to even keep the bow on the string.  I could feel everyone looking at me, analyzing my every move.  I seriously considered walking off stage.  But then I took a breath.  I looked out at the audience, acknowledging them.  I affirmed my purpose as a musician–to be a transparency for the message of the composer.  I looked at my accompanist, nodded, and we began.

    As we played, I felt myself yielding to the music.  While I was playing, I could not think of all the technical details that I had wanted to remember; my hands were just playing by themselves.  Whenever I became nervous that I would forget a part, I just focused more on what I was hearing and playing in each moment.  There were some places where I felt dangerously close to forgetting everything–but I somehow managed to keep going.  As I played the last chord, I felt a huge sense of relief spread over me.  By trusting in my ability to play what was naturally there–instead of worrying about my ability to do so–I was able to play the piece with accuracy and confidence.  This experience proved to me the importance of continually pushing ourselves to do things that we are afraid of–of leaving the safety boat and truly finding out what keeps us afloat.

  13. shelly says:

    It seems time for a walking on water story.    My walking on water story came when I went into the practice.  I had always thought I would like to go into the practice, but I just didn’t know how to start.   Going into the practice is a bit like getting out of the nice safe boat, and wholeheartedly being willing to approach the Christ.  Know that the Christ is there with his hand out.

    About the time that I started thinking about going into the practice, I got something in the mail reminding me it was time to renew my teacher’s certification.   Declining to renew my certificate was the first foot out.   People started calling me but I also wanted a very public practice.  So I prayed for guidance on how to have patients whe were not Christian Scientists.  That afternoon I was in a grocery store and ran into a friend of mine.  She was pregnant and way over due.   This was the moment that both feet were coming out of the boat.

    The next day she was going into the hospital.  I told her about Christian Science and agreed to come over to her house and bring a copy of Science and Health.  I brought her the copy and talked about some simple truths.   I went outside her house and sat on the curb.  I felt the healing power of the Christ holding me up in my treatment.  The next morning she called to say her little girl came in the night.  She completely attributed Christian Science with that healing.

    Now, that I am in the practice, every once and awhile, if the phone stops ringing, I realized that I have mentally climbed back into the boat.    What a joy it is to remember that the Christ is still there, as it always will be, with its hand out to help us walk on the water on mortal consciousness.

    • Sarah says:

      Shelly, I loved hearing the steps that you took to step out of the “safety boat” and onto the water.  Every step of the way, it sounds like you had the courage to choose what you wanted to do–and then your needs were met once you were on the water.  It made me think of this Radical Act in a new way–in terms of not being afraid to make a change.  People say that people are generally “resistant to change,” and your story reminded me of how important it is to challenge this resistance.

      • Shelly says:

        Your response has also encouraged me to think more deeply about what walking on the water means.  What was Jesus asking of his disciples.  It must have been more than the ability to do a circus trick.   Perhaps is was an assurance to them that as they go forward in the ministry, there would be storms.  And, even if Jesus wasn’t in the boat with them, the Christ would be there to hold them up if they start to fall.

    • Kate oswald says:

      Thank you for posting this. Love brought me here this morning to read it and feel the hug.

      Thank you

  14. nina says:

    Last month I found myself in a crazy situation that definitely relates to this Radical Act.

    I was at the beach, trying to rescue my dog from some foolish canine escapade.   As I stood at the edge of the water debating various alternatives, I heard the divine command:  “GO!”   So I did, bolting waist deep into a dark, icy creek.  The current almost swept me off my feet, but I made it across.

    I grabbed the dog and headed back.  But then, re-crossing the creek, I made a human calculation.  I figured that if I crossed where the water was twice as wide, maybe 30 or 40 feet, it would be shallower and safer.  At that point, though, I omitted the divine consultation.

    Suddenly I found myself in ice water way over my head, being whisked away from land by the strong current.  At the same time, a frantic eighty-pound dog was trying to rescue me (really he was) by climbing on top of my head and forcing me underwater.  All I could think about was, “how long can you stay conscious when you’re this cold?”

    But here’s the funny thing.  The whole time this drama was unfolding, I could feel the activity of another layer of consciousness.  I was hearing:  “How are you going to live?  Fear?  Or no fear?  Choose.”

    Obviously this story had a happy ending!  I realized that I needed to angle across the current instead of fighting it.  I also grabbed the dog’s tail so he could help pull me in.  So now, instead of being a popsicle for some random shark, I’m (thank God) sitting here dry and warm.

    Since this dramatic event, I’ve definitely been living differently.  For example, I recently had a hard decision to make.  I’d already volunteered umpteen hours to a project with the expectation that it would turn into paid work at a certain time.  Suddenly, just when I reeeeally needed cash flow, the paid work was postponed.  I could keep volunteering, which didn’t seem fair.  Or I could say no and risk losing future work from this source, and also risk damaging an important professional friendship.

    So:  “Fear?  Or no fear?  Choose.”

    After much prayer about my worth and my purpose, I bravely said no to more volunteering.  To my surprise, the professional friendship immediately grew stronger.  Then, the very next day, I got a new contract for work that’s a billion times more on track with my purpose.

    So . . . wow!  Of course I’m grateful not to be a shark popsicle.  But I’m even more grateful for what I learned in the cold current.  First:  No fear.  Step out there.  God really will hold you up.   Second:  No smarty-pants human reasoning.  Consult God early and often.  And third:  No regrets.  It’s never too late for divine direction — even when you’re in over your head!

    • Kate Oswald says:

      I am so inspired by this “walking on water” testimony. Thank you. I love the definite listening and acting- the yes, yes, or no, no… without maybe’s or should I?

      thank you Nina

    • Nina – The idea you share of choosing promptly and definitively between living in fear or not  is so helpful to me right now.  It’s true that when I move boldly forward with confidence in God, things always work better.   I  feel more confident in my decisions because I am basing that assurance on aligning myself with God’s rightness and accuracy and not on mustering up a dose of human strength or intelligence.

      It helps me to let go of what is wrong – which is sometimes just as essential as holding onto what is right.  It’s so easy to cling to the wrong situation or person simply because it feels safer than letting go.

      In addition, I understand the power of the experience that you relate here, since as a child I had a near-drowning incident in the ocean and turned whole-heartedly to God in the midst of it.

      Thank you, Nina.

    • Kate oswald says:

      Thank you for posting this ” no shark popcicle” radical act. I needed it this morning.

       

  15. Hayley says:

    Very recently I have been thinking about Peter’s experience walking on the water. He saw the example, Jesus, walking on the water, and he knew it was possible. With his faith guiding him he started towards Christ, Jesus. On his way though, matter/ error/ fear began to  tempt him, and with his feeble faith he began to sink into matter once again. But the Truth, of what is really real caught him, and returned him to safe firm ground/understanding. In times of disaster, or turmoil we may start to question God, and be fooled by error, but Love, Life, Truth Spirit, etc, will catch us even in a devastating moment, and take us back to our firm understanding of these divine laws that combat any challenge.

  16. Amy says:

    I think this family is walking on water!  Oh to be more like them — living generous lives, appreciating what they have, loving each other.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rztYMMhMT2Y&feature=youtu.be

  17. Shelly says:

    Love This!! How beautiful.

  18. John says:

    (This story is from Parfait Mabela, a Sunday School teacher near Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo)

    I was in charge of organizing and leading a youth summit that happened in my country last year.
    I was expecting 300 participants.  The summit committee and I were surprised when we registered 600 participants!  This was very good news for this activity but there was one problem: the budget and supplies.  We were financially down and unable to find housing for the new registrants.  I got upset and felt I was losing control of the situation.

    All the people were looking at me, the president of the activity, asking “what’s to be done?”  My answer was that, even though everybody was expecting me to solve this problem, truthfully it wasn’t up to me personally to solve this challenge.  I simply said this prayer: ”Not my will but yours.”

    Well, it worked out that TMCYouth could help solve this problem.  They were able to support us with an amount that we needed for the supplies for the extra 300 participants.  And, we found ways to house all those additional participants from outlying provinces, who didn’t have a place to stay because we were not expecting them. It was truly God’s answer – I couldn’t have solved this myself, but my commitment to “Not my will, but yours,” helped us to see the harmonious resolution!

    This was just one highlight from that wonderful activity led by God Himself. We’ve been told that that spiritual activist summit had one of the highest attendances of a summit to that date!  And those participants shone with such joy after returning back home.

    Isn’t it incredible how God leads every step of our lives?

  19. Kate says:

    I don’t know that I’ve fully explored this Radical Act…or that I will ever plumb its depths. But I do know that I have the right to apply the Principle of Love, embedded in this Radical Act, and expect to see natural law mimic the spiritual law. I have thought about the context in which Jesus walks on water. And it seems critical. His disciples were fearful. They were in the middle of the sea, in a storm. The most natural thing (according to the law of Love) for Jesus to do would be to go to his friends in the fast way possible. I think that perhaps he knew that as long as he was Love-impelled, every other law in the universe would subserve the interest of Love. Including the law of physics. Just as the axehead had floated for Elijah, so too would the “friend” stay above the water, in order to reach a friend in need. This was the most direct route…I think he knew he had the law of Love undergirding everything he did.

    In Pulpit and Press (page 54) Mrs. Eddy avers:

    “That Jesus operated in perfect harmony with natural law, not in defiance, suppression, or violation of it, we cannot doubt. The perfectly natural is the perfectly spiritual.”

    I’ve been pondering this statement in connection with the Radical Act for weeks now. The promise it opens up, is vast.

  20. Kate Oswald says:

    These are some great illustrations of ” walking on water”. Thanks for posting them. For me, walking on water takes the form of walking over the currents of thought around me. I am constantly moving into different waters- different atmospheres- and my challenge is to stay on top, walk over instead of thrash around in the water. So far I am finding that I am not reacting as much to situations/things/people,and it is easier to see from this position too. There has been more harmony in my life since doing this the past few weeks. I am so grateful for this.

  21. Kate says:

    In some ways all of these radical acts are becoming interwoven for me. An entire summer of consciously exercising my right to live them has helped me see that they support and strengthen one another.

    As far as “walking on water” goes…I love what has been shared in this thread and have returned to it throughout the summer.

    What has stood out to me, of late, in my practice of this radical act, is the demand to WALK on water. Not just stand, but walk. To go forward ON water…. To use the water as a platform for moving forward in our lives.

    Whether the water is still and placid, choppy and roiling, hard and frozen, buoyant and supportive…misty, liquid, steam or ice…it is still water. It is never-the-less “of God.” And the form is inconsequential…it is the substance that matters. If I can stay focused on the elemental purity and constancy of the water, and trust God to call it into whatever form is needed…I can use it as a platform for spiritual growth.

    In kind, Mary Baker Eddy states i Science and Health (page 521): “All that is made is the work of God, and all is good. We leave this…in the hands of God, not of man, in the keeping of Spirit, not matter, — joyfully acknowledging now and forever God’s supremacy, omnipotence, and omnipresence.”

    For me, this is what “walking on water” is all about. To trust that God is the ONLY Source of all that IS…and to trust his power, presence, and supremacy in calling all things into being…and then, my only job is to “joyfully acknowledge now and forever God’s supremacy, omnipotence, and omnipresence,”…and to move forward, to act, to move in the direction of God’s calling.

    loving this act…..

    kate

  22. Lin Paporello says:

    When I saw this radical act of Walking on the water, it brought to mind an experience that I had last year, which to me was amazing. Amazing to the human mind anyway, for days I walked around declaring, “WOW!” and rejoicing in the freedom and protection.
    My son lives just a couple of blocks away and it is the perfect distance to just hop on my bike and let Gabe, my dog, chase alongside and get a good run and since it is usually a quick trip I don’t take the time to put on helmet and gloves. On this trip I was using a training collar to encourage Gabe to obey and stay to the sidewalk side of the street and at my back wheel. We rounded the corner and I was putting on the speed to stay in front when he burst ahead and cut across my path to check on a barking dog behind the fence. My emphatic response was to yell “NO” and at the same time push the vibrate button on the controller which was in my right hand. In this multi-task moment my left hand just as determined squeezed the front brake. The bike literately flipped me over the handle bars and I went somersaulting and log rolling down the asphalt. I knew my body was bumping and thumping but I didn’t feel it! Then there was this bubble of laughter and joy that rose in thought and I found myself giggling. FUN?
    I got up completely unscathed, not a scratch! Thank you Father, Mother, Love, and a happiness that you feel after you have survived a scary ride at a theme park. COOL!
    Years of demonstrating that there are no accidents in God have been gratefully acknowledged in the past and have always been met completely. But this time there was nothing to heal, nothing to demonstrate, perfection was never interrupted, even in this phenomenon, I guess I see it as I was a rock skipping across the surface of mortal belief and the Christ Truth enfolded me, held me, and we rejoiced together over the nothingness of matter. It was glorious!

  23. Tessa says:

    Walking on water means sailing through turbulence to me. How do you do that? Is that even what it means?

    • John says:

      Hey Tessa! I love the image your comment brought to thought. “Sailing through turbulence” speaks to me of boldness (I don’t think many people go sailing when it’s choppy…but I bet it would be a beautiful ride) and confidence in the laws undergirding sailing.

      When I read your comment, this passage from page 264 of Science & Health also came to thought. “Where shall the gaze rest but in the unsearchable realm of Mind? We must look where we would walk, and we must act as possessing all power from Him in whom we have our being.”

      The reason I mention that is because, in my experience, it’s given great clarity to “how” I can walk on water. I want to keep my gaze – my focus and my thought – clearly and directly with pure good. Then I need to take a step – I need to live what I know. In any other arena of life, if we say we understand something, it goes without saying that you can do it and live it. If you tell me you understand how to make a rocking chair, I would gladly trust you to make one for me – to live what you understand.

      So, when considering God’s divine laws of good, if we understand them, that does NOT mean we just sit in our rooms enjoying thinking about what we understand. We LIVE! Walking on water is any time we live any of these Radical Acts – any time we refuse to bow to the evidence of the senses or of personal or societal history – and “act as possessing all power from Him in whom we have our being.” No one else judges that – you just get to live.

      Christ is showing us why and how we can accept the invitation to sail through turbulence – to see how alive we really are – to see how ordered, safe, loved and principled all of life truly is. What a joy to be so loved :-)

  24. Meredith says:

    I’m 12 days into my 365 day pledge to be single. The idea came to mind when i was in the midst of a love triangle. My goal is to live above the drama of dating and really figure out myself and what I want in life.
    This past weekend I went to a summit at Cedars camps and one of the break out sessions talked about radical acts. In the session we all drew a radical act and talked about. I drew this one and was so surprised at how much it related to what I was trying to do. It was like God had picked this act out for me to live.
    At the end of the summit I was on a hike and in the beginning of the hike we picked up stones that represented problems in our life. After carrying them throughout the hike we got to drop them in the water and release the problem. As I was standing on a rock, about to drop my stone into the stream, I felt like I walk walking about the water and I had a choice to dive into the water wtih my rock( all the drama associated with relationship and dating)or to live above it. It was a great physical example of how I was living this act.

    • Amy says:

      I love your pledge. I love the desire to live above the drama. I’m cheering you on! Looking forward to hearing about your journey.

  25. Kate says:

    I love this thread and these remarkable insights into new ways of thinking about “walking on water.”

    One of the ways that I am exploring this particular “Radical Act is to ask myself throughout the day, “What laws of physics am I subjugating the law of Love to, and how can I turn this around and let the laws of physics serve the law of Love?”

    I think of the story of the axehead floating, and that the one thing that the prophet knew (from the man in whose hands it flew into the water) was: “Alas master for it was borrowed.”

    Now, in those days an axehead wasn’t something you drove to Ace Hardware to pick up on a Saturday afternoon. It was a critical tool to a family’s survival, and to loan it to a neighbor or friend was an act of love and trust.

    The man’s desire to return it to the lender who trusted him with this tool, was also an act of Love. I believe that Elijah understood that the law of Love was the supreme law that every other “natural law” subserved. If Love required that the axehead float in order for it to fulfill it’s loving intent…that is what it would do.

    Every one of Jesus’ “so called” miracles, isn’t so miraculous or surprising if you think about them in this context. The law of multiplication subserving the law of Love and the multitudes are fed. The law of physics condensing molecules from aireform, to liquid, to solid in order to serve the law of Love…and water becomes more solid than liquid. Molecules of stone obedient to the law of quantum physics… their mass is less dense, and he is unharmed by an angry mob seeking to stone him. A mother needs her son for support and his body obediently subserves the law of Love and he regains consciousness.

    I am trying to challenge my every expectation about reality and law and put the law of Love, the science of Christianity as supreme in the universe…when I do, my world shifts into a natural place where nothing loving, beautiful, kind, or generous surprises.

  26. Heather Libbe says:

    One idea that I absolutely love in thinking about “walking on water” is an idea that Mary Baker Eddy gives in her book called Unity of Good: “Jesus taught us to walk over, not into or with, the currents of matter, or mortal mind” (pg 11). I really love thinking about walking right over any waves of doubt, fear, confusion, dismay, anger, frustration or seeming chaos. How wonderful it is to know that we are completely untouched by any seeming material belief & suggestion!

    I have especially enjoying using this last year when, like Ian, I felt as though I was “drowning” in a whole bunch of different challenges from extreme anger and resentment to infatuation to a really aggressive sense of self-condemnation and belief in separation from God. However, throughout these struggles, I was extremely grateful to all the individuals who served as a Christ-like presence who pulled me up out of the water, as Jesus did for doubting Peter. The wonderful support of these practitioners and friends has allowed me to now walk ON — not drudgingly through or below — the water.

  27. Robin says:

    Thanks heaps to Michelle. Your four step plan is really helpful in preparing me to walk on water. Powerful thinking and resolve!

  28. Carlos says:

    That’s what is so exciting for me about all this… Infinite discovery! I left off the idea of a stagnant, permanent repose type of Heaven a long time ago, and now I rejoice at the thought of eternal growth and progress. Rest may feel nice for a while, but but there’s nothing like the feeling of discovering the reality about something we have previously taken for granted.

    I really liked the story Michelle shared in the link above. One of the passages from Science and Health says “you will find the ensuing good effects to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine metaphysics,” and I guess that’s the true promise ahead for all of us: casting off all currently-held beliefs for the discovery of Truth. If walking on water seems like an impossible feat presently, we can rejoice in the knowledge that our current view and experience of the world will undergo major transformation, until grounded on divine metaphysics, walking on water is understood as a natural and purposeful activity.

  29. Shelly says:

    I think we all have some serious discovery.

  30. Ryan says:

    What kind of punctuation do you use when you say, “I am Happy” …I have been unsure for many years of my life how to carve those words permanently into my experience. Happiness seems to catch the wind in one’s sails for fantastic moments and leave one stranded at sea for others. It occurred to me that the wind is always present but sometimes we don’t recognize its presence and sometimes we criticize it for blowing us in the wrong direction. If we remove human will and trust the wind to carry us wherever it may take us at the pace fit for our journey, it would eliminate the constant struggle to correct one’s own navigation and course. I was proud of my metaphor for God’s care until I realized Jesus didn’t even need a boat. I think I still have some serious discovery ahead of me.

  31. I love this topic! Radical, yes. Difficult? Sure, often, but who said the good stuff was supposed to be easy? Worth it? Oh, yeah.

    At the beginning of the year I wrote a four-post series on W.O.W. (Walking on Water) for 2012. To me, walking on water means accepting the exceptional in my day-to-day experience and stepping out into the “Great Amazing” that is life.

    The posts discussed the four steps I am taking each day to get up on the water:

    1) To think bigger thoughts and to expand my understanding of God every day.
    2) To let the Christ (God’s message of good for me) mobilize me in new directions.
    3) To express stability with each new step and conquer doubt and fear.
    4) To celebrate each victory and recognize that a forward step for one blesses all.

    Within a month of focusing on this, I stepped out of the boat – and took a bellyflopping stumble on the water – in my case the water was a cement sidewalk. But I learned something about the Christ hand that is every ready to grab our hand. I had a pretty amazing healing. Here is the link to the story. http://www.michellenanouchecsb.com/4/post/2012/01/wow-a-victory-worth-sharing.html

  32. itsaboutgood says:

    I was at the reflecting pool at the Christian Science plaza the other day and there were tons of children playing and splashing in the fountain since it was a hot summer day. Some of the kids had went over to the big reflecting pool and were dipping their feet in the pool and talking.

    I came to me to sit down with these dear ones and talk a bit with them. We were casually talking about life and the plaza and the day when a security guard came over to remind we couldn’t have any more than our legs up on the rim of the pool.

    Some of the children were still not listening, so I prayed quietly to know they were obedient, beautiful expressions of Life, Truth, and Love. Then one asked me why they couldn’t all just swim in the pool. So I told them I don’t think that’s what it was made for.

    When they asked what I thought it was made for I said, “I think it symbolizes Jesus’ walking on the water. So it’s for that. Walking on the water.”

    “Can you do it?” one little girl asked me.

    “Not yet. I’m working on it though. I want to start with certain things in my own life that other people tell me I can’t do. If I’m able to do those then I figure I’ll get to the understanding Jesus had.”

    A young boy jumped into the conversation,

    “I can do stuff that people tell me I can’t do!”

    “Like what?” I asked.

    “Well, my friend told me I can’t ride a skateboard, that it’s too hard.”

    “Then that’s the beginning of learning to walk on water!”

    Then his older sister came up to us,

    “What are you talking about? We gotta go.”

    “We’re talking about walking on the water like Jesus.”

    She didn’t even pause to respond,

    “You can’t do that. You’re too dense. That’s what my science teacher told me.”

    “And does your science teacher know everything?” I asked.

    There wasn’t much longer of a wait,

    “Yes.”

    Then they walked away.

    I thought to myself, “Your science teacher doesn’t know everything. God knows everything. Truth is the real Science teacher.”

    And we’ve got to be experimenting!!!

    So my prayer is that our children trust the infinite love of Christ enough to try to walk on water. That they don’t get bogged down in material systems and limited ways of thinking and that they find that truly, “With God all things are possible.”

    • Shelly says:

      Love this!!

    • Kate GO says:

      This is a most inspiring conversation. Thank you for sharing it. That dear little boy will never forget that moment. It was too powerful to ever be lost in the pool:)It was like the Christ was right there….

  33. Shelly says:

    Hey, I’m ready to jog.

  34. Carlos says:

    Wow… these comments are so good! I like Shelly’s recognition that the rain was not blessing at that moment but seemed to be hindering (though at others it may be a HUGE blessing). We don’t control the weather, God does, through his established law of blessings and harmony. Shelly’s recognition of a situation which seemed to contradict God’s law was replaced by a more harmonious and blessed state, and these changes in consciousness are always followed by changes in the perceived material state. To me the goal is not about changing the weather, or walking on liquids for that matter; it’s about overcoming the seeming obstacles of human existence through a better understanding of Life as spiritual and harmonious. For Jesus, the sea was an obstacle standing between him and his disciples.

    These experiences are building blocks for grander and more perfect views of Life, God. Jesus got the opportunity to turn water into wine before having the necessity to walk on water. He had already understood and demonstrated the unreality and instability of material states.

    The way I see it, he may have seemed to be walking on water to the fearful thought inside the boat, but he wasn’t really walking on water. To Jesus there was no water. He was standing on solid ground. Instead of material elements and states he must have seen purpose, as well as the necessity to go from point A to point B to achieve that purpose, and his understanding of Life as entirely spiritual gave him the tools to accomplish the task at hand.

    You guys are already doing it… this is so exciting! I suspect if there’s ever a need for you to “jog across a lake”, you’ll be ready to see the thoughts at play and take action.

  35. Shelly says:

    Well the summer is on and I have committed to live Jesus commands to the best of my ability. Loving your neighbor as yourself is a lot easier when everything is going right. Last week I spent the night standing in the pouring rain with 40 or so other college student types, waiting for a midnight bus to Boston. After 2 hours and a change of cloths I asked myself “what does walking on the water have to do with this situation?” In a “why not moment” I checked the walking on water box. I have no idea what I was thinking.
    But as I was walking down the street to the train station to dry off for a few moments, a huge lake like puddle was in front of me. It seemed to make sense that in Jesus’ act, he was letting us know that we never have to be subject to matter. Jesus walked on the water and at another time he told the storm to stop. So in a ‘I’m doing my best here God sort of way” I said ‘it’s time to stop’ And then I felt a certain courage that God would never want anything but good for his loved children, I felt no act of justice or kindness was too radical. In this moment the rain was not blessing. It was pouring. So in a clear deep.voice as if I were in harmony with God’s demands I said again “it’s time to stop”. And you know what? After 2 hours of pouring rain it stopped. It stopped until just before the bus came 40 minutes later. Funny, thinking like Peter, when the rain started up the second time, I lost my courage to object. Was it really prayer or a coincidence? All I can say is that when the conviction was there that God would never subject his children to hardship, an answer was there. Not sure I’ll be jogging across a lake or anything. But I’m sure grateful for the power of prayer.

    • itsaboutgood says:

      Dearest Shelly,
      Thank you so much for this post. Weather is absolutely under God’s dominion and when we are subject to God, Love, our oneness gives us spiritual dominion. There is no such thing as a coincidence in the world of Spirit!

      I experienced something similar the other day on the Christian Science plaza. I was meditating by the fountain, praying about a situation that had occurred while I was on the T, and when I opened my eyes I found some beautiful bees doing their work on some purple flowers next to me. And it made me think about our God-given purpose and dominion. These bees just working individually, yet for a shared purpose, all the time – examples of diligent aspirations for higher and greater things.

      After getting up to meet a friend I passed by a girl sitting down and reading. She gave me a radiant smile that expressed such joy and love. I kept walking and then was stopped halfway to where I was headed. That smile wasn’t just some girl – that was God! So I came back and started up a conversation. She was an intern at the church and before long another girl showed up, just passing through Boston, who was from my Sunday School back at home in Los Angeles!

      Coincidence? I think not!

      We shared deep and beautiful conversations about overcoming our fears and embracing our spirituality. I love the idea of walking on water, but especially this interpretation that requires us to work together! Peter DID walk on water because Jesus gave him the love and encouragement he needed.

      In the middle of our conversation it started pouring rain. But pretty soon, when we focused on how to constantly keep our thought clear about God’s awesome Allness and grateful for all the good in our lives – the rain completely stopped!

      Someone said, “Our conversation changed the weather.” They were right. Conversations are nothing but thoughts expressed. If our thoughts can change the weather, if our thoughts can defy material laws, what is impossible when we have the mind of Christ?

      Nothing!

  36. Ann, I love your end comment “It really is, Ian, just simply realizing and only accepting that “I already have it” that I’m already walking.”

    Keep “walking” and through your momentum, I promise you, you’ll also change the lives of others simply by living God. :)

  37. Ann says:

    Ian and all-

    I will walk on water. There is always something I’m working with, trying to walk on water. This summer I will make the commitment again to walk on the waters of sense and self. I’ve labeled myself with seemingly harmless labels  like being a country girl and not being a cook. God has now placed me this summer for an awesome opportunity that I’m very excited for, but it’s in the city and requires me cooking at every night. Also, I’ve been working with “getting back” to how I was a couple years ago where no matter why I was doing no matter who I was with or where I was, I only confidently expected good to happen. Somewhere I lost that, I sunk. But Christ is pulling me back up to walk, for God’s ideas (man) can never sink-only error, which is our fear, sinks. I’ve been working with ideas that are as simple as Christ-just letting go. Letting go of thoughts that I can’t be comfortable nor fit in the city. Letting go of thoughts that I have never really let myself cook. Letting go of thoughts that I used to expect only good confidently and have to find my way back. It really is, Ian, just simply realizing and only accepting that “I already have it” that I’m already walking.

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