Boston, Massachusetts USA — It was the first time I felt so far outside of my comfort zone. I was in Paris and had just received news that the job and place to live that I thought I would have for the next few months had fallen through. I had very little money remaining, no place to stay that night, and a return plane ticket for three months away. And, I needed to work to be able to afford the next semester of university tuition in the fall.
But I'd just been reading this idea from Psalms, "Whither shall I go from thy spirit?...If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me". I glimpsed that there was no dark situation that the light of Christ—the inspiration that comes from God to each one of us—couldn't penetrate. This was a transforming moment for me and it started me on a life-long journey to practice Christian Science healing and share it with others.
My professional work began with opportunities in outdoor education, small claims court mediation, and human rights advocacy. In 2000, I moved to Vermont to attend graduate school and also opened an office as a practitioner of Christian Science healing. During the last 14 years, I have served the Christian Science church in many capacities, including as First Reader, Sunday School teacher, media representative in the Manager’s office of Committees on Publication, State Committee on Publication for Vermont, and Africa Liaison for the International Service Department and the Christian Science Publishing Society. I have facilitated workshops and given talks in French and English in Africa, Europe, Canada and the U.S. Just prior to committing full-time to the practice of healing, I was teaching graduate students at the World Learning Institute where I received my Masters degree in sustainability and peacebuilding. The Institute focused on issues of social justice and community action, and I could see how relevant the ideas of Christian Science were to the challenges facing our world today.
Now I work full-time as a healing practitioner of Christian Science and am available to lecture in French and English for any audience, including youth and webinar events. To see published writings, go to http://jsh.christianscience.com and http://time4thinkers.com.
Larissa Snorek-Yates, CS
Carlisle, Massachusetts, USA, North America