Fasting from Doubt

An excerpt from the Unity booklet:
Fasting and Feasting, A Spiritual Practice for Lent

Ash Wednesday FEBRUARY 26, 2020
I fast from doubt.

Consider the poignant plea in Mark 9:24: “I believe; help my unbelief!”

What if we were able to see doubt as part of the process of faith, not the opposite of faith? How might this change our approach  to doubt?

It is often easier to brush aside doubts and simply declare our faith. Yet there are gifts—nuggets of truth and freedom—to be found in doubt.

In fasting from doubt I can notice and honor my thoughts and feelings and ask myself: What is this about? What I gain from my inquiry into my doubt is infinitely stronger than any blind faith. Whenever doubt weighs me down, I can lovingly and gently go deeper with my doubt.

Is my doubt rooted in fear? Perhaps it is a sense of unworthiness or lack? Maybe a past experience is coloring my perception and causing me to question. I’m not giving in to doubt or turning away from it, but gently excavating to find and release its roots within me. The way out of doubt is through it.

I fast from doubt and inquire within: What do I know to be true?