Consistent Application of Christian Science

After once understanding a principle of any kind we generally realize that to get the best results we must apply it consistently, whether it agrees with our preconceived ideas or our present inclinations and desires or not. For instance: after once applying the rules of calculation as laid down in mathematics, to find out how much of a certain kind of material was required to construct a previously planned building, we should not expect to carry out the plan unless the information obtained by the application of the principle involved had been complied with. If we only furnished a part of the material our building would be incomplete and the plans for it could not be carried out.

The divine Principle upon which Christian Science is based governs by never-changing laws, which always were, and always will be, the same, whether with our present experience and development we are able fully to recognize them or not. Consequently, in order to get results we must consistently recognize these, not only in connection with the particular case we are trying to demonstrate, but in their relation to every experience of our daily life, denying without question any seeming evidence to the contrary. We cannot expect to realize practically the allness of God, Life, Truth, and Love in overcoming a physical ill, if at the same time we hold in consciousness some discordant mental conception of another person. We must know it is as much a delusion for him to be in bondage to error as for ourselves.

As we realize this we learn to work metaphysically, and faithful work on this line does not fail to make all our relations with others manifest harmony in proportion to the amount of work done by us. We learn really to recognize the power of thought, and constantly strive so to apply this power in its relation to our neighbor, as at least to relieve him from the unnecessarily added weight of our own anxiety or condemnation.

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April 12, 1900

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