On page 105 of "Miscellaneous Writings" we find these words: "Truth destroys error. Nothing appears to the physical senses but their own subjective state of thought. The senses join issue with error, and pity what has no right either to be pitied or to exist, and what does not exist in Science. Destroy the thought of sin, sickness, and death, and you destroy their existence. "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

How little do we realize that the questionable thoughts which we so often, consciously or unconsciously, harbor in our minds are the forerunners of the unhappy conditions that must follow. Later, those conditions seem to govern us, in that we are afraid of them, try to flee from them, and worry over them. If we wished to paint a beautiful picture we would surely think it very foolish to use or allow to be used bad materials (or thoughts) in its construction, and yet are we not just as foolish respecting other things?

The weather may be contrary to what we would like or are expecting, and thinking it ought to be different, we declare there can be no business, and are troubled. We make a law and suffer by that law, making not only ourselves but others miserable. Things are thoughts, and not anything can be made without thought. Reverse it. Thoughts are things to the so-called physical senses, and real to the mind entertaining them, just so long as we believe them to have objective existence. These thoughts need not be manifest as matter to seem real. For example: when riding my wheel at night, a shadow in the roadway has looked so much like an obstruction that in trying to avoid it I have been thrown to the ground, when all the time it was nothing but a shadow. Just so long as we believe ourselves to be something of ourselves, an existence apart from God, a mind separate from the Divine Mind, that thought of itself, like an obstruction in our path, brings darkness to our consciousness, and with darkness, fear.

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