Freedom through Growth

I remember the time when I seemed to stand before a great wall, over which I could not climb, round which I could find no way; and in whatever direction I turned I seemed to see one of these forbidding signs: Lack of funds; No friends; Health destroyed; Work unobtainable: Judgment poor; Tact unknown. While I halted before this dreary wall, asking God to save me before it should fall and crush me utterly, there appeared a "star in the east," which led me on, while distant angel voices seemed to sing, "God is Mind; God is Love; God is All." Like the shepherds and the wise men, I listened and followed till I came to where the Christ was. I began to learn the Science of Christianity, as taught in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and I discovered that man is not material or sensual, but material; not an image of clay, vainly striving to reach Life through a gateway called death, but already the image and likeness of God.

Then was unfolded to my eager thought the ease, the joy, the gain of holding that image and likeness in my consciousness, watching and training my thought until it should be in harmony with the "one Mind," whose wisdom would thus inspire me with wisdom, whose love would teach me to love, whose peace would enlarge my peace, whose infinite resources would thus become my supply. From that time on my consciousness gradually changed. I learned from Science and Health that intelligence cannot be confined to a cranium cavity, dependent on radiating lines of discordant nerve matter for its concept of life. Thought began to reach out, to blend with the infinite Mind, to seek unity with the Father, even as taught by Jesus.

Thus came to me the deeper, fuller meaning of the angel song. "On earth peace, good will toward men." I perceived that man's consciousness is truly "the temple of the living God," wherein is no lack indeed, but abundance of all good.

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Mrs. Eddy's Horses are Blue Ribbon Winners
June 2, 1906

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