When I first began to read Science and Health, and attempted to think along Christian Science lines, there seemed to be a sharp conflict between all that I had previously been taught and believed, and the teachings of Christian Science. Every page of Science and Health bristled with statements which I could not understand and did not believe. So sharp was the clash between the new and the old way of thinking that it amounted to physical distress whenever I read the book; but I had promised my practitioner that I would read it, and I wanted to know for myself what had healed me, so I read faithfully, almost defiantly, challenging every statement with which I could not agree, and the result was a state of upheaval which was very trying to experience. One day I told a Christian Science friend of these conditions, and she said. "There are some statements which you do understand and believe, are there not?" I admitted that there were. "Then why do you not read and think about them, and try to live them, and stop worrying about what you do not understand? If you will do that, your understanding will grow and widen continually."

This appealed to me as very good advice, so I followed it to the best of my ability, and the result was peace. I did think about what I could understand, and I was surprised to find how much and how beautiful it was. I did try to live the teachings of the book and prove its statements, and results did follow. When I came to something I could not understand, I passed it by, put it upon a high shelf mentally, until the understanding came. As I read and tried to live what I did know, each day more and more of the truth became clear to me; each day I added to my store of understood statements. Sometimes this understanding would dawn upon me slowly; sometimes quickly, like an illumination. These flashes of understanding would often come to me at very unexpected times and places. One of the most unexpected of these came to me in a sawmill. It was my privilege to visit one of the great mills in one of our western cities. I was very much impressed with what I saw—the size of the plant, the variety and perfection of the machinery, and the rapidity with which the immense logs were transformed into boards. It was most interesting to watch the process, from the time the logs were brought in all dripping from the river, until the finished product was ready for shipment. And it was here, in the midst of all the clatter and roar of the machinery, that two valuable lessons in Christian Science came to me.

December 12, 1908

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