ORIGINALITY

The word original is thus defined: "Pertaining to the origin, or beginning; not copied or imitated;" etc. In Christian Science we learn that the origin of all real being is God, infinite Mind, and originality is, therefore, that which expresses God,—His "infinite manifestation," to use Mrs. Eddy's words (Science and Health, p. 468). By a strange perversion, mortals waste their time in turning away from man's spiritual origin, and in attempting to get something, or become somebody, by taking from others that which they possess, or by imitation of another's work, all of which indicates, to say the least, mental short-sightedness.

To succeed in anything,—to be truly great,—one must be original, for God's ideas all have infinite possibilities and capabilities that are awaiting unfoldment. It should never be forgotten that we must be, before we can do anything of consequence. All who have ever accomplished any great good were those who recognized in some degree the possibilities of true selfhood; in other words, they were original.

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THE PHILOSOPHY OF HEALING
June 19, 1909
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