One afternoon, as I took up the Bible with a hungry longing to study its sacred pages more prayerfully, that I might learn more perfectly how to heal the sick and reform the sinner, my eyes rested upon the eighth chapter of Mark's gospel. The earlier part of the chapter gives an account of the feeding of the multitude by Christ Jesus, and farther on in the chapter the Master is alone with his disciples and discerns with sorrow how little they seem to understand his wonderful works, how material their thought still is, for as he warned them against "the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod," they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have no bread."

The narrative goes on to say that a blind man was brought to Jesus, with the result that his sight "was restored, and [he] saw every man clearly." As I read these words, the perfect instruction given to us by our Leader came vividly to me: "Unless you fully perceive that you are the child of God, hence perfect, you have no Principle to demonstrate and no rule for its demonstration" (Sentinel, Sept. 3, 1910), and I knew that the great need of practitioner and patient was to realize this in every instance, until the blindness of mankind is humbly acknowledged and Christ, Truth, is sought as the only healer.

Then shall be demonstrated in the consciousness of each and all, even as the blind man "was restored, and saw every man clearly," that each will see man's true selfhood as the child of God,—perfect, pure, spiritual,—governed, guided, sustained, controlled, directed by God alone, the divine Mind that "thinketh no evil."

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