THOSE who accept Christian Science can truly say that for them "old things" have indeed passed away, because the spiritual sense of being has replaced material belief, but there are some of us who continue to carry in our consciousness an undercurrent of belief in sin, sickness, or sorrow. Some months ago a dear friend said to the writer that for two weeks she had been striving faithfully to shut out an undercurrent of grief from her thought.

The next day I went carefully to work to analyze my own consciousness, and was truly surprised to find that for a year and a half I had thought that I was doing well to carry a brave exterior and be ready with a kind word or a cheery smile, although there had not been one waking hour when I was not conscious of a heavy sense of sorrow underneath. It had in fact seemed loyalty to one who was gone to leave that sense undisturbed, sacred to the memory of the departed, and thus thought was being held down to a "baseless fabric" instead of building upon the true foundation, that of Truth and Love.

Then came a steadfast resolve that this hidden evil, this belief in sorrow and death, should be uncovered, and the secret thought held resolutely before the light of Spirit that had penetrated to the depths of human consciousness. The first question that naturally presented itself was, What is grief? There could be but one answer, namely, an illusion entertained respecting God and man. It was then clearly seen that grief has no power to undermine and bring chaos where the solid foundations of living faith and trust in good are laid. It was also seen that no earnest seeker for Truth would willingly harbor such a falsity, therefore it must be rooted out; and though the process may be slow, the error must be destroyed. Then a new song of happiness and harmony will rise from the depths of consciousness, where joy should reign forever! Joy because God is All.

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September 16, 1911

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