IN Christian Science one becomes conscious of "the new man," or the truth about man, in proportion as "the old man" with his deeds is "put off," as false sense is put out of consciousness. In correcting a false belief which has been accepted as true teaching, and in clearing out all the effects of belief in evil, one has to pay the utmost farthing and let go every personal association and circumstance connected with it, in order to prove to oneself and to others his genuine repentance and reformation.

This cutting loose from the old in consciousness has its natural expression in outward separation, not through human will, but through divine direction, for the wine-press has to be trodden alone. One must become willing and glad to lay down personal sense in order that he may discern the truth sufficiently to understand and begin to follow the teaching and practise of Jesus and of Christian Science as revealed to this age through Mrs. Eddy. If one has not known enough to reach this through Science only, it is sure to be found through suffering. This is a slow, hard way, but what matters that if, as Mrs. Eddy writes, "the lesson is sufficient to exalt you" (Science and Health, p. 266); for as she further says, "the goal of goodness" must be "assiduously earned and won" (p. 233), and the process is a giving up of nothing for something.

December 14, 1912

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