The mental work of the Christian Scientist, like all that he does, needs constant examination and analysis, because of the persistent tendency of mortal mind to drift into error. Unless we watch, the tendency to place weight on our own argument may develop in consciousness a mistaken sense of our own power which disproportions in equal ratio our dependence on God.

The mortal sense of separateness from God is so complete, one's thoughts and acts seem so surely his own, that he may be bewitched into a continued independence which in time brings forth disaster and dismay. The very encroachments of error, its bold insistence to occupy the foreground, to be the protagonist in every mental drama, may lead one to increase his arguments rather than his trust, until mortal mind seems to hold all the field, while mental work begins, and is apt to end, with his own futile effort.

Our Leader corrects this tendency throughout her writings, and most clearly in the Preface to Science and Health, wherein she points out that many imagine the healing in Christian Science to be the result of the action of mortal mind, and explains that it is not this, but the operation of divine Principle, in other words, God; that we therefore need clearly to disrobe the mortal thought of any supposed sufficiency in itself, and to lean with reverent dependence on the giver of every good and perfect gift.

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April 20, 1912

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