The sun had sunk behind a heavy bank of fog which covered the hills and extended along the entire horizon, shutting away the last bright rays. Bits of cloud were continually breaking away from this dark mass, and as they rose they came into the sunlight, which but for their reflection would not have been perceptible to the observer. Here they were, illumined into indescribable beauty and brightness, and still ascending, they became rarefied, transparent, until they finally vanished from human sight, leaving the pure sky unclouded.

To the writer this scene was beautifully symbolic of "a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory," to quote St. Paul. The sullen fog-bank typified mortal mind in the aggregate; the detached and floating clouds were the individual thoughts ascending through the degrees indicated by Mrs. Eddy on pages 115 and 116 of Science and Health. It was clearly seen that there must first be the aspiration to go higher, to leave the dark mists of error for the light which it seems so effectually to obscure. Then, as thought rises to the perception of spiritual realities, it becomes glorified, and reflects this glory upon its former surroundings, thereby inspiring others to a like attempt. The human consciousness is ultimately so purified that all materiality disappears, no longer obtruding itself upon one's sense of the spiritual universe.

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