Perception and Impression

The human mind is in a constant state of susceptibility to influences and impressions. Until the advent of Christian Science it had not been conceived possible to distinguish scientifically between impressions that are real and worthy of permanence and those which are unreal and should therefore be discarded as unworthy of retention. Mortal mind, the counterfeit of divine Mind, assumes the existence of five material senses. Material knowledge consists, therefore, of perception based upon these unreal senses, and the receptivity of mortal mind is necessarily limited to impressions within the scope of these senses. This shows that mortal belief is itself the origin of the material impressions which it receives.

It is this metaphysical fact relative to the human mind that reveals its need of redemptive spiritual sense wholly apart from materiality, through which consciousness may receive the revelations of the actual and divine. On page 214 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy says, "When it is learned that the spiritual sense, and not the material, conveys the impressions of Mind to man, then being will be understood and found to be harmonious."

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