Rules and Their Application

Beginners in the study of Christian Science often ask if they cannot have definite rules given them for working out the problems which they meet in their daily experience. To this it may be answered that these rules are to be found throughout the Scriptures and also in our Leader's writings, but a serious mistake is made when they are regarded in any wise as formulas which can be used without a clear understanding of their relation to divine Principle and spiritual law.

On page 261 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy bids us "look away from the body into Truth and Love,"to which she adds the following clearly expressed rule, "Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts." This rule lacks nothing in the way of definiteness; in fact, it may be compared in its exactness to mathematical statements, which are unvarying in their operation when applied with understanding. The passage quoted leaves no room for uncertainty. It does not say that we may bring the good and the true into our experience, but that we shall do so to the extent that we give them first place in our consciousness. If we seem to experience a large measure of discord, it only goes to show how much room we have made for it in our thoughts, and how earnest must be our effort to displace it in order that the good and the true may hold sway.

Lecture in The Mother Church
May 12, 1917

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