Guided by Mind

An experience of mine a year or so ago, while living on a claim on the desert, has proved of such general application since, that I am prompted to relate it in the hope that it may be helpful to others. One dark night about nine o'clock I left the home of my neighbors, where I had been attending a testimony meeting of four members, to go to my home half a mile distant. A recent cloud-burst had obliterated all the trails, but I was familiar with the walk and remained absorbed in though until roused to attention by what I supposed to be my landmark,—a yucca tree near my cabin. On nearing it I was startled to find that it was not my tree, and I recalled that there was no other tree within three-quarters of a mile of my house. Then I reasoned that I must have gone by the house without noticing it, and although I felt annoyed I had no fear but that I could retrace my steps.

After walking in what I supposed was a direct line, however, I was confronted by the tree from which I started, and on trying to get my bearings I realized that I had no sense of direction. I than felt that I was lost. The heavens were overcast, there was only a little oil in my lantern, and the moon was not due to rise till one o'clock in the morning. To the south of me lay a dry lake, round which clustered homesteads bespeaking safety and entertainment. To the north lay desert hills, dotted by mines with which I was not familiar, and inhabited by wild animals.

Since I knew that I could stay where I was in safety if not in comfort, I was not afraid. On page 480 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" we read: "Where the spirit of God is, and there is no place where God is not, evil becomes nothing." Hitherto I had felt a sense of confusion, and sought to steady thought by the reflection that I was even now in Mind, but that I had been chiefly occupied in human reasoning. Now I fully realized that mortal mind knew nothing on this question, and from that time all my effort was to expel its proffered advice. I sat down on the sand and thought of the truth of being. I ceased thinking of whether I would stay where I was or whether I would walk, but found myself walking. For more than two hours I walked and fought mortal mind suggestions, and when that informant would have had me believe that I was several miles south of my place, I came directly upon my cabin before I saw it.

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January 18, 1919

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