Humanity is only just beginning to realize the sovereign...

The Christian Science Monitor

Humanity is only just beginning to realize the sovereign power a man may exercise over his own thought and action. It is no longer so universally believed that the state of a man's mind is largely determined by his physical or material condition, for the admission advances that thought is cause, not effect. Although this order, which recognizes thought as preceding condition and action, even that action which mortals have classified as involuntary, seems novel to this age, the teaching is not new, for Jesus the Christ declared that material conditions could not of themselves affect the man, but that, as he said, "out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these are the things which defile a man."

While it is possible for every one to hold to right thought and to reject the wrong, to do so intelligently and uniformly, requires a knowledge of the Science of Mind, just as expert application of the rule of numbers demands some comprehension of mathematics. Through the use of human will, a man may, to be sure, concentrate upon any given endeavor, or he may, through the same agency, refuse to dwell upon unpleasant things; but in so far as he attempts to control and direct his thought through material will, he violates the fundamental postulate of the Science of Mind, that God is the only intelligence. So all that a man accomplishes through will power is to replace one trend of human thought with another quite as material and unreal.

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