Use and Misuse of Memory

On page 210 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" are these words of our revered Leader: "It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited."

Let us apply the foregoing words of wisdom and caution to what is usually known as memory. What a busy and marvel-working photographer this memory is! Silently and instantaneously this artisan in the workshop of human thought adjusts its camera, and lo! notwithstanding the noises and distractions all about, the pictures are taken multitudinously. What a kaleidoscopic gallery they make; some of them transient, some of them limned for permanency; some always treasured and loved; some to bless us, some to blight and curse us. Some are shaped from the mysterious figments of our night dreams, some from the shifting cloud racks of our day dreams. All the incidents, large and little; all the thoughts and fancies, good or bad; all the emotions; all the passions; all the hopes and fears; all movements of remorse for bad actions and thoughts; all serene and uplifting feelings; in brief, every motion and every shadow of motion of the mind are pictured.

"The secret place"
May 24, 1919

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