The Goal and the Prize

There are many stations or waymarks on the journey Spiritward, and the reaching and passing of any one of them should bring satisfaction to earnest Christian Scientists. All are important and indicate progress made in the right direction. There is one, however, that seems of supreme importance, the goal which all Christian Scientists should strive to reach. Our revered Leader named it "spiritualization of thought." She says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 407), "Spiritualization of thought lets in the light, and brings the divine Mind, Life not death, into your consciousness." Again, in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 15), she says, "Nothing aside from the spiritualization—yea, the highest Christianization—of thought and desire, can give the true perception of God and divine Science." Spiritualization of thought, then, means growth, development, strength,—the gain of spiritual sense. It is the one indispensable attainment, therefore, upon which all else in Christian Science depends, and without which there can be no real healing of either sickness or sin.

The above statements being true, and certainly no thoughtful Christian Scientist will dispute them, the first question that presents itself is, How is this spiritualization of thought to be attained? In attempting to answer this question let us take it for granted that in this, as in all things of real value, the rule is set forth in our textbook; and further let us remember that the price to be paid always corresponds to the value of the object sought.

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