The word "illusion" is frequently used by Mrs. Eddy in her writings as a synonym for error. Upon looking up the word in the dictionary the writer found, from a scientific viewpoint, two especially helpful definitions. They were, first, "a false show," and second, "an unreal image seemingly presented to the senses." It later became clear that an illusion does not become a delusion or a deception until accounted true in human thought.

Nearly every one has noticed that optical illusion, namely, the image of an interior light or illuminated object so reflected as to seem to be on the outside of a window after darkness. The writer, until some time ago, had merely regarded this illusion as another proof of the unreliable nature of the testimony which the physical senses afford. Early one morning before dawn, however, while traveling on a train in a day coach, he was furnished with considerable food for thought both then and thereafter, concerning this same illusion.

Understanding God
November 6, 1920

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