The true meeting is never really of persons. That spiritual activity which makes up man in the image and likeness of God is forever present with its cause, with divine intelligence. In other words, Mind and its idea are always together. This is the eternal meeting. As Mrs. Eddy says on page 131 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," "Where God is we can meet, and and where God is we can never part." By looking wholly to Principle manifest, one finds himself in unity with all that really is, since whatever is not of Principle is nothing. The only being together, therefore, consists in the infinite oneness of the divine Mind in all the variety of its manifestation. To know this is a constant inspiration.

At a time of political conventions, for instance, it is well for each participant, indeed for each citizen or onlooker even, to rejoice that he is dealing wholly with intelligence expressed, no matter what may seem to be. In the midst of the crowd, the one who is sure that Principle alone is governing has plenty to do. Any seeming mortal turmoil is an amusing illusion. All the while that it is supposed to be so intense, the one divine consciousness righteously active is the reality. Infinite Mind is all that has power to act. So whatever action may be apparent must be taken as an opportunity for seeing what God truly does know. Certainly the divine Love which is Principle produces only continuous unfoldment, with least element of destruction. For the spiritual democracy, which is the reliance of all together on Principle the whole of experience must be found as happy activity in infinite Mind, apart from any supposition of matter.

When a crowd is thought of as a mass of physical bodies each with a small mind that is more or less out of harmony with every other small mind, there may indeed seem small prospect that it will prove to have any effective unity of purpose. That is why so many political conventions have seemed excited in their attempt at nominations and compromises. The very belief in matter as animated is the error in premise that leads to error in every conclusion. Why should a crowd be supposed capable of doing hysterically, in many instances, what no individual reasoning alone and soberly would think of doing? Such a belief is the delusion that there may be an accumulation of nothingness with a constant accretion of force. Nothing, however, can never be more than nothing. The fact is that divine intelligence is the only really animating power. What infinite Mind animates is always idea, never matter. Knowing this, one is calm and sure of Principle in the midst of any seeming.

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Among the Churches
June 12, 1920

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