Demonstration

One of the meanings given in a dictionary for the verb "demonstrate" is, "Logically prove the truth of." It is plain, therefore, that, since matter is simply a false picture in mortal mind, no material thing can be demonstrated. The only demonstration possible is that of Principle, for Truth alone can stand the test of proof. When a demonstration of Principle is made in human experience, however, the result is often confused with the cause, and the material gain is considered to be the demonstration, instead of being seen as what follows the demonstration. Therefore, it is necessary to maintain very clearly in thought the fact that it is the allness of God which is to be demonstrated, not some much desired material result, though the result will certainly follow if it is the right result. The human mind, however, being "enmity against God," is not able to decide the right outcome and often outlines some human gain and tries to "demonstrate" it; and if it is not "demonstrated" easily, the human will is often called upon to produce, by main force, so to speak, the demonstration that is considered to be the right solution. In this way, under the cloak of mental statements as to God's omniscience and omnipotence, the human mind seeks to twist circumstances to suit itself, instead of yielding itself in obedience to divine law. It is said sometimes that a house must be "demonstrated," or a bicycle, or a typewriter, or some other need of the moment.

In reality, what needs to be demonstrated is the fact that divine Love supplies every need, but what the exact solution is can only be seen when the demonstration is complete. Hence it is of no avail forcibly to twist circumstances to suit the convenience of the moment, even when it seems possible to do so; for unless the change of circumstances comes about naturally and inevitably, as the "outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace," it is not a demonstration of Principle at all, but merely an expression of the wishes of the human mind, and in the latter case the improvement cannot possibly continue, since the mental condition is unimproved. So if one finds one's self in uncongenial surroundings, for instance, it is of no use to declare, "Harmony is my right; therefore I shall not stay here in the midst of inharmony." So long as inharmony is believed in, it will turn up in one's surroundings, relentlessly and invariably, no matter how often one changes one's outward habitation. Change the thought, however, and heal the belief in inharmony, and then either the previously uncongenial surroundings become congenial or else in a perfectly natural and harmonious way one is removed to better surroundings.

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