"The sunshine of Truth"

In a western state there is a range of mountains, with a well-known peak towering above the rest. Indeed, many miles out on the plains, this mountain can be seen when no other is visible. I have lived for many years under the shadow of this peak. At another time, I lived nearly fifty miles away from it; but the peak and its surrounding summits could still be seen easily. I became accustomed to look forward each morning to the sight,—always the same, yet ever new, in the changing lights and shadows, in the varying hues and tones of its constant blue. The sight of it was ever an inspiration, ever a joy.

Turning away from the material to the spiritual interpretation of being, we find in the Bible and in our Leader's writings many helpful passages referring to mountains. In Psalms we read, "As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever;" also, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help." In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 511) Mrs. Eddy writes, "Spiritually interpreted, rocks and mountains stand for solid and grand ideas."

There was a time when, for several days, an unusual mist and dark gray clouds hung over the city in which I resided, completely veiling the view of the mountains. Then I read (Science and Health, p. 299), "Corporeal sense, or error, may seem to hide Truth, health, harmony, and Science, as the mist obscures the sun or the mountain; but Science, the sunshine of Truth, will melt away the shadow and reveal the celestial peaks." This thought I have found invaluable in dealing with the shadows of mortal experience. One morning, when the mountains were entirely obscured, I took the train for the city at the foot of the peak. Within a very short time, as we approached a higher level, the mist disappeared, the sun shone forth, and the wonderful mountain scenery was revealed. I had not attempted to fight the mist in order to see or to approach the mountains; and in this connection our Leader's words in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 355) came to my waiting thought, "To strike out right and left against the mist, never clears the vision; but to lift your head above it, is a sovereign panacea." Was it not all a beautiful teaching by symbols?

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Right Motive
December 30, 1922

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