The need of the hour is spiritual vision. Everywhere spiritual vision is required. The nations of the world need it; every one of the world's workers needs it. It is, verily, one of the chief necessities of life. The home, the factory, the countinghouse, the representative assemblies of the world, are inspired by it; without it they are empty, lifeless,—places in which to sleep or toil or juggle with words, but lacking the spiritual power which induces happiness and joy, the spiritual power which brings about prosperity and reform, and transforms work into a life-giving agency. "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Where there is spiritual vision, nations and individuals prosper.

Now, what is spiritual vision? Has it anything to do with human or physical perception? Anything to do with material seeing? Not in the slightest. Spiritual vision has nothing in common with any so-called material phenomenon. To material sense it is altogether incomprehensible; and, yet, it is the only real vision there is. Spiritual vision cannot take cognizance of matter—the unreal; it sees beyond the finite and temporal, beyond space and time, into the real and eternal. This is no hard thing, either, when one knows something about Christian Science. Mrs. Eddy, in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 215), writes, "Spiritual vision is not subordinate to geometric altitudes." It belongs to the realm of infinite Spirit.

In considering the question of spiritual vision one has to remember, as Christian Science teaches, that there is only one real creation,—the spiritual. God is Spirit. God's creation is, therfore, spiritual. No other creation exists, since God is infinite. What goes by the name of material creation is but a false sense of creation. Consequently, there is no real material sense, no real physical sense of sight, no real material vision. It is futile for any one to try to successfully cultivate spiritual vision while clinging to the fallacious belief that sense-perception is real. It is like attempting to serve two masters at the same time, an effort which Christ Jesus declared to be impossible: "Ye cannot serve God and mammon." It is well to be clear on the point, because, unless one is clear, one is very apt to be confused as to what Christian Science healing—the result of spiritual vision—implies.

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One Perfect Premise
April 29, 1922

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