In thinking of the application of the remarkable statement by Mrs. Eddy in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 175), "The measure of Life shall increase by every spiritual touch," one might, perhaps, helpfully recall the following interesting myth. Antaeus, the son of mother-earth, was a giant and wrestler, whose strength was invincible so long as he remained in contact with his mother-earth. When Hercules encountered him, he found it was of no avail to throw him, for he always rose with renewed strength from every fall. Hercules therefore lifted him up from the earth, and strangled him in the air.

This myth, under the light of Christian Science, may illustrate the truth that so long as we stand steadfastly on the spiritual fact that "now are we the sons of God,"—that is, so long as we keep constantly in thought that God is the only Father-Mother, and that we are in reality His spiritual children,—so long shall we be able to rise from each assault of error stronger than we were before the encounter, for "the measure of Life shall increase by every spiritual touch." But as Hercules held his opponent in the air, away from his mother-earth, in order to strangle him, so evil suggestion, by arguing that we are separated from God and so exciting fear, tries to make us believe that we are powerless. We can, however, always prove man's unity with God, good, if we earnestly watch and pray and, as Mrs. Eddy tells us to do in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 261), "hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true."

In times of stress the writer has often experienced healing effects by steadfastly clinging to the Lord's Prayer with its spiritual interpretation, as given by Mrs. Eddy on pages 16 and 17 of Science and Health, sometimes repeating it many times a day. It allays fear; and the perfect understanding of it heals instantaneously. In "Christian Healing," beginning on page 15, Mrs. Eddy says, "The Lord's Prayer, understood in its spiritual sense, and given its spiritual version, can never be repeated too often for the benefit of all who, having ears, hear and understand."

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On Climbing
March 24, 1923

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