Mental Pictures

Many people, at one time or another, perhaps at some exhibition or place of amusement, have found themselves in a room surrounded by twisted mirrors, reflecting weird forms and causing much amusement. Young children may sometimes be frightened by these, but no adult is disturbed. If asked, "Why are you not afraid?" the answer would probably be: "Oh! I know I am not like that. That reflection is merely a falsity." There is this calm assurance because the individual holds in thought a mental picture of what he believes himself to be. The child is afraid because when he sees his reflection distorted in the mirror, he accepts such tesimony and imagines he has become twisted.

It is clear that if the adult accepted the twisted picture of himself as real, or allowed it to change his mental picture of himself, he would be afraid like the child. On the other hand, if one had a mental picture of himself which he knew could never be divorced from perfection, he would have no fear at all, whatever the information he received through material sense testimony. That is exactly what Christian Science enables one to do. It shows that a mortal's mental picture of himself, of a self which is subject to sin and sickness, discord and decay, is far from a true mental picture of man as referred to in Genesis: "So God created man in his own image." The mortal mental picture has been built up by continually accepting evidence from the material senses, which senses are no more reliable than the perception of the mortal looking into the twisted mirror. This picture is but material sense testimony in regard to man.

Hungering after Righteousness
March 1, 1924

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