The student of Christian Science awakens to the paramount necessity of making spiritual truth real to himself. He soon learns that to believe is not enough; Truth must occupy his thought, constitute his consciousness, to the exclusion of mere belief. Therefore he strives for a degree of realization which admits of no questioning. Truth is established as fact only as a result of understanding. It is in view of this necessity that Mrs. Eddy so frequently admonishes her students of the need for rising to the plane of realization. No lesser state of conviction will suffice; and by realization, that is, by making God's presence a fact to one's self to the degree that excludes all else, one gains the Mind of Christ.

Realization that God is infinite, hence ever present good, is necessary in order to exclude belief in a presence other than the divine. In contrasting the real man and the counterfeit on page 409 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy says, "This mortal is put off, and the new man or real man is put on, in proportion as mortals realize the Science of man and seek the true model." How important, then, becomes the mental state which constitutes realization!

January 10, 1925

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