The Perfect Model

The teacher of a class of art students, on entering the classroom one morning, remarked: "I notice that your first act, on arriving in the morning, is to put your canvas on the easel and take a good, long look at it. That is wrong. You should look first at the original. If you look first at your study, which is more or less faulty, your vision will become used to its errors, become clouded by them; then when you look at the model, you will see imperfectly. If you would first spend a little time looking at the original, you would be better able to correct the errors in your painting."

In our demonstration of Christian Science, is it not the contemplation of the mortal counterfeit that beclouds our spiritual vision and leads us to reproduce manifestations which are but a distorted sense of existence? The contemplation of the perfect and eternal must necessarily have a clarifying effect on human thought; and should not the aim of all mankind be to reach the point where thought will contemplate only the good always?

Helpful Thinking
August 21, 1926

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