"Liberated capacities of mind"

IN "Retrospection and Introspection" (p. 82), when stating the desirability at that time of practitioners' settling in the larger communities, Mrs. Eddy says of them: "Their liberated capacities of mind enable Christian Scientists to consummate much good or else evil; therefore their examples either excel or fall short of other religionists." In these words our Leader, recognizing their tremendous power for good, places before Christian Scientists the great necessity of rightly applying their "liberated capacities" in order to insure that their works shall be good.

The works of Christian Science are always good; but the false sense of Science which, parading in the garments of Truth, merely liberates mortal belief, undertakes to simulate the genuine in all its relations. Paul's words in the second epistle to the church in Corinth put the case tersely and to the point: "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." True liberty—that is, true liberation of thought—comes only when Spirit, through the Christ, finds its way into human consciousness, liberating its capacities by casting out the false beliefs which would restrict and limit them. Without such evangelization, liberated capacities, through selfish and inferior motives, may work ill. Christianization of thought is the safeguard against this possibility, for through that process are motives purified; and selfishness is replaced by that selflessness which has for its sole purpose the manifestation of good. of spiritual truth.

The process of Christianization involves true healing, that is, the healing which results from the transforming of thought from a material to a spiritual basis. This healing is genuine; and when health is established on the sure foundation of Spirit, it is permanent and cannot be overthrown. Such healing is liberation, enhanced mental freedom, and the capacities are enlarged through its processes. Through it mortals gain a greater sense of capability and possibility of accomplishment. In whatever direction their energies are employed, their ability to accomplish more and better work is exactly in proportion to their grasp of spiritual truth. Since man's possibilities are infinite, as the false concept of Mind and its idea, man, is put off, the true idea of man, reflecting the infinite capacities of Mind, appears. How immeasurable are the possibilities of man in God's likeness, Mrs. Eddy clearly states on page 183 of "Miscellaneous Writings": "Man is God's image and likeness; whatever is possible to God, is possible to man as God's reflection." It follows, then, that as the false concept of man, the belief which claims him as a material mortal, is laid off, the true man as reflection appears, with unlimited capacity to reflect divine substnace and power. This process is true evangelization; it is the winning of salvation and all its precious rewards—health, harmony, the kingdom of heaven.

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Truth Always Available
January 28, 1928

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