Advancing Steps

An individual who has become interested in Christian Science finds himself passing through certain phases of progress that, more or less, are experienced by all of his fellow seekers for Truth. He soon awakens to the fact that his consciousness is being liberated from much restrictive bondage. Heretofore, he believed power, energy, force, law—more or less all activity—to be associated with matter. The teachings of the schools had so impressed this upon his thought that the word "limitation" seemed the largest in his vocabulary.

After reading "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy for some time, and the Bible in the newer light which the former book gives to the Scriptures, he recognizes the stupendous fact that all verities are vested in divine Mind, are ever present, ever active, and entirely available; and that right thinking, or the reflection of this Mind, brings right ideas to the conscious thought, so that they become factors in spiritual growth and in the overcoming of all that is unlike good. As this joyous study is pursued, the liberation of his mental powers gradually merges into a consciousness of dominion, and he is able to say, "This is none other but the house of God." Referring to this mental stage, Mrs. Eddy in her wonderful article "The New Birth" (Miscellaneous Writings, pp. 15, 16) speaks of "the sweet revealings of a new and more spiritual Life and Love." And she adds, "These nourish the hungry hope, satisfy more the cravings for immortality, and so comfort, cheer, and bless one, that he saith: In mine infancy, this is enough of heaven to come down to earth."

Spiritual Spontaneity
January 19, 1929

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