Spiritual Spontaneity

The word "spontaneity" may be defined, according to human construction, as "free will or voluntary action." Mankind has accepted this definition without giving it much thought, and consequently has deprived itself of an understanding of the higher meaning of spontaneity.

In explaining the action of the divine Mind and the supposed action of so-called mortal mind, Mrs. Eddy says on page 187 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "The divine Mind includes all action and volition, and man in Science is governed by this Mind. The human mind tries to classify action as voluntary and involuntary, and suffers from the attempt."

Mortals, not understanding God-impelled action, lack spontaneity when they most need it, because they try to materialize spiritual qualities. Instead of recognizing that spiritual qualities are unlimited, they often attribute them to intelligence in matter, or a falsely educated mentality. And if one lacks some of the material qualifications resulting from education, he is likely to think that he cannot act or express himself spontaneously.

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Preparatory Waiting
January 19, 1929

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