The Listening Ear

Christian Science teaches one to analyze one's thinking, taking divine Mind as the sure gauge as to the worth or the worthlessness of the thoughts which he is entertaining. Of mortals it may be said that each dwells in a world of his own thinking; and no two mortals think exactly alike.

One who would learn the art of true thinking must first acquire the art of true listening, spiritual listening. Intelligent analysis of thought is gained only through constant, conscious communion with God, divine Love; through acquiring the habit of seeking the counsel of divine Mind before making even the smallest decision throughout the day. From this pure source there never proceeds unwise counsel, or any suggestion of sin, sickness, sorrow, or hate. Thoughts governed by divine Principle are serene, pure, merciful, just, and joyous. One cannot imagine Christ Jesus thinking indiscriminately, or being deceived into entertaining false beliefs about himself, about others, or about the universe. He reflected his Father's vision of all creation.

Christ Jesus illustrated the wise and tender leading of divine Love by the shepherd who, in the East, walks ahead, leading the flock past all dangers and barren regions, to green pastures and living waters. Provided they always follow the shepherd, the safety of the sheep is assured; but the sheep that run impulsively ahead may run into danger, or, if they should lag behind the shepherd, they would find themselves separated from the flock and would forgo the shelter of the sheepfold.

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"Think on these things"
February 9, 1929

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