On Finding Ourselves Spiritually

From his study of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the student early learns that in order to demonstrate this Science, he must understand that, as Mrs. Eddy declares (p. 269), "Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul." This would seem impossible to the student were it not for the fact that he has already begun to realize that God is All, and that He is divine Mind. So he begins to reason that if God, Mind, is the only creator, then creation must be spiritual, not material. When this conclusion is reached, it is but a step farther to the realization that life, substance, and intelligence are qualities of divine Mind alone, and that matter's claim to these is false. It is because of the understanding of the falsity of the claim of mortal mind, in the guise of matter, to life, substance, and intelligence, that we can see matter's unreality. Mrs. Eddy knew that the mist of matter befogs human thinking, and she showed it to be a false sense of God's spiritual creation.

On page 126 of Science and Health our Leader writes, "Human belief has sought and interpreted in its own way the echo of Spirit, and so seems to have reversed it and repeated it materially; but the human mind never produced a real tone nor sent forth a positive sound." Thus did she dispose of matter. And because she saw its nothingness, she knew that with this understanding, the reality of Spirit and the perfect harmony God has bestowed on His idea, man, could not be hidden.

We can begin, then, through a study of the Bible and of our Leader's writings and the authorized Christian Science literature, to give up the belief in matter as possessing life, substance, or intelligence, and realize that the real man reflects these in all their beauty and perfection because he is the idea of God, Spirit, and as such reflects God. Our beloved Leader says (ibid., p. 518): "Love giveth to the least spiritual idea might, immortality, and goodness, which shine through all as the blossom shines through the bud. All the varied expressions of God reflect health, holiness, immortality—infinite Life, Truth, and Love."

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