Dispelling the Mists

Some helpful lessons were learned recently on a day when a heavy fog had settled down over the city, obscuring from view objects near at hand. At the time the writer was engaged in endeavoring to see through different phases of an argument presented by material sense. Suddenly, the dense fog out of doors began to lift, and the familiar scenes again came into sight, every object, even to the smallest blade of grass, unchanged and undisturbed by the fog that had for a time enveloped it.

Quickly there came the uplifting and comforting realization, Why, that is just how the spiritual and only universe of God stands, right here and now, untouched by any of the mists of mortal belief, and needing only to be discerned! Then came the question of how to reach this realization even while the fogs of mortal belief seem dense and real. The answer was found in our Leader's statement in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 355), "To strike out right and left against the mist, never clears the vision; but to lift your head above it, is a sovereign panacea." Just as it would have been useless to fight against the fog, so to strike at the mists of sense that seem to envelop us at times in the forms of sin, disease, fear, and so forth, as though striking at something real and tangible, is equally powerless to clear the mental vision. To lift one's head above it must be to lift human consciousness entirely above the belief that any mist of material sense (any mystification) has ever entered God's kingdom to obscure or darken man's vision of spiritual reality.

Since God made all that was made, and "without him was not any thing made that was made," since the creative, governing Principle of all good is the only cause of every real effect, this unchanging eternal fact is indeed "a sovereign panacea" for all who grasp it. Numberless are the times when the clear realization of this panacea has lifted the fog of mortal belief, without further argument as to the specific form of error presenting itself.

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"I am willing"
December 13, 1930

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