Result of Rectification

One evening a student was endeavoring to read and ponder an article on Christian Science, but the persistent barking of a dog in the neighborhood was so disconcerting that satisfactory study seemed impossible. The student realized that it was entirely within his province to experience the proper manifestation of a state of harmony, so he set about a careful examination of his own thoughts to discover the difficulty and work out a correction.

First, there was found a feeling of resentment at being disturbed during what he felt was a righteous occupation. As the barking continued, the resentment developed into anger and the thought that something should be done to prevent the disturbance of the neighborhood. This naturally led into hatred of the animal itself; and therein was seen the root of the whole process of disturbed thought.

On page 550 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy says, "God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men." Since God made all things, as stated in Genesis, and found them to be "very good," it follows that He could not and did not make a discordant identity, small or large. With that fact established in thought it was seen that man, being the perfect work of God, could not be receptive to the suggestion of a discordant thought. Harmony between man and the lesser spiritual identities was thus clearly perceived, even as elucidated by Mrs. Eddy in her statement herein quoted.

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Asking Life
July 23, 1932

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