Quality and Expression

In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes (p. 247): "Comeliness and grace are independent of matter. Being possesses its qualities before they are perceived humanly. Beauty is a thing of life, which dwells forever in the eternal Mind and reflects the charms of His goodness in expression, form, outline, and color." From the foregoing we may see that the perception of any quality implies the presence of its expression. Spiritual qualities embrace their expression, which is inseparable from them. Thus to spiritual sense the evidence of any quality of Truth is established and cannot be hidden or obscured. Spiritual activity signifies the constant functioning of the qualities of God, and despite any contrary testimony of material sense these qualities of ever active Mind are eternally present to be discerned and demonstrated.

Realization of the truth regarding any inharmonious condition, with the consequent dispossessing of the human consciousness of its false concept, constitutes healing. This healing work must also embrace the understanding that the human mind has no power to resist, reverse, or nullify the resultant effect of Truth's healing presence. As an example, health as a divine quality is actively ever present; and though to human sense it must be discerned and demonstrated, it nevertheless proceeds from God and is permanent. The outward manifestation of health is a sign following the correct application of a specific spiritual law. A belief in healing by material methods does not result in true health; for fear, being a false mental state, is not and never can be destroyed by material means, even though its effects are temporarily subdued. As our Leader says (Science and Health, p. 463): "There is a law of God applicable to healing, and it is a spiritual law instead of material. The sick are not healed by inanimate matter or drugs, as they believe that they are. Such seeming medical effect or action is that of so-called mortal mind."

A Golden Standard
September 23, 1933

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