Infinite Presence

Man's consciousness of good is immutable. Neither Mind nor man moves from one place to another, for Mind's universe of ideas is spiritual, not material. In "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 118) Mrs. Eddy writes: "A saving faith comes not of a person, but of Truth's presence and power. Soul, not sense, receives and gives it." Intelligent faith is a token of Love's presence in our consciousness. On the other hand, doubt and agitation are without presence or power. Likewise are sin and disease nonextant in the ever-presence of health and righteousness. Actually, there is no tangible evil to be excluded; there is only material belief to be utterly rejected.

As Christian Scientists we depend upon spiritual sense, not upon brain, intellect, or the physical senses, to become aware of Spirit and its power. We do not consent to the suggestion that physical sense evidence seems so present, so real, as to blind us to the infinite presence of Mind. To spiritual sense the ever-presence of Spirit is an abiding fact, and nothing separates spiritual sense from Spirit. In "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 173) our Leader writes, "If Mind, God, is all-power and presence, man is not met by another power and presence, that—obstructing his intelligence—pains, fetters, and befools him."

Now and forever, spiritual perfection is omnipresent in both cause and effect. How can we demonstrate this fact? How can we prove our immunity from sin and disease, our superiority to material sense? By pondering and adopting the statements of absolute truth found throughout our Leader's illumined writings. Delayed demonstrations are often attributed to the hypothetical influence of mesmerism, hypnotism—the belief of many minds. Perpetually arguing for its own presence, this false claim denies the ever-presence of the one supreme Mind and its supreme manifestation. It is for the Christian Scientist to remember and to prove that that which claims to fetter, befog, and obstruct intelligence has neither presence nor substance anywhere, at any time; for how could the omnipresence and unity of Mind and its ideas be displaced or disturbed by mere suggestion?

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