Spiritual Listening

Who among sincere students of Christian Science has not felt the need for more quiet waiting upon God for guidance in the midst of the manifold duties and perplexities of human experience?

Mrs. Eddy says in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 232), "In the sacred sanctuary of Truth are voices of solemn import, but we heed them not." In the forty-sixth Psalm we read, "Be still, and know that I am God." The desire to attain that quiet, listening attitude which many of the beautiful Bible characters so naturally evinced, is surely a holy desire. If tended and nourished, it will bring the earnest student into a higher and holier condition of thought, one in which he will hear the "still small voice" of Truth speaking to his consciousness, and, hearing, he will love to obey. It is this stillness—this ceasing to be absorbed in human ways and means of accomplishing some task or arriving at some decision, and becoming still long enough to hear what God, divine Mind, is saying—which will guide him unerringly in all that he undertakes.

This receptive listening attitude seems to some students somewhat difficult to attain, even though they are conscious of the need for it in their own experience. Is not this because the mortal sense of a selfhood apart from God still seems very real and important, as if this mortal self had much to do and many things to accomplish entirely by its own efforts?

February 22, 1936

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