"Blessed are your eyes"

In the Glossary in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 586) Mrs. Eddy defines "eyes" as "spiritual discernment,—not material but mental." Elsewhere in her writings she elaborates this statement and shows that spiritual vision is a faculty of the real man. Spiritual vision enlightens thought, enlarges the outlook, gives inspiration, and brings goodness into expression.

In "Unity of Good" (p. 34) our Leader points out that "mortal mind admits that it sees only material images, pictured on the eye's retina." On one occasion when Jesus' disciples were reasoning among themselves, he asked them, "Having eyes, see ye not?" He had been teaching them the true facts of being and had been striving to enlarge their thought, to enlighten their vision. He told them in effect that they were still living in the darkness of mortal beliefs, since they could see material things with the material eye, but were not manifesting in full measure what Mrs. Eddy calls "spiritual discernment." On another occasion, when he found them awakening to realize more of what he was teaching, he could say, "Blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear."

In like manner, when the Christian Science student, by earnest study and application of revealed truth, learns to discern more truly the spiritual facts of being and to express them in his daily life, he is demonstrating a measure of true vision. He finds that his real senses were never in matter, and thus could not be limited by any matter beliefs. He realizes that every spiritual faculty has its origin in God, and is indestructible and inexhaustible.

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