Living in the Divine Atmosphere

"Divinely defined, Science is the atmosphere of God," writes our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, in "No and Yes" (p. 9); and who would not gladly and gratefully recognize the blessed fact that man lives in God's own atmosphere? During many centuries it was not conceived of as a possibility that such is the truth. But since Mrs. Eddy's discovery of scientific Christianity, which recognizes man as spiritual and at one with God, it has become possible for humanity to avail itself of this truth, and to realize that man's true abode is in the omnipresence of Deity. In this heavenly realm the operation of divine law is continuous, and happiness is an assured fact. May not this be what Christ Jesus sought to convey to his listeners when he said, "In my Father's house are many mansions"? This seems clearly to indicate that, according to their individual need, all may find refuge from the various woes in those many mansions of health, peace, joy, comfort.

The decision on the part of individuals to avail themselves of the healing efficacy of Christian Science in an exigency is sometimes prompted by a mere desire to get physical help. But in true spiritual healing, the beneficiary is being ushered into the spiritual and scientific realm, the atmosphere of God, where abides the spirit of Christly harmony. The seeker gains at least some comprehension of the spiritual consecration involved in healing, and emerges from this experience with a new understanding of the beauty and usefulness—yes, the all-importance—of spirituality, while human consciousness is changed from complaint and suffering into relief and gratitude. This is a natural result, because Christian Science ascribes to God "all presence, power, and glory" and "rests alone on the demonstration of God's supremancy and omnipotence," writes Mrs. Eddy. And she continues (ibid., p. 18), "Right thinking and right acting, physical and moral harmony, come with Science."

"Come up to me into the mount"
November 19, 1938

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