Impressions

The Christian Scientist is on guard against accepting material sense impressions, well knowing this would prevent the discernment of spiritual individuality. Particularly is this lethargic habit to be guarded against when one arrives early at a church service, a lecture, or any place of assembly, lest one should absorb the impressions of people as they arrive—their stature, gait, age, dress, and so forth. One unwittingly embraces himself in these supine observations of material sense, and wastes moments which could be valuably employed in true witnessing.

False impressions are mental mesmerism, mortal mind's self-testimony appearing as persons and objects. These impressions are mortally mental, since matter, per se, cannot see or be seen, as Mrs. Eddy indicates in "Unity of Good" (p. 31). On page 35 of this work she writes: "The so-called material senses are found, upon examination, to be mortally mental, instead of material. Reduced to its proper denomination, matter is mortal mind; yet, strictly speaking, there is no mortal mind, for Mind is immortal, and is not matter, but Spirit." In spiritual fact, then, there are no mortally mental senses. No material impressions are either projected or received.

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