Realizing the Spiritual Universe

Some travelers crossing a desert saw a mirage, in which trees and houses plainly appeared. So real did the picture seem that it was difficult to believe it to be an illusion. But as they reached the edge of the desert and began to ascend a mountain, the mirage disappeared. Mary Baker Eddy has written in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 300), "The mirage, which makes trees and cities seem to be where they are not, illustrates the illusion of material man, who cannot be the image of God."

St. John was able to rise in thought above the mirage of a material world, and records that he saw "a new heaven and a new earth." It was not through the physical senses that he beheld this vision, but through spiritual discernment—a faculty with which each one of us is endowed. The heaven and earth which St. John saw had always existed as the eternal creation of God but be perceived it anew. He attained the true concept of the one spiritual universe.

January 21, 1939

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