Conscious Oneness with God

A Major task in the life of every student of Christian Science is that of striving to attain the "spiritual sense" which our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, defines as "a conscious, constant capacity to understand God" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 209). This task should not seem arduous or difficult of attainment in view of the fact that the trail has already been blazed to this newer, higher, spiritual, and permanent dispensation of Truth, which is applicable to the age in which we live and to future ages.

The need is not for further revelations of Truth, but for the utilization of the truth already given us through the Bible and the clear teachings of our Leader. Also, through the Christian Science periodicals, sufficient guideposts are daily, weekly, and monthly placed for our help along spiritual lines. Only by earnest and persistent effort on the part of the student to purify thought, and by the acknowledgment of the supremacy of Mind and the unreality of matter, is one enabled to gain a conscious sense of unity with God, thereby being ushered into the realm of health, harmony, and peace, the actual kingdom of God—that kingdom which the Bible tells us is an everlasting kingdom, and is here and now to be enjoyed. Why should mankind look to some future period of time or state of existence to bring the blessings which are ever at hand?

In Science and Health Mrs. Eddy writes (p. 262): "We cannot fathom the nature and quality of God's creation by diving into the shallows of mortal belief. We must reverse our feeble flutterings—our efforts to find life and truth in matter—and rise above the testimony of the material senses, above the mortal to the immortal idea of God. These clearer, higher views inspire the Godlike man to reach the absolute centre and circumference of his being."

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Right Expectation
February 4, 1939

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