Awake, O Dreamer!

"I sleep , but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me." These lovely words from the Song of Solomon may be taken as pointing to the awakening that Christ, Truth, brings to the dreamer in corporeal sense. As thought is startled from lethargy through the enlightment of Truth, one realizes the false and fleeting nature of the Adam-dream of life in matter, and makes a determined effort to awake from the dream. He may thus say with the poet, "I sleep; but my heart waketh."

Concerning the nightmare of war, hate, greed, chaos, and disaster which the world seems to be passing through today, one often hears the remark, "It all seems like a bad dream." The student of Christian Science agrees with this statement, but goes farther. He declares that the "bad dream" is unreal and untrue, because God never made it. From the standpoint of God's allness and matter's nothingness, the Christian Scientist proceeds to demonstrate the truth by "signs following." Perceiving humanity's need for an awakening from the dream of life in matter, Mary Baker Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 95): "Lulled by stupefying illusions, the world is asleep in the cradle of infancy, dreaming away the hours. Material sense does not unfold the facts of existence; but spiritual sense lifts human consciousness into eternal Truth."

The record of God's creation in the first chapter of Genesis includes no error; no dream of sin, disease, and death can be found therein. The children of men allow the arguments of smooth-tongued evil to lure them from their Father's house, wherein are spiritual well-being and harmony, into a dream-world, where sin, disease, and death appear on the screen of mortal mind. When this false, serpentine argument finds an auditor, it aggressively presses its claim of usurpation of God's creation. To do this, it becomes necessary that our spiritual vision be obscured. In the second chapter of Genesis we read, "There went up a mist from the earth." This veil of material limitation claims to obscure the spiritual vision of creation, wherein God created man in His image and likeness, and saw all that He made as good. The carnal mind could not produce another power opposed to God.

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March 16, 1940

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