Our Feet upon the Mountains

What are we, as Christian Scientists, doing about the so-called laws of finity and limitation which, like the laws of gravity, claim to keep our burdened feet chained to the earth?

A young student had to walk a long way to and from her work each day. She began to wonder why it was that on these journeys her feet felt weary and unwieldy, when during her dancing classes they seemed to move with agility and ease. The reason, she saw, was that through her interest in the music and dancing she forgot herself, and material beliefs were thus set aside. In like manner, spiritual inspiration lifts us into the realm of the real, just as earth-bound attractions seem to hold us to the earth.

Because man is the idea of Mind, his action is spontaneous and unrestricted. Yet what do we find? Because we accept material laws, we seem to be fettered by a mortal body which moves laboriously. If the desire is to fly, this cannot be done without the accompaniment of noisy groaning of engines and whirring of propeller wings. The sun rises and stars move in their courses without the grinding of gears or effort of straining! The most uplifting of God's angel thoughts do not whirr into consciousness, but come to us in effortless silence. How clear it should be to us that we must be ever watchful to lift our thoughts to Truth, if we would break through the Adam-dream of material birth, life, and death from which springs the law that condemns mankind to till the soil by the sweat of his brow, and chains his expectation of life to the earth.

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The Christian Science Reading Room
January 17, 1942

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