"The heights of Mind"

A STUDENT of Christian Science found much of interest one morning in a beautiful descriptive advertisement of a new stratoliner, made to fly thousands of feet higher than the usual airplane. The wonder of flying so far above the earth and the clouds was not the only thing that arrested her attention. The explanation for this new development went back to the early days of flying, when pilots kept close to the earth in order to follow its familiar contours. As a result, there were many collisions and accidents until those in charge grew insistent in their demands, and issued the order to the pilots, "Keep away from the ground!"

As the Scientist pondered this, there came to her thought the words of our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, in the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 263), "When mortal man blends his thoughts of existence with the spiritual and works only as God works, he will no longer grope in the dark and cling to earth because he has not tasted heaven." She saw more clearly than ever before that by clinging fearfully to old familiar landmarks of thinking, one would greatly hamper his own onward progress toward spiritual freedom; that as thought is lifted to the wonderful truth of being, the truth about God and man, revealed through the teachings of Christian Science, as cherished human opinions and practices are laid aside and one becomes willingly obedient to the demands of this truth wherever they may lead him, thought indeed "soars enraptured, fetterless and free." One thus finds greater joy and dominion, because he is not on the mental level of conflicting mortal thinking and planning. Mental collisions are therefore avoided, hasty and perhaps unfair conclusions about our fellow beings and their endeavors are wiped out, as one lifts his consciousness higher and closer to the things of Spirit.

An illustration of this point was brought to the student's thought as she recalled an experience of some years ago. In the office where she was employed was an individual with whom she was obliged to work each day. He was arrogant, overbearing, and almost rude in many respects, not only to the student, but also to others in the office, so that many had come to avoid any contact with him and were quite emphatic in their expressions of dislike.

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"A door was opened in heaven"
October 10, 1942

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