That which has always been conscious of itself goes through no process of recognition. When, in continuity and uninterruptedness, men know as they are known of Mind, no longer need it be said in the words of the writer of John's epistle, "It doth not yet appear what we shall be." The concept of recognition has then given place to cognition; the essence, the integral nature, of Mind is understood. When men think of themselves as mortal, they still have to awaken to a recognition of true selfhood. Truth still appears as revelation, startling often and unfamiliar, outside rather than within the normal focus of unfolding thought.

When Jesus spoke of "the glory which I had with thee before the world was," he referred to that which was his intimate, his subjective sense of being, ever unrelated to and therefore untouched by the changing irrelevancies of human experience; forever natural, and co-ordinate with spiritual sense. On page 5 of "Rudimental Divine Science" Mary Baker Eddy writes, "Soul is the only real consciousness which cognizes being."

Today it is widely believed that there are two origins, one spiritual, one mortal, and that men operate for the most part, if not entirely, from the basis of the latter. While this lasts, the process of selection, adjustment, differentiation, and transference will appear to go on. Furthermore, the element of surprise at the vagaries of mortal mind and at the wonders of the divine Mind—the latter called supernatural or miraculous—will continue.

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