Position the Result of Spiritual Unfoldment

It is generally recognized that position is not necessarily a material location but may refer to a mental attitude, for one frequently hears the expression "my position" as referring to one's opinions in a given situation. And so it is only a continuation of this line of thought to declare that man's position is always spiritual, and that the right concept of man's relationship to the divine Mind brings present proofs that his position is permanent, useful, and satisfying.

As one holds to one's position in truth as the reflection of Mind, regardless of what seems to be going on in the realm of matter, one sees that God's plan for His spiritual universe is wise and beneficent, for He is infinite Mind, holding each idea in right relationship to every other idea and recognizing no conflicting power. Man is the perfect and complete expression of this Mind, and his work is the expression of God's good and perfect gifts. Man is not a struggling mortal making efforts to obtain things outside his own consciousness, but he includes, as reflection, the substance of all that good for which mortals hope and strive. Mary Baker Eddy has written in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 517, 518): "Man is not made to till the soil. His birthright is dominion, not subjection. He is lord of the belief in earth and heaven,—himself subordinate alone to his Maker."

The real or spiritual universe is not affected by the conditions of the mortal sense of life any more than our personal human experience is affected by the vivid motion picture. We may, for the moment, enter into the experience of the characters on the screen and laugh and weep with them, but as we look away from the screen we realize that we have been identifying thought with an illusion.

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The Christian Science Usher
February 9, 1946

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