"Man is the idea of Spirit; he reflects the beatific presence, illuming the universe with light," writes Mary Baker Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 266). God, Soul, or Spirit then is the source of all true light, and man as spiritual idea eternally reflects the light and intelligence of divine Mind, the beauty of Soul, the unchanging glow and effulgence of divine Love. He lives and moves in the ever-present radiance of divine light and glory, in which the darkness of ignorance, doubt, and fear is unknown. He is ever conscious of the holy city, which in the pictorial language of the Apocalypse descends "out of heaven from God, having the glory of God: and her light" is "like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal" (Rev. 21:10, 11).

Precious stones are often used metaphorically in the Bible to signify such divine attributes as perfection, purity, and wisdom, as in the passage just quoted from Revelation. Now precious stones in their primitive state do not possess the brilliancy and beauty for which they are commonly admired and valued. They must be made ready to receive and radiate the light. Human consciousness must through spiritualization be prepared to bear witness to the light of Christ, Truth, for Mrs. Eddy says on page 295 of Science and Health: "The mortal mind through which Truth appears most vividly is that one which has lost much materiality—much error—in order to become a better transparency for Truth. Then, like a cloud melting into thin vapor, it no longer hides the sun."

The light and the precious stones do not mix, but a gem radiates the light. Nor does the light of Truth unite with the human mind, so called, but it illumines it by progressively dispelling its opaque material beliefs until consciousness bears witness to nothing but Truth.

November 1, 1947

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