THE REAL CONSCIOUSNESS OF MAN

Christian Science might be termed the Science of true consciousness. Mary Baker Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 276), "Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God." The true consciousness, which is "cognizant only of the things of God," is found in the harmony of true being. We cannot conceive of a heavenly state of consciousness which is imperfect or lacking in any element of health and holiness.

Is this consciousness remote from us? Certainly not. It is the consciousness to which Jesus referred when he said (Luke 17:21), "The kingdom of God is within you." How to attain this heavenly state of consciousness is the question. Our human sense of consciousness seems very limited and imperfect. As mortals we do our best to be good, and we succeed in a measure; but sometimes a trying or unusual circumstance arises, and if we are not watchful we find our thoughts confused by fear, sin, or self-pity. These are states of mind entirely unlike our heavenly consciousness and outside of it.

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