"In Science, man is the manifest reflection of God, perfect and immortal Mind," writes Mary Baker Eddy (Rudimental Divine Science, p. 7). How often we have read this statement, and yet how seldom we have grasped its import. Christ Jesus said (John 8:28), "I do nothing of myself." Yet he did more good than anyone who ever lived before him. The Master recognized the inability of the corporeal mind or body and realized the all-presence, all-power, and all-harmonious action of God, or good.

Just as the moon has no self-existent light, but borrows its radiance from the sun, so all that exists of enlightenment, or spiritual intelligence, is derived from God and is continuously reflected. Mrs. Eddy writes (Retrospection and Introspection, p. 57): "Man shines by borrowed light. He reflects God as his Mind, and this reflection is substance,—the substance of good."

The knowledge of the nothingness of mortal mind throws into high relief the allness of the Mind that is God. In this Mind we find every righteous attribute, including wisdom, intelligence, joy, peace, and spiritual strength. The reflected light of Mind is bestowed unceasingly and without effort. Thus true being, when seen as the reflection of God's being, contains no strain or stress or fatigue. Man's being is unfailing because it is the undying light of God continuously reflected.

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