Demonstration in Christian Science is a spiritual experience. It evidences consciousness illumined by spiritual reality. In the light of the revelation of God's allness and man's spiritual perfection the so-called claims of material sense are seen for what they are, mere illusions, falsities, misconceptions of being. As darkness gives place to light and all is light, so these misconceptions—sin, sickness, lack, want, woe, all evil—give place to reality, and what we call Christian Science healing takes place. This healing is often spoken of as demonstration. But whether we call it healing or demonstration, we should thoroughly understand that material benefit is but the effect of the revelation to human consciousness of the spiritual facts of being. Herein is the great difference between what demonstration really is and what it is sometimes thought to be.

Demonstration is frequently spoken of in a way that might lead one unacquainted with the wholly spiritual nature of Christian Science to believe that Christian Scientists demonstrate material things, such as automobiles, houses, and so on. Since Christian Science reveals the allness of God, Spirit, and the nothingness of matter, it is impossible for a student of this Science to demonstrate anything but divine Principle, its laws, and the facts of Spirit. The better health, better sense of home, increased good which we experience as the result of the demonstration of God's law are the outward evidence of the wholeness, the harmony, and the spiritual riches of divine Love that have been revealed to us.

A young woman, a new student of Christian Science, had the true meaning of demonstration made plain to her in the following manner. She had turned to Christian Science for the healing of a goiter. Every known material means, with the exception of an operation, had been tried and had failed to bring relief. An operation was deemed inadvisable. For six months she read and studied Christian Science every spare moment she had. She attended church services regularly and went to all the lectures on Christian Science in the vicinity. Her sole aim in all this was to get rid of the goiter. To her, that was the demonstration to be made. It had been pointed out to her that she was much too concerned about it; but mortal mind, always justifying its own conclusions, told her that the reason she had turned to Christian Science was that it offered healing.

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August 9, 1952

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