Metaphysical travel means moving from a material sense of existence to the spiritual. It is our passage from sense to salvation, from matter to Mind. Materially speaking, we may cross the ocean or traverse a continent and yet make no spiritual progress. In our metaphysical journey from sense to Soul we are learning to put off the old man and put on the new; we are gaining spiritual dominion and demonstrating the fact stated by Mary Baker Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 213), "Every step towards goodness is a departure from materiality, and is a tendency towards God, Spirit."

The first step in this journey is to forsake worldliness and to be willing to sacrifice self for the Cause of Christ. Advancement in spiritual understanding comes through self-sacrifice. Self-love, self-righteousness, and self-justification shut us out from the kingdom of God and hamper our progress heavenward.

The early Christians recognized the value of self-sacrifice. Mrs. Eddy writes (ibid., p. 459), "Paul and John had a clear apprehension that, as mortal man achieves no worldly honors except by sacrifice, so he must gain heavenly riches by forsaking all worldliness." This step of spiritual advancement gives one a stable foothold in the realm of Spirit.

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