Climbing amidst the beauty, grandeur, and strength of the mountains typifies the innate characteristic of man to expand and rise ever higher in infinite progression. It provides opportunities for expressing and testing such God-derived qualities as strength, courage, and dominion. It supplies the periods of friendliness, mutual trust, comradeship, and self-forgetfulness usually found among men who climb mountains together.

Through the discovery of Christian Science by Mary Baker Eddy a spiritual mountain climbing has been made possible which is infinitely more important and more rewarding than physical climbing, for this climbing is an ascending in thought out of all that is mortal, out of all sin, disease, and death, into the ideal of being: man eternally united to his Father-Mother God in Life, light, and goodness. This going up higher in the understanding of true being reveals man to be not a mortal, groping and struggling for an ideal and never quite attaining it, but an immortal, already at the peak of perfection. Man, as God's reflection, is therefore one with all that is good, beautiful, and eternal. He is in unending enjoyment of his ideal, an ideal or divine consciousness of being which constantly unfolds to him new views of the glory of God and His creation.

To reach his goal, the physical mountain climber first carefully selects the right equipment and if he is a beginner asks advice of an experienced mountaineer to make the right choice. Likewise does the one who begins his joyous journey up the mount of revelation wisely consult those who have successfully reached great spiritual heights and have left their charts and instructions for us: the grand demonstrators of Truth spoken of in the Bible, especially our Way-shower, Christ Jesus. In this age Mrs. Eddy climbed the mount of revelation and demonstration. This enabled her to heal the sick instantaneously and to set down in her writings the divine truths and methods whereby all may attain the heights of health and holiness; and she describes this ascent in an allegory in her "Miscellaneous Writings" (pp. 323-328).

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