TRUE INCLUSIVENESS

One never finds it difficult to realize that the objects he perceives in a night dream are included in the dream consciousness. Sometimes these objects change during the dream: the evil personality becomes good; the seed becomes a flower; the landscape, the birds, the trees, alter in color and form as the dream consciousness changes them. And when one awakens, the dream consciousness is gone, and all of its concepts disappear with it.

Christian Science points to a great lesson which may be learned from the night dream: the fact that so-called material consciousness includes all that it is conscious of; that the physical objects we perceive in human experience are the product of thought and inseparable from it. These objects are not external to material consciousness, but represent a state of mind, a way of thinking. Mary Baker Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 220), "Mortal mind produces its own phenomena, and then charges them to something else,—like a kitten glancing into the mirror at itself and thinking it sees another kitten."

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