"Get into the secret place and stay there" was the advice of a Christian Science practitioner to the writer while they were working to solve a seemingly persistent physical problem. When the healing finally came, the writer was able to acknowledge with deep gratitude that the real meaning of the words in the ninety-first Psalm had become clearer. We read there (verse 1), "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."

One may ask: What is "the secret place"? Where may it be found? How do I get into it? Answers to these questions appear in the following words by Mary Baker Eddy in her book "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 244): "The 'secret place,' whereof David sang, is unquestionably man's spiritual state in God's own image and likeness, even the inner sanctuary of divine Science, in which mortals do not enter without a struggle or sharp experience, and in which they put off the human for the divine."

From these words it becomes plain that "the secret place" is not a geographical location. We may journey the length and breadth of the land, while still remaining in "the secret place" in our consciousness. The way to get there, then, is through consciousness.

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