Joy, the Music of Soul

In Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy answers the question, "How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian Science?" She begins by saying (p. 495): "Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit. Adhere to the divine Principle of Christian Science and follow the behests of God, abiding steadfastly in wisdom, Truth, and Love."

When, through work in Christian Science, he undertakes to overcome some difficulty, the Scientist naturally uses the Bible, Mrs. Eddy's writings, and the periodical literature published by The Christian Science Publishing Society to gain a clearer understanding of the truth of God and of man. In doing this work, he endeavors to lift his thought above the mere letter by allowing joy, the music of Soul, to flood his consciousness. He tries to know and feel love for Love's sake, truth for Truth's sake, and beauty for Soul's sake, also to remember well Paul's message to the Philippians (4:4), "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice."

It is well known that if a musician has so mastered the score that he is not dependent upon the printed composition, he can better reveal the glorious beauty of the music, and his performance is transcendent. Mrs. Eddy states in her Message to The Mother Church for 1900 (p. 11), "Music is more than sound in unison." And later on in the same paragraph she adds: "Music is divine. Mind, not matter, makes music."

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