Purposeful Thinking

When a student of Christian Science is working for the healing of an erroneous condition, he keeps his whole attention on Truth and does not allow his thoughts to wander without direction. Spiritual being is the goal he holds in constant view. He knows that if he would heal through divine Mind he must first of all understand that man's true being exists in Spirit, not in matter. Moreover, he must understand that the divine power of God is absolute and present. He must employ consecration, promptness, orderliness, and confidence, for these qualities are essential to purposeful thinking.

On the other hand, when one believes that he has a problem, should he warn himself: "I have much error to meet today, for this is a big trouble facing me"? Or should he declare, "I have much of God, good, to meet today, for I am God's own child and His very likeness"? Certainly one's emphasis should be upon the stature, the grandeur, of the real man, not upon the size of one's problem. One's desire, rather, is to bring his mortal selfhood into conformity with good, and this change can come about only through the divine inspiration which reveals to human thought the perfection of infinite being.

Through the writings of Mrs. Eddy one learns concerning prayer that "it makes new and scientific discoveries of God, of His goodness and power." No and Yes, p. 39; An earnest student of Christian Science is accustomed to devoting himself to prayer, but in time of personal need he must try to reach a deeper understanding of his individual spiritual being, of the fact that he is an active heir of Spirit. He needs to commune with Truth, that is, to strive to gain the message of God's perfection and man's reflection of it.

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