"Entirely separate"

The Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, proclaims, "Entirely separate from the belief and dream of material living, is the Life divine, revealing spiritual understanding and the consciousness of man's dominion over the whole earth." Science and Health, p. 14; We need to ponder this profound healing truth often so that our thought will not be mesmerized by the apparent amalgamation of good and evil, Spirit and flesh. When we know that in reality life is and always has been spiritual and eternal and that "Life divine" is our only real Life right now, we can claim our exemption "from the belief and dream of material living" and the ceaseless inharmonies which plague it.

The word "separate" means, among other things, "set... apart" and "dissimilar in nature or identity." How often do we think of ourselves as apart from matter or corporeality, having no affinity with it at all? Do we not, rather, tend to think of ourselves as finite mortals, limited and victimized by the flesh? Christian Science teaches us that it Is highly important to reverse the false belief that we possess a material body and to know ourselves aright as the embodiment of Spirit. Our sense of body, or identity, should therefore always be separated from matter.

January 13, 1968

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