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There Is No Mortal Mind
Sometimes students of Christian Science tend to make a reality of the mortal, or carnal, mind by blaming unpleasant daily happenings on it and building up belief in its power over their thinking and acting. It is quite easy to say that mortal mind is making one late for appointments or that mortal mind is making one's hand hurt or that mortal mind is making one's job tough. But in the spiritual reality of being there are no aggressive mental suggestions to make these things happen. As soon as we acknowledge this and demonstrate that there is only one Mind, our experience becomes harmonious.
Mrs. Eddy writes, "As Mind is immortal, the phrase mortal mind implies something untrue and therefore unreal; and as the phrase is used in teaching Christian Science, it is meant to designate that which has no real existence." Science and Health, p. 114; She states further, "There is no such thing as mortality, nor are there properly any mortal beings, because being is immortal, like Deity,—or, rather, being and Deity are inseparable." p. 554; In absolute being there is no mortal mind or mortality to contend with. To ensure health and progress in daily existence, we need to acknowledge this fact and see God's all-power and all-presence, because in truth that is all there is.
How important it is to remember the First Commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me"! Ex. 20:3; We can put it into practice by persistently realizing that there is no power apart from God, no mortal mind, no mortal beings, no state of mortality. In daily activities we may often be tempted to think that we are struggling through a material state to reach a far-off divine or spiritual state. This discouraging temptation can be rejected, however, by returning to the First Commandment and realizing that here and now there is actually no power apart from God to be struggled against. The only power and presence is all-encompassing good, God; therefore there is no evil, error, devil, mortal mind, animal magnetism—no hypothetical second power.
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Christ Is Coming to You
GERTRUDE E. VELGUTH
Simplicity: Shallow or Profound?
JAYNE D. LUCE
Finding Meaning in Christmas
JULIA ANN WALKER
Manliness in Military Service
LOUIS H. KAMMERER
"The daystar will appear"
ANNA A. VINSON
There Is No Mortal Mind
J. DARROW KIRKPATRICK
A Puppy for Christmas
MARY M. ANDERSON
Right Adjustments of Thought
Helen Wood Bauman
Truth Is Simple
Alan A. Aylwin
Our whole way of life was changed for the better when Christian Science...
Ruth Desmond with contributions from Harold E. Desmond
I was born in London and worked eventually at a large store in...
Vera Louise Humphreys
It was more than forty years after Mrs. Eddy discovered the...
Charles Winston Grant with contributions from Ethel E. Grant
RADIO PROGRAM NO. 350 - Preparing for Christmas
with contributions from Harlan Witham, Florence Ludgate
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Kathleen Rose