How Much Do I Weigh?

Every day for many years the writer had repeated "the scientific statement of being" by Mrs. Eddy. It begins, "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter." Science and Health, p. 468; Every day he had also passed and repassed a white enameled portable scale on the bathroom floor. From time to time he had weighed himself. Then one day he suddenly saw the bathroom scale in a new light. It now presented a mute but dramatic challenge that refused to be ignored.

The writer asked himself how could he pray, "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter," and at the same time use the scale to weigh matter. Wasn't he making a reality of the very thing he was denying? Was he being consistent? Was he being honest? No. The two practices were at extreme variance. He picked up the scale and removed it. But he then realized that there was something more to be done. A mental correction had to be made—an erasure from consciousness of the need for the scale and of the many false beliefs about the real, spiritual man inherent in its use. He had to make a renewed, firmer acknowledgment of "the scientific statement of being" and of the broad scope of metaphysical reasoning it comprehends.

Praying Without Ceasing
May 25, 1968

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