Active Reflection

Look in the mirror; see yourself, your exact likeness. Think for a moment: My reflection can never be different from me, its original. It is utterly incapable of expressing or showing forth anything that is unlike me—anything that it does not actually reflect. Mrs. Eddy writes: "As the reflection of yourself appears in the mirror, so you, being spiritual, are the reflection of God. The substance, Life intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere." Science and Health, p. 516;

The importance Mrs. Eddy attaches to the word "reflection" as illustrating man's relation to God may be gauged from the many times the word appears in her writings; certainly no word better expresses man's indissoluble unity with his creator. It is well to note that true reflection is a mental process, a spiritual activity taking place in divine Mind; it is not subject to the physical laws and limitations governing reflection as the term is applied to material objects.

As a reflection is an exact likeness of the original in every detail, so individual spiritual man, as a reflection of God, is a complete expression of Him in every respect: not, of course, quantitatively, for the infinite can be revealed only in the whole of God's creation. In quality, however, man uniquely instances the divine perfection, just as each ray of sunlight individualizes the full power and brilliance of the sun.

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"Be kind to yourself"
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