Where We Are: Our Present Demonstration

If we do not like our environment, capabilities, employment, relationships, or state of health, we should remember that our situation is always our present demonstration of existence. This may seem a heartless statement in face of the seemingly hopeless circumstances of birth, race, government, health, and education that some people suffer. But when we see one or several individuals rise above a restricted sense of life and environment into a higher scale of being, we realize that each of us is responsible for what he experiences. Our lives mirror our thoughts. Experiences change when thought changes.

Christian Science shows us how to change our thought. It stresses the possibilities of progress and enhances them by revealing truths of God and man that act as laws of destruction to those unpleasant aspects of an individual's life which have claimed to hold him down. In real being, or heaven, man exists as the likeness of his Maker, divine Spirit; he is Spirit's witness. God's man reflects all that his Maker is—intelligence, Love, Life, wisdom, and every right quality inherent in Spirit.

In the Science of being God is understood as All and as governing all; and one who becomes conscious of this true order of existence, even in a small degree, demonstrates a measure of Spirit's control of his character and his activities right where he is. If his trouble is poverty, he soon finds ways of correcting this through diligent and useful employment. If his complaint is his locale in the world, he either moves out of it or rises even in the midst of it. A transformation of his self and his situation can always take place when the truth of his life floods his consciousness. Mary Baker Eddy says: "Mortals have the sum of being to work out, and up, to its spiritual standpoint. They must work out of this dream or false claim of sensation and life in matter, and up to the spiritual realities of existence, before this false claim can be wholly dispelled." Miscellaneous Writings, pp. 52, 53;

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A Religion for the Thinker
August 17, 1968

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