Breaking the Barriers of Old Age

"You do not grow old, you become old by not growing." The Art of Living, 1961 Edition, p. 48; These words of Wilferd A. Peterson pose a challenge. Are we becoming old because we have ceased to grow? Or are we heeding Mrs. Eddy's words, "Man should be found not claiming equality with, but growing into, that altitude of Mind which was in Christ Jesus"? Miscellaneous Writings, p. 255:

The "altitude of Mind" our Saviour attained did not recognize any taint of age. His concept of man as the immortal, spiritual image of Mind was built upon the premise of perfection set forth in the first chapter of Genesis. Here there is no mention of man as an aged or infirm material mortal. Rather, God's creation is described as very good.

Jesus continuously claimed God as his Father, understanding himself to be spiritually created. This spiritual sense of sonship gave him the ability to accomplish his great work in a few short years of teaching and healing. Through his resurrection and ascension he proved that man is not destined for the mortal mind dream cycle of birth, maturity, and decay but for the glorious spiritual reality of eternal Life. Through these and many other acts he refuted the limiting beliefs connected with time, and we need but follow his teachings and example to break the barriers of age in our own experience.

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Lovely Thoughts
September 7, 1968

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