Subjectivity and Expectancy

It is interesting to note how often Christ Jesus taught the fact that experience is subjective, that is, that the individual experiences the nature and content of his own consciousness. He implied this fact in the beatitude regarding mercy; he taught it in the Lord's Prayer when he spoke of forgiveness. He said that the kingdom of heaven is within; he even spoke of various sins and evil beliefs and said that they were from within consciousness. He also said, "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Mark 11:24

Christian Science teaches that consciousness is the key to experience and that he who would have harmony in his experience would best keep faithful watch over his thinking. Evil acts are evil thoughts before they are acts, and, likewise, disease conditions are states of consciousness before they are conditions of body. And when one would change the outward conditions, it is essential to change the thought first. Hence the method of prayer that brings the truth to bear upon one's thinking so he may rid himself of the false beliefs, the fears and errors, that are the source of the trouble.

October 18, 1969
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