The Power of Memory

A good memory is of great advantage. From the standpoint of the temporal, human mind, memory is the faculty for retaining and recalling knowledge and events or whatever has made up one's experience. Electrobiologists, natural scientists who study body electricity, tell us that the human memory is controlled by electrical impulses generated chemically in the body tissues. They also tell us that the brain is our most active organ electrically considered and that brain and memory are closely linked in electrical action.

It is not necessary or even appropriate in a Christian Science periodical to describe in detail the electrical action of the brain in order to improve memory. But since Mary Baker Eddy names electricity as one of the claims of animal magnetism, or evil mind, that combine in error (see Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 450, 451), it is well to negate the belief that a useful faculty is conditioned by unintelligent electricity rather than by the power of the one divine Mind, or intelligence. God, Spirit, alone can energize anything correctly.

Christian Science lifts the concept of memory as a materialistic, limited, electrically driven faculty to the true idea of memory as an unlimited, spiritual, immutable ability that man reflects from Mind. The true idea of memory is man's reflection of Mind's omniscience. And Mind's omniscience makes God conscious of everything He has created, conscious of it all at once, and conscious of it forever. Because man's memory is his reflection of Mind's omniscience, one can never lack the ability to make retentiveness comprehensive and unlabored.

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The Stimulus of Truth
November 22, 1969

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