Unhampered by Crowds

In recent years considerable attention has been given to the problem of overcrowding and its effects on the well-being of mankind. Because this is one of the most urgent problems of our time, a number of physical scientists have made exploratory studies of its effects on both animals and humans. They have discovered that in all forms of animal life the immediate presence of other individuals causes excitement; and when this is multiplied by a crowded condition, serious mental stress develops, and then certain forms of physical disease arise from this stress.

Of course, there are numbers of practical human plans and procedures that can help this situation, but they all leave the basic mental cause untouched. The proximity of another individual, or group of individuals, will not excite or disturb us if we learn to understand the nature of the real man and the relationship of all real identities to the one creative Principle, God. Because, as the Bible teaches, God is infinite Spirit, all of His creation must be spiritual and lives in the boundless freedom of spiritual sense. Mrs. Eddy unfolds the unfettered spaciousness of reality when she writes: "God's being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss. 'Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.' Like the arch-priests of yore, man is free 'to enter into the holiest,'—the realm of God." Science and Health, p. 481;

Christian Science reveals that it is a limited, material sense of God's infinite universe that seems to hem us in and that produces the claustrophobia that ends in disease-producing stress and tension. This Science teaches that matter in all its forms, sentient or insentient, is pictured mortal thought. When we begin to see the unreality of matter and refuse to be impressed by its false claims, its harmful effects begin to recede and disappear.

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Christian Science Church Center
February 22, 1969

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