Cleansing Thought of Falsities

In Science and Health Mrs. Eddy admonishes students of Christian Science, "We must look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things." Science and Health, p. 129; Why? What is the need and what the benefit? She says something very thought-provoking that shows why: "That error is most forcible which is least distinct to conscience." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 197; Also she says, "Christian Science, full of grace and truth, is accomplishing great good, both seen and unseen; but have mortals, with the penetration of Soul, searched the secret chambers of sense?" Miscellaneous Writings, p. 292;

In these quotations lies much of the secret concerning all healing. One takes care of the obvious discord, for the most part, but many times blithely skips right over the hidden, devilish, moral faults—hatred, criticism, judgment, an unforgiving concept of another, and so on—hardly knowing, if at all, that they are there. Much help can be gained from studying the references in Mrs. Eddy's writings and the Bible involving the word "deep" and its derivatives. Why sweep the dirt under the rug? Ultimately it will have to be removed. Then it may present quite a job.

In the real sense of man, no error lurks; but in the mortal sense of man, the errors one is born with often go entirely untouched and uncorrected. Then one wonders why there are sickness, discordant human relationships, poverty, unhappiness—why, above all, there is inability to accomplish and progress spiritually.

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