Free from Illusions

A college professor assigned a number of short stories for the week, announcing that the theme of the assignment was disillusionment. The writer, a Christian Scientist, rebelled. Why spend time, she thought, on blighted hopes and bitter disappointments? And yet, as she considered the assignment, she found that many of the world's authors had believed this was an important theme.

However, Mrs. Eddy states in Science and Health, "Thought is borrowed from a higher source than matter, and by reversal, errors serve as waymarks to the one Mind, in which all error disappears in celestial Truth." Science and Health, p. 267; The assignment became an interesting challenge to find the reverse of the error of illusion.

To begin with, illusions may be distortions of vision. They involve faulty perception and misinterpretation. Mrs. Eddy writes: "The optical focus is another proof of the illusion of material sense. On the eye's retina, sky and tree-tops apparently join hands, clouds and ocean meet and mingle." p. 122; Further on she notes, "Experience is full of instances of similar illusions, which every thinker can recall for himself."

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January 9, 1971

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