How Do You Read Me?

We read and hear much about extrasensory perception these days—such practices as telepathy, thought transference, and mind reading, and the knowledge of past (unknown) and future events. But ESP, as it is popularly called, though awakening the public to the fact that materiality is not the be-all and end-all of existence, is still unreliable and limited in range, because it relies on belief in the sensitivity and acumen of the human mind. And the human mind, in and of itself, is far from infallible.

Human beings are credited with possessing five senses, each of which relies wholly on matter, or the human body, for its functioning: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. The sixth sense, the one involving ESP, needs no special organ of the body through which to function; but in essence it is no different from the better-known senses. It too is rooted in a material concept, restricted to the finite thought processes of the mortal mind.

Spiritual insight, on the other hand, springs from complete reliance on and understanding of God as Mind, the only true intelligence. One of Mary Baker Eddy's definitions of God reads in part, "The great I am ; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal." Science and Health, p. 587; Spiritual sensibility opens up for us a totally new sphere of mental discovery in communication.

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Compassion: The "preparation of the heart"
December 29, 1973

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