For Better Hearing

In a busy airport waiting travelers are bombarded with information pouring from the public address system, but most people scarcely hear it. Experienced passengers put a mental defense mechanism into operation as they read, work, or catch up on rest, to shut out the torrent of travel announcements that are irrelevant to them personally. Nevertheless, when their flights are called these people respond with alacrity, though it may have seemed they were not listening. They have learned to filter out from a sea of noise only the sounds they need to hear.

This is natural. People have to be selective in their listening wherever they are. The atmosphere is filled with sounds. No one can really hear them all.

Christian Science shows that everyone can learn to listen better. They can learn to shut out the irrelevant, the negative, and the harmful expressions of mortal thought that are clamoring for attention and to perceive more clearly not only necessary human facts but the ideas that will be for them most constructive, helpful, and progressive—the spiritual ideas that emanate from the divine Mind. God.

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The Potency of a Spiritual Idea
January 26, 1974

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