Immediate Attention

When an orchestra is rehearsing a Beethoven symphony, and the oboe plays a C sharp that should have been a C natural, what does the conductor do? Does he stop the orchestra and expound on the perfection of Beethoven's composition? No, he points out the error, gets the oboe player to correct his playing, and goes on with the music.

When a Christian Scientist is confronted with a sour note in his concept of Life, he does not evade the issue. He takes whatever steps he needs to take to eliminate it. If there is a suggestion of pain, of lack, of insecurity, of instinctive hate, of suppressed or unsuppressed lust, of conflict, of anything that does not rightly represent divine Life, he faces the suggestion immediately and eradicates it.

The Wish to Be Well
July 27, 1974

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