Spiritual insight penetrates appearances

Behind the Scenes

My son and I were watching an episode of Star Trek. A crowd, erupting in anger and fear, hurled large rocks at Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise. He and his companion appeared to be badly hurt, but at that moment my son exclaimed, "Sponge rubber!"

You see, the previous summer we had taken a tour of Universal Studios. While there we had noticed some massive rocks piled up behind the scenes, but then our guide easily lifted one of them. They were made of sponge rubber. Later, on the open bus ride around the lot, we suddenly saw huge boulders bouncing madly down a cliff directly at us. Startled at first, we quickly remembered the sponge rubber rocks we had seen earlier. The momentary anxiety dissipated. We were not fooled, although we appeared to be in danger. Once you've been behind the scenes, the illusion is no longer convincing.

We face many illusions in daily life. But how do we break the illusion and find the truth of being? We might call the Bible, along with Science and Health and other writings by Mrs. Eddy, the guides that take us behind physical appearances and help us to see and understand the real man and universe as God-created and Principle-maintained. Here we find man and woman in the image and likeness of Love. God's ideas are not warlike, hurtful, hunted, nor haunted. They do not disturb, harass, or vandalize. Rather, they radiantly express the tender qualities of divine Love. Man (that is, the spiritual, real identity of you and me) is safe even where, to the physical senses, danger or disease appears to be alarming. Because man is in Mind, God, he is always in touch with everlasting Life, always untouched by evil and death.

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July 11, 1977

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