In her book Retrospection and Introspection Mrs. Eddy writes...

In her book Retrospection and Introspection Mrs. Eddy writes (p. 22), "The human history needs to be revised, and the material record expunged." And in Science and Health she states (p. 72), "Mortal belief (the material sense of life) and immortal Truth (the spiritual sense) are the tares and the wheat, which are not united by progress, but separated."

An illness of inflammatory rheumatism made it necessary for me to seek relief from intense and continued pain. In my study, searching to correct my thought, I found a definition of "inflame" that included "to set afire." This phrase I at first dismissed as irrelevant. Later I realized that often my thoughts were occupied with memories of past experiences, of unpleasant situations, self-depreciation, self-condemnation, guilt, inequities, injustices, and a large, false sense of responsibility. These thoughts seemed to crowd themselves into the present as if to be relived or rehearsed, occupying time that should be used in positive, present expression of Truth, good, and awareness of God's presence and power right then.

The book of Matthew says of the promised Messiah (3:11, 12): "He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

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September 12, 1977

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