"Obstacle" illusions

While teaching four-year-olds in a Christian Science Sunday School, I asked what the word "illusion" meant. "Actually it's called an obstacle illusion," one bright youngster told the class, and then he went on to explain how our eyes can trick us. The youngster's use of "obstacle" for "optical" amused me.

Many times I have thought back to those marvelously descriptive words "obstacle illusion." Any improper view of our true existence as the harmonious reflection of God is an illusion. "Error," Mrs. Eddy explains, "is false, mortal belief; it is illusion, without spiritual identity or foundation, and it has no real existence." Science and Health, p. 287. How often do we allow a mortal illusion to become an obstacle?

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