The pink diamond ring

One night I noticed my two-year-old having a dream. She was moving a bit and mumbled something. "What?" I asked. "Pink diamond," she replied. "Pink diamond ring!" I laughed, sat her up to wake her, and told her I'd buy her a pink ring someday. "I already have one!" she said, pointing to her finger. Not until she was fully awake did she realize that there was no ring, nor had she ever had one on her finger.

The textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, explains: "Mortal existence is a dream of pain and pleasure in matter, a dream of sin, sickness, and death; and it is like the dream we have in sleep, in which every one recognizes his condition to be wholly a state of mind. In both the waking and the sleeping dream, the dreamer thinks that his body is material and the suffering is in that body" (p. 188).

May 15, 1995

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