Repeating and defeating

I was recently thinking about the 1993 movie Groundhog Day. In the movie, Bill Murray plays an egotistical TV meteorologist named Phil Connors, who is forced to relive the same day, February 2, over and over again. Even though Groundhog Day is just a Hollywood movie, at some points in my life I have felt a lot like Phil, reliving the same story over and over again—the story of life in matter, trapped in an endless cycle of challenges or mental fog.

But through my study of Christian Science I have grown to see that this fog is something I can wake up from. It is my thought that needs changing, not my circumstances.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science defined this state of mental fogginess as “animal magnetism” or “mesmerism,” and told of its illusive nature. She wrote, “… in Science animal magnetism, mesmerism, or hypnotism is a mere negation, possessing neither intelligence, power, nor reality, and in sense it is an unreal concept of the so-called mortal mind” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 102). The thing about a “mere negation,” or a “zero,” is that it can be brushed aside to open up our clear vision of the wonderful possibilities already present.

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Beyond matter
April 1, 2013

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