Realizing There Is But One Mind

[Original article in French]

One of the principal difficulties confronting students in their approach to Christian Science is their belief in the reality of both Spirit and matter, good and evil, Truth and error, Love and hate. Mortals in general are so wrapped up in this traditional belief that they try to work from two points of view, namely, that God is All, and that evil is also real and tangible. Alas, their attempts to heal by this defective mental process are not satisfactory!

Because Christian Science denies the reality of matter and evil, it is able to free us from the deceptive dualism which leads human thought to swing to and fro between two opposite beliefs, finding no fixity in either.

To help us get rid of this belief of dualism, our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, rouses our thought by frequent use of the words "the only" and "the one," when she speaks of God, divine Mind. She thus corroborates the words of Scripture, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord." In Christian Science the two terms "only" and "one" have a rigorously exclusive meaning. "Oneness" is defined, in part, as "uniqueness."

In proportion as we realize the oneness and allness of God, of Mind, of Love, of good, it will be logically impossible for us to believe in both Spirit and matter as real; for spiritual understanding acknowledges as actual only Spirit and its formations. The realization that there is but one Mind leads us in the way of demonstration, that is, leads to the solution of our problems. On page 482 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy makes this fundamental statement: "Christian Science is the law of Truth, which heals the sick on the basis of the one Mind or God. It can heal in no other way, since the human, mortal mind so-called is not a healer, but causes the belief in disease."

One may ask, How is such a belief to be dispelled? And the answer is, First, by realizing that there is only one Mind—the Mind from which come harmony, health, and loving-kindness, the Mind of which man is the perfect and continuous expression; and secondly, by knowing that disease is primarily a false mental state seemingly opposing itself to God, good, and that no such state is to be found in infinite Mind, which by its very nature excludes all opposites. The belief in disease is a lie. It emanates from so-called mortal mind. Our healings will be more rapid when we more clearly perceive the oneness and allness of the one Mind, God, and constantly realize this spiritual fact.

Our Leader guides us along the path of brotherly love when she writes on page 205 of the textbook, "When we realize that there is one Mind, the divine law of loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded." In other words, the realization that there is but one Mind dispels the mental obstacles which would hinder the manifestation of Love. These supposed obstacles are the product of so-called mortal mind, expressed in egotism, greed, envy, jealousy, and so forth.

These depressing beliefs disappear from our consciousness when we realize that all the children of God reflect one and the same Spirit, one and the same intelligence, Truth, Love, substance. In our real being we all possess by reflection the same qualities, the same wealth of ideas, which are supplied by God, the inexhaustible source of good. Thus divine, impartial Love is expressed in spiritual equality. We thus see that there is nothing which can prevent us from loving our neighbor sincerely and disinterestedly.

To realize constantly our oneness with the one God, good, is to obey the First Commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Let us follow the example of our Leader, who states (Science and Health, p. 340): "The First Commandment is my favorite text. It demonstrates Christian Science." And our fidelity will bring us many blessings. Such fidelity, however, demands that we give no credence to error, even temporarily, in whatever form presented. We should lean with confidence and complete faith on infinite Love, God, who is omnipotence and omniscience, the sole source of intelligence, goodness, and happiness, and who alone is able to supply our needs, to heal us, to banish fear, sin—all discord. In this way we shall reach the conviction that nothing but infinite Mind can heal us of the belief in anything unlike God.

May we keep constantly in mind these inspired words of Paul concerning God: "In him we live, and move, and have our being." The realization of this truth leads us in the way of marvelous demonstrations of the presence and power of God.

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