It was after I had taken Primary class instruction in Christian Science. I felt such a reverence for God, as divine Mind—the only source of intelligence—that I found myself thinking and saying that a thought had come to me, rather than that I had thought it.
It had become very clear in class that God and His thoughts constitute the All-in-all of true existence—that God is the only Mind, the originator of all true thoughts, and that man, the male and female of God’s creating, is made up of God’s thoughts. That means that you and I and every other person actually include, by reflection, every thought the divine Mind imparts. But we don’t originate these thoughts. This was such a holy realization!
I saw that I could intelligently weigh the thoughts that came to me, and select and accept into my consciousness only those that had their origin in God, and therefore were spiritually true. If a thought reflected the nature of God as unlimited Love and Life, I knew it was true—a thought to be accepted, cherished, and put into expression. If a thought misrepresented God’s good nature, I knew it was untrue—a suggestion to be rejected and discarded in favor of the truth God was imparting. And healings became a regular part of my experience.
Of course, class had given me the spiritual foundation for recognizing thoughts from God, as opposed to false beliefs about Him and His creation. The true nature of God—indicated in the synonyms and attributes of God revealed in the Bible and in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy—was thoroughly and systematically presented. And through the years, my spiritual understanding of God and His thoughts has been augmented through continual daily study of these two books, as well as the Christian Science monthly and weekly periodicals. The thing is, though, that every true spiritual thought comes to us directly from God, whether we read it, or whether it just comes to us as we pray or go about our day. And these thoughts are here for us all the time because we are always in God’s presence.
We need only keep the true nature of God and His creation clearly established in our consciousness as the foundation for recognizing which thoughts are true, and which are false—which thoughts emanate from Him, and which ones have no mind, reality, or power. As Mrs. Eddy explains: “For right reasoning there should be but one fact before the thought, namely, spiritual existence” (Science and Health, p. 492).
God is Life, or Spirit, and man is the reflection of Life, spiritual. That is fact.
God’s thoughts, accepted by us as law, reflect His power.
So, say a thought comes to you suggesting that your life is limited—limited health, limited opportunity, limited ability. Based on the fact that God is Life, and God is infinite, a suggestion of limitation is untrue whatever form it assumes. It is merely what Christian Science terms animal magnetism, the false belief that life is in matter, rather than Spirit. Any such thought is inherently untrue, limited, and powerless. But the reverse of that thought is true: Life is Spirit, and man’s existence is spiritual, and therefore inherently unlimited. As Science and Health states, “Neither animal magnetism nor hypnotism enters into the practice of Christian Science, in which truth cannot be reversed, but the reverse of error is true” (p. 442).
The Bible says of God: “But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth” (Job 23:13). And the Psalmist declares: “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand” (Psalms 139:17, 18).
Any thought of limitation, disease, or any angry or hateful thought—having no origin in the divine Mind, which is Love—is untrue. It isn’t your thought or anyone else’s, because the thoughts God is imparting make up our being as His reflection. The reverse of every untrue thought is true, is right at hand, and is ours to accept, understand, and experience.
There are many examples in the Bible of individuals worshipping God by rejecting erroneous thoughts, accepting the reverse of those thoughts—God’s thoughts—and experiencing deliverance and healing. One time, a “venomous beast” suddenly bit the Apostle Paul. Being confident in God’s total goodness, Paul “shook off the beast … and felt no harm.” Those who observed him, however, not being grounded in an understanding of God’s all-good nature and power, “looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god” (see Acts 28:3–6). What a vivid illustration of the importance of choosing thoughts that come straight from God, as opposed to thoughts that suggest power in the fable of material belief. We are not gods when we accept God’s thoughts. His thoughts, accepted by us as law, reflect His power.
So, keep yourself well grounded in the fact of spiritual existence. Whatever thought comes to you, weigh it in accord with the reality of spiritual Truth. Does it honor God? Is it fact? Or is it fiction? Stick with fact, and you will experience the goodness and healing power of God that it represents.
God’s thoughts are not in short supply, and they are always there for you.
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