"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32

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MIND 

This lesson starts with the peace which comes from knowing there is and can be only one Mind.  Other qualities that are derived from this divine Mind are wisdom, knowledge, understanding, righteousness, judgment, equity, and discretion.   We read in Isaiah that God not only “created the heavens” and “formed the earth to be inhabited” but that God leads us in the way we should go.  “…thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” (Isa.30:21)  

Mary Baker Eddy insists that “All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God…No wisdom is wise but His wisdom,  no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life, but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows.” (S&H 275:14-19)    Inasmuch as “all is Mind…and Mind is God, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience” there can be no mindlessness, no incapacity, nor minds in conflict. (S&H 275:20-24)   How reassuring it is to know that “The spiritual man’s consciousness and individuality are reflections of God.  They are the emanations of Him who is Life, Truth, and Love.” (S&H 336:14-16)  

Further, she insists that spiritual understanding is “the reality of all things brought to light.” (S&H 505:22-28)   Certainly, if “all is Mind and its infinite manifestation,” then there can be no mindlessness, no conflict, no incapacity.  In my early career as a school teacher, I found these truths to lift all sorts of false limitations or barriers from my students.   And today, they continue to impart unfailing direction and cast out fear. Mrs. Eddy puts it this way:  “All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal.  The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and follow the leadings of Truth.” (S&H 151:26)  

Moses leading the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt is a timeless example of the freedom that is our birthright.  Because God is the one infinite Mind which we all express, there can be no mortal mind, no limited intelligence, no conflicting opinions.   In fact, “…the phrase mortal mind implies something untrue and therefore unreal…” (S&H 114:13-17)   Mrs. Eddy adds:  “Man is more than a material form with a mind inside, which must escape from its environments in order to be immortal.  Man reflects infinity, and this reflection is the true idea of God.”  (S&H 258:9-12)    Jesus’ ability to heal multitudes of various ills and limitations was imparted to his disciples, and today Christian Scientists are repeating that ability.  As Mrs. Eddy puts it:  “In Latin the word rendered disciple signifies student;  and the word indicates that the power of healing was not a supernatural gift to those learners, but the result of their cultivated spiritual understanding…”  (S&H 271:11-16)   

She also insists that “The victory will be on the patient’s side only as immortal mind through Christ, Truth, subdues the human belief in disease.” (S&H 145:10-13)   Proof of Mind’s “complete control” over the body has been demonstrated by Christian Scientists for over a century, and despite the explosion of drug use in recent years and the evil of addiction, there is growing recognition today of the “mind/body connection” and of relation of thought to health.   Yes,  “It should be (and increasingly is) understood that all (people) have one Mind…” (S&H 467:9-10), and that “right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action.”  (S&H 454:19-21)  

Paul puts it this way:  “…whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever thigs are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Phil. 4:8)   Yes, “Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.” (S&H 9-11)    

Jamae van Eck