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TRUE PSYCHOLOGY

From the October 1942 issue of The Christian Science Journal


On page 462 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy, the beloved Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, asks the pertinent question which has puzzled the thinkers of the ages: "Are thoughts divine or human? That is the important question." True psychology, or Christian Science, teaches that God, divine Mind, is the source of real thoughts, divine ideas. It further declares that material suggestions are the offspring of mortal mind, material sense, illusion. Therefore, real thoughts are divine and immortal, while all finite concepts are fallible and mortal. "Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established." Here is the recognition that God, Spirit, not matter, brain, or nerves, is the source of all true spiritual thought.

Of what avail is it to one burdened by the fear of this or that, harassed by the limiting and limited concepts of mortal mind, to be told that intelligence is circumscribed within matter and is dependent upon it for function and manifestation? Such an erroneous viewpoint ends in the conclusion that one is the victim of some condition beyond his control. Christian Science counteracts this error, and reveals through spiritual sense the allness of immortal Mind and its ideas. As we scientifically reflect divine Truth, Life, and Love, the divine ideas of infinite Principle become established in our thought and act as our thought. This puts to flight the fears and false conceptions of material sense.

A student of Christian Science, while still attending school, listened to a classroom description and verdict of human psychology as to the supposed tenacity of habits or repeated occurrences in one's experience. He had been struggling with a distressing affliction which kept repeating itself in his experience, and this classroom incident greatly increased his fear and, for a period, burdened him with a false sense of the hopelessness of his situation. However, instead of continuing to listen to this aggressive suggestion, he turned to God, Love, as his sole hope of salvation. A sincere devotion to and consistent study and application of Christian Science lessened and finally completely overcame this condition. During succeeding years the student has passed through several trying experiences, yet the truths of Christian Science have proved adequate to forestall and annul every claim of error and to give him mastery over evil.

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