In her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has stated (pp. 191, 192), "Mind, God, sends forth the aroma of Spirit, the atmosphere of intelligence." Aroma in most plants is associated with blooming, and a plant blossoms after it has pushed its roots into the ground and commenced to grow. When we are growing in the understanding of Christian Science we cannot fail to bloom and to bring forth "the aroma of Spirit, the atmosphere of intelligence."
Spiritual perception brings to light the true universe and man's immortal, eternal individuality, free, harmonious, joyous, and complete. This individuality, which emanates from and is sustained by the infinite Mind, reflects divine beauty and grandeur and, unlike the plant which blooms seasonally, it blooms continuously. At any time and under all circumstances we can lift our thought to the realization of our true being and bring forth the harmony and joy which come with the recognition of our at-one-ment with God. Someone may say. But what of sickness and unhappiness? Can anyone be joyous in their presence? When an individual identifies himself with his true source, with allpervading, all-encompassing, infinite divine Mind, Love, he no longer accepts sin, sickness, or discord as real. He then begins to rejoice in the fullness and freedom of Life.
Through the study of the Bible, together with the Christian Science textbook and other writings by Mrs. Eddy, we gain the spiritual understanding by which we can blossom forth into good works. From the Scriptures we learn how our beloved Master, Christ Jesus, worked. He often substantiated his periods of prayer on the mountains with healing works among the people. So does every student of Christian Science have the opportunity to give evidence in demonstration of the joys of Spirit, the activity of Mind, the tenderness of Soul, the steadfastness of Principle, the goodness of Love, and the purity of Life.
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