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BEHOLDING THE INFINITE

From the September 1951 issue of The Christian Science Journal


To one who has looked up at the stars on a clear night it may have seemed that he was looking into the infinite. However, the writer recalls his college algebra teacher describing the symbol which designates infinity in mathematics and remembers how even this fine individual, unacquainted with Christian Science, stated that the human mind was unable to grasp what the symbol expressed. But in Christian Science one sees that as he grows spiritually he becomes conscious of that which is immeasurable, namely God, good, and His infinite manifestation. This view, being completely free from matter and its dimensions or limits, transcends the farthest celestial survey of a cloudless night.

"Love alone can impart the limitless idea of infinite Mind," writes Mary Baker Eddy on page 510 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Love leads thought outward, away from mortal finiteness and material sense to an understanding of all that truly exists as God's reflection. Loving consciousness implies spiritualization of thought, and so we must have one with the other. "Love will finally mark the hour of harmony, and spiritualization will follow, for Love is Spirit" (ibid., p. 96). The spiritualized perception of God is also the immortal. Having attained the discernment of limitless truths, it is conscious only of that which expresses Life. This understanding, manifesting Mind, operates as irreversible law in human experience, ushering in the harmony of Principle and the peace of Soul.

Thought imbued with infinite, harmonious reality becomes free from any sense of separation from good. Nothing can be taken from infinity, and man, reflecting Mind, includes all right ideas, none of which can be taken from him. A belief that man does not include all good would imply that Mind is not unfolding its ideas, and this is a self-evident impossibility. Even the loss of dear ones can be seen as an illusion when one gains the clear understanding that by reason of man's oneness with and inseparability from his Father-Mother God his identity is imperishable. The truth of man is imparted by Mind, and each of us may always behold spiritually the deathless ideas of Mind. But these views must be allowed to grow in their beauty and joy-giving power and not be shut off by our believing that God's ideas are separated in any way from ever-present divine Love.

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