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From the March 1966 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Many people become inured to a mental state of inertia and passivity because they are unwilling to take the initiative in the first place or because they tend to lose it whenever they encounter opposition or resistance. Others react to the moves of other people instead of acting positively themselves. Physical disorders often follow this pattern too. Bodily functions and faculties seem to start wrongly, lapse into confusion, or stop unexpectedly, thus making activity uncertain and erratic.

Christian Science explains that all these mental and physical conditions arise from a failure to appreciate the complete control which divine Mind exerts over the activity of all of its ideas, and to yield to this control. This religion makes it clear that both initiative and impetus belong to Mind, or God, so that they are spiritual and not material. Mind moves thought, and thought governs activity.

The understanding of Mind's control over matter and material circumstances eliminates from human experience all kinds of wrong activity, uncontrolled activity, or inactivity. The initiative of divine Mind is, however, quite different from self-initiated human enterprise. And the impetus of divine Mind has nothing in common with self-propelled human drive. Every move which Mind initiates starts unerringly, follows through irresistibly, and blesses everyone who participates in it.

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