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Receptivity Is Native to Man

From the January 1972 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Sometimes a person asks, "Why can't I be more receptive to Truth? Why can't I realize more clearly the presence and power of God? Why can't I grasp spiritual facts of God and man more quickly?"

Actually, receptivity to Truth—the ability and willingness to receive spiritual understanding—is native to man. God is omniscient Mind, the all-knowing One, the source of all intelligence and power. Man, made in the image of God as the Bible states, reflects this intelligence and power. Hence man—the real, spiritual identity of you and me—must be receptive of the understanding that Mind imparts. He could not be otherwise, else God's omniscience would be unexpressed.

The carnal mind, evil, argues against this. It claims that intelligence springs from a material brain and can be restricted. It says that one can be unreceptive to inspiration and understanding because he lacks the necessary mental ability to be otherwise. This is not true, Christian Science explains. Divine Mind is the only consciousness there is, and man expresses this Mind without limitation. As an individual increasingly perceives the illusory nature of the claims of the carnal, or mortal, mind and recognizes his innate ability to express Godgiven comprehensiveness and acumen, he will find his receptivity growing.

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