A farmer in the African bush, the story goes, once found an abandoned baby eagle. He carried it back to his shamba, or plantation, and raised it with his chickens. A few years later, an ornithologist from Europe, who was visiting the village, noticed the eagle scratching for food with the chickens. Several times he stood in the henyard and held the eagle on his outstretched arm, encouraging it to spread its wings and fly. But each time it fluttered down to rejoin the chickens. Finally, one morning as the first rays of sunlight spread across the horizon, the ornithologist carried the eagle to the top of a high hill and again held it on his outstretched arm. This time the eagle spread its wings and, after a few faltering tries, soared into the sky, never to return to the shamba.
Those of us who serve as organists in Churches of Christ, Scientist, can benefit from a wider view, just as the eagle did. We attain this wider view through spiritual sense, through uplifting our thought to understand the laws governing God's creation, including man. Spiritual sense is unerring. It enables us to perceive reality and to realize our true identity and dominion as God's ideas. We can increase our perception that all power and all action belong to God, Mind, through research in Mrs. Eddy's writings, noting particularly citations containing such terms as spiritual fact, spiritual growth, spiritual sense, spiritual understanding. This study, deepening our insight into the Bible's truths and promises, helps us to overcome material beliefs and to rely on spiritual strength.
Mrs. Eddy counsels us, "To reach the summit of Science, whence to discern God's perfect ways and means, the material sense must be controlled by the higher spiritual sense, and Truth be enthroned, while 'we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.' " Miscellaneous Writings, p. 66;