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Spiritual sense— seeing the light of Mind

From the January 1989 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The teachings of Christian Science place great emphasis on the importance of exercising spiritual sense if we would begin to comprehend the true nature of God's universe and discover our own purpose in the divine order of being. To some, however, this frequently unrecognized, though always innate, capacity called "spiritual sense" may not seem like something that would have much relationship to everyday life. Yet, spiritual sense actually makes all the difference if we would hope to lift our lives beyond the dullness and emptiness of routine living—the kind of living that so often is tethered to a limited, material perception of reality.

Spiritual sense isn't in any way mystical or mysterious, nor is it accessible only to a few specially gifted and talented individuals. It's not a psychic phenomenon. It isn't the product of New Age transcendentalism or crystal power or narcotic-induced hallucinations. Certainly, spiritual sense may transcend the common leadings and leanings of a finite, mortal perspective of existence, but it is never flighty, fanciful, imaginary.

Spiritual sense is real, dependable, practical, available to every man, woman, and child. And it is wonderful, in the original meaning of that word as full of wonder. Spiritual sense is a truly remarkable power, a divine impulsion, a force that animates us and infuses our lives with all that is good and beautiful, worthy and valuable. There are no fleeting responses, casual graces, or temporary values attributed to spiritual sense. Spiritual sense communicates the substance, permanence, and immediacy of divine reality. It opens the very windows of heaven and shows us the blessings of joy, peace, and spiritual purpose, which God is already pouring out for His children.

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