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From the November 2010 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I love the periodicals, and get so much inspiration and help from them! I intended to read part of the September Journal and lay it aside for later, but found that I could not put it down. The articles in it are full of deep, inspirational, helpful ideas!

The interview with Rebecca Odegaard, "Food for Thought-Watchers" (p. 18), was extremely insightful. She aptly answered many ways that animal magnetism seems to diminish Christian Science, and our practice of it. For example, the answer of many people that they are not religious, but they think of themselves as "spiritual." Ms. Odegaard's response was succinct, "Spirituality is about God. It isn't 'me-centered,' it's 'Thee-centered.' "

I had been working with the word magnify, and correctly magnifying only God's goodness and nothing else, so it was interesting to read Ms. Odegaard's thoughts on the funeral procession of the widow's only son in Luke. She points out that Jesus didn't just stand by and watch the procession, but instead he stopped it. And we also, as spiritually scientific thinkers, have "the ability, every day, to stop, mentally, some sort of procession of thoughts suggesting lack of life, of health, of spiritual vitality and dominion. Nothing happens outside of consciousness." I had never thought of Jesus' healing of the widow's son in the light of stopping our own mental procession of erroneous thoughts. It was very enlightening to me.

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