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From human ‘symbols’ to spiritual reality

From the January 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Early in my study of Christian Science, I used to think, “OK, I’m bouncing along down here on this lower human level, and when it gets problematic or frightening, I can rise up to a level of spiritual consciousness, and from that height I’m able to fix, smooth out, or patch up this human level down here.”

That approach, however, isn’t Christian Science. What Science makes clear is that all that’s here, all that’s actually happening, is spiritual reality, and existence isn’t divided into “levels”—one up there, one down here. God is All. Moses heard it as “I AM THAT I AM” (Exodus 3:14). All precludes anything else, and there’s no such thing as All’s opposite.

Mary Baker Eddy reminds us: “It is well to know, dear reader, that our material, mortal history is but the record of dreams, not of man’s real existence, and the dream has no place in the Science of being” (Retrospection and Introspection, p. 21). So, like a dream, human experience is a strictly mental affair.

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