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We ‘need not depart’

From the December 2015 issue of The Christian Science Journal

It’s a wonderful thing to feel the palpable, intimate presence of divine Love, when we’re conscious to some degree of God’s allness and our identity as His reflection. This exalted state of thought, which we seek daily to more fully achieve, is the consciousness of Christ, Truth—the spiritual consciousness that knows only what God knows and contains no erroneous suggestions about any intelligence, power, or existence apart from God, good. 

When I have felt a sense of oneness with God, I have wanted to remain in the “secret place of the most High” (Psalms 91:1), the “house of the Lord” (Psalms 23:6), but have sometimes reluctantly felt I must leave the consciousness of Love to go about my daily affairs. Mortal mind—the belief that there is a supposed mind apart from God, the divine and only real Mind—would argue that we are separate from God, and that while we can sometimes be conscious of spiritual existence during a few limited activities, such as quiet prayer, it is certainly not practical to remain in this Christly consciousness as we go about the rest of our day. 

Though I knew mortal mind’s concept of separation and dualism could not be true if God is all, the suggestion was still troubling to me, so I reached out to God for answers. This statement from the Bible was reassuring: “For in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). I reasoned that if God is ever present, there can never be any activity that takes place outside of His allness. So whether we’re running an errand, engaging in a sport, completing a work assignment, making a plan, mastering a new skill, or socializing with friends, we can correctly identify ourselves as God’s spiritual idea and affirm that we are in His presence. Everything we do can be done to express and glorify God. We always know our names as we go about our day; in the same way, we have the right and ability to know our spiritual identity, our true selfhood.

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