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The spirit and the letter in our practice

From the January 2016 issue of The Christian Science Journal


As a child, I had listened to my mother playing the piano, and when my parents decided to give me the opportunity to learn how to play, I couldn’t wait to get started. They found me a teacher, and she taught me all the basics—how to read music, and how to use my hands on the piano. Because I loved making music, I was eager to practice what I was learning, and did so every day for as long as possible.

After I had learned how to read music and play the notes as well as I could, I was put under the tutorship of a professional performer, who taught me how to express the “feelings” that the music contained. Musical compositions can be expressed in different ways by different individuals, who will find their own inspiration in the music as they study and practice. We can get fresh perspectives by listening to other performers, but we aren’t confined to imitating them. Whoever performs the music from his or her own understanding and feeling can stir listeners to a new level of appreciation for the music.

When we first become aware of, or gain deeper understanding in, Christian Science, and hear of and see the wonderful healings that take place through its study and practice, we may become eager to learn more, too. Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of this Science, wrote a book which sets out the divine Principle and spiritual laws that enabled Christ Jesus to heal. That book’s title is Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

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