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No ‘subconscious’ mind to sabotage us

From the January 2017 issue of The Christian Science Journal

There is a theory that individuals are governed largely by their subconsciousness. This subconsciousness is supposedly an aspect of our minds that we are not totally aware of and whose function includes protecting us from harm and sustaining our life physically. It would resist growth, creativity, progress, and especially spirituality in the interest of the “safety” of the status quo. It is said that the way to control this subconscious thought is through hypnosis because it is subject not to logic or conscious reason, but to unintelligent repetition.

But when it comes to demonstrating health and progress through practicing Christian Science, we learn that a material sense of consciousness is not our true consciousness. We learn that man, God’s spiritual expression, does not revolve in an orbit of his own, with a supposed subconsciousness delineating his life through limitation and involuntary action; instead, all true action and impulse are sourced in good, another name for God, the only Mind. At the heart of scientific prayer is the First Commandment: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). In the Christian Science textbook, Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of the scientific law of healing that Christ Jesus demonstrated, wrote that this commandment “… signifies that man shall have no other spirit or mind but God, eternal good, and that all men shall have one Mind” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 340).

If we believe in or ignorantly allow the notion of a “subconscious” mind to go unaddressed, we may see the ill effects of it in our experience. Our dominion, freedom, health, abundance, and purpose may seem sabotaged if we accept a mind or consciousness separate from God, some involuntary force out of His control.

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