Mary Baker Eddy has this wonderful definition of eyes in her primary work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Spiritual discernment,—not material but mental” (p. 586). I have had the great privilege of demonstrating that spiritual discernment is true vision and brings all things into clear focus.
I had been extremely nearsighted since childhood, but some years ago I woke up one morning and could see so clearly that I thought I had accidentally left my contact lenses in my eyes. When I found that was not the case, I felt sure that this improvement was the result of my endeavoring to see what was spiritually true about a distressing situation. A friend had recently committed suicide, and I had been praying for a few weeks to see more clearly that nothing could take his life away from him because he could never be separated for an instant from his Father-Mother, God—the only creator, and Life itself.
On one particular occasion, I was initially affirming these truths for my friend, but then I began to talk out loud to myself, declaring God’s love for me and all mankind. I began to feel that God loved all of us so deeply as His cherished children, and that there was simply no space where Love was not present. A feeling of warmth came over me that was like being wrapped in a warm blanket. I felt so happy.