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A tale of two speakers

- Practice, Practice, Practice


While listening to my stereo system recently, I once again realized that something was missing in the sound of my speakers—speakers that had garnered very high marks for musical accuracy in every review I had read. Over the years, I’ve occasionally repositioned them in the attempt to realize their true potential—attempts which yielded only minor improvements.

Then I suddenly realized the solution: The speakers needed to be placed on higher stands—they needed to be lifted up. The resulting change in sound was remarkable and completely revealed the speakers’ inherently beautiful quality. It was like getting a whole new sound system!

And that leads to the spiritual lesson behind this “tale of two speakers.”

All of us—without exception—have the potential to realize our perfection as God’s limitless creation, and to experience the joy, health, fulfillment, and utility that are innately ours.

How? Well, it takes more than just moving thought around in our mental “house.” We need to really lift our thinking out of limited mortal views to the heights of what God has already established about us—that we are the immortal, infinite expression of divine Love’s ever-present goodness. Such elevation allows us to hear clearly—without the interference of the carnal mind—the healing truths that God is actually imparting to us.

Mary Baker Eddy wrote:

“One moment of divine consciousness, or the spiritual understanding of Life and Love, is a foretaste of eternity. This exalted view, obtained and retained when the Science of being is understood, would bridge over with life discerned spiritually the interval of death, and man would be in the full consciousness of his immortality and eternal harmony, where sin, sickness, and death are unknown” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 598).

How absolutely wonderful and comforting to realize this!

But could such a spiritual transformation be meant solely for our own blessing? Could it possibly result in a form of selfishness that would lead us away from the second great commandment—to love our neighbor as ourselves?

A spiritual understanding of Life and Love can never be self-absorbed since it necessarily includes the desire, openness, and opportunity to heal others. We can each realize that we do indeed have the ability to accomplish Jesus’ command: “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils” (Matthew 10:8). We really can—through the impelling action of the ever-present Christ, Truth—lift our thought to recognize and accept our capabilities as healers anointed and appointed by God.

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