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Extract from
Consciousness
ADA BEERS FOSTER


         "All consciousness is Mind; and Mind is God, an infinite, and not a finite consciousness. This consciousness is reflected in individual consciousness, or man, whose source is Infinite Mind." ("Unity of Good," by Mary Baker G. Eddy, p. 30)

         When, with the understanding imparted by Christian Science, we realize the above quotation, we are at once liberated from the domination of a restricted and arbitrary mentality.

         To realize that "there is no . . . finite consciousness," leads up to a new and expansive point of view, bright and beautiful with the sunshine of His ever-presence. It illumines the daily life, and abiding there, we find the peace the world can neither give nor take away.

         The attainment of this spiritual consciousness requires constant watchfulness, unceasing prayer, and an earnest striving against material selfhood, which asserts itself in forms so subtle as to subvert the honest purpose of many a sincere and earnest heart. Thus we are, of necessity, compelled to "pray without ceasing." Off guard for an instant, the darts of the enemy, to which we at once become vulnerable, attack the citadel of our consciousness. And what is our enemy? In "Miscellaneous Writings," p. 8, we read: "Simply count your enemy to be that which defiles, defaces, and dethrones the Christ-image that you should reflect."

         This definition eliminates from the thought all personality commonly attached to the word "enemy." We now recognize it as impersonal error, and so long as we can keep within our consciousness this fact, and complement this understanding with the realization that it is not on a finite personality we depend for wisdom and guidance, so long will the path be plain before us; for has He not said: "I will guide thee with mine eye"?

         How the shadows flee as we walk our divinely appointed way, knowing that the Eye that "slumbers not nor sleeps" is guiding us! The individual environment which may, at times, seem intolerable, now assumes a new aspect; where, apparently, there were only thorns, behold the lilies! the lilies of peace, and "the desert blossoms as the rose!"

         Another truth now evolved within the consciousness, perhaps not before apprehended, or it may be the apprehension was not scientifically applied, is that all the sons and daughters of God are animated by this infinite consciousness. This fact realized and made applicable, destroys in each consciousness all sense of error in others. In this same paragraph from "Unity of Good," Mrs. Eddy says: "There is, can be, no evil mind, because Mind is God." . . .

 

Extract from "Conciousness" by Ada Beers Foster
The Christian Science Journal, November, 1900
 

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