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Dreams
AGNES FRANCES BELLAIRS


         A student of Christian Science wakened early one morning feeling that there was much mental work to be done before the daily round began. Work was continued for a time, but without apparently much light being gained. "Oh, for some direct message from divine Love!" she cried. Just then her little son, who had been asleep, opened his eyes, gave a big sigh of relief and said, "Here you are, mother, so it's all right." "Why, dear, wasn't it always all right?" she replied. "Yes, it was," he answered, "but I didn't know it. I have had a dreadful dream. I knew if only I could get my feet loose from the ground, I should be able to get away from the horrible things. I tried and tried and at last my feet got free, and then I went up, and up, and up. The higher I went, the smaller the dreadful things became, until at last I could not see them any more. And then I awoke; and here you are. So it's all right!"

         Here, then was Love's message. Evil is never anything other than a dream, which seems real to us so long as we cling to a material sense of things. It is our thoughts which must be loosed from materiality; and when this is done they ascend, until at last, having awakened from the dream, we find we have never for a moment been separated from our only Parent, our Father-Mother God.

         On page 543 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy writes: "In divine Science, the material man is shut out from the presence of God. The five corporeal senses cannot take cognizance of Spirit. They cannot come into His presence, and must dwell in dreamland, until mortals arrive at the understanding that material life, with all its sin, sickness, and death, is an illusion, against which divine Science is engaged in a warfare of extermination." And beginning on page 218 of the same book we find these words: "When we wake to the truth of being, all disease, pain, weakness, weariness, sorrow, sin, death, will be unknown, and the mortal dream will forever cease." How important, then, so to purify thought that we may "wake to the truth of being," and rise into that consciousness where nothing can enter "that defileth . . . or maketh a lie"!

         There was still another lesson to be learned by the student. The mother said to her boy, "Tell me, little son, what was it in your dream that frightened you so much?" "No," he answered firmly; "it never was true, and now it's finished!" Wise little child! "It never was true, and now it's finished!" Would that we, children of a larger growth, set our faces as firmly against the rehearsal of error! Could we as clearly see the unreality of all past dream pictures of sin and suffering, sorrow and failure, surely our journey from sense to Soul would be less toilsome, and we would shed more light and joy on the paths of others! "The history of error is a dream-narrative," our Leader tells us; and she adds, "The dream has no reality, no intelligence, no mind; therefore the dreamer and dream are one, for neither is true nor real" (Science and Health, p. 530). Let us, then, resolutely turn away from the dream and cling steadfastly to the reality of all things, wherein dwells good, and good alone!

 

"Dreams" by Agnes Frances Bellairs
Christian Science Sentinel, August 29, 1925
 

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