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EDITH L. WOODMANSEE
How may we attain this clear vision of the truth? By a process of watchful thinking, faithfully eliminating that which is not true to divine Principle. In the second commandment we read, "I the Lord thy God am a jealous God," that is, a watchful God, watchful of the good; and His image and likeness, man, must be like Him. Man, being the reflection of God, must reflect; and he who reflects must receive from the infinite source. "Freely ye have received, freely give," is the command of divine wisdom.
In being constantly on guard that thoughts of divine Mind only are reflected by us instead of their opposites, dislike, limitation, or other erroneous human concepts, men win the understanding of the substance of Spirit; and this substance includes all intelligence, and manifests itself outwardly in whatever the need may be. As our Leader has so beautifully expressed it (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 307), "God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies." Therefore, because we are able to think spiritually, we can demonstrate supply. Man reflects infinite supply, since every moment he lives, moves, and has his being in the divine Mind.
A student was once at the point of having her little all of material property swept away. The most of one night she spent in prayer over it. Sleep fled; while a strong desire to keep the property, and a great fear of losing it, struggled with the arguments of Spirit's allness. It was not until every recess of thought had been searched, every desire for materiality cleared out, every fear that God was not all-sufficient removed and, instead, joy in the things of Spirit, confidence in God as All-in-all, had taken possession of her consciousness, that the battle was ended and a great peace came over her. She slept restfully during the remainder of the night, awakening in the morning to learn that a new and entirely unexpected avenue had opened which released her from all obligations, and the cherished possession was no longer even in danger. Truly, though a mortal's need may seem to be material, the spiritual remedy is ever available, and the ever present substance of Spirit, reflected, supplies abundantly beyond all we can think or plan.
Christian Science Sentinel, September 1, 1923
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