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6 Astell Street, April 8, 1981

Thank you for your letter, and of course I will help. I believe that parents can help very much in situations like this where there is such an expectancy that the child will perform as he should. Our educated belief tells us that everything comes to us from outside, that knowledge is imparted by others. Then we worry that we have not absorbed sufficient to meet certain human demands. This is indeed how it may appear, but it is incorrect. All that is ever going on is the
one infinite cause that we call good, or God, unfolding itself without hindrance as one, infinite, altogether lovely effect. This is all that is true about teacher or pupil. The Mind that poses the question is the Mind that answers the question, since “Known unto God [Mind]are all his works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18), and “But he is in one Mind…” ( Job 23:13).

So our job is to remove the fear which is based always on the inadequacy of the human mind, by seeing the total adequacy of this one divine Mind. Intelligence is a quality of God and cannot be attenuated by human misconception.

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Barn House, 28 October 1998

Just to remind you that we never begin with a problem that we then have to pray about. We are told to begin with God. This means that we begin by letting consciousness be full of what God, Life, Truth, Love, etc. is, and thus what God constitutes of Himself as all.

All that exists is infinite Mind and its infinite idea, or Mind-manifest, and this Mind constitutes of itself all there is or has ever been. (See S&H 335:7-8)

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Barn House, October 4th

The human mind is no mind. It is a term for obscuration and nothing else. It is unknown to the light that it claims to obscure from itself. It is unknown to your Mind, and so you never accept another mind to placate, communicate to, be heard, or to help or hinder your peaceful existence. All that is going on is Principle, Love, in operation as its own nature and experience.

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Barn House, 24 March 2000

You may care to ponder S&H 574:3 to 575:6. This chapter describes the city of God in three ways, and this first way, as you see, meets the need of that which thinks of itself as a mortal, a weary pilgrim. It takes in the view, but you do not need to be taken in by it! The experiences that seem harsh serve to elevate the “seer” (but not man, who has no need of elevating) to behold the consciousness or city of God from the standpoint of God,—which harsh experience is the only sense of what Life is not that does this, even though Love knows nothing about it. Mrs. Eddy refers to this experience (which belongs to the human concept and not to Love) as “… the wholesome chastisements of Love” (S&H 323:6). But it is only if necessary that the human seems to go through the “wrathful and afflictive” experience (S&H 574:28-29). Your Christ-being is never in it. The “…full compensation in the law of Love” (S&H 574:17-18), brings us back always to the fact that Love wedded to its own spiritual idea—the oneness and allness of divine Love—is all that is true and present.

S&H 467:29-31. Mind understands the idea that ex- presses Mind. To begin with God, Mind, means that the idea will always be present in appreciable form even though it is not material (S&H 332:29-32). This is because the human concept cannot wholly hide that which is divinely present. The distorted view of material sense cannot make something material (S&H 507:28-2). As Mind-knowing, our only concern is with the idea in consciousness and not with outcomes. Man is the outcome of Mind. Only if thought begins with the human concept, and then tries to reason back to the idea by saying “this can of beans is really Spirit”, do we get into pantheism. The human concept evaporates before the idea, but never becomes it.

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Barn House, June 14, 1998

I so often return to the statement in S&H 114:2-6. Sick and sinful humanity does not suffer from mortal mind but mortal mind constitutes the illusion called sick and sinful humanity. (See S&H 293:9-10) This is why it is no good trying to treat an illusion. The illusion dissolves into nothingness in the presence of the one Mind which includes its own perfect sense of man. In every case the problem is not what it seems as phenomenon, but is always mortal mind constituting the phenomenon. It is this that we refute, in the understanding that the one Mind does not permit another.

When Jesus said, “…I am no more in the world…” ( John 17:11) and “My kingdom is not of this world” ( John 18:36) the original Greek for “world” was “mankind”. We do not live in, as, or because of mankind, and in shaking off mortal mind we find that our existence as Mind in self-expression as man is uninterrupted. This is why we cannot expect to pray “as a corporeal person to God” for that puts the oneness of God and man outside of experience (S&H 13:20).

The human, mortal mind (and they are one and the same) contains all error. It is this that has to be put off, shaken off; and its contents go with it. The dropping of the fleshly ties constitute the footsteps of Truth. They are the mortal taking backward steps in the presence of the eternally divine. We live here and now as divinity and this is our only concern: and this takes care of that which never had anything to do with us.

There is one Life for God and man now. The belief in a mortal life is not an alternative to the true Life, something out of which we have to work—but is a misstatement of the one Life and is to be dropped (see S&H 369:19-22). This explains why Mind is supreme in the physical world, so-called, because all there is to the physical world is this misstatement of that which is really the divine. (S&H 427:23-25)

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Barn House, June 4th 1998

I have always lived as divine Life manifesting itself as All. I have always known as divine Mind knowing itself as All. I have always lived as I, and so have never known another.

The I, or capacity, is Mind. It is not and never has been man. (See S&H 591:16-18 and 485:4-5) You cannot start with a misconception, however hallowed by time, and expect to make Science out of it. There has never been a false con- cept of another mind.

Materialism is frustration. It involves everything being out of reach and so unattainable. But you include all right ideas as your universal Being.

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Barn House, 7th July 1997

S&H 43:27-1. This passage contains some very important points. The first is that it is the divine that overcomes the human at every point. This actual divinity was the Science that Jesus lived and demonstrated and was. There was nothing to him but this divine Science. The human concept was never an alternative but just a finite, upside down view of the divine. It could only disappear. This is why “the reward for his faithfulness” (S&H 34:26) was the disappearance of the human concept or Jesus. But he did not disappear with it!

Truth and Love seal the victory before the thorns can be laid aside. To expect a victory to be dependent on a human laying aside the thorns first is not sense. It is the fact that the victory is forever and already sealed by Truth and Love, that the thorns of experience have never been. They are eternally laid aside because the victory, the sealed up total of good, has already pre-empted them. There are no thorny experiences in the divine Life and never have been.

You cannot catch fish by night! To try and solve the problem from within its terms of reference, is to toil all night and catch nothing. It is thought that is above and outside the problem of mortal existence that is conscious of and experiences Truth and Love. Then ‘Jesus’ sad repast’ where the human is laying down the thorns of identification with the human, becomes the morning meal where the eternal victory is recognised. These two meals are altitudes of thought, and not states of time. Victory is always now. The recognition of the kingdom as ever present reached John’s vision while, in belief, he still tabernacled with mortals.

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February 17, 1997

“He restoreth my soul” (Ps. 23:3) (spiritual sense). This is all Science ever does. The material sense of being—mortal mind’s fictitious sense—is always bleak and fearful. The spiritual sense of everything, Spirit’s own sense, is always perfect, harmonious, whole, and this true sense of being constitutes our experience. Don’t watch phenomena. Just gather the facts of being from the divine Mind alone and this Mind does its own work of embodying itself as all that is wonderful.

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4th December

I love the margin note ‘No healing in sin’. Sin, as you know, is the basic error of belief in life separate from God. To start from this belief, and seek to correct the phenomena within it, is abortive because the problems are never in the phenomena but are inherent in the belief. “The basic error is mortal mind” (S&H 405:1). So “…we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind…” (S&H 424:6- 7), for it is in Mind that there is no belief, and so no problem. The belief and its phenomena are mirage only.

This is why no healing actually takes place at a human level, for the Word made flesh is simply the disappearance of the supposition that life and substance are in matter before the sovereign ever-presence of “Principle and its idea…” (S&H 465:17). The whole of Science is summarised in Miscellaneous Writings 190:4-6. The sun shines, dissolves
the mist, to reveal the sun shining. This is what the perfect Christian Science treatment is. S&H 251:20-23 only.

Start and stay with what is spiritually true—i.e., true from the standpoint of God, and this spiritual idea of everything outlines its own conditions in an appreciable way. But we
do take both feet off the bottom of the swimming pool! No semi-metaphysics!

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22 December

I feel that the story of the Children of Israel on page 308/309 and also the reference on page 566:1-11 is a useful reminder of what not to be! You see, they were aspiring to a better state, which they had put outside of themselves. They saw themselves as that which was being guided, rather than identifying with the spiritual idea that does the guiding. They were fighting a false sense, and so had a constant battle. But Science is the revelation that there are no personal lives, minds and aspirations, but just the one divine Mind unfolding itself as one, infinite, indivisible whole of good. There are no fragmentary ideas in Mind. It is all or nothing! In the realm of ideas, everything is omnipresent, universal, infinite, indivisible. It is only beliefs that are divided into good here but not there, or clients later but not now. It is only belief that wants a better understanding of some truth.

We turn away from what belief is saying—even a so-called right human motive—to the spiritual fact that the teeming universe of Mind is already fulfilling all space; that the purity of divine Love is the only fact about love; that the only time is now, so there is no future to fear, and no past to regret; that the only body is the embodiment, the aggregate, of all right ideas that constitute Mind’s knowledge. Specifically, man does not digest Truth. You see that the result of this is indigestion on page 559:20-31. Here are the Children of Israel again! Error hides from itself the truth of being but your identity is with and as Truth, and so nothing can hide from you what you are. You live on the sunny side of the cloud where all is always light.

That which argues from the standpoint of the finite, and so from limitation, is not your Mind, and so it is not what it is saying, but its right to speak, that you reject. (See Unity 54:3-5) Do not yearn to be free of desire. Just gently stay as much as you can with the spiritual fact of completeness, not condemning what appears to be the highest way of its expression, until the fleshly sense of things yields to that which is already present as consciousness. Then, there is no struggle; no child of Israel contest; just infinite Love not allowing you anything that is second best because only that which is like its own nature is permissible. You cannot put right the duality of the human sense at the level of the human. Let what you are push out what you are not.

Christmas is the constant dawning of the Christ-Truth in daily life, but you are re-identified with the Christ, with the day-star of being, and not with the pale star of human expectancy to be followed by the evening star of human decline!

You are much and happily in thought, and this brings every good wish.