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Casting Aside the Garment of Heaviness

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People search for perpetual motion, unaware that they already have it in the form of spiritual thinking.

To the person who argues that spiritual thinking is not easy, it can be said that there is only one kind of truly good thinking, and that is right or spiritual thinking. The meditation on things of good report is the natural order of being. A lot is said about mortal mind, mortal man, and material thinking. They are falsities, every one of them; and it’s time we got rid of them as sickly, enervating, and unworthy of consideration or acceptance. Then they will fail for lack of witness.

The way we think determines our experience day by day, because thought determines experience. If we dwell on disease, age, heaviness, languor, flaccidity, we will invite these marauders into our experience. The process is called self-hypnosis. If, instead, we contemplate and cling to Life in all its glory, untouched by sickness, and unrestricted by age, doubt, or dismay, we will find the glory and freedom of real being, and reap the fruits of spiritual thinking. He who chooses to exercise his prerogative to think and act according to Principle, is master of adversity.

Man in the likeness of his Maker is incapable of material thinking or feeling, which includes fatigue, depression, despair, anxiety, grief, hardship, and the like. The remedy for fatigue, debility, and their effects, is to understand that man is spiritually mental, rather than physical, and that power does not depend on muscular force, but on spiritual thought force. “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.” (S&H)

What is called material thinking, is really no thinking at all. This is why an understanding of Christian Science can extinguish this evil that appears as domination, frustration, jealousy, etc. It has no intelligence or substance. It is nothing. Spiritual thoughts of health, longevity, cooperation, and fidelity have power. Hold to the stupendous fact that the one Mind, God, expresses nothing but good.

Weariness, danger, heaviness spring from the belief that we live in matter, that we have a labored and restricted existence, rather than an existence boundless and unconfined. Samuel Longfellow writes this in his familiar verse in the Christian Science Hymnal:

The freer step, the fuller breath,
The wide horizon’s grander view;
The sense of Life that knows no death, —
The Life that maketh all things new.

Sickness, pain, discouragement have no place in reality. This is why the truth, the simple truth that man is spiritual, sets us free. We can recognize, that in reality we are spiritual, by turning our thoughts steadfastly away from the material body, the heavy and mortal sense of self, to the glory and strength of the one and only Life we call God.

Mind is forever active, and Life is always exuberant. The Bible says, “Ye are the temple of the living God.” Since Mind and Life are never weary, these lies are not possible for man. Everything that opposes his tireless and unencumbered existence, is hypnotic and unreal. Man is forever free and energetic.

Spiritual energies, and there are no others, never weary, never wear out. They are never burdened, impeded, or trammeled, but are constantly buoyant, and triumphant. This is the truth about you. Accept these facts. Act on them. Be the man God made you. Persevere in His purpose for you. He will see you through every trial.

You can do everything that confronts you. God has made you energetic to the utmost. With God’s help, you can say to uncertainty, weariness, dissatisfaction, dejection, enfeeblement: “Get behind me. Animating me is the unconquerable vigor of God. He has appointed me to do His will. He has given me the capacity and endurance to establish the work of His hands. The untiring forces of His universe are with me.”