The Simplicity of Metaphysical Practice
by Peter V. Ross
Applying Christian Science to health, business, peace, security, and universal welfare is not a mysterious process. It is not even difficult, learned, or labored. It is simplicity itself. It begins with the recognition of perfect God, perfect man, perfect universe; God as exuberant Life, munificent Mind, persuasive Love, vital Principle; man as the faultless manifestation thereof; and the universe a friendly and glorious abode for the sons and daughters of the Almighty.
“Prayer,” avers Emerson, “the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view.”
“More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of.”
Prayer does not change God, because already and always is He active and unswerving good. Prayer changes him who prays, and this to the point where he begins to see his oneness with the Eternal, and therefore his present possession of all things needful.
How then shall we apply Christian Science to our problems? Dwell night and day in the fact that man is spiritual, immortal, and his life neither comes nor goes, that it knows nothing of age or disease, that he is in full possession of the glories and energies of the Eternal. These truths, intelligently and expectantly held to, will actualize in better bodies, better intellects, better careers. There are no limits to this advancement.
The recognition that in reality man is individual, spiritual, will help to establish in your present daily thought and conduct your dignity, your faultlessness, your integrity, your invulnerability. Then you cannot be suddenly attacked or slowly depleted by ills of the flesh or the untoward circumstances of whatever nature. “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.”
You can achieve tranquility of temperament by recognizing how certain it is, that not only are you governed by Principle, but that those you contact are likewise governed, including any supposed rivals and antagonists.
One moves directly toward freedom, breaking the hypnotism of disease, age, oppression, and dissolution, when he acknowledges that spiritual man, faultless and imperishable, is his very and only self. It is this everlasting man that Christian Science appraises as perfect.