Watching Point 104
From 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter
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104 — WATCH lest, when you are striving to make a demonstration, and other students say, “Demonstration is all right, but you must take the human footsteps,‛ you believe that this means to take some human action as a substitute for spiritual thought. Human footsteps should be the expression of right thinking; but they are effect, and not cause.
One cannot learn to play the piano without practice; yet such practice should never lead one to the point where the thought of technique dominates him, and overshadows feeling, or expression. When subordinate to, and controlled by inspiration, technique becomes a means to an end.
Science and Health tells us to study carefully the letter and to imbibe the Spirit. Study is a human footstep, but it is of little value unless it leads to imbibing the Spirit.