Watching Point 308
From 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter
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308 — WATCH in your efforts to see yourself and others perfect, that you include the effort to see them seeing you in the same light. This way of working, which was revealed to Gilbert Carpenter, when he was living in Mrs. Eddy’s home, can be extended without limit, until every bit of error is ruled out of the picture.
Once when a patient suffering with consumption came to him, he demonstrated the efficacy of this line of work as follows: He treated this lady for a week. When she was no better, he prayed to know what the trouble was. It came to him to tell her to stop trying to help herself, since her unscientific effort was making the error more real by causing her thought to turn in on herself. He told her to let him tend to that part of the work, while she gave her self over to the effort to see everyone around her seeing her perfect.
This lady and her sickness were well-known in Sharon, Mass., and so her realization had to include the butcher, the baker, the postman, etc., in order to heal the false concept of her that was being held in the minds of those around her. She might well have used Mrs. Eddy’s statement, “Malpractice cannot form a false concept of me in the minds of others.” The result of this cooperative effort was that she was healed in a week. Since that time Mr. Carpenter has often queried whether this patient did not do the important part of the work, in line with Jesus’ demonstration of healing the man sick of the palsy. Jesus’ statement, “. . . seeing their faith,” indicates that he recognized that the malpractice of those around this man was handled; so the healing was a simple demonstration.
It is important to realize that we are not truly seeing our brother-man as perfect, unless at the same time we see him seeing us and all as perfect. How could we realize that a man was perfect, and believe that he held an imperfect outlook towards anyone?