Watching Point 47
From 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter
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47 — WATCH lest you endeavor to apply the scientific process of Christian Science with the notion that it will operate successfully with one’s thought turned in. It is a Science; it is exact and its rules must be rightly obeyed. One of its rules is that we must have unselfish and lofty motives.
Jesus declared, “A prophet is not without honour, but . . . in his own house.” Prophecy may be defined as the spiritual process whereby the harmony you hope to manifest is held in thought as a present reality, until the opposite false testimony yields and disappears. One practical deduction from Jesus’ statement is that this method of demonstration is not without honour, or efficacy, except when one’s thought is turned in to his own body, or house; the prophetic method whereby a future harmony is brought into present experience or manifestation, operates when thought is unselfed and turned out to bless all mankind.
Apparent discord is caused by a break in the continuity of man’s spiritual reflection, just as sparks and perhaps a fire are caused by a break or short circuit in an electric wire. This break is caused when man’s thought turns in to his body. Hence our Leader gives this rule in Science and Health as the remedy, “We should forget our bodies in remembering good and the human race.”