Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Remove Misconceptions That Hinder Progress

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Remove Misconceptions That Hinder Progress

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How often have we been held back from taking progressive steps because of misconceptions unaddressed and unconquered? Sometimes they are obvious. Sometimes they are lying undetected in the dark closet of thought. But one thing is for sure: When we remove these mistaken concepts that seem like major obstacles, a sense of freedom and progress follows.

We remove these mental misconceptions and limitations, which are based on a material sense of who and what we are, through understanding the spiritual truth about ourselves and the power of divine good, God. A higher and deeper understanding of what is true brings freedom to thought, which in turn brings freedom to our daily lives.

There are many obstacles that people face on a daily basis that stand in the way of progress and freedom. Fear of sickness, feeling restricted by old age, or a total lack of self-confidence often keeps people from finding health, freedom, and their God-given dominion.

Through prayer these seemingly unbreakable fetters yield when we understand something of God's love and of His care for all His children. Christian Science brings out that God's mandate for His creation is blessing, not cursing; that God is all good and created all good; and that each of us is made in God's likeness, expressing God's perfection and freedom. This spiritual understanding of what we are helps us overcome fears and doubts about ourselves and brings healing into our experience by giving us fresh, spiritual ideas that reveal the good that truly belongs to us.

When Christ Jesus entered a temple on one occasion, he noticed a man with a withered hand. Jesus' spirituality freed the man from this incapacity - an obstacle that had kept him from full health and strength. The Master commanded him to have confidence in his divine capacity. He told the man to do something he believed he hadn't been able to do before. "Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other" (see Matthew 12:10-13). …

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