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Absorbed in material selfhood

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Announcements Forums Matter – March 19th, 2017 Absorbed in material selfhood

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    MaryBeth
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    “Absorbed in material selfhood we discern and reflect but faintly the substance of Life or Mind. The denial of material selfhood aids the discernment of man’s spiritual and eternal individuality, and destroys the erroneous knowledge gained from matter or through what are termed the material senses.” (S&H) Living only for myself, thinking only about my own personal little problems was also living in hell. One of the most liberating concepts I learned here at Plainfield was in order to truly demonstrate Christian Science there must be an understanding that Life is in God. Yes, I had to learn to deny this material selfhood and find true meaning and purpose to life by giving it all up to Him. He will mold and fashion us anew if we let Him allowing our true spiritual and eternal individuality to shine forth!

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    Susanne
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    Curious to know a deeper meaning, I looked up “absorbed” in the 1828 dictionary: Imbibed; swallowed; wasted; engaged; lost in study; wholly engrossed.”

    “Wasted” and “lost in study” stood out to me because I once was absorbed in material selfhood (while keeping my Science mostly on the sidelines, waiting…) and now feel so much time was wasted where I could have made more progress getting closer to my Father-Mother! But I didn’t know how practically to go about it, really, until the teaching in this church got me straightened out. I went from “discerning and reflecting but faintly the substance of Life” to now really feeling that my true substance is spiritual, it is walking with God. What a shift–that I hardly thought possible–but now I know there is no more time to waste or be “lost in study” of the material rather than the substantive spiritual.

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