“We must not attribute more and more intelligence to matter, but less and less, if we would be wise and healthy.” (Science and Health, page 62)
It may not be easy to at once let go of any belief in matter—its properties and actions. It may take some disciplined thought and prayer to wash away a belief in and a fear of what the material senses want to parade before us as substantial reality.
But, if we can actively begin to give matter less of our interest, our preoccupation, our trust, we will be on the right course. We can certainly recognize that while matter appears to operate and act, it doesn’t have a mind of its own. It has no center for intelligence or thought. It can’t propose a premise or carry it out. The material body isn’t out to save us or out to get us. It doesn’t have a perspective, a point of view, or an intention.
Let’s progressively realize that a lack of intelligence can’t push us around. God is Mind, the only One, and He is wise and loving. His Principle is flawless, and everything He creates and sees is a part of His intelligent design. This is the reliable source for an understanding of how things really are. Matter is not a truth-teller. It has neither wisdom nor eloquence. It is simply nothing, a false and limited impression of things. We can daily see matter and the senses for their ignorance, and each moment gain a greater sense of the reality that is our real and lasting health and happiness.
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