“The age has not wholly outlived the sense of ghostly beliefs. It still holds them more or less. Time has not yet reached eternity, immortality, complete reality.” (Science and Health, page 353)
The enlightened thinker can’t keep on believing in “ghosts”– in unreal specters that project fear and deathly beliefs upon the innocent. Mrs. Eddy’s marginal heading for this paragraph is “superstition obsolete.” She saw that one couldn’t continue to cling to those superstitions, those expectations and fears based on ominous and unreasonable notions about life.
This thinking is obsolete. It is no longer useful or relevant to us. And yet, it seems that we sometimes still hold to such ghoulish beliefs and we may not even be aware of it. Claiming the reality of Life as under God’s control, secure and safe, harmonious and loving, we can break those superstitions and the fear that they engender and perpetuate in the way we live.
It’s not just about black cats and haunted houses. The superstitions of today are more subtle and because of that may be more dangerous. We need to turn the light on to them, and agree to believe only that which comes from a point of reason, from the Mind that is Love. The idea of bad luck, chance, and accident are superstitious. The expectation that there has to be a down side to every up side is a superstition. A fascination with evil and its workings is a devious belief that needs to be seen for its deception.
Complete reality may not be fully realized, but that’s no excuse for lingering with the unreal and perpetuating a long night full of scary ghost stories. We are awake to the hoax. We have the Christ to break that mesmerism and show us that a trust in God, good, Love, keeps us safe from trouble. This is a light to every shadow and gives us fearless fun in every new day!
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