Friday, October 21, 2005

Truth displaces error

Take a regular drinking glass. Fill it to the brim with water. Start adding golf balls. What happens to the water? It spills over the side, of course. This is known as displacement— you're displacing the water with the golf balls.


For me, this is a lot like healing. Think of the glass as your thinking, and the water as your fears. There are a number of ways to get the water out of the glass—you could upend the glass (disorienting), you could heat the glass so the water evaporates (potentially damaging to the glass), you could spoon it out (takes too long), etc. But the irresistible nature of displacement to me trumps all those methods. There is no way the water can stay in the glass if something else takes its place. And no more water can get back in, either.


That "something else," when we're talking about healing, is Truth.


Do you ever find yourself fighting to become free from evil? Something inharmonious or disturbing has cropped up in your life, and you expend all kinds of effort in the attempt to rid yourself of it. But this might be working in the wrong direction. You might get better results by welcoming in Truth, and letting Truth do the heavy lifting.


Truth will displace error effortlessly. Its very existence nullifies error's ability to hang around. Another analogy is light and dark. Where does dark go when you turn on the light? Does it curl up in a corner, or squinch itself behind a bookcase? No, it's simply gone. The light makes it as though it was never there.


No darkness, no fear. How do you let in the substance of Truth so that it displaces error? I think this takes some consecration to Truth, a commitment to letting Truth inform your thinking with its substance and light. Truth is God, the Creator, the Christ, the Rock. Letting Truth in, letting it inform and reform your thinking, to me is the most direct way to vanquish error.


An example of this in my life was that time I had the flu, or that time I had the infected finger. In both cases, something true about myself displaced the fear so thoroughly that the physical problem was displaced right out of my thinking and out of my life. And that's the important point—once it's out of your thinking, it's out of your life as well. And all that's left is Truth.


So today I'm going to stop fighting all the problems. Today I'm going to welcome in Truth, and let it do the work.


More thoughts, from Science and Health:

Truth is God's remedy for error of every kind, and Truth destroys only what is untrue. (p. 142)

Truth is the intelligence of immortal Mind. Error is the so-called intelligence of mortal mind. (p. 282)

The statement that Truth is real necessarily includes the correlated statement, that error, Truth's unlikeness, is unreal. (p. 287)

Truth is an alterative in the entire system, and can make it "every whit whole." (p. 371)

Truth is affirmative, and confers harmony. (p. 418)

Christ, Truth, was demonstrated through Jesus to prove the power of Spirit over the flesh, — to show that Truth is made manifest by its effects upon the human mind and body, healing sickness and destroying sin. (p. 316)

ROCK. Spiritual foundation; Truth. (p. 593)



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At 10/22/2005 09:09:00 PM, Anonymous Rev. Veronika Birken said...

Thank you Laura!
How I love it when Truth does the work. Mortal mind is seemingly ever so clever in trying to wipe up the mess it made but only Truth is "the broom" which sweeps error away most effectively.
I only need to be willing to use it.
Peace, Veronika

 

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