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9    If spiritual life has been won by the departed, they cannot return to material existence, because different Impossible intercommunionstates of consciousness are involved, and one 12person cannot exist in two different states of consciousness at the same time. In sleep we do not communicate with the dreamer by our side despite 15his physical proximity, because both of us are either unconscious or are wandering in our dreams through different mazes of consciousness.

18    In like manner it would follow, even if our departed friends were near us and were in as conscious a state of existence as before the change we call death, that their 21state of consciousness must be different from ours. We are not in their state, nor are they in the mental realm in which we dwell. Communion between them and 24ourselves would be prevented by this difference. The mental states are so unlike, that intercommunion is as impossible as it would be between a mole and a human 27being. Different dreams and different awakenings betoken a differing consciousness. When wandering in Australia, do we look for help to the Esquimaux in their 30snow huts?

    In a world of sin and sensuality hastening to a greater development of power, it is wise earnestly to 83 83:1consider whether it is the human mind or the divine Mind which is influencing one. What the prophets of 3Jehovah did, the worshippers of Baal failed to do; yet artifice and delusion claimed that they could equal the work of wisdom.

6    Science only can explain the incredible good and evil elements now coming to the surface. Mortals must find refuge in Truth in order to escape the error of these latter 9days. Nothing is more antagonistic to Christian Science than a blind belief without understanding, for such a belief hides Truth and builds on error.

12    Miracles are impossible in Science, and here Science takes issue with popular religions. The scientific maniNatural wondersfestation of power is from the divine nature 15and is not supernatural, since Science is an explication of nature. The belief that the universe, including man, is governed in general by material laws, but 18that occasionally Spirit sets aside these laws, — this belief belittles omnipotent wisdom, and gives to matter the precedence over Spirit.

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