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    Mortals must change their ideals in order to improve Requisite change of our idealstheir models. A sick body is evolved from 21sick thoughts. Sickness, disease, and death proceed from fear. Sensualism evolves bad physical and moral conditions.

24    Selfishness and sensualism are educated in mortal mind by the thoughts ever recurring to one’s self, by conversation about the body, and by the expectation of 27perpetual pleasure or pain from it; and this education is at the expense of spiritual growth. If we array thought in mortal vestures, it must lose its immortal 30nature.

    If we look to the body for pleasure, we find pain; for Life, we find death; for Truth, we find error; for Spirit, 261 261:1we find its opposite, matter. Now reverse this action. Thoughts are thingsLook away from the body into Truth and Love, 3the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality. Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these 6into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.

    The effect of mortal mind on health and happiness is 9seen in this: If one turns away from the body with such Unreality of painabsorbed interest as to forget it, the body experiences no pain. Under the strong im12pulse of a desire to perform his part, a noted actor was accustomed night after night to go upon the stage and sustain his appointed task, walking about as actively 15as the youngest member of the company. This old man was so lame that he hobbled every day to the theatre, and sat aching in his chair till his cue was spoken, — a signal 18which made him as oblivious of physical infirmity as if he had inhaled chloroform, though he was in the full possession of his so-called senses.

21    Detach sense from the body, or matter, which is only a form of human belief, and you may learn the meaning Immutable identity of manof God, or good, and the nature of the immu24table and immortal. Breaking away from the mutations of time and sense, you will neither lose the solid objects and ends of life nor your own iden27tity. Fixing your gaze on the realities supernal, you will rise to the spiritual consciousness of being, even as the bird which has burst from the egg and preens its wings for a 30skyward flight.

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