By Anthony John Whitehouse CS
Until we are aware of it , we have really no idea how much of a role the belief of failure plays in our lives: the belief of past failure , the belief of impending failure and the belief of endemic failure.
The whole of human experience cries out “ you have failed and mankind has failed”. And since such beliefs have to find expression in our experience then we see the organs of our body failing , our church failing and our government failing.
At this time in the US, the country seems perplexed by failing political institutions and the effect of this paralysis. But where does the problem lie ? Oddly enough it lies in our own belief of failure. If we take the beam of failure out of our own eye we will see improvement in every aspect of our lives. Not only in our physical bodies but in the body politic and corporate bodies.
It is an easy trap to fall into unfortunately. It probably comes from those years spent in school where we never scored 100% in our tests. Inevitably we ended up with the sense that , in certain areas , we were failures. And personal sense reinforces that sense of failure by furnishing evidence of failed marriages , failed careers and failed attempts at healing.
But in Isaiah 40:26 we find a wonderful antidote to such satanic edicts..
Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
This culture should warn us against holding ourselves to be human rather than spiritual because failure is endemic to personal or human sense. Within the human selfhood failure is always going to be manifest because the belief of having been born ( a prime factor in being human ) is always going to carry with it ultimate decline or failure in death.
But we can overcome this culture of failure by operating not from a sense of selfhood but from a sense of Mindhood. Yes.. I had to make the word up because it does not exist. But it signifies the extent to which we are a condition of mind rather than self. And we need the word. Why ? because without it we cannot really get a handle on our right sense of being. With a sense of being as Mindhood we will function correctly.
The function of words and finding the right words for a particular facet of spirituality is essential to attaining the kingdom. If you cannot seize a concept mentally you can never makes it yours. Heaven has to be closer to us because someone coined the word serenity to indicate a state of consciousness which is totally sublime, calm and placid. It is not a word which appears in the bible and without it our sense of heaven is not complete.
For this reason we need to understand the nature of our Mindhood because without seeing ourselves as a condition of mind we are not going to taste the real nature of our Divine Science. When Mrs Eddy says that “Science is an emanation of divine Mind, and is alone able to interpret God aright.”, we do not really experience the full impact of that statement if we are thinking out from a sense of selfhood. But from a sense of Mindhood it makes perfect sense.