We are often told to live in the moment, be in the now, not to look backward or forward, because there is only this moment. I often refer to Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of day:
DAY. The irradiance of Life; light, the spiritual idea of Truth and Love.
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 584:1)
She doesn’t talk about past or present, but shows us a sense of what is here, right now. In spiritual terms there is no time. One of her pupils wrote the following article which really brings to our attention what a wonderful thing day really is.
by Bicknell Young
When you awake in the morning, realise and repeat understandingly and, at once, ‘There is only one Mind’ and then, before the mesmerism of the day is taken in, establish the truth about Day; (S&H 584) ‘The irradiance of Life, the spiritual idea of Truth and Love. Mind measures time according to the good that is unfolded. This unfolding is God’s day there shall be no night there.’
Establish your day in consciousness as unfoldment, know that the belief of time has no dominion over you or others – you have dominion over it. When you awake, know that you have time and opportunity to do all the things that you need to do this day. You have not a single thing to do this day but be clear in consciousness so that Mind may unfold. If you stick to this, you will have plenty of time and opportunity to do all the things you have to do. What have you to do today? You have but one thing to do today, and that is to know the truth.
When confronted with many hours work, just know the truth first thing. Do not start out with the belief that you have to do certain things – if you do that you are mesmerised already. You must know the truth before you get started. Knowing the morning that Day is the unfoldment of Mind’s plan and purpose. It is God’s day and is not governed by time. It is unfoldment and revelation that does not begin or end.
All the incidents in God’s day are already arranged and follow each other in order scientifically. Infinite unfoldment never begins and never ends, and is never interrupted for a moment. Infinite Mind knows no limitations. It cannot be restricted in achievement and its laws are irrevocable and cannot be interfered with. This day is Spirit, not matter. Do not let material sense say “I am” in any incident or creation. This day is the very action of Omniscience. This day has no presence but Omnipresence. The only power manifested this day is Omnipotence. This day does not take you or me or anybody nearer to a tomb in belief or at all. This day take you and me and all creation nearer to immortality. This day is immortality revealed and demonstrated. It has no night. It is eternal Light, the irradiance of Spirit, God.
No problem can enter God’s day. Mind is not engaged with problems. Mind unfolds its day without interruption. It has versatility and all originality, all variety. It is infinite and all its manifestations are complete, whole and satisfied, for man is a state of complete and supreme satisfaction.
Health means wholeness, one does not need to appear as anything else but whole. The original meaning of health is just that – just to be complete, nothing wanting, nothing lacking, and health we must have. It is divinely natural. Everyone may have it by claiming it. It can be had in Christian Science because Christian Science reveals the Law and Science of Life in Christ. It needs to be and can be demonstrated. You can demonstrate it. Do this and help others to do it. This daily work will do much, that you cannot appreciate at once. Right understanding of day lifts the burden of mortal belief and serves to dissipate the current mesmerism of mortal mind, as well as protecting you from its claims.
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BICKNELL YOUNG was healed through Christian Science in 1890 when he was at the height of his musical career. He and his wife soon joined First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago, where Bicknell became a soloist. After Primary class instruction in 1895, he gave up his profession for the full-time practice of Christian Science. In 1902, after attending Normal class, Mr. Young became a Christian Science teacher. He was appointed to the Christian Science Board of Lectureship the following year, and served as a lecturer for some 26 years. In 1907, he lectured in the Albert Hall, London, to an audience of several thousand, and traveled the next year to Australia. From 1909 until 1913, he was a lecturer, teacher, and practitioner in England — returning briefly to the United States in 1910 to teach the Normal class under the Christian Science Board of Education. Bicknell Young was First Reader of The Mother Church from 1917 to 1920 and, on completion of his term, again became a lecturer. In 1937, he taught another Normal class.
Have a nice day!