Our only triumph

No, this title isn’t referring to winning a sporting event, or succeeding in business, or any other material endeavor.

It’s the beginning of a profound idea that Mary Baker Eddy voiced to Laura E. Sargent (We Knew Mary Baker Eddy-Expanded Edition, Vol. 1, p. 120):

Our only triumph is when we open our consciousness to the fear or error that is blinding and holding us in thrall and overcome it. God gave me this insight when first I discovered the Science of Christianity, and I have not lost it and can never lose it so long as I duly watch and pray to this end.

Think of it!Carlisle Woods 10.11.15

Our only—our only—triumph is to awaken to the evil that is mesmerizing us and overcome it!

Now to some, this may seem obvious.

But far too many folks that call me for help are exceptionally reluctant (to be euphemistic) to examine their thinking and find out what error they’ve taken in and are allowing to detrimentally govern their health and well-being.

Yet throughout her published writings, Mrs. Eddy states the need to uncover error.

For example, in Miscellaneous Writings (page 154), she counseled us to:

Watch diligently; never desert the post of spiritual observation and self-examination.

By the way, in case anyone is confused here, “never” means never!

In the same book (p. 348), she penned:

Error, left to itself, accumulates.

And she stated in Science and Health:

A knowledge of error and of its operations must precede that understanding of Truth which destroys error, until the entire mortal, material error finally disappears, and the eternal verity, man created by and of Spirit, is understood and recognized as the true likeness of his Maker. (p. 258)

It should be absolutely clear that we must uncover and rebuke error.

Yet I frequently hear “reasons” offered for not being obedient to her demands such as:

  • If I uncover error, aren’t I making a reality of it?
  • Shouldn’t I just be thinking of the good?
  • Isn’t this going on a “witch hunt”?
  • If I look for the error, aren’t I saying that I’m not already the perfect idea of God?

These excuses—and make no mistake, that’s exactly what they are—and others like them, are only the efforts—the suggestions—of the carnal mind to keep itself covered and operating in our consciousness so that it can continue to enslave us!

You’ll recall that in referring to the Master, Mrs. Eddy wrote:

All that error asks is to be let alone; even as in Jesus’ time the unclean spirits cried out, “Let us alone; what have we to do with thee?” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, p. 211)

And let’s not forget, that the Founder and Discoverer of Christian Science also admonished us to uncover error when she wrote:

Without a knowledge of his sins, and repentance so severe that it destroys them, no person is or can be a Christian Scientist. (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 107)

There is no wiggle room in that declaration, so it’s imperative that we take the time to seriously ponder its import.

You might be asking: “OK, what’s the practical application here?”

Well, if you’re not receiving the healing you’ve been praying for—whether it’s physical, emotional, or behavioral—ask yourself if you’re really willing to cleanse your thought to the degree that is required of you.

Mrs. Eddy told her last class:

So often have I longed to see and know only Love—only the good—but I have not dared. I must uncover and rebuke and hate iniquity. (We Knew Mary Baker Eddy-Expanded Edition, Vol. 1, p. 297)

If we profess to be Mary Baker Eddy’s followers, shouldn’t we also be willing to uncover, rebuke, and hate iniquity?

Dare we do otherwise?!