Day 27 – Soundness
sound·ness /sound- nis/ η: 1 the quality or state of being sound: free from injury, damage, defect, disease, etc.; in good condition; healthy; robust. 2 financially strong, secure, or reliable. 3 competent, sensible, or valid. 4 having no defect as to truth, justice, wisdom, or reason. 5 of substantial or enduring character. 6 following in a systematic pattern without any apparent defect in logic. 7 uninterrupted and untroubled; deep: sound sleep. 8 free from moral defect or weakness; upright, honest, or good; honorable; loyal. 9 having no legal defect.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (KJV, II Tim 1:7)
Awareness Exercise: Become aware today of your thoughts first and then what you see externally, second. See if you can notice a connection between the two. You know that age-old question: “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” What if the answer was not in the externalized image of the chicken or the egg, but the thought of either one? Think of it this way: If you want to make a meal, you have to think of it first before you can cook it, right? The meal does not cook itself. It requires you to think about it before it can appear in your external world. Get really curious with this exercise and write down all the questions and discoveries that arise. Try not to judge what you’re thinking; just allow the thoughts to flow.
“Dear reader, [of Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy] which mind-picture or externalized thought shall be real to you, — the material or the spiritual? Both you cannot have. You are bringing out your own ideal. This ideal is either temporal or eternal. Either Spirit or matter is your model. If you try to have two models, then you practically have none. Like a pendulum in a clock, you will be thrown back and forth, striking the ribs of matter and swinging between the real and the unreal.” (SH 360:13)