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FOR people who don't know much about computers, it's worth pointing out that the following word is not a printing error: WYSIWYG. Rather, it's an acronym that stands for the expression "What You See Is What You Get." It refers to the computer program that enables you to see the exact image on your computer screen that will be produced by the printer.

Though this innovation is fairly recent, you could say that the concept itself is ancient, going back as far as Bible times. Though you would scour the Scriptures in vain to find anything approaching the term WYSIWYG, they carry many illustrations of the fact that what we "see'' -- what we hold to be the truth -- influences what we "get" in our lives. In the proportion that one discerns the facts of God and His perfect creation, he or she experiences greater harmony, better health, increased safety, consistent progress, and more joy. Spiritual discernment and faith enabled the prophet Elisha to thwart an army using chariots to besiege the city of Dothan (see II Kings, chap. 6). The Apostle Paul, when bitten by a deadly viper, shook off the snake and suffered no effect from its poison because he understood God's creation to be harmless (see Acts 28:3-5). The entire healing ministry of Jesus Christ was the result of perceiving divine reality.

What these Bible luminaries discerned of God brought peace, security, and healing. Apparently, they healed by holding thought to the eternal truth that we are God's perfect reflection. Such spiritualization of thought was practical.

It still is today. Many people have proved this through following the teachings of Jesus as explained by Christian Science. From Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy come these words on the subject of "spiritual WYSIWYG": "Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts" (p. 261).

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