Repression dwarfs and warps the sunniest nature, interferes with one's freedom of thought and action, and though on the surface of things its victim may appear quite natural, in his heart of hearts he knows that he is very far from living up to his capabilities, and this in itself is a thought that stings. He has an uncomfortable feeling of limitation, as if dragging at his heels a ball and chain. Not realizing the cause, he seeks honestly, patiently, and persistently for freedom, in the best way he knows; but with small success, it needs must be, until the condition of repression is pointed out to him and the realization of its evil influence made plain.

Mrs. Eddy says: "Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil" (Science and Health, p. 571). To fulfil this admonition will be to overcome many a troublous situation. If any are repressing forgiveness, let them know it and forgive, however great may seem the injury done them, else how can they say, "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors"? Surely the peace that passeth understanding, that "pearl of great price," cannot come to such a consciousness, however hungry for it. If any are repressing truth, let them speak fearlessly "to whom it may concern," knowing, rejoicing in, and using the power that in them lies. If any are repressing love, let them set free the imprisoned thing—give it wings, that its mission may be accomplished.

July 27, 1912

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