Among the many illusions of mortal mind, there is none more strange than the belief that people are subject to what are called moods, feeling either cheerful or depressed as the case may be. To a vast multitude of persons who are in bondage to this false claim of material sense, Christian Science offers freedom, holding out to them the truth regarding God and man, which will unbind the fetters of finite sense and set them free. This thought of mortal moods finds expression in the psalms, where we read, "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?" This is, however, followed by the remedy, and so the psalm goes on: "Hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God."

In the light of Christian Science, it is plain that man reflects the divine Mind, the intelligence which governs the universe. This intelligence or Mind is not changeable, and the proof of this statement lies in the fact that all things which have been created by God are perfect and will remain so, while anything He did not create has no real existence in fact, but exists only as the supposititious opposite of that which is real and eternal. Mortal beliefs, however, are constantly changing, for they have no reality, no basis in truth, and must consequently grope continually in the dark for the reality they can never find. Is it not plain, then, that to allow one's self to be governed by this so-called mortal mind is to join the throng which is groping blindly in the dark? Is it any wonder that its varying moods grip and control him whose thought is not steadfast, but flits here and there like a will-o'-the-wisp?

The Mind or intelligence of the real man being God, it follows that man is changeless and permanent also. This truth frees us from the changing beliefs beliefs of matter and plants our feet upon the true path. Isaiah said, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Moods are but another phase of the belief that there is more than one Mind. Man governed by God could never be anything but happy and contented, peaceful and perfect. It is only when we have lost our mental poise, our mental balance, as it were, that there seems to be any room for the unlikeness of good.

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Sacrifice not Loss
January 18, 1919

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