"Know thyself"

The rich young ruler who came to Jesus asking what he should do to inherit eternal life was told to "keep the commandments." Upon his replying that he had done this from his youth, Jesus, with his clear insight, instantly touched upon the weak point in the young man's thinking—his love of wealth. When Jesus told him that this must be given up, we are told that the young man "went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions." He may have argued that Jesus was asking too much of him. He may have gone further and questioned why his material abundance should be cast aside, inasmuch as lack certainly is not a quality of infinite good. But whatever the arguments of self-will, self-justification, self-love may be, they cannot alter the changeless fact that so long as any specific error is enthroned, just so much is the truth shut out from realization.

If healing seems delayed, the seeker may be unconsciously holding to some pet phase of mortal mind, or may even be arguing that he is justified in refusing to let it go, persuading himself that he has not yet progressed far enough in this Science of Spirit to give up this particular form of materiality. One who desires to retain pleasure in matter, at the same time asking for freedom from pain and discord, is laboring in a way which is likely to prove disappointing. It is impossible to give power to the belief of pleasure in matter and not to the belief of pain.

Anxiety for the Future
August 30, 1919

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