On Being Alone

Many a so-called mortal in working out his own salvation has to overcome that phase of error called loneliness. Recently in reading our Leader's Message to The Mother Church for 1901 (p. 20) this statement stood out very clearly: "The Christian Scientist is alone with his own being and with the reality of things." As there is only the truth about God, or Principle, and His creation, then there is only the true sense of being alone. Principle is being or cause, and man is the expression or effect of this one and only cause. As cause and effect cannot be separated, any more than the sun and its rays, therefore truly to be alone is really only the proof of man's oneness with Principle, which is all and includes all.

What if one should seem to stand alone in working out a so-called problem of home, business, or state, as far as what mortal man calls friends are concerned? We know in mathematics that twice two is four, always has been, and always will be. Nobody disputes the fact, and it would not matter if so-called friends did; that would never change it to five or influence one's knowing the fact one iota. We would not be afraid to tell them the truth and stand firmly, knowing that Principle is eternally governing. As Mrs. Eddy states in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 102): "Science has inaugurated the irrepressible conflict between sense and Soul. Mortal thought wars with this sense as one that beateth the air, but Science outmasters it, and ends the warfare. This proves daily that 'one on God's side is a majority.'"

July 17, 1920

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