Meeting in Unity

SUPPOSE a man encounters on the street a person whom he has wished to avoid because of some fancied insult, slight, or injury of the past. Christian Science teaches that the right course in such a case is to be neither afraid, disturbed, angry, nor even indifferent, but to rejoice that the real man expresses divine intelligence and is dealing always and in all circumstances with divine intelligence and not with people. Instead of believing that one has unfortunately been brought into juxtaposition with a disagreeable person, the better way is to know instantly that one's own right thinking is associating only with its source, infinite Mind, and that throughout this true association there is continual reciprocation of good, since cause and effect, Mind and idea, are interdependent. As a man turns thus immediately to immortal Mind to know what this Mind is conscious of, the experience is proved to be a happy one.

To accept spiritual intelligence as all that man can really deal with and to reason faithfully as to the true quality through which infinite Mind is manifesting itself in the now, regardless of whatever may seem disagreeable, is to prove the immediacy of divine Love. If any circumstance, any old illusion of strife or enmity, could possibly be distressing, then there would be some other power than God, infinitely harmonious Life manifest as man's true living. Genuine freedom and joy abide in the knowing that there never has been any room for human strife in real living, and that what may have seemed strife has been all the while but counterfeit of energetic spiritual action unfolding in perfect concord with its cause, infinite Mind. Only the one who recognizes in some measure that this is the actual fact of being can sincerely pray in the words of the last stanza of Mrs. Eddy's poem called "Love" (Poems, page 7):—

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