Protection

When we gain the understanding that sin and sickness—all discord—are the result of the suppositional activity of so-called mortal mind, we must not fall into the error of believing that the wrong thinking of others, if unaccepted by us, can harm us. This is a most pernicious belief, and would, if it could, prevent Christianly scientific demonstration. We must learn to search our own thought when inharmony of any sort is manifest, and correct wrong thinking there about ourselves or others. Mrs. Eddy writes in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 224), "It is our pride that makes another's criticism rankle, our self-will that makes another's deed offensive, our egotism that feels hurt by another's self-assertion." And Jesus said, "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man."

One says, "I have so much to meet;" and straightway opens thought wide for a multitude of false suggestions to enter. Another expresses indignation at some one else's wrong thinking. Probably it is not the wrong thoughts of his neighbor that harm him, but his own indignation, which is lacking in charity and humility. When we perceive beliefs of fear, anxiety, envy, or hatred expressed, it is our privilege to reverse their seeming reality by perceiving their unreality, and to replace them with the true ideas of Love. Thus, we rise into the clear, calm atmosphere of divine Mind, which knows good alone as real.

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