On Letting Go

Many students of Christian Science seem to be battling with a "protracted demonstration," laboring under a burden of difficulties which are at once elusive and tenacious, while making a sincere search within and without to find the cause of their plight. One student's problem consisted in a mass of such troubles, which remained firmly installed, until it was recognized that the simple reason for the failure to discover the cause was that it did not exist. Mistakes are always unreasonable (without reason),—hence, mistakes. We wipe them out as we see them, try to do better work, improve our methods, and bring forth better results.

The painter, the musician, the writer, is aware that a false concept of his work disappears when he sees its falsity and refuses to entertain it; that it exists only so long as thought seems to give it existence, and must collapse the minute it lets go. So, in our personal human experiences, when events, conditions, or circumstances do not come up to our expectations but stand for trial, discord, and despair, we should know that these are mistakes like the others, equally baseless, and must disappear with equal certainty, if we will only see them as false and let go. It is easy to make this statement after it has been proved true. It may take years of effort to prove it, years apparently needed because the beliefs of limitation, discouragement, and disappointment seem continually to be accepted,—accepted with protest and rebellion, but none the less accepted.

By rejecting wrong in any form, firmly refusing to countenance a false condition, seeing a misfortune to be incorrect as readily as we see misspelling to be so, knowing that only in the truth about anything can its true character be realized, relief can be brought about. It often takes time to do this, to climb up to the fact that "the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul,"—converting us from material sense to the spiritual.

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