Seeing Man Aright

The two following instances of mental self-examination and correction have been of great benefit to the writer. They present typical cases of self-imposed suffering, and may serve to bring to light the seeming cause of many a disturbed state of consciousness.

A mining engineer, traveling to a point where work awaited him, found himself, at the end of a day of no special exertion, so unreasonably wearied that he began analyzing his thoughts to discover where the trouble lay. He then realized that all day long he had been mentally quarreling with a person some hundreds of miles away, with whom he had previously had a difference of opinion. He had been outlining an interview, formulating statements, questions, and replies, going over and over the grievance, his anger and resentment flaring afresh with each repetition. Nothing had been gained; the question was no nearer adjustment, as the other one had had no representation in the fictitious dialogue. Being a student of Christian Science, as soon as he realized how he had worse than wasted the day, the engineer turned to the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, with a deep sense of remorse, and soon gained a clear vision of man in God's image and likeness. Resentment and self-justification were silenced, and a calm, exalted mental state was attained. The next day the demands of his work required this student to walk and climb a great distance in the mountains, exposed to storms and extreme cold, yet he finished an exceptionally strenuous day with a feeling of undiminished strength and refreshment, because his thoughts had been at peace.

The Traveler and the Road
May 14, 1927

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