Finding Our True Selves

Deep in every human heart is the desire to know God and one's true self. And often, when Christian Science is first presented to the unprejudiced thought, it is most gladly accepted because it promises to satisfy this desire.

Christian Science assures us that we are now the children of God, and that our divine inheritance is freedom and dominion. As we accept this truth, it seems as though here were enough to usher us at once into the promised land; but as we earnestly and honestly take up the study of Christian Science, and strive to live in obedience to its teachings, we find the need for much preparation in our own thinking in order that our vision may be pure enough to see God and His image and likeness. We find that the long-cherished belief of a personal ego with a will of its own and a mind of its own, which we have been pleased to call ourselves, does not so readily give up its asserted claims to place and power.

Like the children of Israel, we may at first think that Christian Science is leading us into the desert and to the Red Sea, instead of into the land of Canaan. Discouragement may argue to us that the way is too difficult; that the goal will never be reached. Inertia and apathy may suggest that we keep some of our pleasurable beliefs or we shall lose our individuality; self-complacency may argue that we are as good or better than some Scientists we know. And perhaps the struggle is given up for a while only to be resumed with renewed vigor and enthusiasm, for the desire to find one's self is insistent and will not be silenced. Our Leader asks the question (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 104), "How shall we reach our true selves?" And she gives the illuminating answer, "Through Love." So divine Love is with us all the way, strengthening us when "the flesh is weak," comforting us in times of seeming failure, and encouraging us always to go forward.

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November 30, 1929

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