True Self-Expression

WE have heard much in recent years about self-expression. There has been much talk in educational circles about the so-called psychological effect upon child or adult of any obstructing of such expression.

The desirability of true self-expression Christian Science completely admits. It teaches that the expression of true selfhood is the necessity of man's being; that, indeed, it is man's being, and that the purpose of the true education of mankind is to unfold thought to such expression. But how radically it differs from mortal systems of teaching as to what man's selfhood is!

In "No and Yes" Mrs. Eddy says (p. 26), "Man's real ego, or selfhood, is goodness." And in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," she says (p. 294), "Man's genuine selfhood is recognizable only in what is good and true." The understanding of this truth discloses man as possessing a dignity and glory impossible to comprehend when he is thought of as bounded by, contained in, and subject to a physical body. The real, spiritual man has no being or power apart from God; no motive or action, except to be the expression of his Maker. Neither is there for him any condition of human birth, heredity, environment, or circumstance that can prevent such expression.

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Divine Newness
September 10, 1932

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