True Self-Expression

A good deal is said and written on the subject of "selling" oneself which, when carefully considered, is seen actually to mean selling one's personality, for one's true self could not be "sold" or in any way forced upon the attention of others. Being the reflection of God, divine Mind, real selfhood requires only to be expressed. This true individuality, which constitutes real manhood and womanhood, being the manifestation of divine Love, is in the truest sense self-expressed, because it reflects the divine quality of self-expression. And as Mary Baker Eddy has written on page 340 of "Miscellaneous Writings," "Every luminary in the constellation of human greatness, like the stars, comes out in the darkness to shine with the reflected light of God."

True self-expression, then, is not aided by artifice or device of any kind, and particularly not the arts and devices taught in some schools of salesmanship. Rather does it manifest the true art of expression which results in human experience from that process of education that is analogous to spiritual enlightenment. All that means ability, capability, capacity, inspiration, freedom, and dominion, all that makes for helpful service, true achievement, and righteous success, emanates from divine Mind. There is no other source from which one may derive the assurance, the quietness, the serenity, the poise, the peace which attend those who, like the Master, are honestly able to say, "Not my will, but thine, be done." Such self-expression is accompanied by humility, and is characterized by the "simplicity that is in Christ." It does not seek to advance itself or to promote its own interests. It is not motivated by the desire for material gain, nor by any form of self-seeking. Being the offspring of divine intelligence, true self-expression knows enough to know that it cannot possibly be deprived of its rightful reward or recompense. For, as the prophet Isaiah said, "The work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever."

The Lectures
July 11, 1936

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