The Recipe for Beauty

[Written Especially for Young People]

POPULARITY and success! To many a young person living in a university world these two words spell the peak of triumph. To attain it, beauty and poise seem to be very necessary. Many students, however, unable to afford the various aids to beauty which seem to be an advantage to their friends, slowly retire within themselves, becoming at times covetous and jealous. They fail to realize that a Christian Scientist possesses the secret of beauty far beyond what any material method could ever give, namely, the knowledge that the real man, by reflecting Life, Truth, and Love, expresses eternal beauty and grace.

Man as the manifestation of God expresses the radiance of Soul. On pages 247 and 248 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy has written, "The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion and more Soul, to retreat from the belief of pain or pleasure in the body into the unchanging calm and glorious freedom of spiritual harmony." Relinquishing one's fears and worries brings a beauty born of calmness and trust. Mrs. Eddy has amplified her statement by adding: "Love never loses sight of loveliness. Its halo rests upon its object." To covet the beauty and popularity of one's neighbor is not to love. True love rejoices in the good of one's neighbor. True love, the reflection of divine Love, is expressed in friendliness, and it attracts others to itself. And who could imagine Love and its reflection exhibiting anything but perfection? The real man is not mortal, but immortal, and he is not bound by the transient standards of mortals. Our remedy for any defects at all times is the healing power of Truth.

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