The Certain Way of Freedom

It is obvious in Christian Science that one's experience is determined by the concept of being with which he identifies himself. If he thinks of himself as material, and therefore limited and subject to discord and disease, he will seem to be so. If on the contrary he knows himself scientifically as a spiritual idea, expressing the divine nature, infinite Life, Truth, and Love, he will find his experience corresponding to this great concept. Nothing, therefore, is more important for the individual than thorough and consistent acknowledgment of the facts about himself, and rejection of the contrary false suggestions.

About the time the student of Christian Science begins to see the value of this procedure, he usually becomes acutely aware also of having done quite differently in the past. The enlightenment he is gaining helps him to discern the quality of his thought, and he can see as a rule that he has continually made affirmations to himself that were contrary to his own best interests.

"I am afraid," "I am discouraged," "I am unhappy," "I am sick," "I cannot see what to do"—thoughts like these, the student can usually see he has often accepted as his own, without a suspicion that they were not his own or that they alone were binding him to the sorts of experience which they indicated. Naturally, as he apprehends their character and tendency as unreal suggestions of unreal mortal mind, he becomes very watchful against them, and at the same time very eager to maintain the opposite true thoughts, which demonstrate freedom, harmony, and dominion, the present God-given heritage of everyone.

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June 6, 1942

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