The Cure for Depression

On one occasion the writer was struck by the similarity in the replies submitted by four friends who all, in response to the question, "Do you awake in the morning generally with a feeling of depression?" answered, "Yes." The four men, however, should, according to human judgment, have answered the reverse, because each one was happily married, and each was the head of an important and prosperous business. Nevertheless, each awoke generally with a depressed view of life.

The writer, a student of Christian Science, who also suffered in this way, determined to overcome it. First he studied a passage in "Retrospection and Introspection," where Mrs. Eddy explains that fear is often made manifest on the body as disease. She writes (p. 61), "This fear is formed unconsciously in the silent thought, as when you awaken from sleep and feel ill, experiencing the effect of a fear whose existence you do not realize; but if you fall asleep, actually conscious of the truth of Christian Science,—namely, that man's harmony is no more to be invaded than the rhythm of the universe,—you cannot awake in fear or suffering of any sort." Then he strove to follow Paul's injunctions: "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing."

July 8, 1944

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