Surrendering False Selfhood

Nothing can be outwardly manifested which is not first mentally conceived. How important it is then that only God-like thoughts, the graces of Soul, should be allowed to tabernacle with us!

In her article entitled "Love" on page 250 of "Miscellaneous Writings" Mary Baker Eddy refers to "the self-forgetful heart that overflows," that is, overflows with love, for God and man; whereas in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," dealing with the opposite state of thought, she says (p. 242), "Self-love is more opaque than a solid body." Opacity precludes the passage of light; therefore whoever indulges in self-love is in darkness, or in an unenlightened state of consciousness. Such a one would do well to heed and obey the injunction contained in the remainder of the paragraph: "In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error,—self-will, self-justification, and self-love,—which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death."

The Sixth Beatitude
January 11, 1947

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