SELF-FORGETFULNESS IS PRAYER

True self-forgetfulness is the worship of God. It is the prayer in which a material sense of self is lost in the knowledge of God's allness. As one begins to realize the allness of God, his identity is not lost, but found in man, God's image, likeness, or reflection.

The self that is to be forgotten is the corporeal, mortal personality with its selfishness, troubles, pains, and imaginary pleasures. Forgetting the mortal is no loss, since the limited human concept exists only as a mistaken view of the true man, and, as the Bible declares (Job 14:1), it is "of few days, and full of trouble. Surely mankind can only be blessed by the prayer which forsakes this view of man for the truth, that man is individual consciousness, reflecting the joy, peace, wisdom, love, and eternality of God. Man is satisfied with this glorified understanding of himself. That the forsaking of an incorrect concept of man for the true concept is prayer, Mary baker Eddy explains on page 15 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," where she writes, "Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers."

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